कोरोनावायरस में हर उम्र, पृष्ठभूमि और सामाजिक आर्थिक स्थिति में सभी क्षेत्रों के लोगों को प्रभावित करता रहेगा। जैसा कि COVID-19 देश भर में फैला है, हम द रूट अश्वेत समुदाय पर इसके प्रभाव को कम करने के लिए प्रतिबद्ध हैं। हम उन प्रख्यात व्यक्तियों की कहानियां लिखना जारी रखेंगे जिन्होंने इस घातक वायरस से अपनी जान गंवाई है। लेकिन हम कलाकारों, शिक्षकों, कार्यकर्ताओं, विचारकों, नवप्रवर्तकों, नेताओं और अन्य अनसुने नायकों को भी याद करना और उनका सम्मान करना चाहते थे, जिन्हें इस घातक बीमारी ने भी जल्द ही अपनी गिरफ्त में ले लिया है। हम इस सूची को नियमित रूप से अपडेट करते रहेंगे क्योंकि यह महामारी हमारे समुदाय को छूती रहती है।
अपडेट किया गया 5/28/20, 1:18 PM ET: मैरी जे। विल्सन जंगली स्तनधारियों की देखभाल में विलक्षण थीं।
बाल्टिमोर में मैरीलैंड चिड़ियाघर में सीनियर ज़ुकेर की उपाधि धारण करने वाली पहली अश्वेत महिला के पास मैदान में उन्नत डिग्री या एक टन का अनुभव नहीं था, जब उसने चिड़ियाघर में पहली बार काम शुरू किया, आर्थर वॉटसन ने कहा, जो उसे काम पर रखा था 1961. लेकिन उसके पास बहुतायत में सबसे महत्वपूर्ण योग्यता थी: "कठिन परिश्रम करने की इच्छा और जानवरों का प्यार।"
"विशेष प्रशिक्षण के इन दिनों में, वह शायद सामने के दरवाजे से नहीं निकलेगी।"
सौभाग्य से चिड़ियाघर के लिए, उसने किया।
वेस्ट बाल्टीमोर, Md। में जन्मे और पले-बढ़े विल्सन एक आजीवन पशु प्रेमी थे, जिनका उत्साह दूसरों पर बरसता था, वे बाल्टीमोर सन लिखते हैं । वह 21 मई को 83 पर COVID -19 से निधन हो गया।
“मैरी चिड़ियाघर में जानवरों के साथ अपने काम के लिए प्यार, कौशल और जुनून लेकर आई। वह भी सभी के मेंटर की तरह थी, ”कैरोल बार्थ ने कहा, जिसने विल्सन के साथ तत्कालीन-बाल्टीमोर चिड़ियाघर में लगभग 20 वर्षों तक काम किया। “वह एक माँ, दोस्त और पर्यवेक्षक थी। क्या शानदार महिला है। ”
विल्सन की बेटी, शारोन विल्सन जैक्सन, ने कहा कि उसने अपनी माँ से जानवरों के प्यार को उठाया, यह देखते हुए कि पृथ्वी पर कुछ सबसे ज्यादा थोपने वाले जानवर हैं - गोरिल्ला और हाथी - उसकी माँ के पसंदीदा थे। वह, हालांकि, "चूहों से घबरा गई," उसके पूर्व संरक्षक माइक मैकक्लेर ने कागज को बताया।
“जानवरों के साथ उसका एक विशेष रिश्ता था। वह बहुत सुसंगत और बहुत स्पष्ट थी, ”उन्होंने कहा। "वह बहुत लंबा था और डॉली हाथी को आंख-से-आंख दे सकता था। और उसने वही किया जो मैरी ने उसे करने के लिए कहा क्योंकि उसने उसके साथ एक समान व्यवहार किया। ”
“मैं मैरी के साथ काम करने में बहुत भाग्यशाली थी। यह एक अमूल्य अनुभव था और उसने मुझे सही रास्ते पर ला दिया। ”
विल्सन ने 1966 में संडे सन मैगज़ीन को बताते हुए अपने काम के बारे में लगभग पूरी तरह से नहीं बताया, "यह बच्चा सम्भालने जैसा है , केवल इतना और आप अपने काम में संलग्न हो सकते हैं।"
अपडेट किया गया 5/19/20, 2:00 PM ET: यदि आपने नर्सों के साथ कोई समय बिताया है, तो आप जानते हैं कि कई लोग इसे पेशे से ज्यादा मानते हैं: उनके लिए यह एक कॉलिंग है।
जूडी विल्सन-ग्रिफिन के लिए, एक प्रसवकालीन नैदानिक नर्स विशेषज्ञ, जिसने अपने अधिकांश काम को काले जन्म के माता-पिता और अपने बच्चों के लिए वकालत करने के लिए समर्पित कर दिया था, उस कॉलिंग को उसके खून में लिखा गया था।
As the Washington Post reports, Wilson-Griffin’s grandmother worked as a midwife, first in Alabama then St. Louis, where Wilson-Griffin would eventually extend her grandmother’s legacy, caring for black families during one of the most crucial parts of their lives.
