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Butterflies, Lennon, and Lupus

Posted by Katina on May 22, 2010 at 3:03 am

Last week, one of my friends called to say she had an extra ticket to a lupus event featuring Julian Lennon. Did I want to go? Yes!!! Could I? Sadly no. I missed Julian Lennon performing Lucy, a lupus-tribute and I was kind of crushed. But I decided that it was a great hook for a Song-in-Action blog entry.

Check out James Scott Cook and Julian Lennon on the Lupus Foundation of America website as they explain how the song Lucy came to be and their goal to raise funds and awareness for Lupus research. Watch James and Julian perform Lucy (after interview on the origins of Lucy, app. 3:30).


Lucy's Legacy: Julian Lennon and James Scott Cook Join Musical Forces for Lupus Research

On a more personal note, I want to thank everyone who supported Team Metamorphosis‘ fundraising efforts during the 2010 DC Walk for Lupus Now.

With the help of my mom and sorors Keisha and Monica, Team Metamorphosis raised almost $1400 (with more coming in before May 30th). I am very excited and humbled by the support of friends, family, and the virtual community formed on Twitter and Facebook. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Much Love,


Filed under: Donate,Fundraiser,Lupus

Join me for the 2010 Walk for Lupus Now

Posted by Katina on April 11, 2010 at 10:58 pm

The other day my mother asked me: “when was the last time you wrote a blog?” On the one hand I was excited because my mother actually reads my blog. But on the other hand, I was embarrassed to tell her how long it had been. I have a great excuse, several actually, but still need to carve out the time to write about music and activism – a subject very close to my heart.

So what has been taking up all of my time? I am very proud to be a committee member of the DC 2010 Walk for Lupus Now, hosted by the Lupus Foundation of America, Greater Washington Chapter.  It’s going to be on April 17, 2010 in Washington D.C. – Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. between 13th and 12th St. N.W. – Next to Freedom Plaza. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m and the walk starts at 9:30 a.m.

This year I have dual roles – as co-chair of the 2010 Greeks Walk for Lupus Challenge and as leader of Team Metamorphosis. How did I get involved? The short story is that I have had lupus since I was a teen (see profile in the Bowie Blade) and jumped on the opportunity to help the Lupus Foundation, Greater Washington raise money for lupus awareness and for lupus research. The longer, more interesting story involves the lovely ladies of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Having lupus at any age sucks. But having it as a teenager and then in college is really challenging. Over the years, many of my sorors (esp. Monica Payne, Christy Rather, Keasha Cooper, LaShaun Franklin, Alycia Marshall, Tijuana Patty Klaus, Sheryl Jones, Crystal Kelley-Robinson, and Sonia Harris) went above and beyond the call of sisterhood to support me when I was sick or encourage me when I was down (EEE-Yip ladies).

So when about a year ago, the ladies of the Eta Beta chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho (University of Maryland at College Park) had a lupus fundraiser, I was there to support the cause. That night, I said to myself:  “I will volunteer with the Lupus Foundation, I will volunteer, I will volunteer!”  Not too long after, the Greater Washington lupus chapter invited me to an event and much to my surprise, there was soror Kassandra Kearse, my very own little sister, running the dinner. Why? Because she is the development manager for the Lupus Foundation, Greater Washington!

Now anybody who is part of a sorority knows that there is no way to overlook this kind of full-circle coincidence. I hadn’t seen Kassandra in at least ten years. Kassandra hopped on signing me up to volunteer right away, like no time had passed at all. It’s as if she heard the promise I made to volunteer and was just waiting for me to show up to fulfill it. Kassandra suggested that I help with the 1st annual Greeks Walk for Lupus challenge, a mini-event within the DC Walk for Lupus Now in which local sororities and fraternities compete for the title of Greek Organization of the Year based on their fundraising efforts.

Kassandra also encouraged me to start my first walk team: Metamorphosis.

