SHE ROCKS: Founder, Timea Gaines Shares the Vision Behind Creating a Platform for Elevating Women in the Arts

Timea Gaines is a leading PR and entertainment professional, enthusiastic about promoting positive people, brands and ideas. She is also the founder of the SHE Rocks Awards and Artist Showcase. As the CEO of Love Life Media she aims to bring positive Entertainment; Inspirational Pop Culture and so much more to the forefront.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Timea’s idea for She ROCKS all started with the desire of putting together a short documentary for Women’s History Month. The documentary was to be directed at highlighting women working in specific fields and industries that she admired. As she researched different professions, she came across the fact that less than 30% of female visual artists across the world, do not have their artwork displayed in museums, as much as their male counterparts. Being that Gaines had a professional background in theatre, this struck a chord with her and she felt as though she wanted to do more. Gaines also took note of how many of her female friends, in the music industry, had expressed that people tended to make bias comments on their abilities. Some frequent comments they would receive were phrases like “she was killing it for a girl or you play bass real good for a girl”. It was through this awareness that Gaines decided she wanted to create the SheROCKS event.

We had the opportunity of speaking with Timea about her vision for She ROCKS, check out more of what she had to say:

Timea’s Street Intell:

“Women don’t get enough recognition as it is but its just not solely in the professional industry but it is also in the arts. And I feel like they need to be highlighted and recognized and know that that they are celebrated. I want women to know that they are not just good enough being a girl or women but they are good enough period.”
 
 
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Dorothy Dandridge : A Star on the Rise

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Dorothy Dandridge was a woman of magnificent beauty and extraordinary talent, who dreamed of one day reaching the upper echelon of Hollywood as an dramatic actress. In 1954, that dream came true when she was cast as the lead in Otto Preminger’s Carmen Jones, the first all-black musical filmed in Technicolor. Not only was the movie a success, but Dorothy received acclaim for her portrayal of Carmen Jones, becoming Hollywood’s first African American dramatic female movie star. She was also the first African American woman to grace the cover of Life magazine.
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On February 12, 1954 Dorothy received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress, making her the first African American actress to receive such an honor. On March 30, 1955 Dorothy attended the 27th Annual Academy Awards with her sister Vivian. The night was a historic one for many reasons. Dorothy was not only the first African American woman nominated for Best Actress, but also the first African American actress to present an award.

Though she did not win the Oscar, Dorothy captivated the hearts of the country, and symbolized the hopes and dreams of African Americans everywhere. With the tremendous success of Carmen Jones, one would assume Dorothy Dandridge would remain one the top actresses in Hollywood. Unfortunately, Hollywood was too focused on her skin color instead of her talent. Three years pasted before Dorothy starred in another film. In 1957, she appeared apart of an ensemble cast in the movie Island in the Sun. She starred in other movies including The Decks Ran Red (1958), Tamango (1958), Porgy and Bess (1959) and Malaga (1960), but none received the acclaim and garnered the popularity of Carmen Jones.
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As Diahann Carroll said, “Dorothy Dandridge should be the most successful movie star in the world, but she was a black woman at the wrong time.” She captivated the world with her beauty, and amazed audiences everywhere with her undeniable talent . Most importantly she inspired and blazed the trail for generations of actors and entertainers. Though her influence doesn’t end there. It’s broad enough to reach just about any and everyone including me. Dorothy dared to dream big, and accomplished what seemed virtually impossible during the 1950s. Her dreams our now our realities, and I am forever grateful.

 

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M. Williams is a guest contributor and curator behind the @DandridgeLove Blog.

Williams has always had a great love and admiration for Dorothy. When she realized that so many in this generation didn’t know who she was, or the rich legacy she left behind. She started an Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr in hopes of increasing awareness about her life and legacy. Williams’s goal has always been to uplift the legacy of Dorothy Dandridge, by acknowledging her triumphs as well as her trials. Dorothy has opened the door for so many women especially of color. Williams believes it is our duty to celebrate her because not only did Dandridge break down countless barriers but she has inspired others to do the same. M. Williams hopes in time Dorothy’s legacy will not only be more widely known, but truly appreciated.