Laura Kuensting, her committee chair for her doctor of nursing practice program at the University of Missouri, St. Louis College of Nursing, told the Post Wilson-Griffin was a “gentle driving force for change.”
“Her number one motivation was because she cared about the health of women, especially black women and their babies,” said Kuensting.
विल्सन-ग्रिफिन ने पहली बार पाया कि बीजेसी अस्पताल में नर्स के रूप में काम करने के दौरान अश्वेत महिलाओं और उनके शिशुओं ने असमान रूप से उच्च मृत्यु दर का अनुभव किया, जहाँ उन्होंने 1981 से 2007 तक काम किया। वहाँ उन्होंने मिसौरी की पहली प्रसूति परिवहन टीम बनाने में अहम भूमिका निभाई। गर्भवती माताओं को जोखिम। उस अनुभव से उसे विशेष रूप से कमजोरियों वाले काले जन्म माता-पिता का पता चलता है।
पूर्व अमेरिकी नौसेना रिजर्व नर्स कॉर्प्स के सदस्य, विल्सन-ग्रिफिन ने पोस्ट के लिए बात करने वाले सहयोगियों के अनुसार, रोगियों की देखभाल के लिए एक सहज और अभिनव समझ बनाई। अपने मरीजों के प्रति उनके समर्पण को व्यापक रूप से और उचित रूप से मान्यता दी गई थी: पोस्ट रिपोर्ट करती है कि उनका काम "दोस्तों, परिवार और नर्सिंग समुदाय द्वारा सभी स्तरों पर मान्यता प्राप्त था," जिसने उन्हें महिला स्वास्थ्य में मार्च ऑफ डिम्स नर्स ऑफ द ईयर पुरस्कार दिया। पिछले साल मिसौरी के लिए प्रसूति विज्ञान।
अपने नर्सिंग कार्यक्रम में, जिसमें से विल्सन-ग्रिफिन को दिसंबर में स्नातक करने के लिए निर्धारित किया गया था, वह गर्भवती महिलाओं के लिए एक मातृ त्रिकोणीय तीक्ष्णता सूचकांक बनाने पर काम कर रही थी। यह उपकरण स्वास्थ्यकर्मियों को गर्भवती महिला की स्थिति या जोखिमों की गंभीरता का आकलन करने में मदद करेगा।
Wilson-Griffin contracted the coronavirus in March, while she was finalizing the project. Wilson-Griffin traveled to a professional nursing conference in Indianapolis in mid-March, despite her daughter’s protest.
By the following week, Wilson-Griffin, who had lupus, was hospitalized with pneumonia. Her condition quickly worsened, within days of being diagnosed with COVID-19, her organs and health functions shut down. Like so many during the pandemic, her family never got to say goodbye.
She was the first known person in St. Louis County to die from COVID-19, reports the Post.
Updated 5/7/20, 12:50 p.m. ET: A Bakersfield, Calif. native, Lloyd Cornelious Porter graduated from Fresno State University in 1996 and subsequently took his talents to New York, where he’d become an actor and entrepreneur.
