Shout out to Voletta Wallace—mother, teacher, and breast cancer survivor.
As a young lady growing up in Trelawny Parish, Jamaica, you dreamed of becoming prosperous and affluent with a house on a hill. These ambitions were the impetus to your decision to migrate to Brooklyn, New York as a teenager, leaving your mother Gwendolyn, your brother Dave, and others members of your close-knit family.
Departing your loved ones notwithstanding, you bravely ventured to spread your wings. Then your son spread love. He took the relentless approach and found the buried treasure—his lyrical talents that enabled him to touch millions; and you still love to show him off, of course. As a boy, during summer trips to Jamaica, Christopher observed and absorbed the music and culture. To him, it felt stupendous and spoke to his soul, effectively becoming a seminal source of inspiration.
On the same day—September 13, 1994—that the controversial Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act was signed into law, The Notorious B.I.G. released his first LP, instantly becoming a classic. This urban policy disproportionately negatively affected communities of color through mass incarceration. Given its destructive consequence, the 1994 Crime Bill fell short of saving the life of your only begotten son. Nonetheless, through his music he grew to become the livest one in Bedford-Stuyvesant as he reached for the stars and remained lyrically acclaimed with a story to tell. Knee deep in the beats, he sold over 30 million albums worldwide and changed the course of Hip-Hop forever.
Using your strength and determination, you took a better stand and went from negative to positive. It was all a dream, but you held onto your dream and stayed far from timid. You’re deserving of a #1 mom pendant; and as a mother, and now beautiful grandmother, you possess a spectacular style and grace. Like a wine face Rolex, you just shine. Birthdays were once the worst days, but now you’re celebrating every day.
Happy Birthday Ms. Wallace!! If they don’t know, now they know.