RIP Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes

It was a tough weekend for the soulful side of Middle America, as Chicagoan Bernie Mac (b. 1957) and Tennessean Isaac Hayes (b. 1942) both passed away in their native cities: Read about Mac in the Chicago Sun-Times and Tribune, and Hayes in the Memphis Commercial Appeal (as well as in STOP SMILING) — but more importantly, view some vital video, like Mac in his debut appearance on Def Comedy Jam or Hayes’ spectacular entrance at the 1972 Wattstax festival in Los Angeles. Both will be sorely missed.