Trust Black Women

“Trust Black Women” is intentionally captured in a black and white photography technique to fortify the audiences encounter; an unapologetic display of black womanhood, unimaginably transforming hearts, minds and energy. Without the distraction of color, beholding a raw conduit to the soul of black folks. – Ash Love of Love.LocalArt

I was a featured model for the Trust Black Women Photos Exhibition! This was an amazing experience created by renowned photographer Ash Love of Love.LocalArt. On day of the photo shoot, I assisted with checking in, interviewing, and coaching the models during their photo session. The interview question the models were asked is “Why should you trust black women?”. Their responses were phenomenal!

During the photo shoot, healing and restoration took place. We laughed, cried, and celebrated. By the end of the day, twenty models total were photographed. I was tired but refreshed at the same time; the love I felt and experienced throughout the day was good for my soul. Below are my photos that were featured in exhibition. Also click Trust Black Women Soundtrack to listen to some of the responses on SoundCloud.

To trust Black Women, you must embrace their innate ability to create, nurture, and transform. Embrace black women’s divine parallel to establish covenant relationships. In trusting black women, one must understand the power of covenant and her position as a conduit of knowledge. So, when you empower a black woman you empower a community. – Tonya Cross

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Tonya Cross - Trust Black Women

Tonya Cross – Trust Black Women

Tonya Cross - Trust Black Women

Tonya Cross – Trust Black Women

Vision Board Workshop

Our visionary Tonya Cross is facilitating another Vision Board Workshop! We organize events that empower people with knowledge. Our goal is to provide an enriching experience that encourages positive change.

What do you foresee for yourself in 2018? What would make 2018 an epic year for you personally or your brand/business?

If you’re local (Salisbury, NC/Rowan County) you’re invited to join us and begin answering the above questions at the Vision Board Workshop! What’s a vision board? A vision board is an amazing tool used to help you establish your intentions, clarify your goals, and create a plan of action.

All you have to bring to the workshop is a few of your favorite magazines! We’ll furnish all the other supplies you’ll need to create your vision board. RSVP by purchasing your ticket before Thursday, January 11th. Invest in yourself and your vision, because YOU ARE WORTH IT!

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Cost: $10 – Click HERE to purchase your ticket(s) via PayPal! Note: The Vine Events is a subsidiary of Women’s Fellowship Ministry. Your payment receipt will show Women’s Fellowship Ministry.

**Limited space is available! Purchase your ticket(s) ASAP.**

DMOB – Facebook Live

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Facebook Live was July’s topic of discussion for The Vine Events’ Digital Market On A Budget (DMOB) Facebook group! We learned how to utilize Facebook Live as a marketing tool for our brands and businesses. Live streaming is a creative way to engage with you niche community. More importantly Facebook Live is FREE and don’t put a dent in your budget.

To kick off the month, group members were encouraged to create an “elevator pitch”. An elevator pitch is a quick introduction/description of your brand or business in three to four sentences. Once their pitch was completed, some members chose to practice their pitch via Facebook Live within the group!

We’ll start our August’s topic of discussion on Monday! Our group members are currently voting on what our topic will be. Feel free to join us at DMOB and become a part of our online entrepreneur support group for the not so tech savvy.

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A Young Black Man Going Ego Trippin’

Our visionary Tonya Cross is the organizer of local community conversation “Peace Circle” that launched in July 2015.  The Peace Circle creates a safe space for open and honest dialogue about social issues that impact the local community. The conversations are held the first Tuesday of every month at Mean Mug Coffee Company, 1024 S. Fulton Street, Salisbury NC.

Peace Circle hosted their first parent/child workshop sessions “What’s Your Role In The Village?” in September 2015 which addressed how systemic racism, discrimination, and stereotypes impacts the local community. A Young Black Man Going Ego Trippin’ photo series was inspiration for artwork and poetry created by local youth who attended the workshops. Mrs. Carla Marlin Smith a parent engagement specialist at Parent University of Chapel Hill – Carrboro City Schools was the workshop facilitator. Ms. Anneca Raines of Uhkneeka Rainz Photography is the photographer of the photo series.

Young Black Man Going Ego Trippin'

Young Black Man Going Ego Trippin’ Photo Source: Carla Smith

A Young Black Man Going Ego Trippin’ is currently being featured at Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty Street, Salisbury NC. The photo exhibit includes art and poems created by the local youth who attended Peace Circle’s workshop! The young men in the photo series also have Salisbury NC/Rowan County ties. The exhibit will be up till September and we would like to encourage everyone in Salisbury, NC and surrounding areas to visit the exhibit. Thanks for your continued support!

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Promo Video Challenge

The Vine Events’ Facebook Group “Digital Marketing On A Budget” is hosting our first group challenge! During the month of June, we’re kicking off our Promo Video Challenge. Each group member is being challenged to create a promotional video. At the beginning of each week, members will be given a task to complete by the end of the week. The goal is to have a promotional video for their brand/business by the end of the month! If you are interested in joining the challenge, simply click on the photo below to join our Facebook Group!

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Gifted – A Must See Film!

The film Gifted is amazing! I had the opportunity to recently attend the premiere screening of the movie starring Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace, and Octavia Spencer. Grace who plays a 7-year-old child prodigy named Mary Adler steals the show. The only thing that is missing is her two front teeth! She instantly wins the hearts of the audience and draws you into the story of a uncle’s single parent journey as primary caregiver to his niece. It’s a beautiful journey of loss, obstacles, and triumph.

The character in the film I liked the most was Fred; the one-eyed cat! He provided comfort and personified normality for a little girl who was far from average. Mary was academically gifted in mathematics. Her uncle Frank Adler, played by Chris Evans, promised her deceased mother (his sister) that he’ll make sure her daughter experience childhood and not allow her gift to rob her of it.

To avoid any spoilers, I’m going to stop sharing about this wonderful film and recommend you go see it for yourself! It opens Friday, April 7th in limited theaters and nation wide on Wednesday, April 12th. For more information about Gifted, click here!

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Hello March – Community Film Screenings

Hello March! We’re co-hosting two film screenings this month. We believe it’s imperative to keep our local community informed about social issues that impact them. Both screenings are FREE and will take place in Salisbury NC. Click event photo for Facebook Event Page to RSVP!

13TH – Friday, March 17th at 7pm at Park Avenue Community, 632 Park Ave, Salisbury, NC 28144.

13TH - Director, Ava DuVernay

13TH – Director, Ava DuVernay

Class Divide – Friday, March 24th at 6:30pm at Mission House, 120 Statesville Blvd, Salisbury, NC 28144.

EPIX Series - America Divided: Class Divided

EPIX Series – America Divided: Class Divide 

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