Megan Kapri The Survivors Strategist: How I Found My Voice

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I was not a liar-but who believed me? Many didn’t believe me, I didn’t believe me. I questioned why I was born and I attempted to commit suicide many times because the pain was too great inside. At 5 years old I had to do strange things and was molested. I didn’t understand how I could be treated this way. Then at 8 nothing changed just a different human I was sexually abused by a religious family member. This experience made me question whether God truly loved me and if so how could he allow me to be abused? At 10, the pain still didn’t end, I was raped by a family friend; when would this betrayal of trust end. “I was a liar”, he said. I learned to be silent because although I could speak- I had no voice. That same day I was seen by a physician who used ultra-violet light to shed light on my story. The light revealed the semen & other body fluids was still left on me. It was on that day I was given my voice. 
Megan Kapri Manigault is an Amazon Best-Selling Author, Speaker, Mentor, and Advocate. Raised in Charleston, SC. She had always been a forerunner, paving the way for others and showing her love for her community by sharing her talents and gifts.  
In 2004, Megan became a founding member of the Students Can Really Use Bedside Skills (S.C.R.U.B.S.) – a mentoring program at Roper St. Francis Healthcare. Megan continued to shine as a poet, being one of the first students to participate in “Gear Up” – Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. Megan was the founding member of the “In the Spirit of Giving Fund” – a program started at Garrett Academy for students and family members experiencing traumatic life events. As an actress with the “Charleston Street Vendors”, she performed in plays and skits about the history of Charleston and its enslaved people. These performances included the Mojo Arts Festival and the North Charleston Arts Festival.  
Megan graduated from Trident Technical College and the University of South Carolina, focusing on project management, healthcare, and psychology. Megan has worked in the medical field in various positions for over 10 years. She has spent countless hours volunteering at hospitals, nursing homes, and various faith-based organizations. In 2017, Megan was recognized by the National Council of Negro Women, Inc (North Charleston Bethune-Leonard Section) as a 2017 Innovator and received an award for her awesome works in the community. Megan co-authored a book that same year entitled “Unveiled, Unmasking The Pain”, in this book she shares with the world her rape experience. She wanted to help the world understand the experience of sexual assault and encourage others to take off the mask, speak up, and use their voices. As a survivor of childhood sexual assault, she decided to found I AM VOICES, Inc. – a non-profit organization, which now has a Chapter in Nigeria, both with a mission to transform the lives of survivors of sexual abuse while educating the community through awareness and prevention tactics. Megan has also created a mentorship summer program “Infinite Voices”, in this program she mentors young girls ages 4-17 on Body Safety, Self-Love, Boundaries, Financial Responsibility, and Entrepreneurship.  Late 2018, Megan self-published “Wilted Flowers, Still Bloom, this book goes over many of her steps and strategies to help others understand Trauma Survivors or even to help survivors learn coping mechanisms. She created in this book, activities for readers to use in self-discovery; the book has been used in book clubs and female support groups. As “The Survivors Strategist”, Megan has used what she learned, to help other survivors develop their strategy to overcome mental obstacles to reach their peace. Early 2019, Megan co-authored another book “Body Talk: Finding the Beauty In You”, Megan expresses in this book the freedom in loving herself. She discusses how she once struggled with even thinking her body or physical appearance was worthy of love. She explains that Finding the Beauty means shes still learning, still discovering, and still working on ways to love herself over and over again. She ends her chapter by telling her readers, “With every lesson I learn, I’m willing to share with you, because by helping you, I’m still helping me, sis.” Megan is known in her community and internationally by her heart and willingness to spread love and speak on Finding Purpose and Overcoming Life’s Obstacles. She lives by her Motto “To Find Who You Are, You Must Acknowledge Where You’ve Been.” 
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One Artist Dreams Came True When His Paintings​ Got Into The Hands of Oprah Winfrey & Gayle King

 

 

 

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Artist: Pain Killer Cam Art

 

Pain Killer Cam Art, as the artist is known as, dreams come true when media moguls Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King got their hands on his creations. We spoke with the artist briefly and here’s his response:

 

 

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There is no doubt that he is talented but what’s more remarkable is his humility and recognition of God our father. It is God who gives us the strength and abilities, that produces joy and wealth. A true leader understands that he is great only because of who is carrying him. We salute Pain Killer Cam Art!

