RIP Baba Inde: Court Street Loses a Beloved Friend and Neighbor

Anyone used to passing by the Court Street Trader Joe’s, where these days an interminable line of customers often stretches around the block, may notice someone missing from the small flock of vendors near its entrance.

Baba Inde, who would greet everyone and anyone with his famous refrain — “Love is my religion,” originally the title of a Ziggy Marley album – died following a fire at his apartment on December 19, at age 71. An immigrant from St. Lucia who lived in Crown Heights, Baba befriended everyone from neighboring vendors to Trader Joe’s employees, the latter of whom constructed a memorial for him on the corner. Baba leaves behind a daughter, Naeemah Bey, as well as three sons: Abolaji Alexander, Laplie Anderson, and Iman Inde. Mourning him as well are four sisters, two brothers, and seven grandchildren.

Anyone used to passing by the Court Street Trader Joe’s, where these days an interminable line of customers often stretches around the block, may notice someone missing from the small flock of vendors near its entrance.

Baba Inde, who would greet everyone and anyone with his famous refrain — “Love […]

$
$
$

Your contribution is appreciated.

Make a Donation

BK Reader is brought to you for free daily. Please consider supporting independent local news by making a donation here. Whether it is $1 or $100, no donation is too big or too small!

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *