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Join @palitcafe for Speak Out Against HIV & AIDS on World AIDS Day!

world aids day

Join the Pure Artistry Literary Cafe on December 1st as we speak out against HIV and AIDS!  Your support is needed to help make this event a success in the Montgomery community.  Among the activities for the day long observance will be the viewing of the documentary 25 to LIFE, which chronicles the story of William Brawner, a young man who kept his HIV positive status a secret for over twenty-five years. Now, William seeks redemption from his promiscuous past as he embarks on a new phase of life with his wife who is HIV Negative. We journey with William and his family as he struggles to carve out an open and honest future. 25 TO LIFE is the 2014 American Black Film Festival Grand Prize Jury winner.

Make a donation – http://www.gofundme.com/SpeakOutHIV-AIDS – to help support this free community event (we need money so that the people who need this information won’t have to pay for it) and make plans to attend on December 1st.

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Fusion Tour Montgomery a Success!

Fusion Tour Montgomery a Success!

Hosting an event can be very unnerving because you never know what to expect. This event was especially challenging for me because I was hosting on behalf of Vernetta Freeney, CEO of Women are Gamechangers. Knowing that she was traveling to Montgomery Alabama from Houston Texas just for this event AND bringing guests from Atlanta Georgia added to the pressure.

The day turned out to be a success. The women who chose to attend left empowered and connected with other like-minded women which was the goal of the event. Thanks to everyone who came out to show their support. You are greatly appreciated. Thanks to Monique and Ms. Janice for being wonderful hostesses at Pure Artistry Literary Cafe and thanks to the panelist for sharing your knowledge with the group.

(Pictured left to right: Jael Byrd, Founder of Natural Hair Community; JoAnn Ajayi-Scott, Founder of Essence of a Lady Inc; Monique Dennis, Co-Owner of Pure Artistry Literary Cafe; Vernetta Freeney, CEO of Women are Gamechangers; Janice Dennis, Co-Owner of Pure Artistry Literary Cafe; ShaKenya Calhoun, Chief of Staff at Calhoun Enterprises; LaKesha Womack, Consultant at Womack Consulting Group)

Presidential Debate Watch Party in Montgomery AL

Montgomery area social media enthusiasts decide to bring their laptops, tablets, and smartphones to Ikonz Bar & Grill to watch the Presidential Debate as they tweet, blog, and stream their support for President Obama and local political candidates

On Wednesday, October 3, 2012 from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. Montgomery area bloggers, writers, social media strategists, and voters will converge at Ikonz Bar & Grill for the Presidential Debate Watch Party to support President Barack Obama (D) as he takes on Mitt Romney (R) in the first Presidential Debate for the upcoming election. The event, which is free to the public, will stream live on Sliced Bread TV, an internet-based show directed by Kalonji Gilchrist. The event hashtag is #AL4Obama2012.

Local Democratic candidates will have will have five minutes each, from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, to talk to the debate watch attendees. In addition, these candidates will gain the benefit of having their platforms broadcast via local and national social media networks of participating bloggers and writers. At release, the following candidates have been invited to attend:
– Therese Ford (Congressional District 2
– Allen Howell (Montgomery County Commission District 3)
– Steven Reed (Montgomery County Probate Judge)
– Dan Harris (Montgomery County Commission District 1)

For more information, please send an email to presidentialdebatemontgomery@gmail.com.

About Presidential Debate Watch Party
The Presidential Debate Watch Party is an event spearheaded by LaKesha Womack and Makasha Dorsey— mothers, writers, and political enthusiasts. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness about the local Democratic candidates; bring together local Democrats, Independents, and Left-Leaning Republicans; and discuss matters that affect the Montgomery community while supporting President Barack Obama.

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Please RSVP here —> https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/gsb8cb

[Music Review] Great Boldness by Rod Jackson

Most people my age can agree that music isn’t what it used to be…

It doesn’t really bother me because I love to listen to the old school stuff and can do without radio playlists.  However, when it comes to my son… well, that’s a different story.

He doesn’t have the appreciate for the type of music that I like.  He likes the Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj type of music but he’s at the age where he’s starting to listen to the words and that brings up way too many questions that I am not ready to discuss with a six-year-old.

A few weeks ago, we attended a church lock-in and one of the Praise and Worship participants (Rod Jackson) gave me a copy of his CD, “Great Boldness”. On the way home I put it in the CD player and it hasn’t been ejected yet.  My son loves the music because it has the same beats as a lot of the popular artists and I love it because the messaging is all about Christ.  I know that there are other artists on the market with similar music but I love the fact that we know Rod and he is quickly becoming a family friend.  He is more committed to his ministry of mentoring young boys than producing music.  Music is something that he loves and uses as a tool to connect with a generation torn between the words of the world and the Word of God.

One day while talking, Rod shared his personal testimony with me and I was almost in tears.  He lived that life that many of these “superstars” rap about but rather than glorify that lifestyle, he is on a mission to save young men from making some of the same mistakes that he made.

Click the album cover to purchase for $7.99

Please support Rod Jackson and King Jesus Musik by…

Joining the King Jesus Facebook group

Buying their CD, Great Boldness –>>>

Our favorite track is #7… It makes my heart smile to see my son rapping “I Worship You” with a huge smile on his face…

What’s happening at Pure Artistry Literary Cafe?

