Joyce Fombah is giving a whole new meaning to art

Laura Onyeneho

Everyone in the room sat patiently waiting for the event to begin. Families embrace one another as if they hadn’t seen each other in years. Anxiously waiting in the corner by the DJ booth stood a young lady who was ready to show the community what four years of college education accomplished.

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One woman’s story of breaking into entertainment

Kim Kane

Kim Kane is a radio host with Power 105.1 FM in New York.

Kim Kane is one of the most visible young media personalities in the country in print, radio, and television. Kane serves as a radio host with Power 105.1 FM in New York as one of six nationwide correspondents for NBC’s House Smarts and as a celebrity blogger for the Huffington Post and Russell Simmons Global Grind website.

As a voice-over talent, her vocals have been enlisted to drive a number of national televised marketing campaigns to include AT&T, Crest White Strips, and BET’s Black Girls Rock Awards.

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Photographer helps women embrace their flaws

Cindy Severino

Valerie Anselme uses photography to tell stories and encourage people to embrace their flaws in “The Flawed Beauty Project.” A few months ago the project started and it is already making a positive impact in social media. One of Anselme’s objectives is to make her models feel good about their imperfections and accept them.  Anselme started photography two years ago and decided to create this project to raise money for a hospital in Haiti, her parents’ native country.

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Ricketta Pryce is making her 9th grade dream come true

Eunice Onwona

Pen and paper are no stranger to twenty-two year old Ricketta Pryce. With a great passion for writing, Pryce has been putting these tools to good use since junior high. By 9th grade, her literary fate was indeed promising. She had completed her first manuscript and friends and family began to refer to her by the literary alias: Pinky Dior.

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Kidnapping: A daily fear for Venezuelans

Casey Campbell

Mercy Benzaquen is now studying at Emerson College, almost two years after her brother's kidnapping.

On May 31, 2012, most teenagers were wishing for school to be over and were already planning their summer. For Mercy Benzaquen, this was the day she found out her brother had been kidnapped.

The Benzaquen family lives in Caracas, Venezuela, a country where kidnapping happens all too often. For Mercy’s brother, Simon, it occurred as he was riding home from the airport with a family friend, Pedro.

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Mireille Tushiminina’s Goal Is To Change Lives

Briana Azar

Mireille Tushiminina
Mireille Tushiminina’s came to the United States for education, with a goal of helping women in Africa empower themselves.

Mireille Tushiminina’s name means “light to the moon.”  It describes perfectly how much of a light and treasure she really is.

She came into our television studio wearing a sense of confidence that comes from knowing who you are in the world, what you’ve come from and where you are going.  Mireille opened up in a way that is a producer’s dream. She is honest, reflective, optimistic and willing to push herself to get where she believes she needs to be.

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A Mother’s Loss

Eunice Onwona & Tashanea Whitlow

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Taisha Akin’s lost her son Khris, pictured above, to gun violence. 

Every parent’s worst fear is outliving a child. On an Indian summer night that fear became a reality for Taisha Akins, who lost her 17-year-old son to gun violence. She can still hear her eldest son’s chilling words. “Ma, they shot Khris” are words that will forever haunt her. Her mother’s instinct kicked in and she knew her baby was gone.“I wanted to go crazy…a lot of anger, a lot of guilt. I was confused because all my kids were hurt at once,” said Akins.

Two years later, she often finds herself wondering what Khris would look like as an adult. She remembers him as a young handsome teenager. On a recent beautiful fall night, Akins reminisced about Khris’ sense of loyalty and how much family and friends loved him.