If she, even on her deathbed, had hope for a better tomorrow in the face of dark times, then I too can keep my head up and my feet marching forward towards such a future.
Boseman portrayed T'Challa in a way that eschewed slapstick stereotypes in favor of a dignified, courageous, intelligent, and, above all else, proud portrayal of Black excellence.
Their memories will have to do.
To see mass messages of condolences regarding a mass shooting among messages of love in celebration of Valentine's Day was jarring to say the least.
At all of five months old, my nephew is already schooling me on life.
My mother's spirit is as vibrant, feisty and genuine as ever. I've seen her incredible work ethic pay off. I've witnessed her confidence shatter its already sky-high level. I've been the gracious recipient of her love, direction and protection for over half of her life. I've seen my mom evolve into the absolutely incredible woman she is today.
For the record, she looks damn good too.