First and foremost, I have to give praise to God for without Him, this story would never be told.
I would like to thank my loving and caring husband, Ayokunle, “Kay”, for loving me and adoring me; for standing by me and supporting me to write this book. You are the love of my life and my soulmate.
I also thank my beautiful and smart daughter Jazmine, who is my cheerleader and mini-me.
I’d like to thank my cousins: Chris White, Tony White, Vince White, and Tonya White in Dallas, Texas. Thank you for always being there when I needed you…I love you guys so much!
I have to give a huge shout out to Tanisha Stewart, my sister from another mother. Throughout our 29 years of sisterhood, you have been my rock and there for “mom” and me. I love you sis!
The Kuye family in Nigeria, “Thank you for welcoming me as your daughter and sister!”
I have to thank Tara Johnson for always supporting me through some hard times a few years ago and always having my back; Marzella Wilson-Lee for being there for me when my mother died; Nancy Vargas whose friendship goes back 27 years with me; and Consuella “Connie” Mackey who knew my mother for more than 40 years and has been a part of my life since I was a little girl.
To Claudette Moody, who came into my life almost 30 years ago through the “Big Sister” program and is my example of a “true professional sista.” I have always admired you and I am so thankful to still have you in my life today.
Crystalrose Romero, who supports me in everything I do, I appreciate you so much.
To Linda Johnson, Dylan Bladen, Christopher Bladen, Ben, and Leah who are my second family… Linda, thank you so much for welcoming me into your family!
I want to also thank Raheem, Pamela Urso, Claire Fernandez, Izzy Fernandez, the Argusta family, and Chimene Ruffin, my ear piece and voice of reason.
Rhonda Thomas and Malikia Celestine, thank you for taking me in as your sister at Amestoy. Each one of you has made an impact in my life.
Also, a huge shout-out to Lela Nguyen, my best friend and confidant back on Norton Avenue! Natalie Brown and Dee-Dee Jones, thanks for welcoming me as your half-sister!
Uncle Wendell, may you rest in peace. Thank you for embracing me and accepting me as your niece.
Brian Argusta, thank you for our daughter Jazmine who I am grateful every day to have in my life; thank you for your friendship and support over the years.
To Gloria Allred for helping me introduce my mother’s story to the world and Desireé Harris-Bonner, for giving me guidance to tell it.
Last, but not least, to my beautiful, wonderful, strong-minded mother, Ms. Kandynce Jones. This book is 100% dedicated to you, because it would not have been possible without you taking a stand against injustice! I miss you so damn much!
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