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Bright light of Black Press dims: Bernal SmithII dies at 45

Bright light of Black Press dims: Bernal SmithII dies at 45

| October 31, 2017

By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor) The National Newspaper Publishers Association lost one of its own this week. Bernal E. Smith II, the president and publisher of the Tri-State Defender and a well-known civic leader in Memphis, Tenn., died Sunday. Smith was 45. The Tri-State Defender, among the longest running African-American newspapers in the […]

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Award-winning actor Robert Guillaume dies at 89

Award-winning actor Robert Guillaume dies at 89

| October 30, 2017

By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor) Family members, friends and fans are grieving the loss of television and stage icon Robert Guillaume, who died on Tuesday, Oct. 24, in Los Angeles. Guillaume, 89, is survived by his second wife, Donna Brown, a son and three daughters. “He was a pioneer and what he did […]

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Baldwin documentary ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ receives Oscar nod

Baldwin documentary ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ receives Oscar nod

| October 5, 2017

By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor) On Feb. 1, the first day of Black History Month, the National Museum of African American History and Culture premiered the Oscar-nominated documentary “I Am Not Your Negro,” which features commentary by James Baldwin. The film is a tribute to the staggering contribution of one of America’s greatest […]

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Prince Hall Masons display African American legacy of unity, work, progress

Prince Hall Masons display African American legacy of unity, work, progress

| September 25, 2017

By S3˙ Thomas Special to Frost Illustrated A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of driving my father to Kansas City to a National Masonic Convention. I was floored by the quantity and variety of people of color with whom I came in contact! I met and rubbed shoulders with all walks of life […]

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NNPA celebrates living legacy of Dick Gregory

NNPA celebrates living legacy of Dick Gregory

| September 15, 2017

The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) pauses to express our heartfelt condolences to the family of Dick Gregory, and to express forthrightly on the public record our profound and enduring love, respect, and salute to the living legacy of Dick Gregory. At no time in our 400-year travail and struggle for freedom, justice and equality […]

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Dick Gregory dies at 84

Dick Gregory dies at 84

| August 21, 2017

By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor) Legendary civil rights activist and comedian Dick Gregory died on Aug. 19. He was 84. Friends, family and celebrities took to social media to honor the icon and innovator of the black community. “It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend […]

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The conclusion of the fall election of 2016

The conclusion of the fall election of 2016

| April 12, 2017

The presidential campaign of 2016 displayed and equal distribution of wealth party versus a party that is fascinated by such things as Corvette collections. Voters are poorly read because of the influence of sports and the television. Our minds are becoming incapable of discerning differences—so personalities, rather than issues, dominate. We accept candidates who are […]

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Remebering the legacy of Judge William L. Briggs

Remebering the legacy of Judge William L. Briggs

| April 10, 2017

By Magistrate Lori Morgan Special to Frost Illustrated FORT WAYNE—Fort Wayne lost one of its legends of the legal world when retired judge William L. Briggs passed away on March 29, 2017, at the age of 80. Judge Briggs was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on January 28, 1937 to Justice of the Peace William […]

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‘The Awesome Frost’ to air regularly on 95.7 FM WELT

‘The Awesome Frost’ to air regularly on 95.7 FM WELT

| April 4, 2017

FORT WAYNE—Starting Friday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m., on 95.7 FM WELT radio, and dropping Fridays from then on is The Awesome Frost. Frost Illustrated newspaper, along with the African/African American Historical Society Museum (AAAHSM, “pronounced Awesome”), will collaborate on a (mostly) local-history interview show, The Awesome Frost. The show will be curated and hosted […]

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‘We Are Family’ singer Joni Sledge dies of natural causes

‘We Are Family’ singer Joni Sledge dies of natural causes

| March 23, 2017

By Stacy M. Brown (The Washington Informer/NNPA Member) Joni Sledge, the second eldest sister in the hit pop group Sister Sledge, died of a preexisting medical condition, according to TMZ. Sledge passed away at home in Phoenix, Arizona, on Friday, March 11. She was 60 years old. On March 14, the gossip website reported that […]

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