‘GIRLS TRIP’-Bringing Women Together Through the Power of Sisterhood!

By Kyle kYLE MCIVERMcIver
Blog contributor
Writer & Editor

The box office smash about four African-American women on vacation, ‘Girls Trip’, was not only a success in Hollywood; it created a successful opportunity for two up and coming social media mavens & entrepreneurs Makeda Nurse and Shon Graham. These two young ladies were able to create a successful event around the movie “girls trip’ bringing more than 500 women collectively to private screenings of the hilarious hit film. ‘Girls Trip,’ starring Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett, Regina Hall, and break out star Tiffany Haddish is about four childhood friends traveling to the Essence Festival in New Orleans for a much needed girl’s weekend. The movie has become a massive box office success earning $30.4 million in ticket sales the first week and the honor of being the highest grossing R-rated film since 2015.

For these two budding entrepreneurs ‘girls trip’ has proven to be not just a movie – BUT A MOVEMENT for women everywhere!

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Going to the movies is a fun outing in the summer. Checking out a film featuring actors you love, playing characters with whom you can relate on some level makes it all the better. Going with a group of close friends can be just what heals the stresses of the day! You can sink into another reality free from family demands, work duties, and the daily hustle. We all need the catharsis of camaraderie — to settle in with our people and let out a collective laugh that can erase the angst we tend to bottle up. And what if you can turn all of that into a business opportunity? Two women, Makeda Nurse of Philadelphia, PA and Shon Graham of Richmond, VA – complete strangers, did just that. And we’d like to share their stories with you.

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Makeda Nurse, a nurse manager from Philadelphia (Yes, Nurse Nurse!) and owner of the blog makedaisinherfeelings.com and Shon Graham, an accounts payable rep in Richmond, VA and creator of #Massivegirlsnightout, had very similar and potentially lucrative ideas grow out of a simple desire to bring women together and support a movie about sisterhood. And for each, what started out as a desire to simply squad up and hit a chick flick became much more.

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With her newly minted status as a rising star on social media, Makeda Nurse of Philadelphia, PA, saw an opportunity to host an event for the chick flick, “Rough Night,” staring Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Zoë Kravitz. She called the The Movie Tavern in Flourtown, PA to plan a private event and found out they also hosted pre-screenings as well. After the moderate success of her “Rough Night” event with 30 participants, she looked to create a larger event on July 27th to support Malcolm Lee’s “Girls Trip”. Makeda was able to negotiate a girls night out special around the movie that included dinner, a drink, the movie, and popcorn. Overall, Makeda’s ‘Girls Trip’ event outperformed her expectations and quickly SOLD OUT!
After seeing the trailer ‘Girls Trip’, Shon Graham posted her idea of a girls night out to view ‘Girls Trip’ on her Facebook page, anticipating at the most 20 participants. She called a local movie theater to inquire about private screenings and movie parties. When the theater told her the smallest theater sat 79 people at minimum, she wondered how she would be able to find that many people. However, through the magic of Facebook, the response to her idea was bigger than Shon could’ve imagined…WAY bigger. Shon dubbed the event “Massive Girls Night Out.” And thanks to social media, a simple girls night out to see “Girls Trip,” became the trending topic #Massivegirlsnightout and Shon was able to SELL OUT the largest theater in the complex. However, it didn’t end there.

 Stay connected with these emerging Social Media Powerhouses!
For updates about future events hosted by Makeda Nurse, Click here.
For updates about future events hosted by Shon Graham, Click here.

The social media buzz and chatter about the event caught the eye of some local businesses and entrepreneurs looking to promote their products to the audience. They reached out to Shon with offers to support her event. With most donors donating at least 5 products each, she amassed 125 prizes for gift basket raffles of prizes ranging from commemorative Massive Girls Night Out glassware, to a two free hour rental of a bouncy house for a party among many other gifts. As an added bonus, she also had t-shirts created for the event and set up an after party with a local female-run business. Shon was even contacted by Channel 8 news, a local news station in Richmond, VA.
For these two budding entrepreneurs ‘GIRLS TRIP’ is much more than a movie; IT’S A MOVEMENT for women everywhere! There is a magic that happens when women come together to not only have fun, but to empower and support one another. The girls night out events created by both of these rising Entrepreneurs is the beginning of an ongoing grass root movement that will bring women together everywhere, making Malcolm Lee’s ‘Girl Trip’ an enormous success, on and off the screen.

