On Thursday, May 8th, The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (BHSS) organization held their Voices 10 annual benefit at Edison Ballroom in NYC. The event highlighted achievements of BHSS youth leaders and prominent black trailblazers in entertainment. Honorees included Academy Award Nominated Producer Lee Daniels, ‘About Last Night’ star Michael Ealy, journalist TJ Holmes and Radio One’s founder, Cathy Hughes. Gala attendees also included Cheryl “Salt” James of Salt ’n’ Pepa, former New York City Mayor David Dinkins , television personality, Amanda Seales and AHH's own Chuck Creekmur.
The Brotherhood/Sister Sol 's Executive Director, Khary Lazarre-White, along with his Co-Founder Jason Warwin, founded the Harlem based organization in 1995. Its mission is to provide comprehensive, long-term support services to Black and Latino youth, equipping them with the tools to overcome societal pressures and become future leaders. With staff comprised of educators and senior level professionals, BHSS grooms young participants from ages 8 to 22 to become critical thinkers and well-rounded young adults.
BHSS is certainly impacting the community in a large way, boasting an 88% high school graduation rate for alumni as compared to the mere averageof 42% for youth in West Harlem.
Brotherhood/Sister Sol is now a nationally recognized organization, offering study abroad programs, leadership development, mentorship, job training and college preparation services.