The Beautiful Woman Inside & Out Tour Arrives In Chicago 10/8

Beautiful Woman Inside and Out Logo( — Are you ready, beautiful? Celebrity health and beauty experts from around the country will headline the “Beautiful Woman Inside and Out” event on Saturday, October 8, 2011 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the InterContinental Chicago hotel, located at 505 North Michigan Avenue on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.

Even better,  fans will receive a registration discount! Just use the code SpecialGuestDiscount for 25% off any registration level.

Hosted by the COSHAR Foundation, the event will offer women some valuable advice on skincare, haircare, beauty, fitness, wellness and fashion. Also, attendees can expect plenty of hands-on demonstrations and lots of giveaways. The “Beautiful Woman Inside and Out” event will address the total woman in a celebratory atmosphere that’s meant to appreciate and empower women to live their best lives!

“Our mission is to inform, educate, empower women to live their best lives,” said event founder Dr. Sharon Allison-Ottey, a nationally-recognized physician, speaker, novelist and health educator. “I wanted to create an event that would bring the nation’s leading experts to the women in a way that is approachable and impactful. Every women is beautiful, and it has little to do with the outside physical appearance. Still, I want to challenge women to focus on the ‘outer’ apperance as well as their ‘inner” self and provide tools for each woman to maximize her own beauty, inside and out, despite society’s idea or standard of beauty.”

The event will also feature nationally-recognized experts who have made great impacts in their respective fields. Just a few of the special guests include:

• Dr. Victoria Holloway Barbosa – one of the country’s top dermatologists, Dr. Barbosa is the former vice president in Research & Development at L’Oreal who built and directed the L’Oréal Institute for Ethnic Hair & Skin Research. She brings a unique set of experiences and talents that bridge the fields of dermatology, science and the cosmetics industry.

• Kym Lee – celebrity makeup artist and lead artist at BET, Lee recently served as the head makeup artist for the hit movie, “Jumping the Broom.”

• Robert Ferguson – known as the “People’s Fat Loss Coach,” Ferguson is a nationally-recognized voice of weight loss through healthy living. He is a motivational speaker and a physical conditioning and nutrition specialist.

From Chicago, “Beautiful Woman Inside and Out” will travel to Atlanta and Los Angeles. A portion of the proceeds from each event will be donated to fight breast cancer and domestic violence. The conference is open to sponsors, vendors and authors.

Registration for this event is required. Ticket prices vary. For more information, visit or call 301 773 4811.

Why Do We Care If Will & Jada Split?

Will and Jada Smith( — Celebrities shouldn’t affect our personal faith in love…right?

When In Touch Weekly recently reported that Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith had allegedly separated, the collective moans could be heard all across Black America, from the shores of Chicago’s South Side to the hills of Washington DC (Howard U. is on a hill. Work with me here, people).

To be fair, In Touch Weekly has erroneously reported on the never-happened marriage of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, the false pregnancies and adoptions of Jennifer Anniston and many other celebrity rumors that have been proven false. It is and always shall be a tabloid. However, just the idea of a Will and Jada break up forces us to look at the reasons behind our attachment to the couple. People who have never, ever, ever meet the golden pair seemed as shocked and saddened at the news as they would be about the split of some folks from their real, actual lives.

How Many Other Famous Black Couples Do We Really See?

The media rarely places Black couples in the spotlight. Will has remarked remarked himself that he is often paired with non-Black women in films because Hollywood seems to believe that audiences will disregard a film starring him with a Black leading lady as a “Black movie” (which is funny, because he had a Black woman in Independence Day and Enemy Of The State, but whatever).

We don’t have many television shows these days about successful Black relationships and most of our films are too wrought with shuck-n-jive or romantic tragedies to provide balanced examples of today’s Black relationships.

Thus, we have this small handful of famous lovebirds that we love to highlight. The hierarchy of Important Black Couples goes something like this: Barack and Michele, Ozzie and Ruby, Cliff and Claire, Will and Jada, Jay-Z and Beyonce. Note that one of the top five are indeed a fictional couple from a TV show but we love as if they were real.

Many of us have shining examples of Black love in our communities and even our homes, but these folks belong to all of us. I don’t know your pastor and his lovely first lady, you don’t know my homegirl Raven’s parents who’ve been holding each other down since way back, but we all know Will and Jada of the multiple Essence covers, adorable children and seemingly solid bond.

We Just Can’t Resist That Bond…

The bond. Beyond simply being together for thirteen years and being famous, how absolutely in love did these two seem when they were spotted in public? Sure, they are actors, but if this entire romance was simply exaggerated for branding purposes…then both of them deserve Oscars. Who doesn’t feel inspired when they look at two people who appear to genuinely adore, desire, support and love one another?

Few of us have attained the sort of professional success that the Smith family has, but we can certainly aspire to that level of connection.

Celebrity or Not, Love Does Exist

If the Pinkett-Smith relationship inspired you before, don’t take a rumored break-up as evidence that Black love isn’t real or that no couple can make it. Let their problems be their personal business and try to remember the good times – both yours and theirs.

PS: We’ll always have Cliff and Claire.

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