Marci Walker, owner of Madam Walker’s Braidery and School and Founder of the S.E.L.F. Image Awards Foundation hosted the 4th Biannual S.E.L.F. Image Awards/Benefit on October 19, 2013 at the Prince George’s County Ballroom.
The black tie, red carpet fundraising event with the theme of “It's a New Day” included dinner and entertainment. Early arrivers were greeted by female African drummers, photographed on the red carpet and received swag bags.
Glynn Jackson, Founder of the Golden Scissor Awards and 2009 S.E.L.F. Image Awards winner was the MC for the event.
Clearly a one-man show by himself, his charismatic personality held attendees’ attention and entertained them in between event speakers and presentations.
Washington DC’s own songstress/actress, Tanya Blount, opened the event with The Black National Anthem and performed several other songs.
Her beautiful motivational performances, one in which was a duet with her husband, uplifted attendees, had some in tears and commanded standing ovations.
Author of Restoration: Revolving Doors and Domestic Violence advocate Angela Davis was one of the special guest speakers. She mesmerized attendees with her powerful testimony.
Local spoken Word Artist/Actress Dyone Mitchell had attendees laughing and cheering during each of her spoken word performances.
The event’s finale was a spectacular hair show by Shanti Walker of Madam Walker’s Braidery & School. The hair show consisted of unique hairstyles and fashion most of which had attendees awestruck.
The event ended with line dancing led by the Freestyle Dancers.
Overall the event ran smoothly and attendees left with information on domestic violence, and were empowered and motivated.
The S.E.L.F. Image Awards Foundation’s mission is to bring attention to and raise funds for the safety, protection and advocacy for families in crisis.
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.
Local stylist, and Founder of DC Love Locs and Natural Hair and Nappy-Oke expos, Tempie Satcher-Ducosin and award-winning stylist Aziza Yasmine received honoree awards.
LaKisha Brandford and Ayesha Shabazz received scholarship awards. The scholarships were for their attendance of Madam Walker’s Braidery & School.
Grant recipients included Rev. Mary L. Wilson, Executive Director of the Harambee House for Youth and Carolyn White-Washington, Founder of Sisters4Sister.
Mrs. Rene Storr, received The S.E.L.F. Image Awards 2013 Life Time Achievement Award. Storr is a 20 year successful, hair Salon owner 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 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.
The S.E.L.F. Image Awards is one of several events sponsored by the foundation throughout the year.
Throughout 2013, the S.E.L.F. Image Awards Foundation created charitable means by which it contributes to its mission of community awareness and advocacy.
The mission 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, support, advocacy & raising 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.
The foundation’s goal is to support facilities that provide referral for services, shelter, training, therapy and care to those who are in crisis, affected by Domestic Violence.
To donate visit http://www.gofundme.com/SelfImageAwards