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Thank You! 2018 Curves Beautifully Empowered Experience III & Full-Figured Fashion Experience Is Complete!

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WOW so happy, satisfied and content with Curves Beautifully Empowered Experience III and the launch of Full-Figured Fashion Experience Runway Show!
 
I believe I was born to inspire and empower. I believe I am to honor and uplift amazing people, especially women. I believe the only approval I need is to see a woman come and be moved, uplifted, inspired and transformed. Not because of me but because of the power of sharing our victories and sorrows that life can inflict upon us. The look when one’s words resonates with the heart of another. When a woman launches her business, writes that book, loses emotional & physical weight and with no apology declares that she is MORE than ENOUGH.
 
I am committed to transforming the lives of women and young girls by providing empowering and inspiring experiences through fashion and confidence-boosting events, vision workshops and sisterhood. My mission, our mission is to empower women and girls to embrace their curves; to see, to accept and soar into their personal awesomeness. She should look and feel good on the inside and out!
 
The vision is CLEAR to see every woman and girl with curves large and small to take the risks in life necessary to experience and achieve her dream.
 
I am so very grateful for an amazing support system. And I thank GOD for each and every one of them! I want to shout out these very amazing people for helping me make Curves Beautifully Empowered Experience III and our first Full-Figured Fashion Experience Runway Show. We are going to celebrate next month but until then know that I appreciate every hour, service, dollar and action you have made on my behalf. Call me when you need me and I will be there.
 
Sherman Walker (MY DADDY – Always filling up the truck with all the event goods! Thank you <3)
Ruth Walker (MY MOMMY – Always present, helping me make it happen :) <3)
Alena L Walker (MY SISTER – Always capturing and flipping the BEST media possible with the quickness! #W.T.M.Media)
Tina Allen (The BESTEST Brand & Event Director CBE could ever ask for!)
Deidre Hairston Daymon (The BADEST Mixxedfit Instructor EVER and Back Stage get them ALL the way together Diva)
Kimi Lee King (Royal Roots is the BOMB! Thank you for handling SO many aspects especially registration! <3 :) )
Sherieka Trotter (Thank you for getting all the ends/outs and vendors altogether!!)
Denise Nicole (Come through triple threat! #FFFE Co-Director, Inspirational Speaker and Model! Thank you your COMPLETE support)
Teka Marie (YASSS Doll! #FFFE Co-Director! Thank you for being a connector to all things fashion and being a problem solver! )
Mayka Chang (Thank you for your help backstage and hooking up wardrobe! <3 <3)
Monique DuBose (BEST EMCEE, you were PERFECT! I look forward to the future collaborations <3 )
Jay Battle (BEST DJ ever! Thank you for always supporting <3)
 
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. You’re playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
— Marianne Williamson
 
To ALL the amazing speakers who graced Curves Beautifully Empowered Experience III & Full-Figured Fashion Experience Runway Show THANK YOU FOR YOUR YES! We connected and elevated each other! I look forward to seeing how all of you connect and collaborate with each other. When one of us win, we ALL win.
 
Natasha Monique Coleman
Ashleigh Elizabeth
Chisa O’Quinn
Hanne Ferber Makhani
Kathei McCoy
Misty Schmidt
Shellie Willis
Kariba Jack
Deidre Hairston Daymon
Malika Rita
M’chel Bauxal-Gleason
Denise Nicole
Ruth Walker
Lakesshia Slaughter
Tyesha Robinson

TO ALL THE AMAZING #FFFE MODELS, THANK YOU!

To everyone who sponsored, gave words of encouragement, liked my post, shared our flyers and came out! THANK YOU! I am grateful for YOU!

2018 sponsor fabuplusmagazine

Sponsor Highlight! FabUplus Magazine

2018 sponsor fabuplusmagazine

We are excited to have amazing sponsors and want to highlight a few! Check out FabUplus Magazine!

“LIFE, make it FUN.. keep it REAL. FabUplus embodies the art of being a curvy woman and celebrates real people living their best life.

