Determined to make a difference, Erika L. Ewing founded Got To Stop LLC social impact company. She united a powerful consortium of experts, change agents, and visionary leaders from diverse fields courageous enough to begin a critical dialogue to find ways to eradicate injustice. Got To Stop social-consciousness fashion brand sparks conversation and raises awareness to promote social change and radical transformation worldwide.
"Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Listen to A Message from CEO and Founder Erika Lucille Ewing
Erika L Ewing is an actor, artist, educator, and activist—a true "Edu-ARTIVIST" she has a gift and passion for empowering communities to believe in the power of the arts to heal, unite, and be a catalyst for social change and transformation.
Erika has a BA in Theatre from Smith College and an MFA in Acting from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. She has also been an adjunct Professor for The City University of New York's Grad Center teaching, Literacy, Drama, and Dramatic Writing, and Guest Lecturer at NYU. Her career has encompassed directing, writing, acting, and producing and performing for television, film, radio, and music videos.
Since 1999, Erika combined her love for education, the arts, and social justice and began working as an Actor-Teacher for the Creative Arts Team. Erika accelerated within the organization and served in various leadership positions. Her pedagogical approach to professional development, instruction, learning, motivation, and engagement made her a rare and revolutionary talent.
After sixteen years of experience working, volunteering, and living in an under-served community, she found herself grieving the human condition and the systems that perpetuate and reinforce bias, racism, poverty, and discrimination. Erika naturally evolved into a social media activist, having formed over nine groups on social media to evoke change and awake critical consciousness.
In 2015, Erika felt it was time to put boots on the ground and start fighting openly against injustice and join the ranks as an NYC Activist. In January 2015, she was appointed Chief of Staff of Black Lives Matter of Greater NYC (BLMNY) .
She helped to organize their first MLK Youth March across NYC five boroughs. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. set an example for the youth to lead. Erika designed and facilitated workshops to get the youth more civically engaged, and helped organize youth-led voter education drives across the city.
After researching endless stories about the 64,000 missing Black girls in the United States, the women of BLMNY spearheaded the "Find Our Girls March" to raise awareness about the dangers of sex-trafficking, human-trafficking, and commercial sexual exploitation of children. Erika was eager to learn more and ramp up her advocacy against Sex-Trafficking. She attended many workshops and training and completed a 21-hour course in Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC).
Along with advocacy, Erika supports individual survivors and their families in helping them find services that meet their needs and support their healing process. In June 2017, Erika left BLMNY.
Erika gained new insights and had a new set of questions specifically about the long-lasting impacts of systemic injustice and how unhealed trauma paralyzes vulnerable communities. Committed to addressing the needs of marginalized and silenced populations, she united a powerful consortium of advisors and experts from diverse fields who were willing to support the vision for Got To Stop LLC.
June 2018, Got To Stop LLC launched, and Erika, the ADVOCATE and Educator, gained the attention of advocates across the globe.
Soon she was invited to join the international humanitarian organization, UNITAS United To Fight Against Human Trafficking prevention curriculum team.
Erika continues to work alongside education and community based organizations as a visionary thought leader, guest speaker, workshop facilitator helping them promote and support their goals and missions.
In observance of April National Sexual Assault and Child Abuse, Awareness Month Erika, the ACTIVIST , partnered with the National Pan-Hellenic Council of NYC.
Got To Stop LLC provided free community workshops facilitated by Kim Dennis Walker from the NYS Office of Children Services..
Community-based organizations and political leaders participated in our Anti-Human Trafficking Rally, Youth Poster Party, and Got To Stop Trafficking Walk.
In March 2019, Erika L. Ewing, the ACTOR was invited to perform an original monologue she wrote about impacts of emotional abuse and journey to self-love at the Women of the World Festival (WOW) at the world-famous Apollo Theater in Harlem.
In May 2021, Erika performed for the Butterfly Urban Grants hosted by Melba Wilson owner of Melba's Restaurant In Harlem.
Erika is a member of both SAG-AFTRA and the Actors Equity Association (AEA,).
She is always looking for representation and projects that align with her artistic integrity and philanthropy.