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Sounds Of Sisterhood: 10 Music Moments Inspired By The Clark Sisters

Let's take a moment to acknowledge and appreciate the long-reaching impact of The Clark Sisters on music, outside of the gospel genre.

In black music, there have been a plethora of musical families that have captivated not only our ears but also our hearts. From the multi-talented Jacksons to the sweet sounds of DeBarge, we have fallen in love with family groups and their alluring genetic makeup and innate synchronicity. Although some were more popular than others, none have done it quite like Jackie, Twinkie, Dorinda, Denise and Karen, better known as The Clark Sisters.

Born and raised in the city of Detroit, these ladies began singing in church together as young girls. Under the direction of their mother, Dr. Mattie Moss Clark, The Clark Sisters took over the world of gospel music with their electrifying recordings. Adored by millions for their vocal acrobats and precise harmonies, The Clark Sisters have been coined as the "Pioneers of Contemporary Gospel." Credited as vocal inspirations to talented singers such as Faith Evans, Kelly Price and Mariah Carey, the beloved Clark sound runs deep. With an illustrious career that has been sustained for over four decades, The Clark Sisters have released 16 studio albums, won 2 Grammys and are the best-selling female group in gospel music history.

The Clark Sisters have had a tremendous impact on artists and musicians alike, but have unfortunately not always been recognized for their efforts. Let's take a minute to acknowledge and appreciate 10 covers, samples and/or performances of The Clark Sisters’ material.

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1. R&B Diva Kelly Price covered one of The Clark Sisters’ monumental hits, “You Brought the Sunshine,” for her third studio album “Priceless” in 2003. With production by Warryn Campbell, who is also husband to Mary Mary's Erica Campbell, this version serves as a modern take to the beloved gospel/dance classic. With The Clark Sisters featured on background and additional vocals, this cover loses none of its original luster. Kelly Price, a proud student and fan of The Clark Sisters, maintains the integrity of the distinct Clark sound. Price fits right into the mix as an honorary sister and is able to hold her own.

 

2. SWV’s leading lady, Coko Clemons, gathered an All-Star cast of Faith Evans, Fantasia and Lil’ Mo to step into some legendary shoes for a remake of fan favorite, “Endow Me.” Released as a single for her gospel debut Grateful in 2006, these ladies sang (and we mean SANG)! All of these ladies, who have been able to find success in both gospel and secular music, have been heavily influenced by the Clark sound. We got a chance to see these ladies in action (sans Faith Evans) with the wonderful addition of Kierra Sheard unite at BET's Celebration of Gospel for an explosive performance that left American Idol winner Fantasia slayed in the spirit as she walked off stage. (If you've never seen the performance you've probably seen the GIF from the performance all over social media.)

 

3. Even the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul herself has borrowed from The Clark Sisters' extensive catalog. Intended to be placed on her critically acclaimed Mary album, "Checkin' for Me" uses a loop of "They Were Overcome (By the Word).” In true Mary J. Blige fashion, Mary confronts a past lover and demands better from the relationship. A true gospel that most of us can relate to, Mary fans would have probably enjoyed this song during its respective era had it been given the chance. It did not make the album cut, but fortunately it was included as a bonus track on Mary's critically acclaimed album No More Drama, and can also be heard in all its glory on YouTube.

 

4. You know you have a great record when it’s been sampled more than once. Contemporary gospel artist Kierra Sheard, who has the distinct honor of being daughter to Karen Clark Sheard and niece to The Clark Sisters, also chose to sample "They Were Overcome (By the Word)" for an upbeat gospel anthem “2nd Win.” Released as the first single off her fifth studio album, Graceland, in 2014 it’s an incredibly different feel from the above mentioned. Kierra sings passionately about change and God's unconditional love to an uplifting, feel-good beat. With J. Drew, Karen's son, contributing to production they successfully carry on The Clark Sisters’ legacy.

 

5. Xscape, So So Def's first act on the label, has always listed The Clark Sisters as being a major inspiration for their harmonies. Growing up in the church, these ladies began singing “Is My Living In Vain” way before they ever signed a deal, so it was only appropriate that they would record a studio version for their debut album, Hummin' Comin' at Cha.' Under JD's direction, the girls were able to add a hip-hop vibe to the gospel classic. Since then the cover has become an intricate part of Xscape’s live performances and is still among their set list today.

