Inside the Face Forward Charity Gala Against Domestic ViolenceBy Tahirah Nyanin | October 5, 2015 | Gals On The Town
It’s #MainEventMonday Diva! Read on to find out how Tahirah Nyanin got her Emmy on at the Face Forward Gala last month!
Hollywood got their Emmy Weekend party started early turning up for the Face Forward foundation at the gorgeous Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. Face Forward is a charity dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence gain a fresh start and leave the scars of their past behind them by providing pro-bono reconstructive surgery and a community of support.
The night featured a red carpet with the Face Forward founders, actors from Code Black and musician and athlete legends. After that, guests enjoyed dinner, participated in an auction that gave all proceeds to Face Forward and witnessed a musical ΓÇ£dessertΓÇ¥ from Macy Gray and Chaka Khan.
Legendary Chaka Khan graciously posed with the press (pictured up top). Her advice for aspiring singers as far as the best way to put his or herself out in this social media absorbed world? “Stamina is key. If it’s your calling, push through it.”
Nelly arrived with beau Shantel Jackson in tow. When asked what advice he would give to someone being abused he said, ΓÇ£Remove yourself from the situation. I know it’s easier said than done. It’s one of those situations where you have to understand who you are. I think a lot of times we all as people don’t understand who we are. That’s from a male perspective of being in awe with someone you may feel may cause you to step outside of that lane. Because we have to check ourselves. We as men have to check ourselves.”
Marcia Gay Harden got involved from Bonnie Sommerville, a spokesperson for Face Forward, and a fellow cast member on Code Black. “WeΓÇÖre earning money so that people are aware and weΓÇÖre earning who are unable to stop domestic violence and suffer from it. But my goal is to stop it,” she shared. She doesnΓÇÖt know if she will return to How to Get Away with Murder for her role as Hannah Keating, Annalise KeatingΓÇÖs sister-in-law, but she is open to it if her Code Back schedule permits.
Chaka Khan singing “Sweet Thing.”
Henefa, one of Face ForwardΓÇÖs patients, survived an attack from her husband who threw acid in her face, blinding her in one eye and disfiguring her face. “Last yearΓÇÖs gala, they (Face Forward) raised enough money and invited me. IΓÇÖve been here since January doing transformation on my face. I am a totally different person from the person I was when I walked into Los Angeles airport.”
LaToya Jackson got extremely candid. She got emotional at first because talking about domestic violence triggered a flashback. She composed herself and continued the interview. “It’s so so important that they get out while they can. It’s very difficult. I couldn’t get out. This is what people donΓÇÖt realize or understand that it (abuse) doesnΓÇÖt differentiate; it has no prejudice. It doesn’t matter if you are black, white, green, or blue. Also, it doesnΓÇÖt matter if youΓÇÖre rich, poor, if you’re middle class. A lot of people think “Oh how could you go through this? YouΓÇÖre well off!” They don’t understand it doesn’t work that way. And people think you’re fine and you;re doing okay–behind closed doors it’s a different story, it’s a different subject. And you can’t show that to the public because if you show it to the public you get another beating and another beating.”