As 2022 began, so did celebrations of new life and, unfortunately, the mourning of beloved individuals no longer with us, including celebrity deaths.

In that category are a number of entertainers, from groundbreaking actors and mesmerizing singers to masterful musicians across all genres. We’ve also had to say goodbye to pioneering public servants whose work in various sectors had far-reaching impacts on Black communities in the United States and abroad.

Here, we remember those we’ve lost this year and the incredible mark they’ve left on history.

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