Ishmael Nkrumah Brown, of Tarzana, CA died February 9, 2020 at the age of 40. He was born in Providence, R.I. and was the son of Myrtle E. Brown and Oscar L. Raphael. Ishmael was raised by his beloved grandmother Clara R. Brown. He graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School in Providence, RI where he excelled at football and was known to many on the field as "Bad Newz Brown". After his graduation from Mount Pleasant High School he went on to do a post-grad year at Pomfret School, a boarding school in CT. At Pomfret School he continued playing football and also wrestled; becoming All New England in his wrestling division that year. Ishmael then went to Trinity College in Hartford, C.T. where he played football and earned his B.S. in Sociology. During this time he explored his love of filmmaking by writing and shooting short student films. After graduation from Trinity College, Ishmael returned to Pomfret School as an Admissions officer and dorm parent. His love for writing and filmmaking eventually led him to Los Angeles, C.A. to try and explore a career in the film industry as a screenwriter. In LA he worked on commercials as a production assistant for Anonymous Content, one of the premier management/production companies in the business. In his spear time, he took writing and acting classes to learn all sides of the craft. Ultimately he decided to switch from screenwriting to prose, so he left the film industry and worked in sales. He also created a podcast known as The Angry Black Rant, where he built an audience of thousands of loyal listeners who were fans of his humor, insight and worldview. Ishmael desired to write novels and explore his creativity all the way till the end.
Ishmael is preceded in death by his grandmother, Clara R. Brown and mother Myrtle E. Raphael. He is survived by his father, Oscar L. Raphael, his brother Shaun Brown, sister Eboney Brown, sister Clarice McClung, brother Raymond Diandrea, brother Raheim McClung, brother Rahiem Raphael, and brother Akeem Raphael, in addition to nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and a host of loved ones. Ishmael will be greatly missed.
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