ADVERTISEMENT

Geronimo Ji Jaga Pratt, Black Panther, Godfather to 2Pac, dies

June 3, 2011

Geronimo Ji Jaga Pratt, former Black Panther, political prisoner and inspiration to many rappers, not the least was his godson, Tupac Shakur, has passed away at the age of 63.

Pratt was wrongly convicted of the kidnapping and murder of a schoolteacher in 1970. His his life sentence was vacated by the California Supreme Court in 1997, when it was established that the chief witness in the trial was also a paid FBI informant. Altogether he had lived 27 years in prison before he was freed.

After winning his freedom, he spoke on behalf of political prisoners, many of whom were ensnared in the COINTELPRO program of President Nixon and J. Edgar Hoover. After leaving prison, he moved and lived to Tanzania, where he died.

Read More: BET

posted: June 3rd, 2011, 7:23pm



The Dash

Chris Lighty, hip-hop manager extraordinaire, dies

Chris Lighty, the prolific manager who managed the careers of artists including Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, Fat Joe, P. Diddy, 50 Cent and many more, died last night… Read

The Dash

Remembrances on MCA: Cosmo Baker, SFJ, and Questlove

With Adam “MCA” Yauch’s prolonged illness and everyone preparing for the worst, it’s not hard to imagine people were collecting their thoughts on MCA and the… Read

The Dash

Adam Yauch, MCA of the Beastie Boys, dies at 47

Adam Nathaniel Yauch, better known as MCA of the Beastie Boys, passed away today at the age of 47. Read

The Dash

Don Cornelius, the creator of Soul Train, passes away

Don Cornelius, creator, producer and host of Soul Train, the long-running black music showcase that ran from 1970 to 2006, has died of an apparent… Read

The Dash

Heavy D passes away suddenly at 44

Dwight Myers, known by millions as Heavy D, died suddenly today at the age of 44 today. Heavy D apparently collapsed at his home in Beverly Hills and was… Read

The Dash

Sylvia Robinson, mother of hip-hop, passes at 75

Sylvia Robinson, recording artist turned record producer who headed Sugar Hill Records, died early this morning. She was 75. Robinson is not a name that’s… Read