In Memory of Ms Gloria Jean Watkins aka bell hooks
By Carvell Wallace in Zora/The Medium
I’m so sad to be doing this again. Again, and again.
I know that death happens, but in a country that is always trying to separate us from our humanity, Black death always feels personal. This is probably because we resist by surviving. We resist by loving unabashedly, laughing at death, dancing when we’re supposed to be crying, crying when we’re supposed to be dancing, mourning loudly over beats, grieving while turnt up, metabolizing every horrifying thing that has happened to us into a storytime that has everybody rolling, in tears, on the floor, falling out, I’m ded. We do not take horror as only horror, we also take it as life, we flip from pain to love to death to laughter to sex to song to the ancestors to time travel to bloodshed to poetry to a plate of food and the flawless application of edge gel within a blink of the universe’s eye, within a blink of our own. This is life. This is survival. This is why it feels personal when we die here. Because for a moment it feels like — though this is not what it is but still it’s what it feels like — “damn they been tryna get her up outta here this whole time, and they finally did it.” FOR MORE