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"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time." 1 Peter 5:6 (NIV)

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"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time." 1 Peter 5:6 (NIV)

The Pies In The Sky™ Copyright © 2020 by The Humble Pie Blog

Pies In The Sky

June 15, 2020

The "Pies In The Sky™" photo album is our way of honoring our Pie-O-Neers™ that have earned their wings. We want you to know that your presence has left an imprint on our hearts and there is not a day that goes by, that we don't think about you. Please keep watching over us and teaching us, that there is no limit to Pie-O-Neering™!




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July's Pies In The Sky

Olivia de Havilland: Olivia Mary de Havilland was born July 1, 1916, in Tokyo, Japan, to British parents, Lilian Augusta and Walter Augustus de Havilland. Olivia was also the sister of Joan de Havilland, who later became famous actress known as Joan Fontaine. Later in Life Olivia was signed to Warner Bros. for a seven-year contract as an actress and appeared in films such as: The Irish in Us (1935), Alibi Ike (1935) and Captain Blood (1935). However, the film most are familiar with is Gone with the Wind (1939). Playing sweet Melanie Hamilton, Olivia received her first nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. 

Regis Francis Xavier Philbin: Regis, an American television presenter, talk show host, game show host, actor and singer. Once called "the hardest working man in show business", he holds the Guinness World Record for the most hours on U.S. television. Some of his work includes: The Tonight Show (1950s) and The Joey Bishop Show (1967). He is mostly known for his role as co-host of the New York City-based nationally syndicated talk show Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee, beginning in 1988, which became Live! with Regis and Kelly in 2001, and continued as Live! with Kelly after Philbin's departure in 2011. Regis also hosted the US version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Million Dollar Password, and the first season of America's Got Talent.

Galyn Gorg: Galyn was an American actress and dancer, best known for her role in the film RoboCop 2 as Angie, the Nuke addicted bad girl, on M.A.N.T.I.S., television's first black superhero program, as Lt. Maxwell; on the television show Twin Peaks as Nancy O'Reilly; and as a starring dancer on two separate Italian variety shows, Fantastico and Sandra Raimondo Show. Gorg died of cancer on July 14, 2020, a day before her 56th birthday, and only a week after she was diagnosed with it and it was found all over her body and lungs.

Peter Green: Peter, was an English blues rock singer-songwriter and guitarist. As the founder of Fleetwood Mac, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. Green is known for some of his songs, such as Albatross, Black Magic Woman, Oh Well, The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown) and Man of the World, some of which have been adapted by a variety of musicians. Rolling Stone ranked Green at number 58 in its list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" Green was voted the third-best guitarist of all time in Mojo magazine.

Grant Imahara: An American electrical engineer, roboticist, television host, and actor. He is best known for his work on the television series MythBusters, on which he designed and built numerous robots and specialized in operating computers and electronics to test myths. His work has been featured in films from franchises such as Star Wars, Jurassic Park, The Matrix, and Terminator. 

July's Pies In The Sky (cont')

Naya Rivera: Naya was an American actress, singer, and model. She began her career as a child actress and model, appearing in national television commercials before landing the role of Hillary Winston on the short-lived CBS sitcom The Royal Family (1991–1992) at the age of four and earning a nomination for a Young Artist Award at five. After a series of recurring television roles and guest spots as a teenager, Rivera got her breakthrough role in 2009 as lesbian cheerleader Santana Lopez on the Fox television series Glee (2009–2015). For the role, she received critical acclaim and various awards, as well as three Grammy nominations. Naya was also signed to Columbia Records as a solo musical artist in 2011 and although she never released a studio album, she did release her single, Sorry in 2013. 

Charlie Daniels: Daniels was an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist known for his contributions to Southern rock, country, and bluegrass music. The Country Music Hall of Famer and Grand Ole Opry member released 32 studio albums released from 1970-2016, and a multitude of compilation and holiday albums. The biggest hit of his career is 1979s The Devil Went Down to Georgia,  which earned him his first and only Grammy Award.

Kelly Preston: Preston, who was married John Travolta, was known for such films as Jerry Maguire (1996), For Love of the Game (1999), Twins (1988), What a Girl Wants (2003), and many more. Her final film role was 2018's Gotti, in which she appeared as the wife of Mafia boss John Gotti, played in the film by Travolta. She also starred in the films SpaceCamp (1986), The Cat in the Hat (2003), Sky High (2005) and Old Dogs (2009).

