I really don’t want to make this post. But I will because people who try to seek “fame” in general make me wonder if their mama didn’t hug them enough. The older I get, the more I take a self inventory. The past few days have in fact wiped me out as I did that. I won’t over share for once, other than to say, I have been in some negotiations for my services lately and I acted like a total jackass during those negotiations. As a result, I was forced to take inventory of myself and why I react the way I do in certain situations. I’ve had a painful few days where I acted like an asshat in my professional arena, and have tried to grow as a person with the help of some much needed therapeutic assistance. My therapist’s advice was essentially to learn from your mistakes and try not to make them in the future. Please deposit $180 in my tip jar for that So advice. Fine. I paraphrase. $18 will do. lol. These are the jokes people. Sort of. But I share that because I think it relates to this story.
I am growing tired of people posting in the OTHER Saving Our Daughters post comments “Didja hear they are not a real charity?” Yes. Yes. I did both in comments HERE and HERE! So I am updating y’all on what we know. I am changing to purple font at this point.
Despite the HUGE spotlight placed on Curtis Benjamin and his “charity” the site continues to portray themselves as :
Our Vision / Approach: Saving Our Daughters is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose philosophy is to build a movement that begins with experiential literacy and effortlessly flows into recurring civil actions (words and actions).
First, let me introduce Curtis to you..
Saving Our Daughters (SOD) initiatives focus on reaching thousands of teen girls and youth across the country with our celebrity, corporate, and community partners making it possible to spark positive activism. Our words and actions model empowers teens to forward the mission as well as further ignite their inner purpose individually or by leading a group at their home, school, or community.
Later in the site they repeat this claim while holding up their ten-year old daughter who died of brain cancer as proof of their …..genuineness???? Does this look like a man who is hell bent on some charitable endeavor?
History: Saving Our Daughters, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, drives a celebrity-inspired book series and empowered community activism.
Since 1998, Saving Our Daughters’ themes have drawn from life issues and topics illuminated by popular films. The organization and book series originated from screen actors emerging out of their film roles and into open personal perspectives of the subjects prevalent with youth, especially teen girls.
Under the original name, It’s Cool to Be Smart, the organization was a solid mentoring and scholarship program based in Atlanta with affiliates in L.A., New York, Chicago, and Cleveland.
In late 2008, the founder, Curtis J. Benjamin (Curt B.) prepared to reorganize and extend the organizational mission based on overwhelming response from teen girls, their mentors, and celebrity advocates.
Um, because it was not cool to be smart anymore? And by smart it seems in your mind to mean stringing together words you don’t know the definition of? What does your “charity” actually do? Can you show us some of your charitable endeavors? What do you have exactly besides lots of accolades for some people who share your skin tone who may or may not know that you exist? What have you done for these “daughters”? Where are your charitable event sites? What do you do exactly other than wish black celebrities happy birthday and promote their books?
Shortly after undertaking the new vision, Curtis and Debbie Benjamin’s youngest daughter, Iliss (photo featured above) was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor at the age of 10. The newly selected organization name, Saving Our Daughters, took on an even deeper meaning. His daughter supported and often encouraged him to continue his work even during the hardest of times with the disease. His sweet daughter lost her battle in 2011 just days after the volume, “Who Will Save the Little Girl?” was published. In Iliss’ honor, we strive to save all daughters from the issues and tragedies preventable through awareness and powerful community bonds.
Wait what? Awareness and celebrities could have prevented your daughter’s death? Really?
Does this turn anyone else’s stomach or is it just me? But things get worse. These are FAME WHORES who just so happened to have a daughter affected by brain cancer. The claims they make about “corporate sponsors” are bullshit and The Brain Tumor Foundation is particularly appalled. I know this because I was cc:ed on some inquiring emails by supporters of their foundation who were appalled by their iNclusion on the website.
They appear to have added “corporate sponsors” without their knowledge.
“Thank you for your email message today. You are right in that the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children is a reputable charity and has been so for 30 years. While we are not a sponsor of Saving Our Daughters and have never given them any funds whatsoever, we do know of this organization and their desire to raise funds to assist our organization. I was not aware of this IRS tax exempt revocation and am therefore looking into the matter.
Thank you again for your message.
Brain Tumor Foundation for Children, Inc.”
Speaking of people who no longer wish to be associated with a site that has not submitted any proper IRS forms in years and is not a tax-deductible charity according to the IRs. Very few images of “daughters” of any kind they use on their website. Or their facebook page. Which is all birthday wishes and free advertising to anyone who is black and on a reality show. Not surprisingly, several of those celebrities have asked me not to mention them in this post as they are asking to be removed from the site at his time.
It seems to me that their motifs operandi was to stroke the ego out of any successful black person with a fan base and lure them to “supporting the children.” And it seems to have worked for the really dumb ones.
Meanwhile, their “corporate sponsors” have no idea they are being mentioned on their site, and are outraged and will be coming for them despite not being sent for. heh I crack myself up. Sorry. And there is yet another ghetto aspect of crime and ignorance on the part of RHOA. And somehow, some way we had to have a yankee bitch from Detroit lay it all out for us.
Congrats Atlanta for continuing to highlight the ghettoassedness ! We can do better than this.