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Aldine ISD drama teacher honored with prestigious Tony Award. Plus, wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins’ mother inspires others as a survivor and advocate of domestic violence.

Roshunda Jones-Koumba will be presented with the 2022 Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre Education, an honor that acknowledges a theater educator shaping the next generation of artists and performers. And, Sabrina Greenlee shares her personal story of domestic abuse, how it continues to harm our communities, and the work she is doing to help survivors.

 

(Left) Aldine ISD drama teacher Roshunda Jones-Koumba is receiving the Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre Education this Sunday in New York during the Tony Awards ceremony at Radio City Music Hall. (Right) Houston domestic violence survivor and advocate Sabrina Greenlee is the mother of NFL wide receiver Deandre Hopkins. Greenlee will host her Pretty Scars Into Stars event this Saturday, June 11th in Houston from 9 am – 6 pm at Paul Mitchell The School Houston and The Heights Villa.

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Often victims of domestic violence don't speak out. This can be because of fear, or the concern they won't be believed. Unfortunately, this can create an environment where the violence continues.

On today’s show, NFL star DeAndre Hopkins' mother, Sabrina Greenlee, talks about how she experienced domestic abuse from an early age. From sexual abuse to physical abuse, her experience left her with fractured ribs and a broken collarbone. She even survived a domestic violence acid attack that left her blind and severely scared in 2002.

But Greenlee survived and has gone on to become a domestic violence advocate, an entrepreneur, and a philanthropist — helping countless other women in similar situations through her charity "Speaking Mentally, Outwardly Opening Opportunities Toward Healing” (S.M.O.O.O.T.H.).

Also, the 75th Annual Tony Awards will air Sunday, June 12 on CBS — honoring the best and brightest from Broadway. One Houston area high school theater director and Prairie View A&M University alumna talks about what it means to be receiving the Excellence in Theater Education Award during the Tony Awards ceremony this Sunday night at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Guests:

Roshunda Jones-Koumba,

  • Theater director at G.W. Carver Magnet High School in Aldine ISD

Sabrina Greenlee

  • Domestic violence survivor/advocate, motivational speaker, entrepreneur

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