WEEN PROJECT REALism



The Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN) hosted PROJECT REALism over the summer to discuss the issues of reality TV.  The standing-room only event featured an interactive panel discussion with their favorite stars on the impact of reality TV on young women. Participants included: WEEN co-founders Valeisha Butterfield – Jones, Kristi Henderson, Lauren Lake and Sabrina Thompson, also the runner-up on CBS’ Survivor, celebrity host Amanda Seales, Emily B, Mashonda, Somaya Reece and Yandy Smith, all formerly of Vh1’s Love and Hip Hop, Adrienne Bailon of the Style Network’s Empire Girls, Andrea Kelly of Vh1’s Hollywood Exes, Meeka Claxton formerly of Vh1’s Basketball Wives, anti-domestic violence activist Sil Lai Abrams, and psychologist/author Dr. Michelle Callahan. Amanda Seales former Amanda Diva served as host. 
 
Ratings were identified as the primary reason for the continued imbalance on reality television with regard to how women of color are portrayed among other environmental and cultural factors.  WEEN announced clear action items and next steps, including: each person in attendance to join weenonline.org, to sign-up to mentor at least one young lady, and to commit to joining WEEN’s future PROJECT REALism programs to empower young girls.  The mentorship programs are ongoing and an opportunity for WEEN members to get involved. In addition, WEEN announced upcoming television and online programming with more balanced content currently in development and attendees were asked to stay tuned, get involved and support.

 

 

 

Happy Flying,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

~Solo Dove~

About the Author

Sandra Florent is the entertainment and non-profit publicist behind Solo Dove Public Relations. Based in New Jersey Solo Dove Public Relations provides personalized publicity, public relations, consulting, and event planning services to clients in their area of expertise. Sandra is also a media enthusiast and hard-core networker. You can also follow her on Twitter.com/solodovepr, Instagram: solodove and Tumblr: solodovepr.tumblr.com

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