Watch FIVE on Lifetime

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Please watch these inspiring movies on Lifetime.

This groundbreaking original movie is an anthology of five short films that uses an interconnected story arc exploring the impact of breast cancer on people's lives.

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About Each Film

Directed by Demi Moore and written by Stephen Godchaux, “Five’s” opening film, Charlotte, takes place the night in July 1969 when man first walks on the moon, and when a young Pearl (Ava Acres) is more concerned about why her family is not letting her see her mother, Charlotte (Ginnifer Goodwin), who lies in her bedroom dying from breast cancer. When she sneaks in to see and ultimately say goodbye to her mother, Pearl develops a lifelong passion to help others afflicted with the disease and eventually opens an oncology clinic where she will treat the women we meet throughout “Five.” Charlotte also stars Jeanne Tripplehorn, Josh Holloway, Annie Potts, Jennifer Morrison and Bob Newhart.

In Cheyanne, directed by Penelope Spheeris and written by Howard Morris, sexy young stripper Cheyanne (Lyndsy Fonseca) and her handsome newlywed husband Tommy (Taylor Kinney) struggle to redefine their passionate relationship, as well as who they are as individuals, when Cheyenne is shocked with a breast cancer diagnosis. Looking at a severe prognosis, Cheyanne’s aggressive treatment ultimately results in the removal of both of her breasts, which have defined her life physically, financially and emotionally.

Lili, directed by Alicia Keys and written by Jill Gordon, follows Lili, a fiercely independent, career-minded woman (Rosario Dawson), who recruits her sister (Tracee Ellis Ross) to help tell their hard-nosed mother (Jenifer Lewis) that she has breast cancer. As they work through their past issues, Lili’s mother and sister ultimately become her strongest allies when she needs her family the most. Lili also stars Jeffrey Tambor as a male patient diagnosed with breast cancer.

Directed by Jennifer Aniston, written by Wendy West and told in a series of humorous and dramatic flashbacks, Mia is a survivor’s tale that highlights all of the highs and lows of Mia’s (Patricia Clarkson) two-year journey from diagnosis with breast cancer. During this time, she gives away all of her worldly possessions, holds a hilarious mock funeral while still alive and enters into a second marriage to Mitch (Tony Shalhoub), the new love of her life. Mia also features Kathy Najimy as Mia’s friend Rocky.

In Pearl, directed by Patty Jenkins and written by Deirdre O’Connor, Pearl (Jeanne Tripplehorn), the successful oncologist we have followed from childhood, suddenly finds herself in the patient’s seat when she is diagnosed with breast cancer. Through this process, she finally understands what her parents experienced that night in 1969 and finds the strength to tell her young daughter that everything is going to be OK … something she never heard as a child. Pearl also stars Patricia Clarkson, Tony Shalhoub, Jeffrey Tambor, Bob Newhart, Rosario Dawson, Tracee Ellis Ross and Jenifer Lewis.

DIVA FOR A CURE Founder to be Honored at NAACP Awards Dinner

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Please join us in congratulating our founder, Jan Emanuel-Costley (Sunny) who has been chosen as an Honoree at the Trenton, New Jersey chapter of NAACP's 41st Annual Freedom Fund Awards Dinner.

Jan is being honored for her charitable work as the Director of Program Support Services at "HomeFront" in Lawrenceville, NJ, where Jan works in the community to provide comprehensive services to needy families and to provide "A Second Chance" to those participating in other community outreach programs.  She also works closely with community service volunteers to ensure they honor their commitment to being productive citizens. Jan was nominated by Parole Officers of the State of New Jersey (Intensive Supervision Program - ISP).

This event will be Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 2:00 PM. at the Hyatt Regency Princeton, 102 Carnegie Center, US Route, 1 North in Princeton, NJ.  Ticket Cost (Dinner & Program):  $60.00

Congratulations Jan!  We are all very proud of you!!!

God's Child - Resha Benson Olivier

Monday, April 04, 2011

Resha D’Ann was the second angelic blessing from God born October 28, 1974 to William Charles Benson, Sr. and Lauren Yoni Benson. She established her relationship with Christ at age four and maintained a membership with St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. She attended Galveston ISD where she excelled in academics and basketball. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communications with a concentration in Interpersonal Communications from Texas Southern University. After receiving her teaching certification she began her career with La Marque Middle School as an educator specializing in English.

She was preceded in death by her father; brother, Rodney; grandparents, William & Thelma Benson, Norvell Phillips, and John Mavis.

Resha’s circle of love includes her husband, Thomas Duane Olivier: sons: Keawe Owens and Jordan Olivier: stepchildren, J’Laine, Aspen and Austin; mother and best friend, Lauren Yoni Benson; siblings, William Charles Tre’ Benson, Jr. (Daphne), Kerry Jackson, Jr., and Tanya Landry (Kentrick); grandmother, Gertie Mae Mavis; aunts, Susan Shepherd, Carolyn Anderson, Kim Norva Phillips, Katherine Rogers, Jacqueline Mitchell, Evelyn Conley, Florence Benson, and Constance Saldana; uncles, Steven and Eric Mavis, Donny, Ronnie, Elonzo, Michael, Renard and Raynard Benson; in-laws, Yvette, Darryl and Marcia Olivier; godmother, Vanessa D’Anne Hearne; best friends, Viola Darden and Shanan Jones, and so many wonderful cousins and friends, with which she shared life.

Services that will celebrate Resha’s life will begin at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 6, 2011 where the remains will lie in state. The Celebration will continue at 11:00 a.m. Both services will be held at Carnes Funeral 3100 Gulf Freeway Texas City, Texas. 77591. A Ceremony of Burial will be immediately following at Hayes Grace Memorial Cemetery, Hitchcock, Texas.

The family will receive guest following the burial ceremony with a Celebration Reception at Carnes Funeral Home. Memorials may be sent to the funeral home. The arrangements and care of Resha have been entrusted to Dorthea Jones, Funeral Director and family friend, Delece Jones and the caring and competent Staff of Carnes Funeral Home.
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