To My Brothers

By Jasmine Kelly

It’s 11:30, it is quiet, but thoughts are loud in my head. DMX is dead. It does not even sound right. I will not debase his transition to simply being a “celebrity death” because he was very much so human. A human who lived a beautiful life and was honest, embraced and was vocal about his struggles.

The talk that has surrounded his transition centered around how it could have been prevented. DMX was special to the Black community not because he was talented but because he was authentic and allowed himself to be vulnerable. Such is rare for Black men these days. Considering the climate for Black boys and men, some may even think of displaying vulnerability as a privilege.

In my opinion, DMX received his flowers for displaying his true self once he passed on. That made me think about ways that I can support my Black brothers now, while they are here. The best way that I can do that is by providing a space for Black men to be seen, felt, and heard. I am sure that it is not always an easy concept either. However, I can do my part by being holding space, offering feedback, etc.

DMX was just one man who chose to display his full self to the world. I am not saying that all Black boys and men must do the same, but I am saying that I see you.

Jasmine Kelly is a contributing writer for the Pedestal Project, LLC. Jasmine is a higher education professional who believes in the powers of Black Twitter. You can follow her on Instagram @chicomydusty.

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