अपने समय के दौरान ब्रुकलिन के बेडफोर्ड-स्ट्यूवेसेंट खंड में रहने के दौरान, पोर्टर ने एक काला-स्वामित्व वाली बेकरी शुरू की जिसे "ब्रेड-स्ट्यू" कहा जाता था, जिसने न केवल मनोरम व्यवहार किया, बल्कि समुदाय के लिए एक केंद्र के रूप में कार्य किया। 2010 के न्यूयॉर्क टाइम्स के एक लेख में, ब्रेड-स्ट्यू की तुलना तिल स्ट्रीट से की गई थी, और दोस्तों ने कहा कि पोर्टर काल्पनिक दुकानदार “मि। हूपर, “उसकी धूप और ज्ञान के स्वागत के शब्दों के साथ।
"इस दुकान में, प्यार प्रत्येक प्याले में डाला गया था, प्रत्येक पेस्ट्री, गले, हंसी, चुटकुले और फेलोशिप के साथ दी गई मुस्कुराहट दुकान के हर कोने में फुटपाथों पर रहती थी," पोर्टर के परिवार के लिए एक गोफंडमे ब्रेड-स्टयू का कहना है। "यह उन फुटपाथों पर था जिन्हें हम रोज खाते थे, नाचते थे और जीवन और समुदाय को मनाते थे।"
2011 में बंद होने के बाद , ब्रेड-स्ट्यू को ब्रेड लव के रूप में फिर से तैयार किया गया। यह दुकान, जो स्टुवेसेंट एवेन्यू पर स्थित थी, 2014 में आग लगने के बाद बंद हो गई और कुछ ही समय बाद ईंट और मोर्टार की दुकान के रूप में फिर से खुल गई। इससे पहले कि दुकान को अपना घर मिले, उस अवधि के दौरान, पोर्टर और उनकी टीम स्थानीय पॉप-अप और खाद्य त्योहारों के लिए अपने पेस्ट्री और सैंडविच बनाने वाले उपहार ले गए।
अपने फेसबुक पेज पर एक पोस्ट में, लंबे समय के दोस्त कीथ आर्थर बोल्डन ने पुष्टि की कि पोर्टर का 6 मई को COVID-19 से जटिलताओं से निधन हो गया। पोर्टर डायबिटिक था और एक महीने तक कोरोनोवायरस से जूझता रहा। वह सांस लेने में तकलीफ से पीड़ित था और बीमारी से पीड़ित होने से पहले उसे वेंटिलेटर पर रखा गया था।
Porter is survived by his wife Hillary, a daughter named Maclemore, and several loved ones. He is one of eight siblings, one of whom is jazz musician Gregory Porter, who shared during a chat with The Guardian last month that his sibling was battling a “very serious” case of COVID-19. While Gregory has yet to make a statement regarding his brother’s death, he shared a sweet message for his ailing loved one on May 5.
“I can hear my dear brother singing in unison with me...he loves to combine his voice with mine,” he wrote. “He’s not singing with me in this song that I dedicate to him but I can hear you Lloyd Cornelious Porter. I can hear you loud and clear.”
Updated 4/28/20, 10:40 a.m. ET: Rana Zoe Mungin was a beloved social studies teacher at Ascend Academy in Brooklyn. She attended Wellesley College and earned her master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts. Mungin was passionate about writing, education and fighting for people who come from lower socioeconomic backgrounds—a plight she could identify with given her humble upbringing in East New York or what she describes as a “part of Brooklyn where white people still don’t wander.”
In an interview with Wellesley Underground, she described herself as “the weird kid who hurried home to watch the heavily edited anime available on Cartoon Network and then repurposed it into stories that looked like somewhere I belonged.”
She started writing in the fourth grade. While she started her journey as a writer with “blatant Sailor Moon rip-offs,” she would go on to do important work. In 2012, she penned an essay for Wellesley Underground in which she discussed class warfare and the experiences of college students who live below the poverty line, drawing on her own experiences as a first-generation college student.
मुंगिन ने एक साक्षात्कार में कहा, "जब तक मैं वेलेस्ली के पास नहीं गया था, मुझे इस बात से अवगत कराया गया था कि मेरे परिवार के पास कितना है।" “मैं हुड में बड़ा हुआ, लेकिन मैं एक घर में बड़ा हुआ। मेरे पास हमेशा खाने के लिए खाना था, रोशनी हमेशा रहती थी, स्कूल की शुरुआत के लिए मेरे पास हमेशा नए कपड़े होते थे; नए स्नीकर्स साल में तीन या चार बार। यह बहुत ज्यादा नहीं लग सकता है, लेकिन मेरे दोस्त थे जो परियोजनाओं में बड़े हुए थे, जो बेघर थे, जो सिर्फ नाश्ता और दोपहर का भोजन प्राप्त करने के लिए स्कूल आए थे क्योंकि घर पर उनके लिए कुछ भी नहीं था। "
Mungin died due to COVID-19 complications on April 27, Essence reports. She and her family had made headlines after the 30-year-old was repeatedly turned away from a hospital as she sought treatment for her symptoms. Even though she exhibited primary symptoms of COVID-19 infection, she was denied testing for it. Her story is widely recognized as an example of the failure of health professionals to listen to black women and take their medical needs seriously.
Her sister, Mia Mungin, announced her passing via Twitter Monday afternoon.
“It is with heavy heart that I have to inform you all that my sister Rana Zoe…has passed away today at 12:25pm due to COVID-19 complication. She fought a long fight but her body was [too] weak.”
Updated 4/21/20, 9:44 a.m. ET: Early on in his career, bassist Henry Grimes was known for his talent, generosity and vision as a jazz musician. But the legendary artist’s most enduring quality may have been his resilience. Grimes disappeared from the music scene for decades before a new century brought new interest—and a new instrument—his way. As a jazz elder, Grimes was as curious, bright and busy as ever.
He died April 15 from complications due to the coronavirus, reports The New York Times.
