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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Guest Bio: Valerie Anselme

Season 1; Episode 4

According to Margaret Wolfe Hungerford “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” What happens when you look at yourself and all you see are flaws? Valerie Anselme of “The Flawed Beauty Project” is looking to change that. She hopes her project will encourage women to embrace their imperfections. “I want to help people embrace who they are no matter what physical flaws they may have,” said Valerie. “No matter how you look you embody beauty.” She feels the media has its own portrayal of what beauty is.

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Guest Bio: Ricketta Pryce

Season 1; Episode 3

Ricketta Pryce is a resident of Boston and is a twenty three year old mother, author, and entrepreneur. She has one daughter who is 1 year old and has one more on the way. Ricketta believes that she is a “hustler” in the sense that she does whatever she has to do in order to provide for herself and her growing family. One of the ways she does this is through writing.

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Guest Bio: Mireille Tushiminina

Season 1; Episode 2

Mireille Tushiminina is 38-year old mother of two who has been living in Braintree, MA since 2008. Mireille was however born in the Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa. She received an early education in Belgium. Mireille returned to the DRC but left in 1994 to pursue a Bachelors of Science in Biology at Northeastern University. Mireille also studied Medicine at St. Matthews School of Medicine in Cayman Islands, and she has an M.B.A in Healthcare Management from Davenport University.

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Guest Bio: Taisha Akins

Season 1; Episode 1

Taisha Akins is a mother of three children and lifelong resident of Dorchester. She has three children (two boys and one girl). At the tender age of 14 years old she became a teen mother and enrolled in alternative school to learn in an environment that consisted of fellow teenage mothers.

In 2011 her middle child, Khris Mckinney, was gunned down in their neighborhood on Whitman and Norfolk Street. A dispute erupted involving Khris’ older brother. After coming to the defense of his brother, an undisclosed assailant hid in the bushes, and shot him in his back.  Currently no one has been charged with crime. A code of silence governs the area; due to fear of retaliation, no one has identified the perpetrator, whom they know.

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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

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.