#EBONYLOVE to a Queen Mother, Warrior, Sister, & Friend to so many of us. #RitaOwens our hearts are heavy, and we send our deepest condolences to @queenlatifah... Such an incredibly beautiful spirit, Rest In Paradise Ms.Rita Owens 🙏🏾 to #QueenLatifah & the family... [📸 @hollyrpeete]
Our hearts go out to the queen as she says her final goodbyes to the QUEEN in her life! ♥️ Rita Owens, passed away on Wednesday as a result of a heart condition she’s dealt with for over a decade.
@queenlatifah released this statement: It is with a heavy heart that I share the news my mother, Rita Owens passed away today,” says Latifah. “Anyone that has ever met her knows what a bright light she was on this earth. She was gentle, but strong, sweet, but sassy, worldy but pragmatic, a woman of great faith and certainly the love of my life.”
“She had struggled with a heart condition for many years and her battle is now over,” Latifah shares. “I am heartbroken but know she is at peace. Thank you for your kindness, support and respect for our privacy at this time. Much Love, Dana Owens (aka Queen Latifah), forever Rita Owens’ daughter.” #Prayers for she and her family during this difficult time. 🙏🏽 #restinparadise#ritaowens#queenlatifah#danaowens#family#love#passing#condolences#angel#queenofaqueen
Family #dinner#cheffing I made dinner with the help of my uncles Wade and David #passing of my grandfather at the age of 95 comforting my grandmother. She still asks where he is. Grandma may still ask until she moves on.
Dear Aunty Behen. I gave this to you last week when we saw you. Chotikhala had said to me: “When your Papa was sick, he only passed away after your mummy came and when your Mama was sick the same happened. I think with Behen too the same is going to happen.” But I laughed it off. And a doctor told me you wouldn’t live to your seventieth birthday in August. I didn’t believe that either. I didn’t believe life could leave one as vibrant as you. One who diligently applied mehndi to her hair and hands and feet. Who never wore garments with creases in them. Whose scarf was always in perfect place. Who loved being complimented and spoiled with gifts and yes, who loved fresh cream. But death spares no one. And so it has taken you too. But even if you didn’t have the energy to look at this gift; it’s message rings true. I will always love you. I will always fondly associate you with my childhood and I will always regret not making you a greater part of my adulthood. I will always remember how you got up and lived in spite of the challenges life threw your way. The attachment you had for Salaah. Mama used to call for you all night when she was old and ailing: “Julie! Behen!” And my heart hopes somewhere in a world unseen you are rejoicing with her and Papa and baby Ruqayya - you said last week you were thinking of them. And us? We are at loss because we miss you and a presence like yours will always be felt. But in the words of Rasulullah saws “The eyes are shedding tears and the heart is grieved, and we will not say except what pleases our Lord.” #death#grief#passing#aunt#family#niece
#Time "It had begun to snow again. He watched sleepily the flakes, silver and dark, falling obliquely against the lamplight. The time had come for him to set out on his journey westward. Yes, the newspapers were right: snow was general all over Ireland. It was falling on every part of the dark central plain, on the treeless hills, falling softly upon the Bog of Allen and, farther westward, softly falling into the dark mutinous Shannon waves. It was falling, too, upon every part of the lonely churchyard on the hill where Michael Furey lay buried. It lay thickly drifted on the crooked crosses and headstones, on the spears of the little gate, on the barren thorns. His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead." #JamesJoyce#snow#cross#death#winter#clockwork#light#cemetery#passing#transformation#renewal#balance#conceptualphotography
Another amazing opportunity to paint for a family who has had to say goodbye to a sweet baby. These moments are so difficult and so tender. I am always honored to have this opportunity, and always so amazed at how much love I feel for the family I am painting for. One thing that all of these paintings have in common are how strong I feel the spirit while I paint. I know that These little babes, these family members who have gone on before us are not only so loved by their families, but by their Father in Heaven and Savior. These sweet family members are wrapped in Gods arms, safely waiting for us.
I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to paint for each of these Families.
"She made broken look beautiful and strong look invincible. She walked with the universe on her shoulders and made it look like a pair of wings" Last night this world lost such an astonishing woman. Such a remarkable person. My mother was more than that she was the culmination of all things stunning and beautiful, all things strength and perseverance, and all things nurturing and caring. She called me her rock and her world but she was my universe. I don't think I can express the pain i feel and may never be able to but she was more than just my mother she was my best friend, my person. "It takes someone really brave to be a mother, strong to raise a child and someone special to love someone more than herself" She loved me and my brother immensely. She loved hard and cared so deeply for everyone. Even in the hospital she was more worried about everyone else. I know that she is with me in many ways and is who made me the man I am today so she will be with me everyday. I thank her for giving me every smile and laugh and ounce of love. We fought as all children and parents do but at the end of the day I would give and do anything for this woman. I am so thankful for everyone's love and support. I know she touched many peoples lives and though this may be the hardest battle I or anyone effected has faced. I find solace in she is no longer in pain and she is with her family now, she can relax and be at peace. I love you mom thank you for loving me for me no matter what i miss you more than i can articulate and know even this itself doesn't express how extraordinary you were. #love#extraordinary#amazing#breathtaking#peace#passing#motherskeeper#bestfriend#mom#iloveyou#restnowmomma