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O.J. Simpson in 1994 (AP Photo/Eric Draper, File) 

Simpson said last year that he was battling prostate cancer. Simpson’s gridiron legacy was forever overshadowed by the 1994 knife slayings of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.

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James A. Washington (Photo: NNPA) 

The president and general manager of the Atlanta Voice, Washington, always displayed a genuine concern for Black America and its longtime voice, The Black Press of America.

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Louis Gossett Jr. poses for a portrait in New York to promote the release of "Roots: The Complete Original Series" on Bu-ray on May 11, 2016. Gossett Jr., the first Black man to win a supporting actor Oscar and an Emmy winner for his role in the seminal TV miniseries “Roots,” has died. He was 87. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP, File) 

Gossett won a supporting actor Oscar and an Emmy winner for his role in the seminal TV miniseries “Roots” and an Academy Award for “An Officer and a Gentleman.”

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Ramona Edelin (Photo courtesy of NNPA) 

Her death, finally confirmed this week by Barnaby Towns, a communications strategist who collaborated with Dr. Edelin, was attributed to cancer.

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Hinton Battle (Photo Credit: NNPA) 

The Committee of Theatre Owners has announced that on March 12, 2024, at exactly 6:45 pm, all Broadway theaters in New York will dim their lights for one minute to pay tribute to the iconic performer.

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Image Credit: Annual Review of Political Science via NNPA 

A Wallace S. Sayre Professor Emeritus of Government at Columbia University, Hamilton made history as one of the first African Americans to hold an endowed chair at an Ivy League university. His extensive research delved into urban politics and the Civil Rights movement. Another of his notable contributions was, “Adam Clayton Powell Jr.: The Political Biography of an American Dilemma (1991).”

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Peggy Joan Maxie, August 18, 1936 - February 18, 2024 

Maxie was the first African American woman elected to the Washington State House of Representatives, serving the 37th District from 1971 to 1982.

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Hydia Broadbent in 1997 (Craig L. Moran/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP) 

A 7-year-old Broadbent became a national symbol of HIV/AIDS advocacy when she joined Magic Johnson on a 1992 Nickelodeon channel TV special. Broadbent made the talk-show circuit as a child, met the president and first lady, spoke at the 1996 Republican National Convention and was featured on a segment on ABC’s “20/20.”

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Joe Madison (Photo: joemadison.com) 

In a statement, Madison’s family invited fans and friends to send condolences. “Joe dedicated his life to fighting for all those who are undervalued, underestimated, and marginalized. On air he often posed the question, ‘What are you going to do about it?’. Although he is no longer with us, we hope you will join us in answering that call by continuing to be proactive in the fight against injustice…”

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Norman Branch, July 29, 1955 - January 31, 2024 

Service will be held Saturday, February 17, 2024

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