Ronald K. Jones II marched into a small town named Minden, Louisiana to produce a RKJ Experience, which is where his parents Ronald & Warmetrius Jones were born and raised. Since Minden is a small town, the citizens are often overlooked. Without many activities to participate in or attend its easy to lack faith or dream big. Warmetrius knew about the issue so she decided to bring an idea to the table. She mentioned having a fashion show in Minden to friends and family on Facebook. Everyone loved the idea so she proceeded to talk with Ronald and he did as well.
The experience given at this show was different because it was not only a fashion show but a gospel concert as well. Empowering Our Youth generated a buzz through out the city, which created a platform for local Minden youth and entertainers. Entertainers such as Kaiya Perry who played Grace in the movie 'A Girl Like Grace,' pageant contender Grace Powell who wowed the crowd with her angelic voice, Miss La, Miss Red River City and many more. Well known singers Angela Willsand Linda McDaniel also tore the house down when singing live. Safe to say the atmosphere was illuminated. A few local models walked the runway as well. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority also embraced the movement by purchasing tickets for their youth groups.
Ronald felt humbled by the chance to provide hope and motivation for the youth and anyone else who attended the fashion show. After the models shredded the runway, Ronald began to give a speech. The speech explained a few key elements to life and helped the audience understand everything may not be what it appears to be. Many audience members appreciated the unique view and embraced the words that were spoken. Some say they needed the message and it helped them remove negativity from their life. Ronald's goal was to provide a great show and move the audience's mind in a positive direction. It's safe to say the goal was accomplished.
“I want the audience to come as they are but leave differently than they came. I want to plant a positive seed that will grow as they continue their journey.”
— Ronald K. Jones II
Ronald drove a group of models into Minden, Louisiana on the day of the show in the RKJ mobile with hair stylist Bree Levingston trailed in her own vehicle. Make up artists Dejia Wright and Ceinna Hayes also drove from Dallas to Louisiana as well to "beat faces." The event was not only successful but it grabbed the attention of a few important people. The next day, Ronald and Warmetrius found themselves in a meeting discussing making the show an annual event. RKJ will be back in Louisiana sooner than later.
RKJ Model Line Up
SONIA Quezada RAIVON Smith AUSTIN Vincent FAITH Cartee TERRANCE T. Teague II
SHERELYN Weber YAKIYN Halliburton KENNEDI Brown JB Fountain
ERIN Dotson JALONE Branch CHRIS Ogbuli KAIYA Perry RICHARD Grant II KENNETH Blue