FEMI Magazine’s 2013 Purple Ribbon Affair: A Night of Inspiration
FEMI Magazine hosted its “2013 Purple Ribbon Affair” to expose the monstrosities of domestic violence that occurs across the globe and within Long Island communities. Held on September 28th at the American Legion Hall in Valley Stream, the affair drew much needed attention to the frequency of abusive relationships.
FEMI Magazine honored Keynote speaker, Dr. Gloria Nixon-Pone, former owner and manager of an open home that serviced women of all backgrounds involved in abusive relationships. Dr. Nixon-Pone passionately discussed the issue regarding domestic abuse and broadened its relevancy to women worldwide. She emphasized: “every three-seconds”
During this night of honor, FEMI awarded Stony Brook graduate, Johanna Milord for her dedication to the youth in her community. Ms. Milord is the Founder/CEO of “Youth 4 Change Revolution.”
On a note of inspiration, gospel-singing group, “Vessels of Praise” delivered breathtaking performances of “The Storm is Over Now” and “Dry Your Eyes” to attendees of the Purple Ribbon Affair. FEMI’s founder, Sadanya S.L. Cuadra and Editors, Shajuan Jackson and Tashi Thomas are members of the stellar group driven by passion and motivation. Member, Denise Brantley told FEMI Magazine, the goal of Vessels of Praise is to “increase confidence” by combining factors including “community, devotion, and support.” The affair served as their second major performance, yet their perfectly blended sound gave off the impression that they perform daily.
Vessels of Praise were not the only gospel artists to shine at the affair. Soloist, Vickie Iregbulem who is a contemporary gospel artist performed a gorgeous rendition of Andre Crouch’s “My Tribute.” Her inspirations in the gospel industry consist of “The Hawkins Family, Kirk Franklin and Yolanda Adams.” Iregbulem is a retired nurse but now puts God first and said, “Singing keeps [her] young.” Her mother sang when she was a child, and now she continues the cycle of inspiration by teaching her own children to perform.
Poet, Phoebe Elijon-Jones, brought the affair’s theme of domestic violence to life with her poems, “For Her Sake,” written for a battered mother she’d met in the past, and “Her New Best Friend.” While she leads a normal lifestyle as a teacher at Long Island’s Bayside High School, she takes on her poetry persona of the “Blue Poetress” whenever she performs. She remembered a quote she loves and said, “Poetry is, therefore I am.” Her beautiful poetry was not only touching, but strongly empowering.
FEMI Magazine’s mission is to empower, motivate, and inspire as a family. The Purple Ribbon Affair was a combination of these and much more. Each Attendee of the affair received a slice of this delight to keep forever.
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