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Roundtree’s “Shaft” was part of a change in how Black movies were viewed in Hollywood, which failed to consider Black actors – especially for leading roles — in projects at the time

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Rudolph Isley was an integral founding member of the renowned musical family ensemble, which included his brothers O’Kelly “Kelly” Isley Jr. and Ronald Isley.

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Hughes Van Ellis 

Van Ellis was born on Jan.11, 1921. The two last known survivors of the Tulles Race Massacre are now Viola Ford Fletcher, 109 and Lessie Benningfield Randle, 108.

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Feinstein died on Thursday night at her home in Washington, D.C., her office said on Friday. Opening the Senate floor, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that “earlier this morning, we lost a giant in the Senate.”

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Clarence Avant, the judicious manager, entrepreneur, facilitator and adviser, that came to be known as the "Black Godfather" of music and beyond, has died. He was 92.

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In this Oct. 27, 2009, file photo, Harvard law professor Charles Ogletree Jr., stands on stage before moderating a mayoral debate in Boston. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole, File) 

Ogletree, who had battled Alzheimer’s disease since 2015, reportedly died at his home in Maryland. The distinguished Harvard Law School professor and celebrated attorney was keynote speaker at a past The Skanner Foundation MLK Breakfast.

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New Jersey Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver speaks to supporters during an election night party in Asbury Park, N.J., Nov. 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez, file) 

Oliver was the first Black woman to hold statewide elected office in New Jersey, and was a well-known figure in state government, making history in 2010 by becoming the first Black woman to lead the state Assembly.

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Daniel Smith, April 1989- July 2022 

Daniel Smith was born April 1989 and passed away July 2022. He was raised in the traditional African American community in northeast Portland.

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Tina Turner, Pop and R&B vocalist, as holds up a Grammy Award, Feb. 27, 1985, in Los Angeles. Turner, the unstoppable singer and stage performer, died Tuesday, after a long illness at her home in Küsnacht near Zurich, Switzerland, according to her manager. She was 83 (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File) 

Tina Turner was known for such songs as “Proud Mary,” “River Deep, Mountain High” and “We Don’t Need Another Hero.” Her trademarks were her growling contralto, her bold smile and strong cheekbones, her palette of wigs and her muscular, quick-stepping legs.

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Brown shattered records during a relatively short NFL career, leading the Cleveland Browns to their last championship in 1964, appeared in more than 30 films, and was a prominent leader in the Black power movement of the 1960s

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