Jazz artist Najee is coming back to Los Angeles.
Thanks to Tania Capree, founder and CEO of THIXOTIX Modeling Troupe, Najee will be performing at the’ THIXOTIX ninth annual Mother’s Day Jazzy Catwalk. I had never heard of Tania Capree or this event that she has organized the last nine years, so I put in a call to a mutual friend, Kimi Rochelle Porter, who had nothing but great things to say about this organization and the great work they do in our city
THIXOTIX is a combination of the words thick, sexy, and exotic. It is the epitome of what all the models represent in this troupe. The models are all plus size women and men of different races, ages and weight. In full disclosure, a fashion show is an event I have never had any desire to attend.
But as Porter explained to me, this isn’t just a fashion show Capree is doing. It’s a cause that benefits groups such as Make a Wish Foundation, St. Jude Medical Center, Ronald McDonald House and Cancer Treatment Centers of America.
As a cancer survivor who has been in remission for one year, those causes are near and dear to my heart. I didn’t need any more selling on why I should support this event. I will buy a ticket. The fact that plus size models have the confidence to model and realize their beauty is important. God made us in all sizes and races.
So, I commend all the models who are involved in THIXOTIX And I would be lying if I didn’t add a major reason I’m supporting and attending this event is because my namesake jazz icon Najee is performing.
It was approximately 25 years ago that I changed my name to Najee Ali. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a huge music fan. Najee is my favorite jazz artist. I have bought all his music and attended several of his concerts over the last 25 years.
A few years ago, I had a chance to finally meet him in person after he performed in Long Beach and was signing his CDs. As soon as I walked up to introduce myself — before I could open my mouth — he knew exactly who I was. I was shocked and humbled.
It was a great moment for me the man I named myself after was aware of me. I couldn’t figure it out at first but then I assumed that over the years people must have confused him as an activist, the same way people confuse me as a musician and I must kindly explain I’m not Najee the jazz artist. I’m Najee the activist.
So I make it a point to attend all his L.A. are concerts and he always makes time to speak to me. But even if Najee wasn’t performing this is a fundraiser that helps support important causes we should all care about.
The concert and fashion show are May 12 at 6 p.m. at Candela La Brea, 831 S. La Brea Ave.
And finally, the murder of 15-year-old Hannah Bell has struck a nerve throughout South L.A. I will continue to support the Bell family and will go into more details on this isuue next week.
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