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Remembering Sidney Poitier, André Leon Talley, Autherine Lucy Foster, DJ Kay Slay, Nichelle Nichols, Irene Cara, Bernard Shaw, Takeoff, Bill Russell, Dorothy Pittman Hughes, Pelé, Coolio, tWitch, and the many other notable folks our community lost in 2022.

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Pelé, 82

Soccer legend and three-time World Cup winner

Dec. 29, 2022

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Thom Bell, 79

Singer-songwriter, producer, and one of the creators of Philadelphia Soul in the 1970s

Dec. 22, 2022

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Franco Harris, 72

NFL Hall of Famer who caught an "Immaculate Reception" and played for 13 seasons, primarily with the Pittsburgh Steelers

Dec. 20, 2022

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Elayne Jones, 94

Percussionist who became the first Black principal in a major American orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, in 1972

Dec. 17, 2022

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Stephen Laurel "tWitch" Boss, 40

Hip Hop dancer, choreographer, actor, television producer, and TV personality

Dec. 13, 2022

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Paul Silas, 79

NBA champion and coach

Dec. 10, 2022

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Dorothy Pitman Hughes, 84

Activist, author, and small business owner who was integral in bringing Black American issues to the feminist movement

Dec. 1, 2022

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Irene Cara, 63

FAME and Flashdance singer and actress

Nov. 25, 2022

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Fred Hickman, 66

Longtime CNN sports broadcaster

Nov. 9, 2022

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Lois Curtis, 55

Artist and advocate whose lawsuit secured disability rights

Nov. 3, 2022

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Takeoff, 28

One-third of the rap group Migos

Nov. 1, 2022

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Rev. Calvin Butts III, 73

Influential pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem

October 2022

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Charles Fuller, 83

Playwright of A Soldier's Play, which won a Pulitzer Prize

Oct. 3, 2022

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Hector Lopez, 93

MLB player who won two World Series with the New York Yankees and the first Black manager in Triple-A history

Sept. 29, 2022

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Stephanie Dabney, 64

Prima ballerina of the Dance Theatre of Harlem from 1979 through 1994

Sept. 28, 2022

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Coolio, 59

Rapper known for "Gangsta's Paradise"

Sept. 28, 2022

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Pharoah Sanders, 81

Legendary Jazz saxophonist

Sept. 24, 2022

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Maury Wills, 89

Professional baseball player and manager, and National League MVP in 1962

Sept. 19, 2022

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Ramsey Lewis, 87

Pianist who was the embodiment of a Jazz-Pop crossover

Sept. 12, 2022

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Bernard Shaw, 82

CNN's lead anchor from 1980 to 2001

Sept. 7, 2022

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Earnie Shavers, 78

Professional boxer who is known as one of the hardest punchers in heavyweight boxing 

Sept. 1, 2022

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Lamont Dozier, 81

Motown hit songwriter

Aug. 8, 2022

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Albert Woodfox, 75

Community activist who survived 42 years in solitary confinement in prison

Aug. 4, 2022

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Bill Russell, 88

NBA legend and Civil Rights icon

July 31, 2022

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Nichelle Nichols, 89

Trailblazing actress who starred in Star Trek as Lt. Uhura

July 30, 2022

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Mary Alice, 85

Screen and stage actor who won a Tony Award for Fences

July 27, 2022

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LaTisha Chong, 32

World-renowned celebrity hairstylist who counted Tracee Ellis Ross and Serena Williams as clients

July 19, 2022

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William Hart, 77

Lead singer of the Delfonics

July 14, 2022

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Marlin Briscoe, 76

Pioneering Black quarterback and wide receiver

June 27, 2022

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Sam Gilliam, 88

Painter and abstractionist

June 25, 2022

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Willie Lee Morrow, 82

Barber, entrepreneur, and inventor who invented the Afro pick and developed the precursor to the Jheri curl

June 22, 2022

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Gloria Allen, 76

Transgender activist who worked with trans youth in Chicago and was the focus of the Mama Gloria documentary and inspired the play Charm

June 13, 2022

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Marion Sylvester Barber III, 38

Running back for the Dallas Cowboys

June 1, 2022

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Lil Keed, 24

Up-and-coming rapper from Atlanta

May 13, 2022

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John L. Canley, 84

U.S. Marine and belated Medal of Honor recipient for his actions during the Battle of Huế in 1968

May 11, 2022

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Bob Lanier, 73

Professional basketball player and Hall of Famer

May 10, 2022

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DJ Kay Slay, 55

Radio icon and Rap mixtape innovator

April 17, 2022

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Rayfield "Big Cat" Wright, 76

Dallas Cowboys lineman and Hall of Fame inductee

April 7, 2022

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Tommy Davis, 83

Professional baseball player who was a star batter with the 1960s Dodgers

April 3, 2022

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Bunny Diamond, 70

One-third of the Might Diamonds, a Reggae trio

April 1, 2022

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Tabby Diamond, 66

Member of the Reggae trio Mighty Diamonds

March 29, 2022

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LaShun Pace, 60

Grammy Award–nominated gospel singer–songwriter and evangelist

March 21, 2022

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Traci Braxton, 50

Singer and reality TV and radio personality

March 12, 2022

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Timmy Thomas, 77

R&B singer-songwriter, producer, and keyboardist

March 11, 2022

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Johnny Grier, 74

NFL's first Black referee

March 8, 2022

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Autherine Lucy Foster, 92

First Black student at the University of Alabama

March 2, 2022

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Charley Taylor, 80

NFL Hall of Fame inductee

Feb. 19, 2022

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Valerie Boyd, 58

Zora Neale Hurston biographer

Feb. 12, 2022

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Cheslie Kryst, 30

TV correspondent, model, and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss USA in 2019

Jan. 30, 2022

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Luisa Harris, 66

Professional basketball player who is known as a pioneer of women's basketball

Jan. 18, 2022

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André Leon Talley, 73

Fashion industry force, former editor-at-large of Vogue, stylist, creative director, and journalist

Jan. 18, 2022

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Ronnie Spector, 78

Singer who co-founded and fronted The Ronettes

Jan. 12, 2022

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Maria Ewing, 71

American opera singer

Jan. 9, 2022

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Lani Guinier, 71

Legal scholar, educator, and civil rights theorist

Jan. 7, 2022

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Sidney Poitier, 94

Trailblazing actor who was the first Black man to win the Academy Award for Best Actor

Jan. 6, 2022