Shirley Raines To Be 2022 Commencement Speaker

Posted on: 08/09/2022

Los Angeles Southwest College has announced that its 2022 Commencement speaker will be Shirley Raines. Raines ability to bring beauty and hope to the men and women living on Los Angeles' Skid Row led to her being named the 2021 CNN Hero of the Year.

For the past six years, Raines and members from the organization she founded, Beauty 2 the Streetz, have been providing essential services -- such as food, clothing, hair and makeup as well as health and hygiene items -- to thousands of people on Skid Row.

Raines was presented with the CNN Hero of the Year award after online voters selected her from among the Top 10 CNN Heroes finalists

Her incredible and impactful work is detailed on her website:

Originally she started serving with another local organization but quickly found her own calling. Women started complimenting her on colored hair, beautifully done makeup, and lashes, realizing at their core these women are still women and were interested in looking nice, she started bringing out of makeup, lashes, and hair dye thus Beauty2thestreetz was born. The people of Skid Row quickly came to know Shirley, her cheerful conversation filled with affection and hope sheʼs gained the trust of a handful of women and men, which has only grown overtime. She is no stranger to helping people but didnʼt realize her passion would bring her down a path of healing from her own struggles in life.

She makes it a point to service the back areas where people donʼt have access to the amenities (though small) skid row has to offer. Through her service sheʼs met many beautiful people, gay, straight, transgendered and of all ethnicities, no one is ever turned away.