Sisters Overcoming Stigma, Inc.
Update as of January 1, 2018
Happy New Year!
Introducing the new logo for Sisters Overcoming Stigma, Inc.
We will expand our reach to assist Black women and girls this year, and we hope you will join us for the ride.
We want to let you know that we are handling BUSINESS here, and every red cent of your donation is being handled professionally and being used for the purpose for which it was given.
Thank you so much for believing in us and the protection of Black girls and women.
Chris, Asia, and Paul.
If you have any questions, feel free to send us a message by emailing through our contact form below
"The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the Black woman. The most neglected person in America is the Black woman." - Malcolm X
For any of you online for any amount of time and happen to fall into the rancid rabbit hole of black women hate videos with Black women as the subject, you know how disgusting, vile, abusive and soul-killing they can be. You, as an actualized woman may be inured to such hateful rhetoric, but remember–young black girls live on YouTube, and are bound to discover this poison, and might not easily be able to dismiss it as the ravings of hateful maniacs.
In addition to these videos, you have popular figures who have said ridiculous sentiments publicly about Black women with little to no rebuttal. The Black Community remains silent while Black women are drowning under the sea of unfair criticism, slander, libel, and outright LIES about our character as women. We DESERVE fair and equal treatment!
Up until now, many of us have felt helpless on how to fight against it... UNTIL TODAY.
We started Sisters Overcoming Stigma, a nonprofit organization incorporated in Delaware (currently filing for 501(c)(3) status) that shall contribute to the aims of helping Black women defend themselves against these relentless attacks, arming them with the knowledge, and educating those around them to the negative stereotypes and stigma that affect Black women and girls.
To help Black women and girls overcome the defamation of their character, by securing justice, fair treatment, and help for them through education, legislation, and positive representation in the media and overall society.
We have achieved many of the goals we set out to accomplish with this campaign, including:
1. The establishment of a 501(c)(3) (IN PROGRESS) which is the most common type of US tax-exempt nonprofit organization which is exempt from federal income tax for a cause such as ours.
2. Securing dedicated legal counsel (and/or volunteers) to respond to issues affecting Black women and girls when called upon. We will be especially interested in those legal professionals well versed in cyber-bullying laws, and law involving nonprofit and/or organizational management.
We also have achieved:
Establishing a Name (Done)
Branding our Organization (In Progress)
Website & URL Acquisition (Done)
Constitution & Bylaws W/ Procedures (as needed) to ensure integrity, transparency, and perpetual adherence to our mission. (Work in Progress)
The Election of a Board of Directors (Done)
Plans for Expansion (In Progress)
A Continual Fundraising Strategy for Success (In Progress)
Marketing Campaign for Awareness of Our Cause (In Progress)
Black women have the brilliant minds, connections, and resources to make things happen. There is power in numbers, and we have the spending power to make a real impact on public policy, and public opinion affecting Black women and girls. Please join us as we embark on a HISTORIC journey.
The Sisters Overcoming Stigma Inc. Board of Directors
Asia Simone is a graduate student studying Mathematics, a YouTube blogger, and an ordinary concerned citizen like you from New York City.
Christelyn Russel-Karazin is a wife & mother with B.A. in Marketing who currently lives in Southern California. She runs the online interracial dating platform Beyond Black and White.
H Paul Bryant is an attorney with his own law practice in Oakland, CA. He has served on many nonprofit boards and shares our vision of helping Black girls and women.
We along with other trusted advisors and concerned Black women and allies have come together to form this organization.
Christelyn and Asia are Black women who are victims of vicious cyberbullying, harassment, and intimidation. They want to protect other Black girls and women from the abuse they have endured.
100% of the funds raised by this campaign will be used for start-up costs and business expenses related to Sisters Overcoming Stigma, Inc.
What can you do?
DONATE to our campaign.
SHARE this campaign with friends and family.
SIGN UP for our email list
VOLUNTEER by signing up on our website for more information.
LIKE US on social media!
Facebook - facebook.com/sistersovercoming
Twitter - @sisovercoming
Instagram - @sistersovercoming
Sisters Overcoming Stigma - Timeline of Events
March 31, 2017
SOS was created founded as the FIRST Anti-Defamation League founded exclusively for Black women and girls.
Our two founding members went online to our YouTube audiences to appeal for support that very night. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUz-_jvJzko
We started our GoFundMe campaign the very same day and raised over $1,000 in a single night because of the excitement and enthusiasm for this idea. – http://www.gofundme.com/Plan4BW
Chris and Asia began shortly after this to speak to several organizations and trusted women to gain insight, direction, and formulate the purpose of our organization.
April 2, 2017
Signed up for a Guidestar.org account (In Progress)
April 3, 2017
Christelyn announces the original idea on her online platform Beyond Black & White.