1950 और 1960 के दशक के मध्य में ग्रिम्स की प्रमुखता बढ़ी, एक इन-डिमांड बेसिस्ट, जिसने ली कोज़िट, थेलोनियस मॉन्क, बेनी गुडमैन और सन्नी रोलिंस जैसे अन्य जैज़ महानों के साथ काम किया। वह मुक्त जाज आंदोलन के प्रमुख हस्तियों में से एक थे, जो स्थापित जाज सम्मेलनों की अस्वीकृति से परिभाषित थे। इम्प्रोवाइजेशन और कोऑपरेशन के लिए ग्रिम्स गिफ्ट्स ने उनकी बहुत मांग की।
लेकिन कैलिफोर्निया के एक कदम ने ग्रिम्स की किस्मत बदल दी। 1968 में वेस्ट कोस्ट में जाने से, ग्रिम्स ने अपने बास को क्षतिग्रस्त कर दिया और उसे अपना उपकरण बेचना पड़ा। पैसा बनाने के लिए, ग्रिम्स ने निर्माण और कस्टोडियल काम को समाप्त कर दिया। वह दृष्टि से फिसल गया, एक बिंदु पर एलए के स्किड रो में एकल-अधिवास होटल में रह रहा था; WBGO ने कहा कि कुछ ने मान लिया कि उनकी मृत्यु हो गई है ।
But a dedicated social worker and jazz devotee, Marshall Marotte, tracked Grimes down in 2002. Upon discovering Grimes was alive—and in need of an instrument—bassist William Parker lent him one, paving the way for Grimes’ return to New York.
Grimes eased back into the music scene with vigor and purpose, playing hundreds of gigs and publishing a book of poems he’d written while in California. He “received a hero’s welcome” at the 2003 Vision Festival, notes the Times.
“I never gave up on music, not for a minute,” Grimes once said, according to WBGO. “You could say I was absent for a long time, but I always believed I would be back one day. I just couldn’t see the way to get there, but I knew it would happen.”
Like Grimes, Giuseppi Logan stood out, even among iconoclasts.
Born in 1935 in Philadelphia, Logan taught himself to play the piano before taking up reed instruments, becoming best known as an alto saxophonist. He came up with a mix of informal and formal musical training, attending the prestigious New England Conservatory as well as performing with modern jazz groups, reports the New York Times.
Logan reached the first peak of his career in the mid-1960s as a vanguard of the revolutionary free jazz movement. For Logan, this meant leading his own groups and playing a bewildering range of instruments, including the Pakistani shehnai and the bass clarinet. He released a single studio album, The Giuseppi Logan Quartet (1964), and a live recording, More, before falling out of the scene in the late ’60s.
Discussing his musical philosophy in a short documentary from around that time, Logan said: “You have to get closer to your creator. Because that instills in the individual a love for everything, an unbiased heart.”
Over the next four decades, Logan bounced between Virginia and New York. The time was marked by periods of homelessness and issues with mental health. He would play the saxophone for change in the East Village, playing jazz standards like “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” for listeners unaware of his genius.
A chance meeting with trumpeter Matt Lavelle in a Manhattan music store ushered his re-entry back into the music scene in the late aughts, and the pair released an album in 2010, “The Giuseppi Logan Quintet.” The mix of avant-garde compositions and jazz standards was well-received by critics.
Lavelle said he and Logan were working on another album, and that Logan was returning “to the freeform explorations of the 1960s,” WBGO writes.
Lavelle confirmed that Logan’s death at Lawrence Nursing Care Center in Queens on April 17 was due to the coronavirus.
Updated 4/15/20, 9:15 a.m. ET: The New York Times notes that when Lila Fenwick attended Harvard Law School in the 1950s, her identity as a black woman made her “doubly invisible.”
As the late author, Toni Morrison might ask, “invisible to whom?”
Fenwick was the first black woman to graduate from the revered law school, becoming a trailblazer at a time when such “firsts” were routinely ostracized, harassed or threatened with death.
She was born in Manhattan on May 24, 1932, the daughter of two Trinidadian immigrants, John and Hilda Fenwick. Lila was a bright, driven student: before attending Harvard Law, she graduated from Barnard College in 1953. Upon completing her law degree, she went on to the London School of Economics before becoming a human rights official at the United Nations. In her role, Fenwick became “a specialist on studies about gender, racial and religious discrimination; the protection of minorities and indigenous populations; and the right to emigrate from oppressive countries,” writes the Times.
Her commitment to humanitarian work didn’t stop at the U.N. Alongside two other black women pioneers, Dr. Doris Wethers and Dr. Yvette Fay Francis-McBarnette, Fenwick established the Foundation for Research and Education in Sickle Cell Disease.
Even after retiring early from her U.N. post (Fenwick opted to stay close to her family, rather than move to Geneva, Switzerland in 1974 with the rest of her division), she remained committed to learning.