Earl Cameron: the trailblazing actor considered Britain's first Black movie star, died July 3 at age 102. Cameron broke racial boundaries in British cinema with his breakthrough role in 1951's Pool of London, which featured the first depiction of an interracial relationship in a British film, and the first leading role for a Black actor in a mainstream movie in the country. His later roles included an African dictator in The Interpreter, a royal portrait artist in The Queen, and an elderly man in Inception, his final onscreen appearance. He also had appearances in many 1960s British science fiction programmes, including Doctor Who, The Prisoner, and The Andromeda Breakthrough.

Phyllis Somerville: a character actress and a veteran of the stage and screen, died July 16 of natural causes at her home in New York City. She was 76. Over a nearly 50-year career, Somerville appeared in numerous films and TV shows including Little Children, The Sopranos, and The Big C, and worked with such heavyweight filmmakers as Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, and Park Chan-wook.

July's Pies In The Sky (cont')

John Lewis: John Lewis was an American civil rights leader and politician best known for his chairmanship of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and for leading the march that was halted by police violence on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, in 1965, a landmark event in the history of the civil rights movement that became known as “Bloody Sunday.”

As a teenager, Lewis was inspired by the likes of Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. Lewis, was educated in Nashville at the American Baptist Theological Institute and Fisk University. There Lewis undertook the study of nonviolent protest and became involved in sit-ins at lunch counters and other segregated public places. In 1961, while participating in the Freedom Rides that challenged the segregation of Southern interstate bus terminals.

In 1963 he was elected as the chairman of SNCC, a position he held until 1966. Also in 1963 Lewis played a key role in the historic March on Washington. Indeed, by that point, Lewis, though still in his early 20s, had already become such a prominent figure that he was considered one of the civil rights movement’s “Big Six” leaders, along with King, James Farmer, A. Phillip Randolph, Roy Wilkins, and Whitney Young. In 1964 Lewis headed the SNCC’s efforts to register African American voters and organize communities Mississippi during the Freedom Summer project.

On March 7, 1965, Lewis played a pivotal role in one the most important events in the history of the American civil rights movement when he and King and lieutenant Hosea Williams led some 600 peaceful demonstrators on a march in support of voting rights that departed from Selma, with the capitol in Montgomery, Alabama, as its destination. The resulting heightened awareness would contribute mightily to the passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act, which was signed into law by Johnson on August 6, 1965.

In addition to numerous other honors he received, Lewis was awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Nonviolent Peace Prize in 1975, the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in 2001, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s (NAACP) Spingarn Medal in 2002. In 2011 he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His memoirs are Walking with the Wind (1998; co-written with Michael D’Orso) and the March trilogy (2013, 2015, and 2016; all co-written with Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell), a graphic novel series for young adults that was based on Lewis’s experiences in the civil rights movement. The final installment in the series received numerous honors, including the National Book Award (2016), and Lewis and Aydin shared a Coretta Scott King Book Award (2017). The documentary John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020) chronicles his life and career.

In July 2020, after a battle with pancreatic cancer, Lewis died. Called the “conscience of Congress,” he became the first African American lawmaker to lie in state in the rotunda of the U.S. capitol.

Lewis was eulogized by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, pioneer of nonviolent resistance James Lawson, and three former U.S. presidents: Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. Obama, for whom Lewis was an inspiration and a hero, called Lewis a man of “unbreakable perseverance” and said that he embodied “that most American of ideas— that idea that any of us ordinary people, without rank or wealth or title or fame, can somehow point out the imperfections of this nation and come together and challenge the status quo and decide that it is in our power to remake this country that we love until it more closely aligns with our highest ideals.”

At Lewis’s request, on the day of his funeral, The New York Times published a valedictory essay in which Lewis lauded the Black Lives Matter movement and provided marching orders for future activists, saying in part:

Though I may not be here with you, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe. In my life I have done all I can to demonstrate that the way of peace, the way of love and nonviolence is the more excellent way. Now it is your turn to let freedom ring.

June's Pies In the Sky

Lonnell De'mone Friend: Lonnell was a hardworking young man whose favorite color was purple (because it represents royalty) and who loved Peach Cobbler w/ Vanilla Ice Cream! He enjoyed listening to American Blues singer Bobby 'Blue' Bland and Pop artist Michael Jackson.  Lonnell had plans of becoming a professional truck driver and owning his own trucking business. At the age of 15-years-old Lonnell was kidnapped and murdered. He was the victim of gang violence and mistaken identity. Lonnell’s death resulted in 64 gang members being brought to justice and prosecuted. 

