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Black Girls Making Magic: Frelicia Tucker is Wendy’s 2016 High School Heisman

courtesy of Wendys. It was Frelicia Tucker’s father’s idea to get his twin daughters involved in track and tennis at a young age. But when Frelicia was just nine years old, she tragically lost her father during a home invasion. Moving beyond that pain has been unimaginably difficult. But her mother set the example, doing what she had to do to keep her family in tact, and encouraging her daughters to stay involved in athletics as a way to honor their dad. Today, the memory of her father, combined with her mother’s support, is Frelicia’s motivation, inspiring her to train hard, to continually strive to better herself, and to both literally and figuratively get past any hurdle in her way. “My hunger to succeed comes from realizing that through both achieving and failing, I can continue to better myself.” ~ Frelicia Tucker ~ Turning tragedy into perseverance has driven Frelicia to unprecedented successes in her sports. She has set three school records in track and field, breaking two records that were more than 20 yeas old. She became the state champion in the 400-meter hurdle, while also lettering in tennis and cheerleading. She has worked her way to the head of her class as well, and she will graduate as the valedictorian.   Frelicia doesn’t keep her work ethic and passion for excellence to herself; she uses it to inspire others and to champion causes she believes in. She began volunteering with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) as a freshman, earning the position of President of the state NAACP Youth Chapter as a junior. This January, she delivered a speech on education equity to an audience of more than 4,000 including Democratic presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Her passionate address earned her a joyous round of applause, a warm hug from Senator Sanders, and 60 shares and 2,500 views on social media. The positive response and hearing how her words touched peoples’ lives has been her proudest moment. To honor Frelicia and all she has done for her community, her hometown announced that Wednesday, January 11, 2016 is Frelicia Tucker day in the City of Aiken.

Black Lives Matter Founders are Glamour’s Women of the Year

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2016 has been a year of reactions to the police brutality in the black community.  We've seen many more celebrities speak out this year. There's been more exposure of the injustice we face.  Yet, nothing has changed.  The rallying cry of Black Lives Matter has shined a light on the issues that we [black people] suffer daily.  Only for the rest of the world to see. Founders, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi, opened the lines of communication by summing up our frustrations in a simple phrase.  Their movement has allowed us to feel connected with one another.  Also, it has allowed us to share our experiences using the hashtag.  Not only that, but the movement has sparked a civil rights movement among the youngest of us. For 27 years, Glamour has recognized “Women of the Year,” women who, as the magazine’s website says, show us “that you can do great things in life when you find a way to park your doubts at the curb.” This year’s group of women includes the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement along with several other women of color, including Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, actress and activist Zendaya, and former ISIS captive Nadia Murad. We are happy to see mainstream outlets applaud the work of amazing black women and their fight for justice!  Click here to read their article.  

America’s school system could learn a LOT from this woman!

America's School System

Without telling my age, schools just aren't what they used to be.  When I was going to school, it was more of an extension of my home life.  My teachers and principals were like my aunts and uncles.  And my peers, were like cousins.  My parents knew my teachers, we all lived in the same neighborhoods.  It was perfectly normal to see our teachers during a grocery trip or at the local park.  It takes a village to raise a child was a true sentiment that we were living out.  Today, America's school system could benefit greatly from this blast from the past. Back then, the teachers were concerned with your overall well being because they cared for you as if you were their own.  So if you were getting out of hand, there was no need to send a student to the principal, when the teacher had full authority (by the principal AND your parents) to discipline you as necessary.  THEN, your parents would also be made aware of your behavior.  But that's the time when children revered their parents.  "I'm gonna tell your mama," was an actual threat.  Today, it seems we have lost the sense of community.  The understanding that the entire community shared in the development of not just successful students, but all around good people for society.  Everyone took part in this development:  parents, teachers, board of education, council persons, etc.  Today, there is just a lot of placing the blame. I was happy to run across the story of Dr. Nadia Lopez, the Principal and founder of Mott Hall Bridges Academy in Brownsville, Brooklyn, NY.  She has taken the extra step to show how true concern and love can be the best form of developing great individuals (students).  Her story is so inspiring because she is serving an under-served community and shining a spotlight on the brilliant minds located there.  There's nothing wrong with our students, instead, there is something wrong with the way we are schooling them.  And it's time for a change.  I'm proud to see this sister at the helm, leading the charge.  Watch the video below for more information on Dr. Nadia Lopez and her role in the educational system in America.  From us to you...I Hear That Girl!