In the 1990s, Fenwick audited a class at Columbia Law School taught by Patricia J. Williams, one of the first black women professors to teach law at the elite school.
“She was so elegant, a lady in the lovely, old fashioned, full sense of that word,” Professor Williams, who graduated from Harvard Law nearly 20 years after Fenwick, told the Times. “We talked about the loneliness, what it took to be in a world where you were always different, always the other and never assumed to be part of the power elite.”
Fenwick died at her Manhattan home on April 4, just a few weeks shy of her 88th birthday.
Updated 4/10/20, 1 p.m ET: Dr. Harry Blake was a pastor, civil rights activist and beloved community leader in Shreveport, La.
He passed Wednesday evening at 82 from complications of COVID-19 according to KTBS. Blake worked with Martin Luther King Jr., helping plan and stage protests, for four years during the civil rights movement. During that time he endured beatings, arrests and threats to his life. But through it all, Blake remained a modest man. “I didn’t see that as history in the making, I just saw it as a job I had to do or mission I had to fulfill. I never took a photo with Dr. King, I never took one with him,” said Blake, KTBS notes.
The people of Shreveport knew him as the pastor of Mt. Canaan Baptist Church for over 52 years. He retired in 2018 but made a brief return as Interim pastor of St. Rest Baptist Church in Shreveport.
“I think I’d like to be remembered as a man who really cared about people, and did all he could to make life better for people. And that’s the story of my life.” Blake told KTBS in a 2018 interview.
Updated 4/08/20, 10:50 a.m. ET: For more than 13 years, Janice Rodman sat at the Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA’s front desk, greeting longtime neighbors as they brought in their children, as well as an influx of new residents. No matter who you were, she knew your name.
Rodman went by several names herself: “JP” or “Shining Star” to her family in North Carolina, where she was born—the latter her nickname because she was “always a bright light,” writes BuzzFeed News. At the YMCA in Bed-Stuy, where she lived most of her life, she was known to everyone as “Miss Janice.”
She died on March 31st, shortly after doctors discovered that the condition her family thought was bronchitis (Rodman suffered from the illness regularly) was actually the coronavirus.
“She didn’t know she was as sick as she was,” her daughter Jasmine Thornton told BuzzFeed. Receiving the call that her mother died just one day after she was taken to the hospital, “was the biggest punch in the stomach.”
That loss will be felt by all who knew her. At the Y, she was the person you went to if you needed an extra hand or a favor. On her block in Bed-Stuy, her home—a three-story brownstone where she lived with her daughter, sister, nieces, and, at one point, her parents—was a hub for barbecues and block parties.
Flip through old photos of Rodman from the 1990s, and you’d find a party girl, her daughter says—nails always done, listening to Naughty by Nature or singing along to Carl Thomas.
Her vivaciousness and warmth were most apparent in how she treated children, people who knew her at the YMCA noted. Whenever events were held at the facility, staffers knew to bring back any leftover balloons to Rodman, who would collect them and hand them out to the kids afterward.
“Those kids just light up when they come in the door and see her,” Sonia Atherly, executive director of Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA, told BuzzFeed. “I can’t imagine what is going to happen when eventually things get righted again.”
“When the kids come in the door, they’re going to ask for Miss Janice...I can’t imagine what we’re going to tell those kids.”
Chances are you know hands like Mary Louise Brown Morgan’s hands.
A proud grandmother, her hands knew dirt and digging: her garden was full of rosebushes and “just about every kind of fruit tea, from plums to satsuma oranges to kumquats,” the Associated Press reports. Hands that fed chickens in her yard, washing their eggs and giving them to the ones she loved. Hands that clasped in prayer every Sunday at Mr. Vernon Methodist Church in Gray, La., the town she spent most of her 78 years in. Morgan volunteered to keep the pews clean, to put up the Christmas tree when the weather cooled and the smell of pies started wafting from those south Louisiana kitchens.
In her kitchen, Morgan made a “mean gumbo and red beans,” her grandson, Steve Morgan, told the AP. Her halls were beautifully decorated with framed photos of her grandchildren and their spouses: “It seemed like every graduation I had, she was there,” he said.
Her hands kept the books for her late husband, who worked as a master plumber. Her hands also showed her ID at the airport as she carefully removed her shoes as she flew to New York to cook Thanksgiving dinner for her grandson and his medical school friends.
Steve Morgan says his grandmother passed quickly: first was the call, asking him to come visit because she wasn’t feeling well (that in itself was an alarm; Steve said his grandmother never asked for anything). In a hospital in Houma, La., Steve, now a physician, saw his grandmother get intubated. She had the coronavirus, which meant he wasn’t allowed to sit with her. Couldn’t hold her hands at the side of her bed. He had to watch her die from the other side of the glass.
