Sometimes celebrity deaths come in threes and recently I feel as though a huge chunk of formative years were kicked around a bit due to the current demise of Maya Angelou, Ruby Dee, and Casey Kasem.
Maya Angelou showed me that writing is a gift for healing, sharing, and inspiring. Whenever I see her image or read her words, I’m always reminded of how important it is to take risks and the beauty of living a full, interesting life.
Ruby Dee taught me elegance and grace. She is an on-screen inspiration for me and will forever be someone I will look up to as a human being.
Casey Kasem will remain as the face of the American Top 40 countdown in my eyes. His voice and enthusiasm for music both soothed and energized me on school nights that I tried to go to sleep. Besides my parents, I owe a lot of my love of recorded music to this man.
Rest in peace Maya, Ruby, and Casey. Your legacies will never be forgotten.