There is so much going on in this piece. First of all, when you talk about Aretha and comparing her to your grandmother and her contributions to the Black community in FL… I know you feel the same way about the Queen’s passing as a family member’s passing. She was a family. She is a quickly dying breed of Black women of the likes we will never see again. Our Queen was class. She was power. She was our strength as Black folks endured inequality and oppression. She represented faith. She was our mothers and grandmothers.
Her life in my opinion is more important than anything any talking head or intellect could ever be. She’s history. She practiced what she preached and I love her for it. Her entire life is an inspiration and should be celebrated. From having her first child at the age of 12 (process that now, 12 years old), to singing for presidents, kings, and dignitaries. She not only told Black women we could do anything, she showed us we could too just like a good momma and grandma would. Thank you for helping us process her transition. It will be a week of mourning for us all.