I left the county of my home early in the morning to head into Baltimore City, where we all left for a great, long ride all the way to New Carrollton, Maryland. The girls were entertaining during the trip! :)
The attendees of the conference, which included girls from ages 9-17, had the opportunity to listen to two outstanding motivational speakers: Dr. Lonise Bias and Tanya Blount.
Dr. Bias was thrust into the personnel and community development arena after the deaths of her two sons. Len Bias, the University of Maryland Basketball player died on June 19, 1986 of cocaine intoxication, two days after being drafted by the Boston Celtics. Jay Bias was the victim of a drive by shooting at a shopping mall in December of 1990. These two tragic deaths forged her commitment to reclaim the community. There will be beauty for ashes, believing in the redemptive and transforming power of love. Hope is not extinct! "The Best Is Yet To Come, for community, youth, family, and our schools."
Tanya Blount is originally from Maryland. She toured with the Morgan State University choir and even sang for Stevie Wonder in California. She released her first CD Natural Thing which topped the Billboard Music charts at #20. SHe later went on to star in the blockbuster hit Sister Act 2 featuring Whoopi Goldberg. She is best known for her duet singing His Eyes on the Sparrow with Lauryn Hill. Tanya is songwriter as well and most recently wrote for Tyler Perry's -Family that Preys.
Queendom T.E.A. queens and other participants are pictured with Tanya Blount.
The girls then attended various workshops on topics that included Self Esteem, Positive Self-Love and Care, Wellness and more including discussions on Peer Pressure, Teen Pregnancy Prevention, and other aspects of a young ladies life. The queens learned some things that I asked me to bring back to the girls in Queendom T.E.A. at school--they even stepped up to lead it!
During my workshop, "BELIEVE You Can Achieve--Preparing and Planning for Success," the queens were my "helpers", assisting me with 80+ girls throughout my workshop.
This was such an inspiring day! They were very appreciative of being able to attend the conference. I was glad to spend the day with them!