Biz Markie remembered in hometown with a street named in his honor

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The late Biz Markie is being honored with a street in his hometown near New York City.

“In honor of the contributions Biz has achieved as an actor, beatboxer, DJ and philanthropist, his hometown of Patchogue, Long Island will honor him with the renaming of South Street to Biz Markie Way!” his widow, Tara Davis, announced on Instagram.

The ceremony will take on Saturday, September 25 at 2 p.m. behind the 6th District Court. 150 West Main Street, Patchogue, NY. The public is invited.

Sunday night, Emmys host Cedric the Entertainer opened the show with a tribute to Markie by performing his classic, “Just a Friend,” with LL Cool J and dozens of members of the audience, including Tracee Ellis Ross, Anthony Anderson, Billy Porter, and Tom Hanks‘ wife, actress Rita Wilson.

“R.I.P. to the one and only Biz Markie,” Cedric said as he concluded the rousing performance, which brought the entire crowd to its feet.

“Thank You to @cedtheentertainer @llcoolj @cbstv and the @televisionacad for the Beautiful Tribute to TV and my husband Biz Markie and keeping his memory alive. The family loved it,” Davis commented.

Biz Markie passed away on July 16 of complications from Type Two diabetes. He was 57 years old.

LL, Busta Rhymes, Fat Joe, Ice T, Montell Jordan, Reverend Al Sharpton and many others attended Biz’s funeral on August 2.

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