Category: Keeping Their Memory Alive

Mary-Mary Mary-Mary

The TV reality show of Mary Mary has been a major success.  Last week, there were more than a million viewers who got the chance to watch the season premiere.  Erica and Tina Campbell are confronting a lot of challenges recently.  The sisters just lost their father due to cancer.  On the other hand, Tina is still in the process of recovering from the infidelity of her husband.

When asked why Tina decides to expose her husband’s infidelity on the show.  She answered:

Mary-Mary Mary-Mary

“Last year, I became aware that there was infidelity in my marriage and at the last second…I decided I’m not gonna be hostage to this because if I am it’s gonna make me miserable, and I made the decision that I’m gonna try to forgive and maybe if someone watches me or hears about me going though it maybe they might make the same decision maybe I might heal..maybe someone could heal by watching me heal. I kinda made it [the decision] in the spur of the moment. I didn’t know how challenging the process of healing was going to be, but I made the decision in the spur of the moment.”

Did you watch the show?

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Rihanna Rihanna

One of Rihanna’s Navy died is a tragic death.  The 14-year-old Thiago Sobral Valencia, one of Rihanna’s biggest fans in Brazil, was brutally murdered by his stepfather.  According to sources, Thiago together with his 9-year-old brother Santos Junior Osvaldo and mother Vanessa Almeida Sobral was stabbed by his drunken stepfather.  The neighbors of the family were completely shocked by the incident.

By the time that Rihanna learned about the news, she immediately reached out to the family and offer to pay for Thiago’s funeral expenses.  The singer also offered her condolences and tweeted:

“R.I.P. To one of our fallen soldiers, brutally murdered yesterday in Brazil! 14 year old Thiago, will forever be in our hearts! #Navy”

“Just learned that Thiago’s mother and sibling were also murder victims in the horrible and tragic turn of events! Dear God! #Navy#RIPThiago”

“Let’s send our support to his family and friends during this difficult time guys! #RIPThiago”

RiRi was trying to get in touch with Thiago’s biological father so that she can offer her condolences. Eronilton Santos was surprised to hear from Rihanna however he denied the singer’s funeral offer.  Instead, he wants her to pay tribute to his son so that he would be able to watch from heaven.  Santos said:

“I was surprised that they’re concerned about it. The representative said that it was a request from Rihanna herself, who wanted to offer all kinds of help. They wanted to pay for the funeral, but I only asked if she would provide a tribute to him. The only thing I thought is that from heaven, where he is, he’s going to see this gesture. The impact of the message she posted about it on Twitter was huge.”

Thiago's father Thiago’s father

“He never went [to Rihanna's concert] because of the lack of money. Since last year, when he knew she would come to Brazil, he began to save money in a safe to be able to see her.”

Condolence to the family of Thiago!

What can you say about Rihanna’s support for the family?

Photo Credits: Santo Aleixopb Noticias, Ace Showbiz

Philip Seymour Hoffman Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman died at the age of 46 due to drug overdose.  The Academy Award-winning actor was found dead on Sunday in his apartment.  Hoffman was best known for his Best Actor Oscar award for the film “Capote.”  This 2005 biopic is a story about the famous author Truman Capote.

According to reports, the body of the actor was discovered in the bathroom inside his apartment.  A needle was seen stuck in his arm.  The actor’s assistant was the one who found his body.  As of the moment, there is no official statement yet with regards to the cause of his death.  Hoffman has been struggling with his drug abuse.

Philip Seymour Hoffman Philip Seymour Hoffman

In fact, in 2012 he entered into a rehab in order to treat his relapse which was caused by his usage of prescription pills.  However, after two years of becoming sober, he started to use heroin again.

Aside from winning the Best Actor Oscar award, Hoffman was also nominated in several Best Supporting Actor awards for his astounding roles in “The Master” (2013), “Doubt” (2009) and “Charlie Wilson’s War” (2008).

Condolence to the family of Philip Seymour Hoffman!

What are your thought about his death?

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Yusuf Neville Yusuf Neville

Yusuf’s friends and families are mourning over his tragic death.  On Wednesday, the Hampton University grad jumped from a hotel parking deck located in Greensboro.  The suicide comes as a shock to his family and friends and now they are wondering, “What could we have done?”

One of Yusuf’s friends, Rocsi Diaz wrote:

“Tell all your loved ones you love them … Bury any feuds between old friends… Life is to short… To my #weallwegot family stay strong tonight… We have an angel watching over us now… RIP Yusuf”

Another friend, VH1′s Black Ink Crew’s Dutchess, also wrote:

“U never know what the next person is going through. A friend of mine committed suicide and I’m honestly in complete shock because he was always so positive and encouraging. Please pray for his family and fiancée in this difficult time of loss.”

Yusuf Neville Yusuf Neville

She further discussed about suicide:

“Please have more compassion for people. Please understand I’ve made mistakes and I’ve learned from them and I continue to learn everyday. God knows but if u come across someone troubled or going through a storm they may cry or be mean or simply smile as nothing’s wrong just have more compassion u never know the storms in our lives or how anyone chooses to deal with them.#ripyusuf”

Why do you think Yusuf committed suicide?

Photo Credits: MStarz

Roy Garber Roy Garber

The star of Shipping Wars, Roy Garber, recently passed away.  He was 49.  The reality star died after having a major heart attack last Friday, Jan. 17.  His longtime girlfriend was the one who broke the news.  They had a son named Travis.  After his death, A&E released a statement saying:

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of a member of the A&E family.  Our thoughts are with Roy’s loved ones during this difficult time. He will be missed.”

