The Global Black society had to say goodbye to some of its notable brothers and sisters in the year 2022. As inescapable as the finality of life is, the discomfort of loss will remain in the hearts of all those who loved these remarkable people.
These people are those who were involved in the usefulness of their society and beyond, completing the goodness of humanity.
This list is in essence, a difficult one to make. So many fall within this category but we would like to believe our shortlist encompasses the point quite well.
Here are those Notable Black people we lost in 2022:
Sidney Poitier, 94
The trailblazing Bahamian-American Hollywood celebrity, Sidney Poitier, the first Black man to win an Oscar for best actor died on January 6. He broke racial barriers in the American film industry as his onscreen persona and indisputable talent made him the first Black movie star in Hollywood. Poitier became the first Black man to win an Oscar for Best Actor for his 1963 film, Lilies of the Field.
Charles McGee, 102
McGee was born in Cleveland on December 7, 1919. He served as a pilot for the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II. He was also behind the cockpit as an Air Force fighter pilot during the North Korean and Vietnam wars. He was a member of the well-known “Red Tails Squadron” that was assigned to protect the Eighth Air Force bombers.
He was one of the last surviving pilots of the notable Tuskegee Airmen. McGee died peacefully in his sleep on January 16, his family announced at the time.
André Leon Talley, 73
André Leon Talley; the Former Vogue magazine editor-at-large died on January 18. Throughout the past five decades as a global idol, Talley was a close intimate of Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld, and Paloma Picasso, Talley’s representatives, TAA PR said in a declaration disclosing his death. The declaration added that he had a penchant for discovering, nu discovering, nurturing, and celebrating young designers.
Lusia Harris, 66
The only woman to be officially drafted by an NBA team, Lusia Harris, also died on January 18. Considered a trailblazer in women’s basketball, Harris also wrote her name in Women’s Olympic Basketball history after achieving the tournament’s first-ever points.
She was also featured in a 2021 short film that concentrated on the pioneering athlete’s basketball career. The project is titled “The Queen of Basketball”.
Betty Davis, 77
Betty Davis, a funk music star, died on February 9.
She, who was also once married to jazz legend Miles Davis
Jamal Edwards, 31
A pioneering British entrepreneur who established the famous online media channel, SBTV, Jamal Edwards died on February 20.
At the time of his death, Edwards’ mother, Brenda Edwards, declared her son passed away after a “sudden illness.” She later disclosed her son died after suffering cardiac arrhythmia that was caused “by having taken recreational drugs.”
Jamal became famous in 2006 after launching SmokeyBarz TV (SBTV)
Cheslie Kryst, 30
Chelsie Kryst, Former Miss USA died on April 28 after jumping from a Manhattan building. Kryst, 30, was crowned Miss USA in 2019.
The ex-Miss USA and North Carolina citizen was a lawyer by profession, and she worked on pro bono cases for inmates who may have been unfairly jailed. She also held three degrees from two universities.
Nichelle Nichols, 89
Actress, dancer, and singer Nichelle Nichols died on July 30. Nichols began her stint in show business as a singer and dancer singing with Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton and touring the world. However, when buddy Gene Roddenberry gave her a role in the popular sci-fi television show Star Trek in the 1960s, it denoted a crucial point in her career and life.
Bill Russell, 88
Bill Russell; the NBA legend and champion passed away on July 31. He had a remarkable time with the Boston Celtics where he won 11 championships. Personally, Russell was voted Most Valuable Player (MVP) five times as well as making the All-Star rooster, 12 times.
Bernard Shaw, 82
Bernard Shaw was the lead prime-time anchor on CNN for 2 decades. The distinguished journalist passed away on September 7.
Shaw is remembered as one of the first Black television anchors.
Pharoah Sanders, 81
A renowned jazz saxophonist, Pharoah Sanders, died on September 24.
As documented by CNN, he won the Grammy award as Sanders released over 30 albums during his career. Sanders also worked with legendary and influential jazz musician John Coltrane.
Coolio; a Grammy award-winning rapper died at his friend’s house in Los Angeles
Coolio is best remembered for his 1995 hit song Gangsta’s Paradise. The 1995 hit song was the soundtrack for the Dangerous Mindsfilm, and it took the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks, per variety. The hit song earned the rapper a Grammy award for best rap solo performance.
The deceased rapper, born Kirshnik Khari Ball, was shot and killed at a bowling alley in Houston on November 1. The shooting reportedly occurred following a conflict after a dice game.
HPD Homicide Division Sgt. Michael Burrow said in an address to reporters that:
“I can tell you that Takeoff was not involved in playing the dice game. He was not involved in the argument that happened outside. He was not armed”.
Stephen “tWitch” Boss, 40
Identified as a DJ on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show”, Stephen “tWitch” Boss passed away on December 13. Boss, who also shot into the limelight after contesting in “So You Think You Can Dance”, was found dead in a motel room that he had checked into.
The dancer’s death was judged as suicide from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
The notable Brazil football legend, Pele, died on December 29 at the age of 82. Pele had been battling colon cancer and was being treated for cardiac and renal dysfunction in the hospital. “Everything we are is thanks to you. We love you infinitely. Rest in peace,” his daughter Kely Nascimento wrote on Instagram.
Charlene Mitchell, 92
Charlene Mitchell of Ohio was the first Black woman to run for U.S. president in 1968.
She entered the 1968 presidential race on the Communist Party ticket with her running mate being Michael Zagarell, the party’s national youth director.
In the end, she appeared on the ballot in two states, obtaining just 1,075 votes.
Being Black and female did not allow her to get votes.
Mitchell passed away in a nursing home in Manhattan on December 14, 2022. She was 92.