Date Weekend for A Cause!

Hello lovely people!  Guess what?  I’m back blogging ( I know, I know, I claim that I’m going to start posting on a regular basis all the time, but I promise, this time is different, lol)…I digress.

Photography: C. Holliday, MUA: Greg Lawrence, Styling: Kyle Murray

Today’s post is dedicated to my awesome organization, The Red Pump Project and our annual “Rock The Red Pump” Campaign.  March 10th is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and we at Red Pump always commemorate this day; after all, this is the core of what we do–raise awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. We promote HIV prevention through education, and open dialogue about the issues that surround sexual and reproductive health.

So last month, the mister and I decided to celebrate Valentine’s Day a bit differently.  Instead of making it all about us, we decided to volunteer our resources to travel to DC and do the very first Red Pump DC photo shoot, organized by my lovely partner in crime, Red Pump Coordinator Brittani Menina.  I absolutely love the pics he captured of me and the girls…and since I love his work, I wanted to use his pic as my official #RockTheRedPump photo to commemorate the day.

I’m blessed to be involved with a man who supports and gives back, by any means necessary and is always willing to help.  This was one of the best date weekends ever!  Not only did I get the chance to spend quality time with my hun, but I was able to contribute to a cause I believe in.  What more could you ask for!

I’m Rock My Red Pumps Proudly, today and everyday.


Red Pump Speaks!

About the Red Pump Project from The Red Pump Project on Vimeo.

The founders of The Red Pump Project (Karyn Watkins and Luvvie Ajayi) talk about the organization's mission, and it's annual Rock the Red Pump® Campaign!

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Video by Dnt BooMe Productions.


Gearing Up to Rock The Red!

Gearing Up to Rock The Red!

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) is on March 10. Are you ready to support and raise awareness? If so, join us for the 5th Annual Rock The Red Pump Campaign and make your voice heard! For more information,

Why I #RockTheRedPump


I am proud to say that I have been a Red Pump Ambassador since the movement began (click here for some  history on The Red Pump Project).  We work online and on the ground promoting awareness and education about HIV/AIDS and the issues surrounding it, particularly as it is applicable to women and girls.  The red shoe is a symbol of empowerment and strength as we fight the AIDS epidemic with knowledge.  I’m often asked why I ROCK THE RED PUMP…check out the stats below, and the reason should be crystal clear:

speaking to the crowd at the 2010 Red Pump/Red Tie Affair
  • Leading cause of death for Black women (including African American women) aged 25–34 years.
  • 3rd leading cause of death for Black women aged 35–44 years
  • 4th leading cause of death for Black women aged 45–54 years
  • 4th leading cause of death for Latina women aged 35–44 years
  • The only diseases causing more deaths of women are cancer and heart disease
  • The rate of AIDS diagnosis for Black women was approximately 23 times the rate for white women and 4 times the rate for Latina women
  • In 2006, teen girls represented 39% of AIDS cases reported among 13–19 year-olds. Black teens represented 69% of cases reported among 13–19 year-olds; Latino teens represented 19%.

These statistics were from The Center for Disease Control’s website and the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Fact Sheets (which cited the CDC). You can get more information about the effect of the epidemic from these sites. This was originally posted on The Red Pump Project’s website.  To learn more about what we are doing in Charlotte on March 10 to commemorate National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, visit

Good Clean Fun: Celebrating National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD)

Join Red Pump Charlotte as we celebrate the day this evening at Vertical Tease Fitness:
In commemoration of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, join Red Pump Charlotte as we Paint the Night RED. This fundraiser event will take place at Vertical Tease (Tease Fitness Boutique). Come out and learn more about The Red Pump Project and how you can become a Red Pump Rocker.
BUT WAIT…this event isn’t your average informational meeting. The night will be filled with food, laughter, education, fun and a special tease pole party. Vertical Tease will teach basic pole techniques, a sexy chair routine and give you a great workout all at the same time.
Red Pump Project – Charlotte hopes to advance HIV awareness and obtain new Red Pump Rockers to help achieve our 2011 goals. We have the power to change our world; let’s join together and do it. Everyone who attends will have the opportunity to join Vertical Tease at a discounted rate of $45.00 for one month of unlimited classes. JSW Media Group is a media/promotional sponsor of this event.
Event Information
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Doors open 6:30 PM
7:00 – 9:00 PM


Vertical Fitness
2125 South End Drive, Suite 251
Charlotte, NC 28203
Enter the double doors and use the call box to dial Suite 251 to be buzzed in!
$20.00 (Proceeds benefit The Red Pump Project)
Rock your Red Pumps and Comfortable Attire

For more information, email Brittani Menina, Red Pump Charlotte Ambassador, The Red Pump Project at