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Roger Robinson, an actor of brilliance and resonance

It is never too late or too soon to pay tribute to an artist whose career has left a remarkable record and etched an imperishable legacy. Such is the case with Roger Robinson, the Tony Award- winning actor who made his transition to that eternal stage Sept. 26 in Escondido, Ca., because of heart complications.

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Justice at last for Laquan McDonald

For nearly four years, the family of Laquan McDonald has waited for justice.

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Ed Clark retrospective at Mnuchin Gallery thru Oct. 20

It’s been nearly forty years since artist/painter Ed Clark has had a retrospective of his long and highly productive career.

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Along with Mahalia and Aretha, there was Clara Ward and her singers

Aretha Franklin’s passing created a flurry of tributes and memorials, which continues weeks after her death Aug. 16. The October edition of Rolling Stone weighed in with a lengthy reflection by Mikal Gilmore, with as much effulgence as all the other tributes combined.

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Bill Cosby, ‘America’s Dad,’ sentenced to 3 to 10 years

Bill Cosby, “America’s Dad,” was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison Tuesday by Judge Steven O’Neill in Norristown, Pa. After citing that Cosby was a “sexually violent predator,” O’Neill denied him bail during the pending appeals.

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Johnny ‘Wah Wah’ Hudgins, a burlesque comedian of renown

In researching last week’s profile on Fredi Washington, I stumbled repeatedly on Johnny Hudgins.

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‘Naturally 18,’ a heavenly occasion

That momentous occasion occurred 57 years ago and was reprised last Saturday at the Dwyer Cultural Center under the auspices of the Elombe Brath Foundation.

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Fredi Washington, a talented actress and devoted activist

When actress Regina Hall was asked to cite a Black woman who influences her career, she conjured Fredi Washington.

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Jack Whitten, sculptor, painter who released spirits

When it came to my attention that a fresh body of sculpture by Jack Whitten was slated for the Met Breuer, I hastened there, although the exhibit is scheduled to stand until Dec. 2.

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A Queen and her common folks: Aretha Franklin's homegoing

As only an admiring peon, I had no invitation to attend the homegoing of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

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