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SECRET VIDEO: Romney Tells Millionaire Donors What He REALLY Thinks of Obama Voters

MotherJones.com

When he doesn’t know a camera’s rolling, the GOP candidate shows his disdain for half of America.

By David Corn on Mon. September 17, 2012 1:00 PM PDT

During a private fundraiser earlier this year, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told a small group of wealthy contributors what he truly thinks of all the voters who support President Barack Obama. He dismissed these Americans as freeloaders who pay no taxes, who don’t assume responsibility for their lives, and who think government should take care of them. Fielding a question from a donor about how he could triumph in November, Romney replied:There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.

Romney went on: “[M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll  never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care  for their lives.”

Mother Jones has  obtained video of Romney at this intimate fundraiser—where he candidly  discussed his campaign strategy and foreign policy ideas in stark terms  he does not use in public—and has confirmed its authenticity. To  protect the confidential source who provided the video, we have blurred  some of the image, and we will not identify the date or location of the  event, which occurred after Romney had clinched the Republican presidential nomination. [UPDATE: We can now report that this fundraiser was held at the Boca Raton home of controversial private equity manager Marc Leder on May 17 and we’ve removed the blurring from the video. See the original blurred videos here.]

Here is Romney expressing his disdain for Americans who back the  president:

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Police chief in Trayvon Martin case to step down “temporarily”

Police chief in Trayvon Martin case to step down..”temporarily”
In Uncategorized on March 22, 2012 at 12:36 pm

By Zachary Roth | The Lookout – 2 hrs 23 mins ago

Sanford, Fla., Police Chief Bill Lee is “temporarily” resigning amid widespread criticism of his department’s handling of the Trayvon Martin case, he announced moments ago.

“My role as the leader of this agency has become a distraction for this organization,” Lee said at a press conference Thursday afternoon. “It is apparent that my involvement in this matter is overshadowing the process. I have come to the decision that I must temporarily remove myself from the position of police chief of the city of Sanford.”

Sanford City Manager Norton Bonaparte Jr. said in a letter released Wednesday evening that police were “prohibited” from arresting George Zimmerman, who had confessed to shooting Martin, “based on the facts and circumstances they had at the time.” Zimmerman told local police he acted in self-defense.

Sanford police have been criticized for not conducting an alcohol or drug test on Zimmerman, as is standard practice in a homicide probe, among other alleged missteps. And a witness has said that a law enforcement officer “corrected” her when she said she heard Martin screaming for help. Lee had emerged as a focal point of the criticism.

Zimmerman, a white Hispanic, was patrolling the streets of a gated community in Sanford on Feb. 26, when he spotted Martin and told a police dispatcher that a “black male” was acting “suspicious.” Zimmerman, 28, ignored a warning from the dispatcher not to pursue Martin, and a violent confrontation ensued, leaving Martin dead.

JSAIS: Temporarily is not enough, he must lose his position! If Police chief, Bill Lee, had lost a son the way the Martin’s lost theirs, Zimmerman would have been thrown under the jail, period! My question is who are the laws made to protect, really? Why didn’t at least one officer involved in this case step up and say, “Hey this is not right”? Outside of how one may feel personally at the end of the day those officers had a job to do. No one did it. The law cannot protect their unprofessionalism. I’m a nurse I have to treat everyone the same and I do. I don’t want to know if you raped you mother, because I have to take care of you with the same respect and with the same professionalism as if you were Mother Theresa. Every officer involved in Trayvon’s case needs to lose their job!

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