Updated: Jan 30, 2020
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A letter from the editor.
Today, our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of Kobe Bryant and that of his thirteen-year-old daughter, Gianna Marie Onore –aka Gigi—on board a helicopter that crashed earlier this afternoon. As a woman, as a leader and as a human being my eyes wept due to the unexpected tragedy that has taken us all so abruptly. This is not a moment to simply say you are sad but to show it as well. Many fans have gathered together in front of the Staples center to pay their respect to the late Kobe Bryant. We should all be there.
Talented, humble, diligent and a family-oriented man, he will be missed and our condolences go out to his wife and the remainder of his children: Vanessa Bryant, Natalia, Bianka and Capri. A shocking death that has now rocked our community like that of our dearest Nipsey Hussle, if we do not take anything away from these tragedies, please know this, life is in fact short and death does not discriminate. It is important that we look to our loved ones and hold them close, share plentiful and genuine I love you’s before having to do so whilst standing above their lifeless corpse speaking your last goodbyes as a coffin descends into the earth.
Members and leaders of the African American community stand up and take action by taking care of one another. We must appreciate and help one another.
“The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.” – Kobe Bryant