 

Dreams do come true…

I AM QUEEN Magazine celebrates Cover Queen DaVonna May

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BellaDonna PrimaDonna is an International, 2x Award-Winning Accessories Company known for its timeless pieces. Each jewel demands the Queen within to rise! When wearing BDPD, you cannot help but shine! An experience that can only be described as Extraordinary!

Meet DaVonna May – Visionary, Designer & Stylist for BellaDonna PrimaDonna Accessory House. The Hawaiian born, New Jersey raised lawyer turned entrepreneur created BDPD in 2010 because she believes every woman deserves to be celebrated.

 

BDPD is more than luxury jewelry, it’s a ministry. When we style a client, we sow into their dreams – by the end of a session – a new woman is born – a reawakening has occurred and a movement is birthed! Our clients represent all walks of life. One thing they have in common is that they’ve turned their pain into power.  Instead of becoming victims to circumstances, they determined to operate in their God-given fullness. Our jewelry is a stepping stone to self-love and discovery – a symbol of your own greatness – a reminder that the life you desire is attainable. We love taking part in that journey! BellaDonna PrimaDonna seeks to leave a legacy of faith, hope, empowerment and excellence! We are advocates of dream chasing, and our mission is to empower every woman to birth that vision within  – one accessory at a time!

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JAZZ IN THE GARDENS BRINGS MORE THAN JUST MUSIC TO SOUTH FLORIDA!

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Beyond the music, Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival (JITG) dubbed “the fastest growing jazz and R&B festival in the U.S.” ushers in the 14th Annual festival along with its ancillary official JITG events. On March 7, the City of Miami Gardens will present the
3rd Annual Film, Music, Art & Culture Conference (FMAC), 3rd Annual Poetry in the Gardens national poetry contest both events on Thursday, March 7, 2019, and the 8th Annual Women’s Impact Luncheon, in honor of women’s history month, on Friday, March 8, 2019.

On Thursday, March 7, 2019, 11AM – 4:30PM the 3 rd Annual Film, Music, Art & Culture Conference (FMAC) will open the JITG festival weekend by hosting an exciting one-day multi-genre experience that will educate and showcase diverse art forms. The panel of experts includes filmmaker Peter Bailey, Legendary R&B diva Betty Wright, muralist Addonis Parker, and Kim Tignor’s Creative Control, who will be discussing the “business of entertainment.” The FMAC will be held at the FIU Kovens Center- 3000 NE 151st St, North Miami, FL 33181.

On the evening of March 7, 8PM, 3rd Annual Poetry in the Gardens will present the national poetry contest featuring the best in spoken word across the nation. Artists are competing for the grand prize of $10,000 for 1st place, $5000 for 2nd place, and $1500 for 3rd place. Poetry finals are held at Lorna’s 19752 N.W. 27th Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL 33056.

On Friday, March 8, 2019, 11AM – 2PM, for the 8th year in a row, the annual favorite Women’s Impact Luncheon will honor Women’s History Month by curating an inspiring and exciting experience that will activate every woman in attendance. Special guests include Jazz in the Gardens performer, the illustrious Stephanie Mills, author and entrepreneur Arian Simone, Rashan Ali, co-host of Sister Circle on TV One, and Kristen Campbell, attorney, and NFL Agent. The Women’s Impact Luncheon will be held at the FIU Kovens Center- 3000 NE 151st St, North Miami, FL, 33181.

For additional information, please visit http://www.jazzinthegardens.com.
Media Contact: Suzan McDowell, 305-490-9145 suzan@circleofonemarketing.com

14TH ANNUAL JAZZ IN THE GARDENS MUSIC FEST GETS READY FOR THE BIGGEST BREAKOUT YEAR YET WITH SENSATIONAL 2019 LINE-UP!

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It’s “the fastest growing jazz and R&B festival in the U.S.”, the 14th Annual Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival (JITG) is ushering in the 2019 festival season with the announcement of yet another “top notch” lineup. On March 9-10, 2019 the highly anticipated festival event will immerse fans in the best of R&B, soul, jazz, hip-hop, and funk genres. JITG will produce this celebrated event for an anticipated 70,000 attendees at the world-class Hard Rock Stadium located at 347 Don Shula Drive, Miami Gardens, FL 33056.

Headlining the JITG festival stage will be the much-loved voice of R&B royalty Lionel Richie, sassy songstress Brandy, Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter Teddy Riley & Friends featuring Blackstreet with Teddy Riley and Dave Hollister, Bobby Brown, and Doug E. Fresh with special guests En Vogue and Jagged Edge, the legendary smooth trio The O’Jays, the soul-stirring Stephanie Mills, eclectic violinists Black Violin and gospel sensation Tye Tribbett. Back by popular demand, this year’s Jazz in the Gardens All-Stars will feature Maysa, Chieli Minucci, Gerald Veasley, Lao Tizer, and Nelson Rangell. More artists will be announced soon.