Morgan died on March 27, the first person in her parish to pass from COVID-19. Her family held a funeral service for her last Thursday—a small gathering, not in the church where she bowed her head and spoke to God for years, but a place with enough space that those mourning her could stand at a distance. They wore masks. They raised their hands and waved at each other: A way to say hello, a way to say goodbye.
Updated 4/07/20, 10:14 a.m. ET: For years, Detroiters eager for a fast, hearty, and delicious meal would shuffle in line outside of Mr. Fofo’s deli in Midtown. Founded and run by Otis Knapp Lee, one of the city’s native sons, the restaurant specialized in soul food, but what really made it stand apart was Lee’s generosity. He offered up sandwiches with heaping portions of corned beef (the dish would become his specialty), and Lee gave away thousands of free turkeys each November.
On April 5, the beloved 72-year-old restaurateur died in Garden City Hospital, just 10 days after being diagnosed with the coronavirus, reports the Detroit Free Press.
“He was just fine, other than a little arthritis. He was never sickly, right up until this happened,” his son, Keith Lee, told the paper. “We thought he’d live to his 90s.”
Otis Lee—and the plates he served at Mr. Fofo’s for 34 years—were the definition of homegrown. Raised by his grandmother after his father killed his mother when he was just 6 years old, Lee learned to bake her sweet potato pies, a dessert that would become one of Mr. Fofo’s signature dishes. Lee opened the restaurant in Midtown when he was 25; its name was inspired by his son Keith’s nickname, but it was only a matter of time before customers began referring to Otis that way, too.
The Free Press reports that the deli gained popularity as soul food was “making a name in Detroit” among residents of all races: hungry patrons lined up for his mac ‘n’ cheese, sweet potato pies, and corned beef sandwiches. Eater notes that Mr. Fofo’s was one of the first black-owned businesses to specialize in the pantry staple.
Soul food is known for its ability to bring people together, and it was a hallmark of Lee’s approach as well. His son Keith noted that for 30 years, “we catered Judge Damon Keith’s big soul-food luncheon.”
“I’d see everybody there–the governor, the mayor, Anita Baker,” his son said.
Lee’s family is currently planning on an online memorial, due to the current ban on public memorials.
While Mr. Fofo’s closed in 2007, Lee’s legacy lives on with this family.
“His impact ... we feel it wholeheartedly in our family,” Keith Lee told the Free Press. “And on top of that, that restaurant was a school for me, my brothers, sisters, cousins, all of us.”
Updated 4/06/20, 1:50 p.m. ET: Patrick Jones, 49, is the first federal inmate to die from COVID-19 according to NBC News. In 2007, he was sentenced to 27 years in federal prison for a non-violent drug offense when he was found to have 19 grams of crack and 21 grams of cocaine. Having spent the last 13 years in federal prison, he hadn’t seen his 16-year-old son since he was a young toddler and had spent the majority of his incarceration fighting for a reduced prison sentence. In a letter written to U.S District Judge Alan Albright he wrote, “I feel that my conviction and sentence was also a punishment that my child has had to endure also and there are no words for how remorseful I am.”
He hoped that the recently passed First Step Act, which aims to provide help to non-violent drug offenders, would’ve helped him secure his release and allow him to finally see his son again. Unfortunately, the judge denied his request on February 26. He was incarcerated at a low-security facility in Oakdale, La., which is facing one of the worst outbreaks of any federal facility.
Jones had a rough childhood and the severity of his sentence was predicated on the charges he accrued as a teenager as well as the proximity of his home to a local junior college. During his time in prison, he worked his way up to head baker and had hoped to pursue a career in baking upon release.
Jones’ sister, Deborah Canady, told NBC News “My brother made some bad decisions in life, but that doesn’t make him a bad person.”
Updated 4/01/20, 1:56 pm ET: Labels like “prodigy” and “genius” are thrown around with increasing regularity, but Wallace Roney was the real deal.
The jazz trumpeter was handpicked by none other than Miles Davis to follow in his footsteps, making Roney the legendary musician’s “only true protégé,” writes the New York Times.
On Tuesday, the 59-year-old virtuoso died in Paterson, N.J., as his fiancée, Dawn Jones, cited complications from COVID-19 as the cause, NPR reports. Both she and Roney were admitted to St. Joseph’s University Medical Center last Wednesday.
Born on May 25, 1960, Roney taught himself the basics of playing the trumpet, the Times noted. By the time he was 12-years-old, Roney was the youngest member of a professional classical quintet, the Philadelphia Brass. He attended the famed Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C. as a teenager, managing his course load as a student while taking trips to New York to perform.
