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ALICE RANDALL is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels "The Wind Done Gone," "Pushkin" and "The Queen of Spades," "Rebel Yell," and "Ada’s Rules." Randall teaches the course “Soul Food, in Text, as Text” at Vanderbilt University. Randall has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health as a Health Champion and is Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Nashville Ambassador. Soul Food Love is her second book co-authored with daughter Caroline Randall Williams.

CAROLINE RANDALL WILLIAMS was chosen by Southern Living as one of “50 People Changing the South in 2015” for her healthy soul food remix, Soul Food Love, co-authored with her mother, Alice Randall. The mother daughter duo’s first book, The Diary of B.B. Bright, Possible Princess, won the Phillis Wheatley prize and was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award. Randall Williams received her MFA in poetry from the University of Mississippi, and owns more than 1,000 cookbooks.

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Grammy®, Stellar, and Dove-award nominated singer Anita Wilson keeps Urban Contemporary music alight with her unparalleled fusion of Gospel and Soul. First finding notoriety as part of the Grammy®-nominated ensemble Donald Lawrence & Co., Wilson’s debut album Worship Soul– wielded the memorable Billboard Top 20 hits “Jesus Will” and “Speechless” and introduced the masses to Wilson as a new front-runner for Urban Contemporary Gospel.
Recognized by the New York Times’ Ben Ratliff as one of “2012’s top ten albums” across all genres and named “8 Rising Gospel Stars” by JET Magazine in 2013, Essence.com named Wilson one of “15 Gospel Artists to Watch in 2014.’ Wilson’s forthcoming sophomore project VINTAGE WORSHIP releases on June 24th on Motown Gospel.

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Contemporary gospel artist Deitrick Haddon was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, where he served as music director at Detroit's Unity Cathedral of Faith. He has produced and released 12 hit albums, most recently A Beautiful Soul (2012), and R.E.D. (2013), which topped the Billboard Gospel Album charts. Haddon is readying the Fall 2015 release of his newest album, the first of a new multi-platform TV/film/recording deal with eOne music.

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As an actress Lynn Whitfield is known for her dramatic characters in television and film, but anyone who knows Lynn knows that she considers her greatest role to be that of mother to her daughter, emerging singer-songwriter Grace Gibson. Life has taken this mother and daughter through ups and downs, but regardless of circumstance they are a team of two, who want nothing more than for the other to manifest their dreams and purpose. 

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Award-winning gospel superstar, author, and pastor, Marvin Sapp is set to celebrate his 10th solo album with the release of his highly anticipated new project, YOU SHALL LIVE, on RCA Inspiration (6/2/15).  Known for his mega-selling single "Never Would Have Made It”, which held down the #1 spot in gospel radio for almost a year, Sapp is currently touring the country preaching and promoting his new single “Yes You Can”.

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Professional film and television makeup artist, Nikki I Brown has worked in the business for more than eight years. Nikki is a licensed esthetician and cosmetologist who brings creativity and professionalism to every project she is involved in. She has worked with a wide array of actors, actresses, and musicians throughout her career. Nikki has worked on over forty feature films, television projects, and music videos. The Great Debaters, The Expendables, Looper, Last Exorcism 2, Hours, Treme, and 12 Years A Slave are just a few of the projects that she has been a part of.

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Noelle Robinson is the 15 year old daughter of model/reality TV star Cynthia Bailey and actor Leon Robinson. Noelle's passion is singing, and acting. She is sophmore in high school, and is a member of the tennis team. Her hobbies include photography, skiing, & writing. She can be seen on Bravo's hit reality show, "The Real Housewives of Atlanta."

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America’s Money Maven, Patrice C. Washington, has been making money fun since 2003.  As a #1 best-selling author, featured columnist, television commentator and international speaker, Patrice is a leading authority on personal finance, entrepreneurship and success.

Each week, her financial advice is heard by millions during her segment, Real Money Answers on the nationally syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show. In addition to being featured on the cover of Women of Wealth Magazine, Patrice’s wisdom has been tapped by national brands such as Bloomberg TV, CNN Money, NBC, Huffington Post and most recently as the 2015 National Spokesperson for MyFreeTaxes.com. 