How Four Teenage Girls Organized Huge Silent Protest

courtesy of Chicago Mag  Eva Lewis is someone you should know. She and three other black teenage girls were the driving force behind Monday’s massive sit-in protest in Millennium Park and subsequent march to protest gun violence and police brutality in Chicago. The event to “break the divide between communities, and bring youth from all areas of Chicago in solidarity with Black Lives Matter,” drew more than 1,000 people and the attention of local and national media—not bad for a group of 16- and 17-year-olds who organized the whole thing on social media. The silent sit-in was followed by poetry and other performances, and the group gained steam as it left the park and closed down the streets, marching toward Federal Plaza to meet up with another, unaffiliated group of protesters. Though the two rallies were spurred by the same news events of the previous week—the police shootings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, and the subsequent attack on police in Dallas—they differed in both their focus and their methods, Lewis explains. More on that later. When the 17-year-old rising senior at Walter Payton College Prep is asked to describe herself, she first identifies herself as a member of Bomic Sans (“You know, like the font Comic Sans?”), Payton’s team in the Louder Than a Bomb youth poetry competition. She’s an artist. An activist. And advocate. She ticks off an impressive list of achievements—among them, being asked to speak in front of the United Nations during the Commission on the Status of Women earlier this year. We spoke with Lewis after she finished her day’s work as an intern at Stony Island Arts Bank to find out how Monday’s protest came together. Start from the beginning: How did you get the idea for the rally? I didn’t decide it. This girl that I knew from my old school, Maxine Wint [16], she [and Sophia Byrd, 17,] had an idea. They know each other from Chicago Children’s Choir. Maxine posted on Twitter that she wanted to have a sit-in on Monday. They hadn’t organized a real protest, a big thing, before. I hadn’t organized one either, except I’d been behind the scenes for some of the Chicago Public Schools protests that have happened this year, helping with press releases, inclusivity, stuff like that. So I offered to help. Natalie Braye, she’s 16, she had also communicated with Maxine. All three of us used to go to Kenwood. So you got your team together. What happened next? I said, we need a group chat. Then they said we need a press release, and I had just learned how to do that. I said, we need goals, we need a purpose. What we wanted was this to be a peaceful protest. We had a goal of no arrests, which seemed impossible, because I hadn’t heard of a protest with no arrests—like this weekend was wild. There were protests all late last week and weekend. Did you go to them? Nope. I’m 17 years old. Although I have a lot of ideas, and I’m an

Amandla Stenberg’s Soul Session is a Call to Action for black women

I'm 37 years old and I am still peeling back the layers of me.  The difference now than 10 years ago, is that I am loving everything that I am learning about myself.  It's a true process to full acceptance of self.  It is what goaded me to write my first book, "I Hear That Girl:  Life Advice for Every Sista". Enter, Amandla Stenberg.   She’s been called one of the most influential teenagers in America. Her video history project “Don’t Cash Crop My Cornrows” went viral with nearly 2 million views. She recently co-directed a series called #BLACKGIRLMAGIC for Teen Vogue. And she’s done it all before even graduating from high school. Recently, the young activist was given a stage to speak and empower black women and girls across the globe.  What better platform than that of Oprah Winfrey and her "Soul Sessions".   When I watched the less than 20 minute video, I found myself recounting the many questions of inferiority and frustrations with society's standard of beauty.  I remember realizing that I didn't fit into that mold and that I never would, and how bad that could be.  It wasn't until years later when I decided, "so what!"  That was the day I began to love myself as a whole.  I work daily to continue to love the woman I am and am still becoming.  It's refreshing to see a young girl that recognizes her queendom so early.  These are the revelations I am impassioned to see on the faces of the many young girls and women I speak with during the STRONGER Tour and within the pages of this blog.  If we can empower our women, we can change our communities. Check out Amandla's moving speech:  My Authenticity is My Activism, below:

