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#BlogHer16: Experts Among Us

August 4-6, 2016, in Los Angeles, CA

Join an exhilarating mix of content creators, social media stars, entrepreneurs, top brands, activists and fans at #BlogHer16!

Don’t Miss the Premier Conference For Women Online August 4-6, 2016 at the JW Marriott, Los Angeles, CA. You’ll experience inspiring keynotes, up-to-the-minute educational tracks, and of course, fabulous opportunities to network with YOUR community!

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First Lady Michelle Obama Announces The 2016 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge!

It’s that time of year again – we’re inviting kids across the country to create healthy lunch recipes for a chance to win a trip to Washington, DC and the opportunity to attend the Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House!

Check out a special message from First Lady Michelle Obama announcing the fifth annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge:

The First Lady is once again teaming up with PBS flagship station WGBH Boston, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to host the fifth annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge to promote cooking and healthy eating among young people across the nation.

The challenge invites kids ages 8-12, in collaboration with a parent or guardian, to create an original recipe that is healthy, affordable, and delicious. One winner from each U.S. state, territory, and the District of Columbia will win the opportunity to be flown to Washington, DC and the opportunity to attend the 2016 Kids’ “State Dinner” here at the White House, where a selection of the winning recipes will be served. Kids will also have the opportunity to learn from television personality and member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Rachael Ray.

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks in the East Room at the 2015 Kids’ “State Dinner.” (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

Check out USDA’s MyPlate to ensure your child’s recipe meets the nutrition guidelines by representing each of the food groups, either in one dish or as parts of a lunch meal, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy. In addition, in celebration of the MyPlate, MyState initiative, the 2016 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge is putting a spotlight on homegrown pride across the country and encouraging entries to include local ingredients grown in your family’s state, territory, or community.

We can’t wait to see what kids create this year – so good luck and get cooking! Don’t forget to submit by April 4!

Learn more:

Holly Robinson Peete talks about what she hopes for her son as she opens up in an interview with the Huffington Post.


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Source: Huffington Post

How To Get Away With Murder star Viola Davis is executive producing the project with Debra Martin Chase (Sparkle). Empire co-executive producer Ayanna Floyd is writing the script and executive producing. The project was originally developed at ABC during the 2014-2015 season with another writer. ABC has a legal drama pilot Conviction this season, which is unrelated to this project.

Kym Worthy

Worthy became the second African-American to serve as a county prosecutor in Michigan when she was appointed chief prosecutor of Wayne County in 2004. She is known for a number of high-profile cases, like filing charges against Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, and her campaign to clear a massive backlog of 11,000 unprocessed rape test kits in Detroit.

Davis and and her producing partner Julius Tennon executive produce through their JuVee Productions, Martin Chase through her Martin Chase Prods. Both companies have deals with ABC Studios, which originally developed the project when it was at ABC but is not actively involved in the TNT version. Also executive producing are Floyd as well as Kim Swann and Leah Keith who brought Worthy’s story to Hollywood. Worthy is a consultant.

JuVee Productions, and Martin Chase Prods. are repped by CAA. Floyd, Keith, Swann, and Worthy are repped by ICM Partners.


Source: Deadline

Core Welness4UEmpowering Women to Healthy Living Saturday June 20th, 2015

Ladies, put on your yoga pants, grab your mats and meet us in Calabasas California for Core Wellness4U 1st Annual “Empowering Women to Healthy Living” Event. Our “Empowering Women to Healthy Living” is going to be a blast and you’re invited. It’s going to be the healthiest event of the year. Cori Banks-Eastmond, and Eric the Trainer Hollywood Physique Expert and our friend Billy Blanks®, are going to empower you to live a healthy lifestyle. Empowering Women to Healthy Living was created to empower, inspire, encourage and uplift women to be well, be bold, be beautiful and be U. We want every woman to know that their health matters and that they can live their best life now, by putting themselves first. Self-Care is the first care! You will be given health tips on how to do just that. Core Wellness4U encourages self-care, fitness, and healthy eating. We do that by helping women to understand their bodies and how each one of us are different, yet seeking the same result, to live a healthier lifestyle. Wellness is a deliberate effort, it’s a sought out goal and it leads you on a road to better choices. We want to give you the proper tools to start you on your journey, because wellness is an overall lifestyle and it begins with you making a decision and committing. So what are you waiting4!

