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 Remembrance.
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 Rhythm.
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!
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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."