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Shirley Strawberry is the most recognizable name and voice in radio today. Dubbed, “The Best Voice in Radio” by Steve Harvey, she is co-host of one of today’s biggest, nationally syndicated radio morning shows with nearly eight million listeners.

Today, more than a decade later, the country loves Shirley Strawberry, and the wisdom she imparts during the show’s Strawberry Letter segment.

Shirley has been Radio Ink’s Top 100 most influential personalities for three consecutive years.

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Sybrina Fulton is dedicating her life to transforming family tragedy into social change. Since the death of her 17-year-old son, Trayvon Martin, Fulton has become an inspiring spokesperson for parents and concerned citizens across the country.

Her message not only appeals to people’s hearts as it relates to children, but is also one of hope and change, exemplified by her personal experiences and endeavors. As a mother, she inspires audiences to continuously educate their children about civil rights and to help them feel accepted as part of an ever-changing society. An honest and relatable speaker, Fulton always looks forward sharing her powerful message with everyone from colleges and legal professionals to community and family organizations, and all other proponents of social justice.

Empower U

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From welfare mother to New York Times’ best-selling author, from the Brooklyn projects to two time winner NAACP Image Award, from broken pieces to peace, Iyanla Vanzant is one of the country’s most prolific writers, public speakers and among the most influential, socially engaged and acclaimed spiritual life coaches of our time. Executive Producer and Host of the breakout hit Iyanla: Fix My Life on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, Iyanla Vanzant’s focus on faith, empowerment and loving relationships has inspired millions around the world.

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Kandi Burruss is a Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter who resides in Atlanta with her twelve-year-old daughter, Riley, step-daughter Kaela, and husband, Todd Tucker. A former member of the platinum-selling music group Xscape, Kandi earned a Grammy for her work on TLC's mega-hit "No Scrubs" and also wrote the number-one hits "Bills, Bills, Bills" and "Bug A Boo" for Destiny's Child.  In 2000, Kandi became the first African-American woman ever to win the ASCAP Songwriter of the Year award. An entrepreneur at heart, in the television realm, Kandi has served as a Creator and Executive Producer of the record breaking Real Housewives Of Atlanta:  Kandi's Wedding, and The Kandi Factory.  The business mogul also owns T.A.G.S, which features it's own exclusive line and has new boutiques opening across the country, the digital show Kandi Koated Nights, has produced a musical, "A Mother's Love," and owns an award winning intimate luxury line, Bedroom Kandi, which has expanded into a in-home network. 

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Sarah Jakes Roberts is a highly sought after motivational speaker and bestselling author. Her first book, “Lost and Found” was released in 2014 and quickly became a bestseller. Sarah also leads a creative community of artists and professionals at One Church International alongside her husband, Touré Roberts, in Los Angeles. Learn more at sarahjakes.com.​

Touré Roberts is a bestselling author, founder of a non-profit for artists, and pastor who merges faith and multimedia into one dynamic calling. He is a prominent voice of vision, hope and purpose to Millennials and influencers in entertainment and is broadly sought after for his ability to speak into the lives of people to manifest their greatness. Touré teaches from One Church International, a progressive spiritual community in LA with numerous local members and online viewers.

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Shaun T is a world-renowned health and fitness expert & creator of the best-selling fitness programs INSANITY, HIP-HOP ABS and FOCUS T25. The NJ native received a BS in Sports Science with a minor in Theater and Dance from Rowan University. He’s shared the stage alongside Val Kilmer in the musical version of "The Ten Commandments," appeared in "Pippin and Applause" as well as "Six Feet Under" and the feature film "Beauty Shop." He’s danced with Mariah Carey, Aaron and Nick Carter, choreographed the NCAA Final Four Halftime Show and the movie "Bring It On: All or Nothing." Shaun’s passion is focused on affecting positive lifestyle changes in people around the world and proving that becoming the best version of yourself is attainable.

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