Marci Walker, owner of Madam Walker’s Braidery and School and Founder of the S.E.L.F. Image Awards Foundation will be hosting the 3rd Biennial S.E.L.F. Image Awards/Benefit on October 19, 2013 from 7 to 11 pm at the Prince George’s County Ballroom.
This Black Tie, Red Carpet fundraising event, will include dinner and entertainment. Glynn Jackson, Founder of the Golden Scissor Awards and a 2009 S.E.L.F. Image Awards winner will be the MC for the event.
Speakers and special guest include Restoration/Revolving Doors Author and Domestic Violence advocate Angela Davis, Spoken Word Artist/Actress Dyone Mitchell who just closed as the co-star in 'The Devil Doesn't Live Here Any More" at the Baltimore Museum and Washington DC’s own, much loved songstress Sister Act actress, Tanya Blount and The God anointed voice of Mrs. Wyomme Parriss.
There will be diverse, specialty vendors and a Silent Auction as well as a hair show presentation by Shanti Walker and friends.
The S.E.L.F. Image Awards Foundation’s mission is to bring attention to and raise funds for facilities and organizations that provide safety, protection, therapy and education for victims and survivors of domestic violence.
The S.E.L.F. Image Awards also honors entrepreneurs within the natural hair industry who have given training, employment and encouragement to thousands of men and women throughout the country.
Starting with its inaugural event in 2009, the hair industry leaders honored at the event have all had to be listeners, mentors and contend with the individual challenges, and violence of their own clients and employees as well.
Some stylists have mentored the abused as well as the abuser. Some have provided safe houses for the victims. Still others offer a means of empowerment through training and employment.
Mrs. Rene Storr, who will be receiving The S.E.L.F. Image Awards 2013 Life Time Achievement Award. Storr is a 20 year successful, hair Salon owner.
She has been an organizer for over 30 years, feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, offering shelter and mentorship to dozens of families and women in crisis.
She is the owner of Rene's Beauty Solon, in Capitol Heights, Md., since 1993. Mrs. Storr is one of our 'unsung Sheroes' who has opened her own home to give abused women a safe space, food, encouragement and LOVE.
Rev. Mary L. Wilson will be one of this year’s S.E.L.F. Image Awards 2013 Grant Award Recipient.
She has served for the last 25 years as the Executive Director of the Harambee House for Youth, an Africentric residential facility for court adjudicated juveniles.
Reverend Wilson is a visionary leader and a tireless advocate for women, young adults the poor, the oppressed and children. She encourages others to seek out their power and own it.
Being first lady of Union Temple Baptists Church offers her a holy space to raise her church family and her own clan of 4 wonderfully talented children and 6 grand children.
Mrs. Carolyn White-Washington will as be receiving The S.E.L.F. Image Awards 2013 Grant Award.
She is the Founder and Executive Directors of Sisters4Sisters and believes that the empowerment of women and girls is achieved through enlightening workshops on personal and professional development along with engaging community outreach in the areas such as HIV-AIDS Awareness, Domestic Violence, Homelessness and youth mentorship.
This non-profit has been winning awards and honors for their work from the Hood to the White house yet the powerful sister remains humble and hard working to save One Sister At A Time , through God our Father.
The S.E.L.F. Image Awards is one of several events sponsored by the foundation throughout the year.
Throughout 2014, the S.E.L.F. Image Awards Foundation has created charitable means by which it contributes to its mission of community awareness and advocacy having workshops, seminars and fundraisers.
The mission statement is: to have Black people of African descent love themselves and each other by embracing our own unique, God Given, beauty in mind, body and spirit .
To educate and increase awareness to Domestic Violence in our homes, schools, churches, communities and cities with education, to raise funds to support our educational scholarships for women affected by domestic violence.
To recognize and honor Icons in the Natural Hair Care Industry, whom have given training, employment, support and empowerment to men and women from across the pond, in Africa and the U.S.
The foundation’s goal is to support facilities that provide referral for services, shelter, training, therapy and care to those who are in or have been in crisis, affected by Domestic Violence