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Sylvia Robinson: 1936 - 2011

The “mother of hip-hop” of Sugar Hill Records fame, passed away yesterday morning in a New Jersey hospital at age 75. Robinson launched the famous record label with her husband and signed the earliest hip hop stars like Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five. Show More Summary

Emanuel Litvinoff, 1915-2011

The Guardian and The Telegraph both report that poet and novelist Emanuel Litvinoff passed away on September 24. Litvinoff, born in 1915 in Whitechapel, East London, might be best remembered for a “devastating public attack” on TS Eliot. The Telegraph describes the moment: During the 1920s, at a time of high literary anti-Semitism, Eliot had [...]

R.I.P. Sylvia Robinson, “mother of hip-hop”; Courtney Love tell-all memoir on the way; VH1 releases ridiculous list

- Sylvia Robinson, who helped bring hip-hop to the masses as owner of Sugar Hill Records, passed away on Thursday at the age of 76. Robinson had a career as a singer-songwriter and had a hit with “Pillow Talk” but is best known for running the label that released the song “Rapper’s Delight” by Sugar Hill Gang, which is widely known as rap’s first hit. Read full article >>

VIDEO: Reggae Pioneer Leonard Dillon Dies

Billboard is reporting that reggae pioneer Leonard Dillon has passed away. Dillon was the lead singer of The Ethiopians, who helped usher ska and rocksteady into the Reggae music canon. The Ethiopians' biggest hits included "Train to...Show More Summary

Death by media

In our obituary yesterday of David Croft, we mistakenly said his wife Ann had also passed away. We wish to make clear that this was wrong and we apologise for the error.

Nelson Mandela’s Grandchildren to Star in Reality Show

The grandchildren of South Africa's first black president, Nelson Mandela, will star in their very own reality show. And if you think Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney are an inspiration, think again; Producer Sylvia Robinson passed away on Thursday of congestive heart failure. The 75-year-old was known as one of the pioneering forces behind hip hop.

Hip Hop’s First Lady, Sylvia Robinson, RIP

The first lady of hip-hop has died. Sylvia Robinson, who founded Suger Hill Records, which gave rap the first real hit, has sadly passed away of congestive heart failure at the New Jersey Institute of Neuroscience in Secaucus. However, in tribute to Sylvia, it’s worth pointing out that she was much more than just the [...]

Prominent Cleveland Physician's Estate to be sold by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

3 years agoArts : Artdaily

CHICAGO, IL.- Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, one of the nation?s leading fine art auction houses, announced the single-owner auction of the Estate of Dr. Paul J. Vignos, Jr. on November 6-8, 2011. Dr. Vignos, who passed away in June 2010,...Show More Summary

Tim Giago: The Indian Mission Kids Only Knew Him As 'Rochester'

3 years agoNews : Huffington Post

His death made me wonder how many more of my classmates had passed away and I never knew it because I only knew them by their nicknames.

Sylvia Robinson, 1936-2011. R.I.P.

Singer, songwriter, producer and recording executive Sylvia Robinson passed away this morning of congestive heart failure. She was 75.To rest the rest of this obituary, please check out The Spectacle.

WATCH: Remembering Greg Giraldo One Year Later

It may be hard to believe, but comedian Greg Giraldo passed away one year ago today. While he has been sorely missed, perhaps most noticeably...

R.I.P. Sylvia Robinson

3 years agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Sylvia Robinson, “The Mother Of Hip-Hop,” passed away earlier today at the age of 75. Though she got started in the singing duo Mickey and Sylvia and eventually notched a hit, “Pillow Talk,” she’s most famous for producing pioneering rap singles “The Message” (Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five) and “Rapper’s Delight” (Sugar Hill Gang) [...]

Heidi the cross-eyed opossum passes away

Heidi was famous for correctly predicting the best actor and best actress winners at the 2011 Oscars

Leonard Dillon, Leader of Reggae Pioneers the Ethiopians, Dead at 68

YouTube Leonard Dillon, leader of the pioneering reggae group the Ethiopians, passed away in Jamaica from lung and prostate cancer at his daughter Patrice Dillon's Kingston home, the AP reports. He was 68. Dillon began his career in the in the early 1960s recording songs under the moniker Jack Sparrow. Show More Summary

Wangari Maathai and the Real Work of Hope

Anna Lappe and her mother, Frances Moore Lappe, on the late Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai, who passed away earlier this week, leaving behind 45 million trees.

Heidi The Cross-Eyed Opossum Dies

It’s a sad day in the animal kingdom. Heidi the cross-eyed opossum passed away earlier this week at the Leipzig Zoo. Heidi was put to sleep by a veterinarian. She was 3 and a half years old. Heidi the opossum gained international fame because of her cute crossed eyes. She picked Oscar winners, had merchandise, and [...]

South Carolina Football: Stephen Garcia's Grandfather Passes Away

Stephen Garcia's grandfather, with whom Garcia was extremely close, passed away this morning. I won't make any sort of cliched football discussion here. Garcia was always close to his grandfather, and he will have a heavy heart from here on out. Show More Summary

Are Organic and Biodynamic Wines Worth It?

Joe Dressner, the revered wine importer and veritable poster child for the “natural wine” movement in the United States, passed away recently, bringing a wash of sadness over the wine world, but also inciting a flurry of pointed discussions... Read more

When Mom or Dad wades back in the dating pool

3 years agoHealth : The Chart

Ian Kerner, a sexuality counselor and New York Times best-selling author, blogs about sex on Thursdays on The Chart. Read more from him on his website, GoodInBed. When my mother’s long-term boyfriend passed away, I was worried that she might be wary of taking another chance on romance. So when I learned that she’d rekindled [...]

How Miles Davis Used To Get Down...

Guardian UK: The Picasso of jazz passed away 20 years ago. Countless columns will no doubt be devoted to the anniversary. He’ll be remembered fondly as a musician of genius who was at the forefront of bebop, hard-bop, orchestral jazz, modal jazz, jazz-rock fusion and techno-funk. Show More Summary

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