Atlanta Celebrates the Black Girl

27 Jul

Colored girl. Negro girl. High-yellow girl. Chocolate girl. Caramel girl. Natural girl. Sistah girl. Light skinned girl. Dark skinned girl.  Brown skinned girl. Black girl.  She goes by many names yet, it seems, her plight is relatively the same no matter where her place in the community lies. She is so often born wedged between a rock and a hard place. Her hair too curly. Her hips too wide. Her thighs too big. Her breast too ample. Her skin too light, or too dark. Her family too complicated.  Her sex too coveted. Her mind too sharp. Her legacy too important. Her diamond too rough. Her love too powerful. She is beautifully shaped and molded by life and its experiences like no other woman. 

 Filmmaker, black girl, and Super Hussy Media Founder, Aiesha Turman, documented black girls from every background to answer the question “Who are you?” in the film The Black Girl Project (www.blackgirlproject.com).  The film portrays the black girl as a complex being—delicately balancing the stamp the world has placed on her forehead with the inner workings of her core self.  The film has (and continues) to spark healthy dialogue between black girls, men and women of all ages.

 “It’s always been my goal to go beyond the borders of my immediate community with The Black Girl Project,” Aiesha Turman stated. “I have high hopes in sparking inter and intra-generational conversations with Black women and girls throughout the nation, and eventually the world. As with our screenings in Washington,DC, Detroitand, Phoenix, Atlanta is another wonderful step in that direction.”

 The Black Girl Project has toured all over the country, and the latest stop will fall in a city known for housing a wide spectrum of black girls and women.  On Friday, August 5, 2011 at 7pm, Sisters of Today & Tomorrow (SOT) in conjunction with Auburn Avenue Research Library (AARL) on African American Culture & History (101 Auburn Avenue,Atlanta,Georgia  30301) will present the film documentary.  The event is free and open to the public.

 “When the Black Girl Project was brought to my attention, I thought this would be a wonderful film to bring to the mothers and members of Sisters of Today & Tomorrow as well as the Atlanta Community at-large,” stated Carla  Morrison, Founder/Executive Director Sisters of Today & Tomorrow.

 The event will begin at 5pm with a cocktail reception, celebrating the film’s arrival toAtlantafollowed by the screening of the hour long film.  A director’s “talk back” and Q&A session focusing on the central themes of the film will follow.  It will be a wonderful way to spend a meaningful evening with daughters, nieces, aunts, mothers, friends, and sisters while helping to spread the word about a worthy cause, The Black Girl Project.

For more information, contact Auburn Avenue Research Library at (404) 730-4001, Ext. 100 or Chit Chat Communications at (404) 319-2130 or email: chitchatcommunications@hotmail.com

 Sisters of Today & Tomorrow” (SOT) a 501C(3) nonprofit organization, was founded by Carla Morrison and is a direct result of community programs Chit Chat communications’ (CCC) community division “C. Morrison Presents…” has produced since 2003. The organization is reputable acrossAmericafor its sincere need to help women and children.  The company has produced over 25 community programs, promoting higher education, entrepreneurship, self esteem, health & fitness and personal development, impacting over 5,000 youth and adults, receiving favorable media exposure nation-wide. 
 
 The official launch of Sisters of Today & Tomorrow took place Wednesday, October 1, 2008, establishing itself as a leading grassroots organization with global connections.
 
 Sisters of Today & Tomorrow’s goal is to teach girls how to become self assured, polite, productive, goal oriented, health conscious, community driven, well rounded business savvy young leaders/ladies and women.
 For more information log onto: www.sistersoftodayandtomorrow.org
 
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The Black Girl Project aims to address the challenges girls face in their daily lives, in addition to helping girls build a strong sense of self, develop healthy relationships and take care of their bodies and minds. Black women and girls are under siege within their own communities and society at large. Not only are they more likely to contract HIV/AIDS, and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), they are at high risk for physical and sexual assault, and death from curable/manageable ailments such as diabetes, obesity and hypertension. In addition, they are more likely to be living at or below the poverty line.
 
The Black Girl Project addresses the critical worldwide problem of low self-esteem, lack of education, poverty rates and issues specific to black adolescent and pre-adolescent girls regardless of ethnicity. The Black Girl Project is designed to foster positive self-esteem, critical thinking, leadership, academic achievement, community service and entrepreneurial skills among girls, ages 8 to 17, in theUnited States, theCaribbean, South America, Africa,Europe— wherever there are black girls in need.  
 
For more information visit: www.blackgirlproject.org
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