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Oakland Native Zimbabwe Davies got his start in the entertainment industry producing fashion shows. In 2002 Davies produced his first fashion show"Enchantment" Making Winter Wear Magic, which was a huge success and got him on the radar in the bay area amongst other fashion designers and artists. The following year Davies produced his second fashion show "On The Contrary" Paradise In Oakland. Davies continued his journey and has worked with bay area rap legend/philanthropist Mistah Fab, Lenny Williams from the group Tower Power, comedian Speedy from Comic View and poet Ise Lyfe (Def Poetry) just to name a few. In 2005 Davies received the Angel Award from The Take Wings Foundation. This award was presented by Actress Terri J Vaughn who portrayed "Lovita" on The Steve Harvey Show and Actress Nia Long who portrayed "Nina" in the film Love Jones. In 2006 Davies received the Young Entrepreneur Award. Davies also became a youth ambassador for Alameda County Social Services Agency advocating for foster youth on a national level. In 2015 Zimbabwe wrote and produced his first documentary film "Enter a Challenger Exit a Champion" Directed by Alan Kimara Dixon, a film about his life growing up in the foster care system after his mother passing away from kidney failure when he was 13 years old. The film shows Davies’ early years growing up in West Oakland, and how foster care shaped him into becoming resilient and turning his pain into his passions. On October 15, 2015, Davies in conjunction with Beyond Emancipation premiered Enter a Challenger Exit a Champion at the New Parkway Theater in Oakland, California. Davies noticed everyone's response after the screening during Q&A and saw how the film impacted people. The impact made Davies want to continue his journey producing films, and in 2018 he released his second documentary, "Different Stories” about three former foster youth who have navigated through the foster care system with challenges but, were able to tap into their power and use their gifts and talents. In 2018 Davies created Building Bridges Basketball which is a basketball tournament between community members of Oakland and The Oakland Police Department. Davies believes this movement will help bridge the gap between community and police to help form solutions and address racial profiling, police brutality and help promote public safety for both the community and police officers. On July 29th, 2018 the first annual Building Bridges Basketball kicked off and included a backpack giveaway, juice bar, and an amazing game. Davies holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Fashion Merchandising and is a Certified Community Coach. Davies work continues through film, public speaking, coaching and as a community organizer.

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