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May 17, 2007

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Yolanda King’s Death Likely the Result of Heart Issues

Yolanda Denise King, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s eldest child who pursued her father’s dream of racial harmony through acting and motivational speaking, has died. She was 51. The family did not know the cause of death, but relatives think it might have been a heart problem, said Steve Klein, a spokesman for the King Center.

ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) — Yolanda King, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s eldest child who pursued her father’s dream of racial harmony through drama and motivational speaking, has died. She was 51. King died late Tuesday in Santa Monica, California, said Steve Klein, a spokesman for the King Center. The family did not know the cause of death, but relatives think it might have been a heart problem, he said. She was an actress, author, producer, advocate for peace and nonviolence, who was known and loved for her motivational and inspirational contributions to society,” the King family said in a statement.

Born on November 17, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Yolanda Denise King was just an infant when her home was bombed amid the turbulent civil rights era. She became an actress, ran a production company and appeared in numerous films, including “Ghosts of Mississippi,” and as Rosa Parks in the 1978 miniseries “King.” “Yolanda was lovely. She wore the mantle of princess, and she wore it with dignity and charm,” said the Rev. Joseph Lowery, One of her father’s close aides in the civil rights movement. “She was a warm and gentle person and was thoroughly committed to the movement and found her own means of expressing that commitment through drama.” The Rev. Al Sharpton said he expressed his condolences to her brother Martin Luther King III on Wednesday. Sharpton said Yolanda King was a “torch bearer for her parents and a committed activist in her own right.” “Yolanda never wavered from a commitment to nonviolent social change and justice for all,” he said. “She was the first daughter of the civil rights movement and never shamed her parents or her co-activists.” Yolanda King founded and led Higher Ground Productions, billed as a “gateway for inner peace, unity and global transformation.” On her company’s Web site, she described her mission as encouraging personal growth and positive social change. She was also an author and a member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference — which her father co-founded in 1957 — and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The flag at The King Center, where she was a board member, flew at half-staff on Wednesday.
Yolanda King was the most visible and outspoken among the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s four children during this year’s Martin Luther King Day in January, the first since the death of their mother, Coretta Scott King.

At her father’s Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, she performed a series of solo skits that told stories including a girl’s first ride on a desegregated bus and a college student’s recollection of the 1963 desegregation of Birmingham, Ala. She also urged the audience to be a force for peace and love, and to use the King holiday each year to ask tough questions about their own beliefs about prejudice. “We must keep reaching across the table and, in the tradition of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, feed each other,” she said. When asked at that event how she was dealing with the loss of her mother, she responded: “I connected with her spirit so strongly. I am in direct contact with her spirit, and that has given me so much peace and so much strength.” Survivors include her sister, the Rev. Bernice A. King, and brothers Martin Luther King III and Dexter Scott King.



Bone Thugs-N-Harmony recently released Strength & Loyalty, their first new album in five years, on Interscope Records in conjunction with Swizz Beatz’ Full Surface label. After releasing “I Tried” featuring Akon as the lead single, the group hopes to cover all the bases with the second single from the album, ‘Lil Love” featuring Mariah Carey and Bow Wow. The song was produced by Jermaine Dupri.

Group member Krayzie Bone explained why the group took some extra time while putting together the new album. He said: “We had to make sure everything was right, you know what I’m sayin’? Like being gone for so long, you know what I’m sayin’, we had to make sure that what we was coming with was, you know, like, perfect.”

The rapper added: “We had to make sure we had the right songs. We had to make sure, you know, we had the right guest appearances you know. This album, it was do or die this album, you know what I’m sayin’? So we took a little time to wind up, you know like perfect it.”



Mary J. Blige is set to receive the ASCAP Voice of Music Award during the performing rights organization’s 20th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards, set for June 25th at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.

The ASCAP event will also recognize the work of its top-charting songwriters for the previous year.

