Actor and movie creator, Tyler Perry’s hairstylist, Charles Gregory has died after contracting COVID-19. He is not the first black person to die of the virus that has killed more than 1 million people around the world.
In Chicago, a recent report found that 70 percent of people who died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, are black — even though the city’s population is just 30 percent black. In Milwaukee County, which is 27 percent black, the figure is 81 percent. Public health officials tracking the coronavirus have seen similar disproportionate impacts on African Americans in Philadelphia, Detroit and other cities, according to NBC news.
Today, on the heels of news that Gregory had passed away, Perry took to social media, urging his fellowmen to heed the call of the authorities and stop acting as though they are safe from contracting this virus that does not discriminate.