Women we’ve lost to Breast Cancer: Oscar-Winning Actress Hattie McDaniel, Actress Alaina Reed Hall, First Black Comedienne cast member on SNL Danitra Vance, considered the First Black Supermodel Naomi Sims, First Black model on cover of Playboy Darine Stern, R&B Singer Brandi Wells, Actress and mother of Lenny Kravitz, Roxie Roker, singer Minnie Ripperton, and actress best known to us as the mother in show My Brother And Me Karen Fraction.
Da’Niyah Marie Jackson was a gorgeous 10 month old baby with a head full of curly hair. ”She wasn’t one of those babies that was really loud or cried all the time,” said Clarence Jackson, the baby’s grandfather. “She was quiet. She just kind of looked around with those big eyes and took it all in. You couldn’t have asked for a better baby.”
She was raped by her mother’s live-in boyfriend, Clinton Smith, went into cardiac arrest and died due to blunt force to her abdomen. Since she obviously isnt developed like most 10 month old babies, he was penetrating her abdomen and caused multi-system organ failure. Doctors did not find any semen, but prostate fluid in her body.
Clinton Smith was babysitting her and his own 2 year old son. He beat her and raped her and bit her chest.
She inspired The Supremes. Mary Wells was the First woman of Motown. She’s known for the hit single “My Guy”. It was a #1 song. She smoked cigarettes for years and died of throat cancer. She could barely talk, let alone sing. She ended up with little money and ended up homeless with her daughter. Anita Baker, Diana Ross, Rod Stewart, among a few others tried to help her financially. She didn’t receive any royalties from Motown. She sued Motown and won a 6-figure out of court settlement and died shortly after.
2 Year old Erica Johnson was severely beaten by her mother’s 21 year old boyfriend at her grandmother’s home. Both of Erica’s parents had troubled lives. Erica’s 18 year old mother was in Jail at the time of her death, which is why she stayed with her grandmother. Paramedics were called and found Erica in cardiac arrest. The toddler sustained “major physical trauma”. She later died at the Centinela Hospital Medical Center.