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October 27-29, 2023
(Hybrid Weekend)


                                             HONOREE LAVENDER LUNCHEON

                                                                                FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2023
The first Honoree Lavender Luncheon is WOCPSCN's opportunity to extend our gratitude to the academic community.  Our first Luncheon took place in October 2012 in San Francisco, CA, and we are excited that we are returning to our beginnings.  The Honoree Lavender Luncheon is also our international academic fundraiser as we embrace God's Planet For Haiti, Haiti WI, and other independent schools.  The Luncheon will be held at the Voodoo Love Restaurant, where chef-owner Eva Morris promises to delight our love for Creole cuisine.  The Luncheon will take place on Friday, October 27, 2023, at 11:30 am.  Ticket donations are $75 that can be purchased on PayPal, Zelle, and Whatsapp.

Lena Baker Domestic Violence & Women's Health Summit

"My Name Is Peaches":  The Collide of Self-Worth within Self-Esteem

                                                                 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2023


The 2023 Summit will consider the life of Nina  Simone   (February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003)

As a singer-songwriter, pianist, and civil rights activist, Simone's social commentary was not limited to the civil rights movement.  Based on the Eurocentric appearance standards imposed on women of color, Simone explored four traditional archetypes in her song "Four Women".  The song exposes the reality of the internalized identity of four black women with skin tones ranging from light to dark.   Chardine Taylor-Stone has noted that, beyond the politics of beauty, this song also describes the stereotypical roles that many black women have historically been restricted to the mammy, the tragic mulatto, the sex worker, and the angry black woman.  Known for her temper and outbursts of aggression, Simone was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.   The Lena Baker DV & Women's Health Summit, 2023 will address issues in colorism within identity production and mental health.

                                                          SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2023
During our very first
AM Power Networking, Caffe 817 was gracious enough to accept our monthly networking event.  Let's get together on Saturday, October 28, 2023, from 10 am until 12:30 pm, and have a great time as we revisit some great frends  at Caffe 817, 817 Washington St., Oakland, CA 94607

                                                                        SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2023                       


                                                                           FOUR WOMEN,  One Woman Play

                                                                                                         Written and directed by award-winning Filmmaker, Dana Verde


Verde's unique concept to have one woman portray Nina Simmon's famous song, "Four Women" will consider the reality of the internalized identity of four black women with skin tones ranging from light to dark.  The play and the  VIP Reception for the Lavender Luncheon Honorees will take place at the historical Continental Club, 1658 12th St, Oakland, CA 94607, with special Honoree Acknowledgment to Dr. Ka'Ryn Holder-Jackson, former Board of Trustees, WOCPSCN, and Kevin 


Tickets to the play are $60 with the performance beginning at  6 pm.  VIP  Tickets, $125, include VIP Reception and the play.


Dana Verde is an award-winning filmmaker who has written/directed eight short films that have been screened in over 30 film festivals internationally. She is also an adjunct associate professor of screenwriting at the University of Arts, Philadelphia, PA. 

Dana Verde started her career co-hosting a TV show on MTV called Your Movie Show as a film reviewer while pursuing a degree at The New School University in Media Studies/ Screenwriting, graduate studies in film at The London Film School, where she earned an MA in Filmmaking.

Her first produced feature film Grand Gesture was nominated by HBO for Best Feature Film at the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival and screened in the Best Of series at the Black Harvest Film Festival in Chicago. Her next screenplay, The Perfect Match, was produced by Queen Latifah’s production company, Flavor Unit, and was distributed by Lionsgate. It debuted at No. 6  at the U.S. box office and opened in 925 theaters across the country.

Verde has ventured into directing TV commercials and co-directed her first commercial for the streaming service Paramount Plus—which features Johnny Knoxville, The Good Fight actor Christine Baranski, Audra McDonald, and Cedric the Entertainer—with commercial director David Shane from O Positive Films.   Verde is also writing a feature thriller for MarVista/Fox Entertainment.

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