Archive for January, 2012
Sooo, these Jantaminiau are fierce! They do have a bit of a McQueen thing going but fashion is fashion. Jantaminiau, designed by Dutch designer Jan Taminiau, presented a collection in Paris full of pale chiffon, sparkling studded details and even a few shiny helmets to juxtapose the softness of the fabrics. CERTIFIED!
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Interviewing Jasmine was a breath of fresh air for me! It was a delight to hear all of the great things she is doing and how she feels the need to highlight the positive things people are doing. Please support Black Celebrity Giving because they support you!
ChristieOhh: Black Celebrity Giving has Twitter and Facebook blowing up! What is Black Celebrity Giving all about?
Jasmine: It is a component of three things black nonprofits, black celebrities and black people giving. Our focus is on the black community, our nonprofits and celebrities doing positive things. We highlight and acknowledge all of the good things people are doing in their communities and more.
ChristieOhh: When did you establish your organization?
Jasmine: I actually started working on the organization in late January of last year and we officially launched in July 2011. I started the organization because I felt there was a need to feature black people doing positive things. It was so hard because I had never blogged before so it has truly been an amazing learning experience.
ChristieOhh: Why do you feel that it’s important to give recognition?
Jasmine: It’s critical because there’s a huge opportunity to create a paradigm shift in our communities when it comes to what really matters. It really dawned on me one day when I was reading an entertainment blog so many people do and I read the caption “Monica attends a charity event and shoes are to die for.” I thought to myself, yeah her shoes are nice, but I wanted to know what charity event she was at, what was the cause, how could I help? That’s the story that we never heard about and that’s why BCG is here. I wanted to find out the cause vs. the fashion and be able to bring awareness. I told myself, “If you care about charity and care about the positive things black people are doing, you have to do it and I created the blog.” There are always and will always be negative images of us in the media, sadly it’s a fact. BCG was a chance to have a site that will without a doubt, always showcase our community in a positive light!
I interviewed T.I. at an event for during the BET Hip Hop Awards and I learned so much about all he has done in the community. I want our youth to read an article like this and know that he feeds families and are helping others and they can too. So that children who look up to their favorite entertainers, celebrities, athletes can want to be like them and be a philanthropist, own a non profit and help others just like the people they look up to.
ChristieOhh: What most rewarding about your organization?
Jasmine: The fact that we really help and empower other nonprofits. We are committed to giving and in our short time through several contests, sponsorships and campaigns we have donated more than $10,000 since August. Through the site, not only are we highlighting nonprofits all over the word but we are providing funds to continue to give back. We are working with nonprofits out of Detroit, Oakland, LA, DC, NY, Atlanta … all over. I am 100% committed to Black Celebrity Giving and all that we can do in the community if we continue to grow.
ChristieOhh: What plans do you have for the future?
Jasmine: We are looking to partner with a lot of different partnership opportunities and it’s very exciting. If it’s positive and can create social change in our communities, BCG will be there. It would be my dream to have BCG become a household name when you think of something positive. If you want something positive go to BlackCelebrityGving.com. We are launching our mobile app this year, hosting events monthly across the country as well as our seed funding grant foundation, so lots of things happening !
ChristieOhh: You have an amazing organization and must needed! I’ve always wondered who is the person is behind BCG, who is Jasmine?
Jasmine: Well, If I’m not blogging, shopping or traveling, I love to read and write. I’m a world traveler I’ve been to over 4 countries within the last year! I am also a director of a scholarship pageant for black girls and young women ages 2-27; I have been doing this now for almost four years and more than 125 girls have gone through the system. We grant scholarships and savings bonds to our winners and to date have given more than $10,000! I am a big family person and love spending time with my family, I adore my little sister who’s a senior in high school so that’s been fun. My father and I are starting a nonprofit reading organization called Give Me 5 designed to get kids to commit to reading at least 5 minutes everyday.
I am very spiritual so I spend a lot of time mediating, thinking, praying and planning for what’s next. My weakness is being nice and doing so much for others, but it’s the best weakness to have. I love being kind to people and helping out. Sometimes people say I’m too nice but, I am who I am and I will always be there to help.
ChristieOhh: You give the best tips on Twitter and Facebook, what’s your background?
Jasmine: I’ve been in PR since I was 22 years old. I’ve worked with a lot of celebrities and athletes helping them set up foundations and host charity events. I also help nonprofits with applying for grants and funding. I’ve been doing this for nearly seven years and I spend my days consulting and holding diversity events, which I get grants for.
” I am very motivated to see social change and ask that everyone supports the nonprofits that we feature” Jasmine Crowe`
Shopping Bag-Canvas tote w/calfskin trim & woven jacquard CHANEL signature
Bowling Bag-Embroidered demin bowling bag
Classic flap bag-Multicolored patchwork
I found these 3 bags to be very easy and needed for my everyday girls. They offer space, taste, and fun! CHANEL still gives the classic feel with a trendie twist with these 3 bags.
ChristieOhh: What was life like for you as a child?
Justin: Growing up for me life was a little vague. I spent a lot of time with my little brother and sister playing sports. There were some good times and there were some tough times. Some good times I remember was spending earlier childhood with my father before he went to prison. I was around 8 years old. It became very different after that happened. I stayed with my mom and little brother which were very tough times. At age 12, my mom had a mental break down. Before her breakdown I had transferred to a private school from public school. It was a good thing at that time because my mom went to hospital. Brad Blackburn steered me to private school to play ball. While at private school I was embrace by the Yow’s and shortly went to live with them. My grandmother and Aunt Anna Nash helped get everything on task and supported me. I really enjoyed that my school was very family based. Everybody knew everybody.
ChristieOhh: Give me your history with football?
Justin: I started playing football with my Uncle Troy. He came over to my house one day when I was sitting on the couch. He said you are going to play football, he didn’t give me an option. So my cousin Buck and I went and played football; I was about 4 years old. I’ve been playing every since now I’m 23. I played in the Toy Bowl and from there it was all upwards. I didn’t play in high school as a freshman. I played AAU Basketball for Birmingham Express. My sophomore year is when I started to focus on football. At that time we thought I was going to have to transfer schools but God had different plans. A friend by the name Kent Glover asked me to stay over and it’s almost like he knew my situation without me even telling him. From that day everything went up. The Glover’s took me in and raised me like I was one of there own. It was kind of like “Blindside” story. The whole family treated me as if I was family and I really appreciated them. Living with The Glover’s was a big help for my grandmother. She didn’t live close to the school and living with them gave me an opportunity.
My football career took a peek. I was All State Quarterback, second in the State for passing. I was on scout.com and rival.com, I went to two combines for kids. As a junior, I was All State as an athlete; same my senior year. I had several offers to play college football. I made my decision to go to to Samford University. I felt like that’s where God was leading me to go. I wanted to go close to home and go to Law school.
I was a freshman coming in for ball. Everyone had such high expections; I had high expectations for myself. I ended up getting hurt the second game of season and tore my UCL against Georgia Tech. I took a medical red shirt to do therapy until it healed. I got better and thought everything was fine. It was December of 2007; when my life changed, I tore my ACL. I immediately had ACL surgery. My surgery went well and I began to do therapy again. That April, I tore my ACL again same knee, had another surgery. I was dealing with a lot at this point. It was very upsetting.
ChristieOhh: Did your injuries make you feel like playing football wasn’t an option?
