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Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. issued the following statement today regarding the passing of former player, front office executive, scouting director and founder of the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program John Young, who was 67:

“All of us at Major League Baseball are saddened by the loss of John Young, a trailblazer and champion of both professional and youth baseball. Following a championship collegiate baseball career and a Minor and Major League playing career that spanned from 1969 through 1978, John became the first African-American director of scouting when he was hired by the Detroit Tigers in 1981. He went on to scout for several clubs, including the Marlins, Rangers, Padres and Cubs, signing 21 future Major Leaguers to their first professional contracts. It was in this capacity that he would achieve his most enduring accomplishment – the founding of the RBI program.

“John personally started RBI in 1989 in his home city of Los Angeles with less than 200 young men. With John’s guidance, MLB assumed the operations of the program in 1991, and it has since grown to serve 230,000 young men and women in 200 cities across the United States, Canada, Curaçao, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. The legacy John has left with the RBI program is evident in the impact it has had on young people who have grown to be important contributors to our society as teachers, police officers, doctors, youth coaches and as professional baseball players. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest condolences to John’s wife Sheryl, their children Dorian, Jon and Tori and their entire family, as well as his many friends throughout our game.”

Losing the Hand You've Held Your Whole Life

**New Memoir Profiles a Story of Parental Loss**

(Los Angeles, CA) –In her memoir, 14 Days: A Mother, A Daughter, A Two-Week Goodbye (Savio Republic/ November 2015), Lisa Goich chronicles the final two weeks of her mother Millie’s life. When Lisa traveled home to visit her parents in December 2011, she never expected an ordinary three day weekend to turn into an extraordinary 14-day observance of her mother’s life – and ultimately – death.

Before she worked for the GRAMMY Awards or Playboy, before she could be heard warming up the early morning airwaves for Howard Stern on L.A.’s KLSX or bantering with author Mitch Albom as a sidekick on his popular afternoon drive talk radio show, before she married Guns N’ Roses keyboardist Teddy Andreadis, she was the daughter of an amazing woman from Detroit named Millie Goich.

14 Days is a story of parental loss, and how to lovingly, bravely and gracefully let go of a hand you’ve been holding your entire life. From a child’s first breath to a mother’s last, this memoir shows how closing that circle can be a celebration of this unbreakable bond. It’s a story about family and love, humor and food, laughter and connection. It takes us through a journey of life and how to appreciate every inch of it while we’re still here.

New York Times multi-bestselling author Mitch Albom (Tuesdays with Morrie, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Have A Little Faith), has provided a very special foreword for the book. “This is more than a memoir. It’s a handbook for anyone going through the process of saying goodbye to a loved one. It shows that goodbyes can be a celebration of life.”

About Lisa Goich:
Lisa Goich is an award-winning copywriter, major market talk radio host, blogger, journalist and former stand-up comedian. Graduating from Central Michigan University with a degree in journalism, she has spent her life dedicated to the written word, the spoken word and the arts.

Lisa has worked for some of the biggest names and corporations in the literary and entertainment business, including Mitch Albom, Carole King, Robert Redford, ABC, The WB, CAA and Playboy. Her first book, The Breakup Diary, was published in 2002. It too was a top selling publication.

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Published on Feb 23, 2016

Before we were in shackles and enslaved we have always valued life (period, As Fred Sanford would say). The new Black Lives Matter has fueled conversation about the value of black life because so many black lives have been taken by police. However, within our community too many lives are taken by us. This is a challenge/reminder about Black folk changing BOBC (Black on Black Crime). What will you do to make a change?

