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– by Gig Patta

Filming in Italy festival honored actress Rosario Dawson and Studio 189 co-founder Abrima Erwiah with the Social Justice Award in Beverly Hills yesterday.

Dawson and Erwiah co-founded Studio 189 with headquarters in Ghana, West Africa and the United States. It is a social enterprise that provides a platform to help promote and curate African and African-inspired content and brands through worldwide distribution and manufacturing of the private label artisan produced collection and the support of other brands.

The organization is focused on empowerment, creating jobs, supporting education and skills training. The first collection was launched on February 14, 2013.

The mission and idea for Fashion Rising took shape following a trip with V-Day in February 2011 through Kenya, Burundi and Rwanda to Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo for the opening of the City of Joy.

Filming in Italy is produced and organized by Agnus Dei Tiziana Rocco with Italian Institute of Culture Los Angeles, patronage of the Italian Consul General of Los Angeles and the support of Cinema Direction MiBACT, ICE Los Angeles and ANICA.

LRM was invited to interview Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah before their acceptance of the Social Justice Award at Filming in Italy in Beverly Hills yesterday. They talked in detail about the founding and mission of their organization with the myriad of causes in this ever-changing world. The pair also wore dresses made for Studio 189.

Watch our red carpet interview below:

Source: LRM

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.