Black History Month starts today, February 1, 2022, and will be celebrated all month long, ending on March 1, 2022. We will be spotlighting prominent figures who shaped the world we live in today. Today we spotlight Cheslie K. Let’s take a moment to remember a bright light that became the face and voice for the USA in 2019. Miss Cheslie Kryst. She was an American lawyer, correspondent for EXTRA, model, beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss USA 2019. One of three black women who won in the same year. She was a bright light and will be remembered by so many for her “sparkle”, “megawatt smile”, beauty and imprint she left on the world. She studied law at Wake Forest University in North Carolina from 2013 to 2017. The brilliant, intelligent 30-year-old rose to fame and used her voice to do what she passionately loves to do, advocate for social change. Some question if there was foul play, and we know from a source that saw her on the terrace of the 29th floor that she was alone. She lived a life that only one could imagine one day living. She was seen in numerous pictures smiling, vibrant and so full of life. From the outside looking in one would think that she had it all together and had no worries in the world. Let this be a reminder that just because people smile on the outside doesn’t mean they aren’t hurting in the inside. Take time out of your busy schedule to check in on family and friends, co-workers, and those you don’t talk to on a regular basis. Depression, stress, and anxiety are sometimes silent and go unnoticed. Do your due diligence to make sure you are doing what you can in making the world a better place for those who live in it. Suffering in silence takes a toll on people mentally. It’s not ok. Be there for others, reach out to them, stop judging, be understanding and considerate, be empathetic and sympathetic to other people feelings. When tragedy strikes, it hits hard and when it does it wakes us up. You never know what a person is going through, their mental state or how heavy the burdens of life really are for some. What a beautiful picture that she posted to her Instagram page @ https://www.instagram.com/chesliekryst/But the message is disturbing. Who was she speaking to when she posted that message shortly before she plunged to her death? “May this day bring you rest and peace”. That day was a tragic day. That day doesn’t bring rest or peace. It brings tears, sorrow, hurt, pain and so much more. Was SHE tired of all the burdens and heaviness the world placed on her? Did she believe that she would finally have rest and peace by leaving a world she probably felt was so cold? The racing thoughts of many. A beautiful light that shined bright is forever gone and will be forever missed. Rest in peace Cheslie K.