“We want you to be effective in every area of your life and that means your relationships too. Core Wellness4U has something that is called “The Core Wellness Circle”. We target the 8 Core components in your life, relationships, spirituality, career, environment, self-care/self love, healthy eating, fitness and creativity. These are areas in our lives that can become imbalanced if we don’t nurture them. They are the primary foods in our life. We want to help you create balance, joy, peace and a sound mind in your life.

Eric the TrainerThe “Empowering Women to Healthy Living” will have an Educational Breakout: Panel “Ignite Your Light to Living a Healthy Lifestyle”. The panelist will consist of our Moderator Eric the Trainer, Jeanette Ortega of Extreme Fitness Results, Dr. Gloria Morrow, Rhonda Morman Actress and Inspirational Speaker along with Nikki Thomas Nurse and Health Coach. They will share their empowering stories and you will learn how to eat healthy, workout and move in your purpose and live a wellness lifestyle. Ladies, don’t miss your MOMENT! You will truly be blessed.

Ticket price: advance tickets are $65.00 until May 30th after tickets are $85.00. A percentage of the proceeds goes to the Go Red For Women® movement.

Event Location: Agoura/Calabasas Community Center
27040 Malibu Hills Road
Calabasas, California 91301

WOVA would like to shine a spotlight on Cori Banks-Eastmond for her tremendous work in the community!

Cori Banks-Eastmond is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, Inspirational speaker wife and mother of two. She decided to become a Health Coach and fulfill her passion for working with women in order to inspire them to improve their health and well-being. Healthy eating and fitness has played a vital role in her life. Cori lost her mother at the age of fifty-three to a massive heart attack in 1996 and that’s when her life changed forever. She soon became an advocate for the American Heart Association, by lobbying for a variety of causes and promoting healthy habits to women and children. Cori is the founder and CEO of Core Wellness4U, where she has made this her life purpose to empower women to put their health first and let them know that their health matters.

Cori for American Heart Association Cori received her training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City founded by Joshua Rosenthal where she learned over one hundred dietary theories studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods from top wellness experts. Teachers like Dr. Andrew Weil Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind body and medicine. Cori is equipped with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching and preventive health. She’s certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP) and offers individual and group health, nutrition, lifestyle coaching to women, as well as host workshops and retreats. Cori’s method is to focus on the Core issues at heart in order for women to live a life of happiness, peace and joy. Her belief is, “when you hear the heart of a person you can get to the Core of the issue”.

Cori’s also a Certified Tae Bo® Fitness Instructor trained under the Grand Master Billy Blanks® for ten years. She works with ASSEMBLEY WOMAN MICHAELLE C. SOLAGES where she spoke at the National Women’s Health and Fitness Day in Valley Stream New York. She has also spoke at corporate events such as HealthFirst and American Heart Associations Life’s Simple 7® Employee’s Health Fair in New York on, Inspiration to Healthy Living. She’s currently working on her first self-published book entitled A Butterfly Within, which will be out October 2015.

The American Heart Association Go Red For Women®
Cori Banks is not only a wellness coach, but an advocate for the American Heart Association and when you purchase your ticket, a percentage of the proceeds will go to the Go Red For Women® movement. You will be supporting the ongoing research, to help save the lives of women across America.



Contact Information:
Phone: (917)-224-9722

Tracee Ellis Ross Tapped to Host This Year’s Gracies Gala

This year’s Gracies Gala will be hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross, star of Black-ish.

This year’s winners include (below L-R:) Kristen Johnston, Anna Chlumsky, Cicely Tyson, Julia Roberts, Margo Martindale, Hoda Kotb, Moll Anderson and more!

Gracies Women
This year’s Gracies are being planned by the AWM Gracies Committee, the Gracies Co-Chairs (Karla Ballard, Valerie Blackburn and Chickie Bucco), plus the new Gracies Salon! See the amazing group of influencers that are helping make the Gracies 40th Anniversary Gala the best yet!

