This event will feature the showing of the documentary “The Souls of Black Girls” and a panel discussion featuring outstanding women from across the state.
“Reaching out and empowering young women via our voices and stories should be the main goal of women in leadership in every community across the U.S.,” said Lorean C. Mays.
Mays, the former executive director and former 2005-2006 titleholder of the Miss Black Tennessee USA Pageant, is the blogger behind “The Sophisticate Chronicles” and host for the event.
The documentary features candid interviews with young women discussing their self-image and social commentary from actresses Regina King and Jada Pinkett Smith, PBS Washington Week moderator Gwen Ifill, rapper/political activist Chuck D, and cultural critic Michaela Angela Davis, among others.
The panel will feature Angelnetta Ulmer, mental health counselor and student services coordinator at Upward Bound Math and Science (PRISM), University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; DaNeitra Hall, blogger of Fairy Glam Mother.com, lifestyle event coordinator, and mother of USA National Miss Tennessee Junior Princess Kendall-Joy Hall;
Deanna K. Burrell, author, motivational speaker, marketing/sales representative for WVON Radio Chicago; Natalie Newbill, Miss Black Tennessee USA 2012 and motivational speaker; and Prince Torrence, stylist at Haven of Bella Salon/nurse.
There will be a “Meet and Greet” and a chance to purchase an autographed copy of her book following the event with author Burrell.
This event is free to public and open to girls and young women of all cultural backgrounds.