Let me start this Talk To Danny, by Thanking all of my Sentinel Family for the love and support you all have given to me and my family during the home going of my beloved Grandmother Marybell Bakewell. The cards, emails and letters I have received over the past few weeks have been heart felt, thoughtful and certainly appreciated.
I would certainly would be remised if I didn't say a special Thank you to my family and closest friends, as we have all had to lean on each other during these difficult times. Your willingness to be there early in the morning when I couldn't sleep and needed someone to talk to, the times together reminiscing and laughing and sharing all of those precious memories, and just the sense of family and support you have all provided me (and I hope I have provided for you) is immeasurable and I love you all just for being there.
I also need to Thank the entire community of over 100,000 who came out in support of Taste of Soul. For the fourth year in a row, we have demonstrated to not only the City of Los Angeles, but the entire world that the African American Community in partnership with all people to celebrate our culture, our community and our people in a positive, wholesome and free spirited event. 102.3 KJLH and 94.7 The WAVE, you guys are the best radio partners The Sentinel can have and we are looking forward to even bigger and better things at the 2010 Taste of Soul.
We learn through good times and bad times that life is short and relationships are precious.
Just as I began to resume my daily schedule my good friend and President of SCLC Los Angeles Eric Lee got a phone call and discovered that his father Edward Oliver "Pete" Lee had transitioned. Now you never know when or how we are going to lose the people we are closest too. But I can say that when it is sudden and unexpected the way Eric's dad and my grandmother's transition were it is even more challenging. But the one thing that I have taken solace in, and I have encouraged Eric to do the same, is the person you have lost must unquestionably and unconditionally know how you feel about them. I can find comfort in knowing that Mamee knew I absolutely loved and adored her and I take great comfort in knowing that I was and will always be her "favorite grandchild". And I also know that "Pete" Lee knew without a doubt that Eric loved him, was his best friend and Pete felt the same way about E. Much Love My Brother! Stay Strong! PHI NU PI.
So, whether you agree or disagree, now more than ever I really need your input. I need to hear from you. I need to know what is going on in our community. I also need to know what other stories we need to tell, and what is on your mind. I really do want to hear from you, I want you to "Talk to Danny."Â