Fam Jam 2017 Kicked off the #YearofYes or as I like to call it Year of Yasssss! For the 2nd year in a row, Fam Jam 2017 brings family and community together to support victims of Gun Violence.
Held outside of Gigi's Music Cafe (Home of South Florida's Best Chicken and Waffles), the stage was literally set for our local performers to shine at this family friendly outdoor block party. We enjoyed the performances of The G-Boys, JP Muzic, Anointed Mimes, I.C.E. Squad's own Blaze The Lion and Rommel Tha Youngsta, the soulful sounds of Charlie T 305, and Bottles Belafonte & Broadaylyte representing Spread Love Gang.
Hosted by the CEO on the MIC Felicia "Your Girl Fee" Martin, with Your Favorite Chick DJ Shelly Rockstar on the wheels of steel, we enjoyed a day of great music and family fun. Special thanks to the Sunrise Police Department and S.W.A.T. team for their participation and of course our wonderful sponsors Body Love by Myioshi and Love Our Locs Natural Hair Collection. Our featured Vendors Teirah Hicks of Perfectly Flawed and Income Strategist TC Chambers blessed us with amazing goods and services so please show them a little love and patronize! Check out our the 2017 Fam Jam RECAP Here.
The History of Fam Jam (Family Jam Block Party)
Back in 2012 Micheale “Shelly Rockstar” Washington was confronted with the reality of gun violence when her younger brother Michael Smathers was shot outside of a Miami nightclub by a private security guard leaving him alive but paralyzed. For over three years Micheale, Michael and their family and friends went through the turmoil of recovery, griefy criminal trials, civil trials and so much pain. At the the end of trial, Micheale wanted a way to celebrate the end of the madness of the last few years and also bring awareness to the gun violence problem plaguing our communities.
Last year on January 1st 2016, we took to the streets of our own residential block for the first annual Fam Jam. Fam Jam is a free, family friendly block party bringing together the community for an afternoon of fun, music, networking and fellowship. Fam Jam celebrates, life, love and the enduring faith that better days are always just around the corner. Sponsors who believed in the cause came through with everything from food donations, to stage equipment, money and good ole fashion sweat. From working the grills to monitoring the bounce houses and assembling stage equipments, the community stepped up to volunteer.
On a shoestring budget, and the commitment and love of family, friends and her Boss Moms Family, they rallied vendors, small businesses and local performers to pull off an amazing family event, that left smiles on the faces of everyone who attended. C