MISSSEY’s 2nd Annual Inspire Change Gala – June 15th Oakland

Hello Readers and Supporters! If you are in the Bay Area this month I encourage you to come out June 15th to MISSSEY’s 2nd Annual Inspire Change Gala at the Oakland Rotunda Building. MISSSEY (Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting, and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth) is an organization that advocates and facilitates the empowerment and inner transformation of sexually exploited youth by holistically addressing their specific needs.  They have direct services, training/workshops, mentorship programs, and even an employment programs that support at-risk youth.

This year they are celebrating their 2nd annual Inspire Change gala which will feature a live auction, feature two keynote speakers, Minh Dang, Executive Director of Don’t Sell Bodies and Jessica Midkiff recognized by Los Angeles County Probation Department and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for her work and dedication. A lot of leaders in the community have sponsored and supported this evening so the Rotunda building will be filled with nothing but positive energy.

If you’d like to attend, purchase tables, or would like to have your business/brand sponsor or donate please visit the gala website for more information. http://missseygala.weebly.com/

Make sure you follow MISSSEY on twitter @misssey_org and “Like” their Facebook page to get involved.

Celebrate Black History Month 2013! (Bay Area Events)

Hey folks! I put together a list of Black History Month events I find interesting and which I plan on attending in the Bay Area.  I’m always looking for activities to keep my mind engaged so why not go to hair show, network with young black professionals, support black film, and sip cocktails at the same da– … you get the picture!

I  post to twitter of all the happenings I find out about– but here’s what on my #BHM itinerary so far.

Mills College Back History Month – “Please Don’t Touch My Hair”

Feb 11th 7 pm, Student Union

The Black Women’s Collective presents “Please don’t touch my hair,” an exciting and engaging hair show featuring diverse representations of blackness and black hair. A woman’s hair is her crown of glory and we’ll show you why. Join us as we explore Black women’s hair as it relates to their unique sensibility and complex identities. Hear personal experiences and stories from Black women and learn about the complexities of black hair choices and maintenance.

Ernst & Young – Black History Month Roundtable

Feb 28th 6-9 pm, The Kaiser Center — Oakland

African American Executive Business Leaders will join together to share knowledge, discuss diversity and inclusion business strategies and provide insight to their career progression. Pre-event networking includes appetizers, refreshments and entertainment. This is a free community event and all are welcome.

Featured speakers: Gregory A. Adams, President of the Northern California Region, Shellye Archambeau, Chief Executive Officer at MetricStream, Gina Wolley, EVP, RBG Administration at Bank of the West …and more! Great opportunity to network and meet new people!

SF Noir Remixology (for you party-goers)

Feb 21, 2013, Otis SF

Remix•ology is a SF Noir Food & Wine event that is sponsoring an evening where top African-American Mixologists create an original cocktail menu that is influenced by our diverse American culture as well as the African Diaspora. If you’re a cocktail enthusiast, you won’t want to miss this! Free admission!

Angela Y. Davis Book Signing

March 1st  6:30 PM , Marcus Books Store , Oakland

“The Meaning of Freedom and Other Difficult Dialogues”

List of other events going on at Marcus Books for BHM

Oakland Local has a list of BHM events to do for all 28 days here

Are you attending or participating in any Black History Month events this year? Share with us in the comment box below 🙂

CONTEST: BET Music Matters Tour w/ Melanie Fiona, Marsha Ambrosius & London

If you are in the Bay Area, be sure to check out the BET Music Matter Tour this TUESDAY (3/22) featuring live performances from Melanie Fiona, Marsha Ambriosus, and Bay Area’s own London.  Sponsored by Remy Martin and hosted by JE Media Group, BET, and 1015.com, this is an evening of extraordinary 21+ event that you wouldn’t want to miss. Tickets are on sale for $31 and VIP access $36. For more details and to purchase tickets click here .

So here’s the catch. . . .

I’m giving away a pair of two tickets for the show to my lucky readers and all you have to do is follow Reesa Speaks on twitter, Retweet My Contest Link, and Become a fan on Reesa Speak’s Facebook page.  You have until Sunday night at 11:45 p.m. to participate. Ready?….Set?….Go!

(More details will be disclosed to the winner)