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This is a story about a mother's love. 

Charlise Freeman was not looking for publicity. She wasn't looking to go viral. Charlise was just trying to provide her son with a future. A goal she wants for both her sons. Charlise knew she was going to make her son's 16th birthday party epic, no one else knew that except her event planner Covesa Gragg of Covesa Kelly Events who helped plan for the big day.


On the night of her son's party, Charlise presented her son with 3 houses in his name and an additional $10,000 to put towards renovations and care of the property. The act was one that was meant to be a wholesome moment between mother and son with the memory captured by videographer, Drico Lamar. The moment was too special to contain and was shared via social media and the rest they say was history. 


Over a million views later on various social platforms, Charlise's actions have garnered attention from local and national media channels. Celebrities and athletes are giving their thumbs up of approval. Requests are pouring in from posters and comment feeds asking for Charlise to tell them how she did it. 

In an interview Charlise was asked, "What gave you the thought to do this?" She responded, "God forbid, one day I will not be here for my sons. I wanted to make sure that as they navigate through the challenges of life that they have a foundation and purpose. I wanted to prepare my son for things that happen in the real world."


Did you know? 

In 2020, there were about
4.25 million Black families in the United States with a single mother.

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To teach, encourage, strengthen, and uplift single mothers raising sons, while also teaching, encouraging strengthening, and uplifting young men being raised by single mothers.  

Creating R Success will host monthly workshops to empowers moms rising men.
The workshops will be led by Monique Williams. 
Monique is a Growth and Impact Strategist, Monique has dedicated her life to helping Black women and communities of color become fully transformed, restored and thriving confidently, equipped to fully stand in their truths and live their lives abundantly because they feel seen, valued, and heard — breaking cycles of historical barriers and limiting beliefs — and giving RISE to extraordinary possibilities. 


90 minute FREE virtual workshops (6-7:30 pm)

  • Building the Dream (March 1st)

  • Funding the Dream (May 24th)

  • When Life Be Lifin’: How to still be our best selves (Date TBD)

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more than two-thirds of all African American working mothers are single moms, making them the primary, if not sole, economic providers for their families. 

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Join us for the inaugural

Mother & Son Dance 

Sunday, May 7, 2023


Cleveland Marriott East

26300 Harvard Road

Warrensville Heights, Ohio 44128

4pm - 9pm 

Your ticket includes: 

- admission for 1

- dinner

- entertainment, activities and mother & son time



Want to help us raise money for
Creating R Success?
Please click on the link below. 

37% of black children are living in a home headed by their own two biological parents, 48% are living in a home headed by a single parent, and 4% are living in a stepfamily with one biological parent and one non-biological parent.

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