Women Empowerment Organizations Come Together for 2016 “Women Build”

First African American Female Licensed Nascar Driver, Tia Norfleet, has been confirmed to participate in Southern Crescent Habitat For Humanity's "Women Build" taking place on April 2nd, 5th, 7th and 9th at 2338 Glebe Court, Lovejoy, Georgia 30228. Norfleet will be amongst other women empowerment organizations such as: The WNBA Atlanta Dream (The only all-female ownership group in Atlanta professional sports), Atlanta Women Realtors (A network of successful realtors, advancing women as professionals and leaders in business), 100 Female Entrepreneurs(A fundamental organization for millennial and emerging women in business),Single Wives Club (An organization that educates, empowers, and inspires single ladies to become better women before becoming wives) and many more. The "Women Build" is an annual project that empowers women to build homes and enable them to positively impact the lives of families by making home ownership a reality. Proudly Sponsored by African Pride, this four day build challenges all-women volunteer teams to come together to actively work to build a home for LaTonya Flugence and her family. To register and make a contribution, please visit schabitat.org/womenbuild. Women possess all that is needed to create a dramatic change in our community. for Southern Crescent Habitat For Humanity (SCHFH) "Women Build."  Each volunteer is asked for a contribution to help fund the builds supplies and materials. Volunteer dates will take place on April 2nd, 5th, 7th and 9th at 2338 Glebe Court, Lovejoy, Georgia 30228. To register and make a contribution, please visit http://www.schabitat.org/upcoming-events/women-build-2016/. Southern Crescent Habitat's "Women Build"  is a safe haven for women to practice and excel, no matter what their skill levels. The program nurtures, recruits and train women to build and maintain simple, decent, healthy and affordable homes in their community. This year's build is dedicated to LaTonya Flugence. Ms. Flugence is a working mother of two sons, Kavious, 20 years of age and Kyle, 17 years of age. She has volunteered at her local Habitat Restore and has successfully completed her sweat equity and is ready to move into her new home. "I am thankful for Southern Crescent Habitat For Humanity and to the woman that are coming together to help build, support, and donate their time to invest in me," says Flugence. SCHFH believes that everyone deserves a decent place to live. The affiliate has created opportunities for hard working people to own an attractive and affordable home. To qualify they must have a stable job with a 2-year tenure, spend more than 1/3 of their monthly income on rental housing, meet income requirements and invest 300 hours in sweat equity (building homes) and home ownership (financial and home maintenance) education. Our organization has helped over 300 families in South Atlanta, and would like to invite you to be apart of our mission to double that by 2020. The "Women Build" volunteer dates are April 2nd, 5th, 7th and 9th and can accommodate 40 volunteers per day. We are only able to hold volunteer dates with volunteer donation or sponsorship commitment. If your organization would like to participate in the "Women Build", please register at http://www.schabitat.org/upcoming-events/women-build-2016/ and get social by following our Twitter/Facebook/Instagram pages @SCHabitatfh and hashtag #SCHWomenBuild and #BuildWithSCHabitat.

