Wednesday, 19 November 2014

DEAR BROTHER...

"There are certain artists who belong to all the people, everywhere, all the time"
Maya Angelou

Dearest Joe, 
It is with some sadness that I write this however; often I smile as I ponder the memories. Although on a number of occasions I thanked you and told you just how grateful I am to you for having given me such a mahoosive opportunity in bringing me on board at déjà vu with The Real Talk Radio Show UK, I was too busy playing ‘bad gyal’ (ahem) at times to actually tell you in detail just how much your belief and confidence means to me and the impact your support has had.

JOE & I - RTRUK - FORMER DÉJÁ STUDIO

Dearest brother,
If not for you there would only exist “that Real Talk Charley woman”. Instead, because of you, I have added to my little legacy a radio show, live hosting and that of an on-screen project in the shape of The Real Talk TV Series UK and it looks like there may be other brilliant offers on the horizon! (God willing).

JOE AT THE NLPR EVENT - STAND4SOMETHING: MORE THAN LIPGLOSS!
“All Great artists draw from the same resource: the human heart, which tells us all that we are more alike than we are unalike” – 
Maya Angelou

Joe, one of my little-big brothers you were (still are) and with you, even though we would disagree on so much, it was all healthy debates not fallout’s, conscious speaking not ill words over things we knew we could not change, plus jokes about Dr Phil (Reveal mag) each and every Tuesday live on air albeit with compassion towards those who sought his ‘help’. The laughter we shared was amazing and although at times doing the radio show stressed us both, we always came through on air after you would deliver some motivational talk! Over biscuits and sweets, tea and the odd soft drink, or a chip roll after a show, we had many conversations where we shared details of our aspirations, our journey so far and a desire to bring others on board for the ride. You instilled so much faith in me, gave me so many reasons to smile (and complain, lol), had my back with my endeavours and always made sure that I was okay irrespective of what you might have been going through yourself - Mr Always Maintain A Positive Outlook! That's you!! x

JOE WITH SOME OF HIS 'BROTHERS' (L-R): TEE J, FRANCIS, JASON YORK, KIELL, ASHLEY J

Dearest Joe,
The way you have made so many proud of you, given great opportunities, inspired, encouraged and uplifted us all. Your beyond beautiful children and wife have always been such a huge credit to you and you to them! As I've said to you way too many times, ha-ha; “you four are too gorgeous, I love your little family”.

JOE WITH HIS WIFE, 'CHELLE

Dearest brother,
I expected nothing less than a grand and special service, a huge turnout, BIG riddims courtesy of your awesome self and feel-good food to praise, celebrate and give thanks for your life! I'll try not to miss you because, I will forever remember you. I’m so grateful and motivated by what you have left for us all – music, passion to support others, a top up of self-belief, your gorgeous family, the open doors, great memories and then some; you definitely left your mark and with it touched the hearts of many who, I'm sure, will carry you with them. Always...
        
JOE WITH HIS 'BROTHER' TEEJ (L) + HIS BEST FRIEND AND 'BROTHER' MATTHEW AKA IRATE
The human heart is so delicate and sensitive that it always needs some tangible encouragement to prevent it from faltering in its labour. The human heart is so robust, so tough, that once encouraged it beats its rhythm with a loud unswerving insistency. One thing that encourages the heart is music” – Maya Angelou

My darling Joe, thank you. “It’s all love, man!”

Char xXx
JOE & I HAVING ONE OF MANY LAUGHS AFTER A SHOW! - RTRUK, FORMER DÉJÁ STUDIO
Joe's 2 favourite Real Talk Radio UK shows!
(1) with special guest, novelist Courttia Newland:
(2) with former Young Mayor of Lewisham, Jacob Sakil:

Joseph Steven Kendrick aka Joe Grime
11th May 1986 - 4th November 2014

Some images taken by myself. Others taken from social media.