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DeVondia Regina Roseborough is “The Traveling Advocate” who is a loving mother of two daughters and grandmother to one grandchild who is determined and motivated to publicly express the effects on HIV/AIDS globally. Born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, Ms. Roseborough delivers a heartwarming message based on facts from her personal experiences in life. Directed by her faith in God, DeVondia chose to take action against her December 9, 2003 diagnosis. Handed the news that her T-cells were a count of nineteen, she soon learned that she had AIDS. Letting nothing stop her, not even a twenty-three day stay in the hospital, Ms. Roseborough healed spiritually and closed her mind to the world of negativity and decided to convey God’s love for all; including those with HIV and AIDS. .
Furthering her will to enhance the minds of others; DeVondia began to do what she was destined to do; write. Self-publishing her debut biography in 2008, “Put It On Paper”, a non-fiction memoir that describes her life before HIV and after AIDS. Personalizing her journey of self-esteem challenges and the price of yearning to be loved, her book quickly dissects the pros and cons of her personal motto; “A PERSON WILL TAKE YOU AS FAR AS YOU ALLOW THEM TO.” Following the release of her self-published memoir, DeVondia released her sophomore project, Baptized N’ Warm Milk, the Collection based on Temptations of the Flesh; “My Last First Kiss” in May 2011. Granting you access into a world that so many are familiar with, “My Last First Kiss” gives you an insider of what “TEMPTATION OF THE FLESH” is truly about. Given her past, DeVondia evolves as she uses her experiences accompanied with twists that delve deep into why one shouldn’t grow weary to the flesh and fall victim to the prey.
Continuing on her directive paths from God, DeVondia wanted to incorporate her life-long passion of giving and soon founded The Rasberrirose Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization which focuses on ministering teenage girls ages 10-18. From years of valued service to the youth in the community, Ms. Roseborough embraced her degrees from Central Piedmont Community College and the University of Phoenix and began to walk with “Faith”. Serving over eight years as a Director and Team Leader for the YWCA of the Central Carolinas gave her the initiative to empower girls by helping them to understand and know what life has to offer them by impacting their minds with positive values. Because of her passion for youth, the Foundation’s mantra is, “To positively impact the mind, body and soul of young ladies 10-18, with a focus on HIV/AIDS prevention.”
Ms. Roseborough has continuously shown great strengths in education and community support by receiving one of the highest honors through the Toastmasters Speaking Programs, receiving training under the United Way of the Central Carolinas Speakers Bureau and the Metrolina AIDS Project Speakers Bureau. Furthermore, Ms. Roseborough is an outstanding member of New Covenant Bibleway Church, and volunteers for various organizations in Charlotte, NC. Her vision to remain knowledgeably aware of continued education has encouraged her to receive trainings in HIV/AIDS Research in New Jersey, PETS, ACRIA Training, LEAP and she is a certified Master Life Coach.
DeVondia’s goal of focusing and reaching her true successes have led her to meet honorable individuals such as; Fantasia Barrino, Stedman Graham, Michael Baisden, Star Jones, Brentson Buckner, J.L. King and Magic Johnson to whom she expressed that she is the "Female Magic." In addition to meeting prominent figures Ms. Roseborough has featured in publications and articles for Charlotte Observer, Creative Loafing, Charlotte Post, Voices Magazine and The Showcase Magazine and has been highlighted in HLN’s Breakthrough Women on the Robin Meade Morning Show, The Charlotte Housing Authority’s
Spokesperson for “Moving Forward” Campaign, The Story with Dick Gordon and various newscasts.
Amongst the many great achievements that Ms. Roseborough has accomplished, in April of 2005, she was awarded, volunteer of the Year from the Metrolina AIDS Project; served as a member of the Ryan White Grant Evaluators , served on the Community Advisory Board, and conducted College Tours with No Limit Larry & the Morning Maddhouse of WPEG Power 98. In December 2008; DeVondia was nominated for Tom Joyner’s Morning Show Hardest Working for her efforts with HIV/AIDS and as the Traveling Advocate for 2008 and 2009, Pine-Sol’s Women Making a Difference Certificate. She also received the 2009 Urban Inspirational Award for Outstanding Leadership and Community Service as well as received an acceptance for an interview for CHA’s Today that was submitted and later she received a Telly Award. Being nominated for The 2009 Steve Harvey Hoodie Awards for “Best Community Leader” Ms. Roseborough placed 6th in this national contest. DeVondia was a repeat nominee and was a finalist for the 2010 Steve Harvey 8th Annual Hoodie Awards in the Best Community Leader Category.
As of today, DeVondia has received an added testimony, that the virus is undetectable in her body! Conveying daily that AIDS is not an obstacle because it has brought her closer to The Rock-God! She continues to support and uplift her community and others through ministries for young girls and women, churches, book signings, motivational speaking and more. Her dedication is of true values and acceptance of others makes her the complete woman who takes complete steps. Now world without further ado, we would like to introduce you to DeVondia Roseborough!