Jason Irby, author of "Love Within Life," will host an event, along with Sen. Stephanie Flowers, in observance of National Domestic Violence Month at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at Flowers’ office located at 217 Main St.

Jason Irby, author of "Love Within Life," will host an event, along with Sen. Stephanie Flowers, in observance of National Domestic Violence Month at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at Flowers’ office located at 217 Main St.


Guest speakers and presenters will include Cathy Brown of the Dorcus House for women and children; Rev. Edna Morgan of Healing Place Ministries; Nyeshia Aldridge of Boys & Girls Club of Jefferson County; Robert Sturd (officer) formerly of Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department; Essence of a Woman (youth mentoring organization) from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; Shannice Ears of Fitness Boot Camp; and Jasmine Barnett of Pine Bluff Neighborhood Watch.


At two previous book releases and awareness events, Irby was joined by community leaders and organizations. The first event was held June 14 at the William F. Laman Library, Agenta branch in downtown North Little Rock. The second event was held Sept. 20 at Flowers’ office.


Irby’s new book, "Love Within Life: So, You Want To Stop Violence" inspired Irby to create the Awareness, Wellness and Choices Fair, which addressed violence issues including domestic violence, child abuse, bulling, peer pressure and other inappropriate behaviors. At the events, Irby also presented concerns about messages in an overwhelming number of rap/hip hop songs that promotes violence and inappropriate behavior. Irby urged the sports leagues and related sports entertainment to reject the use of rap/hip hop music that promotes inappropriate behavior.


"The sports leagues and sporting entertainment often use music to promote and cross-promote events. Sports and music are two of the most influential sources for our youth’s behavior. The violence and inappropriate messages expressed in the specific songs contradicts the conduct and ethic policies that governs the sports leagues and we have experienced recent examples of those violations," Irby said.


At the Awareness, Wellness and Choices Fairs, Irby sent emails to the NFL, NBA and NCAA as part of his presentation. More awareness and book release presentations are planned by Irby to address violence awareness and wellness.


"For the sake of our youth and our future, it is my wish that people will choose wellness over violence," he said.


Irby’s book can be purchased through most book retailers and online stores. For more information about Irby and his projects/efforts, visit www.jasonirby.wordpress.com or www.lovewithinlife-jasonirby.com.