Obituaries

Albert Finney
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Albert Finney

Albert Finney, one of the great actors of all time, has died. He was 82, and he suffered from kidney cancer. His death was announced on Friday, February 8th. Finney’s first major role was in 1960 in the film “Saturday Night and Sunday Morning,” one of the early British dramas about angry young men. In 1968, I believe Finney reached […]

Frank Robinson
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Frank Robinson

Frank Robinson, the first African-American manager of a major league baseball team, died Thursday in Los Angeles after a long illness, Major League Baseball announced Thursday. He was 83. Mr. Robinson walked into MLB’s history books on April 8, 1975, when he gave the lineup card to the home plate umpire as player-manager of the Cleveland Indians in front of […]

Tuskegee Airman dies
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Tuskegee Airman dies

  Wilfred Defour, an aircraft technician for the famed Tuskegee Airmen during World War 2, was recently found dead in his Harlem, New York, home. A  home health care worker found Mr. Defour’s body in the bathroom. He was 100 years old. Foul play was not involved. While in the service, Mr. Defour painted the tails of the aircraft from […]

Phillip Jackson
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Phillip Jackson, former chief of staff for the Chicago Public Schools and founder of the Black Star Project, has died

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Phillip Jackson, chief of staff for the Chicago Public Schools under Paul Vallas and Gery Chico and chairman and founder of the Black Star Project, died Sunday after a long bout with cancer.  He died while in care at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois. Mr. Jackson, who was 68, also suffered from vitiligo, […]

Recent deaths
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Recent deaths

Congressman Ron Dellums Congressman Ron Dellums, who along with 13 others, established the Congressional Black Caucus more than 45 years ago, has died. Dellums, a native of Oakland, California, served in Congress 27 years. Dellums died Monday at his home in Washington, D.C. He was 82 and he died of cancer. An anti-war activist, Dellums was elected mayor of Oakland […]

Winnie Mandela has died
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Winnie Mandela has died

By Frederick H. Lowe Winifred Madikizela-Mandela, ex-wife of Nelson Mandela, died Monday, Al Jazeera and several other news outlets are reporting from Johannesburg, South Africa,  near where she lived. Winifred Mandela was 81 years old. “She died after a long illness, for which she had been in and out of the hospital since the start of the year,” Victor Diamini, […]

In Memoriam 2017
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In Memoriam 2017

NorthStar looks back and honors these extraordinary people we lost in 2017…. By Susan M. Miller 19 November Della Reese (b. July 6, 1931; Detroit, Michigan), 86, singer, actress and minister, began singing in church, was discovered at thirteen by gospel great Mahalia Jackson and sang with her group. From there, her bright and varied career led her to a […]

Charles Manson, who hoped to spark a war between blacks and whites after two horrible murders, is dead
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Charles Manson, who hoped to spark a war between blacks and whites after two horrible murders, is dead

By Frederick H. Lowe Charles Manson, who orchestrated the murders of eight people, including an unborn child, in the hope of inciting a race war between blacks and whites, has died of natural causes unlike his cult’s victims. The 83-year-old Manson died November 19 in a Kern County hospital in Corcoran, California. Manson initially was sentenced to death in 1971 […]