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Indy native creates ‘Grown Konversations’ event to help millennials navigate relationships

Panel on relationships, dating and marriage in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH)– “Grown Konversations” is a monthly event to bring people together to talk about things that take place in relationships and marriage. Creator and Indianapolis native, Brandon Jackson, is catering the first February conversation around the start to Black History Month.

Jackson says he first started thinking of the idea when he was a participated in a relationship panel at a women’s expo in Indianapolis that featured Love Jones actor Larenz Tate and Pastor Anthony Jackson of New Beginnings Church in 2010. From that point on, Brandon was inspired to one day hold a monthly networking event that would create better dialogue in the community in regards to relationships.

“It’s just a way for adults to dialogue and interact with each other once a month, come out and have fun and listen to some good music,” Jackson said.

As a married man of 13 years, Jackson believes we live in an era where people are too attached to their phones and depriving themselves of good conversations and stunting the potential for their relationships to grow. The “K” in Konversation is also his way of paying homage to Kappa Alpha Psi, a historically black college fraternity that was founded at Indiana University at Bloomington. It’s also the fraternity that Jackson belongs to. Even though he wants Grown Konversations to keep growing beyond Indianapolis, he also wants people to remember the idea was born in his hometown.

“I love Indianapolis,” Jackson said. “This is my home city and I think people here need it. It’s something different.”

Kelsey Johnson, a panelist for the event, poet and educator talks about why listening is an important part of a conversation she believes is an important one; especially in the age of social media.

“Something like this it’s about listening to other people and you have to listen if you want to learn and if you want to grow,” Johnson said. “We’re always on our phones all the time and we don’t ever really take the time to talk to people and engage in conversations that are meaningful about relationships, friendships and romantic partners.”

The monthly event, which is usually held every second Friday, also features poetry, and guest musicians. Keith Beatty, a friend and fraternity brother of Jackson, is also a local musician. Click here to listen to a sample of his skills on the guitar with All Indiana’s Randall Newsome.

The topic on February 7th will be entitled “The Evolution of Black Love” in film, TV, and media. News 8’s own Randall Newsome will serve as a guest panelist at the event.

After taking the event all over the city for the last three years, Jackson says the goal as an educator and counselor is to give more and more people the formula to healthy relationships.

“Information plus application equals transformation,” Jackson said.

More information on Grown Konversations below:

Where: Jockamo’s Pizza 9165, Otis Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46216

When: Friday February 7, 2020 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Cost: $20 (Includes Food and Drinks)

Click HERE for tickets.

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Missing toddler’s mother and grandmother are in same jail

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The mother and grandmother of a missing 15-month-old girl are now in the same Tennessee jail after giving conflicting accounts about the toddler’s disappearance.

Authorities frustrated by their multiple versions of what happened to Evelyn Mae Boswell announced Wednesday that they’ll hold an afternoon news conference on developments in the case, which prompted an Amber Alert after she was reported missing on Feb. 18, at least seven weeks after she was last seen.

The girl’s 18-year-old mother, Megan Boswell, is in the Sullivan County Jail in Tennessee on a charge of filing a false police report. Her mother, Angela Boswell, is being held there as well, on charges of theft and violating probation in an earlier case.

One version Megan Boswell has repeated is that her mother took her daughter to a campground in Mendota, Virginia; authorities then searched multiple campgrounds in that area and found no sign of the girl, WJHL-TV reported.

Angela Boswell and her boyfriend, William McCloud, were arrested last week in North Carolina on fugitive warrants unrelated to the toddler’s disappearance. Before she was returned to Tennessee, Boswell told the judge she wanted to go home and resolve the situation with her granddaughter, news outlets reported.

Boswell was returned to the Sullivan County jail on Monday evening and arraigned on Tuesday on a theft charge, news outlets reported. The judge set her bond at $5,000 in the case, but Sullivan County Sheriff’s Capt. Andy Seabolt said she will remain incarcerated because a bondsman revoked her bond in another, unrelated case.

Megan Boswell joined her mother at the jail Tuesday night, and her bond was set at $25,000, the sheriff’s office said.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, meanwhile, said there are so many unanswered questions that it decided to post a video addressing what they don’t know.

The TBI said McCloud and Boswell are “believed to have information” regarding the girl’s whereabouts. The agency also said that while the Amber Alert said Evelyn Mae was last seen on Dec. 26, they can’t be sure of the date because of the mother and grandmother’s conflicting accounts.

The Bristol Herald Courier reported that the Amber Alert was issued after the sheriff’s office received a Tennessee Department of Children’s Services referral saying family members hadn’t seen the baby in about two months. The baby’s great-grandfather, David Jones, told the newspaper that he hadn’t seen the baby since about a week before Thanksgiving.

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