Once named one of 100 most influential African-Americans by Ebony Magazine, Erica Kennedy was an author, blogger, singer, fashion journalist and news correspondent –contributing to half dozen publications. Her biggest claim to fame was her novel Bling, which became a New York Times bestseller. She was also the best friend of model Kimora Lee Simmons. Kennedy’s second novel Feminista was published, with less success, by St. Martin Press in 2009. Earlier this summer, unfortunately, Kennedy was found dead in her home –and the cause of her death is currently unknown.