 

6. Gospel artist Kim Burrell has sung the many praises of The Clark Sisters over the last few decades and decided to put her own spin on Clark Sisters’ classic, "Jesus Is a Love Song." Originally released in 1986 from the well-received Heart & Soul album and a top five out of The Clark Sisters’ catalog, this song has been covered multiple times and has become a staple within the black church. With new musical arrangements and a slight change in tempo, Kim’s version stands out. Allowing the instrumentation to follow her jazz-esque vocal stylings instead of trying to recreate the Clark sound, Kim makes the song her own.

 

7. In 2016, The Clark Sisters were finally honored on a large platform at Essence Fest. The who's-who of gospel music showed up and showed out for this long overdue moment to pay tribute to the legendary Clark Sisters. One of the most beautiful and unexpected moments of the night occurred when singers Keyondra Lockett, Christina Bell, Candy West, Latice Crawford and Alexis Spight took stage to sing “For the Love of the People.” One of the standout tracks off of the 1988 Conqueror album, “For the Love of the People,” showcases the magnitude of The Clark Sisters’ harmony. These women who were called upon to tribute the group did not disappoint in the slightest bit. All of them are young enough to have grown up listening to the Clark Sister’s music, and their presence is a visual representation of how strong The Clark Sisters’ influence truly is.

 

8. The Walls Group, one of the most popular and vocally revered groups in gospel music today, took to their personal YouTube channel to pay homage to The Clark Sisters. Before any note is sang, the Walls Group credits The Clark Sisters as being their "favorite group," so you already know it’s about to go down. Stepping away from frequently covered Clark Sisters' material, the Walls Group delivers a soul stirring version of "Pure Gold" right at home from their living room. In perfect pitch and harmony, you can see and hear that the Walls Group holds this song near and dear to their hearts.

 

9. The scope of The Clark Sisters' influence is boundless, as their music has crossed genre boundaries. JAY-Z (arguably the best rapper alive) recently borrowed from The Clark Sisters' original, "Ha-ya (Eternal Life),' for his song “Family Feud” off his critically acclaimed album, 4:44. On the track, Jay is candid about his marital woes to the “First Lady of Music” Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. Produced by the legendary No I.D., this song is built off a sample of The Clark Sisters’ vocals with Beyoncé recreating the vocal runs and riffs previously made famous by Twinkie, Jackie, Karen and Dorinda. Karen even took to her Instagram account to show her appreciation saying, “Who would’ve thought this phenomenal artist would use our songs. Thank you Jay Z & Beyoncé.”

 

10. Now if only Wendy Williams would have done her research, she would have known that The Clark Sisters are on Snoop Dogg's No. 1 gospel album, and are featured multiple times. Snoop Dogg himself has even stated that before he began rapping, he was singing in the church choir and is very familiar with The Clark Sisters’ music. On his new LP Bible of Love, Snoop remixes the Grammy Award-winning “Blessed & Highly Favored.” Originally a part of their long awaited reunion album, Live – One Last Time, Snoop updated this jam with a trap-inspired beat the young generation can appreciate that accompanies the timeless vocals of The Clark Sisters.

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Who Shot Ghost? 9 Of The Wildest 'Power' Fan Theories

People cannot stop talking about Power's mid-season finale and for good reason. The closer left fans puzzled with the shooting of James "Ghost" St. Patrick with many suspects to highlight.

There's Saxe, Tommy, Tasha, Tate, Paz, Dre and Tariq shown heading towards or away from Truth nightclub. We know at least three of the five are strapped since we see Paz and Saxe grab guns (Tommy is never without one). With so many players at hand, it should be easy for fans to break down who shot Ghost before the series comes back in January 2020.

But this is 2019 and fandom has more layers than Ghost's waves. Theories have floated around social media with the show's creator Courtney Kemp giving us a few clues along the way.

The Starz show pulls from Shakespearean elements but Kemp says the final episodes are inspired by the 1951 film Rashomon. The film is known for popularizing the idea of showcasing one incident from the perspective of both the protagonist, antagonist and supporting characters. There's a death in Rashomon, but we don't see Ghost die per se, leaving more questions than answers for fans.

"We’ve always talked about how the show is really Shakespearean," Kempt tells Entertainment Weekly about Ghost's journey. As the mid-season winds down, Ghost is visited by the sins and loves of his past like Angela, daughter Raina, and frienemy Kanan.