Our mission is to be the leading media landscape that celebrates health, fitness and lifestyle for the curvy community.

We encourage women to love their unique bodies while developing a weight-neutral, health-centered approach to life. FabUplus Magazine sorts out the facts from distorted societal myths about health, weight, and identity and promotes body acceptance, self-love and aims to build confidence in women of size.

Our message is that all women are beautiful, original, not only good enough, but exceptional, not just here, but here for a purpose.

We exist to create a community of body acceptance and celebrate our readers’ inner curves.”

www.fabuplusmagazine.com

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2018 Tiesha Robinson Spoken Word

Curves Beautifully Empowered Experience III – Inspirational Spoken Word Artist Tiesha Robinson

2018 Tiesha Robinson Spoken Word

 

Poet, Activist, Developmental speaker, and, aspiring Humanitarian are just a few words to describe Tiesha Robinson. The Houston resident grew up in Lake County, Illinois in a society structured with adversity. She found her voice in writing and the age of 15 she started reciting and assisting other poets to enhance their craft.

 Tiesha’s passion for the arts helped in the groundwork of building one of Houston’s number one showcases, “The Writers Block live”. She has performed at the Houston Improv, The House of Blues and many other venues.

 Aware of the need in surrounding communities, and understanding firsthand what it’s like to be homeless, Tiesha’s goal is to make conscious efforts to feed the homeless in the Houston and Lake County area. Thus far she has fed over 1000 men, women and children. In 2015 she founded SheRose, an organization geared towards helping women find employment, spiritual growth and effective communication practices.

In September of 2015 the organization implemented its first annual walk for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) to bring awareness as well as raise financial capitol in hopes for a cure. PCOS is a disease known as a silent killer that affects one in ten women with in the United States. In January of 2016 Sheroes Still Exist completed its first Career Expo for women in need. They teamed up with the Star of Hope taking six of their women through the full interview process and providing resume help, interview tips, professional clothing, hair and makeup, as well as onsite employers. This initiate of stabilization landed the organization in the Young Houston Magazine.

Tiesha uses her experiences, award winning poetry, innovation, charismatic personality, and determination to spiritually uplift and change the perception of every person she encounters everywhere. Currently She is the 2017 Miss Texas American Beauties Plus  you can find her volunteering at Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen located in midtown Houston, reciting poetry, speaking at local schools encourage teens on Career days, and on Facebook live every Tuesday. At the top of the 2018 she is set to release her first book. This a woman who has decided to dedicate her life to.

You WANT to HEAR the words that will come out of her MOUTH!

Register Today!

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Curves Beautifully Empowered Experience III – Inspirational Speaker & Model LaKeeshia Slaughter

LK Slaughter Model

We are excited to announce our Inspirational Speaker Model Lakesshia Slaughter coming from Gulfport, Mississippi!

LaKesshia Slaughter is a published, award-winning, international Plus Size Model.
Ms. Slaughter has become a consistent and sought-after face and body in print, commercials, and on the runway and acts a brand ambassador to different companies. She travels not only across the U.S. and internationally to model, but also speak on panels as Mrs Mississippi Plus America 2016 at a variety of events to inspire, empower and encourage women to embrace who they are.

She is coming to pour into our #FFFE models and share words of inspiration at our Full-Figured Fashion Experience runway show AND of course SLAY the runway! You do not want to miss this power house!

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CBEE3 Inspirational Panel Speaker – Malika Bennett

2018 Malika

We are excited to announce our Inspirational Panel Speaker Malika Bennett!

Malika Bennett aka ‘Ms. Malika’ is a radio personality, author and the CEO/Founder of Black Arts Love. Black Arts Love is an organization focused on the arts, cultural expression and economic empowerment. Ms. Bennett is a seasoned marketer, writer, community advocate, media professional and businesswoman with over 15 years of professional experience.

