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Empowerment

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Saturday
Empowerment

Rev. Al Sharpton is the founder and President of the National Action Network (NAN), a not-for-profit civil rights organization headquartered in Harlem, New York, with over sixty chapters nationwide including a Washington, DC Bureau and regional offices from coast to coast.  Rev. Al Sharpton is currently the host of a daily television show on MSNBC that analyzes the top political and social news and features the country's leading newsmakers.  "PoliticsNation” with Rev. Al Sharpton airs at 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.www.nationalactionnetwork.net @theRevAl

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Saturday
Empowerment

Claudia Jordan is a TV and radio host who recently moved to Atlanta from Los Angeles. She is currently working as a co-host on "The Rickey Smiley Morning Show" and the newest cast member of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta." Claudia is also a frequent contributor on CNN and HLN’s "Dr. Drew On Call."This Radio Show Personality/Host/ & Reality Star is embarking on many adventures…stay tuned, there is much more to come. 

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Saturday
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Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP, Founder of The Chopra Foundation and the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, is a world-renowned pioneer in mind-body medicine and personal transformation. He has authored more than 80 books, published in more than 43 languages, including 22 New York Times best-sellers.

He serves as an Adjunct Professor at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School, Columbia University, Assistant Clinical Professor, in the Family and Preventive Medicine Department at the University of California, San Diego, Health Sciences, Faculty at Walt Disney Imagineering and Senior Scientist with The Gallup Organization.

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Saturday
Empowerment

Erica Ford is one of the most influential voices of her generation. She is a globally acclaimed philanthropist, entrepreneur, and community activist who is credited with transforming the lives of young people, primarily in her home of New York City through peace initiatives. For more than 20 years, she has been a trailblazer in bringing new and innovative evidence base practices to reducing violence and helping people heal from impact of Trauma.

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Saturday
Empowerment

India.Arie went from “singing under a tree in the park” to the Grammy Awards stage, earning seven nominations for her 2001 double platinum debut Acoustic Soul featuring her first hit single “Video."
India’s latest 5th and most recent album, "SongVersation", is a compelling snapshot of her breakthrough to personal and artistic growth on the other side of a self- imposed four- year hiatus. "SongVersation" finds India.Arie coming back full circle to the basics that captivated a global legion of fans.
Visit www.soulbird.com

This event is free
Saturday 5:35PM
Empowerment

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.

This event is free
Saturday 02:30PM
Empowerment

Karrine Steffans is the New York Times bestselling author of seven titles. The author and her books have been featured on shows hosted by the likes of Bill O’Reilly, and the queen of daytime herself, Oprah Winfrey.The author has also contributed satirical editorial to HBO’s "Real Time with Bill Maher." Her latest book, "Vindicated: Confessions of a Video Vixen: Ten Years Later," will be released in June 2015.

This event is free
Saturday 02:30PM
Empowerment

From her early days as a television host at a local Tennessee news station, Mariah knew that to effectively tell a story, it needs be sold to the right audience. Well, as the Creator and Executive Producer behind Bravo TV's successful reality franchise "Married to Medicine," the proof is certainly in the pudding. Blending beauty and brains, this strong determined woman can light a room. This busy mother of two is the Chief Operating Officer of Jewel and Jem, a children’s apparel company she runs with her sister Lake. She and her husband Dr. Aydin HUQ also developed Cinnamon Girl Nutritional Products.

This event is free
Saturday 03:35PM
Empowerment

Nicole Paultre Bell was the fiancée of Sean Bell. Tireless in the pursuit of justice, she became a nation wide symbol for activism. Nicole is a mother of three founded and “When It’s Real, Its Forever," a justice and youth based NYC organization.As a leader in countless rallies and marches, she was honored with a ‘City of New York Proclamation’- for distinguished contributions to her community. In 2010, Paultre Bell ran for city council. Today, she continues to be an advocate for empowerment and Justice.

This event is free
Saturday 03:35PM
Empowerment

Senator Karen Carter Peterson represents Senate District 5 in Louisiana. Past Chair of the Women’s Caucus, current chair of the Select Committee on Women and Children, and Counsel at Dentons. Served on House Appropriations, as House Speaker Pro Tempore, and the first female chair of House Insurance.

In 2012, elected first female Chair of Louisiana Democratic Party. Appointed Co-Chair of DNC Credentials Committee and elected Vice-President of the Association of Democratic Party Chairs. She is a member of DST and married to Dana Peterson.

This event is free
Saturday 12:30PM
Empowerment

Steve Harvey is an Emmy Award winning TV personality, talk show host, actor and comedian. He currently serves as host of two popular TV shows in which he won Emmy Awards for in 2014; The Steve Harvey Show, which premiered in 2011, and the game show, Family Feud, which he began hosting in 2010. He has hosted the nationally syndicated radio show, The Steve Harvey Morning Show, since its inception in 2000.

