I AM BEAUTIFUL- Panel to encourage girl empowerment

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Blossom program for girls held a panel today entitled- I AM BEAUTIFUL : MIND BODY AND ACTION. It was a self esteem forum for Young African American and Latina Girls and was held in Bedstuy Brooklyn. The panel included moderator Raqiyah Mays of the ave mag and hot 97, Dr. Jacqueline Bush an OB GYN, Tia Williams an author and former beauty editor. Carolyn Williams marketing Director at J records, and Daniela Roebuck fashion stylist at The Source. At a later point Alicia M. Rivers came who is the fashion editor of Jolie magazine. The women discussed the issues of being a female in today’s society, not fitting in, the various insecurities. A topic that came up numerous times was that of the toiling relationship between young women and boys, and the role of the lack of a father. Lil Mama, of Jive records, also made an appearance, spoke to the girls answered questions, took pictures and signed autographs. The women then exchanged contact information with the girls who were interested and gave various career and beauty tips.
Also Tia Williams has her own interesting blog: http://www.tiawilliams.net/blog/
She is the author of the book the ACCIDENTAL DIVA
She also has a series of books to be released. The first has been just released this week. A series entitled the IT CHICKS. So, if you like gossip girl, or MTV’s the hills but would like to see those stories from a black or latina girl’s perspective, check out the first book of many. I will be buying this book, because I used to read Gossip Girl back in the day and this book seems like it would be more relatable to me. And you may see someone you recognize on the next cover (hint hint). The author is currently in the process of writing the second one now.

here is some more info about the book straight from the author’s blog:
IT CHICKS is a dishy peek inside 15-year-old Tangie Adams’ first few weeks at Louis B. Armstrong School of Performing Arts, and honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever been more proud of anything I’ve ever done (and not just ‘cause the cover’s so dope..but more on that, below). Now, obviously this book’s targeted for teens—but IT CHICKS also happens to be a total adult guilty-pleasure. Especially if you’re the kind of gal that finds herself hopelessly addicted to shows like The Hills, Laguna Beach, My Super Sweet Sixteen, So You Think You Can Dance, and Dance Life (R.I.P.). Oh, I cannot wait to hear what you think of the book! For now, though, you’ll have to be satisfied with a quick look at IT CHICKS’ cast of characters:
THE DREAMER: Hip-hop dancer Tangie’s the only one who doesn’t know how fly she is…will her insecurity be her undoing?
THE DRAMA QUEEN: Fame runs in Skye’s family, but she’s about to discover that the superstar doesn’t always get the guy!
THE BAD BOY: Grafitti-artist CJ is a little rough around the edges, but diamonds eventually find their own shine…don’t they?
THE BOMBSHELL: Eden is Armstrong’s top actress; will attention from a platinum-selling rapper help or hurt her career?
THE WILD CHILD: Izzy’s hot and her rhymes are, too…but her scandalous past might threaten everything she’s worked for.
THE SILENT THREAT: Aspiring filmmaker Regina caters to her idol’s every whim, but every sidekick has her breaking point.

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