Some people call me Laurice. Put the needle on the record.
My mother was a brilliant woman who ran her own successful business, worked her ass off, and LOVED and took care of her family and friends. As this photo suggests, she also was a whole lotta fun and a cut-up. I celebrate both aspects of her today, although I have not spent a Mother’s Day with her for over five decades. She walks with me daily. Always will.
Me and my sibling, Kemosabe Truckson LaFrance. He was simply magnificent and he sure was loved. #nationalsiblingday
For years I saw this photo and solely focused on what was missing. My head was cut off at the top of the frame. I have very few pix of my mother and fewer that include the two of us together, so it always reminded me of what I didn’t have. Today, 52 years later, I’m seeing the pieces that are here and zooming in on my mother’s hands and how she holds me. With that change in focus, I have been able to remember more - like how beautiful and strong her hands were, how good it felt to be held and how much I missed her when she was suddenly admitted to St. Joe’s and gone. I heard whispers that she was very, very sick. Because I was so young, I wasn’t allowed to see her, except on my birthday in February when they snuck me in to her room for a short visit. I remembered that I had a mother who was such a bright light, so beloved, so young who died two weeks after her 30th birthday. And I grieved. Adrian Vanzant 03/16/38 - 04/01/68.
Thanks @justinwarfield for making me aware of this awesome group doing this necessary work. I am thankful for these heroes out there!! To immunity and community!!! #Repost @dineoneone ・・・ Last night the heroes @cedarssinai ER enjoyed beautiful meals prepared by Chef Teri @ingoodtastewest . They enjoyed dishes like herb rice with chickpeas, roasted veggies, baked yams, chargrilled lemon rosemary chicken, a vegetarian option of falafel and rainbow carrot slaw. Thank you everyone for your kindness and tax-deductible donations. #linkinbio 👆 #feedfirstresponders #helpsmallbusinesses #dine11
She would’ve been 82 a week ago. Happy birthday to my mom. Adrian Vanzant - 03/16/1938 - 04/01/1968.
#Repost @chicagosmayor Mayor Lightfoot is a responsible (badass ) leader for saying what our president should have said from the beginning. Yet as usual he is talking racism and as racists do, defending and doubling down on their hateful and vile stances even when told they are wrong. This is our president. This man who is divisive with every action and breath he takes. I am grateful for all of these mayors and governors ( @chicagosmayor @govpritzker @ericgarcetti @gavinnewsom @andrewcuomo and @govinslee ) and the way that they are shining a light with true leadership in these scary and uncertain times and rejecting this harm spreading, hate talking, sham of a human being who leads the country as if we’re all part of his mediocre reality show. Also, Brava! for the amazing leadership and compassion shown by Norway’s PM @erna_solberg who hosted a special coronavirus press conference just for kids. Amazing how easy it should and could be to lead with respect, kindness and honest information.
Oooh this saddens me so. I saw him play many times and he was friendly with my father, even staying at our home when he played locally. A highlight for me was when he sat down at our piano and asked me to play with him. I was never very good and yet he encouraged me and that has stayed with me in the decades since. May he rest in power. Thankful that we still have his recorded brilliance on the keys to listen to. Alfred McCoy Tyner - December 11, 1938 - March 6, 2020. 🎹
#tbt These woman are so damn awesome. Hearing their stories from their days as queens of the small screen, as well as bits about their friends and frolics, kept me rapt and laughing so much I almost peed my pants. I was always eager for the next episode. @catherinebach you and Heather should absolutely have your own show. I’d surely watch. Good friends make the world a better place. Nothing like the Grand Tetons. 🤣💜❤️
On Sunday afternoon after attending two amazing memorials for two very special people, I made my way to a concert fundraiser in Leimert Park, that my friend @eliane .nicole organized for her film, HARGROVE @hargrovedocumentary which captured Roy Hargrove on his last tour before his passing at the end of 2018. It was the balm I didn’t know I needed. On the stage, @geraldclayton @straightswingin68 @mikegurrola and Ralph A. Moore tore it up. Eliane also showed short edits from the film and what we were lucky enough to see was touching, funny, mesmerizing and simply soul satisfying. If you’re able, you should consider making a donation to this beautiful piece of art that is Roy’s legacy of such beauty, openness, and honesty. #Ittakesavillage #documentaryfilms #jazz #musicismagic #blackgirlmagic #HARGROVE
And last but not least... The crowd loved her. How could you not? @missjillscott is simply perfect.
Ahhh the genius of Paula Kelly. The acting, the singing, the dancing! My glee at seeing this talent, this beauty who looked like my people, my family, on the screen. Look at the power in every single move, the control, the grace, the way she owns that stage. I can remember watching the awards with my aunt and I was initially drawn by the “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” theme, but man. Man oh man, I didn’t even know what I was missing til Miss Kelly arrived. My mother had died the year before when I’d just turned six. I missed her desperately and when I would see someone who reminded me of her, I would fantasize that person was my mother. Aretha Franklin was my first and always and there were others, like Diahann Carroll, but then I saw and heard Paula Kelly that night on my little screen and wanted to be her. I took ballet classes, jazz classes, tap classes. I ran up those stairs at Gus Giordano’s dance studio in Evanston and Paula Kelly was my spirit animal. Not my talent animal, as I was just an ok dancer, but she inspired me. I got to see people who looked like my mother and for that I am forever grateful. May she rest in power. #paulakelly #chittychittybangbang #fosse #Repost @vintageblackglamour
TOMORROW!!! If I was in Chicago, I would absolutely be front and center for this talk @rebuild_foundation ! My dear friend, Danny Dunson, @legacybros is a force to behold and will lay some serious knowledge on you! Oh, and this show is spectacular!! #Repost @legacybros with @get_repost ・・・ I can’t wait to see you Tomorrow!!! I’m so excited that I will be leading a brief guided tour along with facilitating a profound discussion with Artist Nate Young. Nate Young is one of the featured artists in the exhibition ‘In the Absence of Light ....’ curated by Theaster Gates @theastergates if you’re in the Chicago area please stop by, it’s an event that you don’t want to miss! Via @rebuild_foundation Please join us for a special closing discussion for In the Absence of Light: Gesture, Humor, and Resistance in the Black Aesthetic. Artist Nate Young and Art Historian Danny Dunson @legacybros will reflect upon the significant works in the exhibition, and discuss the particular challenges and opportunities that exist for artists of color in the contemporary art world. Link in bio! This event is free and open to the public. Date: December 28 Time: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Stony Island Arts Bank
I’m a bit late, but still always on time. This was my gathered family on Thanksgiving in Chicago, and tonight, I’ve got Oliver and Martha arriving to be with me in Santa Monica. I love and remain thankful for all of the folks in these photos and can’t wait to get some more time with my two favorite people. #om #lovewins #teamfamily
Happy birthday to you, my dearest Teri. So many lives... all filled with love and a helluva lot of fun. @nocrumbsleft
From my dear friend, Cheryl. The struggle is real. Give. Be respectful. Volunteer. Be kind. Give some more. Be generous. Volunteer again. Repeat.
tbt ❤️ Short hair... should I do it again?