About the Book
Forever Seventeen chronicles her relationship with her daughter Bianca, the struggles they endured, and how she began to move after Bianca’s tragic death in a car crash.
At age twenty-three, I had high hopes of completing my collegiate studies, getting married, having children, and living in a middle-class subdivision. I could see myself getting married to a tall, handsome, educated man who felt like he could never give me too much… I was young, optimistic, and determined not to let anything stand in my way. I was armed with an associate’s degree and had plans to attend Georgia State University. Yet, I was feeling abnormal… After weeks of a continual feeling of gloom, I sought a second opinion. After a blood test, Dr. Yu informed me that I was pregnant.
Latangela (Tangi) Coleman-Crossfield gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and named her Bianca. Overwhelmed with the demands of motherhood and suffering from a serious bout of postpartum depression, she made the tough decision to ask her parents to raise Bianca. Forever Seventeen chronicles their mother-daughter relationship and the struggles they endured as Bianca moved back and forth between her grandparents’ and her mother’s homes.
Tangi remained actively involved in her daughter’s life and began to build a life for herself. She met and married a man named Albert, she received her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees, and she pursued a career. And whether they were living far apart or together, she and Bianca maintained a strong relationship.
On March 11, 2006, three months before her graduation from high school, Bianca’s life was cut short by a tragic accident. Faced with overwhelming grief, Tangi found a way to honor the beautiful legacy of her only child Bianca, who will be Forever Seventeen.