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Making Dreams Come True Through Fashion

Fashion Show

By Naomi Bonman 

LOS ANGELES, CA- We all have that one big dream that we wish to accomplish. That dream that will change lives. This is what Creative Director of Fashion Speaks, Joshua Washington, envisioned in his dream, and it came to reality on Tuesday, July 8 with the help of the Los Angeles Urban League of Young Professionals and Cricket Wireless. This was the 3rd Annual fashion show that Washington has hosted entitled, “LA-In-A-Day”, held at the Los Angeles Supper Club in Hollywood.

“With the production of this third installment, we remain firm in our commitment to provide a prominent stage for young designers to showcase their talents”, LAULYP President Abby Harris stated.

‘From the Beach, to the streets, to the office suites’ fashion show is all about giving back. Partial proceeds from the show are donated to support the youth empowerment programs of LA-based non-profit, C.L.I.M.B., Inc. Cosmetics of the show were donated by Ashley Reed of Mary Kay and hair creations were by Hair Republic located in Hesperia, California.

The hosts for the evening were fashion blogger and LAULYP member, Sharick LaMay, and actor Leo Brecken-Ridge. The two vibed well together as they introduced top designer brands which included Zalez Studio, Nour Amini Haute Couture, Drobe, J. Loren, Merlin Castell, Diamond Doll Collection, Krammer & Stoudt, Candy Coated Swimwear, and Nikki Kouture. Prior to the fashion show, celebrity and special guests walked down the red carpet for photo and press opportunities.

For more information on how you can become involved with the Los Angeles Urban League of Young Professionals, please visit www.laulyp.org.

Female Football Player Proves Women Can Do Everything Men Can Do

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Ogom Chijindu

By Naomi Bonman

FONTANA, CA- It has been proven through various events that women can do anything that a men can do, and Los Angeles Temptations football league player, Ogom Chijindu (also known as O.G.), is set to compete on a whole new level as she completes head-to-head battles on Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge, which premieres Sunday, July 6 from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. on CMT.

Each episode features eight contestants of both men and women who will compete until the last woman or man earns the right to take on the toughest obstacle course in America created by Austin himself, the “Skullbuster”, for a chance to win $10,000.

“We’re going head-to-head, toe-to-toe,” Chijindu explained. “It’s difficult for people to imagine women doing it, but we were doing everything that the guys were doing without a problem.”

O.G. was reached out to the talent crew of the show about a few highlights that they had seen online of her and from there asked her to send over her bio. The next day she received a cll back and was cast on the show.

“It happened really fast. I was kind of surprised, but I thought it would be a great fit. I love to play sports. I’m not really a gym rat but I’m very athletic, competitive and live an athletic life, so I figured ‘How hard could this possibly be”, O.G. states.

If she wins, Ogom plans to put the money towards her swimwear line, “My bikini line is different because I designed it specifically for the woman’s body.” She also stated that most are used to triangle bottoms and with her line she has a wide range of bottoms that compliment the curves of every woman.

After the Broken Skull, in addition to it launching her bikini line and being in season for football, the L.A. Temptations girl plans on going to law school sometime in the future. To stay up to date on O.G,’s endeavors visit her website at www.iheartOG.com or follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @iheartOG.

Miss California Plus America 2014 Inspires Local Girls

Lia Freeman, Miss California Plus 2014

Lia Freeman, Miss California Plus 2014

By Naomi Bonman 

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- In the majority of National Beauty Pageants it’s rare that we see a curvy or plus size woman being represented, and as a result we then see a decline in the self-esteem of young girls who don’t feel pretty because they cannot identify with what is being represented. This why Lia Freeman, San Bernardino resident, decided to get involved and run for Miss California Plus America 2014, in which she was crowned.

“I decided to compete for my community”, Freeman stated. “I see girls with low esteem and I wanted to give them someone to look up to and inspire them.”

Freeman flew to Atlanta on Monday, June 30 to compete in Nationals where she hopes to bring the crown home; however, with or without the National crown, she will still promote her platform of empowering inner city youth between the ages of 10 and 24 through the promotion of physical, mental and emotional well-being within them. Through her organization, ‘Lia’s Got Good Cense’, located in San Bernardino, Freeman educates youth in the areas of health, education, and finances. She has dedicated her life to working with children, as well as volunteering with those with special needs, veterans, and senior citizens. She is also a advocate of literacy, which she was inspired to promote being that her Grandmother has been a librarian in San Bernardino County for over 25 years.

In addition to her philanthropic activities, Miss Freeman is a standout contestant in the competition because she is a mixed breed being Latina and African American. Not only is she bi-racial, but she is one of the first who has decided to wear her hair natural despite some of the judges stating that she should straighten her hair.

“I am honored to represent California and all of what the Miss Plus American pageant systems stand for, celebrating the inner beauty of each contestant and commitment to our community. With a Latin and African American background, I love that California embraces all. I am an Afro wearing, salsa dancing girl with love for country music, a true diverse Californian!” Freeman said.

Miss Freeman is definitely breaking barriers and providing an inspiring outlet to our youth that if they dream it, they can achieve it by going out there and making things happen. She encourages other young adult mentors to assist youth in finding their passions and bettering their community by finding activities that youth are interested in; such as a dance party, bowling night, skate night, etc., led by a young mentor that they feel comfortable with.

For more information on Lia Freeman and to keep up with her endeavors, please visit www.californiaplusamerica.com or www.facebook.com/MissCAPlusAmerica.