Fats Domino, Legendary Singer And Pianist, Dead At 89

The rock ‘n’ roll pioneer was known for hits like “Ain’t That a Shame” and “I’m Walkin’.”

“My first impression was a lasting impression,” Bartholomew said of Domino in a 2010 interview with The Cleveland Plain Dealer. “He was a great singer. He was a great artist. And whatever he was doing, nobody could beat him.”

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Fats Domino in 1973.

Domino’s musical style was inspired by the likes of pianist Meade Lux Lewis and singer Louis Jordan. However, he had created a sound all his own that no doubt contributed to his massive success.

As rock ‘n’ roll music gained popularity in the mid-’50s, Domino already had a number of R&B hits under his belt. His first album, “Carry On Rockin’” was officially released in November 1955 and reissued as “Rock and Rollin’ with Fats Domino” in 1956. That same year, Domino released a recording of “Blueberry Hill,” (a 1940 song written by Vincent Rose, Al Lewis and Larry Stock), which would go on to become his biggest hit. The single held the No. 1 spot on the R&B chart for 11 weeks and reached No. 2 on the Top 40 chart.

Over the years, his music was covered by countless artists, including John LennonNorah Jones and Cheap Trick.

Throughout the 1960s, Domino released music regularly, and according to Rolling Stone, he played six to eight months of the year through the mid-’70s.

He also received The National Medal of Arts at The White House in 1998 from President Bill Clinton.

As a native of New Orleans, Domino was one of the thousands affected by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The performer stayed in his home in the Lower Ninth Ward and was rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter.

Following the natural disaster, Domino released a benefit album in 2006, “Alive and Kickin’,” to raise money for the Tipitina’s Foundation. In 2009, a benefit concert meant to raise funds for rebuilding schools damaged by Katrina was organized in his name.

Domino was married to Rosemary Hall from 1948 until her death in 2008. Together, they had eight children.

His impact on music, especially rock ‘n’ roll and R&B, will continue to live on. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/fats-domino-dead-dies_us_59f09ac6e4b0e064db7e1af2?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009


Bill O’Reilly Out At Fox News

Bill O’Reilly is done at Fox News, its parent company 21st Century Fox said Wednesday.

“After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the Company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel,” the company said in a statement.
More to come…..http://money.cnn.com/2017/04/19/media/bill-oreilly-out-fox-news/

Death Of Trailblazing Black Female Judge Is ‘Suspicious,’ Police Say

Police are treating the recent death of Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first African-American woman to serve on the highest court in New York, as “suspicious,” officials said this week.

Abdus-Salaam was found dead last week after her husband had reported her missing earlier in the day, according to CBS New York. Police said her body, which they found on the shore of the Hudson River near Harlem, had no obvious signs of trauma.

Police are treating her death as “suspicious” because there was no immediate indication of suicide or homicide, the NYPD said.

“We haven’t found any clear indications of criminality, but at this point we can’t say for sure. We’re hoping if anyone could shed any light into the hours before her disappearance, it would help us establish what happened,” NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis told the New York Post.

The NYPD 26th Precinct tweeted a public appeal for assistance on Tuesday, describing what Abdus-Salaam was last seen wearing and encouraging anyone with information to contact authorities.

The is seeking info on the death of Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam. Anyone with info is asked to call our detectives at the numbers listed.

Police initially treated Abdus-Salaam’s death as a suicide, though a spokeswoman for the city’s medical examiner said the results of an autopsy conducted last week were inconclusive, The Associated Press reported. The investigation is ongoing.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) appointed Abdus-Salaam, a veteran judge and lawyer, to be an associate judge on the Court of Appeals in 2013. In a statement released last week, Cuomo called his colleague a “trailblazing jurist” who fought for a fair and just New York.

“As the first African-American woman to be appointed to the state’s Court of Appeals, she was a pioneer,” Cuomo said of the 65-year-old judge. “Through her writings, her wisdom, and her unshakable moral compass, she was a force for good whose legacy will be felt for years to come.”

Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam was a trailblazing jurist and a force for good.

On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest sympathies. https://twitter.com/CapitalTonight/status/852295123283128320 

Abdus-Salaam grew up in a poor family of seven children in Washington, D.C., according to the New York State Bar. She went on to graduate from Barnard College in 1974 and received her law degree from Columbia University in 1977.

She started her impressive legal career as a staff attorney at East Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation, before going on to serve as an assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Bureau of New York State’s attorney general’s office and, later, as general counsel for the New York City Office of Labor Services.

As an assistant attorney general, Abdus-Salaam won an anti-discrimination lawsuit involving more than 30 female New York City bus drivers who were denied promotions, The New York Times reported.

In 1991, Abdus-Salaam was elected as a Civil Court Judge for New York City and served there until she was elected in 1993 to the Manhattan Supreme Court, where she served for 15 years.

She was appointed by Gov. David Paterson as associate justice of the appellate division in 2009. Cuomo appointed her four years later to serve as one of seven judges on the state’s highest court, the Court of Appeals.

“Throughout my legal career, I have sought to uphold the laws of our state and treat all those who appear before me fairly and with respect and dignity,” Abdus-Salaam said at the time.

Last August, Abdus-Salaam helped to expand the definition of parenthood and allow LGBTQ parents to seek the same parenting rights as biological parents, according to Lambda Legal, a New York-based nonprofit civil rights organization.

Judge Abdus-Salaam saw clearly how damaging it was to keep LGBT parents from their children,” Lambda Legal wrote in a blog post. “We owe her a tremendous debt of gratitude. She touched the lives of many New Yorkers; her legacy will live on.”

Judge Abdus-Salaam wrote the 2016 opinion in Brooke S.B. that finally recognized nonbiological parents in New York. https://twitter.com/mbbanyc/status/842795075058962432