‘Queen Sugar’ actor Nicholas Ashe’s mom dies: ‘A phenomenal woman’

    'She was the life of the party and the talk of the town.'

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    Queen Sugar star Nicholas Ashe has shared the heartbreaking news on social media that his mother Jade passed away. 

    “My Mom was a phenomenal woman. Accomplished. Beautiful. Capable of anything. She was the type of person you decided you loved within minutes of meeting Her,” he wrote on Instagram on Oct. 26. 

    “She opened Her doors to anyone who needed food, or money, or a place to sleep. She got tattoos and rode motorcycles. She was the life of the party and the talk of the town. She loved all nine of her children, but it’s no secret that I held a special place in Her heart,” Ashe continued.

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    My Mom was a phenomenal woman. Accomplished. Beautiful. Capable of anything. She was the type of person you decided you loved within minutes of meeting Her. She opened Her doors to anyone who needed food, or money, or a place to sleep. She got tattoos and rode motorcycles. She was the life of the party and the talk of the town. She loved all nine of her children, but it’s no secret that I held a special place in Her heart. The passcode to Her phone was 6-4-2-5 which spells N-I-C-K. She adored me and was very proud of me. The feeling was mutual. She molded me into an amazing man, despite the absence of one. She propelled my acting career by driving me to hundreds of auditions and rehearsals and performances. She supported everything I did with enthusiasm. When I came out to Her, She reacted compassionately as if I had just told Her the sky was blue… Mom: you are gone and yet you remain. Stay tuned. There’s so much more in store. And it’s all for you. You’ll see. I love you; I love you; I love you.

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    He then noted that the passcode to his mother’s cell phone was “6-4-2-5 which spells N-I-C-K,” Ashe wrote. Adding, “She adored me and was very proud of me. The feeling was mutual,” he added. 

    “She molded me into an amazing man, despite the absence of one. She propelled my acting career by driving me to hundreds of auditions and rehearsals and performances. She supported everything I did with enthusiasm. When I came out to Her, She reacted compassionately,” he recalled. 

    TheGRIO previously reported, Ashe and actor Justice Smith publicly came out with their relationship in June, insisting that Black queer lives must be part of any revolution. Smith made a post in honor of Pride Month and to stand with those protesting against police brutality. Over the summer, the duo called for more recognition of the LGBTQ community within the Black Lives Matter movement.  

    “@nckash and I protested today in New Orleans. We chanted ‘Black Trans Lives Matter’ ‘Black Queer Lives Matter’ ‘All Black Lives Matter’. As a black queer man myself, I was disappointed to see certain people eager to say Black Lives Matter, but hold their tongue when Trans/Queer was added,” Smith posted.

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    “I want to reiterate this sentiment: if your revolution does not include Black Queer voices, it is anti-black. If your revolution is okay with letting black trans people like #TonyMcDade slip through the cracks in order to solely liberate black cishet men, it is anti-black,” he continued.

    “You are trying to push yourself through the door of a system designed against you, and then shut the door behind you. It is in our conditioning to get as close to whiteness, straightness, maleness as we can because that’s where the power is.”

    Meanwhile, Ashe concluded his sweet Instagram message to his mother with, “Mom: you are gone and yet you remain. Stay tuned. There’s so much more in store. And it’s all for you. You’ll see. I love you; I love you; I love you.” 

    His tribute did not reveal details about her cause of death.

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