Justin: After the first surgery, I felt like I’ve seen plenty of people comeback after the second one it kind of hit me. I started to question if the game was for me. I knew if football wasn’t for me I needed to keep my grades up for Law School. Because of all the surgeries and dropping hours I was falling short and transferred to Junior College. I was down and out with the second surgery. I was a high recruit, I went stanford and have two surgeries at 19; it was just unexpected. I knew at that point I needed to make a decision. I just took classes and got my grades up. In June of 2009, right before the season started I was going to be done with football. I came home to be with family. During this whole time I realized that I hadn’t been to church. I’ve always been involved at church from singing in the choir to bible study. But since my freshman year up until the time I went home I had only been to church maybe once or twice. I started to feel like my injuries was God’s way of getting my attention. If not for him I wouldn’t had football. I think he had to break me down.
ChristieOhh: What made you give football another chance?
Justin: I was sitting in the house and my old high school coach heard I was home and came over. He looked me dead in my eyes and asked, “What are you doing? Are you going to piss away your dreams?” I had been praying about this and he came from no where. He told me, “You have to much talent and ability and a testimony to tell.”
Also, a very good friend Josh Russell was always there for me. He was a very good player in high school and always told me that our high school team would be my team one day. I gave him a call and talked to him for a while about my situation. I told him I need a breakthrough. He came home that weekend and said that we needed to go to church. The family that took me in was at church that Sunday. I hadn’t talked to them in a year, I felt like I had let them down. It seemed like at that moment everything I needed and the people I needed to be with was at church. That whole sermon that day was about not giving up on your calling. I knew that my grandmother was somewhere praying for me. I gave everything back to God and since then my career has been on the go.
Between my old coach, friend and church they had me motivated and sparked my drive for the game again. From there, I drove 17 hours to work out at Pittsburgh for CFL tryouts. I was just hungry for it. I knew I had to take a different road to get my career going then most professional players but I wasn’t giving up. I started playing Semi-Pro for Central Alabama Devils Dawgs as Quarterback. I got offensive MVP that year. Last season I got offensive MVP again.
ChristieOhh: What are you currently doing?
Justin: I signed with a professional indoor team, The Knoxville Nighthawks. I will be at the NFL Regional combine in Tampa on Feb. 18. It’s a huge accomplishment for me because I have no film from college or anything because I was hurt. I am working my way up, taking a different route but it’s working for me. I have to do a lot on my own. I’m currently training with Jeff Green at Icon Performance for the combine. I found out that I got my final confirmation for the combine on Dec. 31 which is also my grandmother’s birthday.
ChristieOhh: What are you hoping for to the most?
Justin: To be on a NFL team; to get on a roster. I made a promise back to my father when I was 7; to never quit, never give up and be there for your little brother, to stick with it no matter what. My dad had a 15 year sentence, he’s scheduled to be released this year. He will see me play football and I would love for it to be on an NFL team. My dad has always supported me, even though he wasn’t physically here.
At first when I told people that I was going to pursue my football career, they looked at me like I was crazy. But I know that if I put God first, all things are possible. I just want to be a testimony to all the kids that lose hope due to an injury or broking family or that don’t have the same resources as other kids. If you believe in yourself and work hard there’s nothing you can’t do.
My grandmother is a warrior to me and a true fighter! My cousin Latonya Nash is very supportive and always has encouraging words. My cousin Buck has always been there for me like a brother through the tough times and the good times. I’m blessed to have the support of 4thandlong. Pilar and Mark are there for me. Pilar has picked up a lot of slack since my grandmother hasn’t been able to get around as much. They are very positive and influential in my life. God has his hands over the whole organization and it’s going to be a big year for everyone.
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Healing My Heart Founder, Vernetta Winston left me in tears of hope. I noticed on twitter that she had such powerful and humbling messages. I knew in my heart that her story would not only touch me but would help so many others. I am proud to be in a position to share Vernetta’s story and give my readers the opportunity to get to know her and Healing My Heart’s mission.
ChristieOhh: Can you share with us a little of what happened to you as a child?