ASCAP president Marilyn Bergman hailed Blige as not only the “Queen Of Hip-Hop Soul,” but “a guiding light” who remained true to her musical vision. “Through all of her struggles, she was determined to find and maintain her own musical voice,” said Bergman in a statement. “By doing so, she has become one of the most successful R&B/hip-hop writer/performers in the country and has paved the way for many others.”

The ASCAP honor is the latest in a string of awards for the multi-platinum Blige, whose The Breakthrough album also earned her Grammy and American Music honors in the last year.

Asked what other superstar artists she would pattern her career after, Blige pointed to three mega-stars: “Michael Jackson is Michael Jackson and he’s had so much success that you know, it’s kind of scary. You know, I’m not afraid of the success, don’t get me wrong. Michael Jackson has had a phenomenal career, but if I had to list anybody, I would have to say Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross, because Diana Ross had the best of both worlds. She was singing, people loved her, and then she was an actress. Aretha Franklin was just the most incredible soul singer ever to exist, and still is.”

Mary talks about real love and real rumors in the next issue of Essence.



You don’t have to win American Idol to have it change your life for the better — just ask Lakisha Jones, the finalist voted off the show last week. In the six months prior to singing her way to Hollywood, Jones was barely making ends meet as a bank teller in Maryland. Before that, she made between $400 and $500 a week through odd jobs in Houston and couldn’t scratch together day care and rent money. Jones said, “I remember coming home and having my lights cut off, and seeing an eviction notice.”

Jones’ Idol success, and the paychecks that come with it, are going towards buying a house in Texas after the Idol tour this summer. Unlike some of her starry-eyed competition, Jones said she always treated Idol like a portal to a better life: “You know, it was work for me. It’s like, I went in there trying just for one thing and that’s just so I don’t have to struggle so much. That’s the bottom line. I didn’t go in there trying to make friends or trying to be something that I’m not. I just went in there being Kisha that’s been singing in church forever, and that’s what it is.”

Jones hasn’t secured any kind of recording contract yet, but she’s hoping to eventually make a soul album. She said, “I do believe in myself, and I do believe that no matter what happens, God has a plan for me, and that I will be successful.”

Reverend Jerry Falwell Dead at 73

The Reverend Jerry Falwell, the politically- influential evangelist who became the face of the religious right during the 1980s, died suddenly (May 15th). He was 73.

Falwell was discovered without a pulse in his office at about 11:30 a.m., and was pronounced dead at the hospital soon after. He had a history of congestive heart problems, and his physician said Falwell likely died of a heart rhythm abnormality.

Falwell got involved in politics after the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, establishing the Moral Majority in 1979, which worked to support conservative politicians and advocated against abortion, homosexuality, pornography and bans on school prayer. Conservatives ascended to power with the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980, and Falwell became the leading religious right figure in the public eye, boosted by his Old Time Gospel Hour show, which was carried on TV stations around the country.

In recent years, Falwell had focused his attention on his Liberty University, but he remained outspoken, and sometimes drew controversy. In one well-known incident, Falwell drew criticism after 9/11 for saying gays, people who perform abortions, feminists and others were partly responsible for the terrorist attacks. He later apologized.



The sophomore solo CD by former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland, Ms. Kelly, has been pushed back yet again to a July 3rd release date. The project was originally due last year, then was scheduled to drop on June 26th. The first single from the set is the track “Like This” featuring Eve. Another track, “Ghetto” featuring Snoop Dogg, will be released later this summer. The album also features production from Polow Da Don, Sean Garrett, Tank, Scott Storch, Rockwilder, SoulShock & Karlin, and Billy Man.

Ms. Kelly is Rowland’s follow-up to her best- selling 2002 solo debut, Simply Deep, which was certified gold and featured the hit “Dilemma” featuring Nelly.

