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RIP Jimmy Ruffin

Jimmy Ruffin in London in 1973. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)

Legendary Motown singer Jimmy Ruffin has died. Ruffin, who was the older brother of Temptations lead David Ruffin, was best known for his hits “Hold on to My Love, “Gonna Give Her All the Love I’ve Got,” and his most acclaimed, “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted,” a Top 10 pop song. “Jimmy Ruffin was a rare type of man who left his mark on the music industry. My family in its entirety is extremely upset over his death. He will truly be missed,” daughter Philicia Ruffin said on behalf of the family in a statement. “We will treasure the many fond and wonderful memories we all have of him.” Ruffin passed away in a Las Vegas Hospital earlier this week. He was 78. Read more.

Rep. G. K. Butterfield Elected Chairman of the CBC

After a decade serving in Congress, North Carolina Representative G. K. Butterfield was elected chairman of the CBC for the 114th Congress. “I am happy to pass the Chairman’s gavel to my friend and colleague, Rep. Butterfield. He has dedicated his life and career to advancing the priorities of the disenfranchised and overlooked, both in his home state of North Carolina as well as here on the Hill,” said current CBC Chair Marcia L. Fudge in a statement released by the CBC. “Rep. Butterfield’s service and leadership, while a member of the CBC, have been critical to a number of key successes for the Caucus. I congratulate him on his election, and I look forward to supporting him in this new capacity as he continues to move our Caucus forward.” Rep. Butterfield, who is an African American who appears to many as Caucasian, will officially take the helm of the organization when the 114th Congress opens on January 6, 2015.

Misty Copeland Docu-Series Coming to TV

Renowned ballerina Misty Copeland has broken barriers through her exquisite craft, and has inspired many young women to follow in her footsteps. A new show that will air on the Oxygen network will follow Copeland and capture her influence as she mentors up-and-coming dancers. The docu-series, which is being dubbed, The Misty Copeland Project, was created to help the network to attract a millennial audience. So far, no air date has been announced. Copeland will executive produce. Read more.

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