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Miss Jessie’s Shares Beautiful Tribute Video for Recently Deceased Founder Titi Branch

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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.

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cryssi
cryssi
5 years ago

Still so very heartbreaking

Lisa
Lisa
5 years ago

My heart goes out to Miko for the lose of beautiful TiTI.Mental illness and depression is real. I was so low at one point that I stop taking care of my personal hygiene and I locked myself in my room for days.I wouldn’t shower,comb my hair, or even brush my teeth.I would wear the same dirty clothing for days,and people were even talking how I gave off a terrible smell.I dropped most of my friends,besides they were bad mouthing me anyways. I would leave the house to get food or go to my little part time job.I was in such… Read more »

vB
vB
5 years ago
Reply to  Lisa

Thank you for sharing your story. The fact that you’re still here means that you are special and have a purpose. You are courageous and I hope your story helps others too

abraxas
abraxas
5 years ago
Reply to  Lisa

Thank you Lisa for being one of many who do not have the voice and courage to express how real depression is. Sorry but it’s a silent plague in the black community with other silent killers killing us off. The shame that is associated with mental conditions is rampant in all especially in the black community because of the lack of education ‚awareness, and where to seek help if needed. Another concern which I noticed anti meds majority of the time meds is need on a neuro-chemical level the body has to be reprogrammed or rebooted back to normal. Lots… Read more »

Mary Ferguson
Mary Ferguson
5 years ago

Video is very touching especially with the pictures of when Titi and Miko were children. This is still so very heartbreaking and just so very hard to accept..my heart is still very heavy with hearing this news. As a Brooklynite, her death hits home for me and the fact that we were in a similar age category. She was very beautiful but you just don’t know what people are suffering and how much pain they are in. My heart goes out.to her sister Miko. I can’t even begin to imagine the pain that she’s feeling at the lost. They seem… Read more »

Lele215
Lele215
5 years ago

What a touching video. What a beautiful, vibrant woman. I have to say this. The only person who will ever know why Titi Branch ended her life is Titi. I don’t think we should assume that this passing was the result of depression. We live in a world where millions of people with clinical depression (diagnosed or not, in treatment or not) do not make the decision to end their lives or injure themselves in any way. Also, many people who commit suicide are not depressed. I say this not to stop people from seeking treatment if they opt to… Read more »

Cheri Ann
Cheri Ann
5 years ago
Reply to  Lele215

Perfectly stated.

lockstress
lockstress
5 years ago

We NEED to be there as human beings for oneanother. You never know what a person is going through. Give the gift of a smile or kind word. You never know how that may help.
My heart us heavy for her family. May God receiver her in his loving arms.
*We are living in such hateful times. Stay in the light. Let LOVE RULE!*

Melissa
Melissa
5 years ago

I’m still so saddened over this. When I took my mom to their salon, Titi treated her wonderfully and reduced the price for me. Such a beautiful person.

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