R.I.P. Kobe Bryant, Chadwick Boseman & Breonna Taylor
R.I.P. Bill Withers, Little Richard & Sean Connery
R.I.P. Kelly, Philander, & Damian
Most of the world know of the 1st 6 people & how their deaths rocked us in 2020 but let me tell you about the deaths of 3 individuals that were closer to home (one literally) that rocked mine.
Philander (Cause of death unknown)- My former co-worker. He loved old movies, singing, his nephew & the Lord. A nicely dressed tall black man in his early 60s. There's not a person who didn't love that man. He knew every co-worker child's name & a lot of their birthdays, ask about your Mama, your grandma & how were you doing. I sat beside that man for 3 years. He prayed for my son, told me about visions he had of my greatness coming & hooked me up with some great chicken spots in the Bay.
Damian (Cause of death suicide/overdose on Fentanyl) My Housemate. A young man in his early 20's trying to figure out the world. Financial responsibilities, an unhealthy & toxic relationship with a volatile girlfriend that was no longer wanted in the house seemed to cause depression. One day I came home to police cars thinking to myself "Oh Lord someone called the police for a domestic dispute", I try to go in & officers asked me for my name, my whereabouts & what was my relationship with Damian. That's when I knew this was bigger than DV. I look around & saw his girlfriend & other people crying. That's when the officer told me that Damian took his life the night before.
Man, this one hurt. My friend, my springboard for ideas, my Sista Gurl therapist that kept me un-ashy I can go in for days talking about how phenomenal this woman was. I cherish every phone call & laugh & missed them. My prayers go out to your family, Your Husband & your beautiful Son Apollo. Until we meet again my friend. I 💘 You.