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Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss: “So You Think You Can Dance” Alum & Former ‘Ellen’ DJ Dies at 40

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This story discusses suicide. If you or someone you know is in crisis, call 988 to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. You can also call the network, previously known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, at 800-273-8255, text HOME to 741741 or visit SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for additional resources.

The unfortunate news confirming Stephen’s passing was released today on all major news outlets. A representative for Boss told NBC News he died by suicide.

Stephen “tWitch” Boss, is known as the popular “So You Think You Can Dance” alum and as the former DJ for “Ellen DeGeneres Show”. The official news was reported by his wife, fellow dancer Allison Holker Boss. She confirmed the news with the following statement to CNN:

“It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to share my husband Stephen has left us,” Holker Boss said in a statement. “Stephen lit up every room he stepped into. He valued family, friends and community above all else and leading with love and light was everything to him. He was the backbone of our family, the best husband and father, and an inspiration to his fans.”

“To say he left a legacy would be an understatement, and his positive impact will continue to be felt,” she added. “I am certain there won’t be a day that goes by that we won’t honor his memory. We ask for privacy during this difficult time for myself and especially for our three children.”

No further information was provided regarding the cause of his death. Stephen was only 40 years old.

Holker Boss concluded her statement to CNN by saying “Stephen, we love you, we miss you, and I will always save the last dance for you.”

The couple celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary just days ago.

His final instagram post was a ‘shared posted’ released by his wife Allison on Monday showing the two of them dancing in front of the Christmas tree. His wife’s message under the post read “HOLIDAY SUNDAY FUNDAY DANCE!! With my lover @sir_twitch_alot.”

This beautiful pair met when they were all-star dancers on Season 7 of “So You Think You Can Dance” in 2010.

“We shared a dance at the wrap party of that season of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ and we have been together ever since,” Boss told People in February.

“There was no dialogue, there was no conversation or a first hangout. Literally, we danced and we were together holding hands the very next day,” Holker Boss added. “And we never looked back.”

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After leaving the Ellen show in 2020 where he had recently been promoted as the co-producer of the show, ‘tWitch’ returned to “So You Think You Can Dance”. In February of 2022, he and his wife announced the launch of the new Athleisure line “Fly” with Dicks Sporting Goods where they served as the new brand ambassadors.

Most recently, ‘tWitch’ and Allison both appeared with major roles in the new Disney film “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” which released on Nov 25th, 2022.

Responses started to flood social media Wednesday morning from celebrities and fans:

“I’m heartbroken,” wrote Ellen DeGeneres on Instagram alongside a photo of the pair hugging. “tWitch was pure love and light. He was my family, and I loved him with all my heart. I will miss him. Please send your love and support to Allison and his beautiful children — Weslie, Maddox, and Zaia.”

Ciara –
“I am so crushed to hear the news that you are no longer with us. I’ve always known you as joy, laughter, good times and a big smile! Heaven has gained an angel today! May you rest in paradise. Praying for your family during this difficult time. (see full tweet)

Viola Davis –
“I’m at a loss for words right now, praying for his family and loved ones.” (see full tweet)

Valentin –
“This is not possible. I am absolutely lost for any words or comprehension. Heartbreaking.” (see full tweet)

Mickey Guyton –
“You just never truly know what anyone is going through. Check on your loved ones. Always be good to people. Man this one hurts.” (see full tweet)

Yvette Nicole Brown –
“What is going on?! This news has broken my heart. I’ve loved him since #SYTYCD. He was always so joyful & full of life. Always. Oh tWich!
If you are feeling despair PLEASE call 988. #PleaseStay” (see full tweet)

Kirk Franklin –
“My heartfelt condolences to Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss’s family… beautiful children, beautiful wife. It’s really heartbreaking…” (see his full message here)



The responses continue to flood social media after the release of this news. Please join the ArtSoul Radio family as we continue to keep the family, friends and loved ones of tWitch in prayer during this difficult time.

Tamara is the founder of ArtSoulRadio.com and a contributor for Ebony/Jet Magazine and other publications. She also works in TV/Film production and has a strong passion for the arts, community outreach, teaching and working with the youth. Learn more at www.tamarallyoung.com and follow her on social media.

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The holidays are here and we have listed a few movies for you to check out! Each film is featuring some of our favorite actors, and guest music artists! From @naturi4real to @kirkfranklin@jonmcreynolds@mspattilabelle@iamjasmineguy@keshiaknightpulliam@wolfjamesand so MANY more! The culture is showing UP this holiday season with brand new films for the holidays! So, grab a few friends and family members and some hot coco and enjoy! 

Scroll down to check out a few new picks from our staff!