"I draw from a lot of different classical references, and people aren’t usually aware of them because it looks different and it’s contemporary and, frankly, because it’s people of color," she adds. "People don’t see that it’s based on Shakespeare, but if you think about this season and how it’s been about fathers and sons, mothers and sons, and familial bonds, it’s been very influenced by Shakespeare. And this is very much influenced by Richard III. Richard kills a lot of people, and then they come and visit him as ghosts, so this is very similar."

The final five episodes are bound to reveal who killed Ghost and give closure to our favorite and not-so-favorite characters. While we wait for Power to return on January 5, check out the wildest theories behind who shot Ghost.

1. The Ramona Garrity Theories

Ramona Garrity, played by Cynthia Addai-Robinson, is one of the series' most refreshing new characters and one of mystery. With a Type A personality, Ramona is a fan of having her ducks in a row and her plans in order. Fans have a few reasons as to why she would be the one behind the gun.

She wasn't one of the characters walking up to Truth nightclub because she was already in the club. With this advantage, fans believe she shot Ghost after overhearing his conversation with Angela's sister Paz (Elizabeth Rodgriguez). James doesn't fit the vision she had of him for Lorette Walsh’s potential lieutenant governor, so he has to go, right? Or maybe she shot Ghost in order to boost his political image. This theory doesn't make much sense since Ramona and her team want to keep James' image squeaky clean for the campaign.

Then, there are these two theories. One being that Ramona shot James because she is the sister of Breeze, the first person Ghost killed during his drug-dealing career. Ramona has been rather quiet about her past (other than her ex-husband's cheating scandal), but she seems to know her way around the block. When she chats with Cassandra about keeping her affair with Tate on the low for an exchange for a congressional seat, she drops factoids about the inner city. She also keeps Tate's campaign on the right path with events focused on the people, which she gathered quite easily.

Lastly, there's a very unlikely theory that Ramona is Terry Silver's ex-wife. We don't see that as an option considering the very public nature of Ramona's sex tape with her ex-husband.

2. Tommy Did It To Avenge LaKeisha

We don't have to dig too deep into this one. While it's a possibility, it would be way too obvious for Tommy to kill Ghost at Truth. He's had plenty of opportunities to go in for the kill but hasn't. Is it because he's hip to who really killed LaKeisha?

When sharing his grief with Tariq and Tasha about LaKeisha, he seems to believe Tasha's grief about her longtime friend. But like Tariq, Tommy can read past the bullsh*t. Tommy might've been on the way to see Tasha after finding out who was after both him and Ghost at the warehouse.

3. Ghost Staged The Shooting Himself

Ghost is on top of the world in season six for many reasons. He's finally broken free of the drug life (with the killing of Jason) and can now move somewhat clean. We can't see his plan, but the idea of Tariq turning himself in for Raymond's murder has to be connected to a bigger puzzle piece. As far as we know, he's unaware of Sergeant Blanca Rodriguez's arrest warrant but his favor from 2-Bit does cause some skepticism. He could've asked 2-Bit to help stage the shooting in an effort to keep his enemies at bay.

If this theory holds up, it would take the attention off of his son and can buy him more time to figure out an alibi for Silver's murder.

4. Kanan Did It Because Ghosts Are Real

Leave it up to Bow Wow to conjure up a theory so outrageous. The actor-musician shared this theory on social media Sunday (Nov. 3) after the mid-season finale. According to him, the spirits who visit Ghost are actual spirits except for Kanan. He also believes Tariq had a hand in the deed since he helped Tommy kill Proctor (Jerry Ferrara).

 

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But this doesn't hold up–at all. The writers have proven Kanan's death several times throughout the season. There's his corpse in the season opener, Tariq taking Kanan's ashes and the feds confirming Kanan's death. It's a troupe used in many shows to remind us that our favorite characters are not coming back (Poussey in Orange Is The New Black, Wes on How to Get Away With Murder, Derek Shepard from Grey's Anatomy). It also showcases the influence of the character throughout the show. We see how much of an influence Kanan had on Tommy and Ghost and now, Tariq.

Which leads us to...

