In my continuing effort to bring to light the mental illness in people that look like me, I present to you one of my all time favorite singers, Donnie Hathaway. Though it’s still discussed as to how and why he ended up dead, one thing for sure is he suffered with and from extreme mental illness. It was also reported that just before his death, he thought white folk were out to get him. A part of his illness? Plain ol’ paranoia? We can’t be sure, but one thing for sure is he was suffering. Let’s not suffer in silence. My motto: If left untreated, mental illness will kill you just as fast as any cancer or other terminal illness, you can trust in that. And yes, that includes a reckless lifestyle.
I thought about how I would like to bring Mr. Hathaway to you and I’m still not sure, though his story does need to be told, but not harped on. His music was his gift to us and his music is all he owe us. So I’ll just bring his music and leave the wiki link for those who want to know more about this Black genius. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donny_Hathaway Please feel free to add any song that you like.