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Saturday
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The Houston-based vocal ensemble The Walls Group is comprised of siblings Darrel (23), Rhea (19), Paco (18) and Ahjah (17).  Their close-knit harmonies and gospel influences have produced a trademark sound that is instantly recognizable.  FAST FORWARD, The group’s first album on Kirk Franklin’s Fo Yo Soul Recordings/RCA label debuted at #1 on the Gospel Sales Chart in 2014.  The Walls Group is currently nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award and several Stellar Awards.   

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Supermodel Cynthia Bailey’s career began 25 years ago after signing with Wilhelmina Models in New York City. Her first booking was for the cover of ESSENCE magazine which was one of the highest-selling covers in ESSENCE history. Although Cynthia is proud of her successful modeling career her greatest accomplishment is her daughter Noelle Forde Robinson. Currently, Cynthia stars on the hit reality show "The Real Housewices of Atlanta," and she is the CEO of The Bailey Agency School of Fashion.

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Saturday
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Dr. Cheruba Prabakar is a board certified OBGYN who specializes in treating women with fibroids, irregular bleeding, pelvic pain, and uterine prolapse. She is fellowship trained in minimally invasive surgery and offers the latest treatments in laparoscopic and robotic surgery. Dr. Prabakar is the author of several manuscripts and presents her work routinely in national conferences. She also serves as a television medical news contributor to ARISE America. Learn more at her website: www.drcheruba.com.

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Saturday
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Fawn Weaver is a New York Times bestselling author and founder of the Happy Wives Club, a community of nearly 1 million women in 110 countries around the world. HappyWivesClub.com is an upbeat blog dedicated to positively changing the tone about marriage. It attracts more than 7,000,000 visitors annually and was twice named #1 marriage website by About.com. When she’s not working on her next project, she's happily doting over her husband, Keith.

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Saturday
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Author of "Hope Beyond Fibroids: Stories of Miracle Babies and the Journey to Motherhood," Brand Strategist and Fertility Coach Gessie Thompson helps men and women navigate the challenges they encounter to conceive and carry their visions to full term. She has been featured in ESSENCE on “The Yolanda Adams Morning Show,” “The Tom Joyner Morning Show,” ARISE TV, “The Frank Ski Morning Show” and more. Learn more at GessieThompson.com.

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Saturday
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India.Arie went from “singing under a tree in the park” to the Grammy Awards stage, earning seven nominations for her 2001 double platinum debut Acoustic Soul featuring her first hit single “Video."
India’s latest 5th and most recent album, "SongVersation", is a compelling snapshot of her breakthrough to personal and artistic growth on the other side of a self- imposed four- year hiatus. "SongVersation" finds India.Arie coming back full circle to the basics that captivated a global legion of fans.
Visit www.soulbird.com

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Saturday
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With her 1998 double-platinum debut, Soul of a Woman, featuring the record-breaking single, “Friend of Mine” 8x Grammy nominee Kelly Price made history by taking the #1 spot on Billboard’s singles chart without a video.
An accomplished writer and producer Price has collaborated with Mariah Carey, George Michael, Elton John, The Isley Brothers, Brian McKnight, R. Kelly, Sean “Diddy Combs, Faith Evans, Whitney Houston, Donnie McClurkin, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, James Brown and many others.

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Saturday
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Fisher Gilmore Matchmaking (FGM) is an exclusive agency of “heart hunters” led by The Matchmaking DUO™, Kelli Fisher & Tana Gilmore, Certified Relationship Coaches and Certified Matchmakers. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, FGM provides coaching and matchmaking services personally designed to accommodate busy professionals across the U.S. who are seeking long-term love. As Relationship Experts, The DUO is continuously sought after for speaking, training, and media appearances on industry-related topics.  Visit their website at www.thematchmakingduo.com.

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Tanika Gray Valbrun is the founder of The White Dress Project - a non-profit bringing awareness to the uterine fibroid condition.  Tanika was instrumental in passing legislation declaring July as “Fibroid Awareness Month” in the State of Georgia. She works as a News Editor for CNN where she has been awarded three coveted Peabody Awards for her contributions in journalism.  She received both Georgia Trend’s and Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2014 "40 under 40" Awards.

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Saturday
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Tanisha A. Sykes is a seasoned journalist with 20 years of experience. Known as a personal finance and careers expert, Sykes teaches millions how to achieve financial freedom. The former Senior Editor of Personal Finance & Careers for ESSENCE, Sykes discovered that women, in particular, prosper from step-by-step instruction, expert advice and success stories. With a quick wit and an inspiring tone, Sykes teaches you that when your change your mind, you change your money.

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