5. Tariq, Tariq Tariq

Everyone has ruled Tariq out because it doesn't appear that his character is near Truth. Don't let your eyes deceive you. Tariq seems to be leaving or entering part of the High Line bridge, a walkway that goes from Gansevoort and Washington Street up to 30th Street. If you aren't from New York, here's the translation: the walkway is just blocks away from Truth, the fictional nightclub located in the Meatpacking District. He still could be the person behind the trigger or at least apart of Ghost's plan to off himself.

6. Tasha's Boyfriend

Leave it up to a randos like Quentin to shake things up. Tasha's new beau cares immensely for her and seeing the bruises on her arm only invigorates his need to protect her. We don't know much about Q, but we do know he works in construction (and can afford Burberry shirts, aye). He also seems to be hip to the local drug game since his child's mother is battling addiction. Could Q also want to get Ghost back for supplying the neighborhood with drugs and violence? Ghost seems to look at Q with a heavy dose of intensity when he visits Tasha's daycare making the connection even more plausible.

7. Yasmine St. Patrick

Baby Yasmin❤❤❤ #PowerTV #Fambo❤ pic.twitter.com/fmPpZn6Rki

— Tasha St.Patrick (@RideOrDie247) December 14, 2017

Kemp has shared how she wants to keep Baby Yaz away from the violence on the show and she's done a good job at it. Once again, Yaz is mentioned in a heated argument between Tasha and her mother Estelle (played by Debbi Morgan) and once more when Ghost threatens to take away Yaz from Tasha. Maybe Baby Yaz is tired of the back and forth (and lack of screen time) and wants to show her Daddy she's not the one for games.

Maybe, maybe not.

8. Tasha's Mother

Estelle isn't a happy camper when she sees Tasha teaching her grandson Tariq how to move weight. She tells Tasha they need Jesus but also might take an initiative to get rid of the "Devil" in their life that is Ghost.

9. Kadeem, LaKeisha's Ex

Remember Kadeem? He's one of the characters in the Power universe that has been talked about often but never seen–until now. Played by Jesse Williams, Kadeem is given a face (and a crazy amount of tattoos) when Tommy drops Cash off after the death of LaKeisha.

Their exchange is brief but Kadeem tells Tommy to let him know if he ever has a hunch about who killed the mother of his child. Kadeem is about that life, considering his stint in jail and his slight resemblance in personality to Tommy. The two have that "crazy eyes" look and a love for gold chains. Maybe Kadeem was under the impression that Ghost killed LaKeisha and wanted to do the deed himself.

Williams shared with Entertainment Weekly small details behind his cameo and if he'll appear in other aspects of Power, including the much-talked-about spin-off series. "I just don’t know. We really are fans of each other, we’d love to figure out ways to work and she’s got really cool ideas for the spinoffs," he said about working with Kemp. "I’m open to doing cool, creative, different work that I haven’t done before. It’s certainly a possibility as far as I can tell."

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Ghosts, Rappers, Villains And Superheroes: 21 Best Celebrity Halloween Costumes

Halloween snuck up on us this year. Kids, parents, and some of our favorite artists and celebrities went all out with some of the spookiest, funniest, and flyest costumes this year. And as always, their styles were and are entertaining.

Some of your favorite artists such as Jhené Aiko, Nicki Minaj, and Tyga dressed up as some of their favorite villains and superheroes such as DC Comics character, Harley Quinn, Ash Ketchum. Rapper Cardi B kept it sexy by donning a seductive nurse uniform, G-Eazy showed-out as The Joker, Ciara and Russell Wilson tapped into their inner Jay Z and Beyonce, and Drake paid homage to his father.

Speaking of Hova the god, the Brooklyn-bred came out as Pulp Fiction's Vincent Vega, Lil Nas X did his best impression of Cam'ron by rocking a pink mink while displaying a pink flip phone.  Actress Tracee Ellis Ross put on her best DJ Quik uniform, comedian Kevin Hart transformed into a high school-era Dwayne Johnson, and Gabrielle Union-Wade took it back to Compton with her character from the 2000 movie, Bring it On film.

Take a look below at some of the best Halloween costumes this year.

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1. Ciara and Russell Wilson as Jay Z and Beyonce

 

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From the Wilsons to the Carters to the Obamas... Much Love & Respect. We goin Ape $#!% #HappyHalloween

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2. Tyga as Day of the Dead Skeleton

 

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MAMACITA WHERE U AT?

