Bonnie Pointer, a founding member of The Pointer Sisters, passed away on Monday, June 8 at age 69 in Los Angeles, California. She reportedly died from cardiac arrest. Her sister Anita Pointer confirmed the news of her passing in a statement.
“It is with great sadness that I have to announce to the fans of the Pointer Sisters that my sister, Bonnie died this morning,” said Anita. “Our family is devastated, on behalf of my siblings and I and the entire Pointer family, we ask for your prayers at this time.”
Bonnie began singing with her sisters in their father’s Oakland church over five decades ago. She and her younger sister June Pointer formed the group Pointers, a Pair in 1969, and began performing in nightclubs.
Anita joined the group later, before their other sibling Ruth came on in 1972, making them a quartet. The Pointer Sisters released their debut album one year later and it spawned the hit “Yes We Can Can.”
Their 1974 sophomore effort “That’s a Plenty” also saw success with the crossover hit “Fairytale,” which won a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance.
The Pointer Sisters ended up being one of the biggest acts of the 1980s and pushed the R&B genre forward with a spectacular melding of funk, soul, pop, and rock.
After recording five albums with her sisters, Bonnie went solo in 1977 and signed a deal with Motown.
She released a disco rendition of a song by The Elgins, “Heaven Must Have Sent You,” a couple of years later; it reached No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Bonnie then released three more solo albums for Motown before slowing down as a singer and performer.
But earlier this year, she and Anita released the song “Feels Like June” to honor their sister June Pointer, who passed away from cancer in 2006.
Bonnie reunited with her sisters twice since going solo. In 1994, The Pointer Sisters received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, then in 1996 when they all performed in Las Vegas. Bonnie Pointer is survived by sisters Ruth and Anita and brothers Aaron and Fritz.
“The Pointer Sisters never would have happened had it not been for Bonnie,” said Anita in her statement.
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Usain Bolt Offers Sha’Carri Richardson Some Tough Advice Following Multiple Meet Losses
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt is offering some words of wisdom to rising track star Sha’Carri Richardson following the young athlete’s fall from grace.
During a recent interview with the New York Post, the eight-time Olympic gold medalist was asked about the 21-year-old whose stellar performance in the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials at the new Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, last June was quickly overshadowed by a series of incidents, including a failed drug test, which subsequently got her disqualified from the Tokyo games entirely.
Bolt told the media outlet that the best thing the Texas native can do now is stop talking and focus on what really matters. “I would tell Sha’Carri to train harder and to be focused and not say too much…,” he explained. A much speculated lack of media experience ultimately led to a dim in her once fiery fan support. Many have expressed belief that the young star’s trash talk proved damaging to her brand.
“If you talk that big talk you have to back it up,” Bolt continued. The Jamaican-born sprinting phenom added, “So just train hard and focus on that and try to come back, do it and then talk about it.”
On Aug. 21, Richardson finished in last place in the women’s 100 meters as Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah dominated the race. Shortly afterward, an online feud seemingly unraveled between Richardson and Team Jamaican.
Bolt told the outlet he and his fellow Jamaican athletes were not impressed by Richardson’s attitude, considering a rivalry between American and Jamaican sprinters that picked up some steam dating back to at least 2012.
“Jamaicans were vexed because she was talking a lot of s–t before the actual race, it is just one of those things,” he explained. “Jamaicans don’t like when people talk s–t about us because we are a very proud people. So if you talk about us we are gonna want you to back it up. It definitely gave those women the extra push [to win.]”
Richardson has had a few incidents with members of the Caribbean nation. She was offered an all-expenses-paid trip to Jamaica by a Jamaican hotel owner, following her loss to Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who finished second in the Prefontaine race. Many people online found the gesture to be disingenuous.
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