From Left to Right: Sha Sha Feng-Co-Founder,Clarisa James-Co-Founder, Qualynda Wilson-Member, Lorraine Nelson- Member, Dr Natasha Gordon-Chipembere- Chairwoman of the Board.
A Bed-Stuy-based community organization set to host a presentation about the "N-word" in its historical context on Tuesday was robbed of five Apple computers, two digital cameras, two printers, one video camera, and even their vacuum cleaner. The clean sweep came just three weeks after DIVAS received its 501c(3) status as a non-profit.
Bed-Stuy Blog heard the news from the organization itself, DIVAS for Social Justice (Digital Interactive Visual Arts Sciences), which had been billing its “Imagery & Its Power” event as “a presentation about the original use of the N-word in its historical context using visuals, DVDs, and a PowerPoint presentation to engage youth and adults in an open, honest, and historically revealing interactive discussion.”
But despite the robbery coming just days before Tuesday's presentation, Clarisa James, co-founder of DIVAS, is not letting the robbery dampen their plans. She tell us, "Our event is going on as planned because we do not want to give our girls the impression of being victims."
Following the robbery the group is now forced to "start over," and therefore finds itself in dire need of donations, specifically, computers and software. Anyone looking to help can make a tax-deductible donation by contacting Clarisa James at firstname.lastname@example.org.