The Epitome of Strength - Tina Turner
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My favorite Tina Turner song, "What's Love Got to Do with It," If you listen to this song, there is so much power behind the words.
Tears flowed when I learned of Tina Turner's passing Wednesday. She was so much more than just a singer/actress. It's not a song about love but about strength and survival. Tina Turner was someone I truly admired for her tenacity and vision. She was not only a Rock n Roll icon but an example of black women's strength. Her legacy will live on for generations. We are all better people for having known her and having the opportunity to learn from her journey.
She will always be remembered as a beacon of strength and hope.
As a survivor of domestic violence, she showed not only her abuser but the world that you can survive and build the life you deserve.
She unapologetically sang the music she wanted to sing, the songs God gave her. She was loved by so many. You could feel her energy from the time she walked on stage, in her music videos, and in the way she lived her life.
She helped me see there is nothing in this world not reachable. Let me give you an example. Tina was the first Black woman to be inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, twice. Her success is a testament to hard work and dedication, and a reminder that anything is possible. She was also the first Black woman to grace the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine. I watched the HBO documentary about her life. While there were many things we didn't see in the film, starring Angela Bassett, the facts were accurate. Tina spoke about how painful it was to make the movie and at first, she did not want to do it. But Tina said it was critical to tell the story as it was her truth as painful as it was. All I can say is that I understand what she meant by that statement.
Tina's walk symbolized power throughout her concerts, videos, and television performances. She used her experiences to advocate for social justice and equality. She inspired others to embrace their identity and be proud of who they are. Her story shows strength and resilience.
Since her passing, I have been reflecting on some of the strength of Tina and it has given me a sense of renewed strength and a new purpose. Her message of self-love and acceptance was powerful and resonated with many. Through her music, life, and legacy, she empowered others to stand up for their rights and find their true purpose. She taught us to be our own person, to be resilient, and never let anyone take away our strength or happiness. She showed us that with determination, we can all overcome our obstacles and be proud of who we are. Rest in Power, Queen.