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Hip Hop 4 Life Founder, Tamekia Flowers-Holland

On June 23rd, 2012 at Long Island University (Brooklyn Campus) Lutney Hall, Founder of Hip Hop 4 Life Tamekia Flowers-Holland hosted her annual Shades of Beauty Women of Inspiration Brunch & Awards Ceremony. The fundraiser event recognized and honored phenomenal women and girls who positively impact their community, personify self-esteem and self-respect, and continue to be an inspiration to girls everywhere. 150 women and girls were in attendance and some of the honorees included Michaela Angela Davis, Adrienne White (Disney), and Celebrity DJ Deja Vu.

Why: The statistics speak for themselves. Over 75% of girls with low self-esteem report engaging in negative activities such as eating disorders, cutting, smoking or drinking when feeling bad about themselves.

Event Sponsors: VIBE Vixen Magazine, Luna Bar, ESSENCE, Carol’s Daughter, New York Yoga, Jane Carter, Iced Media, The Jeff Johnson Institute, Brandnice (DJ D-Nice), Team Epiphany.

ABOUT Hip Hop 4 Life: Hip Hop 4 Life has been committed to the positive development of today’s teens since 2003. Hip Hop 4 Life provides year- round programs that aid in developing and fostering educational values, life skills, leadership, strength, self-esteem, goal-setting skills and most importantly, confidence in one’s capabilities. Hip Hop 4 Life has had the honor of working with Gabrielle Union, Chrisette Michele, NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade and his Wade’s World Foundation, NBA Legend Alonzo Mourning, and Black Entertainment Television/Rap-It-Up, to name a few.

For additional information on Hip Hop 4 Life visit

As a New York City storyteller, filmmaker, digital content creator, and PR strategist, Renae Bluitt created "In Her Shoes" to empower and enlighten women committed to realizing their dreams.

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