“Inclusion means you’re in a space that belongs to you. It means that you get to be considerate,” said LaToya Tennille, owner of The Comedy Junt.
MEMPHIS, Tenn.— More than ridiculous, is inclusion.
“I know what it feels like to be without,” said LaToya Tennille, owner of The Comedy Junt.
Tennille is a Memphian native and comics who has appeared at Comedy Central with Kevin Hart, hosts comedy summer camps, and is the proud owner of The Comedy Junt.
“It’s not easy being a woman in comedy. Sometimes, you can’t get those spots or those spaces especially in comedy clubs not because you’re not funny, but because you’re a girl, ”Tennille said.
He created The Comedy Junt as an inclusion space.
“It’s about giving those comics an opportunity to not get into comedy clubs or comics who want to start and don’t know where to start,” Tennille said.
That desire to help others was aroused not only by his own experiences, but by his children as well.
“My son is autistic. He was diagnosed in grade 5. Immediately, my life changed. I need to know things. I had to try different ways. I also learned that the world around him is not very kind, ”said Tennille.
However, the world Tennille is determined to make can be good.
“The appearance of a person with autism is not the same as another, so the Beautiful Spectrum is very important,” Tennille said.
Beautiful Spectrum is a fashion show for children with autism.
“You have this autism spectrum that is much broader in the distance where it ends at this end,” Tennille said. “You see every baby boy that everyone is different.”
The kids acted in the categories of camouflage, dress up to nines, school days, shades of blue for autism, and their Beautiful Spectrum shirts.
“I am very proud. I feel great, ”Tennille said. “I, for the most part, feel like I’m the wrong person to do the right thing.”
On this runway, doing what’s right means embracing everyone.
“Inclusion means you’re in a space that belongs to you. It means you can be considered,” Tennille said. “It’s like, ‘I see you. I see you.'”
Proceeds from LaToya’s Beautiful Spectrum fashion show will all go to Camp Able, a nationally known camp for individuals with disabilities and “diverse-abilities.”