Black Female Physicist Breaks Ground in Cancer Research

courtesy of AL.Com When Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green receives invitations to be a guest speaker for professional groups, schools and nonprofit organizations, she almost never turns them down. "Usually if there is an invitation to speak at a forum like that, I accept it because I feel like it's a responsibility," she said. "There are so few of us (black women in STEM fields) I don't feel like I have the luxury to say I'm too busy." By many measures, Green has been extremely busy. One of fewer than 100 black female physicists in the country, she recently won a $1.1 million grant to further develop her patent-pending technology for using laser-activated nanoparticles to treat cancer. A tomboy as a child, Green was crowned Homecoming Queen at Alabama A&M University (by a landslide vote), earned her master's and Ph.D degrees at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and is now is an assistant professor in the physics department at Tuskegee University. It's tempting to see Green for all the ways that she is unusual – not the least for winning a large grant at a relatively young age, and for being black and female in a field dominated by white men – but it's not something she said she thinks about in her day-to-day life. "It looks like I'm special, but I'm not. I'm no different from anybody else," she said. "When opportunity found me, I was prepared." Close to home Green's personal history with cancer fuels her drive to find a way to treat it. She grew up in St. Louis and – after the death of her mother and father – was raised by her aunt and uncle, General Lee Smith and his wife, Ora Lee. When Ora Lee was diagnosed with cancer, "She refused the treatment because she didn't want to experience the side effects," said Green. "It was heartbreaking, but I could appreciate she wanted to die on her own terms. "Three months later, my uncle was diagnosed with cancer." Green took time off from school to help him through chemotherapy and radiation treatments. "I saw first-hand how devastating it was, and I could understand why my aunt didn't want to go through that." She earned a bachelor's degree in physics with a concentration in fiberoptics, and then a full scholarship to UAB. She got the idea to use lasers to treat cancer without the side effects of chemo and radiation. A physicist's cancer treatment A few months ago, Green was awarded a $1.1 million grant to work on a technology that targets, images and treats cancer. I'm no different from anybody else. When opportunity found me, I was prepared. "I was completely overwhelmed with joy, with thanksgiving, humbled at the opportunity that a group of my peers thought that my work was worthy for such a grant," she said. "This is a huge door opening. It outlines a path to take this treatment to clinical trial." Green had spent seven years during her master's and doctoral programs at UAB, developing a way to target cancer cells – not the healthy cells around them. "I'm really

Gocha Makes BOSS Moves on Finale & Shows Love Throughout the Community

On the season finale of "L.A. Hair," Gocha unveils her "Plan B" to the Kimble stylists. Click image for a preview of how it all goes down.  Not only is she making waves in the salon, she's doing what real bosses do and sharing her gift to help and motivate others throughout the Atlanta community.  I'm all for an sista that is pouring herself into the community.   October 6, 2015, the Atlanta Children's Shelter (ACS) hosted its 13th Annual Achievers' Celebration at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta to honor the remarkable success of their previously homeless families who persevered and maintained employment and permanent housing for at least one year with the help of ACS' programs.  Gocha Salon, along with the Paul Mitchell School of Atlanta provided makeovers to the honorees and program participants. Gocha also gifted the honorees with over $4,000 of free styling services for the rest of the year.  For information on the Atlanta Children's Shelter, visit http://www.acsatl.org/.   Saturday, Sept. 19, Gocha participated in Atlanta Children's Shelter's celebrity kickball game fundraiser.  The high-energy event took place  at Hammond Park.   The DECA Club students at Newton High School in Covington, GA enjoyed a dose of "real talk" from the successful celeb stylist and salon owner.  Gocha inspired the students with words of wisdom on business and hard work. Check out the trailer for the season finale of L.A. Hair below: Tune in to #LAHair TONIGHT at 10pm ET/PT on WE tv. //

Contributor Spotlight: Meet “T-Sharde'”

