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First Annual Symposium: Drea Kelly & John Bunn

First Annual Symposium: Drea Kelly & John Bunn

Hosted by New Mexico Coalition for Literacy
Thursday, October 10 & 11, 2019
Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North – @ Balloon Fiesta
5151 San Francisco Road NE,
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109

DREA Kelly


DREA Kelly is a well-known choreographer, entrepreneur, actress and motivational speaker. She is also a proud mother of three children, who each have musical talents.

She received her initial start as a principal dancer and choreographer for several artists for many years and was a cast member of Hollywood Exes. She has been performing as a motivational speaker for a year and has previously joined the cast of Growing Up Hip Hop, ATL in support of her daughter, Joann “Buku Abi” Kelly.

June 2018, DREA broke her silence and revealed her story of an abusive marriage via her Video Memoir that she recorded and produced. It is found exclusively on

The video was designed as an uninterrupted hour of DREA sharing the verbal, physical, mental and financial abuse she experienced in her marriage. Once the video is purchased, a portion of the proceeds are donated to domestic violence prevention centers.

DREA Kelly has launched her 365 Conversation Tour visiting colleges in the Midwest and south discussing domestic violence awareness. It continues to grow today. She has also been invited to speak Nationally and Internationally with several domestic violence awareness organizations, women empowerment seminars and self-improvement lectures.

She is currently organizing a major event to raise money to eradicate domestic violence and end sex trafficking. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Island of Anguilla for their efforts of Domestic Violence Awareness.

When she is not working on her advocacy, she is teaching her master classes throughout the US. Her signature class is Sexercise, a sensual dance fitness regime that will garner a new level of self-confidence while experiencing healing through dance.

DREA’s dance home is at the Anthony Burrell Dance Studio in Atlanta, GA.

The number for the National Domestic Violence Hotline is 800-799-7233.

“ I have CRACKS, but I’m not BROKEN ”- DREA Kelly

Andrea“DREA”Kelly is a Midwestern native from the Southside of Chicago, IL. She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA where she is expanding her brand/business endeavors in the areas of fashion, dance and acting.

DREA Kelly’s fame is largely attributed to VH1’s “Hollywood Exes,” where she was branded “the breakout star.” Her story, as the Ex-wife of R&B superstar R. Kelly, reached beyond the television screens, leaving an audience of millions in love with the “brown ballerina.”

She is also well-known for being a choreographer, principle dancer, and the creative director for R. Kelly’s world tour performances, music videos and award show performances. Some of her clients include Teddy Riley, Escape and Been One to name a few. After leading the stage in these various positions, DREA also found vast success in operating her own dance theatre companies, AKDT and Le Belle Jete’ Cabaret.

DREA Kelly, an award-winning choreographer and professionally trained dancer, has become revered for her stylized dance and movement. She has been compared to legends such as: Bob Fosse, Katherine Dunham and Josephine Baker, in which distinct comparisons of agility and proficiency have been made.

As an actress, producer and fashion designer, DREA Kelly is taking longer strides to break into the entertainment industry. She stared in two feature films, “Before I Do” and “Chocolate City” that has received rave reviews. She is currently the executive producer of a Hip/Hopera and Real Life Musical, with business partner, Joel P. E. King who is the writer, director and producer of the coming-of-age story that shines light on the demise of the urban community and evokes a call to action to change the image of the Black America through self-responsibility and accountability. DREA Kelly, too, awaits the green light on a current television project, Penthouse Sweets, in which she stars and produced.

DREA is not only a survivor of Domestic Violence, she is an advocate of domestic violence awareness. In the spirit of this mission, she created the 12th Round Foundation, an organization that celebrates survivors of domestic violence and seeks to provide education so no one will become a victim and commemorate those who are lost to this tragedy.
DREA has shared the stage as a powerful Motivational Speaker and Life Coach at Black Women’sExpo, Circle of Sisters Expo and For Sisters Only to name a few. She is currently working on her life changing, self-help memoir, “Under the Red Carpet”, expressing her passion for women’s empowerment and self-responsibility. Currently, DREA Kelly released a Video Memoir, where she breaks her silence on the physical, verbal, mental and financial martial abuse she experienced with her R. Kelly and has made it available for purchase exclusively on her website. Portion of the proceeds will be donated to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and other organizations. It is only the beginning of what we will see of DREA Kelly, who has quickly become a household favorite with her winning smile, dynamite personality and

John Bunn

After he was framed for murder at age 14 by a Brooklyn detective, who later became notorious for incarcerating innocent people, the American justice system gave John Bunn a one-day trial followed by 17 years in prison. Released on parole in 2008, Bunn fought to clear his name, finally winning exoneration in 2018.

At the time of his arrest, Bunn was illiterate. In prison, he taught himself to read and write, nurturing a love of learning that ultimately sustained him in an environment that often was violent and seemingly hopeless. After his release, he founded A Voice 4 the Unheard, a nonprofit organization that collects and distributes books to school libraries and prisons.

“Too often, we will incarcerate young men and lock them behind walls that are more crime-ridden and negative than the streets from which they came, making them completely incapable of rehabilitation,” says Bunn. “We are essentially telling our prisoners that we have given up on them; that they have to fend for themselves for the duration of their sentence. And once they have served their time, they must reintegrate into society with very little support or resources.”

As a firm believer in the power of literacy, Bunn is committed to kindling hope and self-worth in the minds of those society has forgotten. And as a man who was wrongfully convicted and written off by the same society, he has dedicated himself to promoting an honest dialogue about the realities of incarceration in America, the end-goal being to help create a fair and equitable justice system — to include prisons that offer effective opportunities for genuine rehabilitation and reinvention.


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