April 5, 2017
Purchased our domain name for http://www.sistersovercoming.org and acquired a website designer for our site who is currently working on our launch.
April 21, 2017
Our founding members filed for official incorporation of our organization to establish us as a legal body. Also, our official first meeting was recorded establishing our organization for records.
April 28, 2017
We announced the name for our organization to the world, Sisters Overcoming Stereotypes, Inc. which was later changed to better fit our overall vision and focus as a group. Our official online presence was established via social media and our official website. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xF_GHFRAzsM&t=2000s
May 2, 2017
Sisters Overcoming Stereotypes Inc. is officially incorporated in the state of Delaware to ensure perpetuity.
May 12, 2017
The official business bank account for SOS was established.
Official Bylaws of SOS were voted on and adopted for governance.
June 12, 2017
After Board approval, SOS officially filed for our name change from “Sisters Overcoming Stereotypes” to “Sisters Overcoming Stigma” with the state of Delaware.
July 21, 2017
Our Name Change was officially approved by the state of Delaware.
August 18, 2017
H Paul Bryant is Named to the Sisters Overcoming Stigma Board of Directors
October 14, 2017
A generous anonymous donor with a $322 donation helped us reach our first GoFundMe campaign goal of$10,000.
October 22, 2017
SOS held our first online Twitter event featuring the legendary Kola Boof. We used the hashtag #SOS To track our conversation and retweeted many of those responses to the @sisovercoming Twitter page.
January 1, 2018
Sisters Overcoming Stigma adopts their official logo for the organization.
History is being written. :)
Thank you for your kind words and support!
Thank you for contributing to Sisters Overcoming Stigma. We are in existence because of your support!
We have some great news to share on our progress.
Sisters Overcoming Stigma has adopted a new logo! We wanted our logo to primarily symbolize the idea of Black girls and women overcoming while reaching back to help other sisters in need.
Our website is up and running and blog content will be coming soon! Check us out at http://www.sistersovercoming.org.
We had an awesome Twitter conversation with the legendary Kola Boof in October 2017 about negative stigma and how it affects Black women.
We have elected a third board member to serve Sisters Overcoming Stigma. We are happy to introduce H Paul Bryant attorney at law. Watch the video below for a proper introduction!
We will soon send a special invite to all our donors and email list members for a special Google Hangout with the board members of Sisters Overcoming Stigma as we share our financial report, plans for 2018, and talk to those interested in volunteering with S.O.S.
We cannot say THANK YOU enough to all of the wonderful people who have either donated, offered their time, and/or encouragement to us on this journey. The outpouring of support from you all has been overwhelming!
Chris, Asia, and Paul
I hope you are enjoying the month of June! Thank you all for your well wishes and concern over the last few months. Can you believe that it was just a little over two months ago that SOS was conceived? WOW! The outpouring of support from you all has been overwhelming, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving me the strength in the face of challenges to keep going FORWARD.
I took the time over the last 3 weeks or so to decompress. If you do not know, I am a graduate student and the month of May is finals time!
Anyway, I feel refreshed enough to begin work on goals for SOS along with my partner Chris Karazin.
We have some exciting news coming down the pike.
We expect the official launch of our website in the first week of July. Stay tuned for that coming soon! Branding and the look of our site is very important to us, so we are doing it right the FIRST TIME.
We will also be working on obtaining 501(c)(3) status for our corporation. We are incorporated as a nonprofit in the state of Delaware, however, we do not have 501(c)(3) status. We must apply for that status with the IRS. So if you were to search for us in the Melissa Database for example, you would not find us there, but we are working on it. For more on that process, please visit these helpful sites.
This summer is all about getting the word out about SOS, so please tell your friends and family about us! Our goal is come on the scene in the most strategic way possible to help Black girls and women. We will hit the scene at some events across the country to educate the public on why SOS is here and needed for Black women.
VOLUNTEERS! Please contact us if you are interested in helping us. We are looking for the following:
Regional Leaders to cover the following regions:
North East , North West, South East, South West, North Central, South Central, US Territories, International.
We will also need State Leadership for every state of the union, as well as those in foreign countries willing to start local interest groups.
We will have a membership interest form very shortly to recruit those who are interested on the national, regional, and local level to assist us.
WE CANNOT DO THIS ALONE!
Who are you?
Talented, resourceful, reliable, and dedicated to the causes of Black women and girls. You are a woman with a vested interest in helping Black women and girls internationally against the stigma of defamation.
We hope you will join us every step of the way.
FYI, our GoFundMe can now take donations once more.
Thank you for your support.
Asia & Chris
Tonight 7pm PST / 10pm EST
The NAME of our Organization will revealed! We will also reveal other wonderful developments concerning the incorporation of our org. and how YOU can join the movement!
Tune in tonight to Beyond Black and White's YouTube channel! See you all there! <3<3<3