Yesterday, the fashion world suffered a huge loss with the passing of Oscar de la Renta. He was known for and will be remembered for his elegant designs that dressed the most important females of the time, including first ladies and entertainers. He first worked in Spain for Balenciaga and later brought his talents to Lanvin, Balmain, and his own brand, proving his resume was nothing short of solid. Though Oscar de la Renta has passed, he will forever be remembered as one of the most iconic fashion designers and his fashion legacy will continue.
“Yes, I had cancer. Right now, I am totally clean. The only realities in life are that you are born, and that you die. We always think we are going to live forever. The dying aspect we will never accept. The one thing about having this kind of warning is how you appreciate every single day of life.”
-Oscar de la Renta
Five years ago today, the legendary King of Pop, Michael Jackson passed away. It was a sad moment for music fans everywhere who thought that would be the end of Michael’s legacy, that there would be nothing else to add, but we were wrong. Even after his death, MJ has been able to hang on to world records, keep his title as the King of Pop, and give us new music that had never been released. No, it’s not the same as if he were here alive and in the flesh, but having his music still playing through our speakers is still a good feeling. Rest in Peace Michael Jackson!
Yesterday the legendary Maya Angelou passed away at the age of 86. She was best known for her novel I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which is just as much a literature classic as it is an African American literature classic, so much so that Maya Angelou’s novel became a staple in high school English curriculums all over the country. Maya Angelou was revered as one of the strongest and most influential voices within the Black community, becoming a representative of the African American literature and the entire Black community in general. In the literature world, Maya Angelou was among the most respected writers of the last century and was seen by many as a pioneer in modern African American literature. Her poetry and her writing in general will forever remain as some of the best work in American literature.
Personally, I have always respected her work and I see her as one of the bet role models in modern literature. She had a unique and memorable voice, while also being able to resonate with so many readers, which is hard to do. Like so many others, I applaud and admire Maya Angelou for everything she was able to accomplish during her lifetime. I’m glad she has at least left us with her writing and a piece of her wisdom. I’m sure she will never be forgotten thanks to her work and I’m just grateful to have witnessed her legacy, but, then again, writers never die.
Yesterday I lost one of the most important women in my life and one of the most important individuals in my life for that matter. After 87 years of life, my great-grandmother just couldn’t hang on anymore. I don’t blame her and I’m certainly not complaining. In this day and age, where it is so rare for a millennial to have the opportunity to meet their great-grandparents, I am well aware of how fortunate I’ve been to have spent 21 years of my life with my Mami Tita. This was the woman who has inspired so many of my decisions, she gifted me with an irreplaceable bond, and she showed me everything a perfect grandma should be. My memories with her are things that I could never make up and I definitely won’t ever forget them. Just because future generations won’t have the pleasure of meeting her personally, I’ll make sure that she is always remembered how she was in her life. Naturally, I’m not happy to hear about her passing, but, if I know my grandma like I think I do, I know that she would not want me to be lingering in my sadness. Instead, she would remind me that it’s part of life, she’s no longer suffering, and that we had a good run together. Of course, all of these wise words would be communicated through her blunt vernacular, but the message would be the same nonetheless. Personally, I have no regrets about the time I spent with my grandma. I know I did as much as I could for her and I know she knows that I love her. I will always love her and she will always be my heart.
Today marks the one year anniversary of my uncle’s passing and I can’t even fully describe how difficult it is to describe that he’s gone. I will always remember him as my energetic, down to Earth uncle who would say the realest, craziest, and funniest things ever. Even though a whole year has passed, I still think about him everyday. When I hear the word “deuces” or listen to Frankie Ruiz, my uncle’s image will pass through my mind. It’s even harder when I meet someone who has his same mannerisms or resembles his appearance, but it’s part of life. None of us are meant to be here forever, so we have to learn to cherish our time with the people we love. More importantly, we have to be grateful for that time. I’m grateful for every second I spent with my uncle and I am grateful to have such a close relationship with his children. I can honestly say that I trust his sons with my life and having them as family is something I will never trade for anything. All I can do now is look back at the moments with my uncle with a smile on my face, while also appreciating the time I have left with what he left behind for me and the rest of his family. Love you Tio!