WELCOME TO JUNE: CARIBBEAN AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH
Get the entire Newsletter (June 2), HERE.
So much has happened since we last connected at the end of March! The first of which is that we did launch Season 4 of PEP Talk at #EveryWomanCan. We are waiting on the editors to get back to us with some finished material so we can share but we did interviews with Lady Flame, Reshada Pullen-Jireh and Tony of Sweet Home Jamaica.
From April 22-25, I had the great opportunity to visit Atlanta and was hosted by Bomani Tyehimba of Africa for the Africans & Friends. It was an amazing weekend and included us doing a LIVE PEP Talk Shoot regarding this year’s mission trip to Ghana! I also got to explore the City and have some fun as well. I had such a joyous time visiting Ras Marvin who is the President of the Atlanta Division 421 of the UNIA-ACL and realized that his division needs help in terms of getting a better office space. Please look out for a Go Fund Me Campaign on that, and also click HERE to learn more about the Collective Black People’s Movement which Ras Marvin also manages.
To the performers Jasmine Pope, Tasha Tee and Lady Flame, you ladies killed it and I was enjoying the performances so much that I did not even want to stop to take photos or videos. People are still talking about you so please understand that YOU were the real stars on Saturdays and I am blessed to know you so I can share you with others.
The event was the first FUNdraiser for my Annual Mission Trip to Ghana, West Africa, and I want to express very many thanks to artist Reshada Pullen-Jireh for creating such a beautiful painting which was bidded on and won by Ron Munia, who also has sponsored children from Akoma International Academy (AIA) before. See how the world turns? The proceeds raised from the sale of the painting will go towards sponsoring 2 children who attend AIA for the 2016-2017 school term. To RSVP for the Annual Birthday FUNdraiser and/or donate towards a child’s annual education, click HERE.
Please check out the photos from Shaka HERE, stay connected to each other and email me under separate cover so we can continue to work together.
Welcome to the Holidays. We are excited to report that we returned from Ghana, West Africa at the end of November and have since had an Appreciation Party on December 5 for all our donors and supporters. Very many thanks to all who attended the party and celebrated the beginning of the Holidays with us. It was an awesome party! The trip to Ghana this year was my best yet, and a lot of that has to do with the fact that I really feel like I belong there (now), plus the group I traveled with has the most incredible energy and it was a joy to be on tour with such lovely people. The real icing on the cake for me was the actual volunteer work that I did while there (this time) and interacting with the many children from 4 schools, and various individuals I met while I was there. From the donations I received at my Birthday Fundraiser, we visited the Trinity Home Academy and gave $200US to the school. We visited BenuVillage and gave $200US to the school. We visited our host school, Akoma International Academy and gave $3600 in sponsorships for a total of 13 children, spent a considerable time with the students and faculty and also donated $250 for the revamping of a new website. While we were in Ghana, we launched #EveryGirlCan Ghana and trained 3 interns who can now also facilitate the program even when we are not physically there in Ghana. Ten young ladies who attend Akoma International Academy were the first on the continent of Africa to go through the curriculum and our goal is to have at least 100 young ladies trained by 2017. Click HERE to see the EGC album and stay tuned for more from our trip to Ghana.
The children sponsored were: Kingsford Donkoh, Joyce Gyekye, Grace Essibir, Abigail Sagoe, Enoch Gyekye, Nicholas Waters, Tina Thompson, Harriett Inkoom, Monica Koomsom, Francesca Arthur, Christina Nyan, and Simon Cobbinah.
Very many thanks to our donors: Idriys Abdullah, Diane Alston, Nadia Anderson, Yasmin Anderson-Smith, Charlene Atkinson, Bobby Ball, Shirley Barnwell, Senghor Baye, Camille Benedict, Jandel Banjamin, Racquel Brown-Gaston, Bryan Bernard, Paulette Brizan, Dionne Brown, Oneal Brown, Cynthia Bruce, Lewis Buchanan, Julette Bucknor, Byron Byfield, Tony Carr, Julia Cayette-Lawson, Ron Clarke, Eric Cobbs, Kenneth Coates, Ichelle Cole, Zama Cook, Bertha Cross, Carlos Daley, Robert Darko, Niya Davis, Rudy Davis, Yvonne Dean-Hibbert, Dennis Earle, Heather Edwards, Ivel Felder, Dr. Judy Fisher, Darlene Flowers, Nakia Gaston, Newton Gaynor, Mr. Gordon, Beverley Gregory, Hardwick, Herman Hall, Shaunta Hew, Trevor Hibbert, Kathy English Holt, Jerk Pit, Damon Johnson, Danny Jordan, Rodney Jordan, Finiana Joseph, Stephen King, Lorna Kirlew, Dr. Kofi Kissi-Dompere, Vivian Ledbetter, Quanico Lewis, Charles Lincoln, Paula Long, Ihkeem Ma’at, Cheryl Magnus, Michael Malcolm, Dennis Maxwell, Pansy Maxwell, Paul McLaughlin, Carol McLean, Johnathan Medlock, Ron Munia, Dr. Claire Nelson, Marvett Nelson, Robin and Cecilyn Parke, Rosie Parke, Melrose Parks, Pamela Oguagha, Noel “Ziggy” Phipps, George Powell, Tanya Powell, Nadine Prince, Marjorie “Lady Flame” Reid, Mark Reid, Sam and Denise Richards, Derrick Rose, Suzette Salmon, Dr. Trevor Salmon, Loughton Sargeant, Madeleine Sewaii, Ethlyn Simpson, Khani Smith, Melissa Smith, Rita Smith-Stewart, Delta St-Vil, Moye Stephenson, Diane Stewart Hamlin, Dione Symes, Clarice Taylor, Delroy and Andrea Walker, Marcia Walker, Trevor Watson, Dr. Joseph Webb, Artherelle West, Richard White, Justina Wilkins, and Liselle Yorke.