I know I'm late on this . . .
Two influential people recently passed away, and I want to honor them.
Can we please have a moment of silence for B-boy legend Frosty Freeze and Cedella Marley, the mother of the late Bob Marley.
Frosty Freeze (1964-2008)
Break-dancing pioneer Frosty Freeze (real name Wayne Frost) died on April 3 in New York at the age of 44 after a long illness. A member of the influential break-dancing troupe Rock Steady Crew, he was known for his acrobatic style of dancing and was the creator of a move called the "Suicide," in which one flips in the air and lands on their back.
He was featured in a bevy of music videos and films including the groundbreaking 1983 documentary Style Wars and the equally influential flick, Wild Style. But Freeze will be best remembered for his brief appearance in the 1983 movie Flashdance, which introduced break-dancing into the mainstream.
The Almighty hip-hop blogger Jay Smooth has posted a heartfelt tribute to Frosty Freeze and spoke to a few people who knew Freeze.
And this video right HERE, made me cry. It's a wonderful tribute to Frosty Freeze -- a true b-boy pioneer. No doubt.
And I want to say, thank you Frosty Freeze. Because it was your performance in Flashdance that made me take up the art of break-dancing. Although I stopped after a couple of years, that street scene in Flashdance will be forever etched into my memory.
Rest In Power, Frosty Freeze. I know you up there in heaven teaching God how to do the windmill. Ha! Ha!
Cedella Marley Booker (1926-2008)
Cedella Booker (aka Mother B), the mother of reggae legend Bob Marley, passed away at her Miami home of natural causes on April 8. She was 81. The matriarch of the Marley Family, Cedella was also a recording artist and penned a memoir about her son titled Bob Marley, My Son.
"Since a young child, my grandmother showed me the meaning of love, life and laughter," said Cedella Marley, oldest daughter to the late Bob Marley. "She embodied them everyday, all the time. I will miss her and keep the gifts she has given me close to my heart forever."
Adds Chris Blackwell, who signed Bob Marley to his label Island Records in 1971: "Cedella was one of the most powerful women I've ever known. She served as the matriarch of the entire Marley Family, ensuring that Bob's rich legacy would survive to touch and motivate each generation. We will all miss her energy and drive."
Rest In Power, Cedella.