Roney developed a high profile by his early 20s, winning national awards and recognition as a leader of the Young Lions movement, which comprised of young musicians “devoted to bringing jazz back in line with its midcentury sound,” writes the Times. It was around this time he caught Davis’ eye and the pair forged a decades-long bond over their mutual admiration for each other and their love for music.
By 27, he was heralded by novelist James McBride as “one of the best jazz trumpet players in the world.”
Over the course of his career, Roney would release nearly 20 albums as a bandleader, including Blue Dawn-Blue Notes, issued just last year. He won a Grammy in 1994, alongside other surviving members of the Miles Davis Quintet, for the album A Tribute to Miles.
Davis’ family members, Erin Davis (his son), Cheryl Davis (his sister), and Vince Wilburn, Jr. (his nephew) paid tribute to Roney on the official Miles Davis Twitter account on Tuesday.
“We are devastated,” they wrote. “Wallace was a global life force in the jazz community.”
“He was loved and mentored by Miles. We will miss you Wally,” they continued. We love you.”
Updated 3/30/20, 12:10 pm ET: Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, Md., is mourning the sudden loss of the beloved head coach of its boys basketball team, Terrance Burke. The 54-year-old counselor died on March 27 from complications of COVID-19, reports The Washington Post.
It’s unclear how or when Burke contracted the virus, according to NBC Sports. Maryland decided to close all school campuses in the state two weeks ago. Burke’s death, which was announced by Prince George’s County Public Schools on Saturday, came as a “shock” to his friends and family members, the Post reports.
A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Burke was strong and healthy despite having asthma, his son Synde Burke told the Post.
“He worked out every day,” he added.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Burke was admired by students and colleagues alike for his warmth, humor, sense of style (his daughter said Burke was known to rock a Gucci belt at basketball games) and his Brooklyn accent. By many accounts, he was the kind of coach you’d watch on the most heartwarming of high school dramas: a man who “valued hustle over talent,” writes the Post.
At least two of his children, Sydne and Arnetha, followed in his footsteps and became teachers. One former player, Hasani Hill, told the Post a story that seemed indicative of the type of educator—and the type of person—Burke was. Initially cut from the Northwestern High basketball team, Hill still showed up to the team practice to watch the squad play. Burke told the then-sophomore if he could outperform the players at practice, Hill could have a spot on the team. But that wasn’t all Burke offered Hill: he would continue to support the young man, who used to get in trouble before joining the team. He served as a mentor to the teen, and if Hill couldn’t afford to buy his own basketball shoes, Burke would give him a pair from his own closet.
“I was nobody important,” Hill told the Post, “and he still looked out for me.”
Dez-Ann Romain, principal of the Brooklyn Democracy Academy (BDA), was known for her resilience and energy.
For four years, the 36-year-old led the Brownsville-based BDA, a public high school specifically for students who needed to transfer out of traditional high schools. Colleagues told the New York Times Romain was “vibrant,” bright and diligent: she made a habit of keeping fresh flowers in her office and was the type of educator who knew each of her student’s backstories, motivations, and family members.
“She was one of the most innovative school leaders I’ve ever worked with,” said Courtney Winkfield, a senior strategy and policy adviser at New York’s Department of Education. “Her students just adored her.”
On March 23, Romain became the first known New York City public school staff member to die from complications from COVID-19.
Romain last reported to BDA on March 12, right before the school implemented daily deep-cleaning and disinfection. Within days, she began to feel ill. On March 18, she was hospitalized for pneumonia, school officials told the Times.
Five days later, New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza sent a letter to the academy community notifying them of their principal’s death and offering condolences. Carranza called her passing “painful for all of us.”
Romain had big plans for the academy, harnessing resources to push the school and its students forward: during her tenure, she partnered with sports companies to secure athletic equipment for her students. She also wanted to open a hydroponic gardening lab at the school, which would eventually be turned into a farmers market for the school’s Brownsville neighbors. Before she died, Romain had obtained funding to launch the lab.
“She looked at every single kid as her personal mission,” said Winkfield. She “just loved being a principal.”
Marlowe Stoudamire was the type of man who seemed to have his hands in everything. A “beloved” champion of Detroit, Stoudamire was a driving force behind projects like the Detroit Historical Society’s award-winning “Detroit ‘67” exhibit, which commemorated the 50th anniversary of black Detroit’s uprising against the city’s police department. The 43-year-old consultant and entrepreneur also recently helped secure $1 million from the Detroit Red Wings and the NHL to fund hockey programs for the city’s youth.
On March 24, the Detroit Free Press reported that the community leader had died of COVID-19. Stoudamire had no known health issues, nor had he recently traveled, reports The Detroit News. His death marks the first publicly identified coronavirus-related death in Michigan.