His co-stars described him as, “serious jack-of-all-trades and a major know-it-all. From TIG welding to catching alligators, he seems to have experience with everything and hasn’t found a load or situation he couldn’t tackle (and isn’t afraid to tell you so).”

Roy Garber Roy Garber

Garber begun in Arbie’s Team Transport and now he is considered as “one of the top earners in the country.” Garber was the one who raised his son.  He earned a living by “running a small home building and remodeling company.”

Condolence to the family of Roy Garber!

Have you watched Shipping Wars?

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Benjamin Curtis Benjamin Curtis

On Sunday, Dec. 29, the Secret Machines guitarist died after battling Lymphatic cancer.  The sad news was announced by his other band, School of Seven Bells on its Facebook page.  On Monday, Dec. 30, they posted:

“Last night, Dec. 29th 2013, we lost our friend and brother Benjamin Curtis to his fight against cancer.  While we had hoped to delay this announcement until a more suitable time when his friends and family could feel better prepared and settled to greet any correspondences from folks attempting to reach out, unfortunately the news has prematurely leaked.”

Benjamin Curtis Benjamin Curtis

“We can’t thank all of you who supported him and his music through the years enough. All of you who attended or participated in the various benefits in and around New York City over the past year since his diagnosis, and of course those who contributed and gave generously to help support him throughout that journey. You made it possible for all of us, and for him, to see how truly loved he was and how many lives he had touched through his music by your gestures.”

They further added:

“We will all miss this incredibly talented and rare person every day, but we are fortunate enough that he shared with us his music, and that is something that we can keep forever.”

Curtis was also the one who cofounded “School of Seven Bells”, which is an indie band.  Curtis was aware that he has lymphatic cancer after he was diagnosed less than a year ago.

Isn’t it quite sudden?

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James Avery and his wife James Avery and his wife

Actor James Avery just passed away at the age of 65.  Avery played the character of Uncle Phil on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.  The cause of death is the complications obtained from having an open heart surgery.  His wife Barbara was with him until the time that he died in a hospital in Glendale, California.  One of his co-stars of the show, Will Smith, was devastated by the news.  A source close to Will released a statement saying:

“Working with James was a big part of his life.. in fact, James was something of a father figure to Will. He’s devastated by the death.. James will be sorely missed.”

James Avery and the cast of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air James Avery and the cast of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Will’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, also expressed his condolence through Facebook.  She posted:

“Happy New Year everyone! I was hoping to start the new year differently but we have lost yet another friend. James Avery who we all lovingly know as Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince has passed. Our condolences to aunt Florence (his mother), Miss Barbara (his wife) and all those who loved him.”

Condolence to the family of James Avery!

Will you miss him?

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Kayo Redd Kayo Redd

Rapper Waka Flocka Flame has just lost her younger brother Kayo Redd.  The cause of his death is not yet clear but there are reports that he committed suicide.  Some reports also revealed that his death is not considered as a homicide. Kayo’s mother, talent manager Debra Atney tweeted about the death of her son.  She confirmed the news and wrote:

“I just lost another son.”

Debra also had another son who died when Waka was still 13 years old.  The cause of death was car accident.  Waka also tweeted about the tragic incident and wrote:

“God please bless me … Ya Big Brother love you Kayo”

Kayo Redd Kayo Redd

Nicki Minaj, who was being managed by Kayo’s mother, also tweeted:

“Devastated by the loss of this precious soul… Always so sweet to me… I cant even… Sending prayers and all my love to Deb, Waka, Wooh, Quam, Big Joe, Bimmy, the entire fam… Gone too soon Kayo… Gone way too soon.”

Our prayers go to the family to Kayo Redd.

Was it a suicide?

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The holidays should be the time of happiness for the whole family.  However, what if you have recently lost a member of the family?  Early this year, the best friend of The Game was murdered in Compton.  In order to make sure that his kids will have a cheerful holiday, he brought them to the Toys “R” Us store.  The Game paid $5,000 for the shopping spree.  He posted:


“Today was a very special day to me. I had the opportunity to play Santa Claus to one of my best friends kids. @cbp_frogg was murdered in Compton California earlier this year and one of the promises I made to myself was to make sure in his absence his seven kids are loved and have the things he would want them to have for as long as I could provide it. With that being said, I called their mothers @tladawn @niecy2braidz & @Mekababii81 and had them bring the kids and meet me at Toys R Us… & when I say we bawled out…. I’m just glad I am in a position to help people when I want to… The smiles on their faces made today everything and more for me. I love these children with all my heart & I want each one of them to know that their Father was a great person that was taken too soon.”

The Game certainly made the kids happy.

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It seems as if The Game’s body is becoming a collage of different faces.  Last night, the Game decided to include the face of Mandela on his collection of tattoos.  Aside from Mandela, the Game’s body already has tattoos of President Obama and Trayvon Martin.  After the rapper gets the tattoo, he quickly posted a photo of it on Instagram and posted:

“The finished “Nelson Mandela” lookin out of the prison bars by @NikkoHurtado done on my side. 7 hour sitting….”

“Few more hours to tie in the tats around it & we solid. #NelsonMandela #RIP #Legend #Leader #Freedom #Peace #Equality #Tattoos #SouthAfrica.”


The tattoo artist for his latest artwork was Nikko Hurtado who said:

“A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don’t have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed.” #NelsonMandela Tattoo collector [The Game] In the arm pit area! Ouch.”

Isn’t it an artistic tribute to a great leader?