Akie Deen (right) shakes hands with Bunny Mack. Deen was a songwriter, producer and promoter, and co-wrote Bunny Mack’s massive international hit “Let Me Love You (My Sweetie),” along with a number of other major West African hits in the 1970s. Akie Deen died Sunday night, June 22, 2014. R.I.P. Read obit here.
Poet and novelist Sam Greenlee has died in Chicago at the age of 83.
Greenlee was best known for his 1969 novel “The Spook Who Sat by the Door,” later adapted into a political drama movie. Close friend and cast member in the movie, Pemon Rami, says Greenlee died early Monday.
Greenlee was one of the first African Americans to join the U.S. foreign service. From 1957-1965, he worked for the U.S. Information Agency, serving in Iraq, Pakistan, Indonesia and Greece.
"The Spook Who Sat by the Door" tells the story of a black CIA agent who becomes a revolutionary training young Chicago blacks for a violent rebellion. His other works include "Baghdad Blues," in which he describes witnessing the 1958 revolution that brought down Iraq’s British-backed monarchy.
Wayna performs at U Street Music Hall last November.
Click on the photo to read about and watch our interview with this Grammy-nominated Ethiopian American singer/songwriter as she discusses her latest album, “The Expats.”