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Remembrances

  1. remembrances
    Betty Davis Freaked ItThe Queen of Funk was eternally misunderstood in her boundary-breaking.
  2. remembrances
    Honoring His Mother Was Louie Anderson’s Life’s WorkThroughout his decades-long career, the comedian learned to love himself the way his mother loved him.
  3. remembrances
    Meat Loaf Had the Audacity to Always Go BigNothing the late singer and actor did as an artist was ever subtle.
  4. remembrances
    Terry Teachout Found Greatness EverywhereAs a critic, he was formidable; as a champion of under-recognized voices and productions, he was peerless.
  5. remembrances
    Everyone Wanted to Be Like Ronnie SpectorThe Ronettes transcended the art of hitmaking. They set trends.
  6. remembrances
    The Filth and Kindness of Bob SagetHe was America’s Dad and a dirty comic, and his gift was that he could be both.
  7. remembrances
    Betty White Was Always on TVShe’s owned the medium—in multiple ways—for its entire history.
  8. wakes
    Stanford Blatch’s Last BowThe stars and creatives of Sex and the City and And Just Like That … remember their friend and colleague Willie Garson.
  9. obits
    A Black EducationRemembering Greg Tate, critical giant, author, Flyboy, and my teacher.
  10. remembrances
    The Naomi Shelton We KnewAn evening remembering the late Gospel Queen, village voice, and forever friend.
  11. r.i.p.
    The Film Industry Reacts to the Death of Cinematographer Halyna HutchinsElijah Wood, James Gunn, Patricia Arquette, and more shared their thoughts and condolences.
  12. vulture lists
    14 Charlie Watts Stories That Prove He Was the Rolling Stones’ RockLike that one time he punched Mick Jagger for calling him “my drummer.”
  13. remembrances
    The Simple Genius of Charlie Watts in 6 Classic Rolling Stones SongsDiscover or rediscover the best of the late drummer’s consistent focus on substance over flash, and his belief that less was more.
  14. stand-up
    The Wild Career of Jackie MasonRemembering the life and career of the man who engineered one of the most spectacular rebounds in stand-up comedy history.
  15. remembrances
    Remembering Trevor Moore Through Some of His Funniest WorkDive into these clips featuring the late Whitest Kids U’ Know mastermind.
  16. remembrances
    Sandra Bernhard Reflects on Her Friendship With Paul Mooney“When he walked onstage, no matter where you were in the club — in the hallway smoking, drinking — you’d stop and walk in and watch Paul.”
  17. remembrances
    Vanessa Bryant Honors Late Husband Kobe Bryant in Hall of Fame Induction Speech“I can see him now, arms folded, with a huge grin, saying, ‘Isn’t this some shit?’”
  18. tributes
    DMX Took Us All to the Basement of Our EmotionsEddie Huang remembers DMX’s irresistible cameo on Fresh Off the Boat, and the man who unexpectedly nurtured a generation.
  19. legends
    The Emotional Transformations of Beverly Cleary’s WorkReading her Ramona series aloud to my daughter, as my mother did before me, feels like accessing a form of double vision.
  20. wakes
    SOPHIE’s Vision of the FutureA wake for the forward-thinking pop producer, featuring family, friends, collaborators, and followers.
  21. we’re gonna celebrate
    Daft Punk Gave Us More Than Enough TimeThey’re superstars you might not notice in a supermarket. They’re potential retirees in their mid-40s. They played a good game.
  22. obits
    Ricky Powell Was the Eyes of New York CityIn many ways, the late hip-hop photographer and “fourth Beastie Boy” represented a version of the city that has all but faded away.
  23. wakes
    The Unknowable MF DOOMUnmasking the late rap supervillain with the people whom Daniel Dumile gave a slightly less obstructed view.
  24. r.i.p.
    Mel Brooks, Ed Asner, and More Remember the ‘Unforgettable’ Cloris LeachmanLeachman’s co-stars, friends, and fans are mourning the late star on social media.
  25. last night on late night
    Conan O’Brien Remembers Frequent Comedy Partner Larry King“You will be missed, Larry.”
  26. r.i.p.
