Bishop S. F. Makalani-MaHee | 1972-2017
Continue to walk in the light, redefine your faith, and remember it's all about the Rhythm
by Herb Sosa

As many articles and interviews as I have had the pleasure of
writing for AMBIENTE since 2003, I don't recall any of them being
this difficult. This painful. This personal.

We lost the most amazing human being in the world on the
evening of November 20th, 2017 - on Transgender Day of

Our Angel Bishop S. F. Makalani-MaHee has gone home and will
forever be In our hearts. He had an army of people who loved him
dearly and it’s been difficult for everyone.

This is my attempt to grieve, smile, reflect and share the life that
was and will forever guide those that were fortunate enough to
have crossed paths with him.

Bishop, 45, was from the Castle Hill section of the Bronx. He
grew up taking the train into the city becoming a theater kid, and
was mentored by talent such as Ella Joyce and Loretta Devine.
Bishop told me he went to high school and was friends with
rapper, actor Mos Def (Dante to SF). He left NYC for Atlanta
around the age of 17-18. Becoming an activist there. On
November 2, 2017, he collapsed with a heart attack after
performing at an event in Fort Lauderdale.

Bishops own bio reads: It's All About The Rhythm
Bishop S.F. Makalani-MaHee: Utilizing multiple tools to build
bridges through spirituality, the arts, and grass roots organizing.
Empowering people back to themselves through all means
necessary. Whether it is in the Pulpit, Boardroom, Stage or simply
taking it to the streets my goal-using the arts as spiritual soul
food; is to affirm that we are all unique,divine creations of God
worthy of every good and perfect gift. Continue To Walk In The
Light, Redefine Your Faith, and Remember It's All About The

I woke up this morning in shock .... My heart feels strangled and my soul is in the darkest
place ever.... and the strangest thing .. and I swear ... I don’t know how this grief post got in
here.... I only choose pics of me and my darling.. I’m a little freaked out..... I am so broken
right now..... I don’t know how to do this.
- Rachel Simpson

This was a person with a spirit that no one ever had in this life time thank you for marrying our
girls the true saying goes only the good die young and my darling Bishop u were and always
will be the best sing with the angels u will be missed in our hearts forever u fabulous u mom
and dad u were so loved by so many.
- J.R. Olivieri

My heart Breaks tonight but, we
got a powerful Angel tonight
watching over us!
There are NO words to describe
my heart right now. We shared
awesome memories together!
You opened your arms to me with
Advocacy work for our Trans
Community! Thank you from the
bottom of my heart for mentoring
me and ALL that you have done
for Jake and myself.
We will carry your legacy! With
all my love Your sis  
- Deanna Guzman-Muñiz

                                                                                                                                 He was truly a great inspiration
                                                                                  to me and many others.
                                                                                  He will forever be missed.
                                                                                                          - Veronica Robinson

Bishop was my brother and I love him dearly and
I will carry an emptiness in my heart like the
emptiness he leaves in this world until I see his
smile again. I knew him much longer than most
know. He was one of the kindest and sweetest
human beings I have ever known.
Rest in peace, my brother.
- Dr. Morgan Mayfaire

The words of Bishop, off the back of his poetry book, Don't:

"Bishop SF Makalani-MaHee was the youngest commissioned pastor in Unity Fellowship Church history. He is also the Founder/Chair
for Black Gay Pride South Florida.

The Bishop has had a long and successful career in the arts as a classically-trained actor, dancer, and singer in musical theatre, starring
in such musicals as Grease and in such productions for Ujamma Black Theatre. He has taught theater courses as well as lectured for
Georgia State University,  Soapstone Center for the Performing Arts, Spellman and Morehouse Colleges while living Atlanta, GA.

The Bbishop founded a Youth Theatre troupe called Heart Theatre, which performed its inaugural piece Journeys, and HIV AIDS
educational play conceived and directed by the Bishop. He is currently enjoying developing his solo show Busting Hell Wide Open and
which he explores his experiences growing up in the Pentecostal black church in the projects of the Bronx and coming out as a lesbian
now living as a transgender man in those environments.

Whether it is in the Pulpit, Board Room, stage or simply taking it to the streets, his goal is to live a life of service."

You are all love; everything Bishop S. F. Makalani-MaHee was. Smile today.
Life is truly so precious, even in its most ugly moments. With broken hearts, we found the
beauty in helping our brother walk his way to his next journey. And, I am honored to have
been able to be there with him.                                                                    
 - Donnie Morris

                                                                                                                                              Bishop was a beacon of knowledge, kindness and
                                                                                                                                              inspiration to all he met. The BEST way we can all
                                                                                                                                              honor his life is by trying to be a more positive person
                                                                                                                                              every day - as he always was, to bring universal  
                                                                                                                                              kindness into all we do, and a relentless willingness
                                                                                                                                              to spread love. You will sorely be missed, but never
                                                                                                                                              forgotten, my friend.                        
 - Herb Sosa

                                                                                                                                            Memorial Service for Bishop S. F. Makalani-MaHee
                                                                                                                                            at Sunshine Cathedral -
                                                                                                                                            1480 SW 9th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
                                                                                                                                            on SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2017 at 4pm
                                                                                                                                                                                          - all are welcome!

he Bishop SF Memorial Fund

The Bishop SF Memorial Fund

Bishop SF Makalani-Mahee -  activist, minister, artist, educator, orator, author, playwright, poet, musician, brother - passed away on
November 20th, 2017.

If you knew his name; if you've ever sat and spoken with this spitfire for 10 minutes or more; if you've ever had the pleasure and honor of
having him unleash one of his prayers over your dinner table; if you've ever had him stand right beside you in whatever fight you found
yourself in, whether it was political, emotional, sometimes even physical as he stood with me, then you know what kind of person Bishop
SF Makalani-Mahee was.

We lost a one-of-a-kind Christian soldier for truth, justice and righteousness; he will be forever missed.
We want to honor him by saying "Thank You." Thank you for everything he's done for our communities - Christian, Black, LGBTQ,
womens, the arts, children, education, health outreach, political, etc.  - with a memorial/community gathering that will cost.

But, he's worth it.

If he's ever touched your lives like he's touched mine and you find it in your heart, please give a small donation.

SF would've touched his chest, bowed his head a bit, then looked you directly in the eyes over his glasses and said "Thank You."

Rest in Power, my beautiful brother.

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