Massachusetts Amherst. She transferred briefly to University of Southern California where she pledged the Upsilon chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority. She later transferred back to the University of Massachusetts, where she majored in Child Psychology and minored in German, graduating in 1972.
Becoming an instant star, Cole responded to critics of an impending sophomore slump with Natalie, released in 1976. The album, like Inseparable, became a gold success thanks to the funkinfluenced cut “Sophisticated Lady” and the jazz-influenced “Mr. Melody.” Cole carved out a secondary career in acting. She also appeared several times in live concerts and other music related programs, including the 1988 Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute with sidemen Richard Campbell, Jeffrey Worrell, Eddie Cole and Dave Joyce. On July 22, 2011, Cole appeared on the reality television series, The Real Housewives of New York City. On December 31, 2015, Cole died at the age of 65 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, due to congestive heart failure. Cole had many accomplishments and won several awards. Here are a list of awards and nominations:
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Brea Baker of Freeport, New York, is the president of Yale’s NAACP Chapter President and the Student Organizer at Yale. At 21, she has stepped into the political arena to talk about what it is like to be black on campus. Her voice has been heard on the daytime talk show, “The View,” and worldwide lifestyle magazine, “ELLE.” In a recent article with ELLE, Brea describes the climate at Yale; she said that it is one that she had never experienced. The racism she talks about is something similar to the civil rights movement. Brea speaks personally to ELLE, she says, These are not isolated events. This is what we’re seeing at Vanderbilt, Cornell, the University of Chicago, and, of course, Mizzou. Students are sick of paying tuition to schools that do not care about them. And, yes, they’re larger societal issues. Racism and classicism aren’t specific to higher education. But they manifest in a very interesting way on college campuses and especially on campuses that are promoted as spaces of inclusivity and diversity. People of color at Yale are made to feel very small.” Although lack of cultural diversity is nothing new in Ivy League schools, according to Brea, it remains a direct threat to any culture, excluding Caucasians. In her article with ELLE, she gives a couple of instances where an African American or Native American was threatened because of blatant racism. Brea said that a friend once told her, “The Yale that we see in Brochures and the Yale that we see when we visit is not the Yale that we experience when we’re students.” One would think that on a campus of intellectuals, African Americans would not be subjected to a cruel lack of integrity. Brea’s assertive response to this intellectual barbarism eviscerates the ideology that African Americans are passive or slothful. Brea is an example of a generation that is historically aware of racism is America. Her foundation has prepared her to take a stance against institutional racism. In the recent years, I have had the opportunity to see her entrepreneurial accomplishments as a teen CEO of her own foundation and in leadership roles in her community and abroad. When I met Brea, I literally knew that there was a great purpose in her life— one that would affect many to come. Her authenticity of social eagerness and awareness has just begun. DT
Bea Baker, on The View TV Show
5You have heard the encouragement to Rest In Christ Hands. He brought you great and anointed songs like “No Mistakes,” “We On That,” and “Eternity,” Now, you need to get ready for some more new heat from Richie Righteous. He is slated to release a new EP entitled “Good Servant, Bad Master.”
Serious is hard at work completing her album. She is looking to give her listeners as much as a balance between worship and CHH as possible. Continue to be on the lookout for “Shofar,” as she has been traveling all over the country to bring the message that one can stand and fight this spiritual warfare with God’s help. Follow her to keep up with what is going on Social Media (Twitter: @serious_voiceny, Instagram: @seriousvoiceny), and continue to visit her website www.soserious.net. -The Independent Gospel Artist Radio Alliance (IGARA) will be holding the 2016 Radio Alliance Awards from July 14-16. There will be pre-award festivities such as a pool party and an artist showcase. This event will be held at the Airport Double Tree Hotel in Jacksonville, Florida. Visit www.igaraa.com for voting and additional information. Continue to connect with your boy for the latest news in Gospel Music. Follow me on Twitter @mrc_live and Facebook (www.facebook.com/livewithmrc). I look forward to bringing you up to speed on more dope artists on the next go round. Until then, God bless you. DT
Ariana Alexander With an amazing GPA of 5.1 out of 4.0, colleges were swarming her, offering her scholarships and trying to get her to go to their schools. She was offered a total of $3 million in scholarships. She got accepted into twenty-six colleges. Six of these schools were ivy-league. Ariana is the youngest of four children. Her older siblings have gone to college, so it is not against the norm in her family to seek higher education. She has decided to attend the University of Pennsylvania to study business. An aspiring entrepreneur, she has plans to open four restaurants. Ariana said that before her teacher, Paul Brush, opened her eyes to the Wharton School of Business, she had never heard of the prestigious school. Because her parents supported her and knew the value of an education, Ariana was able to succeed. Her father says he encouraged her to try her best so that she can be the best. It is amazing that a young person already has ambitions to be an entrepreneur. Not enough #black people become entrepreneurs and instead work for others. Even popular companies commonly associated with black patronage like Nike’s Air Jordan brand and Church’s Chicken are not owned by black people. ............................................................................................................................... ................................................................ Hasna Muhammad The daughter of late actress Ruby Dee, Hasna Muhammad, is launching a line of greeting cards that contain quotes from her mother. The Ruby Dee Boxed Card Set from the Ruby Dee Crumb Drop Collection is a series of greetings drops “crumbs” of Dee’s perspectives on love, hope, and aging. The Ruby Dee Box Set highlights the actress’s wisdom and humor. The boxed card set includes five cards of each quote and 16 envelopes. The inside of the cards are blank to write a personal message. A limited edition of ceramic mugs of quotes is also available. Go to www.crumbnavigation.com for more information. Ruby Dee died in 2014. Her husband was actor Ossie Davis, who died in 2005. These items along with her extensive movie roles keeps her legacy alive.