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Baltimore’s Honorable Elijah E. Cummings – a Warrior For All

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Honorable Elijah E. Cummings — a warrior for all

BALTIMORE (Los Angeles Blade) — We — the nation, the City of Baltimore, the State of Maryland, and the United States Congress — all suffered a tremendous loss with the passing of Chairman Elijah E. Cummings on Oct. 17.

As a lifelong advocate for justice, equality, and the truth, Elijah Cummings was the true definition of a leader and his commitment to civility and humanity were invaluable in times such as these.

To many, he was a friend and trusted colleague, but to the members of the Congressional Black Caucus, he was a respected and revered member of our family.

To me, Mr. Cummings was a mentor.Born and raised in Baltimore to sharecroppers from South Carolina, Mr. Cummings knew firsthand the challenges of […]

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Real-Life ‘Hidden Figures’ Mathematician Katherine Johnson Dead at 101

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(TMZ) — Remembering Katherine Johnson Katherine Johnson — the mathematician portrayed by Taraji P. Henson in the Oscar-nominated film “Hidden Figures” — has died.

NASA announced the pioneering figure died Monday. It was her groundbreaking math work that helped calculate the trajectories for Alan Shepard ‘s history-making journey in space. She was also the one who gave the go-ahead for John Glenn ‘s mission into orbit.

Johnson, who was initially rejected by NASA when she first applied, was tasked by Glenn to check the computer’s work by redoing all the math done by a computer that had been programmed with the orbital equations that would control the trajectory of the capsule in Glenn’s Friendship 7 mission.

And, as part of the pre-flight checklist, Glenn asked engineers to “get the girl” to run the same numbers through the same equations that had been programmed into the computer … by hand. Glenn famously said, “If she says they’re good then I’m ready to go.” The mission went on without a hitch.

“Hidden Figures” was released in 2016 to much acclaim. It earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. Octavia Spencer was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress. Johnson was honored at the 2017 Oscars.

Johnson, who retired in 1986 from NASA, authored or co-authored 26 research projects. She recalled her greatest contribution to space exploration the calculations that helped with Project Apollo’s Lunar Lander — the moon-orbiting Command Service Module.

She was born on August 26, 1918, in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. She was famous before even her NASA days … she was one of 3 black students handpicked to integrate West Virginia’s graduate school. Johnson graduated from West Virginia State College in 1937 … earning degrees in mathematics and French.

Johnson arrived at NASA before it was known by those letters. She started at NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) in 1953. It became NASA five years later.

In 2015 and at 97 years of age, President Barack Obama awarded Johnson the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

She was 101.

RIP

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Rita Walters First Black Woman Elected to LA City Council Dies at Age 89

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Rita Walters, the first Black woman ever elected to the Los Angeles City Council and a former member of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education, has died. She was 89.

Walters, a former teacher, served on the LAUSD board for more than a decade before being elected to the city council — filling the 9th District seat left vacant by the 1990 death of Councilman Gilbert Lindsay. She held the seat until 2001.

In 2002, she was appointed to the city’s Library Commission where she served for 15 years, retiring in 2017 with a commendation from Mayor Eric Garcetti, who took to Twitter Thursday to pay his respects to a woman he called “a model public servant.”

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Pink Taco Founder Harry Morton’s Estate Worth At Least $17M

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Pink Taco Founder Harry Morton's Estate Worth At Least $17 Million

(TMZ) — The estate of the late-Pink Taco founder and West Hollywood Sheriff’s Reserve Deputy, Harry Morton, is worth at least $17 million … TMZ has learned.

Harry’s father, Peter Morton, just filed legal docs, obtained by TMZ, to take control of his son’s estate … and the docs say Harry had over $17 million in personal property when he died.

According to the docs, Harry’s personal property is worth $17,293,187 … but the total value of the estate could be higher if there are any separate trusts that are not part of the probate estate.

TMZ broke the story … Harry was found dead in his Los Angeles residence back in November, this after suffering a heart attack. Harry, who had no partner or children, died without a will.

Harry founded the popular restaurant chain in 1999 when he was only 18. He was also the owner of the Viper Room in West Hollywood.

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