The Brenda Blackmon Project
The Brenda Blackmon Project

All About Our Board Members & Our Mission


Our Mission: To break through the silence of Domestic Violence


Our goal is to change the way you see Domestic Violence. Living In The Black, the stage play, is a theatrical interpretation of the book, Living In The Black and depicts a survivor's view of the shame, pain and guilt associated with Domestic Violence. The stage play is celebratory and shows how we must do three things to stop the cycle of abuse:


First, Domestic Violence is not something we should accept. If it happens, and nothing is done about it, that is acceptance.


Secondly, regardless of how much one may love someone, love is not suppose to be painful. If it is, we must re-evaluate how we are defining love.


Lastly, if there is not admittance of being an abuser or a victim, the cycle of Domestic Violence will continue. We are also committed to getting community leaders involved and use the panel discussion platform to channel change and challenge community leaders to evaluate solutions and next steps with results of stopping Domestic Violence.

Meet Our Board Members



Brenda Blackmon, Founder and CEO
Native of Chicago, IL
Survivor and Author of Living In The Black
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism and Communications




Loni Noelle Blackmon, Director

Native of Minneapolis, MN
Studied Non-Profit Leadership at Murray State University
Pursuing Bachelor of Science Degree and Nursing Degree



David Griffith, Director-Secretary

Native of Evansville, IN
Master of Science in Public Service Administration
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology

Selena Stewart, CPA 





Other Board Members

Janie Westbrook, Director
Selena Stewart, CPA, Director


The truth is uncomfortable, but it's best to tell it! Together we can prevail. Don't let your current circumstances be the author of your tomorrow. Speak up! You are not alone. Contact us for assistance.

Want to Become a Member?

Please call us at: 651-238-8131 or fill out our contact form.


The Brenda Blackmon Project

1135 SW Arborfair Dr 

Lee's Summit, MO 64082


Domestic Violence Hotline:

800-799-7233 (SAFE)

Crime Victims Hotline:

866-689-HELP (4357)

Rape & Sexual Assault Hotline:


TTY (Text Telephone Device):



The Kansas City Gem Theater welcomes the hit stage play, Living In The Black. The musical stage play starts at 7pm on October 24th. This is our second city stage production, we hope to bring this to other cities! The contributing agency is SAFE HOME.


"Living In The Black"

 Stage Play Trailer

Our first Theatrical Stage Play, Living In The Black, took place on May 9th, in Henderson, KY at the Henderson Fine Arts Center. With contributing agency, the Albion Fellows Bacon Center


Brenda featured in Courier Press article about her Musical to address speaking up about domestic violence.


Brenda appeared on WNIN to discuss her breaking the silence.

Panel Discussion Session #1
Panel Discussion Session..pdf
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Evansville Panel Discussion Session #1

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This is an explosive scene from the Stage Play Living In The Black! With Brookelle Bailey and Michael Vance. This story bites at your heart and changes how you see domestic violence.

Author of Living In The Black

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