Tupac Amaru Shakur (2Pac):Tupac Shakur (known as 2Pac} was a “Rap Legend" and Actor who sold millions of records throughout his career, whose favorite colors were black and gold. Much of Shakur's work has been noted for addressing contemporary social issues that plagued inner cities, and he is considered a symbol of resistance and activism against inequality. Tupac was a "Junk Food" eater and hardly ever consumed vegetables. He was a revolutionary artist whose mom was a part of a political organization called “The Black Panthers” founded in 1966. On the night of September 7, 1996, Shakur was gunned down in  Las Vegas, Nevada were he was also rushed to the hospital and died several days later on September 13, 1996.

Anthony, Ronnie, Iyanla, Ashanti and Angel:Your presence impacted the world although your footprints never touched it. You are constantly in your mother’s heart and she has a message for you… "Rest in heaven my little angels. Take care of each other until we meet again. I miss you all each and every day. You will forever be in my heart. Love Mommy"!

Joel T. Schumacher: Joel died June 22, 2020 at 80. The New York-born filmmaker whose credits included The Lost Boys, Falling Down and A Time to Kill.  In 1993, he signed on to direct the next instalments of the Batman film series, Batman Forever (1995) and Batman & Robin (1997). Schumacher died quietly from cancer following a year-long battle with the disease.

Mary Pat Gleason: Actress Mary Gleason died June 2, 2020 at age 70. Her list of acting credits was extensive, but most recently, she had a lengthy recurring role on CBS' Mom. Gleason had numerous memorable TV roles, including French teacher Madame Oeuf on Saved by the Bell, dressing room attendant Lucille on Sex and the City, elementary school teacher Mrs. Butters on Desperate Housewives, and homeless woman Sally on Will & Grace. She also appeared in several films, including A Cinderella Story, Intolerable Cruelty, The Crucible, and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.



June's Pies In The Sky (cont')

Black Lives Matter: The #BlackLivesMatter is a movement that was started on July 13, 2013. Since then, multiple Black Americans have lost their lives at the hands of Law Enforcement Officers. The most recent deaths of Amaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd has caused this movement to become a worldwide movement and protest, to restructure the Law Enforcement regulations and hold Cops accountable for the deaths of these individuals.

Trayvon Benjamin Martin: Trayvon was a 17-year-old African American boy from Miami Gardens, Florida. Trayvon enjoyed riding and repairing pocket/dirt bikes and was enrolled in “Experience Aviation” a seven-week program, due be certified in his craft. On February 26, 2012 Trayvon was shot dead by George Zimmerman, a member of the community watch. In July of 2013, Zimmerman was acquitted on all charges for Martin’s murder, whiched sparked the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Currently, Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton is running for Miami Dade County Commissioner.  

Sandra Anette Bland: Sandra was from Naperville, Illinois and was one of five sisters. She attended Prairie View A&M University where she was a member of the Sigma Gamma Rho sorority and graduated with a degree in Agriculture. On July 13, 2015, three days after being arrested during a traffic stop, Sandra was found hanging in her jail cell in Waller County, Texas. Foul play and racial violence was suspected from Sandra’s family, however Sandra’s death was ruled a suicide. In September of 2016 Bland’s mother settled a wrongful death lawsuit against the police department for 1.9 million dollars. In 2018 a film titled “ Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland” was produced by Kate Davis and David Heilbroner.

George Perry Floyd Jr.: George Floyd grew up in Houston, Texas. He played football and basketball throughout high school and college. A blue-collar worker, he was also a hip hop artist and a mentor in his religious community. George Floyd is the “straw that broke the camel’s back” in the #BlackLivesMatter movement. On May 25, 2020 George Floyd died in the custody of Minnesota Police Department when Officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for 8 minutes 46 seconds. A bystander recorded this arrest taking place and put it on the internet and the world was able to witness the murder of Mr. Floyd. George Floyd had five children, including his Six-year-old daughter whose word’s “My Daddy changed the world” pierced the world’s heart.

Breonna Taylor: Breonna was emergency medical technician, who was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) officers on March 13, 2020 while sleeping in her home. Prior to Breonna becoming a hashtag or a headline, Ms. Taylor was a 26-year-old woman who played cards with her aunts and fell asleep watching movies with friends. Her Family referred to her as “Bre” and in the words of her aunt Tahasha Hollaway “She was cool, a cool cat”! Breonna’s favorite card games was Phase 10 and Skip-Bo and would put "a whippin" on anyone who challenged her. Breonna’s name continues to be chanted in protest around the world, people demanding justice for her murder.

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