Over the past 7 years as editor of I Hear That Girl!, I have met some AMAZING women with a passion to share their lives in an effort to empower and encourage other women.  Social media has allowed me to make great connections with women all over the country and Periscope has definitely boosted this opportunity.  I recently linked up with this beautiful woman, Tamron Tobias, aka T-Sharde'.  We follow each other on social media and have never physically met, but it doesn't lessen our friendship any.  She is in the process of building her blog space and I offered her space on I Hear That Girl! so she could share her personality and experiences with other sisters.  Her first blog post will debut next week.  I wanted to introduce you all to her so you can see why I've decided to share her with you all!  Please welcome her to IHTG and show her some love! La Tamron Sharde` Tobias was born to create and motivate the people around her. Raised in a family of preachers, "Tam" as she is known always knew that her life would take a similar path but a different turn. As a child she loved to sing, act, and model. And so Tam's career began as she sung with her two older sisters (Shanta` & Erica) the girls were known in their local church as the Tobias Sisters, they went on to sing in their district & jurisdictional churches. Tam went on to act in school & church plays. The Tobias Sisters' mother saw the girls' love for fashion & entered them in the City of New Orleans Fashion Shows. Always seeing the world through creative eyes, Tam maintained her love for fine arts as she matriculated through life, school and church. "I grew up Pentecostal particulary in COGIC (Church Of God In Christ), I understood working in the church especially with my uncles pastoring and my late grandfathers who were pastors. One in COGIC church & the other in the Baptist church." Today, Tamron lives in Jackson, MS where she is a Production Technician for AP & Emmy award winning 16 WAPT News (ABC Affiliate). She is a graduate of Jackson State University (HBCU) where she majored in Mass Communications & Minored in Speech Communications/Theatre.  Musically, she has had the chance to share the stage with such artists as: Dorinda Clark-Cole, Kierra Sheard, J-Moss, 21:03, Donald Lawrence, Ricky Dilliard, ZaCarti Cortez, just to name a few. She is currently a member of Ben Cone III & Worship music, an aspiring author, model, & media mogul. Former Producer/Radio Personality for WJSU 88.5FM, Scriptwriter/Producer/Director. Past Talent Assistant for Coach Diana "D" Williams for Lifetime Television Networks hit dance show "Bring It". Producer/Director/Writer for "Dream Big Documentary, which documented the careers of Actor/Professor Yohance Myles (this documentary appears on Mr. Myles Actors Resume Reel which is seen by Hollywood Executives). Tamron also appeared as a movie extra for the film "Get On Up" starring Chadwick Boseman. She wrote and played lead role

Dancing to Empower Youth

Sisters Alicia Graf Mack and Daisha Graf were born to move, as older sister Alicia puts it. NBCBLK interviewed the accomplished dancers on their dance styles, their training and D(n)A Arts Collective, the organization they started to teach and empower young dancers. Daisha describes herself as a commercial dancer who has worked with Beyoncé, Rihanna and other big names. Meanwhile,  Alicia says she is a concert dancer whose background includes work with prestigious institutions like Alvin Ailey and Dance Theater of Harlem. “Dancing is something that fueled me -- it fueled my spirit -- so even though it was very rigorous, I loved the challenge,” Alicia told NBCBLK. Though Dasia started dancing later than her sister, she naturally flowed into the movement. With each of them having so much talent, they say people often ask them if there’s any sibling rivalry. “No,” Dasia responds. “She’s a role model for me and still is." Alicia said that she learns a lot from her little sister, as well. She stressed the importance of having someone that she could relate to through dance, which is one reason why D(n)A Arts Collective is so important to the sisters. “I think that it’s extremely important to have a role model or an idea or an image of something that resonates within you and, for me, that was seeing... a dancer of color or a very tall ballerina because I’m unusually very tall for a ballet dancer… It gave me permission to say, I can do this.” Watch NBCBLK’s full interview with Alicia and Dasia here. 

