Dose of Togetherness: Death & Dying in the Black Community
June 19, 2020 will mark the 155th anniversary of when the last enslaved African Americans were read the Emancipation Proclamation in Galveston, Texas. There is such irony in celebrating this day, as we mourn the loss of black men and women to racially charged violence, and those we have lost (disporportionately) to COVID-19.
Life-long friends and fellow musicians Stephanie and Latoya, will come together to lead an engaging discussion about this transformational moment in the history of racism in this country, how COVID-19 has changed black attitudes around death and how all communities of color can become empowered by this moment and begin to shape the way we live….and die.
Latoya Cooper also known as ”The Songstress” is CEO of MUSIC MEETS THE BOARDROOM, LLC. A successful self sustained business woman sought after by music industry channels for her expertise and fresh direct approach, Latoya has spent the past decade in the project management space and holds a Master’s of Business Administration. She is an accomplished Recording and Touring Artist, Entrepreneuress and has been featured on Essence.com. Latoya utilizes her extensive know-how to guide her clients through the launch and execution phase of their music career, ultimately shifting their business model from surviving to thriving.
Stephanie Rivers, Reimagine’s Sr. Director of Development, is an accomplished musician, recording artist and nonprofit management professional. Known for building fundraising programs from the ground up and taking stagnant organizations to the next level, Stephanie's passion for the arts and her commitment to nonprofit fundraising, marketing, and program development is what brought her to Reimagine eight months ago as its first development director. Stephanie’s 16 year career in philanthropy was spent with many notable organizations, including Helen Keller International and Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Stephanie received her BA in Communication from the University of Oklahoma, as well as a Certificate in Fundraising Leadership from Indiana University’s Lilly School of Philanthropy. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is working towards obtaining CFRE credentials in 2020.