My goal for Team Metamorphosis was to raise $300, but we have far exceeded that amount. As of April 11th, Team Metamorphosis has raised over $1000. Thanks to my team members (Mom and Sorors Monica and Keisha) we are on a roll. Help us go the distance by continuing to donate to the cause.  Donations can be made online on our team page or through the mail. There is no donation too large or too small.

Thanks everyone for all your support. See you at the walk.


P.S.  After the walk is over, the blogs about music and activism will come back! To learn more about Lupus, click here.

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Help Wyclef & Yele Haiti with Earthquake Relief

Posted by Katina on January 14, 2010 at 4:12 am

Musician & Humanitarian Wyclef Jean is well known for his dedication to his homeland Haiti. He founded the non-profit Yele Haiti as a grassroots movement to build global awareness for Haiti while helping the country’s long term growth.


As you know Haiti has been devastated by the recent earthquake. Her citizen’s need help now and Yele Haiti is mobilizing emergency relief. How can you help? Donate to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund at http:/home/katinara/public_html/ or use your cell phone to text “Yele” to 501501.

Because I think Wyclef says it best, please check out his plea for assistance recently posted on the Yele Haiti website:

“Haiti today faced a natural disaster of unprecedented proportion, an earthquake unlike anything the country has ever experienced.

The magnitude 7.0 earthquake – and several very strong aftershocks – struck only 10 miles from Port-au-Prince.

I cannot stress enough what a human disaster this is, and idle hands will only make this tragedy worse. The over 2 million people in Port-au-Prince tonight face catastrophe alone. We must act now.

President Obama has already said that the U.S. stands ‘ready to assist’ the Haitian people. The U.S. Military is the only group trained and prepared to offer that assistance immediately. They must do so as soon as possible. The international community must also rise to the occasion and help the Haitian people in every way possible.”

Many people have already reached out to see what they can do right now. We are asking those interested to please do one of two things: Either you can use your cell phone to text “Yele” to 501501, which will automatically donate $5 to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund (it will be charged to your cell phone bill), or you can click here to DONATE.

Thank you,
Wyclef ”

In this time of need, please take the time to help our brothers and sisters in Haiti.


P.S. Please also consider donating to the efforts of the Convoy of Hope and Doctors Without Borders earthquake response. Both organizations are also on the ground in Haiti providing needed relief services.


Countdown to Black Girls Rock! Fundraiser – Oct. 17, 2009 in NYC

Posted by Katina on October 15, 2009 at 4:44 am

One of my favorite things to do is to support groups that empower young women. It’s a double-bonus for me when the organization is related to music. Black Girls Rock! is a nonprofit youth empowerment mentoring organization founded by celebrity DJ, Beverly Bond.

On Saturday, October 17, 2009, Black Girls Rock! is hosting the 4th Annual Black Girls Rock! Awards to raise money for the organization and give much love and respect to women (and one man!) who serve as inspiration and role models to young women of color.

It’s going to be a fantastic event and I just hate that I can’t make the round trip to NYC myself this weekend. If you are in NYC, make your way by to see co-hosts Regina King and Tracee Ellis Ross honor the achievements of

  • Mary J. Blige – “Icon” Award
  • Raven-Symoné – “Young, Gifted, and Black” Award
  • Naomi Campbell – “Fashionista” Award.
  • Janelle Monáe – “Who’s Got Next” Award
  • Dr. Sonia Sanchez – “Living Legend” Award
  • Dr. Mehret Mandefro – “Community Service” Award
  • Iyanla Vanzant – “Shot Caller” Award
  • DJ Spinderella, “Jazzy Joyce DJ” Award
  • Anthony Hamilton, Soul Brother #1? Award

Ticket information can be found at http:/home/katinara/public_html/

Show some love for the Black Girls Rock! Fundraiser.

Show some love for the Black Girls Rock! Fundraiser.

You can’t make it? You can still help by donating funds to help the organization continue its programming. For more information on their programs, including the The Black Girls Rock!/ScratchDj Academy Program, see http:/home/katinara/public_html/ You can also check out their blog or follow Black Girls Rock! on Twitter.

[Thanks BlackGivesBack for the heads up on this great organization]