Kirk Franklin’s “Twas The Night Before Christmas” (Lifetime)

View the full cast below: Chaz Lamar, Demetria McKinney, Kendra C. Johnson, Angela Birchett, Jen Harper, Shacai O’Neal, Kirk Franklin, Regina Belle, Kevin Brown, DeEtta West, Ken Colquitt, Steve Reddington, Tiffany Commons

“A Wesley Family Christmas” (BET +)


View the full cast below: Terayle Hill, Jonathan McReynolds, Loren Lott, Jasmine Guy, Terrence C. Carlson, Dorien Wilson, Sydney Mitchell, Kiki Haynes, Judi Blair, Red Grant, Kevin Savage, Mike Merrill, Marla Aaron Wapner, Edward M. Beckford Jr.

“A New Orleans Noel” (Lifetime)

View the full cast below: Keshia Knight, Patti LaBelle, Brad James, Tim Reid, Donna DuPlantier, Camille Robinson, Drez Ryan, Kamille McCuin, Talisa Friedman, Lothair Eaton

“The Hip Hop Nutcracker” (Disney)

View the full cast below: Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss, Allison Holker Boss, Joseph Simmons, Comfort Fedoke, Tiler Peck, Cache Melvin, Dushaunt FikShun Stegall, JabbaWockeez, Nicholas “Slick” Stewart, Jaja Vankova

“The Holiday Stocking” (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)

View the full cast below: Tamala Jones, Mykelti Williamson, B.J. Britt, Nadine Ellis, Karon Joseph, Lonzo Liggins, Alireza Mirmontazeri, Exie Booker, Tito Livas, Karina Segura

“Something From Tiffany’s” (Amazon Prime)

View the full cast below: Zoey Deutch, Kendrick Sampson (of Issa Rae’s “Insecure”), Shay Mitchell, Ray Nicholson, Leah Jeffries, Javicia Leslie, Rose Abdoo, Chido Nwokocha, Michael Roark, Jonica T. Gibbs

“Jingle Jangle” (Netflix)

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The two-minute teaser, released during the studio’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con, is packed with peeks at what awaits us in the sequel without star Chadwick Boseman, who died after a private battle with cancer in 2020 at age 43. 

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Beyoncé Opens The 2022 Oscars With ‘Be Alive’ Performance

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As a perfect close to Women’s History Month, Beyonce opened the 2022 Oscasrs with a live performance of her single “Be Alive”. This was the first single from her Black Pride album released in 2020 and was featured in the movie “King Richard” highlighting the story of Venus and Serena Williams.

The song was cowritten with artist Dixson and featured on the soundtrack for “King Richard’ in honor of the film and the legacy being created by Venus and Serena Williams. The live performance was done live by satellite on the Compton tennis court where the Williams’ sisters’ dad coached them.

The movie was also nominated for Best Picture starring Best Actor nominee Will Smith as the patriarch of the legendary tennis sister act.

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View the full lyrics below, courtesy of Genius:

[Intro]
It feels so good to be alive
Got all my family by my side
Couldn’t wipe this Black off if I tried
That’s why I lift my head with pride

[Verse 1]
I got a million miles on me
They want to see how far I go
The path was never paved with gold (Gold)
We worked and built this on our own (Own)

[Pre-Chorus]
And can’t nobody knock it if they tried
This is hustle personified
Look how we’ve been fighting to stay alive
So when we win, we will have pride
Do you know how much we have cried?
How hard we had to fight?

[Chorus]
It feels so good to be alive (It feels so, so, so, so good)
Got all my sisters by my side (I got all my sisters by my side)
Couldn’t wipe this Black off if I tried (Black off if I tried)
That’s why I lift my hеad with pride
Now we’re sitting on top of thе world again, huh

[Verse 2]
I got a million miles on me
They want to see how far I’ll go (They want to see how far I’ll go)
The path was never paved with gold (No)
We fought and built this on our own (We fought and built this on our own, own)

[Pre-Chorus]
And can’t nobody knock it if they tried
This is hustle personified
Look how we’ve been fighting to stay alive
So when we win, we will have pride
Do you know how much we have cried?
How hard we had to fight?

[Chorus]
It feels so good to be alive (It feels so good, so good)
Got all my family by my side (And we gon’ sit on top of the world again)
Couldn’t wipe this Black off if I tried (And I wouldn’t trade nothin’, and I wouldn’t trade nothin’)
That’s why I lift my head with pride (So baby, lift your head, yeah)
It feels so good to be alive (Darling, it’s a celebration for you, yeah)
I got the tribe all by my side (You’re doin’ everything they said you couldn’t do)
Couldn’t wipe this Black off if I tried
That’s why I lift my head with pride (Lift your head, yeah)

[Outro]
Woo!
(Ooh)
(Ooh, I tried)
(Oh!)

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