The natural hair community is still overcoming its sadness and shock at the recent passing of Miss Jessie’s founder Titi Branch. Although the company hasn’t made a statement on the passing of its co-founder, they did post a beautiful and tear-jerking tribute video for Titi Branch, set to Stevie Wonder’s classic ballad “As”, on their official Facebook page. The video shows Titi Branch throughout her life, often with sister Miko by her side, and includes some snapshots of a younger Titi working on Miss Jessie’s in its early years.
Although Miss Jessie’s and Titi’s family have not made any official statements, they have also not denied reports that Titi took her own life. It’s a painful thought given how vibrant and dynamic Titi was, and how many up-and-coming natural entrepreneurs she inspired. If you or anyone who know is struggling with depression or thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 (800) 273‑8255. It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.