Ms. Janice L. Mathis
Rainbow Push Coalition
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About our 2015 InfluenceHER Key Note Speaker and Entertainment
As Vice President for Legal Affairs for the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Janice L. Mathis has negotiated diversity and inclusion agreements with Fortune 500 companies including Home Depot, KFC, Toyota, Nationwide, John Deere, Cooper Tire and General Motors. She formerly served on diversity councils for Georgia Power Company and the Coca-Cola Company.
She organized and led the fight in Atlanta to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act in 2005 and was instrumental in urging Greenville County, SC to recognize the Martin Luther King Holiday. Today she is fighting to keep families in their homes and avoid foreclosure. Back in 2007 she and Rainbow PUSH Coalition were early advocates for commutation of Troy Davis’ death sentence and continues to advocate for abolition of the death penalty and an end to hyper-incarceration.
Janice and her sister Davida Mathis host Sisters in Law on News and Talk 1380 WAOK, a legal advice program, and they blog at sistersinlaw.blogspot.com. They recently completed a screenplay about their father, Joseph D. Mathis, who was a Methodist pastor, hall-of-fame coach and political activist.
She is a member of the Athens Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta and serves on the sorority’s national Social Action Commission. In April, 2012, Janice was elected a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. She formerly served as a member of the Rules Committee of the Democratic National Committee and on the national board of the League of Women Voters of the U.S. Janice is a founding member of the Metro Athens Growth Federation, a local organization committed to fighting poverty and creating good jobs.
Janice is included in several editions of the Most Influential Blacks in Atlanta, including this year’s section featuring Female Powerhouses. In 2009 she was named one of 25 Most Influential Women in Atlanta by Rolling Out magazine and received the Fannie Lou Hamer award from UFCW. In 2008, the Georgia Informer named her one of the 50 most influential women in Georgia. The Gate City Bar presented her its R.E. Thomas Civil Rights Award in 2009. The Georgia Legislative Black Caucus presented Janice its “Trendsetter” award in 2005. In 1996 she was a Centennial Olympic Community Hero and carried the Olympic Torch a portion of its way through Athens, GA. Good Housekeeping Magazine named her “One Hundred Young Women of Promise” in 1989. She is a 1988 graduate of Leadership Georgia and has received numerous other awards.
Janice is a graduate of Duke University, where she earned the prestigious Angier Biddle Duke Scholarship, was a national merit finalist and studied British politics and history at New College of Oxford University, England. She earned a law degree at the University of Georgia and continues to practice civil and criminal trial and appellate law.
Janice and her husband Harry Johnson (the first African-American new car salesman in Athens) are the parents of two adult children. Janice and Harry are active members of Chestnut Grove Baptist Church and live in Bogart, Georgia.
Born and raised in Saint Petersburg, Florida Sierra has been in front of the camera since the age of three, making commercials until eventually cast in local theatres, pageants, local sporting events, performing with Pinellas County Schools for Arts and State competitions.
Although she’s been an established local artist in St. Petersburg, Florida for several years most recently receiving the 2012 St. Petersburg Mayor Scholarship Award for Performing Arts and was Crown Miss Teen in Frank Pierce Pageant 2012.Winner of National Black Theater 2013 Phenom Factor 2013, Tasco 2013-2014 and Youth Leader.
She attends Pinellas County Center School of the Arts School in St. Petersburg, Florida, where her focus is in Musical Theater. From early age Sierra has brought a great deal of intensity to her performances. So prepare yourself to take on the electric energy Sierra Amora' provides when igniting the stage during her live performances. While bringing a cutting edge style her eclectic range and sound together are simply known as beautiful. Her current single "Better" displays the high energy that will make you head to the dance floor! You will remember Sierra Amora'....
Erin is rising singer and actress. She has performed and been involved in numerous showcases, events, and projects al around the nation. Most recently she performed at Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes birthday/fundraiser and Georgia’s 5th annual Legendary Awards. Erin has sung at numerous venues and events including opening for Colt Ford, the National Anthem at Gwinnett Braves, 3rd Annual Voices for Christmas, Purpose World Church, Roswell Methodist Church, Chris Kids charity Charge Blue event, Relay for Life events, Freedom Festival Ball Ground, Pickens 4th of July Celebration, Dawsonville Poultry Convention, and the Atlanta Hawks game at Phillips arena.
Erin does numerous fund raising events. She has participated in Bert's Big Thank You writing hundreds of letters to soldiers, volunteering at the animal shelter, visiting nursing homes, fundraising for Children's Miracle Network. She has received her Presidential gold pin for community service award for her outstanding work in her community. Erin is currently collecting clothing to donate to those in need and items for the local animal shelter.
Erin was a featured actor on Lifetime Network show Kim of Queens (episode 6) & was an actress in some short films and videos. Erin is part of the Glam Girls Rock campaign as a spokes model.
Erin is currently working on her EP and has some original music recorded. Her song “Have Mercy” is part of the movie soundtrack for “Breathe”
Erin is known as the little girl with the big voice. She is an old soul who influenced by artists Sam Cook, Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Whitney Houston, and current artists Sam Smith , Rhianna, Elie Goulding, and Jessie
Introducing to the stage recording artist Micah Hudgins, at age 15 Micah has already been in the entertainment industry for over 10 years and because of all of her hard work and dedication, she has accomplished many amazing projects in Film, TV, Theater and Music.
Working with some of the hottest musicians and actors in the industry today, One of Micah’s proudest accomplishments was opening for the Detroit Pistons singing the national anthem at the Palace of Auburn Hills at the tender age of 10. Some of Micah performances include Georgia’s premiere Legendary Awards Health Initiative, Lefteye Music Fest, Winter Wonderland where she open up for the OMG Girlz, just to name a few