Black Twitter is mourning the sudden death of journalist and influencer Ayesha K. Faines.
The former traffic anchor at News4Jax died unexpectedly on July 2nd. She was best known as a panelist on the web series The Grapevine Show.
She was also a contributor for MTV, Essence, Entertainment Tonight, Hot 97, and The Michael Baisden Show.
Her cause of death was not made public, however Facebook friends say she took the Covid-19 mRNA injections recently.
After she was fully vaccinated in April, Faines tweeted:
“I had dinner with a friend for the first time in a year Sunday. Today I visited my opinionated octogenarian seamstress who I haven’t seen since last March. The joy! Actually getting ready to wear clothes OUT again Weary face. Things are NOT normal—but a bit closer.”
Good to know! I didn't get a sticker! But I also didn't share my card. Keep the cards off the gram! Just know that I'm melanated and vaccinated. https://t.co/PMxWdjf5Cj
— ?????? ?. ?????? (@ayeshakfaines) March 30, 2021
Faines graduated from Yale University and was a competitive salsa dancer. She taught ballet to preteens and she was the founder of her brand Women Love Power, a digital learning company that helped women develop their sense of self separate from a man.
Black Twitter flooded her timeline with condolences.
One user wrote:
“Ayesha K Faines was a Black woman who organized complex information so anyone could understand.
“She had a great dharma as a teacher & she fulfilled her purpose. She followed her own rules & listened to her internal calling. The loss of this woman will be felt for generations.”
Another person wrote:
“Never met Ayesha K. Faines a day in my life but I’ve been following her on twitter for years.
“I always loved and appreciated her wisdom on the Grapevine panels. Such a powerful, beautiful and brilliant woman. Prayers for her family & loved ones. R.I.P”