Last week the Brownsville Anti-violence Project’s Young Adult Entrepreneurship Program + MiB had the pleasure of welcoming social entrepreneur. Verneda Adele White, as a lecturer to share her apparel design expertise with Brownsville’s budding entrepreneurs. Verneda Adele White is the Founder and Creative Director of HUMAN INTONATION, the premium, unisex apparel brand dedicated to raising awareness while donating 20% of each sale to pertinent social & human rights issues.
Following her family’s personal experience with the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and the loss of her closest cousin and best friend to AIDS, Verneda began designing men and women’s graphic tees, tank tops, and dresses made from her own original patterns, using organic materials, to draw attention to re-building efforts in the Gulf Coast. Her platform of using fashion for social change, related community events, and speaking engagements nationwide has since extended to education for children in Darfur, rebuilding Haiti, and the brand’s primary focus on HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, and treatment. Verneda has received support from the likes of VH1’s Love & Hip Hop, Usher Raymond, Dr. Drew, and Wyclef Jean, in addition to lifestyle mogul B. Smith who wore her own Human Intonation tee during a cooking segment on The Wendy Williams Show. Human Intonation has been covered by outlets such as NV Magazine, Black Enterprise, AOL/Levi’s, and Uptown Magazine, while most recently Verneda became a blog writer for the Huffington Post, and the recipient of the Daily Points of Light Award from President George H.W. Bush for her innovation in service.
As you can imagine, the group was really inspired by her story and had a lot of interesting questions for Ms. White around how to get their brand into stores and how to leverage start-up costs and their was a great discussion about how they can take the things they are passionate about and turn that into a full time job that can benefit their community.
We’d like to thank Verneda for dropping by. Check out the photos below.