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Get up, Get out and Get Something

Get up!Body: Move! Take a walk.

Get Out: Hickory Hill Martin Luther King Parade 4/4/2014, 10am-12pm. The celebration will include a carnival for the community on the grounds of the Hickory Ridge Towne Center.

Shelby County Schools ArtsFest Friday-Saturday. Check website for more details.


I started my week with Shrek the Musical. It was amazing. Donkey truly showed his ASSet (pun intended) as a valuable cast member of the production.  Greer “Epik” Harkness, the young man who plays donkey is definitely one to watch out for. The music, costumes, set and acting were A1 from my view. Catch the performance again at ArtsFest 2014 4/5/14, 12.30 West Stage Main Tent.


Get Something   Mind: Get into a good book. Read!

                                     A few nuggets I gathered this week were from my reading of Successful Women Think Differently by Valorie Burton.

                                     She asked “What Brings You Joy?” and  shared “The joy of the Lord is my strength.”

Soul: Get in tune with something that feels good… Family, Friends and Leisure… Another surprise visit this week. I love my sisters. Baby girl, TY from the Chi is here by way of Houston, Texas baby!

Spirit: Find a place to sit, be quiet and be still.


Education Matters: Testing time is approaching quickly. Start making sure students are resting, studying and eating properly. This is a crucial and stressful time for our kids.

I ended my work week with some of the most amazing people in the SCS system (Ms. Carolyn Taalib-Din, Mr. Alvin Wright,  Ms. Janice Johnson and Student leaders, at the SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere)Rally. The extraordinary purposeful movement was infused with inspirational poetry, dance and motivational lectures about doing the right thing in the face of adversity and taking a stand against violence and bullying. Mr. Broderick C. left students and adults with three main points to ponder when understanding violence perpetrators. He contends that they are:  “Unaware of Purpose, Unaware of Danger and Unconcerned with the future.” That is how he explained the majority of the people who commit senseless violence. Barbaric, animalistic images of teens committing violence against others were projected on the screen throughout his presentation. As he elaborated he was comical at points but transitioned to a more serious manner to capture the severity of the matter. Ms. Nikki encouraged the student leaders to not entertain cyber bullying through an engaging dramatic speak. Mr. J.R. shared his story as an ex-convict/gang member and as the father of a slain daughter (gang retaliation against him) who is now a Youth Advocate. The Rally was put together by the fabulous Janice Johnson, Peer Mediation Supervisor for SCS. She is passionate about our young people and it shows in her work.

Up and Coming…

Craigmont High School Drama Club Throwback Theatre  Thursday featuring…Excerpts from The Wiz Thursday April 24th at 2:30pm, 6pm.

Youth Speak Mid-South will perform Excerpts from The Wiz Tues April 29th at 4:30pm.

Jeanine Jones

Speak To Me Books

Youth Speak Mid-South

~Literacy is Life~ Live!

Youth Speak Mid-South March Madness Mad about Beauty, Beauty & Brawn series…

beauty   blackgirl6blackgirl1

 Youth Speak Mid-South March Madness Mad about Beauty Kicked off the first week of March with Very Special Guests…

Beverly Harwell of Dew Drop Nails 3/7/13 6-7pm. Ms. Harwell spoke about beauty, health and entrepreneurship, conducted Q&A session and had a beauty activity for the girls. She donated her time and her only request was that the girls make good grades this next quarter, and  provide her with documentation of the good grades and to mentally and physically define diva in a positive way. This diva made an impact on the diva’s in training. Youth Speak actor Jamarah Wright honored that request, making all A’s and bringing in her report card to the following meeting.

Dew Drop Nails – “. . . where natural nail-care is the specialty

Inger UpChurch of I.O.U Jewelry presented Empowering Young Women in Starting Their Own Business on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 7:00 pm. In this workshop she gave  empowerment, which is the first step to building positive self-esteem, confidence and economic freedom.   Ms. Upchurch gave tips and advice on the how to’s of basic jewelry making. The young ladies of Youth Speak Mid-South created original jewelry at no cost and some purchased some of Ms.  Upchurch’s  I.O.U original  earrings for just $5.00.
Next Up:
This week “Like a Diamond, I am Beautiful” will be presented by Our Sister in Unity and continued supporter Jaria Sharkey founder and CEO of MLYL  (My Leading Young Lady) Thursday, 3/28/13 @ 7pm. She will give us insight on her program & organization.


Step Show, the Stage Play & Spring Sisters in Unity Extravaganza Expo Hosted by Kristee Lane, Soul Classics 103.5



Calling All Schools, Colleges, Sororities, Fraternities, Churches, Organizations, Businesses, Families, Communities  & Individuals… Youth Speak Mid South and Speak To Me Theatre Group presents Step Show, the Play featuring the second semester/sequel to the Stage Play We Can All Decorate the Same Tree based on the book by Jeanine Jones (Also, based on the forthcoming Novel, Step Show). Come out and enjoy food, fun fashion fellowship and networking in the name of sisterhood, as we embark on a journey to embrace and love the diversity among a unique culture. As we grow to love and accept one another, we will grow to love and accept others.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Craigmont High 3333 Covington Pike



Friday, April 26, 2013

Hickory Hill Community Center 3910 Ridgeway Road



• Book Drive (Speak To Me Books) Give the gift of Literacy. Please donate a book for our children & youth. Our goal is 2,013 books in 2013. Help us reach our goal.

• Stage Play

General Public – $5.00 donation, $ 1 donation Thurs. for Craigmont High Students, Faculty & Staff $5 for all others

Vendors/Sponsors – Get Your Booth Today! (Bronze, Silver, Gold, PlatinumSelect a ticket or sponsorship below ).

Volunteers Needed 

Current 2013 Sisters in Unity include Beverly Harwell, Dew Drop Nail, Inger Upchurch, I.O.U. Jewelry, and Sponsor Jaria Sharkey, My Leading Young Lady (Fourth Year Continued Supporter Silver Sponsor)

Past 2012 Partners, Presenters & Vendors Include the following who are all invited to attend again…

Vendors AIHU, Green for Life, Angelica Burks, Belle of the Ball Dress Consignment, LLC Cosmo Posh Beauty Salon (Vendor Donation), Elephant Exchange, Pink Addiction Boutique, Lane C. Levy , D.D.S. Mary Kay (Tarsha Gibson), MDazzled, Sponsor My Leading Young Lady (Fourth Year Continued Supporter Silver Sponsor)


Speak To Me Books Book Drive
Give the gift of Literacy. Please donate a book(s) for our children & youth. Our goal to acquire 2,013 books in 2013 to distribute to children over the holidays. Spread the word.
~Literacy is Life~ Live!
Jeanine Jones
(901) 240-1527