Vernetta: When I was around 6 years old, my mom had a boyfriend that was 8 years younger then her. He was very abusive to my mom, brother and I. He would beat my mother and then beat us. My mom would go in her room and shut the door as if she didn’t hear a thing. Then in the summer my mom allowed him to stay at home with us. He started playing games with my brother and I, “house”, he called it. That turned into him molesting me. I not sure if there was any sexual abuse against my brother. He would tell us, if we told anyone he would kill us all and even kill my biological father. Of course, that scared me and I never told anyone and lived my life with a lot of trust issues and anger.
ChristieOhh: How long did the abuse last in your home?
Vernetta: The abuse went on for about 2 years. My mom got arrested on drug charges and my brother and I went to stay with our grandparents after she went to prison.
ChristieOhh: How were your teen years?
Vernetta: I always wondered why my mom allowed it to happen me. I wondered why she would allow this to happen to her children. My grandparents did an excellent job with us. They knew he beat us but I never talked about the sexual part because of being afraid. When my mom got out of jail she wasn’t there for us. She came and stayed for 3 days and left. She won’t even discuss it to this day. Its always been tough especially not being able to talk to her about it.
ChristieOhh: How is your relationship with your brother?
Vernetta: We are very close! We’ve always been close. We don’t discuss anything involving our childhood. I don’t know what he all experienced. He does have a temper and he never knew his father until he was 21. I think his absence played a part in his anger, but he won’t talk about our childhood at all.
ChristieOhh: What is Healing My Heart?
Vernetta: It’s an organization that I started as an outlet for victims of domestic and sexual violence to come together and share stories with the intent to heal and get it out. Because I’ve been a victim of sexual violence and my mom being a victim of domestic violence I can directly relate. It was a lot of silence and I wanted to do something to help people come out and be able to email or go to the site and talk directly.
ChristieOhh: When did you start the organization?
Vernetta: In 2011, my sister in law as I call her was going through a domestic violence situation. She was so scared to talk about it and more scared to leave. She was 7 months pregnant and he was trying to run her over with a car. I tried to help her but she eventually went back. Once I walked into the apartment to help her gather her things I noticed holes in the walls and things turned over. It took me back to a time in my life that I had suppressed for years. I prayed on this organization and know this is what I’m supposed to do to help people get over it.
ChristieOhh: How has Healing My Heart changed your life?
Vernetta: It has been great for me and others. Being able to connect with people and build relationships is something I never had done before this organization. It has helped me become more comfortable to help people. I wasn’t the type of person to go out and meet people, I didn’t even have any friends. I always felt like I could trust people because of what happened to me. Healing My Heart has helped me to look at that situation totally different. Its been an awesome experience.
ChristieOhh: What your best advice for mother and daughter that may be going through abuse?
Vernetta: As a parent, no one should come before your children. Know the signs of an abuser. No man is worth a child’s innocence.
ChristieOhh: Have you forgiven your mother?
Vernetta: I have…last year I forgave her. I called her about 1 in the morning I couldn’t stop thinking about it, it was heavy on my heart. She didn’t say anything she just said ok. I also forgive him, I forgive him because I can’t let that situation have control over my life.
ChristieOhh: Do you still trust issues?
Vernetta: I think now it’s a lot better. Until recently about last year, I had isolated myself from people. I am starting to allow people in my life. Even with the father of my children I didn’t even let him in. My trust issues are much better. I’m learning!
ChristieOhh: What is your biggest work on?
Vernetta: My communication skills and I’m over protective of my kids. I won’t to allow them to experience life. I don’t let them go anywhere or with friends. I have 2 younger brothers and my son wants to go with him but I won’t allow him to. I really want to loosen up some and allow them to enjoy their life.
“Don’t be afraid to let it out, let it go and let God handle it…because keeping it inside will make you self destruct” Vernetta Winston
PLEASE SUPPORT!—->Healing My Heart on March 2nd will be selling lunches, all proceeds will go to Hillard House a women shelter in Richmond, VA. Vernetta will come out of pocket and serve dinner on March 8 to the families at Hillard House.
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