    Wolf Blitzer, Bill Clinton, More Stars and Colleagues Pay Tribute to Larry KingMany are sharing their best King clips on Twitter.
  27. remembrances
    Saying Good-bye to Stacy TitleThe director stayed herself to the very end.
  28. in memoriam
    A Wake for Alex TrebekJeopardy! contestants, past and present, mourn the loss of their legendary host.
  29. legacies
    Eric Jerome Dickey Wrote Books We Couldn’t Wait to Grow IntoThe books were in the homes of my friends; their mothers left them unattended on nightstands. We held them close knowing they were for adults.
  30. obits
    Hip-Hop Needs No Other Supervillain After MF DOOMSpeak not just to his greatness but also to the closed-mindedness and cruelty that complicated his life and necessitated his dark turn.
  31. obits
    King Von Was Building Something Bigger Than Chicago DrillHe was fluent in a wide array of styles while wielding a distinctive point of view, despite only recording seriously since 2017.
  32. remembrances
    Hugh Jackman, Stephen King, and Others Mourn Sean Connery, ‘the Only Bond’Cary Elwes, Edgar Wright, and more pay tribute on social media.
  33. wakes
    A Wake for Toots Hibbert, Reggae ForefatherIncluding remembrances from Ziggy Marley, Shaggy, Bonnie Raitt, Debbie Harry, Ben Harper, and more.
  34. vulture lists
    20 Unforgettable Eddie Van Halen StoriesFrom his iconic “Beat It” solo to his wildly unique patented guitar innovations, the guitarist’s influence on pop culture was invaluable.
  35. guitar hero
    The Genius of Eddie Van Halen’s Guitar Heroics in 6 SolosThere are the parts Eddie played in the studio, and then there’s the way those parts metamorphosed in concert.
  36. remembrances
    David Lee Roth, Gene Simmons, and More Mourn ‘Guitar God’ Eddie Van HalenMetallica called the guitarist, who died October 6, “an idol.”
  37. rip rbg
    An Ode to Kate McKinnon’s Ruth Bader Ginsburg Impression on SNLSo many good Gins-burns.
  38. remembrances
    Michelle Obama Pays Tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Conan“She was an icon. A great role model to me, and a dear friend to me and Barack.”
  39. diana rigg
    5 Incredible Diana Rigg StoriesNo, she didn’t eat the garlic on purpose.
  40. remembrances
    Naya Rivera Remembered by Ex Ryan Dorsey: ‘I Can’t Believe This Is Life Now’Their son, Josey, is 4 years old.
  41. rip
    Lea Michele, Big Sean, and More Celebrities Remember Naya RiveraRivera’s co-stars, friends, and admirers share their memories and condolences.
  42. close reads
    Santana Lopez Kept Glee HonestAs played by Naya Rivera, the ever-unapologetic Santana could be straight-up cruel — and it was the best thing about her.
  43. memorials
    Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart and More Attend George Floyd’s Memorial ServiceRev. Al Sharpton’s eulogy drew some online criticism for shouting out the celebrities in attendance.
  44. legacies
    Christo Made Us Feel the Awe-Inspiring Impermanence of Human AchievementSome scoff at these works as mere spectacle. They are spectacle. But that isn’t nothing.
  45. remembrances
    Larry Kramer’s InheritanceAn intergenerational conversation about what he meant and means.
  46. obituary
    On Larry Kramer, The Normal Heart, and Playwriting As Screed“I had internalized that meat-ax political drama was a synonym for ‘clumsy.’ But it dismantled all my craft preconceptions.”
  47. remembrances
    Fred Willard Was ‘One of the Good Guys’Norman Lear, John Michael Higgins, and Bob Balaban remember the late comedian and actor.
  48. last night on late night
    Jimmy Kimmel Says Fred Willard Was ‘a Christmas Tree in June’“You’re just instantly happy that it’s there.”
  49. chat room
    Kennedy Davenport’s Drag Race Little Richard Impersonation Almost Didn’t HappenAnd why she hopes it’s a “wake-up call” to younger drag fans to learn about the late music legend.
  50. remembrances
    Andre Harrell’s Hip-Hop Legacy in 10 Essential AlbumsHis influence on black music, movies, and TV is immeasurable.
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