My Memory of Ed Brown
Stroke Survivor Kamaria Richmond Had to Relearn Many Things after Her Health Event, But Learned to Find Her True Voice Working with Publisher/TV Host Ed Brown
By Kamaria Richmond
I met Mr. Ed Brown on May 14, 2014. He heard about my story. Intrigued and curious about the “Stroke Diva,” I was invited to be a guest on the award-winning Ed Brown Television Show located in Bowie, Md. That conversation and interview led to working with him for the next four years until he passed away Sept. 21.
But my story began in 2004.
I had a stroke during that year at the age of 37. As a result, I have long-term and short-term memory loss and other challenges. The Creator, my mother as my patient advocate, doctors, therapists, family, and friends are a testament to the power of healing. Through the process of healing, I have undergone cognitive, speech, occupational, physical and vision therapy.
A dear friend created an on-line internet radio show for me called The Stroke Diva Fabulous Show. My show is a part of my cognitive therapy. I highlight and provide a platform for entrepreneurs. The show allows me to meet others online whom I would not be able to connect with in a social setting. I would not have been able to do the show without coaching, kindness, strength and determination. Stepping out of the box without fear, I graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland in 1990 with a B.A. in Radio, Television and Film.
During the interview, I shared my story and challenges with Mr. Brown, and because of my major, I let him know that I would love to be a volunteer on his show. He didn’t miss a beat. He said “Great, I will see you next Wednesday. Along with my mother, Joan H. Richmond, we worked on and off set as co-host, co-producer, crew member and guest at the Bowie Community Media Studio.
Mr. Brown and I did commentary episodes to talk about healthcare, community outreach, activism, national and international news.
I am thankful I volunteered. It became more fulfilling each week. For the first time in 30 years, I worked behind the camera. And working in the control room was a treat. I started social media sites to engage new viewers to see shows and photographs. We worked together sharing our guests on my radio show and his television show. A dream came true.
Mr. Brown was a pillar in Prince George’s County. He believed in giving back.
He believed in the power of young people making a difference in society, education, communication, economic empowerment, and development. A champion of civil rights and political truth. Many of his shows focused on the power of the vote. We could use his elevated conscious voice now.
Mr. Edwin Hezekiah Brown was a friend, mentor and one of the most genuine, peaceful, positive, progressive, sincere, loving and kindest souls on the planet. A person of high intellect and passion. A person with moral compass and character. A true-life seeker, speaker and teacher.
He will be a beacon of light for others to carry on his legacy. I saw a beautiful “rainbow in the sky” leaving his repast. A loving memory of a loving heart. A loving spirit forever more.