Survivors With Voices Foundation
Kicks Off "The Unlock Your Voice" Tour In
Columbus, Ohio Featuring National Recording Artist Michel’le
Columbus, Ohio - May 15, 2017 - On May 19th and May 20th The Survivors With Voices Foundation led by Alissa R. Jones will kick off the Unlock Your Voice City Tour in Columbus, Ohio. Hosted by Dawn Paul and featuring National R&B Singer and Creator of Lifetime Movie Network’s “Surviving Compton”, Michel’le, the event will take place at Embassy Suites Columbus Airport located at 2886 Airport Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219. Organized by Alissa R. Jones, “Unlock Your Voice Tour” is a national conference empowering the lives of women and men who have survived mental and physical abuse. As the official ambassador for the tour, Michel’le will provide tools and heartfelt testimony to help victims move beyond their past and inspire the next survivor to discover their strength. Attendees will enjoy a day of empowerment from specially selected speakers, live entertainment by Cha’nele Christine and Rashawn Truss, celebrity and red carpet photo opportunities. The powerful conference has gained the national attention of multiple mainstream media outlets including Fox Television network affiliates, Radio One, IHeartMedia, Houston Newsmakers as well as local Houston media platforms.
Currently in its fourth year of existence, the “Unlock Your Voice” conference has successfully reached an overwhelming number of survivors, growing them to become the voice for victims who go unheard. Motivated by her own battles with sexual abuse, Alissa R. Jones felt it necessary to provide a platform for survivors to embrace seen and unseen scars, find their voice, and overcome their circumstance. In addition to Alissa Jones and Michel’le, this year’s speakers include Danielle Seck, Kelly Ellis-Johnson, Chya Barrett, Heike Roberson, Lamont Brown, and Lou Gary Hughes Jr. The Conference will introduce Mothers With Voices focusing on women who lost their children unexpectedly. Those honored include Vicki Arnold in honor of Titus Arnold who she lost to gun violence, Lakisha Cole in honor of Jeff Wellington who she lost to gun violence, Lizzie Brown in honor of Telly Bell who she lost to a rare form of cancer, and Mary Dill in honor of Dovon Williams who she lost to gun violence.
The “Unlock Your Voice” Conference’s mission is to nationally promote strength against physical and mental abuse to women and men of all ages and backgrounds. Upcoming tour stops include: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 23-24, Virginia Beach, Virginia on July 14-15, Atlanta, Georgia on August 25- 26 and Houston, Texas on September 22- 23.
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About Alissa Jones
Notable author and motivational speaker, Alissa R.Jones is the Founder of Survivors with Voices Foundation [S.W.V] and currently mentors several chapters under her organization.Through support groups lead by chapter member- presidents across the country, the Foundation provides an open forum for survivors to be supported by their peers who have experienced similar circumstances. Motivated by her battle with sexual abuse that began at the tender age 11, Alissabegan the Unlock Your Voice five city tour to provide tools and heartfelt testimony to empower victims to move beyond their past and inspire the next survivor to discover their strength. Presented by the Survivors With Voices Foundation, the mission of the tour is simply to assist all survivors by helping them to embrace their seen and unseen scars, find their voice, and ultimately overcome their past.
For many years after the attacks stopped, Alissa lived with the idea that she was prey amongst predators. Every choice she made was based on what happened at 11 years old. Multiple relationships filled with domestic violence, a failed marriage, and a slew of other abuses added to her lack of self-worth. Feeling low, she alienated herself from everyone and became best friends with loneliness until the day someone needed her truth to set them free. From the moment Alissatold her story she found the power to encourage other survivors to heal their wounds. After each speaking opportunity, women of all ages were experiencing the freedom they longed for simply by Alissa provoking them to talk about their story.
Through Survivors with Voices and The Unlock Your Voice Tour Alissa is not only providing a platform for the sexually abused but she includes men and women of valor who are survivors. Her mission is to inspire everyone that comes in contact with her to use their voice to heal. She lives by the words, “Your words, your journey, your story. You never know who you may inspire or help to come forward in the expression of one’s abuse or recovery thereof”. Simply put, when one speaks, we all speak!
About Michel’le Toussaint
R&B sensation and songwriter, Michel’le Toussaint, is most popularly known for songs like No More Lies and Something In My Heart, which are successful in getting on the Billboard Top 10 list as hits. Known to the world simply as "Michel'le", she has a unique childlike voice, which she has carried off like her signature.
Michel’le is a native of California where she discovered her real talent for music. She had been dating international superstar Dr. Dre, but the relationship didn’t go on well even after they had a son. Michel’le began to publically state that Dr. Dre had been abusing her physically and that it went on to the extent that he broke her nose and ribs. Michele recently aired her truth on Lifetime with her Biopic “Survivng Compton - Dre, Suge, Michel'le”. Lifetime Network along with Sony Pictures Television hired Thinkfactory Media to produce a biopic about the story that producers of “Straight Outta Compton” refused to tell regarding Michel’le. The biopic aired October 15, 2016 to record- breaking viewership. Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le and the documentary Beyond the Headlines: Michel’le delivered ratings gold reaching 9.4 million viewers across all weekend telecasts. On its premiere night, Surviving Compton attracted an average of 2.3 million total viewers and was cable’s #1 entertainment telecast (excluding sports) among total viewers, Adults 25-54, Women 25- 54, Adults 18-49 and Women 18-49, according to Nielsen Media Research. Additionally, Surviving Compton was the #1 most social TV program (excluding sports) on the day of premiere and was the #1 most social movie of the weekend.
With this level of violence and trauma, Michel’le might have had no option rather than to leave the man she once loved so dearly. We can say that Michel’le has had ups and downs in her life for so many reasons. With one reason being to use her darkest moments to impact the lives of many survivors across the world partnering with Alissa R Jones of Survivors with Voices Foundation.