Once upon a time, about 30 years ago, two brown sisters from Oakland met another brown girl from Detroit. She was so smart and so fly! Devine intervention brought us all to NYC. We couldn't be more different yet we all became best friends forever, connected by the fire in our souls and the desire to live out our dreams. Music was the soundtrack to our lives.
Five years ago today our BFF became our guardian angel. Memories flood my thoughts... Meeting her when I was 14 years old at FAMU while she was fussin' at Buzzy about the car they shared, publishing hot new music at Midnight Songs/PolyGram, devouring ribs and margaritas at Dallas BBQ's on the Upper Westside with Auntie GG and Micheal, bumpin' Brown Suga in the recording studio knowing that this would be a monster hit; hanging out at the Hit Factory lobby listening to Jodeci and Tribe Called Quest, eating Jamaican beef patties and rum punch at Ed's mama's house in Brooklyn while dance hall music played in the background, talking late into the night about some cute boy we met at the music showcase that night, crying hysterically when Biggie Smalls died yet most days laughing until tears streamed down our faces about some inside joke that we only thought was funny! And yes, daring a fool in Harlem to grab your azz just one more time! I wish YOU would, I declared! And let's not forget hanging out into the wee hours of the morning with WU TANG CLAN knowing we had to get up and go to work. Girl, what were we thinking?!! Yet I always knew no matter what went down.... you had my back! No words required. You knew where ALL the bodies are buried.
We were young and broke yet you couldn't tell us that our sh$t didn't stink! I still can't wrap my head around the fact that you aren't here with me. Who will I ever repeat the same story to 89 times and they will act as if they just heard for the first time? I never felt judged. Not once. I still have your number in my cell phone. I could never delete you. Yet what I know fur sure is that I had the BEST best friend ever. Damn, I still miss you, Katy! Yet I can’t help to feel such gratitude that God connected us for 30 precious years. I now have an angel I know by name.