When I was a teen, I could not wait to go to the 21 and over parties…

Once I passed 21, I wanted to be in the 25 and over/ grown and sexy parties…

Now, I’m older and look for something more when I go out (maybe because as a single mom, I don’t go out very often)…

Last year, I discovered a treasure in Montgomery, AL – Pure Artistry Literary Cafe

PALit Cafe is the brainchild of Monique Dennis.  The establishment is a performing arts venue that features spoken word performances, workshops for writers and  many other events that allow up and coming performers to showcase their talents.  Monique, my guest today on The LaKesha Womack Show, will be sharing her inspiration for establishing the venue, some of it’s exciting upcoming events and a few tips for those wanting a break in the performing arts industry.

Listen live on Wednesday, April 11 at 12p CST – http://blogtalkradio.com/LaKeshaWomack

Call in and listen – 646.929.2031

Meet Monique…

Originally from Montgomery, AL, Monique got her start in performing arts at Carver Creative & Performing Arts Center (CCPAC).  She is a graduate of Alabama A&M University, with a major in Computer Science Specializing in Software Development.  As time passed her love for the arts transitioned into a passion for culinary arts.  As a result of her love for culinary arts, she graduated from Orlando Culinary Academy’s Le Cordon Bleu program.

While living in Orlando, Monique utilized her talents in both fields, as a software engineer for Lockheed Martin at Kennedy Space Center, in the pastry kitchen at Gaylord Palms Resort, as the breakfast chef at UCF Radisson, and as a volunteer with People’s Theatre, Inc. Her interactions with amateur & professional cast & crew members on a number of productions renewed her love for theatre & other performing arts.

After relocating back to Montgomery, Monique realized there was a lack of arts entertainment in the community.  Partnering with her mother to improve the existing arts entertainment community, the idea of Pure Artistry Literary Café was born.  Pure Artistry is a POSITIVE  environment for POSITIVE people & events.  From classes & events to workshops & shows, Pure Artistry seeks to encourage the growth of the arts community.

Pure Artistry Literary Cafe is located at 142 West Jefferson Street in Montgomery AL.  To purchase tickets for upcoming events, subscribe to their newsletter or get information about past events, visit their website http://www.palitcafe.com

Like them on Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/paLitCafe
http://www.facebook.com/pureartistry

Follow them on Twitter
http://www.twitter.com/paLitCafe

Speak No Evil

Are you ready to bear your Art and Soul?

I haven’t blogged much in the past few months but was so excited to see the flyer for this event and I knew I had to share it.  If you’re in the Montgomery area and want to network with professionals, this is where you want to be on the last Friday evening of each month.  Check out my Q&A with the event planners…

What is your inspiration for creating this event? 

The Speak No Evil event series was inspired by my desire to create events that are designed to inspire and uplift the community. A lot of residents are not “into” the club scene, so these events give them an alternative in a fun-filled, safe and friendly environment. They are “POSITIVE events for POSITIVE people!”. 

The Art & Soul event was motivated by a love for all aspects of art, from culinary arts to performing and visual arts, and also by a desire to encourage and promote local/regional artists and businesses.

When and where will the event be held?

All Speak No Evil events are held on a monthly basis at the Pure Artistry Literary Cafe (142 W. Jeff Davis Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36104).

Art & Soul is held the last Friday of each month.

Laugh Lounge is held the 3rd Saturday of each month.

Montgomery Police Department provides security for all Speak No Evil events.

Why should people come to Art & Soul?

People should attend Art & Soul to “experience the arts” as never before. Each month will consist of something different (dance, theatre, paintings, drawings, sculptures, live music, spoken word/poetry, food, & much more).

“…the event was excellent. I haven’t been to anything like it, only seen it on BET. I loved it.”
– Linda Perry (via Facebook event page)

It takes a team to pull together a series like this, who is on your team?

To pull Art & Soul together, we work with the host, Kalonji Gilchrist, local/regional artists, and area businesses.

We are always looking for new artists, vendors and businesses.  Businesses typically offer door prizes or sponsorship as a means to promote their products or services to the community. 

Is there a fee to attend?

Yes. The Laugh Lounge is $15 in advance and Art & Soul is $10 in advance.

Where can we find more information? 

Additional information is available on our website (www.paLitCafe.com), Facebook & Twitter @paLitCafe.


Make sure you attend Art & Soul on Friday, July 29, 2011 to buy your autographed copy of “Is She The ONE?” and/or “Success Secrets for the Young & Fabulous” (#SSYF features Montgomery’s most handsome, Kalonji Gilchrist) written by yours truly…

Support Aspiring Artists

Who: One of my friends and a past guest on “Late Night with LaKesha”, Jarmar Muhammad is working on this project.  His goal is to provide events for the Montgomery community that not only promote having a good time but integrates a cultural experience.

What:  Ladies Night with a live all female band and food and beverage specials

When: beginning Thursday, March 17, 2011 and every Thursday night following

Where: Iknoz Bar and Grill, 3439 McGehee Road, Montgomery

Why? Check out soul singer Sierra Shaw on YouTube and you will see why…