Event: Love Shouldn’t Hurt – Valentine’s Day Luncheon for Domestic Abuse Victims

If you are or know someone who has ever been a victim of Domestic Violence come out to this Valentine’s Day Luncheon.  It’s a great way to show your support, give and receive love, and enjoy yummy food and warm spirits! check out the deets!

Date: Tuesday 02.14.12

Where:Mt. Zion Baptist Church 1302 Willow St. Oakland, CA 

Includes: Guests Speakers, Testimonies, Building Session Musical Selections, Give Aways for the women that are affected and more

Even if you aren’t able to attend you can donate to the cause! Register for the “Band with us: Take a Stand” Ticket ($5 Donation) to get YOUR #LoveShouldntHurt Bracelet!

For more event details please click HERE.

Black Girls Rock Solutes Youth in Community

After a long day of work, I tuned into BET for Black Girls Rock 2011 where I immediately turned my frown upside down. As I watched the second annual celebration of black women in business, politics, community service, and sports I couldn’t help but get a warm feeling of empowerment. A few of the most influential and powerful women graced the stage; Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Angel Davis, Shirley Cesar, and Tichina Arnold shouting out words of wisdom, reflection, and remembrance of why black girls rock.  Although there were many honorees, the youth recognition to community service stood out the most to me.

The co-hosts Traci Ellis Ross and Regina King introduced a fashion model and DJ by the name of Mari Malek. She is the co-founder of Southern Sudan Initiatives, a charity catering to the lost boys and girls and overcoming the hardships of Sudan, Africa. By incorporating Healthcare, Agriculture, Business, clean water, and Education Southern Sudan Initiatives plans to rebuild the community, lives, and give hope to the people of Southern Sudan.

Not only did I find this recognition of community service empowering but it was the fact that Mari Malek is a young model with dreams and goals with one being her priority to give back.  Ye,  she is in the fashion industry and yes, she DJ’s in New York, but she also has made an effort and dedicated apart of herself to give back to her own community in Sudan.  My only hope in life is to do what I love by making a difference in someone’s life. I love Black Girls Rock for giving us a platform and so it was only right for me to highlight what I liked best about the awards show tonight.

If you would like more info on Black Girls Rock Inc. and Mari Malek you may click the links below: