Idalia was born June 26, 1975 in Mano River Liberia, West Africa. She spent the first 4 years of her life there and then moved to the US with her parents Moses and Berecia along with her younger brother Moses Jr, settling in Illinois. Her baby sister, Equah came just a few years later. Idalia was raised in a loving but extremely structured household that focused on God, a love for music, and a passion for helping those in need.
In 1998 Idalia gave birth to her firstborn son Marcus Demetrius Jr and then in 2000 to her daughter, Isis Mikayla. Often, Idalia along with her children did what they could in whatever community they lived in. Always reinforcing how important it is to love and support others. Over the years Idalia has been fortunate to support friends, family, and strangers on a smaller scale.
Dignify A Diva was born in 2015. The prime focus has been to help women and girls in need with gently loved purses filled with toiletries. The idea is to "Secure the Bag" with hope. Sending a message of dignity, support, and renewed pride to women and girls surviving trauma, by providing them with personal items they need in a beautifully new or gently loved purse.
The focus of Dignify a Diva has grown over the years to include continued support, advocacy, awareness, fundraising events, and sponsorship. Today more than ever, the importance of support from one woman to another has become an important component to healing and growth. Starting at an early age, girls treat each other horribly. They often take pleasure in tearing each other down. The bullies and the bullied girls then turn into women who are afraid to ask their family, friends, and other resources for help for fear of being turned away, ridiculed, and/or judged. The “mean girl” epidemic is alive and well. Dignify A Diva focuses on improving the emotional, physical, and mental well-being of women and girls by striving to uplift and empower them as they battle homelessness, abuse, past/current trauma, lack of self-esteem and feelings of despair.
The mission is simple. Reconnecting women and girls to their personal strength and dignity to help them achieve a happy and successful life! It may start with a gently loved purses filled with toiletries. However, it doesn't have to end there! Purses have been are donated from women all over Georgia TO women all over Georgia and some surrounding states! Each purse is filled with all a woman’s necessities (hygiene and beauty). Purses have been donated to Women’s Shelters, Emergency Placement Centers, High Schools, Outreach organizations, as well as on the street to women/girls in need.
Idalia has been blessed with a few honors. The Janita Entertainment Women’s Empowerment Award - March 2017. The Journee Entertainment Award - Honoring Excellence Achieving Distinction - June 2018. She was crowned also Queen 1865 for Juneteenth - June 2018. In April of 2019, Idalia was published in Voyage ATL.
Into the future, Dignify A Diva will include as many available resources to women and girls as possible. “Secure the Bag”! Watch as we continue to dignify Divas everywhere!