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Phillipe and Jorge Columnist Chip Young Passes Unexpectedly: Motif mourns the loss of an extraordinary journalist

Chip, right, with Buddy Cianci and friends

We are stunned and saddened to report that Chip Young, environmental activist, rabble-rouser and long-time contributor to Motif and to Rhode Island journalism, has passed away suddenly. Chip and collaborator Rudy Cheeks have brought Phillipe & Jorge’s Cool, Cool World to RI readers through various publications, including the Phoenix and Motif, non-stop for the last 43 years. Chip’s commentary, often incendiary, generally wry and barbed, helped shape RI’s cultural and political landscape. At Motif, he was always a wise source of advice and support – a greatly valued contributor and a friend. A tribute and more information will be upcoming. Our hearts go out to his family and to long-time co-writer Rudy Cheeks, and to all who knew Chip, for your loss and ours. Anyone who would like to share thoughts or memories of Chip, Rudy is compiling a tribute – send them to him or through email at

A brief history of P&J can be found here. For the full remembrance of Chip Young, click here.