** MEDIA RECAP ** ATLANTA, GA - March 3rd, 2015 — Stacii Jae Johnson, founder of the Single Girls Club Conference (TSGC), presented the first-ever Single Girls Club Experience (TSGCE) last Saturday, Feb. 28th in Atlanta, GA. Set out to redefine the meaning of being single, TSGCE brought together an impressive line-up of powerhouse women (and some men) to help empower, educate and inspire today’s single female. Over 20 influencers came out to the Renaissance Waverly Hotel for a full-day of networking event that included a variety of panel discussions, keynote speakers and surprise appearances. Some of Saturday’s panels included “I May Be Alone, But I Am Definitely Not Lonely” moderated by Jennifer Lester, Life Coach and Executive Director of the Big Boi Foundation and featured others such as Karmetria Burton (GM of Strategic Programs, Delta Airlines), Yvette Caslin (SVP Strategy & Development Steed Media Group) and more. Next, Shawn Bullard, Star of WE tv’s “Match Made in Heaven”, sat down with Stacii Jae Johnson to offer advice to single women looking to attract and keep a ‘good’ man. Later, Stacii Jae Johnson presented a series of awards to honorees in attendance including Catherine Brewton, BMI’S Vice President, Writer/ Publisher Relations with the 2015 Crown Award of Excellence. As well as The Deborah Jefferson Love Works Award presented to Tiffany Smith, CEO The Nine09 Group. Stacii Jae Johnson (Dress Designed by: Belasse Collection) (L to R) Princess Filmz, Dr. Joi Edwards, Rebecca Lynn (L to R) Rita K. Davis, Yvette Caslin, Stacii Jae Johnson, Jennifer Lester, Erika Baez, Karmetria Burton Stacii Jae Johnson, Shawn Bullard Sheri Riley Patrice Washington, Brandi Harvey Models w/ Sweets by Dipped @Lylas (L to R) Kwanza Hall, Catherine Brewton, Stacii Jae Johnson Allyson Byrd (L to R) Rebecca Lynn, Princess Filmz, Quentin Latham, Dr. Joi Edwards Photo Credit: Jay Pray For additional photos, visit: http://10squaredpr.smugmug.com/The-Single-Girls-Club/ Additional panelists who participated in the inaugural Single Girls Club Experience included: Sheri Riley, Life Strategist & Founding Member of Dr. John C Maxwell’s Coaching & Speaking Training Team Patrice Washington, Wisdom & Wealth Money Maven Allyson Byrd, The Profit Accelerator Brandi Harvey, Executive Director of The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation Ericka Dotson, Co- Founder & Creative Director, Indique Hair Princess Monique, CEO Princess Filmz, Film/ TV Director & Producer Rebecca Lynn, Founder & CEO, Head Over Heels Matchmaking Maja Sly, CEO Walk- In Weaves & Pretty Hair Depot, Entrepreneur & Purveyor of all things “PRETTY” Karmetria Burton, GM of Strategic Programs, Delta Airlines Erika Baez, Regional Area VP of Bank of America Merchant Services Quentin Latham, Writer & Blogger Lisa Tanker, Fitness/ Lifestyle Expert & Media Consultant Dr. Measha Dancy, Energy, Health, & Wellness Healer Dr. Joi Edwards, General & Cosmetic Dentist Authors of the book, Single Man, Married Man: DJ Fadelf Kel Spencer Dr. Jean Alerte Jikael Bazin Zangba Thomson Frank Gateau For more information about Stacii Jae Johnson and The Single Girls Club Experience, please visit http://staciijaejohnson.com/ or follow Stacii Jae on Twitter and Instagram: @StaciiJae.
Misty Copeland, the Missouri-born ballerina who's become a forceful voice for diversity in ballet and achieved a celebrity that far transcends that rarified world, was named principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre on Tuesday — the first African-American woman to reach that status in the company's 75-year history. Copeland, 32, fought tears as she spoke about her promotion, which she said was a lifetime dream — but such a difficult one to attain that she never really thought it would happen. "This is it," she said. "This has been my dream since I was 13, to be a principal dancer and reach these heights." "But it hasn't been overnight," she added at a hastily arranged news conference — a rarity for a ballet promotion. "It's been 14 years of extremely hard work ... I'm just so extremely honored to be an African-American and to be in this position." And, Copeland said, she hoped her ascension to the very top ranks of ballet would inspire other young dancers of color — "all the little girls" — to stick with their own dreams. "So many young dancers of color stop dancing at an early age because they just don't think there will be a career path for them," she said. "I hope that will change." She spoke of her own doubts when she joined the ABT corps at age 19 and saw no one "who looked like me." "I had moments of doubting myself and wanting to quit, because I didn't know if there would be a future for an African-American woman" at that level," she said. "At the same time, it made me so hungry to push through." The company announced the promotion six days after Copeland made her New York debut as Odette/Odile in "Swan Lake," one of the most important roles in a ballerina's repertoire. The emotional performance ended with Copeland being feted onstage by trailblazing black ballerinas of earlier generations, and with a sea of fans cheering and taking cellphone videos. Copeland has become increasingly famous over the past several years, achieving a pop culture status exceedingly rare for a ballet dancer. "We haven't had a ballet dancer who has broken through to popular culture like this since Mikhail Baryshnikov," said Wendy Perron, an author and the former editor of Dance Magazine. "And she's going to bring more attention from that world to ballet." In the past year, Copeland has appeared on the cover of Time magazine as one of the most influential figures of 2015, and written both a children's book, "Firebird," and a best-selling memoir, "Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina," which has been optioned for a movie. She also was the subject of a documentary at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. In recent years she's also performed in a music video with Prince, and been featured in a hugely popular online ad for Under Armour sportswear that shows her leaping and spinning in a studio, while a narrator recounts some of the negative feedback she received as a youngster, when she was told she had the
This singer, songwriter and pianist from Philadelphia, PA took an interest in singing at a very young age. “Vivian Green” has credit for writing “Dear God” by “Boyz toMen” for their 1997 Album Evolution.