to before I cut ALL the hair off & was busy taking photos of Black Women with Naturally curly/kinky hair in #PuertoRico
for a photo project turned community called @DiosasAlNatural.
This was 2013! #lifeComesAtYouFast #afroboricua
I found out Don Joaquin, who was like my Grandpa while I was in PR, has transitioned. He helped me when I was going through some external and internal struggles on the island, and was a testament to the beauty of Black people loving each other throughout the Diaspora. Over 6 decades between us in age, yet the way we laughed and related over experiences from gardening to identifying the diversity of Black culture throughout our travels in the Americas was something I'll never take for granted.
▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪ One moment I'll never forget is when He told me how "people like us" invited him to a block party and fixed him a plate of some delicious food when he visited Harlem back in the day. He described the food they gave him, I would tell him what it was called, and then he'd touch his stomach and say "oh my gahhh, sí! Eso eh!" I chuckled with amusement and delight to see how he felt "at home" in my neck of the woods, with people like "he and I." ▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪
Black is beautiful. Thankful for him and those moments when a familiar and kind voice helped me push through. Honored to have shared space with such an inspirational being who has elevated his status to be amongst the ancestors. Thank you, Don Joaquin. ▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪ #ancestors #ancestros #boricua #afros #afropunk #blackwomen #tbt