A Tribute To "Mama Brenda" (Editorial)


Mama Brenda Matthews was a speaker who didn't need a microphone. She had a loud, resonant style of presentation which made her words echo days after you heard them. 
When she passed last Thursday at the age of 53, Mama Brenda's friends and family became her echo and continue to keep her memory alive through tributes.

When I first heard Mama Brenda in 2009, I was captivated. I had never heard a poet deliver words in such a passionate manner. She spoke with a sense of urgency but exuded a familiar charisma with the audience. You didn't feel uncomfortable calling her "Mama" because she treated her listeners as if they were family. 

Mama Brenda didn't believe in watering down the truth. She spoke the truth without boundaries and lifted her voice so loud that you could not ignore her.

I will miss her physical presence but I'm glad that she shared a gift that will always live on.

I send prayers and condolences to her friends, family, fans, and supporters. 



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Funeral arrangements have been announced:
Friday, November 28, 2014
Visitation 
4:00 to 7:00 p.m. 
Calahan Funeral Home

7030 S. Halsted St, Chicago, IL
1-773-723-4400

Celebration
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Evangel World Outreach Center
4538 West Fullerton, Chicago, IL
1-773-252-5727

Saturday, November 29, 2014
Wake/Funeral
10:00 a.m. / 11:00 a.m.
Evangel World Outreach Center
4538 West Fullerton, Chicago, IL
1-773-252-5727




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