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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.

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