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Truth In Reality Announces Tracy Wilson Mourning as the Newest Member of its Board of Directors

NEW YORK, NY– Truth in Reality, a non-profit media advocacy organization founded to change the depiction of women of color in media, especially on violent reality television with the ultimate goal of reducing the cultural acceptance of gender-based violence in the Black community, proudly announces Tracy Wilson Mourning as the newest member of its Board of Directors.


Tracy Wilson Mourning is a mentor, designer, broadcast journalist, motivational speaker, soon-to-be published author, loving mother and wife to NBA All-Star Alonzo Mourning. Ms. Wilson Mourning is a graduate of Howard University where she majored in Broadcast journalism and minored in Business. Co-founder of Honey Child by Tracy Wilson Mourning, she currently holds the title of CEO of this brand of bath and body products.

In addition to her entrepreneurial roles, much of Ms. Wilson Mourning’s life is dedicated to the enrichment of today’s youth. In 2002, she founded the Honey Shine Mentoring Program to encourage the balance of mind, body and soul in girls and young women by providing nurturing experiences that not only illuminate their paths but also inform their decisions with self-reliance and hope. In conjunction with her husband Alonzo, Ms. Wilson Mourning co-founded The Mourning Family Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) public fundraising foundation created to inspire others through advocacy, education and enrichment services. Since 1997, The Mourning Family Foundation has raised over $10 million for various programs that aid in the development of children and their families, particularly those in socioeconomically challenged communities.

Truth In Reality Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Sil Lai Abrams stated, “The addition of Ms. Wilson Mourning to our Board of Directors is a tremendous honor. I look forward to the incredible work that we will be able to do together to further the mission and programs of Truth in Reality.”


As an appointed member to Truth In Reality’s Board of Directors, Ms. Wilson Mourning will work to ensure the health and success of Truth In Reality by assisting in the organization’s recruitment of potential partners and strategic alliances through her knowledge and expertise in strategic planning, fundraising, and board cultivation.  Moreover, with her developed skill in being a competent and servant leader, Ms. Wilson Mourning will help to oversee all endeavors made by Truth in Reality, ensuring the efforts of the organization reach all intended persons.

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About Truth in Reality


The mission of Truth in Reality is to change the way women of color and violence are portrayed in the media, especially on reality television. Through digital advocacy, public awareness campaigns and educational programs we aim to change society’s acceptance of gender-based violence and ultimately reduce its incidence in the Black community.

Contact:  Roni Francois




Mentoring Through Philanthropy: Rising to the challenge of giving back and

paying it forward in and around “our” communities

MIAMI – Oct. 6, 2014Tracy Wilson Mourning, Founder of Honey Shine Inc. mentoring program (, and Howard University will host a panel discussion on the value of mentorship and philanthropy during the University’s 2014 Homecoming festivities. The two-hour discussion will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 15 at Howard University (Armound J. Blackburn Center’s Digital Auditorium) from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.., and feature a powerhouse panel on Howard Homecoming’s “Educational Day.”


Akil Kamau, Howard University Vice President for Administration at the Howard University Alumni Association, will moderate the panel. Members will include: Tracy Wilson Mourning (Founder of Honey Shine Inc., Co-Founder of the Mourning Family Foundation, and Howard Alumna); Tueday Wilson (Howard University student, Undergraduate Representative for the Howard University Board of Trustees, Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and National Council of Negro Women); Dr. Amy Yeboah (Howard University faculty member and Black Women in America instructor); Sonya Lockett (Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, BET Networks); and Jeff Johnson (Award-winning journalist).
Statistics show that children, including teenagers, with positive role models in their lives tend to make better choices were a part of Mourning’s motivation to begin her mentoring program Honey Shine, Inc. in South Florida. As she prepares to expand Honey Shine nationwide, beginning in hometown of Las Vegas, Nev., Mourning also felt it necessary to extend her mentorship to the young minds at her beloved alma mater, Howard University. Mourning and her husband National Basketball Hall of Famer Alonzo Mourning, hope that this 2014 Homecoming panel fosters a post-panel discussion call to action for all attendees. Even further, the philanthropist power couple ultimately hopes the panel creates an incredible networking opportunity for students and is the birth of a long-term alliance with Howard and The Mourning Family Foundation.


“Important to the success of Honey Shine are the mentors who provide guidance to the young girls,” said Mourning.  “Mentors share their personal experiences and help guide our youth to a healthy and happy future. Charity relieves the pains of social problems, whereas we strive to gear the focus on philanthropy, which attempts to solve those problems at their root causes. And for this reason, I also want to pay it forward for my fellow Bison at HU.”



Sela & Art Collins and theGROUP will present a Cocktail Fundraiser with Tracy and Alonzo Mourning to benefit Honey Shine, Inc., and the Mourning Family Foundation on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 1730 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20006..

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