“Repairing the Bridge” A Carol Maraj Foundation Benefit: A Night of Music, Love and Star Power

Carol Maraj (R).George “RaStarr” Walker (L).

by Roz Nixon
Edited by George “RaStarr” Walker
Photos by George “RaStarr” Walker for KissAStarr Photography @KissAStarrphoto, Noir dream visuals , Lettie Albert, Sheilah Dodd and #DeezFilmz
Video by Harlem Phenom Films
All Rights Reserved 2017
On Sunday October 29, 2017 fun was had by all as singer and philanthropist Carol Maraj, mother of hip hop superstar Nikki Minaj (https://youtu.be/vdrqA93sW-8)  hosted a big Caribbean/Soul bash, which rallied her fight against domestic violence.
The doors opened, and we were all graciously greeted by Santana King the most talented, charming, Steel Drum artist ever!
 Carol Maraj, Founder of the Carol Maraj Foundation (above)
While cameras flashed on the Red Carpet, hosted by Internet Radio Personality Diva Madonna, there was lots of preening and posing on the Step & Repeat in an evening themed ‘Repairing The Bridge” and all roads lead to a night filled with bright lights, delicious food and a great mix of people.
Diva Madonna (Red) surrounded by Carol Maraj Foundation Staff
Carol Maraj’s  passion for the issue of domestic violence stems from, her own abuse by the hands of husband who tried to kill her many years ago. She had to literally ‘run for her life,’ time and time again. This unfortunate situation has molded her into the strong, resilient woman she is today. She is now working to empower other women in their life’s journey.
Carol Maraj (L). Lyrikal (R).
The event was held at the up-scale Roulette Intermedium, a fashionable space in downtown Brooklyn. The large ground floor room was tastefully adorned by “Elegant Event Designs Décore”, a 30-year-old party, planning business that added their special touch to the occasion. CEO Anita Persaud said “Carol called me for this worthy cause and I could not say no”! There was a scrumptious Caribbean menu prepared by various chefs, topped off by a serving of tasty ribs from Outback Steak House.
Tony Award Winner Melba Moore (above)
The night also featured a grand array of talent that included a star of stage, screen and television…Melba Moore. The Tony award-winning actress and singer known for her R&B, pop and gospel artistry, performed several songs including her signature tune which has become an anthem of love, “Lean On Me …Some How Together We’ll Make It”. Moore is a music legend whose versatility can be heard from her dance singles like “You Stepped Into My Life”, to her Broadway sound tracts from performances shows like “Hair” and Purlie” Melba Moore has started in Tyler Perry and Wil Packer produced movies and is starring in soon to be released feature Film “WA ROHO” a Carma Records Production.
Carol Maraj (L). Melba Moore (R).
Carol Minaj’s proud Caribbean heritage shined through as she also presented the well known star Rayvon, debuting his hot sensual new single “Sugarcane”, sure to be a hit, a performance that brought the temperature up a notch in the Roulette Intermedium. The brooklyn based reggae crooner Rayon may be best known for his string of successful combination songs – Angel, In The Summertime & Big Up that were recorded with ‘Mr Boombastic’ Shaggy but as a solo artist he is just as potent having stuck good musical notes with hit singles One N Only, Games We Play, My Bad, 2-Way and his social commentary piece titled no Guns No Murder.
Carol Maraj (R). Radio Host Diva Madonna (R).
Singing Francine, a dancing, gyrating Calypso legend, at 74 years old mastered the stage, vocals and dance floor, Singing Francine a true carnival legend, thanked God for the strength and youth to show us how carnival is properly celebrated, she was stunning and amazing. The night grooved on with DJ Platinum Sound spinning hard on the one’s & twos, he kept a full night of entertainment flowing effortlessly and smoothly. Bravo!.
George “RaStarr” Walker, Red Carpet Media Lead Carol Maraj Foundation (L). Singer Andrea Martin (R).
A very special and pleasant surprise came when Andrea Martin, Carol Manaj’s vocal coach took the stage by storm,
Singer Andrea Martin (above)
to do an amazing cover of Whitney Houston’s “I will always love you” which displayed the power and strength and control she has over. Her vocals, pitch perfect, taking on the toughest song of a very talented and well-known artists and delivering with a Mastery of a true professional
 The “Repairing the Bridge” Red Carpet Hostess the on and only Diva Madonna, not only showcased dinirs, celebrities and vuctims, but a couple of enterprising young ladies, who happen to be innovative inventors!

Inventor Winsome Collier Jasinsky (L), Dr. Denine Hammond(C), Singer Andrea Martin (R).

Winsome Collier Jasinsky (L). an Operating Room RN whose passion to rescue trauma victims led her to become an inventor, of the soon to be a must have household item the “Fire Escape Chute” https://youtu.be/ImFeOIAML7c

_R5A2720Diva Madonna (L) w Inventor Lettie Albert (R).

Lettie Albert an Actress and model who looked for an easier way to manage her essentials between auditions was driven to become the inventor of the “Beautiful On the Go” Pen

These two women expressing their passion for their soon to be released products, brought another aspect to the word “survivor”.  These products are well thought out, Patented and openly seeking investors looking to be a part of the next big thing!

The evening took an interesting turn when the Mistress of Ceremonies Jauna Guthier introduced excerpts of forthcoming play” Peaches” (Written by Ms. Carol Maraj)
This dramatic theater piece tells the story of a battered mother and wife portrayed by Toccarra Cash – (Debra) who attempts to conceal her abuse from her family and close friend (portrayed by. Azariah Gunn (Gloria) and especially from her young daughter, Peaches (portrayed by Amaya Solawardana). The cast also featured Reginald L. Barnes (David). who portrayed the abusive husband. It was an electrifying and thrilling pause in the music that garnered an over-whelming ovation!
The exciting entertainer Lyrikal got the crowed to jump-up and have a good time . Lyrikal who lead the audience in a series of choreographed dance moves which had us all on our feet dancing and celebrating as if at a Caribbean carnival, a satisfying climax to a outstanding benefit concert, which ended with Lyrikal introducing our diva of the evening, Carol Maraj, who humbly thanked all in attendance for coming out in a storm to support her passion : Domestic Violence prevention and support of domestic violence victims.

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