Since 2005, the Rashawn Brazell Memorial Scholarship has paid tribute to the slain teen’s legacy of academic excellence and selfless service by offering a $1500 award to college-bound New York City students committed to the fight against racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of injustice.

As they celebrate their 5th anniversary,  the folks at the Rashawn Brazell Memorial Scholarship are asking for your support for the annual Brighter Days celebration, an awards banquet to be held on August 19, 2010. Hosted at 320 Studios in Manhattan, this year’s event will be their biggest yet; with the Honorable Christine C. Quinn,  Speaker of the New York City Council, serving as the event chair.

At the event, they will honor NY State Senator Eric Adams, Reverend Kevin E Taylor and internet radio show host DJ Baker for their unwavering support to their organization and their respective efforts to end violence against LGBT people of color in our community.

The ticket price for the event is $50, which includes a buffet style dinner. However, they created a special code for Mary readers to get discount tickets to the awards dinner.   Mary readers can visit Brown Paper Tickets ( and enter in the code “LYRICAL” to receive tickets for only $25.

Also, if you haven’t already done so, we also encourage you to check out for the latest updates on the ongoing murder investigation an their year-round programming efforts.

Grass Roots Glam

Thursday August 19, 2010

from 7pm-10pm

#20 Studios

320 W 37th St

New York, NY

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