It is with a most heavy heart that I bring you the news of my dear friend’s passing. Domineque passed away on April 9th, 2014 after complications brought on by Lupus. Though she was a long-time sufferer of this disease, her condition turned for the worst in recent months with her kidneys functioning at a terribly low rate. Tragically, Domineque fell unconscious the night of April 7th but thankfully her amazing partner was there by her side to perform CPR and call 911. Domineque was placed on life support and was not able to breathe on her own. At 12:30pm, on April 9th, after having suffered a heart attack, she had passed. She was 27 years old. This is a truly difficult time for her spouse, family, and friends— it is beyond surreal and heartbreaking to write what has transpired. I have set up this fundraiser to help with both the funeral and cremation costs. We sincerely thank you for your help, it is humbly appreciated.
"On New Year’s Eve of 2009, Oakland native Renina Jarmon was alone in a new city, smarting from a breakup and feeling a little lost and definitely not in the mood to party. But she slithered into her fancy silver leggings, thus prompting a friend to ask her if she came from the future. What started as an innocuous comment became a symbolic statement became the internationally used Twitter hashtag #blackgirlsarefromthefuture, and now, a collection of essays about race, food, feminism, sexuality, storytelling, pop culture, power, and, yes, leggings. Join Jarmon as she reads along with Juliana “Jewels” Smith, author of (H)afrocentric, at Betti Ono Gallery (1427 Broadway, Oakland) this weekend; BYO metallic legwear."