When I heard of Toni Morrison’s transition, I was both sadden and appreciative. I was appreciative of not only Ms. Morrison’s work but for the experience of having recently seen her on the big screen sharing her life’s story and the journey of her career. The film, “The Pieces I Am” is beautiful and compelling. It was just a couple a weeks ago that it left theaters, but it is now returning to theaters. It will be screening at BAM August 16th-22nd. It’s a must-see.
I was also appreciative to have been one of those who had the honor of grooming and styling Ms. Morrison’s Locs on a few occasions. She came to Khamit Kinks when we were located in TriBeCa. The first time she walked through our doors wasn’t a surprise, as this visit had been well orchestrated by fellow beauty comrade, Jackie Sanchez, Ms. Morrison’s makeup artist.
This was long before smart-phones, and I did not ask to take a picture of or with Ms. Morrison. Her presence was more than enough. I was in the moment, in the zone of being one with my experience.
I am more saddened than I imaged by Ms. Morrison’s passing, but I am very grateful for the body of work Toni Morrison has left us to read again and again. Thank you, Toni, for lifting us up by telling our stories in such a layered and insightful way, no matter how humble, harrowing, or real, you also made our stories magical.