IN MEMORIAM (1.1)
I think for the rest of my life,
TODAY is going to continue being, one of the hardest days,
I’ve ever had to wrestle living through.
A year ago today — on February 11th, 2023 —
my grandmother passed away.
I remember a lot about that day, and days before it.
I remember a lot about that day, and days after it.
I remember who I was with:
I remember who I spoke to:
Some things I’m glad I remember.
Other things ;
I don’t want to remember them ever again.
But I will.
I always will.
All I want you to understand in the meantime is:
- This wasn’t just the woman who raised me.
- This wasn’t just the woman who built her own community from the ground up.
- This wasn’t just the woman who lucked out and married the love of her life in her early twenties.
- This wasn’t just the woman who graduated high school by 16, and already was a college student searching for a Masters’s Degree.
- This wasn’t just the woman who helped return HUNDREDS, if not THOUSANDS, of foster children to their heartbroken parents.
- This wasn’t just the FINAL living matriarch of her bloodline.
This was someone,
who, if GOD,
didn’t let me,
have a snake eye,
Would have FOUND me
Just to SAVE me
from the evilest parts of my imagination
How could you ever thank someone for that?
How could you ever apologize?
Walk good, take care familia.
is a multi-talented actor, recording artist, filmmaker, and entertainment entrepreneur with M. StageScene Communications, Corp. Royale is a graduate and adjunct professor of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music (where he also earned a minor in Cinema Studies). Royale also is a graduate of the acclaimed Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, where he studied Drama. Royale hails from St. Albans, Queens — a neighborhood that was once home to many legendary musicians, such as James Brown, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, A Tribe Called Quest, and Count Basie.