DANVILLE, VA- The Community Engagement Summer Series is back! Partnering agencies Danville Public Schools (DPS), the Danville Church Based and Community Tutorial Program (DCCTP), the Danville Police Department (DPD) and the Danville Redevelopment and Housing Authority (DRHA) are once again bringing their community engagement summer series to the DRHA housing communities and Bibleway Cathedral. This year the series will feature two uplifting concerts.
Meet David and Pleshette, the dynamic young entrepreneurs behind the groundbreaking H.O.P.E. Concert Series, Inc. Fueled by their passion for positive change, the couple aims to tackle the prevalent issues of youth gang violence and senseless deaths in their new community. David, a former underground hip hop artist who has personally faced the dangers he once rapped about, discovered a renewed sense of purpose after surviving near-death experiences and spending time behind bars. Embracing a spiritual journey, he recognized his potential to guide young people away from violence.
Similarly, Pleshette witnessed the devastating consequences of reckless youth behavior in her own neighborhood, which ignited her desire for transformation. Her strong faith in God led her to engage in community outreach and organize impactful events for youth in the local community for her church. Pleshette’s contributions were duly recognized, propelling her into a successful career as one of New York City's most sought-after promoters, management, and artist development for Christian Hip Hop artists. Her expertise also extended to freelancing behind the scenes in TV production, collaborating with industry giants like Viacom, ABC, NBC, and host of major TV shows.
The paths of David and Pleshette converged during their community outreach endeavors, resulting in not only a marriage but also the creation of the H.O.P.E. Concert Series, also known as Healing Oppression Through Pure Entertainment. Together, they share a deep commitment to empowering both young people and parents, helping them embrace positive perspectives and navigate life's challenges. To achieve this, they have curated a concert series that features artists with uplifting messages, providing inspiration and hope.
Having previously collaborated with Ms. Angie Dixon of HOOPS Don’t Shoot, a prominent youth basketball program in Danville, David and Pleshette are well-versed in delivering unforgettable shows. Reflecting on her experience working with the Concert Series, Ms. Angie Dixon expressed her admiration for David and Pleshette's genuine dedication to the community and their unwavering support for the youth.
Working with the DRHA, the H.O.P.E. Concert Series, Inc., received funding for the events through a Make More Happen Grant from the Danville Regional Foundation. The concerts will take place during two of the Community Engagement Summer Series events. The first concert will be held on Friday, July 7th at the DRHA’s Cardinal Village housing development. Continue to check the social media of DRHA and the H.O.P.E. Concert Series for more information.