Rowland explained that it wasn’t until after she recorded her vocals for the Grammy-winning track that she learned that “Dilemma” was based on Patti LaBelle’s “Love, Need And Want You”: “I didn’t know at first that it was a Patti LaBelle remake, and when I found out that it was I went back in the studio. I was, like, ‘Nelly, I have to put something else on this song.’ I was, like, ‘I have to either do some more runs, or harmonies, or something.’ I went back in and he thought I was crazy, but when I finished putting the extra — I guess you’d say ‘stank’ on it — he was, like, ‘You know, baby girl, that’s even better!'”



Smooth R&B singer Joe continues to woo fans with his sexy style and mix of ballads and hip- hop-inspired jams. So listeners might be surprised to learn that the singer-songwriter, born Joe Thomas, gets some of the inspiration for his career from the late pop icon Frank Sinatra.

“We all know he was the element of cool but the class really made him stand out above everyone else,” Joe told Gannett News. “He carried himself as the ultimate man in a sense. ‘I’m a man and I represent every man out here’ — that’s the way Frank was.”

Joe’s latest album Ain’t Nuthin’ Like Me spent time at Number One on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart, fueled by the new single ‘If I Was Your Man.”

The artist is currently on tour with Brian McKnight. The tour rolls into Atlanta’s Chastain Park on Saturday, May 19th, and plays the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Virginia Beach on Sunday, May 20th.



The late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, the rapping member of the multi-platinum group TLC, died in a car crash in Honduras in April of 2002. In a new documentary called The Last Days Of Left Eye, premiering May 19th on VH1, viewers will actually see some of Lopes’ final moments captured on video.

The troubled performer had made headlines by torching a mansion owned by then-boyfriend and Atlanta Falcons star Andre Rison in 1994. She later pleaded guilty to arson and checked into alcohol rehab. Lopes landed in rehab again in 1996, because she was said to be distraught over the death of her friend, rapper Tupac Shakur. The singer had also publicly feuded with TLC groupmates Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas.

By 2002 Lopes had discovered Honduras, often visiting the country to find peace. On her last trip she had taken along a video camera to document what she called her “spiritual journey.” The camera is running when the vehicle she is riding in as a passenger strikes and kills a 7-year-old Honduran boy; footage also shows Lopes at the hospital to console his mother.

The camera was also running a few days later when Lopes herself was at the wheel the fateful moment when she veered off the road. The screams of her passengers are heard before the footage ends. Lopes herself was dead of head injuries moments later.

Lopes’ family says that allowing VH1 to air some of the footage from the last moments of her life was agonizing but also fulfilling. “It gives us a chance to be with her again, and I think that outweighs the pain of seeing some of the unpleasant moments,” Lisa’s brother, Ronald, told Newsweek. He added that VH1 wanted to use more film of the accident, but the family would not agree.

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In 1966, Stokely Carmichael was named chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.
In 1970, “Grover Henson Feels Forgotten” by Bill Cosby peaked at Number 70 on the pop singles chart.
In 1978, the Thank God It’s Friday soundtrack album was certified gold.
In 1979, labor leader and civil rights pioneer Asa Philip Randolph died at the age of 90.
In 1981, “Can You Feel It” by the Jacksons peaked at Number 77 on the pop singles chart.
In 1981, “Hurry Up And Wait” by the Isley Brothers peaked at Number 58 on the pop singles chart. In 1981, “One Day In Your Life” by Michael Jackson peaked at Number 55 on the pop singles chart.
In 1983, After performing a medley of Jackson 5 hits with his brothers, Michael Jackson performed “Billie Jean” and unveiled the moonwalk at the Motown 25th Anniversary Special.
In 1985, Columbia Records presented a $6.5 million check to Ken Kragen, the president of United Support Of Artists For Africa, as the first royalty payment for the single “We Are The World.”
In 1985, Michael Jordan was named Rookie Of The Year in the National Basketball Association.

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Janet Jackson, singer and actress, 41
Ralph Tresvant, member of New Edition, 39

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