Fashion Nova is partnering with The Shade Room to promote peace in response to the death of Ma’Khia Bryant.
Fashion Nova Cares is donating $100K to Peace4Kids’ ROCMove Initiative alongside the Shade Room.
ROCMove is an initiative designed to empower women and girls who live in foster homes by telling their stories. Peace4Kids is the name of the podcast using to broadcast their voices.
As CNN reported, the foster care system is failing teens like Bryant who lost her life during an altercation between two adults and an officer who witnessed her wielding a knife.
As BLACK ENTERPRISE reported, Bryant, 16, lived in foster care through Franklin County Children Services, when Columbus Police Officer Nicholas Reardon got out of his car and went to the house where police had been dispatched after someone had called 911 saying they were being physically threatened.
Besides one witness and police bodycam footage, not many details about the tragic incident were given.
Police records show that three 911 calls were made at the foster home Bryant lived in, one of which the caller used Bryant’s sister’s name to make a threat “to kill someone in their foster home if she couldn’t be placed in a different home.”
“The system is broken and we just as a country have not come to terms with that,” says Cheryl Grills, a professor of psychology at Loyola Marymount University who has promoted and investigated child welfare reform. “They have a duty to protect and ensure a child’s well-being and that’s where I see the system failing miserably.”
Fashion Nova Care launched in honor of Women’s History Month, with its first partner being recording artist Megan Thee Stallion giving out $25,000 or more, or a total of $1,000,000, to women-led organizations.