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On April 20, Google launched a video Doodle to celebrate the 70th birthday of multi-platinum, Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, and producer Luther Vandross.

The Doodle was created in collaboration with Atlanta-based guest artist and animator, Sam Bass. The music video Doodle is set to "Never Too Much," the award-winning soundtrack originally written, produced and performed by Luther Vandross.

The video takes a journey through a joyful day in Luther Vandross' hometown of New York City during the '80s, while weaving in important moments throughout the singer's life.
 

Luther's family commented on the doodle:

"It is a true reflection of Luther Vandross's musical legacy around the world to be honored by Google with an animated video Doodle that fittingly captures the joy Luther has brought the world. Luther made each of his songs about one simple, universal subject-love; an emotion and feeling common to the human experience no matter who you are, where you're from or what you look like. No one else has expressed this emotion, in song, at the level Luther did for over 35 years. To have Google broadcast that around the world is a wonderful showcase of his immeasurable talent."

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After battling diabetes and obesity for most of his adult life, Luther suffered a debilitating stroke on April 16, 2003 that left him confined to a wheelchair.

In an interview with Ebony magazine the following year, Luther said he was on the road to recovery and he hoped to sing again.

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That same year, he won four Grammy awards to go along with the four he won in the 1990s. He picked up Grammys for R&B album of the Year, Song of the Year and Male R&B vocal performance for "Dance with My Father." He also won a Grammy for R&B performance by a duo or group for his duet with Beyonce on the remake of "The Closer I Get to You."

In a pre-recorded message for the 2004 Grammys audience, Luther said, "I want to thank everyone for your love and support. And remember, when I say goodbye, it's never for long, because I believe in the power of love."

He died from natural causes on July 1, 2005 at age 54.

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Luther's successful music career culminated in eight Grammy Awards (out of 33 nominations), a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a 1997 Super Bowl half-time show performance, and eight Billboard Top 10 albums.

Happy Birthday, Luther Vandross! The joy your music brings to the world is "never too much!"

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GoFundMe

A bust created in honor of slain Louisville resident Breonna Taylor was smashed and vandalized, presumably by Black Lives Matter protesters, in downtown Oakland, California over the weekend.

Police are investigating the act of vandalism and vowed to get even with whoever smashed the bust in protest of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT, was shot to death by three undercover cops who served a wrong house warrant on Taylor's Louisville apartment in March.

The ceramic bust, installed 2 weeks ago, was painted brown and featured the words "Say Her Name Breonna Taylor."

The artist, Leo Carson, expressed his disappointment and said the vandalism felt like a personal attack on himself and Taylor.

"At first I was stunned and shocked and hurt and angry," said Carson, an unemployed waiter. "Just a whole flood of emotions. It felt like I was personally attacked and also they attacked Breonna Taylor and the BLM movement."

Carson, who was among those demonstrating in the streets prior to the November 3 presidential elections, spent the next 6 weeks creating the sculpture.

"I was able to take that time and practice and training I have as an artist and put that into service of something much bigger than myself that's happening," Carson said.

Carson created a GoFundMe page to help defray the cost of repairing the bust.

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A Black artist was forced to take his Facebook page private after he posted artwork that showed a young Black girl taking up a weapon against the two white males who killed Ahmaud Arbery.

Maurice Jackson created the artwork as part of his hip-hop ballerina series. The picture, posted on May 8, shows a young Black girl wearing a pink tutu with her natural hair in afro puffs. She is armed with a rifle and is facing down two Caucasian males wrapped in the confederate flag.

She is holding a photo of Arbery, who was killed by a former cop and his son in south Georgia on Feb. 23. The two men were arrested on Thursday and charged with felony murder and aggravated assault.

Jackson captioned the artwork: "*NEW ART* 'I THOUGHT THEY LOOKED SUSPICIOUS' #AuhmadArbery [sic] #RIP #hiphopballerinaseries."

The artwork earned praise from fellow artists and Jackson's supporters. But Black women unleashed their fury on him for portraying a minor child as the protector of Black males.

Art is supposed to be purely subjective. But the anger and bitterness expressed in the comments really reflects the frustration that many Black women feel toward Black men who abandoned them and their children for other men or women of other races.

When will Black women accept some responsibility for what Black males have become?

Most Black males were raised in homes where women were head of household. Only 33% of Black women who gave birth were married in 2019. It has been proven that Black women can't raise Black boys to be men.

It's time to do some serious self-reflection.

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Kendrick Lamar

Rapper Kendrick Lamar faces allegations of copyright infringement by an African artist who alleges he misappropriated her copyrighted artwork for his music video, "All the Stars".

On Saturday, a lawyer for Lina Iris Viktor, a British-Liberian artist, sent a letter to Lamar and label head, Anthony Tiffith at Top Dawg Entertainment, detailing the copyright violation of a painting in her series "Constellations."

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