From the decor, to the dynamic Hip Hop Speaker, to the performances and my God the beautiful black and brown people in attendance, The 3rd Annual Speak Life Tour Awards Gala was indeed a spectacular night to remember.
I had the esteemed privilege of interviewing the Speak Life Tour Sponsors, Artists, and Attendees of the event. Their stories and encouraging words of praise solidified the powerful and impactful work that The Speak Life Tour has done and is doing to penetrate, elevate and inspire the minds of the black youth in our communities. The night was filled with performances from the talented and beautiful Melanin Reigns, RICKOCHET Dance Group, Song and Liturcical Dance via STAR, poetry by Epiphany Words, Singer Brandon Gatewood and many other Speak Life Tour Artists.
Hip Hop Motivational Speaker Carl Michel spoke an intense word filled with positivity and purpose. His words inspired us to stay focused on accomplishing our goals, live out our dreams, love ourselves first, to honor God and in turn honor the God within us.
All this was done with influential lyrical references from Kendrick Lamar, Nas, KRS ONE and Carl dropped a few bars of his own.
The night would have been amiss without a tribute to Founder and Creator of The Speak Life Tour, Catherine Trotter. Her tireless efforts, sleepless nights and persistence have blossomed into what we now know as THE SPEAK LIFE TOUR. The Artists, sponsors, friends and attendees gave their deepest expressions with gifts and words of thanks for THE SPEAK LIFE TOUR and praise for Catherine's influence on each of their lives. She left us with words of insightful words wisdom. "Never give up on your dreams, follow your calling, push forward and be all that you are called to be."
I had a wonderful time at the Speak Life Tour 3rd Annual Gala and look forward to what's in store for 2017 and beyond!