New York Senate honors Beastie Boy Adam Yauch
May 18th, 2012
02:25 PM ET

New York Senate honors Beastie Boy Adam Yauch

Brooklyn-born Beastie Boy Adam Yauch is getting posthumous props from his beloved city.

On Thursday, the New York Senate passed a resolution honoring the lifelong New Yorker’s accomplishments, according to MTV.

Yauch died of cancer earlier this month.

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Remembering the 'Queen of Disco,' Donna Summer
May 17th, 2012
12:43 PM ET

Remembering the 'Queen of Disco,' Donna Summer

Donna Summer may be gone, but the music she created is timeless, having not only defined an era but also serving as an influence for musicians who followed.

Hailed as the Queen of Disco, Summer's phenomenal success provided us with a seemingly endless supply of anthems: "She Works Hard for the Money"; "Hot Stuff"; "Love to Love You Baby"; and "Last Dance" all could easily find themselves in rotation today. Without a doubt, that enduring latter single will be heard around the world today in honor of her memory.

Donna Summer's legacy is lasting

Her family told CNN in a statement that they lost the icon early Thursday morning. Summer was "[a] woman of many gifts, the greatest being her faith. While we grieve her passing, we are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy. Words truly can't express how much we appreciate your prayers and love for our family at this sensitive time."

Photos: Disco legend Donna Summer

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May 8th, 2012
05:13 PM ET

The 'MCA,' Maurice Sendak connection: Spike Jonze

Two rather large shadows have fallen over the pop culture landscape in the past few days. On Friday, we learned of the death of Beastie Boys co-founder Adam "MCA" Yauch, who succumbed to cancer at age 47.

And then on Tuesday, it was announced that beloved "Where the Wild Things Are" author and illustrator Maurice Sendak died of complications from a recent stroke at the age of 83.

Sendak died in Connecticut, but was born in Brooklyn, New York. Yauch and the Beastie Boys, whose 1994 album was called "To the 5 Boroughs," also called New York home.

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