Photo credit: John Huang for Toyota
What’s not to love about Laz Alonso on and off the big screen. His charismatic smile instantly invites you into his world which lately is filled with partnering with the Toyota Green Initiative to promote a go-green lifestyle. Laz visited Houston along with other TGI representatives Friday to work at the Blodgett Urban Gardens at TSU in Third Ward. An effort by all involved—to educate the community on the benefits of living a sustainable lifestyle. We asked Laz why committing to this program was so important:
“It’s important to support something that speaks to me, says the Hollywood actor.” Adding, “bringing education, resources and involving the students so they can participate in the community has boundless outcomes, not just for the kids that are in the neighborhood now but for the ones who will live here for years to come. There are so many positives to this especially having come from an HBCU myself at Howard.”
Top (l) Twins of Media and Laz Alonso; (r) TGI representatives; Bottom (l) Photo credit: John Huang for Toyota; (r) Yoli Ouiya
Yoli Ouiya agrees. The TGI representative started a go-green blog and catering business a few years ago. Her mission she says is to “spread sustainability and health and wellness through our communities with education.” Yoli’s role in the coalition? She does a lot of DIY workshops to illustrate how you can make your own foods even on a budget. Stressing, “products we find in the stores that are not natural have tons of chemicals and they get into our bloodstream. Her workshops focus on helping to prevent food-related illnesses particularly those that plague African-Americans more.
Other participants were actress Tsion Mitchell, entertainment executive Mali Hunter, Taryn Clark, Dr. Sheri Smith and more. TGI held various events throughout the SWAC weekend including volunteer day. Follow @toyotashowcase #toyotagreen
Catch Laz Alonso in the movie “Traffic” with Paula Patton and Omar Epps spring 2018.
Working with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), TGI is a multi-tiered program activated at campuses, high profile football games, conference basketball tournaments and two music festivals, Afropunk and Broccoli City Festival. The activations include sustainability centric activities with tips, facts and tools, a Day of Service, a lecture series with multicultural sustainability experts, and a Green Your Campus Initiative.
Photos: John Huang for Toyota
Source: Taryn Clark
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