Carolyn Young, Ambassador Andrew Young, and actress Kaira Akita attend a screening of FOR COLORED GIRLS, to benefit the Trust Black Women Partnership (TBW) on November 2, 2010 in Atlanta, GA.
By Lisa Brathwaite, Atlanta Contributor
Before the national conversation commenced at water coolers, on Facebook, @Twitter and via other social means, on Tuesday, November 2, 2010, almost 200 Atlantans attended a private, advanced screening of FOR COLORED GIRLS, made possible by Lionsgate for the Trust Black Women Partnership (TBW) at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema in heart of Atlanta, GA. All proceeds from the event benefited the TBW Partnership, established to help ensure that Black women have the human right to make their own decisions about their reproductive lives. A private pre-screening VIP reception featured cocktails provided by Conjure Cognac and a panel discussion immediately followed the film.
Guests included Roger Bobb from Tyler Perry Studios, actress Kaira Akita, Civil Rights Leaders Joseph and Evelyn Lowery, Ambassador Andrew Young and Carolyn Young and producer Nina Brown from the Frank and Wanda Morning Show.
“With the collaboration of Lionsgate, Trust Black Women, celebrity hosts, and all of our community partners, this night was just perfect. FOR COLORED GIRLS is a poignant film based on a story and a play that we have known about for years. These issues are not taboo anymore and we must discuss them in order to uplift each other and move forward collectively,” said Loretta Ross, National Coordinator of SisterSong, an Atlanta-based organization among eight nationwide in the TBW Partnership. “Many issues amplified in FOR COLORED GIRLS are supported by the organizations involved in the Trust Black Women Partnership. Trust Black Women is a cause that cannot be ignored and FOR COLORED GIRLS is a movie that cannot be missed.”
Paris Hatcher, SPARK Reproductive Justice Now!; Dazon Dialos, Sister Love; Loretta Ross, National Coordinator, SisterSong
Civil Rights Leaders Dr. Joseph and Evelyn Lowery; Stacey Rogers; Lauren Evette Williams, Event Publicist; Nina Brown, Producer of the Frank and Wanda Morning Show
Dazon Dialos, Sister Love; Heidi Williamson, National Advocacy Coordinator, SisterSong; CriStyle, Songwriter, New Spokesperson for GA Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Nina Brown, Producer of the Frank and Wanda Morning Show
Corean Elam; Monica Simpson; Laura Jimenez; Heidi Williamson, National Advocacy Coordinator, Sister Song; Rhiannon Reeves; Belle Taylor-McGhee; Tonya Williams, Spark Reproductive Justice NOW!; and Guest
For more information on the Trust Black Women Partnership, please visit http://www.sistersong.net/trust_black_women.html.
Photo Credit: Alex Johnson III Photography, firstname.lastname@example.org