David Ashenfelter and Cassandra Spratling Free Press Staff Writers Published 12:14 PM EDT Apr 28, 2019 Damon J. Keith, the federal judge whose rulings in a string of high-profile cases over three decades catapulted him to the status of national civil rights icon, has died. He was 96. Keith, a grandson of slaves who rose from humble beginnings in Detroit to become an internationally-revered champion for justice and a much-loved father-figure who launched countless legal careers, died early Sunday morning. U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Eric L. Clay in a statement said Keith died at about 6:40 a.m. at his home in Detroit, surrounded by family. “Judge Keith was one of the most influential Federal jurists of the 20th and 21st centuries," Clay said. " ... his rulings in over 52 years on the bench had a profound impact on American life. His decisions ranged from prohibiting the Nixon Administration from warrantless wiretapping in national … [Read more...] about Federal Judge and civil rights icon Damon Keith has died
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Jake Coyle ASSOCIATED PRESS Published 9:48 PM EDT Apr 11, 2019 After many dangers, toils and snares, the long-lost Aretha Franklin concert film “Amazing Grace” has finally seen the light, and good Lord is it good. Filmed over two sessions in January 1972 at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in the Watts section of Los Angeles, it captures Franklin at the absolute apex of her power. The colossal accompanying double LP, which didn’t suffer the same fate as the footage, is already justly revered and remains the best-selling gospel record of all time. But to see it is to believe. This is gospel ecstasy. For a long time, “Amazing Grace” was one of the great unseen white whales of cinema. The film – shot with 16mm cameras by a then up-and-coming director named Sydney Pollack – sat for decades in studio vaults because Pollack forgot to slate his footage, leaving the sound and pictures unsynchronized. He left the mess behind and moved on … [Read more...] about How sweet the sound is in Aretha Franklin documentary
PUBLISHED: 20:00 15 February 2019 Andrew Clarke Freddie Mercury, lead singer with the rock group Queen pictured at Live Aid. Photo: PA Wire This month it’s 60 years since Buddy Holly died in a plane crash aged just 22. Our arts editor takes a look back at other stars we lost before their time, from Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain to Whitney Houston. Buddy Holly (aircrash)February 3, 1959 was the day the music died – according to singer-songwriter Don MacLean – this was the day that rock ‘n’ roll superstar Buddy Holly died in an air-crash alongside fellow singers Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson.Bespectacled Buddy Holly had swiftly developed a love for rock ‘n’ roll after opening for Elvis Presley on tour dates in Texas during 1955. His style swiftly changed from country to rock and he became a prolific songwriter, penning such all-time classics as That’ll Be The Day, Peggy-Sue, … [Read more...] about How old were these stars when they died?
John Wisely Detroit Free Press Published 12:08 PM EST Jan 11, 2019 Trouble is brewing around the estate of Aretha Franklin, where police are investigating possible theft of her assets and an ex-husband is angling for money. The Queen of Soul died of pancreatic cancer in August in her Detroit riverfront apartment at age 76. She left no will or trust, and processing the estate, which could be worth tens of millions of dollars, has been slow. New pleadings filed in Oakland County Probate Court spell out some of the disharmony. "There is a dispute between the estate and Ms. Franklin's ex-husband, the father to one of the heirs, regarding music royalties," David Bennett, a lawyer for the estate, wrote in a pleading filed Thursday. Franklin was twice divorced. The record doesn't identify the man beyond noting he's the father of one of her four sons, but it appears to be her first husband, Ted White, who served for a time as Franklin's manager. Franklin … [Read more...] about Aretha Franklin’s ex-husband wants cut of her estate
Lindsey Bahr, Ap Film Writer Updated 11:19 am PST, Monday, November 12, 2018 Comic book genius Stan Lee, the architect of the contemporary comic book, has died. He was 95. Comic book genius Stan Lee, the architect of the contemporary comic book, has died. He was 95. Photo: Lionel Hahn, TNS Comic book icon Stan Lee, headlining the second Alamo City Comic-Con in 2014, speaks to a packed house Saturday, Sept. 27, at Lila Cockrell Theater. At left is local TV personality Alanna Sarabia, who introduced Lee. less Comic book icon Stan Lee, headlining the second Alamo City Comic-Con in 2014, speaks to a packed house Saturday, Sept. 27, at Lila Cockrell Theater. At left is local TV personality Alanna Sarabia, who ... more Photo: Edmond Ortiz / S.A. Express-News / Edmond Ortiz / S.A. Express-News Comic-book icon Stan Lee greets fans. Lee, 91, said comic … [Read more...] about Comic book genius Stan Lee, Spider-Man creator, dies at 95