Under the leadership of the late Connie Bennett Cameron, she co-published the national award winning publication 206 Teen (Seattle Medium, 1998). Since then, Bennett has used her creativity to publish books, pursue creative endeavors and to drive forward products and services for clients and employers such as Kris Bennett Broadcasting, The Seattle Medium Newspaper Group, Accenture, Department of Defense, SBC Ameritech, Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission and Washington and Virginia state governments.

Bennett is a Seattle native and holds a B.A. in Communications from Howard University and a M.A. from American University.

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CBEE3 Inspirational Panel Speaker – Hanne Ferber Makhani

2018 Hannelore Ferber Makhani

It is with pleasure that we introduce to you Hanne Feber Makhani!

Hanne was born and raised in Ecuador and came to the U.S. at age 17.  She studied government and international relations at Boise State University and started her career with the U.S. Senate in Washington D.C.  She went on to work for a number of nonprofit agencies and think tanks, advocating for and empowering immigrant communities, low-income families, and young people of all ages.  She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Washington.

Locally, Hanne worked for OneAmerica, a nationally-recognized civil rights advocacy organization.  Her work there included securing federal and state government funding to implement a statewide citizenship campaign and leading organizing efforts to increase immigrants’ participation in civic life.  She also worked for the YMCA of Greater Seattle, where she supported the launch of many new community projects, including a new YMCA facility in SeaTac and a large portfolio of youth development and education programs in South King County.  Additionally, she worked in an executive capacity to support the operations of the Auburn Family YMCA and to promote equity and inclusion for the organization at the local and national level.

Currently, Hanne works for King County’s Department of Community Human Services.  She is at the helm of a system that brings together public and private partners to reduce education and employment disparities for young people.  She believes strongly that when communities come together on behalf of their youth the results are transformational.

Hanne lives in West Seattle with her family.  She enjoys traveling, yoga, and volunteering.

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CBEE3 Inspirational Panel Speaker – Chisa O’Quinn

2018 Chisa Quinn

It is with great pleasure that we announce one of our CBEE3 Inspirational Panel Speaker Chisa O’Quinn Founder of My Sister’s Keeper Northwest!

Chisa O’Quinn is a Social Worker who has traveled with individuals through the worlds of Corrections, Counseling, Disability Services, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse. What sets her apart as a leader and advocate in the field is her ability to creatively seek solutions in difficult situations, and her focus on person centered planning strategies. Chisa holds a Masters in Social Work from Portland State University. She has been in the field of Developmental Disabilities since 2003, starting as an Employment Specialist, Supported Employment Program Manager and Personal Agent in Vancouver, WA. Recently, Chisa was a Personal Agent in Oregon’s Brokerage system.

Chisa is an avid spectator who enjoys watching sporting events, comedy shows, theater, movies and generally saying “yes” to new opportunities and activities that cross her path. Chisa is the founder of My Sister’s Keeper NW, an event planning organization designed to connect, empower, and enrich women. Her volunteer interests include volunteer coordination for iUrbanTeen and Mosaic Blueprint.

 

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A Beauty

Hey Beauty!

A Beauty

 

When I was a young girl I remember playing on a grass hill and one of my aunts called out to me “You look soooo big and black!” as the sun was cascading on my back. It was clear in her tone and smirk that this was the worst possible names to be called. It was summer, I was heading into the fourth grade and for years after, that moment played in the back of my mind.

I was blessed with a mother who always talked about how beautiful my “black” was. She is a San Francisco native who grew up with “Say it Loud! I’m Black and I’m PROUD” She would tell me the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice! After that you could not tell me my black was not sweet.

As for the “big”, it creep up on me in 3rd grade. And continue to expand over the years. I wasn’t too concerned about that part besides she was NO little nugget herself lol.

What my aunt did was let me in on the fact that not everyone sees me as being beautiful. In her eyes, my dark melanin damned me to ugliness. I’m still praying for her. Lol, my point is beauty is all of you, from the birth mark to your body shape to your mane. It is all beauty that you must see in yourself. The world is cruel in how they define beauty. Don’t you dare be cruel to yourself.

Kimberly

XOXO