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Guess Who’s On Eight Bus Ads In Chicago? The Red Pump Project!

So some of you know I founded an organization called The Red Pump Project with my girl Karyn Watkins of The Fabulous Giver. We raise awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women & girls, using red pumps as a symbol of empowerment. We’re national, with ambassadors around the country and we have events and do other cool stuff. You should go to our website for more info. Because we’re awesome.


This week, a citywide HIV/AIDS campaign called Change Your Story launched, and The Red Pump Project was chosen to be a part of it. We were so honored and stuff.

Change My Story’s an initiative by The AIDS Foundation of Chicago aims to empower people, especially communities of color, to take charge of their own health. There’s more awesomeness behind the campaign so read more at the Change My Story site. Part of the campaign includes bus ads that’ll be displayed around the city through Fall, and Red Pump is appearing in 8 of those ads.

So you know I had to go find one of the ads and take pics in front.

Mama, I made it!

*rubs on the ad*


The bus shelter on 29th & King Drive

I acted a GOOD fool in front of these ads. I even bust out the Bro Franklin. Ask Afrobella. She took these pics for me. But I was so excited!

I’m thankful for this opportunity that The Red Pump Project got. Thanks to the AIDS Foundation of Chicago for including us.

Also, shoutout to one of my favorite photographers, Chuck of Chuckstr Photography for taking those pics of the ladies of Red Pump. Oh AND those shirts we have on are for sale on the Red Pump Online Store. So getchu some!

P.S. And then I hit my dougie.

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  1. Demond
    August 12, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    I KNEW YOU WERE A CELEBRITY!! Now while riding the CTA bus you are posted up like Beyonce or Halle Berry! Congrats!

    • August 22, 2011 at 11:44 pm

      LOL I’m NO celebrity. But thanks, D!

  2. Erin
    August 12, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    CUTE! CUTE! CUTE! It’s just too bad that your shoes are the ONLY ones we can’t see! I’m sure they were HOT!

    • August 22, 2011 at 11:44 pm

      LOL yeah my shoes took the hit but that’s aight! Thanks, Erin!

  3. August 12, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Great job Luvvie! Such an important cause and I am glad you got a chance to see your hard work pay off. And kudos for informing the city of Chicago and the world with such a great ad. All the best to you!

    • August 22, 2011 at 11:44 pm

      Thanks, Tameika! We definitely put in work on red Pump but it’s worth it to us.

  4. August 12, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    That is so great that your information and organization is getting out there.

    Peace, Love and Chocolate,

    • August 22, 2011 at 11:44 pm

      Thanks, Tiffany! 😀

  5. Kay
    August 12, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Awesomeness!!! Way to go girlie!!

    • August 22, 2011 at 11:45 pm

      You rock, Kay! Thanks!

  6. Jessica
    August 12, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    This is absolutely fantastic. Keep up the good work!

    • August 22, 2011 at 11:45 pm

      Jessica!!! Ol’ college buddy! Thank you so much! 😀

  7. August 13, 2011 at 12:25 am

    May more success come for you and the wonderful Red Pump project!

    Now. We need to discuss something.
    Luuvie, how you get so skinny, my gawd o_O…

    • August 14, 2011 at 12:56 am

      She told us she was skinny, and she really meant it!

      But she got a little sumptin back there, in proportion to her thinness! She aint got no reason to hate on Serena! Hee hee!

    • August 22, 2011 at 11:46 pm

      *twirls in confetti* Thanks, Krista! You know I love shiny things!

      And yeah gurl. I’m skintier than a pen. SMH. I’m tryna get thick in 2012 doe! lol

  8. sincerelyalana
    August 13, 2011 at 1:36 am

    I would have sat at the bus stop until somebody said, “hey! Is that you?” And then I would have looked over and then back and said, “why yes…yes it is.” lol

    And can we talk about the fact that you look like a 15 year old?

    But on a more serious note, it feels really good to see a young woman my age doing something worth talking about. Very proud of you Luvvie.

    • August 22, 2011 at 11:46 pm

      Someone at the bus stop actually DId ask “is that you?” And I proudly said “yes” and struck a pose. I’m a MESS!!! And yes, I look 12.

  9. August 13, 2011 at 1:59 am

    *photoshops TMZ watermark on pics* Luvvie’s a celeb! But srsly, great campaign

    • August 22, 2011 at 11:46 pm

      LOLLL!!! Thanks a lot, chica!

  10. August 13, 2011 at 11:18 am

    These pictures are hilarious, LOL! Kudos to you. Do you have ambassadors in DC?

    • August 22, 2011 at 11:47 pm

      You know I had to act up! And we don’t have ambassadors in DC but we are looking! You can email us at for more info.

  11. LEXI
    August 13, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    yay!!!congrats luvvie!!!thats awesome!

    • August 22, 2011 at 11:47 pm

      Thanks, Lexi!

  12. August 14, 2011 at 12:57 am

    Congratulations Ms Luvvie!

    • August 22, 2011 at 11:47 pm

      Thanks, Anna! 😀

  13. Nicole
    August 15, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    FANTASTIC. Congratulations!

    • August 22, 2011 at 11:49 pm

      I appreciate it, Nicole!

  14. August 15, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    OMG YOU’RE LIKE FAMOUS!!!! Congratulations, you and your work on the RPP deserve it!

    • August 22, 2011 at 11:49 pm

      Thanks, Glamazini!!! *hugs*

  15. August 17, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Congrats, Luvvie and all of the ladies of the Red Pump Project! Much deserved. Definitely gotta to traipse around the Chi and find one of those ads! Yay! \(^_^)/

    • August 22, 2011 at 11:40 pm

      Thanks, Cheekster!