For MacLemore, with Love

On May, 6th  Lloyd Cornelius Porter gained his wings leaving his family, friends and the  Bedford-Stuyvesant community heart broken by his passing. He left behind his beloved wife and soulmate Hillary,  his daughter and angel MacLemore, and the countless lives he touched.  In Lloyd's honor and memory we are starting a scholarship fund to support MacLemore's education and future.

We are sad but Lloyd's was a life lived with love and generosity that is deserving of celebration. Lloyd and Hillary owned Bread-Stuy, a little cafe that became the town hall of our community. In this shop,  love was poured into each cup served, smiles given with each pastry, hugs, laughs, jokes and fellowship lived every corner of the shop spilling onto the sidewalks. It was on those sidewalks that we ate, drank, danced and celebrated life and community daily.  That shop and the book store right next door breathed life into our section of Bed-Stuy - which the New York Times referred to as Sesame Street. As a friend said, Lloyd was our very own Mr. Hooper with a ready smile and common sense words of wisdom every day, even on the worst day.  That little shop and the Porters gave birth to careers, relationships and yes, babies. In 2008, more than 13 babies were born and Bread Stuy was the thing each and every parent had in common. We often joked it was the coffee.

Lloyd, Hillary and MacLemore were set to move to California next month. They were kissing their beloved Brooklyn goodbye and returning to the place where Lloyd and Hillary began their story.  Yes, May 6th feels dark but the Porters painted rainbows over our Bed-Stuy skies, and around the world with each person they touched... and for this reason we will return his love and treasure his memory by supporting his family. This is for MacLemore, with love.
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Organizer and beneficiary

Leticia Theodore-Greene 
Brooklyn, NY
Hillary Porter 
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