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3. Cardi B as a sexy nurse

 

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I’m here to assist your shhhttaaaankin ass❤️

A post shared by Iamcardib (@iamcardib) on Oct 27, 2019 at 12:06pm PDT

4. Nicki Minaj and Kenneth Petty as The Joker and Harley Quinn

 

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📌 Sleeeeeeze 📌

A post shared by Barbie (@nickiminaj) on Oct 30, 2019 at 9:14am PDT

5. G-Eazy as The Joker

 

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🃏

A post shared by G-Eazy (@g_eazy) on Oct 28, 2019 at 12:58pm PDT

6. Jhené Aiko as Ash Ketchum

 

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‘tis the season 😊

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7. Liam Payne as Superman 8. Kevin Hart as his friend Dwayne Johnson

 

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😂😂😂😂😂😂 This shit makes me laugh. #NailedIt #HappyHalloween #PeepTheNapkinUnderMyElbow

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9. Demi Lovato as Marie Antoinette

 

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Halloween round 1... I told y’all I don’t play on Halloween!! It’s my time to shine 😝✨ glam team killed it 🙌🏼👏🏼 @etienneortega & @paulnortonhair 💀🎃👻

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10. Tracee Ellis Ross and the "Black-ish" cast

 

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You know @djquik had to roll through and show @gabunion some #CaliforniaLove for her Birthday 😂😂 facial hair courtesy of my @glossier Brow Flick. Thank you Gab for such a fun party. Happy early birthday to us!

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Hi @lupitanyongo it’s me again. Another year, another costume. It’s the @blackishabc this Tuesday at 9:30pm/8:30c! #blackish #halloween

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Tethered. The Johnsons do it again. Shout out to @blackishabc hair, makeup, and wardrobe for killing the Halloween game. And there’s still more! This Tuesday 9:30pm/8:30c #blackish #halloween

A post shared by Tracee Ellis Ross (@traceeellisross) on Oct 25, 2019 at 8:59am PDT

 

 

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Brought It. #CaliforniaLove

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You know @djquik had to roll through and show @gabunion some #CaliforniaLove for her Birthday 😂😂 facial hair courtesy of my @glossier Brow Flick. Thank you Gab for such a fun party. Happy early birthday to us!

A post shared by Tracee Ellis Ross (@traceeellisross) on Oct 28, 2019 at 7:05am PDT

11. Missy Elliott as herself

 

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WOW🤩😱 This Halloween I decided to RECREATE my 1st album cover from 22 YEARS AGO one of these pictures I took ONLY 3 DAYS AGO the other was 22 YEARS AGO CAN YALL TELL THE DIFFERENCE?? 😅😩🔥🔥🔥#SUPADUPAFLY

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12. Gabrielle Union-Wade as her character in Bring it On

 

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Brought It. #CaliforniaLove

A post shared by Gabrielle Union-Wade (@gabunion) on Oct 27, 2019 at 1:50pm PDT

13. Kourtney Kardashian as Ariana Grande

 

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no tears left to cry

A post shared by Kourtney Kardashian (@kourtneykardash) on Oct 16, 2019 at 11:25am PDT

14. Megan Thee Stallion as Mortal Kombat characters

 

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Choose your fighter 🔪 #happyhalloween

A post shared by Megan Thee Stallion (@megantheestaalion) on Oct 31, 2019 at 7:49am PDT

15. Casanova as Big Worm

 

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Playing with my money is like playing with my emotions -BIG WORM

A post shared by CASANOVA (@casanova_2x) on Oct 31, 2019 at 8:27am PDT

16. Lil Nas X as Cam'ron

 

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KILLA. 🌸

A post shared by Lil Nas X (@lilnasx) on Oct 31, 2019 at 1:11pm PDT

17. Jeezy and Jeannie Mai as YG and Kehlani

 

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Cali..fornia Love 🌴🎼

A post shared by @ jeezy on Oct 29, 2019 at 12:35pm PDT

18. Lil Pump as an Incredible Hulk Zombie

 

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DO I LOOK LIKE THE HULK ?

A post shared by @ lilpump on Oct 24, 2019 at 6:45pm PDT

19. Saweetie as a Playboy Bunny

 

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trouble.....

