|Commemoration March 3, 2001|
Reflections on Mfon
didn't know her too well - as a matter of fact, she was probably in my
presence for all but three times. But each time there was an energy and
beauty in her life-force that touches me still to this day. Her memory
should be celebrated through her work as well as through the lives she
touched on her journey through life in this world. Above all, I'm thankful
that I was fortunate enough to have been exposed to her energy. The way
in which her motivation to contribute through art fueled her last months
should be an inspiration to all that life is about love, and (positive)
energy - no matter what the circumstances. This woman had been "dying"
for quite some time and you would never had known it through her expression
and passion for life.
her final journey she was surrounded by her favorite people, music and
family. We-- Cooley (her roommate), George (her lover/boyfriend) and I
had the good fortune of spending the last day with her and we listened
to disco, Prince and Nina Simone. She fought like a warrior until the
end. Never once did she think she couldn't overcome the challenges of
the disease. Preserving her legacy as an artist was an important component
to her survival and that's why she worked so steadily to insure that.
She was blown away by the enormous amount of respect she received from
the community for her Amazon's New Clothes series. As her publicist and
trusted friend I had the blessing to participate in her life at the most
critical time with unconditional love and support. Together we added value
and enormous freedom to one another's life. I am heartbroken from the
lost however I am a bigger person in knowing her. Her strength was magnetic
and I know that I will never meet another person like her. She was truly
loved and moved into her next life with grace and pleasure. A foundation
is being set-up in her name. ME Foundation is established to empower young
women who are surviving cancer. The foundation will work to help women
maintain life issues while receiving treatment and will rely solely on
Mmekutmfon considered me her mentor there were many times when I felt
as if I was kneeling in front of a great sage whose wisdom I took in through
my pores. She was in a place I hope to reach someday. Even before her
illness she was surrounded with light-- the great and brilliant brightness
of Godliness or what many of us refer to as humanity. She was beautiful
and I will always love her and to me she will always remain alive.
words from Mfon
"I'm constantly shooting myself so I can continue to appreciate what I have and where I am. Maybe I'll get breast implants tomorrow and maybe I won't. Maybe I will not even live past tomorrow. I just want to make sure that wherever I am, I am totally diggin' where I am-- not mourning or wishing I had a bigger ass. I just don't have time for that anymore. I feel sexy now. And I never felt like that before."
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