Featured in The Source Magazine’s new Power 30 issue #274, journalist Courtney Brown covers the life of the talented and beautiful Kim Porter. Her death shocked the world when she passed away just one month shy of her 47th birthday. Adored for her electrifying smile and soothing spirit, hip hop’s First Lady will forever be missed.

Check out an excerpt from the article below.

Behind every bad boy there’s usually a women assisting and uplifting him as he attempts to conquer the world.  Before we knew her as the righthand and mother to Sean ‘Diddy’ Comb’s four children and Al B. Sure’s son Quincy, model/actress Kim Porter was known as the ultimate trendsetter of Columbus, Georgia.  The hip-hop scene in the 90’s was a monumental time where original fashions were born and new sounds were created.  During a time when colorism was noticeably enforced in the music industry, Kim’s bronzed-beauty was a breath of fresh air as she appeared in various music videos including the Heavy D video ‘Truthful’.  She modeled for major campaigns like Revlon and Tommy Hillfiger before solidifying herself on the runway as a supermodel.  When she began dating Diddy in the late 90’s, African-American girls silently cheered as her flawless chocolate-colored skin was pushed to the forefront covering magazines and various red carpets representing a generation of brown girls.

Kim and The Combs family became our unofficial cousins. We watched Diddy’s excitement when the couple announced their son Christian’s arrival and then their twins D’Lila Star and Jessie James. Always the life of every party, Kim also co-owned an event and marketing firm Three Brown Girls with her closest friends .  She also appeared on the TV series Law & Order, Wicked Wicked Games and VH1’s Single Ladies and a slew of other movies.  Widely known in Atlanta, Georgia for knowing the top movers and shakers in the industry, Kim was also monumental in helping a slew of today’s biggest artists get their break in the entertainment business including Janelle Monae.  “When I moved to ATL, I was passionate about being an artist but had not gained much exposure,” Monáe wrote on Instagram. “If it had not been for you and the Three Brown Girls (Your company w/ Nicole Johnson & Eboni Elektra) belief in me & inviting me out to do your open mic night ‘Lip Service’ at Justin’s restaurant, my career would have been on another path.  “You lovingly connected me with two key players that helped move my career forward.”

For the rest of the story, pick up the new issue of The Source Magazine out on stands and selected retailers now!

Check out one of our favorite throwbacks Heavy D ‘Truthful’ starring Kim Porter.
They are both missed.