On Thursday, Jackson’s two powerhouses will raise the roof and lift spirits at the Mississippi Women’s Foundation fundraiser.
According to event organizers, Angie Thomas and Rita Brent will speak to guests and answer questions during an event focused on “setting goals, making changes, and creating new possibilities for women in Mississippi.”
The Visionary event begins at 6:30 PM at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, 222 North St., Jackson. Tickets are $75 and available at bit.ly/Visionaries2023.
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Angie Thomas wrote the New York Times bestselling novels “The Hate U Give” and “On the Come Up.” Both are memorialized in the film. Her latest book, Concrete Rose, is a prequel to The Hate U Give. She is also the co-author of the young adult novel ‘Blackout’.
Her books cover topics such as police brutality and issues related to women and minorities.
“We had many people who read ‘The Hate U Give’ tell us that it helped them see the real-life issues addressed in the book in a different light,” Thomas said in a news release. “This is the power of fiction. It can help us better understand the real world.”
Thomas graduated from Belhaven College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. There, a scholarship was established in her name to support other aspiring writers. Applications for this year’s scholarship will be accepted until her March 10th. A fully-funded scholarship provides for her four years of tuition, room and board at Belhaven. For scholarship and application information, visit gobelhaven.com/angie.
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Comedian and musician Rita Brent has appeared in numerous comedy shows, including ‘Hart of the City,’ ‘Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks,’ and ‘Unprotected Sets.’
She has recorded many songs including singles such as “Kamala”, “Grown on a Mouth” and “I Deserve to Live”.
She is an Army National Guard veteran who graduated from Jackson State University with a BA in Mass and Speech Communications.
According to her website, Brent is touring with mentors Ricky Smiley and Cedric The Entertainer as a featured act.
She wrote for the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards and is a staff writer for Comedy Central’s “Tha God’s Honest Truth With Lenard ‘Charlamagne’ McKelvey.”
Mississippi Women’s Foundation
The Women’s Foundation of Mississippi is a grantor focused solely on women and girls. We work to create new opportunities and celebrate the achievements of women in Mississippi.
The organization’s mission is to support women’s health and a two-generation approach through access to educational and career opportunities, women’s health, and grant making, advocacy, training programs, research, and community education and engagement. to ensure women’s economic security.
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