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RIP Diahann Carroll
October 4th, 2019 under Obits. [ Comments: none ]

Diahann Carroll passed away today at the age of 84 from cancer according to what her only child Suzanne Kay told CBS.

Diahann Carroll was a beautiful singer and talented actress, but she also opened so many doors for African-American women in the business. In 1962, she was the first Black actress to win a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical – No Strings.

Six years later, she followed that up by being the first Black woman to lead a sitcom and not be a domestic worker. She played a widowed single mother who worked as a nurse and supported her family by herself. The show also took on several hot-topic issues like her son being called the N-word. While the series was not a groundbreaking one per se, her character was. Plus, it is enjoyable to watch.

In 1975, she received an Oscar nomination for playing Claudine, a struggling single mother being courted by James Earl Jones.

In the ’80s, she was once again getting us to tune in every week to watch her on the tube. This time it was Dominique Deveraux on Dynasty and its spinoff The Colbys. She had a few more memorable TV roles on A Different World, Soul Food and Grey’s Anatomy.

Her final role was on White Collar, as the women who owned the home where Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) lived and in ways was like a mother to him. She classed up the show that was already very classy.

Carroll was a class act. Today, we should remember this groundbreaking talent for the legend she will always be. Watch her many roles because each one was perfected by her.


RIP Ric Ocasek
September 15th, 2019 under Obits, RIc Ocasek. [ Comments: none ]

Ric Ocasek passed away today at the age of 75 according to WPIX. He was found unresponsive in his townhome around 4p, and he was declared dead. No foul play is suspected.

He is best known as the lead singer of The Cars. The New Wave band formed in 1976. Their sound was a mixture of the ’60s Rock with a modern synthesized sound. As time went on, they were not only known for their defining tunes that evolved with age, but also for the music videos that went with them. In fact, You Might Think was the first Best Music Video at the MTV Awards.

They had several hits from ’76 until their first breakup in 1988. Songs like Just What I Needed, My Best Friend’s Girl, Good Times Roll, Shake It Up, You Might Think, Magic, Hello Again (which is my phone’s ringtone) and Tonight She Comes. Benjamin Orr, who sang Drive, passed away in 2000 from pancreatic cancer. Tonight, he is going to drive Ocasek home to heaven.

On that note, Ocasek met his wife Paulina Porizkova when she co-starred in the Drive music video. On May 2, 2018, she announced that they had “peacefully separated for the past year.” The couple has 2 sons, Jonathan Raven and Oliver. He has four other sons, Christopher, Adam, Eron and Derek, two from each of previous two marriages.

Also last year, The Cars were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The last time the band would perform with their lead.

Today, remember a man that helped to shape modern music by listening to their songs that will bring a smile to your face. They always do that for me.


RIP Valerie Harper
August 30th, 2019 under Obits. [ Comments: none ]

Valerie Harper passed away today 8 days after her 80th birtday from a long battle with a rare type of brain cancer accoding to The Washington Post.

The actress is best known for playing Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda. She was a wise cracking, fearless, independent woman, you could not help but to love. Since I am a girl from The Bronx, I grew up wanting to be her. In some ways, I am lot like Rhoda.

Before she became one of the biggest television stars of the ’70s, she starred on Broadway. After Rhoda, she still did plays, starred in a few more televsion shows along with many telemovies and movies.

She never stopped acting even when she started having health issues. In 2009, she was diagnosed with lung cancer. She beat it. However, in 2013, she was revealed she was suffering from leptomeningeal carcinomatosis and was told she had 6 months to live. Thanks to experimental treatments, 6 months turned into 6 years.

Today, let’s remember her with a huge smile, one as big as hers. I know I will be doing that.


RIP Cameron Boyce
July 7th, 2019 under Disney Kids, Obits. [ Comments: none ]

Cameron Boyce passed away yesterday at the age of 20. The actor “passed away in his sleep due to a seizure which was a result of an ongoing medical condition for which he was being treated.”

Even though he was just 20 years old, he had been acting nonstop for over his half of life. Boyce is best known for playing Luke on Jessie and Carlos De Vil in the Descendants franchise. The third and final movie is slated to air August 2nd on Disney Channel.

Boyce was also the title voice of the popular kids’ cartoon Jake and the Never Land Pirates. Not only was he a Disney star, but he also played Adam Sandler’s on in Grown Ups and its sequel.

Along with Descendants 3, he has two other projects coming out. The television series Paradise City and the movie Runt.

Today, let’s honor this great talent that was taken away from us way too young and watch many of his enjoyable acting roles. I will be rewatching him in Descendants. He had such a bright future because he had such an amazing past.

My heart goes out to his family and friends. Remember to tell your loved ones that you love them because this is a reminder life is way too short.


RIP Tim Conway
May 14th, 2019 under Obits. [ Comments: none ]

The World is a lot less funny because Tim Conway passed away yesterday at the age of 85 from complications of Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus according to People.

Conway was always the funniest person in the room, ask anyone who worked with him. When I asked Betty White who was the only person who could make her break and she told me it was Tim Conway. No one would crack up more than his scene partner on The Carol Brunet Show, Harvey Korman. You almost felt bad for Korman but then you would think he got to experience Conway’s humor better than anyone.

Conway is most known for The Carol Burnett Show, but he was always acting. He appeared o several talk shows, The Shaggy DA, McHale’s Navy, The Apple Dumpling Gang, Married…with Children, Spongebob Squarepants, Hot In Cleveland and so many more.

No matter what he did, he made us laugh until we peed our pants. Today, honor him by laughing. Let out laughter lift him up to heaven where he can torture his good friend Harvey Korman again.


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