The Gracies recognize exemplary programming created for women, by women and about women in all facets of media and entertainment, as well as individuals who have made contributions to the industry. 

The Gracies are presented by the AWM Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AWM which supports educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public and women in the media. The Gracie Awards, established in 1975, honor programming and individuals of the highest caliber in all facets of radio, television, cable and web-based media, including news, drama, comedy, public service, documentary and sports.

Follow the Gracies on FaceBook, Twitter and YouTube.

Gracies 2014 Highlights

The Women In Film Crystal + Lucy Awards have named their 2015 honorees who will be lauded at the org’s June 16 ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. Selma helmer Ava DuVernay (Left) whose Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic earned an Oscar win for best song “Glory” and a best picture nom is receiving the Dorothy Arzner Directors Award.

nicole kidmanNicole Kidman (Right) will be receiving the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film. She recently appeared in Weinstein Co./Dimension’s Paddington which has made over $250M at the worldwide B.O. and will be starring next in Jason Bateman’s The Family Fang, Strangerland, Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert, Genius and the English remake of the Oscar-winning film The Secret in Their Eyes .


Other phenomenal women to be awarded are:

Transparent creator Jill Soloway will receive the Lucy Award for Excellence in Television. Her Amazon series has swept the winter awards circuit, winning 2 Golden Globes for best TV comedy or musical series, best TV comedy actor (Jeffrey Tambor); an AFI award as best TV program of the year and a DGA for outstanding comedy series directing.

House of Cards alum Kate Mara who will be seen in this summer’s Fantastic Four reboot is picking up The Women in Film Max Mara “Face of the Future” award. The trophy will be presented by Nicola Maramotti, Global Brand Ambassador for Max Mara.

Warner Bros. Pictures President of Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Sue Kroll, will be lauded with the 2015 Tiffany & Co./Bruce Paltrow Mentorship Award. Many throughout the industry have praised her work recently on the emotional, riveting marketing campaign for Warner Bros. American Sniper which has become the highest grossing film of the 2014 domestic box office with $345.4M ($534.9M worldwide).

Toni Howard, who has been a partner at ICM for 24 years, will receive the 2015 Sue Mengers Award.  This year’s ceremony is sponsored by Max Mara, BMW of North America, and Tiffany & Co.


Source: Deadline

Michelle King Robson is Founder and CEO of EmpowHER established in December 2010 and here’s her story.


I Got Sick
At 42, I was told I needed a complete hysterectomy, which I got without question. Soon afterwards, my health tanked. I became a different person. I didn’t like myself. I had no energy. After a year that included 12 different doctors and nine different medications, I wasn’t getting any better. I was seriously depressed and even contemplated taking my own life.

I Sought Help
Then a good friend sent me a book entitled “Screaming to be Heard,” by Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet. It was about how women suffer silently, how we hide our pain and let it fester inside us. Luckily, she lived near me and I was able to meet with her. She immediately started weaning me off of my medications and put me on Estrogel and Magnesium, and after just a few days I started feeling better.

I Got Well, and Then… I Got Mad
But as I started to get better, I started to get angry. I thought if this happened to me, what is happening to women all over the world? At that moment, I decided I would dedicate my life to making sure no other woman would suffer as I had. That is how EmpowHER was born. It is the resource I wish I had when I was sick. I feel blessed that it has already helped millions of women all over the world learn to advocate for their own health, and to support each other.

For more information about Michelle go to:

Twitter: @mkingrobson

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Keke Palmer Advocates for Local Girl’s Charity

Actress, Keke Palmer addresses Miami Dade County School Board Members in support The Embrace Girls Foundation, Inc., on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

Keke for Embrace Girls Foundation
District 2 Board Member, Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall  hosted the appearance following Palmer’s visit with members of the organization at Lenora B. Smith Elementary School (a District 2 School) where she offered an empowering message to the more than 40 elementary age girls about making positive choices and embracing their beauty within through kindness and patience. She also reviewed their report cards and autographed posters of her upcoming movie “Brotherly Love” being released Friday (April 24, 2015).