Haute Executive Director Mom. Birthday Drop-Off.

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Tina. Mom. Executive Director. Miami, Florida. 2013

Fashion Notes: Tina always wears the best Chandelier earrings in gold.  She loves bright colors and is glowing in this shot.  This is one sexy mamma!

Tina is the Executive Director of Alonzo Mourning’s (the former NBA star of the Miami Heat) Overtown Youth Center, http://overtownyouth.org/ (OYC).

The OYC mission is to inspire and empower youth and families by fostering hope through enrichment services. The neighborhood where OYC housed is in a very special and historic Miami neighborhood, Overtown, home to musicians, artists and a vibrant African-American community.  Overtown is also a community fighting poverty, crime, poor education and drug addiction.

Tina, who was raised in Overtown is working hard to make her neighborhood a better place, especially for the children being raised in her community.  I will never forget Tina giving me a tour of her neighborhood, she knows everybody and the warmth and love of Overtown’s residents is quite special.  I was in Overtown when President Obama was elected, we all sat at Jackson’s Soul Food and celebrated.

When I started working in Overtown, many people made comments regarding my safety.  But in Overtown I never felt unsafe, I only felt loved and accepted by the people who made this community so special. Sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone and make an effort to get to know other people, and that means stepping into their lives.. then all of us leave our judgements and fear behind, and end up enlightened with a lot of new friends.

I also learned a lot about basketball, and got to hang out with Zo and Dwayne Wade.  Tina and my friend TK had to point out the players to me.  Additionally, Tina had to elbow me when I told Zo that he’s quite the impressive “kicker”.  Fun times! Tina is a rock star mom and a great community leader.