Kevin and Doug Lawrence might have been born into a house of financial privilege, however as an alternative they have been born into a house which gave them a lot, way more! Kevin and Doug together with brothers Robert and Kenneth grew up beneath the watchful eye of Jacqueline L. Lawrence in Harrisburg, PA. Dwelling within the inner-city was not straightforward for a single mom, however Jackie strived for a greater high quality of life for her beloved boys. Within the 1980’s, to Jackie, a transfer to the ‘suburbs’ and a faculty district the place her boys might get a very good schooling, was a payoff for her arduous work and dedication. It’s the values that she instilled (arduous work, love, dedication to objectives, by no means hand over, believing in your self and staying collectively as a household) which have been the cornerstones of Lawrence Brothers Promotions, co-founded by Kevin and Doug.
The Lawrence Brothers Promotions have been famend within the hair care business for over a decade! Their Hair Battles & Style Exhibits have reached legendary standing within the Hampton Roads, VA space and within the African American neighborhood up and down the East Coast.
To have fun 10 years of those dynamic Hair and Style Present Occasions, the brothers have give you a novel thought for showcasing these artistic competitions. The idea, PRIDE: They Can’t Take That Away from Me isa month-long gallery exhibit on the Gross Downing Cultural Arts Heart in Newport Information, VA with celebrations that includes a collection of 4 separate occasions that uplift, encourage, and educate, whereas connecting the neighborhood to the wonder/style business world. As well as, this occasion supplies healthcare sources and alternatives whereas offering our younger adults with monetary sources for attending post-secondary instructional alternatives. How are the Lawrence brothers doing this, you ask? In 2019, they began a Non-Revenue 501C3 group known as: We Imagine in Your Baby Too. Since its inception, Kevin and Doug have gathered donated funds to assist facilitate the charity’s mission: WBIYC is dedicated to enhancing our communities by investing in our younger adults in search of larger schooling. They consider that educating younger adults in career-oriented jobs as an funding sooner or later will create generational wealth for households in want. Scholarships have been offered to a couple of dozen candidates which have gone onto persevering with education schemes funded by We Imagine in Your Baby Too.
Why an enormous celebration in 2022? Kevin and Doug determined this was the 12 months (after having been sequestered through the pandemic) to unite the neighborhood and revel in cultural features of African Individuals, whereas timing it with the much-anticipated Juneteenth. Hair, Magnificence, Style, and healthcare all go hand-in-hand in a vibrant neighborhood of those that wish to see their individuals and environment thrive with love and kindness.
Right here is what to anticipate: A month lengthy (June 17th– July 9th) Gallery Exhibit that showcases all of the Lawrence Brothers Promotions Hair Battles and Style Present Occasions over time.
All of the occasions, in addition to the gallery exhibit happen on the Gross Downing Cultural Arts Heart in Newport Information. Since 2008, it has served as a gathering place for these locally to expertise totally different applications, together with free and cheap courses and workshops, concert events that includes nationwide and native acts, theatrical productions, and a lot extra. Now they add the Lawrence Brothers Promotions PRIDE retrospective to their record of modern, thrilling reveals and occasions.
The kickoff begins with “Emancipation” weekend (ribbon chopping ceremony) – Friday, June 17th with a small reception to have fun and revel in. The following ‘taking place’ is the Style Present – Saturday, June 18th which will likely be held within the Ella Fitzgerald Theater for roughly 300 company. Subsequent, bridging the neighborhood and offering important well being care screening and schooling, is the Group Well being Day Occasion – Friday, June 24th, which is able to hope to draw health-conscious folks that wish to be certain that they’re utilizing preventative measures to take excellent care of their our bodies and minds. The month-long festivities will culminate in a most coveted Hair Battle Presentation – Saturday, July 9th – again within the Ella Fitzgerald Theater, the place chances are you’ll discover some acquainted faces on stage and within the crowd to help the Lawrence Brothers Promotions dream!
As you see, all of it comes full circle. One individual, a loving, sensible, persistent mom, named Jackie, who simply needed her boys to have an opportunity… could make a distinction in 4 younger lives. She is the instance that Kevin and Doug maintain with the very best regard, they usually hope to make a distinction in lots of different younger lives! One thing tells us, they have already got.