I was recently in Florida, where we laid to rest my amazing cousin. My cousin was not involved in any criminal activities. He was no dealer, he was no gangbanger. Not saying he was perfect, none of us are, he was simply human. He was an amazing son, brother, father, grandson, cousin, and husband, who was senselessly gunned down while sitting in his car. Kat was so much to so many people. Continue reading
I wanted to share a little story with all regarding my recent trip…
Whew! I hope 2014 has been treating you all kindly, because it’s sure been a real bitch to me and mine! Jamaicans have this belief that a leap year brings bad luck and now I believe it.
We started off the year in Jamaica and it was almost ruined by some folks who aren’t even worth my time. Next came my mother’s screaming for me to come look at a news clip. Our former neighbour in Canada, who happens to be Jamaican, was out there in Jamaica and went missing. I couldn’t sleep all night. I was so scared for him and his family. And finally yesterday, the icing on the cake. The call no one ever wants to get. My poor Aunt lost her youngest son to gun violence in Florida. Guns don’t kill people right? Tell that to my aunt and every other mother who’s lost a child or children to guns.
My spirit is so down. My heart aches for my family. We’re taking quite beating. It’s like we’re in never ending round with Mike Tyson and our hands are tied behind our backs. We can’t stop the blows. Well you know what, I’m tired of taking a beating and it’s time to fight back. So I’m going to do what I was taught to do, take it to the Lord in prayer. Some of you might scoff at that, but I have my beliefs and you have yours.
Kat, my cousin, I love you more than words. We didn’t see each other often, but the love was still and is still there. We are first cousins. Our mothers are sisters. We share blood. I know you’re up there with our ancestors and they’re taking great care of you, I take great comfort in that. We’ll hold it down and keep your parents, brother, beautiful children, and your wife together.
Everyone out there reading this, take the extra minute to call your family or friend. You just never know, you know? Wishing you all a really safe and prosperous new year. I hope the next time I post, I’ll have happier news.
I don’t feel defeated, I’m still holding on.
*** Sidenote ***
- My former neighbour was found safe!
Rapper/Actor Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino, recently caught the attention of the folks over at the Huffington Post for posting a series of “troubling” Instagram pics. Glover’s posts offered an intimate (not that kind of party) glance into his state of mind.
Straight to the point today!
Jamaica, what are you doing with the tourism dollars? Who’s benefitting from it, because it isn’t the people of Jamaica, not that ones who really need it! Continue reading
When you are told constantly by your loved ones that your actions are causing them pain and misery, what should you do? What would you do? But the most important question is, what does it mean when you do nothing? Continue reading
Over the past three years that I’ve been blogging, I’ve come to know some pretty nice folks. To think initially I was apprehensive to blog! I want to say thank you for contributing to my latest blog feature, greatly appreciated. I enjoyed reading about your favourite haunts and maybe one day I can experience those places myself.
I would like to let you all know that this will be my final post. I’ve had a blast making you laugh and hopefully inspiring you in some of my serious posts. I know I’ve been inspired and entertained by your comments and I’ll miss that. There are a few of you I talk to beyond the blogs and please feel free to continue to hit me up. I’ll be seeing you all around
Ms. Nikks…if ya nasty :p
So this is it, the end of my feature. My last contribution comes to you courtesy of the lovely, helpful, and supportive D of Life in the D Lane. I truly appreciate your time as I know you’re writing for various online magazines/sites, so a huge thank you for you time. I hope you all enjoy and visit D’s page sometime. She’s a riot and I adore her, she’s one of the reasons I need to make it to New York this year! Continue reading