Saving Our Sisters

Women’s History Month is here and it is not only a time to acknowledge and honor the contributions of our sisters, but also to celebrate, support and encourage them. That being said, we have partnered with three amazing organizations, Jaden’s Closet, Inc., Dark is Lovely, Inc., and the Boys & Girls Club of America, to take on a special initiative: Saving Our Sisters.

We have teamed up to support ACTS Turning Points, a Domestic Violence Intervention Program that provides housing, food, clothing, legal and counseling services to women and children affected by domestic violence.

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Sadly statistics show that:
§  Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten.
§  Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined
§  Up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually
§  Every day in the US, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends.
§  Men, who as children witnessed their parents’ domestic violence were twice as likely to abuse their own wives, than sons of nonviolent parents.

Most women affected by domestic violence have no place to go and no one to help. If children are involved, most women will stay in an abusive relationship for fear that they have no way to provide for their children outside of the home.  Street Intell is pleased to be apart of a solution to help families in need and request your help in doing the same.

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That sounds great! But how can I help?

Join the campaign! March 10th-28th we will be collecting essential items needed to further advance the efforts of the ACTS Turning Points program.

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Week 1: March 10th -14th — “The Essentials”

Week one focuses on providing basic supplies to our sisters arriving at the safe houses.  You can purchase items to create an entire kit or purchase one item to be used in a kit. Every little bit helps.
Health/Toiletries Kits: (All items in kit must be new; all toiletry items must be full size, not travel size)

  • 1 shower caddy
  • 1 comb (large and sturdy, not pocket-sized)
  • 1 brush 1 full size bottle of shampoo & conditioner
  • 1 stick/container of deodorant
  • 1 metal nail file or fingernail clippers (no emery boards or toenail clippers)
  • 1 bath-sized bar of soap (3  oz. and up)
  • 1 tube of tooth paste
  • 1 toothbrush (single brushes only in original wrapper, no child-size brushes)
  • 6 adhesive plastic strip Band-Aids

Basic Clothing Kits: (All items in Kit must be new) Designed for adults and children, male and female, from sizes small -2XL. Sizing throughout essentials package should be consistent. Colors chosen can be gender specific but neutrals are also encouraged.

  • 3 pairs of underwear
  • 1 bra (if female – adult or teen)
  • 2 T-Shirts 1 pair of sweatpants/lounge pants
  • 1 sweatshirt
  • 3 pairs of socks
  • 1 pair flip flops
  • 1 set of pajama’s – top and bottom
  • 1 backpack or reusable grocery bag/tote

Baby/Layette Kits: (All items must be new)

  • 1 package of size
  • 1 diapers
  • 1 package of size
  • 2 diapers
  • 2 shirts or 2 one-piece body suits
  • 2 baby washcloths
  • 2 gowns or sleepers
  • 2 diaper pins
  • 1 sweater opens in the front
  • 2 receiving blankets

Week 2: March 17th -21st — “Let’s Eat”

Week two focuses on providing food to our sisters and children currently living in safe houses. Think canned goods, water, cereal, juice, etc. ACTS Turning Points provides all the food for the women and children in the Domestic Violence Intervention Program. Food is a necessity and a TOP priority at the shelter.

Week 3: March 24th – 28th — “Gift Cards Galore”

Week three focuses on supporting the ACTS Turning Points mission by ensuring the program has the funds needed to help the many women and children that come through their doors for assistance. The gift cards allow the program to purchase items such as food, water, clothes, medicine, first aid supplies, supplies for babies and school age children, blankets, pillows, the list goes on. Gift cards in any amount are welcome. Please note gift cards to grocery stores, Walmart, Target, Pharmacy/Drugstores like Walgreen’s, Rite Aid or CVS  are greatly appreciated.

How do I get the items to you?

Please contact Chevonne Thomas at 571.991.9015 or thomaschevonne@gmail.com for drop off/pickup/shipping information.

What if I have additional questions?

Feel  free to reach out to info@streetintell.com or you may contact Dottie Larson, Program Director for ACTS Turning Points Domestic Violence Program.

Dottie Larson Phone: 703.221.4460 (ext.228) Email: dlarson@actspwc.org

We appreciate any assistance you can provide.  Thank you in advance and continue to share the Street Intell.

The Street Intell Team