Author Jason Irby will observe the one year anniversary of the release of his 4th publication in the Love Within Lifeseries.
The book, So You Want to Stop Violence? has received a variety of reviews, media coverage and presentations. Irby has asked the community, do you really want to stop the violence? His hope and intent is that the book of poems and short stories will offer readers awareness about the subject, opportunity to choose, and a prospective to choose wellness.
Over the past year, sports authorities and athletes have been suspended, convicted or fined for violence related actions.
Irby hosted an event along with Arkansas State Senator Stephanie Flowers in observance of National Domestic Violence Month on October 25, 2014 at the senator’s office located at 217 Main Street in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
Guest speakers and presenters included Dorcas VanGilst, LPC and Director of the Women’s Ministries at the Dorcus House for Women and Children, Rev. Edna Morgan of Healing Place Ministries, and Officer Robert Sturd formally of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.
Additional participants included University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) youth mentoring organizations Essence of a Woman and Black Male Achievers, Shannice Ears of Fitness Boot Camp, Angela Johnson, Vice President of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s (UALR) Ethics Bowl Team, and the Jefferson County Boys and Girls Club.
Presenters at the observance event offered substantial information and resources that are available to address domestic violence and related issues.
On October 25, 2014, Irby will host an event along with Arkansas State Senator Stephanie Flowers in observance of National Domestic Violence Month. The event will be held at the offices of Senator Flowers located at 217 Main Street in Pine Bluff, Arkansas beginning at 2:30pm.
“When he puts his mind and effort in it, he gets things done,” she said. “I admire him for that and feel fortunate to know him. He makes things happen. He has that energy. He’s going to accomplish what he sets out to do. The event will be a positive thing. We will see a difference because of it,” she said.
Irby continued his quest to bring the awareness of the need for such pressure with his second event this year. The first event took place at the William F. Laman Library in North Little Rock, Arkansas on June 14th. The event featured presentations by several community leaders, including representatives from the City of North Little Rock’s police and fire departments and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
Irby, the author of Love Within Life: So, You Want To Stop Violence, hosted the latest book event to encourage the youth to make wise choices. Irby also continued to urge the sports leagues to uphold personal conduct standards and reject rap and hip-hop songs that are violent, inappropriate and contradict the leagues personal conduct policies.
UAPB’s mentoring organizations Black Male Achievers (BMA) and Essence of a Woman (EOAW) were an impressive presence. They displayed the beauty and energy of youth along with wisdom and integrity of future leaders. Continue reading →
REJECT INAPPROPRIATE MESSAGES AND VIOLENCE IN RAP & HIP-HOP
Author Jason Irby continues his effort to bring awareness to the controversial stances taken by sports leagues regarding promoting violent and inappropriate music.
Irby’s latest event encouraging youth to make wise choices is the Awareness, Wellness and Choices Fair to Stop Violence. This event will take place on September 20, 2014, at 217 North Main Street in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
The fair is in support of Irby’s latest book in the Love Within Life Series: So You Want to Stop Violence? Arkansas Senator Stephanie Flowers, whose office is the location for the event, believes in the man behind the cause.
“When he puts his mind and effort in it, he gets things done,” she said. “I admire him for that and feel fortunate to know him. He makes things happen. He has that energy. He’s going to accomplish what he sets out to do. The event will be a positive thing. We will see a difference because of it,” says Senator Flowers.
Irby’s event comes at a time when the National Football League (NFL) is in the spotlight for its handling of football players’ violent behavior off-the-field.
The indefinite suspension of Ray Rice for a violent altercation with his then fiancé underscores the violent imagery and experience of professional sports. Improper behaviors have become more prevalent today and stand in stark contrast to the family-friendly entertainment these sports organizations seek to provide as well as the league’s personal conduct policy.
Jason Irby, author of Love Within Life: So, You Want To Stop Violence, applauded the intent of a letter National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Roger Goodell sent to owners of 32 NFL teams. Irby also continues to urge sports leagues to reject rap and hip-hop songs that promote inappropriate behavior that are endorsed by the leagues as playlist, bumper and promotional music.
“The message in the letter aligns with my effort to urge the league’s associates and players to exhibit high personal conduct standards because they are very influential public figures to our youth,” Irby said.
In the letter, Commissioner Goodell apologized for not holding his response to a personal conduct policy violation (domestic violence case) to the highest standards of the NFL. Commissioner Goodell also directed actions to reinforce and enhance personal conduct policy violation penalties, discipline and recovery treatment. The personal conduct policy requires NFL associates and players to avoid conduct detrimental to the league’s integrity.