*Rihanna paid her respects to her beloved grandmother at a private wake in New York City on Thursday.
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The singer reportedly cleared her schedule to be with family following the death of her maternal grandmother Clara “Dolly” Braithwaite, who lost her cancer battle over the weekend.
Rihanna visited the Frank E. Campbell funeral home in Manhattan to mourn her loss, and later shared grief on Twitter..
“Dry cry, even tears… Even my heart cry but who cares?!,” she tweeted. “Words can’t explain, the essence of her beauty. You and you alone, no other one… You keep me warm… Just one of those days.”
Two-year old Kelvin Santos rises from the dead just before his funeral, Saturday, June 2, 2012.
*In 2009, we reported an unbelievable story that drew a heap of skeptics because a child that was in a coma for six months came out of the coma during a church service via a laying on of hands.
But a story out of Brazil is kind of the opposite as a child wakes from the dead, but collapses again.
Two-year old Kelvin Santos had been treated for pneumonia at a northern Brazil hospital, but was unable to be saved.
He was pronounced dead at 7:40pm Friday, June 1, and his family held an overnight wake for the child. (more…)
*A public viewing will be held Friday for singer Etta James, and the Rev. Al Sharpton will deliver the eulogy at a private funeral for the late legend to take place on Saturday.
A statement released Tuesday from Sharpton’s rep said the funeral will include performances by celebrities, but those names were not announced
James died last Friday at age 73 after battling leukemia and other ailments, including dementia.
The public viewing will be held in Inglewood and the funeral will be held in Gardena, both in the Los Angeles area.
The family is asking that any donations be sent to the Philadelphia-based Rhythm & Blues Foundation.
*President Obama signed a proclamation on Monday ordering flags to be flown at half-staff at the White House and all public buildings and grounds Thursday “as a mark of respect for the memory of Dorothy Height.”
Known as the “godmother of the civil rights movement,” Height died last Tuesday at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C. following a brief illness. During her career, she served as chair and president emerita of the National Council of Negro Women and has received among her many honors the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congressional Gold Medal and the Ronald Reagan Citizens Medal.
Obama’s proclamation also ordered the flag to be flown at half-staff at all military posts and naval stations and at half-mast on all naval vessels nationwide and in U.S. territories and possessions until sunset each day.
“I further direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations,” Obama wrote in the order.
Services for Height begin this evening in Washington, D.C. with a wake from 6-10 p.m. at the National Council of Negro Women’s headquarters.
At 2 p.m. Wednesday, the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will conduct a public Omega Omega Service at Howard University. Dr. Height served as national president of the sorority in 1947. At 7 p.m., a “Community Celebration of Life” memorial service will be held at Shiloh Baptist Church.
Height’s funeral will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday at Washington National Cathedral.
*The life of civil rights icon Dr. Benjamin Lawson Hooks will be remembered in services set for today and tomorrow in his hometown of Memphis.
A public viewing will be held this afternoon from 12 to 3 p.m. at Greater Middle Baptist Church (4982 Knight Arnold Rd.), followed by a wake and fraternal memorial services from 5 to 8 p.m.
Another public viewing will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday (April 21) at Temple of Deliverance COGIC (369 G.E. Patterson Ave), followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m.
Hooks, 85, was a lawyer, a Baptist minister and longtime head of the NAACP during the post-civil rights era. He died April 15 at his home in Memphis.