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domestic violenceBy Jamila Choyce

Officially, October is the month to discuss problems and solutions to domestic violence. The Bay Area’s own local celebrity, Keldamuzik, has joined the debate on this social issue.  She is an entertainer residing in Northern California.  Acting and singing has been her aspirations even as a child.  After attending college, working in Japan and the Caribbean, and seeking other careers opportunities, she has come full circle as a recording artist, writer, businesswoman, actress, model, television personality, and public speaker.  She is known as the “Diva” on her talk show “Diva Talks Tonite.”  

The show features a panel of guests to discuss current events ranging from fashion, health, pop culture, education, entertainment and social issues.   Keldamuzik has also involved herself in working with community oriented projects that she’s developed, such as The Diva Project.  This project entails public speaking and empowering young women to stay positive.  Keldamuzik strives to help the world become a safer place for the next generation.

Diva takes a stand “No More”

Currently, this Diva has embraced the issue of Domestic Violence and joined the core of the public outcry “No More Together we can end Domestic Violence and Sexually Assault.org.   When I asked her, why she is lending her voice to the “No More” movement she replied, “….women should not have to live their lives in harm. It’s a shame that once we fall in love with someone we latch onto them and we could see no wrong in them n matter what they do to us. This can no longer happen.”

As a public figure, she feels obligated to inform and educate the public on social issues. Domestic violence is a social issue that this Diva is prepared to attack.

She further stated, “I’m in support of putting the stop to domestic violence. As women today are already facing so many challenges in society, getting physically harmed by a loved one is the worse. People should treat others the way that they want to be treated. We strive hard to raise families, take care of ourselves and inspire others. Domestic violence should not be on our timeline. We only live once! Why should we live it in fear of being physically, emotionally, verbally, and mentally abused?”

Curiously, I asked her if she has ever been in an abusive relationship. She replied, “I have not, but I have had friends that have been in abusive relationships before. I support the movement, because if we do not put a stop to it now, it will continue to happen.”

She continues, “I had a friend a long time ago who was in a relationship and while she was pregnant, he would punch her in the stomach frequently and body slammed her. He hated the fact that she was pregnant and wanted her to get rid of the baby. He would run her head into the walls and dislocate her shoulder, and her stomach was messed up after having a miscarriage. After hearing that story and the story of few other friends I knew who have been in domestically violent situations, I decided to do this photo shoot to encourage those to remove themselves out of these terrible situations.”

Models:           Keldamuzik, Rose Henderson, & E’mari Joelle Hay

MUA:              Aleena Barrow

Stylist: Jamila Choyce

Photographer: Anthony Jackson

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Note: Jamila Choyce is an influential figure of the “NO More” movement—a California grassroots organization working to end domestic violence.

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