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if you want a surge of feel good, watch Fusion network documentary O Girls. 

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i was a well of tears most of the film. it originally aired earlier this month but with so much going on in the world & my life i waited to catch it on demand.  

i, like millions, watched the Oprah Winfrey show and was in awe of her goal to build a school for girls in south africa.  this wasn’t going to be some run down one step above what the girls could get at home type of school. Mama O was planning to build a state of the art academy better than the best prep schools in the world.   i often wondered how the school (Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls) and the OLAG girls faired.  

O Girls doc answers…it follows up the girls who graduated from the very first OLAG class. some of the girls have even graduated from college and are moving on to their careers!!! as moving as it was to see the great things the girls have accomplished, what inspired me about the film was it showed the struggles they encountered. this despite getting one of the biggest gifts a person could imagine.  

most of us could only dream of having Oprah pick us out of a crowd and providing for our wishes to come true.   in our minds, we would be set for life! what the documentary showed is that regardless of what blessings flow our way, there will always be hurdles to overcome.   the girls had to deal with death of family members, struggles adjusting to life without their families, confidence and guilt issues while still giving their best.  i learned from watching the film that miracles do happen BUT you still have to put in the work after-all.   

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the film, We Will Rise, featuring First Lady Michelle Obama is re-airing tomorrow (Dec 11th) at 10pm EST on CNN.  

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it’s so inspiring to watch the work that’s being done to improve education for girls all around the world.  the film showcases efforts in morocco and my family’s country of origin, liberia.  

want to get amped up for your viewing?

here’s a youtube with the first lady talking up this great film.  

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lots of girls are buzzing about the documentary ‘imagine a future’ that was produced by Black Girls Rock, Inc.  and is part of the P & G My Black is Beautiful campaign. it comes on tonight at 10pm (est) on BET networks.  

the movie is about a girls journey to discovering her beauty and strength.

i can’t wait to tweet while watching it

make sure to join me and thousands others and check out the show

give me a shout out and let me know what you think of it @sassysagesays 

dark girls 6-13i’m very excited that Oprah will be airing the documentary Dark Girls on OWN this Sunday 10pm EST.  i haven’t seen it yet but i’m sure it will be powerful.

i feel that it’s more than time that diverse topics about girls are brought to light in the media.  it’s been time for us to start talking, so we can do something about it.

which is why i’m also really happy to see a new film in the making about another experience that is often not talked about; being an ‘only’.

Black Girl In Surburbia is going to be a film about black girls who live in the suburbs. i know what that feels like.

combe hill photowhen i was really young (elementary school age), i was the only black girl in my school and it was hard.   being different is a tough thing for most youth and being singled out because of your race is no different.  

kudos to the Dark Girls documentary and salute to new film maker, Melissa Lowery…

check out the trailer for Black Girl In Suburbia:


Black Girl In Suburbia is a feature documentary that looks into the experiences of black girls growing up in predominately white communities. This film explores through professional and personal interviews the conflict and issues black girls have relating to both white and black communities. Release date 2014

http://www.blackgirlinsuburbia.com

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i’m tired of folks bad mouthing our youth. i’ve had it with those who bemoan that no one is doing anything about it.  there are thousands of leaders out there doing their thing. quietly fighting the good fight, making a difference and showing youth love…

lift your spirits by watching what is right; community leaders taking back the streets.

support the documentary ‘interrupters’ on PBS today…

FRONTLINE follows a group of former gang leaders trying to “interrupt” shootings and protect their communities from the violence they once committed. The film follows the inner workings of CeaseFire, an innovative program in Chicago designed to prevent shootings, including weekly meetings where the interrupters report on the simmering disputes and the senseless shootings in their neighborhoods.


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