Friday, October 31, 2014

Richard Alleyne, Dies of Cancer

By Deardra Shuler

Richard Alleyne passed due to cancer complications on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at 6:45 p.m., in Westwood, New Jersey, at Hackensack University Medical Center at Pascack Valley, after a lengthy illness.  Still grieving over the loss of his mother, Mr. Alleyne passed just 1 year and 14 days after his mother, jazz icon, Gloria Lynne's death on October 15, 2013.  Ms. Lynne is best known for her signature song, “I Wish You Love.”

Richard, fondly known to his friends and family as P.J., was born in Harlem, NY, and raised in Englewood, NJ.  He was often cared for by his grandmother who nurtured him during those times his mother was performing or touring on the road.  In fact, due to his mother’s musical career, P.J., was exposed to the likes of Dizzy Gillespie (who lived around the corner from him), Miles Davis, Quincy Jones who worked with Gloria Lynne on one of her albums, trumpeter Harry “Sweets,” Edison and Lionel Hampton, etc.  

P.J.  attended Eron Preparatory school and went on to graduate from business school.  However, since music was always his passion he pursued music.  He appeared on the Apollo Amateur Hour in the 1980’s with his rock band and spent time in California working with rock music.  He also tried his hand at acting eventually appearing on TV programs such as “Charlie’s Angels,” “Cagney & Lacey,” et. al. 

A musician, composer, producer and arranger in his own right, and a partner with his mother in their company, Family Bread Music, P.J. , helped produce several of his mother’s songs, working on the arrangements of songs like “Mountain Greenery.”  PJ was also working with percussionist, music composer and producer, Jay Dittamo, prior to his death on “To Be In Love” and ”I Wish It Would Snow,” the only Christmas song ever sung by his mother, the legendary Gloria Lynne.

Gloria and PJ had many admirers and friends such as Harry Belefonte, Sue Simmons, Aretha Franklin, Bill Cosby, B.B. King, Liza Minelli, David Guest, Dionne Warwick, Smokey Robinson, Valerie Simpson, Chuck Jackson, Lloyd Williams, Ann C.  Rubino, Mary Ann Niehaus, Janet Zuckerman, Jimmy Sabini, Geoffrey Eaton, Vince Ector, Roy Merriweather, Wendy Oxenhorn, Abiodun Oyewole, Todd Barkin, Jay Dittamo, Voza Rivers, Billy Mitchell, Congressman Charles Rangel, Percy Sutton, Mayor David Dinkins, East Orange NJ Mayor Robert Bowser, Dr. Ramesh Sawhney, Maxine McCray, Dell Long, Roz Nixon, Rev. Dr. Calvin Butts, Catherine Willis, Cobi Narita, Tina Mcrae, Cosmo, Karen Chilton, Grassella Aliphant, Joe Fields, Duke Wade, Tom Daugherty, Robert and Susan Gleason, John DeMartino, Greg Skaff, Leon Dorsey, Deardra Shuler and numerous others.

It was the wish of Mr. Alleyne to be cremated.   At the time of this reporting a Memorial is pending.

 Richard Alleyne is survived by an uncle, John Wilson who lives in Yonkers, NY, and 2 step sisters Robin and Carol.  

Monday, October 27, 2014

Extraordinary Psychic Dr. Ernesto Montgomery deceased

 By Deardra Shuler

I just learned an extraordinary man whom I met back in the 1990s transitioned on July 4, 2014. Dr. Ernesto Moshe Montgomery granted me an interview back in the early 1990s.

Jewish by religion and born in Kingston, Jamaica, on October 2, 1925, Ernesto Montgomery was the spiritual leader of Beta Israel African-American Jewish Temple in Los Angeles. An exceptional psychic by nature with great gifts of prognostication, Dr. Montgomery told me about 911 years before it happened. He did not call it 911 but merely said he saw an early morning terrorist attack on or near the East River in NYC. It would come suddenly without warning. At the time, it sounded so outlandish, I did not elaborate on it in my article about him. He wanted me to warn the UN but at the time I thought no one would believe me, I could hardly fathom such an attack myself. But as we all know, his prediction came to pass.

He sent me proof of his prediction concerning the death of Princess Di, wherein he warned the Royal Family he saw her death. According to the date on the letter it was a few years before Di's death and before she left Prince Charles. He showed me the Royal letterhead wherein the Queen Mother thanked him and responded to his warning. Promising him that they would not allow the Princess to be in Paris the month and year he saw her death. However, fate had changed Di's circumstances and she was no longer married to Charles at the time of her death. Thus was in Paris the month and year Dr. Montgomery predicted she would die in a Paris tunnel.

Ernesto Montgomery was gifted as a child in his native land of Jamaica and became quite well known for his predictions. So much so, he caught the attention of British authorities who approached him at age 16, asking Ernesto to join a secret group of MI-5 psychics using their psychic abilities to spy during WW2. In order to protect their identity Montgomery and the other psychics, (one who later became a very famous author), used code names. Years later, a book was written about Montgomery entitled "Psychic Spy" which accounts his service to Winston Churchhill, Eisenhower,, during WW2. After the war, then Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill presented Montgomery with the British Star, campaign, war and defense medals presented for meritorious army services to the Allied Forces. Ernesto Montgomery's predictions were essential to D Day and for that reason the Royal Family respected him and knew of his service, so told him they would take his warning about Di seriously.

He mentioned to me at one point that actress Shirley MacLaine had taken an interest in him after learning about his meta physic ministry, healing practices, clairvoyant gifts and astounding predictions.

Given some of the things he told me and were written about him in local and national newspapers, I can only say he was a very gifted man. He was humble and kind. He was quite elderly when I first interviewed him and when I called him years later to do another interview, although his spirit was willing, it became clear his advancing age would not allow for a second interview. 

A humanitarian at heart, Montgomery was a graduate of the University of Judaism/Department of Continuing Education in Los Angeles,  He was a retired Jamaican police commander who went on to serve in the Los Angeles Police Reserve Corps and on the Newton Street Division Clergy Council of the Los Angeles Police Department.

It seems he slipped from the world in a very quiet fashion, no fanfare or articles acclaiming his unusual powers. Perhaps that is the way he would have wanted it. But when the world has such an unusual man among us, I must at least take this moment to thank him for the gifts he shared with the world. He told me he faced racism and skepticism sometimes. However, his faith in the Divine and the guides and angels that opened his eyes to see, were all he needed to navigate this world. He had a powerful life more extraordinary than most men. He was not rich nor did he use his gifts to become rich or wield power. Perhaps that is what made Montgomery and his psychic gifts so exceptional.

Farewell to you, Dr. Montgomery. Thank you for allowing me the privilege of knowing you and meeting someone of your psychic abilities and great and humble spirit. I know there were those you left behind who loved you and will miss you.  Blessings to your soul as you continue onward in your magnificent journey.