Being born on New Year’s Day usually means that people are sleeping off the festivities from New Year’s Eve. January first doesn’t lend itself to typical birthday celebrations. I was fully prepared to mark my birthday with a cupcake and a few friends at brunch, but an article in The New York Times changed my mind. The article, a story about teen mothers, touched me for two reasons: I used to work at the NYTimes and I live in Brooklyn. I had no idea that young mothers in the area faced such high levels of discrimination, frustration and alienation. Was there something I could do to help? It turned out there was.
Being a supporter of the most positive elements of Hip-Hop culture afford me a special relationship with notable Brooklyn DJs and producers, one of whom was adamant that I celebrate my birthday in a bigger way than just a lonely cupcake. I had declined the offer but, upon digesting the article, called up the deejays. “Would you still be open to throwing me that birthday party?” I asked. I explained my concerns regarding young mothers in Brooklyn and asked if I could turn my birthday into a fundraiser. DJ Akalepse, DJ Evil Dee, Lord Finesse and Rich Medina gave me free reign. I was responsible for the conception, publicity and production of an event to benefit The Brooklyn Young Mothers Collective and I am pleased to say we raised funds and awareness of the struggle that young mother’s in Brooklyn face. It was one of the most fulfilling events I’ve put together so far.
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After logging onto twitter and seeing pleas for help from victims, I used my social media accounts to appeal for paypal donations. My followers donated money which I used make multiple trips to Far Rockaway to hand deliver urgent supplies and interview people who wanted to spread the word about what they were experiencing on the less affluent side of the Rockaway peninsula.
“I worked with Chevon when she was the Community Manager for our company’s alumni network. Chevon came through every month with new content and creative ways to attract membership to the community, as well as developing engagement strategies. I learned a great deal working with Chevon. It was always a pleasure!”
-Richard Stoehr | ADP
Recorded live from the press event for the Haiti Benefit song “I Made A Difference” by Cormega, Steele, Lil’ Fame from M.O.P, Maya Azucena, Redman and Stic.Man from Dead Prez.
Coovents shows you which happy hours are going on today and shows you which ones are going on now. With one glance you can see happy hours in your hood!
You can also send a text message to Coovents and we’ll send you happy hours to your phone! Bar hopping will never be the same. Click here to view the iPhone app or pop on over to Thrillist.com to read their app review.
Watch our Coovents presentation at the New York Tech Meetup.
The Coovents March Madness of Beers
Basketball isn’t the only game in town this March.
Play the Coovents March Madness of Beers Tournament for a chance to win $100 and other prizes!
Prizes and Sponsors
* Four 3-month email upload subscriptions to CloudContacts courtesy of CenterNetworks
* One $25 gift certificate courtesy of Tonic East
* One $25 Amazon gift certificate courtesy of Meet Now Live
* One week-long certificate for unlimited yoga for you and a friend courtesy of The Fierce Club
* $100 cash prize courtesy of Coovents
* $300 gift certificate courtesy of The Town Tavern
* $300 gift certificate courtesy of Whistlin’ Dixie’s
How it Works: read the rules and details here.
The First Official Coovents GET HAPPY Hour
Team Coovents, and company took over the top tier at Tonic East last Wednesday. It was a blast talking shop, hanging out with Coovents fans and having one too many shots (but who’s counting)?
Want to learn more about how Coovents was developed? Check out my friend Nathan’s site for the delicious, down-and-dirty development details.
I was responsible for production and styling of Steele, Memphis Bleek and Tekomin on set for the video ‘Top of the World’ from the Pete Rock | Smif-n-Wessun album, “Monumental”. Working with artists on set is exciting because you need to coordinate a lot of moving parts and personalities in a short space of time. “Monumental” is on Duck Down Records and is available at major retailers (Best Buy, FYE), Independent, Mom & Pop stores, and more. To watch the final video, click here.
Neek The Exotic + Large Professor tell Chevon about their video concept for “Guess Who.” The second single off STILL ON THE HUSTLE (on FatBeats Records).