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Ricky Harris -   Comedian and actor Ricky Harris, who made his acting debut in the 1993 flick “Poetic Justice” alongside Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur, died 12/26/16 of a heart attack. He was only 54.
Ron Glass -   Ron Glass, a prolific TV actor known for playing Ron Harris in the sitcom “Barney Miller” and Shepherd Derrial Book in “Firefly,” has died. He was 71. The actor’s rep confirmed the death to Variety, but had no further details regarding the cause or location.
Sharon Jones -   Sharon Jones, the fiery soul singer who spent decades in obscurity before becoming a Grammy-nominated soul and funk vocalist with her longtime backing band the Dap-Kings, died on Friday of pancreatic cancer. She was 60.
Gwen Ifill -   Gwen Ifill, one of the most prominent political journalists in the country, has died after a battle with cancer. She was 61. When she took the helm of Washington Week in Review in 1999, Ifill became the first African-American woman to host a major political TV talk show.
Aaron Pryor -   Aaron Pryor was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1996, and in 1999 was voted by the Associated Press as the world's best light welterweight of the 20th century. Pryor died on October 9, 2016 after suffering from heart disease.
Tommy Ford -   'Martin' star Thomas Mikal Ford has passed away at age 52.The actor was reportedly recovering from knee surgery when he suffered a ruptured aneurysm and fell into “a state of unconsciousness” on Wednesday afternoon while recovering in an Atlanta hospital.
Buckwheat Zydeco -   Musician Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr., who rose from a cotton-picking family in southwest Louisiana to introduce zydeco music to the world through his namesake band Buckwheat Zydeco, has died. He was 68.
Bill Nunn -   Director Spike Lee led the tributes to Do the Right Thing actor Bill Nunn, who died 9/24/2016 at age 63. Nunn died at his home in Pittsburgh after battling cancer, according to The Associated Press.
John Saunders -   Sports broadcasting legend John Saunders was not breathing when he was discovered Wednesday morning (8/10/16) at his New York home by his wife Wanda, who called 911. Saunders, 61, a voice at ESPN for nearly 30 years, died after emergency responders couldn't resuscitate him.
Dennis Green -   the former great Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals coach, passed away 7/21/16 from complications of cardiac arrest, according to his family. He was 67.
Bernie Worrell -   Bernie Worrell, the cherished keyboardist for Parliament-Funkadelic and an unofficial member of Talking Heads, has died. The musician lost his battle with stage four lung cancer at the age of 72. Known as The Wizard of Woo, Worrell was a New Jersey native who moved to Detroit in the 1970s with doo-wop group The Parliaments.
Kimbo Slice -   Mixed martial arts star Kimbo Slice, who died 6/6/2016 at the age of 42, was diagnosed with heart failure and informed he needed a heart transplant, according to a report by the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Muhammad Ali -   the silver-tongued boxer and civil rights champion who famously proclaimed himself "The Greatest" and then spent a lifetime living up to the billing died 6/3/2016 at a Phoenix-area hospital, where he had spent the past few days being treated for respiratory complications, a family spokesman confirmed. He was 74. Muhammad Ali was without a doubt the greatest sportsman of a generation and a genuine American hero to many who will be greatly missed.
John Young -   who founded RBI, a youth baseball program designed to bring African-American youth back to the sport, died in Los Angeles. He was 67. "All of us at Major League Baseball are saddened by the loss of John Young, a trailblazer and champion of both professional and youth baseball," commissioner Rob Manfred wrote in a statement.
Billy Paul -   Legendary soul singer Billy Paul has died at the age of 81. According to his website, the musician passed away at his home in Blackwood, New Jersey after a serious medical condition.
Prince -   Legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson died at his Paisley Park residence 4/21 at the age of 57, There were no further details as to the cause of death at this time.
Leon Haywood -  Leon Haywood, the silky smooth R&B singer-songwriter and producer whose 1975 single "I Want'a Do Something Freaky to You" was famously sampled by Dr. Dre and others, died in his sleep 4/5/2016 in Los Angeles.
David Smyrl -  David Smyrl, the Emmy-winning actor best known for his role as Mr Handford, the retired firefighter who ran Hooper's Store on Sesame Street, died 3/22/16. He was 80. Smyrl was diagnosed with lung cancer in January.
Phife Dawg -  Phife Dawg, a founding member of the rap group A Tribe Called Quest, passed away on 3/22/16. Phife, whose real name is Malik Taylor, suffered a series of medical complications in recent years.
Daryl Coley -  Minister and Gospel singer Daryl Coley has died, he was 60 and died in hospice care. Known for songs like “He’s Preparing Me,” “When Sunday Comes”and “Beyond the Vail,” Coley was born in Berkley, California.
Vanity -   Denise Matthews, who as Vanity fronted the group Vanity 6 but was best known for her collaboration with Prince, died at a hospital in Fremont, California. Spokesperson Gisela Hernandez did not say when Matthews died or under what circumstances.
Maurice White -   Maurice White, founder and co-vocalist of Earth, Wind & Fire has died aged 74. His brother confirmed the musician died in his sleep in Los Angeles on 1/4/16 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. The band is known for hits such as Shining Star, September, Boogie Wonderland.
Nicholas Caldwell -   Nicholas Caldwell, co-founder and singer with the California R&B group The Whispers, has died. He was 71. Caldwell died 1/5/2016 of congestive heart failure at his San Francisco home.

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