This Amazing 10-Year-Old Wants To Help Make Girls More Confident

Olivia Allen, 10, has already taken her first steps to becoming a philanthropist. Allen, who lives in Louisville, Kentucky, hosted a free conference for her peers on Aug. 22 titled, “I Can Be: Girls Confidence Conference.” “It’s important to give back,” Allen told The Huffington Post. “There are a lot of people in our community and if I help someone, they’ll help someone else… and it will be a cycle.” About 50 girls ages 8 to 12, and their parents, attended the conference as Allen led her peers in a morning filled with workshops that touched on the physical, social and psychological challenges young girls face, mainly by tackling wavering self-esteem. Allen said, this conference was necessary because she noticed a decline in morale among young girls in her community. "I realize some girls' confidence goes down when they start puberty,” Allen said, admitting that she even noticed a difference in her own at times. Because of this, she said, she wanted to do something to uplift others.  Allen spent this summer planning the conference mainly on her own and had financial assistance from her mother, Anitra Allen. She contacted speakers to help lead three separate workshops that focused on envisioning success, turning a passion into a business and personal health care. The conference also featured two keynote speakers (Barbara Sexton Smith andAshley D. Miller) who addressed confidence and pursuing your dreams. Greg Fischer, mayor of Louisville, opened the conference and commended Allen for her work in the community. According to her mom, Allen has always had a caring spirit. She said, her daughter once told her after seeing a panhandler one day after school, "Mommy, every time I see a homeless person, I just want to raise money to buy them a house.” She suggested her daughter do something more feasible to help out her community and Allen took her advice, she said, by holding a toy drive in March where she collected more than 100 toys for Kosair Charities. One month following the toy drive, Allen organized a food drive where she fed underprivileged children in her community.  The confidence conference was Allen's most recent community outreach event, but she told HuffPost it wouldn’t be her last. She plans on continuing her work in the community and holding another conference for girls soon, she said.  “The importance of having a conference like this is to show girls what they can be,” her mom told HuffPost. "I never want to tell her she can’t do anything.” Allen attributes much of her confidence to both her parents and her spiritual upbringing. Her career aspirations currently include everything from becoming a fashion designer, mathematician, news anchor, actress, singer and more. "It was important to me because it was important to her," her mom said. "Confidence is one of those things that can dictate what you decide to do and that will influence who you think you are."

“Sistahs Do Brunch” Event Pulls Positive Women Together to Inspire Moms & Girls

A couple weeks ago, I was invited to speak at the "Sistahs Do Brunch" event hosted by my blogger friend, Stacey Taylor of The Sistah Cafe.  It was to be a day of empowerment and networking, but we were blessed with so much more! Sistahs Do Brunch – Black Girl Power Edition was awesome!  This event brought out mothers & daughters of all ages for an afternoon of fellowship, connecting and sisterhood.  It was held at Wombtique, a holistic womb healing boutique in Roswell, Ga. owned and operated by Tanya Tibbs.  Our focus was on mothers and and their daughters.  As the venue filled up with women young and mature I just knew that it was gonna be a success. Before I RECAP it for you I simply must thank all involved.   Read the entire recap on The Sistah Cafe.

WNBA Star Tina Charles Donates Half Her $100,000 Salary To Charity

WNBA players don't earn a salary anywhere close to their NBA counterparts, but that's not stopping New York Liberty center Tina Charles from sharing her wealth. Charles will donate half of her $100,000 WNBA salary to a charity she started to honor her aunt, who died from multiple organ failure in 2013, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday. This isn't the first time Charles has done this either. Last season, she donated $50,000 to "Hopey's Heart," her foundation. Hopey's Heart also honors Wes Leonard, a high school basketball player who died of a sudden cardiac arrest in 2011 after hitting a game-winning shot. It provides health education, CPR training and automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) for schools and community recreation centers. Over the past few years, Charles has bought 142 AEDs for communities in need. She plans to use this season's $50,000 contribution to buy more and fund her expansion into Europe, where she will donate 16 AEDs in July. Because of Charles and Hopey's Heart, all EuroLeague women arenas will be outfitted with life-saving AEDs. Charles played for Turkish club Fenerbahce this past winter. "People ask me why I want to do this and provide every team and I tell them that I think the best joy of humility is to put the interest of others over yourself," Charles said in a FIBA press release at the time. Earning a living in women's professional basketball isn't an overly lucrative career, so for Charles to make such an impact without million-dollar paychecks only magnifies her commitment to her cause, and more importantly, her big heart. "Taking an interest in others is key in my life," she told AP on Tuesday. "It's my way of giving back. My passion of placing AEDs. Anything I can do to impact an institution with an AED is extremely important to    