 

 

Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert comments “it’s JITG 2019 and we are excited about the talented artists who will be gracing the stage. The diversity in the music and talent offers something for everyone, from the most requested artist for the JITG stage, Lionel Richie, to gospel and of course jazz. The City is extremely pleased with the growth of the festival and the opportunity to showcase our home, Miami Gardens, to the thousands of patrons it attracts.”

Other JITG related events include:

THURSDAY MARCH 7, 2019
3rd Annual Film, Music, Art & Culture Conference (FMAC) is an exciting one-day multi-genre experience that will educate and showcase celebrated, diverse art forms and locally and nationally based artists. The FMAC will be held at the FIU Kovens Center- 3000 NE 151st St, North Miami, FL 33181.

3rd Annual Poetry in the Gardens- The national poetry contest is an exciting addition to Jazz in the Gardens that explores the best in spoken word. Poets and spoken word artists age 18 and over are encouraged to enter the competition for a chance to participate in the final rounds of competition during the FMAC. Prize money is $10,000 1st place, $5000 2nd place, $1500 3rd place.

FRIDAY MARCH 8, 2019
8 TH Annual Women’s Impact Luncheon is back by popular demand in honor of Women’s History Month. This exciting event is an action-packed experience curated to inspire women to live centered, active, fulfilled and balanced lives. The WIL will be held at the FIU Kovens Center- 3000 NE 151st St, North Miami, FL 33181.

Official Opening Night Party – All roads lead to the Jazz in the Gardens opening night party with The Sugarhill Gang performing their wildly popular brand of old school hip hop. This party is an opportunity for Jazz in the Gardens attendees to kick off the “fun-filled” weekend of music, dancing, and great weather!

How To Discover Your Gifts

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This week we are going to talk about understanding your gifts and callings. Many people are sitting on the isle of uncertainty because they don’t understand who they are. Understanding who you are helps you to gain clarity on why you are here. We have all been given gifts and abilities that were designed to assist, dismantle and build up ourselves and others.

So, how can I identify my gifts?

Get in touch with the child in you.

When we were kids we had great faith. We believed we could do anything and most times we are more in touch with who we really are. Because of the limited experiences, children gravitate to those things that come easiest to them. When I was a child I said that I wanted to become a Best Selling Author and Fashion Designer. However, as life would have it, I was told that those professions were merely hobbies and that I needed to find something more grounded and serious. I became a Police Officer and it was liberating at the beginning but soon it felt like bondage because my gifts were fighting to come out but as a Police Officer, I wasn’t able to embrace it.  Fast forward, 14 years later I have written 5 books and I am a 3x Amazon Best Selling Author. I am also working on my clothing line. I am no longer a Police Officer and I’m finally doing what I said I wanted to do in the fifth grade.

Funny how childhood me seemed to be smarter than adulthood me and I believe it’s because children live in the arena of possible – they just believe. They have faith that makes no sense and it doesn’t matter how many times they fall they continue to try and try again.

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Pay attention to the thing that makes you angry!

We all dislike something, whether you hate seeing injustice or children hungry, use that anger as a navigation device to point you in the direction of your gift. Your gift is the answer to a problem, so you naturally become angry at the thing you were designed to change.

You do it effortlessly.

It’s the thing that others find difficult to do, that you do so effortlessly. Because you do it so easily you believe that everyone else should find it easy to do but they don’t. It’s that thing that you take for granted. You don’t think it can truly make you rich, because it seems so simple. But that’s the thing that God wants to use to elevate your life, but obedience is the vehicle that will get you there.

Many people dismiss their gifts because they lack the educational background in that area, not understanding that the person who was taught to do it can not contend with someone who was gifted to do it. You don’t learn your gift, you perfect your gift. If you are going to school to learn a gift its not your gift. You can learn a skill- you cannot learn a gift because a gift is freely given.

Now write down all the things you said you wanted to become as a child. Then write all the things that make you angry. Finally, write down the things that you do effortlessly and find the nexus between everything that you’ve written down. What are the things that are recurring in all three areas?

Many of you may have multiple gifts so leave nothing out. After you’ve narrowed down your list take it to God in prayer and ask him to confirm what your gifts are and he will answer you.

 

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