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‘Soul Men’ pass into legend

The weekend of August the 9th and 10th was a very sad weekend in the world of entertainment as we suffered the loss of two greats, Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes.

Bernie Mac, known best as one of the “Original Kings of Comedy,” passed away August the 9th of complications from pneumonia at the age of 50.

Bernie Mac, whose birth name is Bernard Jeffrey McCollough, was born in Chicago in 1957. Mac grew up in the South Side of Chicago, in a rough neighborhood, and was raised by his grandmother. He was inspired to do comedy at a very young age as his mother, who died of cancer when he was only 16-years-old, loved comedy. Born a comedian, Mac performed comedy routines anywhere he could and started his career in comedy in 1977 at the age of 19.

Mac began his career as a stand-up comedian and made his transition to acting on the big screen in films such as “Mo’ Money” in 1992, “Friday” in 1995 and began a long career in the acting with the “Ocean’s Eleven” film series, and recently in the “Transformers” in 2007.

This Emmy nominated and Image award winning actor had a variety of television appearances including his self-titled sitcom “The Bernie Mac Show.” Mac played a stand-up comedian who suddenly becomes father when he ends up with custody of his sister’s three children. He changed the image of television comedy as the show ran for five seasons from 2001 to 2006.

The comedian who resided in Frankfort, IL, is survived by his wife of more than 30 years, Rhonda McCollough, their daughter, Je’niece, and one granddaughter, Jasmine.

Mac’s movies scheduled for release include “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa,” and “Old Dogs,” with Robin Williams scheduled for a 2009 release and “Soul Men” with Samuel L. Jackson and Isaac Hayes, a man whose death topped of the that mournful weekend, Isaac Hayes.

Isaac Hayes, who was a Grammy and Oscar winning singer and songwriter, passed away Sunday, August 10th at at the age of 65 in his home in Memphis, Tenn. Hayes, who apparently died of a stroke, and was found collapsed in his home early Sunday morning.

The deep-voiced singer made history in 1972, when he won an Oscar for Best Original Song for the theme of “Shaft,” becoming the first African American to win an Academy Award in a non-acting category. The film also won him two Grammy’s in the same year and a third Grammy was won in 1973 for his album “Black Moses.” Ultimately, in 2002, he was inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame.

He appeared in episodes of television show “The A-Team and Miami Vice.” Hayes also had roles in films such as “Escape from New York” in 1981, “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka” in 1988, and “Blues Brother 2000” in 1998. Hayes also provided the voice of the smooth-talking Jerome ‘Chef’ McElroy on Comedy Central’s “South Park” from 2001 to 2006Isaac Lee Hayes was born in 1942 and raised by his grandparents in Covington, Tenn. Hayes grew up a poor child raising crops and taking care of cattle in his home town. Hayes is survived by his wife, 12 children and 16 grandchildren. “Soul Men” will hit theaters Nov. 14.

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