Kontrol Magazine and Curves In The Streetz was on the scene this weekend for Bo Talley’s Balling For Lupus all female celebrity charity basketball game. The event was held on this past Saturday at Alonzo Crim High School, Atlanta, GA. The much anticipated annual event was packed with celebrities and supporters to help raise awareness of the chronic disease Lupus.
According to the Lupus Foundation Of America; lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). Chronic means the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years.
It is believed that 5 million people throughout the world have a form of lupus. Women of color are two to three times more likely to develop lupus than Caucasians. (www.lupus.org)
Blaq Pearl Entertainment CEO, Mrs. Bo Talley-Williams and her husband Fred Williams, (Coach of the WNBA Team Dallas Wings) created the event Balling For Lupus in an effort to raise awareness and funds for the chronic illness. Each year this event has been successful in helping lupus survivors and families in raising funds, bringing more awareness and hope for a cure for the deadly disease.
Balling For Lupus
Everyone that was in attendance was there to support the cause! The charity game had two teams in total headed by celebrity coaches. This year’s Celebrity coaches were Towanda Braxton (WE TV’s Braxton Family Values), Plenette Pierson (WNBA Player & 2x WNBA Champion), Erica Dixon (VH1’s Love & Hip Hop ATL), Odyssey Sim (WNBA Player), Lola Robinson (Match Made In Heaven), and Debra Antney (VH1’s Love And Hip Hop ATL).
The crowd really enjoyed the National Anthem performed by Love & Hip Hop New York star Jhonni Blaze and a special half time performance by singer Arii Raye’ (daughter of R. Kelly and Andrea Kelly from Hollywood Exes). Kandi Buruss’s new girl group Glamour made a special appearance and mingled with guests at the event.
There was also a special half time tribute to honor and recognize Lupus advocates and warriors.
Needless to say, the game between the white and purple team was so intense. Both teams brought their “A” game, however the Purple team took home the win!
I really enjoyed attending this awesome charity event. The energy, love, and support in that building was amazing. I’m definitely looking forward to next years Balling For Lupus, I am sure it’s going to be even bigger and better!
Until next time, “Continue to rock your confidence, it looks good on you!!”