Business Babies and Beauty founder Shanda Cadet

Business Babies and Beauty was founded by Shanda Cadet to empower mothers around the country to pursue & accomplish their dreams.  As a stay at home wife, mother, and home school teacher to her 6 children,  she is also the President of Airbender, a premier Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning company in Atlanta, GA, and CEO of One Rich Lifestyle, a creative lifestyle brand.  The One Rich Lifestyle brand features baby & beauty Products including apparel, baby essentials,  home décor,  nail polish and more. Shanda enjoys both her home life and professional pursuits, and is often asked how she does it all.  That question has led to her being booked to speak at conferences, summits,  and conventions to provide tips and instruction on how to balance work and personal life.  " I started the company to help moms who needed tips and advice on how to balance it all. How to be present with your family and work or build a business. And how to effectively manage their time to do the things they love.  Because I have a love for business and start up, I want to assist other women who want to be in business. I want to encourage women that they can have it all! Just do it!"  Shanda will soon host Atlanta mompreneurs for an exciting big hat brunch this summer, stay connected with her on Instagram for details! @BusinessBabiesandBeauty

Mom goes from “hustlin'” to living her dreams

courtesy of Huffington Post How far would you go to live the life of your dreams? Tanai Benard a school teacher and single mother of three children ages 5,6 and 8 made a decision that ultimately changed their lives forever. In 2013, Tanai's marriage was in shambles and at the time her then husband agreed that they were in need of a change. Tanai figured that moving to another country would be the best thing for the family of five, yet she soon learned that her then husband had other plans. While packing and getting ready for their new journey in the UAE she received a call from her husband who worked offshore, saying "I am just going to stay aboard the ship and ride it out." As you can imagine Tanai was devastated as her plans for her family took a turn for the worse. She had to now accept her husband's decision and began their new journey without her husband by her side. There were other devastating surprises along the way, but that didn't stop Tanai from moving forward with her life and starting over as they boarded a plane four deep. When Tanai finally shared the move with her family their first response was "Where is that?" No one in her family knew exactly where Abu Dhabi was located on the map. Her family was supportive about her move, but she had yet to share the news about the big move with her mother and father while making her family swear to secrecy. After going through the interview process and accepting the teaching position Tanai made the final decision to move her now family of four to the UAE. Now comes the hard part, it was now time to share her final decision with her parents. Though she was prepared to persuade her mother about the move she surprisingly enough gave her daughter her blessing. Her father on the other hand said "Why are you taking my babies over there with them terrorists?" Her dad's reaction was to be expected. Though her dad had stated "I will NEVER visit!" Tanai recently with much persuasion convinced her father to come and visit with her and the children in August of this year. Since their move to the UAE, the kids by amazement have grown and matured beautifully. After dealing with the reality of their parents' divorce they are excelling and currently attend an American curriculum private school where they are learning Arabic and French. All three children maintain an A or A/B average. The children now get the opportunity to be a part of extracurricular activities and interact with other children from all over the world. There are many single mothers across the country with big dreams, yet many fail to step out on faith and make their dreams a reality. As I read Tanai's amazing testimony of faith, it brought me to tears and encouraged me on my journey. I soon wanted to pick up the phone and encourage her, so I reached

Women On Purpose- Cheadee Doe

Beautiful U Organization Beautiful U is more than an organization, it is a concept and movement brought to life by Cheadee Doe. This ambitious young lady began this organization in 2010 with a vision in mind that the essence of true beauty is what is within. Cheadee is 18 years old and graduated from Arabia Mountain High School in 2013. She now furthers her education at Georgia Perimeter College. She resides in Decatur, GA and takes pride in giving back to her community through reaching out to the youth. She is an active member in her family’s church, Deliverance Life Tabernacle. Cheadee started the first Chapter at Arabia Mountain High School. She also has done inspirational speaking in Liberia West Africa, Alonzo Crim High School, and Murphy Candler Elementary School. She recently did mission work in Liberia West Africa raising funds to give to a local school, DLMA Academy and to orphanage homes. In the future she plans to start an orphanage home in Monrovia, Liberia West Africa, travel the world inspiring young women, and creating more recreation centers starting in Atlanta She believes in promoting self-confidence in our young ladies of this generation and giving back to the community, through Beautiful U she is able to do both.   Beautiful U organization teaches ladies that beauty comes from within and is unique and that being yourself is what makes you beautiful. This organization encourages that stereotypes and expectations from the media be put aside and allow ladies to love themselves for who they are. Through group sessions and outings this organization creates a positive sisterhood and safe haven among the ladies. Along with promoting self-confidence, the girls also establish a sense of charity and leadership.

