Legendary Soul Artist Isaac Hayes Dies - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue





The legendary Isaac Hayes was found collapsed by his treadmill Sunday afternoon in his Memphis home and later pronounced dead at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis.

Hayes, 65, was planning to make another record with Stax, the recording label that brought him fame. Most recently he had just rapped the filming on a movie entitled “Soul Men” with Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac who died August 9, 2008, a day before Hayes.

His notoriety has spanned decades. In 1971 he won both a Grammy and an Oscar for the theme song in the movie “Shaft.” A writer as well as performer, Hayes’ music has populated the airwaves for decades with songs like “Soul Man,” and “Walk on By,” which were written with long time music partner David Porter.

Hayes and Porter were responsible for writing the lyrics which launched Stax Records’ successful R&B soul group Sam & Dave, who also won several Grammy Awards. In 2002, Hayes was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and his songs have been sampled in many rap and R&B tunes by artists like Ashanti, Public Enemy and Jay-Z.

In 1997, he drew a cult following from a new generation after he became the voice of Chef on the animated television show South Park. He quit the show in 2006 when Scientology, Hayes’ religion since the early 1990s, became the target for the show’s ridicule.

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Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, SocialWayne.com chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining BlackEnterprise.com as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and BlackEnterprise.com helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.

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