celebration of life

Pioneering Actress Ellen Holly Dies at 92

  America’s first Black soap opera star was also an acclaimed Broadway and film actress Trailblazing American actress Ellen Holly, the first Black person to star in a soap opera, has died. The White Plains resident, who helped change the face of daytime television with her lead role on “One Life to Live,” passed away peacefully in her sleep Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the age of 92 at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx, New York. Holly was born on January 16, 1931, in Manhattan to parents William Garnet Holly, a chemical engineer, and Grayce Holly, a housewife and writer. Ellen Holly’s

Honoring the Life and Work of Educator Dr. Rex Fortune

Dr. Rex Fortune, who was a husband and father, an educator, author and advocate passed away on January 29, at the age of 81. He devoted his life to lifting up the most vulnerable students and closing the academic achievement gap and in doing so made a lasting impact on the lives of countless students and faculty members during his extensive career.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show DJ Stephen’ tWitch’ Boss Found Dead at 40

DJ Stephen’ tWitch’ Boss, the former DJ, choreographer, and co-executive producer with The Ellen DeGeneres Show, was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound on Tuesday. He was 40 years old. Boss was husband to fellow dancer Allison Holker and father of three. According to his social media post, Boss celebrated his ninth wedding anniversary with Holker a few days ago.

A Ray of Light, Love, and Laughter. Celebrating the Life of Teddy Ray

Los Angeles born-and-bred comedian, Teddy Ray (Theadore Brown), was a hilarious and beloved performer who filled many of our homes and hearts with laughter. Born on July 30, 1990, Ray was a man of many talents. Best known for his work in the comedy sector, with appearances on hit networks such as Comedy Central, BET, and HBO, many may recognize him from his hilarious improv skits, short films, and standup routines. Teddy Ray came into the entertainment business back in 2011. His first major appearance was on BET’s Comic View. As his career excelled, the beloved comedian went on to