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Thursday
Sep112014

Recap: "The Purple Party" for Lupus (Featured in the LI Herald)

Partying to fight lupus
(From the East Rockaway Long Island Herald)

Valley Stream resident Christine Miserandino and her family celebrated her 37th birthday this year in an unusual way. Instead of presenting Miserandino with gifts, the family hosted an “unbirthday party” to raise money for lupus research.

Called the Purple Party, the third annual event was held on Sept. 7 at Pompei Restaurant in West Hempstead and served as a launch for Miserandino’s new charity, the But You Don’t Look Sick Foundation. Miserandino said she was inspired to turn the idea of a birthday on its head as a result of her own experience with lupus. “I have been living with lupus for over 20 years. We started to throw an ‘unbirthday party’ to raise money for lupus research two years ago when I decided I didn’t need gifts, but I wanted to give gifts to others and grant the wish of someday living a life without lupus. I remember being younger, when I was first diagnosed with lupus and wondering if I would even make it to 37, so now every birthday is such a gift and a reason to celebrate,” Miserandino said.

(Read more here: http://liherald.com/eastrockaway/stories/Partying-to-fight-lupus,58364?page=1&content_source)

Wednesday
Sep032014

This Sunday, Sept 7th-> "The Purple Party" (and my performance) For Lupus!

Hello friends, 

Please join me as I perform and celebrate the birthday of Christine Miserandino (long time Lupus advocate and creator of the "Spoon Theory") THIS Sunday, Sept 7th @ Pompei from 6:30-10:30pm for her annual 

"Purple Party for Lupus"

Place: Pompei Restaurant, 401 Hempstead Avenue West Hempstead, NY 11552
 
Event/ Ticket includes: 
● DJ & Dancing courtesy of Party Perfect NYC 
● Appetizers, salad, pasta 
● Choice of dinner 
● **Unlimited Beer~Wine ~Soda 
● Specialty Desserts and cake 
● Raffles, 50/50, Silent Auctions 
● **Swag Bags for every attendee worth MORE than the ticket! (last year’s bags were worth double the ticket price.) 

All for only $75!!
PURCHASE TICKETS HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-purple-party-dinner-dance-tickets-12454444579

Wear Something Purple!!!!

All proceeds go to the But You Don't Look Sick Foundation, dedicated to helping those living with Lupus (like myself!) 

 

Tuesday
Aug192014

See me rock and strut my stuff @ "Runway for a Cause" - Baltimore, MD

 

Come see me sing and strut my stuff on the runway at the "Runway for a Cause" Benefit Fashion Show for Lupus THIS SUNDAY, August 24th from 3-7pm @ The Gala Center in Baltimore, MD. Also featuring Vanessa Rae Bent, DJ Tweety, gift bags by Sephora, a light buffet and more!
Tickets can be purchased at the door or here:http://oterialstylz.ticketleap.com/runway-for-a-cause/

 

 

 

Monday
Aug112014

Congrats to the newlyweds... Mr. & Mrs. Jereme Ford!

Just wishing my friend and awesome writer/relationship coach, Jereme L Ford and his lovely wife, Mary a happy life together. Two beautiful people belong together.

Nothing but the greatest blessings that God can give.

(Thank you for allowing me to sing at your wedding! :) )

Monday
Jun302014

Response to "If Black People Said the Stuff White People Say"

After watching this video on racially insensitive things some White People say to Black people, Salon.com News Editor Prachi Gupta decided to comment: "Man, with so many rules, it’s getting pretty hard to be a white person these days. We feel for you." Hmmmm.....

A stupid response to a real issue that this satirical piece was meant to show: that no one wants to be treated like an animal in a petting zoo (touching hair/skin without asking), as if their skin color defines their experience, like stereotypes are automatically true (I'm Black so I MUST listen to whatever Rapper is out right now or I must have grown up in the hood), nor do I want to be treated as if my race automatically connects me to whatever Black person they see on TV. There is no need to PROVE you're connected to Blackness ("I'm down with Black people 'cause ***insert stereotypical Black lingo/archetype/friend name here**)  or empathetic to our history. No one walks up to Jews asking about how the Holocaust affected their people without a sincere reason to. I understand that I have to excuse ignorance at times in order to answer sincere questions so that there are less misconceptions out there regarding race, but it would just take two seconds to think about how the some of the same things done in reverse would make you feel a lot less human. And no, Pratchi Gupta, these "rules" aren't just for White people. They apply to you, too. 

It's not asking questions that's wrong. It's the way you ask them. Acknowledging race and the diversity of backgrounds is never the problem. It's actually the solution. However, it cannot be done while ignoring the basic standard of interpersonal communication. There's a big difference between "I watched Amistad...dag, your people had it bad," and "I learned a lot about the black experience in America watching Amistad this weekend. I really want to learn more." The first isn't the opening to a healthy discussion (what am I going to reply to that with? "Yeah, it's effed up what YOUR people did to mine. And are still doing to mine based on the school to prison pipeline which has become the new form of slavery..."). The second seems like someone sincerely learning about a new element of another race's experience. 

This video is pretty comical because many Blacks who've spent a significant time around non-Blacks have heard at least one of those statements in some form or another. I think if more people took a second to think before they spoke with the listener in mind, we'd have less offenses and misconceptions about each other.