A Mom’s PRIDE & Love: 4 Boys Raised by A Lady of Rich Character, Data, and Ethical Fortitude!

Kevin and Doug Lawrence might have been born into a house of financial privilege, however as an alternative they had been born into a house which gave them a lot, way more!  Kevin and Doug together with brothers Robert and Kenneth grew up underneath the watchful eye of Jacqueline L. Lawrence in Harrisburg, PA. Residing within the inner-city was not straightforward for a single mom, however Jackie strived for a greater high quality of life for her beloved boys.  Within the 1980’s, to Jackie, a transfer to the ‘suburbs’ and a college district the place her boys might get training, was a payoff for her laborious work and dedication. It’s the values that she instilled (laborious work, love, dedication to targets, by no means quit, believing in your self and staying collectively as a household) which were the cornerstones of Lawrence Brothers Promotions, co-founded by Kevin and Doug.  

The Lawrence Brothers Promotions have been famend within the hair care trade for over a decade!  Their Hair Battles & Vogue Reveals have reached legendary standing within the Hampton Roads, VA space and within the African American neighborhood up and down the East Coast.  

To have a good time 10 years of those dynamic Hair and Vogue Present Occasions, the brothers have provide you with a novel concept for showcasing these artistic competitions.  The idea, PRIDE: They Can’t Take That Away from Me isa month-long gallery exhibit on the Gross Downing Cultural Arts Middle in Newport Information, VA with celebrations that includes a collection of 4 separate occasions that uplift, encourage, and educate, whereas connecting the neighborhood to the wonder/trend trade world. As well as, this occasion offers healthcare sources and alternatives whereas offering our younger adults with monetary sources for attending post-secondary instructional alternatives.  How are the Lawrence brothers doing this, you ask?  In 2019, they began a Non-Revenue 501C3 group referred to as: We Imagine in Your Little one Too.  Since its inception, Kevin and Doug have gathered donated funds to assist facilitate the charity’s mission: WBIYC is dedicated to bettering our communities by investing in our younger adults in search of increased training. They consider that educating younger adults in career-oriented jobs as an funding sooner or later will create generational wealth for households in want.  Scholarships have been offered to a few dozen candidates which have gone onto persevering with teaching programs funded by We Imagine in Your Little one Too.

Why an enormous celebration in 2022?  Kevin and Doug determined this was the yr (after having been sequestered through the pandemic) to unite the neighborhood and revel in cultural elements of African People, whereas timing it with the much-anticipated Juneteenth. Hair, Magnificence, Vogue, and healthcare all go hand-in-hand in a vibrant neighborhood of those that wish to see their folks and environment thrive with love and kindness.

Right here is what to anticipate: A month lengthy (June 17th– July 9th) Gallery Exhibit that showcases all of the Lawrence Brothers Promotions Hair Battles and Vogue Present Occasions through the years.

All of the occasions, in addition to the gallery exhibit happen on the Gross Downing Cultural Arts Middle in Newport Information. Since 2008, it has served as a gathering place for these in the neighborhood to expertise totally different packages, together with free and cheap lessons and workshops, concert events that includes nationwide and native acts, theatrical productions, and a lot extra.  Now they add the Lawrence Brothers Promotions PRIDE retrospective to their listing of revolutionary, thrilling displays and occasions. 

The kickoff begins with “Emancipation” weekend (ribbon chopping ceremony) – Friday, June 17th with a small reception to have a good time and revel in.  The subsequent ‘occurring’ is the Vogue Present – Saturday, June 18th which will probably be held within the Ella Fitzgerald Theater for roughly 300 friends. Subsequent, bridging the neighborhood and offering important well being care screening and training, is the Neighborhood Well being Day Occasion – Friday, June 24th, which can hope to draw health-conscious folks that wish to ensure they’re utilizing preventative measures to take excellent care of their our bodies and minds. The month-long festivities will culminate in a most coveted Hair Battle Presentation – Saturday, July 9th – again within the Ella Fitzgerald Theater, the place it’s possible you’ll discover some acquainted faces on stage and within the crowd to assist the Lawrence Brothers Promotions dream!

As you see, all of it comes full circle.  One particular person, a loving, good, persistent mom, named Jackie, who simply needed her boys to have an opportunity… could make a distinction in 4 younger lives.  She is the instance that Kevin and Doug maintain with the best regard, and so they hope to make a distinction in lots of different younger lives!  One thing tells us, they have already got.

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