Women On Purpose- Layla K.

Global Fashion Initiative This couture connoisseur and self proclaimed Entre-Fashionista, studied Consumer & Family Sciences at San Francisco State University.  Her fashion journey began in 1998 as a talented and innovative couture designer who celebrated her big break, opening for Guess by Marciano in a nationally televised runway show.  Layla retired from apparel design in 2007 to extend her talents and focus on the business side of the fashion industry including merchandise buying, sourcing, consulting, model management, fashion brand development, graphic artistry, photography, marketing, editorial writing, as well as event production and design. Although Layla is best known for her accomplishments in the world of fashion, she would prefer to be know for her work behind the seams, assisting young women in their transition to self-sufficiency and building up teen girls in her community. The mission of Global Fashion Initiative is simple: To provide support to young girls and young adult women through empowerment programs and unique experiences that inspire and encourage the confidence necessary to achieve the ultimate success in life.

Women On Purpose- Erica Neal

  CHRIS Kids In 1981, the Atlanta Junior League, in collaboration with the Menninger Foundation, established CHARLEE (Children Have All Rights-Legal, Educational, Emotional) to serve abused and neglected youth in the metro Atlanta. The agency began with three group homes to serve children in foster care with mental health and other therapeutic needs. Later, the name changed to CHRIS Homes and eventually became what it is today, CHRIS Kids. The name is an acronym that represents our core values, Creativity, Honor, Respect, Integrity and Safety. Programs and collaborative partnerships were created to fill gaps and, often, introduced new approaches in Georgia. CHRIS Kids has a proven track record of innovation and leading change in our community. While programs and services have changed, our mission has not. Our mission is to heal children, strengthen families and build community. Our programs and services are grounded in our values (Creativity, Honor, Respect, Integrity, Safety: CHRIS). We offer a Family of Services for children, youth and families that helps individuals overcome trauma and move to resiliency and self-sufficiency. Our goal is that all children, adults and families receive thehand up they need to lead fulfilling lives and to demonstrate responsible citizenship. The CHRIS Kids vision is to improve the community by providing children, adults and families with high-quality, trauma-informed behavioral health services and support systems. This matters because everyone deserves to be a part of a safe, vibrant community. For more information on this organization visit:  www.chriskids.org      

Women On Purpose- Keischa Bradley

P.U.S.H. Organization Keischa Bradley is the founder of P.U.S.H. organization.  P.U.S.H is a non-profit faith based organization geared toward mentoring young ladies about purity, personal situations and the Kingdom of God.  The organization is based in the Conyers/Atlanta, GA area.  The organization meets monthly and provides a safe haven and healthy conversation for dialogue among young ladies. For more information on this group visit them on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/pushingyourselfhigher  

Women On Purpose- Kimya Motley

Haven of Light International Kimya Motley has experienced family violence during the course of her lifetime. She accepted those situations as part of the normal progression of life. On September 20, 2011, all of that changed. She was shot by her ex-husband four times in the back of the head, neck, face, and back with a .38 caliber pistol. Additionally, he shot her then 10 -year old daughter, once, at point blank range in the head. Neither were expected to live, but did by God’s grace and love. Kimya knew that with the help of Jesus, she could turn her tragedy into triumph for so many others. Out of her experiences with domestic violence, the idea for Haven of Light International was birthed. Haven of Light seeks to build healthy families through a relationship with Jesus Christ and believes that lasting change is only possible through Him.   Our women's program seeks to equip the women with the necessary tools to rebuild their lives spiritually, physically, emotionally, and financially after physical, emotional, verbal, and/or sexual trauma.  For the men that our willing, we partner with local programs to help transform the men from perpetrators to protectors.Furthermore, our community outreach programs educate and provide resources for the public in the education, religious, and business sectors. We are transforming families with God's love in an atmosphere of restoration, healing, forgiveness, and hope. For more information visit:  www.haven-of-light.org

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