For Tunisia Solomon ’19, a President’s List student at Farmingdale State College, performing is paying back.
That’s performing as in singing and playing the steel pan, both in her family’s band, Steel Impressions, and as a solo artist known as Tee Tee Solo. Tunisia is on a mission, one in which she performs free concerts to raise food for the hungry on Long Island.
A devout woman, she credits the Bible verses 1 Peter 4:10, 11 as the impetus to spread love and feed those less fortunate.
“This scripture is motivation to take my musical talents and use them for good,” Tunisia says. “I thank God for the grace upon my life and I believe that as a Christian, as a human, if I see others that need a helping hand, it is my social responsibility to extend grace to them just as God does for me.”
She began her quest to help feed families in need in 2016, when she partnered with Long Island Cares, a food pantry founded by the late singer/songwriter Harry Chapin. She joined its music2Meals program, and with her own band played concerts at which she raised 200 pounds of food. The response to her concerts, she says, was overwhelming.
“Not only did we make a contribution to our Long Island community, but they were joy-filled nights of dancing and singing. I used my steel pan and voice to unite people to help feed Long Island, and I want to strive to do even more.”
That Tunisia did this past summer, nearly tripling the amount of food raised at her concerts. Now she wants to carry that success to a new level, bringing it to the College at which she excels as a student, tutor, residence hall volunteer and member of the women’s track and field team. She also sang the National Anthem at the inauguration of Farmingdale president, Dr. John S. Nader.
“I want to carry this change-evoking momentum into 2018 and inspire my college community to contribute in an impactful way,” she says. “Dr. Nader’s empowering and energizing words, ‘Powered by Optimism,’ encourage me to endeavor to spread this sense of social responsibility to the Farmingdale community.”
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