Rest In Power Queens: Notable Black Women We Lost In 2023

by Gee NY

In the course of 2023, we bid farewell to several remarkable Black women who made significant contributions to various fields.

From the entertainment industry to politics, these women left an indelible mark on history. As we honor their legacies, let’s reflect on the lives and achievements of these trailblazers who enriched our world.

1. Ellen Holly (Age: 92)

Known for her role on ABC’s “One Life To Live,” the first Black actor to lead a daytime TV show.

Holly stayed with the show from 1968 through 1980, then returned from 1983 to 1985. Other TV and film credits include The Guiding Light, In The Heat Of The Night, and Spike Lee’s School Daze.

2. Zoleka Mandela

Granddaughter of Winnie Mandela, she campaigned for better road safety after losing her daughter in a car accident.

3. New Jersey Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver

First woman of color to serve in a statewide elected office in the history of New Jersey.

4. Tina Turner

Legendary singer whose music enchanted millions of fans worldwide.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tina Turner. With her music and her boundless passion for life, she enchanted millions of fans around the world and inspired the stars of tomorrow. Today we say goodbye to a dear friend who leaves us all her greatest work: her music. All our heartfelt compassion goes out to her family. Tina, we will miss you dearly. (© Peter Lindbergh)”

5. Tori Bowie (Age: 32)

Three-time Olympic Gold medalist, standout athlete at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

6. Rasheeda Williams, AKA Koko Da Doll

Featured at the Sundance Film Festival with “KOKOMO CITY,” remembered for inspiring Black trans women.

7. Zandra Flemister (Age: 71)

First Black woman to serve as a special agent for the U.S. Secret Service, a pioneer in her field.

8. Roslyn Pope (Age: 84)

Civil rights leader, played a significant role in Atlanta’s student-led civil rights movement.

9. Gangsta Boo (Age: 43)

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Former member of Three 6 Mafia, continued her career in music.

10. Anita Pointer (Age: 74)

Member of the Pointer Sisters, known for hits like “I’m So Excited” and “Jump (For My Love).”

May their legacies live on!

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