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James Burke, pictured right, of the R&B group The Five Stairsteps, died Friday, Feb. 19. He was 70.

His death was confirmed to the Rolling Stone on Tuesday by his brother Dennis Burke, who said the cause of death was pneumonia, according to Variety.com.

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The group was comprised of five of Betty and Clarence Burke Sr.‘s six children. (L-R): sister Alohe Jean, and brothers Clarence Jr., James, Dennis, and Kenneth “Keni” Burke.

The R&B group once regarded as “the First Family of Soul” served as inspirations for sibling R&B groups such as The Jackson 5, The Sylvers and the Brighter Side of Darkness.

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The Five Stairsteps’s hits included “Ooh Child”, “World of Fantasy,” and “Don’t Change Your Love.

“Ooh Child” was their only single to crack the Top 40 chart in 1970.

The song was ranked at No. 402 by Rolling Stone magazine on its 500 Greatest Songs of All Time List.

“Ooh Child” was covered by Nina Simone, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Kelly Rowland, the Spinners, and more.

Clarence Burke Jr., lead singer and guitarist for The Five Stairsteps, died in 2013 at his home in Marietta, Ga. He was 64.

The youngest brother, Cubie, who briefly joined the group at age 3, died in 2014 at age 49.

Clarence Burke, Sr., died on July 16, 2020, the day before his 91st birthday, in an Atlanta area hospital.

The surviving siblings: Alohe Jean, 73, Dennis, 69, and Keni, 67, all live in the Atlanta area.
 


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Texas evangelist blasts Biden admin: ‘They’re trying to kill us out here!’

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Over one million Texans are still without drinking water nearly 2 weeks after winter storms ripped through the state, freezing wind turbines and crippling the power grid.

Evangelist Dr. Tawanna Worlds went live on Facebook to issue a warning to her flock about what’s really going on in Texas.

Dr. Worlds filmed the video on Feb. 20 from a hotel room in Dallas, where residents were still without power or water in one of the wealthiest areas of the state.

Dr. Worlds is described on her website as an “ordained Evangelist & Prophet with a heart to equip you for God’s best!”

She warned her viewers that something in the milk isn’t clean. “They’re trying to kill us out here!”

She wondered aloud why Joe Biden has yet to publicly address the storms in Texas. There are reports that Biden’s Depart of Energy (DOE) refused a request to increase electric power and natural gas prior to the storms.

The DOE’s excuse for the refusal was that the governor’s request conflicted with the “green energy standards” set by Biden’s DOE.

Watch Dr. Worlds’ video below.
 

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Michigan Boy, 10, Has Hands And Legs Removed During Battle With COVID-19

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A  10-year-old Michigan boy had to have his hands and legs amputated during his battle with COVID-19.

It’s been weeks now that Dae’Shun Jamison has been in the hospital fighting Coronavirus complications. These rare side effects of the often deadly disease have led to the child having to have his legs and hands removed, People reports.

His mother, Brittney Autman, detailed Jamison’s journey in a GoFundMe, saying the boy was first taken to the hospital in late December after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Initially, Jamison showed no signs of COVID-19. Not long after that, Jamison developed Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, a condition in which a child’s body becomes inflamed. The condition can affect a child’s brain, heart, and lungs, leading to fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, and other symptoms.

Eventually, doctors at Helen Devos Children’s Hospital placed Jamison on Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) machine, which pumps oxygen into a patient’s entire body to help support failing heart and lungs, the outlet reports. Two weeks after being diagnosed with COVID-19, he began developing MIS-C symptoms. “They say don’t question God, but I don’t understand, why my son?” said Autman. “I wouldn’t want it to happen to anyone else’s child, but why me?”

Medical officials first removed his right leg. They let his family know that more limbs may have to be removed in the upcoming weeks. “He understood that when he wake up his leg will not look the same,” Autman wrote in an update on the donation page set up to help pay for the family’s medical bills. “Dae’Shun completely broke down in tears which affected me in so many ways, I can’t believe this is really happening to my baby.” His left leg and hands were removed on Feb. 22 after his hands were damaged due to lack of blood flow.

“Dae’Shun is very emotional about his amputations, and it breaks my heart,” Autman wrote on GoFundMe. “Please keep the prayers coming.” Jamison’s mother says her son is moving forward despite the pain; he will be joining a rehabilitation center. Autman says she believes her son will adjust to his prosthetics. “I’m trying to find ways to get him back to the way he was as much as possible,” she said. “That’s my goal for him. That’s what I want for him.”

We are praying for you, King Dae’Shun.




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Ava DuVernay Is Not Surprised By Golden Globes Voting Committee Having Zero Black Members

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Hollywood producer Ava DuVernay says that she is not surprised that there are no Black members on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

According to a new report by the Los Angeles Times, which was published on Sunday, the group of 87 international journalists who chooses the nominees and winners of the Golden Globe Awards each year does not have any Black members.

The Hollywood Reporter tweeted their story regarding the report, to which DuVernay responded by writing, “Reveals? As in, people are acting like this isn’t already widely known? For YEARS?” Golden Globes nominated actress, and director Regina King responded to DuVernay with a Drake GIF, indicating that he agreed. DuVernay responded with a Sinbad GIF with the words, “those are the facts.”

Hollywood Foreign Press Association has been under scrutiny for years for its lack of diversity and subpar ethics.

Last year, the group’s lack of inclusion of Blacks and Black talent was thrust into the spotlight when the Golden Globes snubbed DuVernay’s critically acclaimed Netflix series “When They See Us,” which documented the story of the wrongly convicted Central Park Five. Several other Black-led projects that were recently snubbed include Spike Lee’s Vietnam war movie “Da 5 Bloods” and the HBO series “I May Destroy You.” Neither project received Golden Globe nominations despite immense praise.

The 2021 Golden Globes Awards will take place virtually on Sunday and hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

A representative with the HFPA has said that the group is aware of the racial disparities and is “committed to addressing” them.




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