Roommates, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Little Richard, who passed away on Saturday, at the age of 87. Richard’s son, Danny Penniman, confirmed his death with Rolling Stone, but said the cause is currently unknown.
For those of you who are too young to remember, Little Richard was the founding father of rock and roll, who set the standard for out of the box showmanship in the black community. His stage persona was unique, and larger than life, as he sported his pompadours, makeup and beaded shirts.
While it is unclear how he passed, it is safe to say that he will be missed, and his legacy will continue to live on!
Stay with us as the story continues to develop, Roomies, and keep those impacted in your prayers.
There’s no Elvis, no Beatles, no Jimi Hendrix (who got his start playing backup in his band) without Little Richard… His contributions are immeasurable yet he was fucked over by the industry. My favorite quote of his, speaking to this: “Child, they didn’t even use no Vaseline!” pic.twitter.com/fVo9COXQMM
— Cyrus McQueen (@CyrusMMcQueen) May 9, 2020
“I’m a singer. I can sing anything. And that’s the reason I’m the king.”
RIP Little Richard pic.twitter.com/aRS9TGvGf6
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) May 9, 2020
We came from nothing + have made the most groundbreaking, world shaking contributions to music – the heart of our culture.
Andre Harrell and Little Richard are proof of how Black people use our the creativity in our blood, sweat, and tears to birth intergenerational gold. pic.twitter.com/FqEBgoRUkI
— Melissa Kimble 🏁 (@Melissa_Kimble) May 9, 2020
Unfortunately, now is when Little Richard will receive all of his recognition and credit that he was deserving of and asking for when he was alive. He rarely felt celebrated, but consistently had to see others get praise for the things that he originated.
— ᴅᴏʟʟᴀʀ (@callmedollar) May 9, 2020