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Last weekend V103 Atlanta radio personality, Egypt Sherrod and host of HGTV’s “Property Virgins”, joined forces with Clark Atlanta University (CAU) and the Women’s Empowerment Conference to host an all-female overnight empowerment boot camp for more than 150 women ages 18 to 50. The women discussed the spirit of sisterhood and creating an environment of love and acceptance for one another, while dissecting self-destructive issues such as jealousy and self-hatred that hold women back from happy, fruitful lives.

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Special guest speakers included reality stars Towanda BraxtonNicci GilbertMimi FaustSyleena JohnsonIvy Couch and Pastor Domonique; V-103 and WAOK radio personalities Egypt SherrodMo IvoryJean RossPrincess Monique and Kendra G; a keynote address by Charmaine Ward, director of community affairs, Georgia-Pacific; OB/GYN Dr. Tosha Rogers-Jones, dentist Dr. Heavenly Kimes and psychologist Dr. Judi Lee Webb; motivational speaker Terra Wallace, celebrity talent managers Amber Noble-Garland and Deb Antney, publishing executive Yvette Caslin, singer/actress Jade Novah, aesthetician Venus Simmons, celebrity hair and makeup artists Bridgit Crider and Sandye Lomax.

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Grammy-award winning singer & songwriter, Q Parker, made a quick surprise visit, gave the ladies encouragement about fitness and healthy eating, then serenaded them with a few acapella verses of 112’s classic, “Cupid.”

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Guests of the ‘Sister’s Keeper Shut-In’ were  treated to a series of seminars and presentations as well as complimentary meals, massages, makeup tips, a workout session, games, contests, karaoke, line dancing and more!

crowd1Participants were given a front-row seat to candid conversations about the work that needs to be done to improve how black women treat each another, and the need to show more acceptance, love and solidarity toward one another. There were candid discussions about fitness, feminine hygiene, sexual health, oral care and mental/emotional well-being. The audience also enjoyed a spirited and no-holds barred conversation about matters that continue to be hot topics such as lighter skin/darker skin, and why by-and-large we still have a hard time moving past that issue. The shut-in also included a frank forum that dissected the “over the top” way certain black women present themselves on various reality TV programs, and called to the carpet whether or not that portrayal is an accurate reflection how the majority of black women truly want to be perceived.

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“Black women are in a state of emergency where we’re trying to be too many things to too many people and forgetting whose we are. I wanted to host this shut-in to heal, to encourage and to strengthen our young women so that they can realize their full potential. I pray that everyone who attended the Shut-In walked away with a renewed spirit, a positive outlook on life and tips they can use to live healthier, happier lives.” – Egypt Sherrod

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The shut-in was made possible through generous in-kind donations of time, goods, services and support from V-103, I For Talent Management135th Street AgencySJ Oglesby PRKristen CooperClark Atlanta UniversityDamon Phillips & the men of MorehouseKimberly Byer-ClarkPhilip Ackerman & the good folks at PublixEbony Price & Price Perfect Event ChefChicago’s Nancy’s Pizza of Buckhead, Salads from Bruce’s BestLiz Garner & Garner Girls CupcakesJames Prince & the Costco familyJuicy MagazineJohn Johnson of Showtime EntertainmentLuretia Craig of Practical Bodies mobile massages and Vbar creator Tonya Tibbs.

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Photos: Courtesy of Karl St. Jean

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