A former project director of international business strategy at Henry Ford Health System, Stoudamire spent decades bringing different parts of the city together to advance Detroit’s profile, share its story, and make it a more vibrant place for its residents. He was praised as a “connector” and a “transformational figure” by former colleagues.
Among his projects was Roster Detroit, intended to combat the narrative that Detroit was losing its most talented residents. Stoudamire would highlight local entrepreneurs, artists, and business leaders, as well as cheer on the accomplishments of native Detroiters.
Friend Ken Harris, resident and CEO of the National Business League, Inc., told the Detroit Free Press Stoudamire’s trajectory was “limitless.”
“To see someone that you love so close to you be taken away from us by this particular virus is nothing we all expect, but at the same time it sends a strong message that the community has to take this pandemic seriously,” Harris said.
“He was one of those shining examples of what you can do when you’re committed to making Detroit a better place,” former state Sen. Ian Conyers told the paper, adding, “Marlowe made Detroit a better place. He was doing it.”
शा'कारी रिचर्डसन, जो "फास्ट ऐज़ शिट" के लिए वकंदन है, ने अमेरिका के दूसरे दिन अपनी पहली ओलंपिक बर्थ अर्जित करके जुनेथेन की छुट्टी मनाई
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स्कारलेट जोहानसन और फ्लोरेंस पुघ ने 'ब्लैक विडो' के सेट पर एक-दूसरे की पिटाई करते हुए दोस्ती की।
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हां, दो छोटे शरीर वाले रूसी कछुओं ने चंद्रमा पर और मनुष्य के आने से पहले वापस आ गए।
नीत्शे का गद्य चंचल है, लेकिन इसका अर्थ अक्सर अपारदर्शी होता है। हालांकि शायद हमें एक दार्शनिक से कुछ कम की उम्मीद नहीं करनी चाहिए, जिसने लिखा, "मैं एक आदमी नहीं हूं। मैं डायनामाइट हूं।"
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पेरिस जैक्सन ने हाल ही में रेड टेबल टॉक के एक एपिसोड में अपनी एलजीबीटीक्यू यात्रा और अपने विस्तारित परिवार के बारे में बात की
जोशुआ बैसेट ने जीक्यू को बताया कि वह पिछले महीने अपनी कामुकता को संबोधित करते हुए एक इंस्टाग्राम पोस्ट में अपने शब्दों के पीछे खड़ा है
"यह लड़ने की भावना है, यह दृढ़ता की भावना है," उसने अपने हिट गीत "फाइट" के दौरान :BLACKPRINT's Juneteenth, सेलिब्रेटिंग फ्रीडम वर्चुअल फेस्टिवल के दौरान कहा
बैटल ऑफ ब्रदर्स के लेखक और नेटफ्लिक्स के द क्राउन के सलाहकार रॉबर्ट लेसी ने भाइयों के चल रहे संघर्ष पर चर्चा की
1920 के दशक से, जब न्यूयॉर्क ने गगनचुंबी इमारतों को तेजी से विकसित करना शुरू किया, शहर के क्षितिज हर बड़े शहर का मुख्य केंद्र रहे हैं। वे धन और शक्ति के प्रतीक रहे हैं और वे हमारे शहर के केंद्रों में बड़ी संख्या में लोगों को एक साथ रहने और काम करने में सक्षम बनाते हैं।
नैतिक शून्यवाद शांत और लोकप्रिय है, लेकिन अंततः अक्षम्य शून्यवाद यह विचार है कि वास्तव में कुछ भी मायने नहीं रखता है। यह कई अन्य दृष्टिकोणों और विचारों से जुड़ा हुआ है, और इसमें आमतौर पर निराशावादी अर्थ होते हैं।
तो आप अंत में केंद्र में हैं - सुनिश्चित करें कि सही लोग आपको देखें ("हम बहुत उत्साहित हैं") जैसे ही आप इसमें कूदते हैं, बस याद रखें: आपकी खुद की पोस्ट कमरे (या ज़ूम) को नहीं भरेगी, लेकिन यह आपकी बात सुनने के लिए मुट्ठी भर बिल्कुल सही लोगों को प्राप्त कर सकता है। दूसरे शब्दों में, किसी भी कार्यक्रम में उपस्थित लोगों की एक उच्च समग्र संख्या प्राप्त करना वास्तव में आपके पिच पोस्ट का उद्देश्य नहीं है।
हम एक बेहतरीन फिल्म को एक बॉक्स में डाल रहे हैं (स्पॉयलर-फ्री) इन द हाइट्स हॉलीवुड का एक प्रमुख संगीत है जिसमें भारी लैटिनो कलाकारों ने अभिनय किया है। रिलीज़ होने से पहले, ब्लैक पैंथर और क्रेज़ी रिच एशियाइयों से इसकी तुलना करने के लिए काफी कमेंट्री की गई थी।