A post shared by saweetie (@saweetie) on Oct 30, 2019 at 1:39am PDT

20. Big Sean Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

 

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21. Jay Z as a Pulp Fiction's Vincent Vega

 

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👻

A post shared by Lil Nas X (@lilnasx) on Nov 1, 2019 at 1:27am PDT

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John Witherspoon's Funniest Hip-Hop Music Video Cameos

Actor and comedian John Witherspoon died at his home on Tuesday (Oct. 30). The late actor’s family released a statement on Twitter.

"It is with deepest sorrow that we can confirm our beloved husband and father, John Witherspoon, one of the hardest working men in show business, died today at his home in Sherman Oaks (Los Angeles) at the age of 77," his family said in a statement. Witherspoon is survived by his wife, two sons and "a large family," the statement said.

"We are all in shock, please give us a minute for a moment in privacy and we will celebrate his life and his work together. John used to say 'I'm no big deal,' but he was a huge deal to us."

It is with deep sadness we have to tweet this, but our husband & father John Witherspoon has passed away. He was a Legend in the entertainment industry, and a father figure to all who watched him over the years. We love you “POPS” always & forever.

- The Witherspoon Family pic.twitter.com/ov9P34kaMn

— John Witherspoon (@John_POPS_Spoon) October 30, 2019

The cause of Witherspoon's death is unknown.

The Detroit native is mostly known for playing Ice Cube’s father in his directorial debut Friday, as well as its sequels, Next Friday and Friday After Next.

"I'm devastated over the passing of John Witherspoon," Ice Cube wrote on Twitter. "Life won't be as funny without him,” Ice Cube wrote on Twitter.

Witherspoon also played John “Pops” Williams on the sitcom The Wayans Bros, portrayed the character Spoon on NBC’s The Tracey Morgan Show, and had roles alongside Eddie Murphy in Boomerang and Vampire in Brooklyn. He contributed voice acting to The Boondocks, where he played Granddad alongside Regina King, who voiced the two children, Riley and Huey Freeman. Most recently, Witherspoon received television credits on The First Family, black-ish, and the Adult Swim series Black Jesus.

But along with his work on TV and film, Witherspoon was well-liked throughout the hip-hop community and appeared in multiple music videos, even playing a small role in Death Row’s 1995 mini-film Murder Was the Case. Below is a brief list of music videos that Witherspoon appeared in among some of rap's greats.

Jay Z – “I Just Wanna Love U (Give it 2 Me)”

In the video for his Neptunes-produced hit, Jay-Z is hosting a mansion party with his Roc-A-Fella family that’s causing a racket in his neighborhood. John Witherspoon is in full "get off my lawn" mode as an ornery neighbor. But once he sees the beautiful women rolling in, he changes his tune. He eventually scams his way into the party by faking like he’s other black celebs – “don’t y’all know me? I’m Will Smith! Jackie Robinson! Jay-Z!” – and dances the night away.

Field Mob – "Sick of Being Lonely"

Field Mob’s “Sick of Being Lonely” was a bop when it dropped in 2001, and the Atlanta duo had John Witherspoon come by and relived a couple of his memorable moments from Friday and The Wayans Brothers. Then Witherspoon does a quick dance and tells the two artists to kiss ladies “from the roota to the toota,” citing the title of their album.

Goodie Mob – "They Don’t Dance No Mo”

The lead single from Goodie Mob’s 1998 album Still Standing, “They Don’t Dance No Mo” finds John Witherspoon sitting in his living room entertaining his family as he brags on his dancing skills. After showing off his signature shoulder shake, Witherspoon calls on his son, played by Goodie Mob member CeeLo Green, to display his footwork as well. Witherspoon appears at the conclusion of the video, where we see him and his family dancing together.

LL Cool J – “Ain’t Nobody”

LL Cool J’s “Ain’t Nobody” video is a musical family reunion. The fun-filled clip, where everyone enjoys time in a huge swimming pool, features the likes of Brian McKnight, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s Alfonso Ribeiro, Cedric the Entertainer, and former NBA player John Salley, among others. A shirtless Witherspoon, surrounded by women, appears near the end of the video performing his signature shoulder shake.

Hitman Sammy Sam – "Step Daddy"

In the most obscure video of the bunch, Atlanta rapper Hitman Sammy Sam's 2003 song "Step Daddy" depicts how stepfathers are disrespected by their spouse's children. In the hilarious video, Witherspoon plays the song's namesake, with two bad ass kids running him ragged.

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