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Jazz legend James Mtume dies at 76

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James Mtume, a percussionist who performed in Miles Davis’ seminal fusion band from 1971 to 1975 and later had hits with his own eponymous group, has died at the age 76.

Lisa Lucas, the daughter of Mtume’s late creative partner Reggie Lucas,took to Twitter this morning to confirm the passing of the musician.

“So much loss. So much grief. Rest in power to Uncle Mtume. My late fathers partner in crime, the co-creator of the songs of my life (and about my birth!). He was essential part of the life of the man who made me, therefore me too. Gone now. He will be dearly, eternally missed,” Lucas wrote.

There is no cause of death at the time of reporting.

The American jazz musician appeared on 80 albums with a wide variety of other notable musicians, including Duke Ellington, Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie, Roberta Flack, and Lonnie Liston Smith

Mtume was born James Heath Jr., the son of jazz saxophonist Jimmy Heath, in Philadelphia. He was raised by his mother Bertha Forman and pianist James “Hen Gates” Forman, who played in Charlie Parker’s band.

In 1978 Mtume formed his self-named “sophistifunk” R&B-jazz ensemble with Lucas and vocalist Tawatha Agee, releasing the albums “Kiss This World Goodbye” (1978), “In Search of the Rainbow Seekers” (1980), “Juicy Fruit” (1983), “You, Me and He” (1984, also the title of their second biggest single), and “Theater of the Mind” (1986).

After the band split in the late 1980s, Mtume maintained his profile in activist causes as well as music, working as a producer on such projects as Mary J. Blige‘s 1997 “Share My World” album, K-Ci and Jo-Jo’s “Love Always” and R. Kelly’s “Freak Tonight,” along with working as an on-air radio personality for New York City’s KISS 98.7 FM.

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Toyin Abraham slams those ‘talking down’ her husband

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Actress Toyin Abraham has addressed those saying she is richer than her husband, Kolawole Adeyemi.

In an Instagram post she shared, the actress stated that she won’t allow anyone talk down on her actor husband as he is a hardworking man who has been doing a lot for her and their kids.

Toyin further averred that people need to stop this mentality that “famous people or the more famous ones are the richest in their family, relationships or even friendships”. She added that even though she is the last child and the famous one in her family, she isn’t the richest.

The actress urged social media users to celebrate their idols without ridiculing the hard work others put in.

She wrote; “I don’t usually do this and I am only going to address this just once and I hope this ends here.

“People need to stop this mentality that famous people or the more famous ones are the richest in their family, relationships or even friendships.

“Just because some people do not like to blow their own horns doesn’t mean they should be seen as less or incapable.

“I’m speaking up because I won’t let people talk down on my husband who is a very hard working man and is doing a lot for me and the kids. Do not ridicule his hard work and what he stands for.

“Everything he has, he’s worked for with his own sweat and he deserves it.

“I am the last born of my family and you’d think I’m the richest just because I’m famous which is far from the truth.

“It is 2022 please, we need to do better and stop this ill mannered mentality.

“Celebrate people without trying to pitch them against another person or ridicule their hard work or give credit to another. It’s so old and needs to stop.”

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Faze loses his mother less than a year after losing his twin sister

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The singer’s mother died on Jan. 12, 2022, two weeks to her 76th birthday.

This comes less than a year after the singer lost his twin sister.

“My heart is heavy, ” Faze confessed as he mourns his mother.

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Kanye West slams Kim Kardashian for denying him access to daughter’s birthday

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Rapper Kanye West has slams Kim Kardashian for hiding their daughter’s birthday party venue from him.

Kanye West on Saturday went live to claim that his estranged wife, Kim Kardashian was purposely keeping him from seeing his daughter, Chicago on her birthday.

In the video, Kanye said, “I’m just wishing my daughter a public happy birthday. I wasn’t allowed to know where her party was. I’m taking control of my narrative this year. I’m not going to let this happen. Chicago, happy birthday, I love you. I’m just putting this up online because I need y’all support.”

He went on and complained about how fathers have been kept out of the family unit for ages and even with all his wealth, he still finds himself in that position.

Chicago is his third child with Kim and clocked four on Saturday.
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