Over the weekend I had the opportunity to experience a little girl power thanks to Pretty Girl Problems’ First Annual Mother Daughter Retreat with keynote speaker KeKe Palmer alongside her mother Sharon Palmer. KeKe Palmer is a prolific voice for young women and men today; as a talk show host, accomplished actress, and singer KeKe has used her platform to bring about awareness on issues that are relevant to millennials today. I was honored to be invited and attend the retreat because I have been a long supporter of Pretty Girl Problems a pretty charitable organization under the leadership of Chivon Ferguson that helps both women and girls pursue prettiness. So many people view being pretty as a conversation of vanity but it’s truly a lifestyle of pursuing wholesomeness, wellness, and charity. Chivon was full of excitement as she presented her first annual day of oasis that celebrates the relationship between pretty mommies and their pretty girls.
The event was held at the Mansour Center in Marietta, Georgia a suburb of Atlanta. The all day retreat was truly a treat; we were invited to come early have breakfast, mingle, and enjoy the sounds of the pretty dj that powered the entire day. Mothers and Daughters alike got the opportunity to network and make new friends. It’s always nice to meet new friends who have common interest be it natural hair care or the latest dance (I got the chance to learn how to do the WAVE & NAE NAE). Before attending the event I thought the day would be all about sitting through seminars and taking notes. Pretty Girl Problems had us up and moving, thinking, questioning, and snaking on tasty food. The mothers and daughters were broken up into two different groups and each got the chance to embrace the ideal of prettiness and fun. Chivon created Pretty Girl Problems to help women and girls resolve self-esteem, do tons of community service, and help one pretty girl at a time. Chivon shared that it was truly GOD that helped her create her organization and put so many awesome people like KeKe Palmer and her mother Sharon in her path. Earlier this year Chvion got the chance to connect with the Palmers while touring the country promoting the highly successful “Brotherly Love” that KeKe starred in alongside Cory Hardrict, Lil Romeo, and Quincy Brown. Chivon shared her passion about working with women and girls and her dream to host a Mother/Daughter Retreat in 2015 the the mother daughter duo. The Palmers were so impressed with Chivon’s mission that they agreed to help Pretty Girl Problems and the rest is history.
KeKe Palmer is one busy pretty girl balancing movies, tv, music, and her various out reach projects but she cleared her calendar to speak at the retreat. The guests were truly thrilled to hear and connect with the starlet. KeKe shared candidly with the audience about her road to success. She said that her mother was her biggest fan and helped propel her into stardom. KeKe urged the young women hanging on to her every word to listen and show their mothers respect at all times. She suggested that each girl has the opportunity to embrace her standard of success. She told them to be inquisitive and never ever give up. She shared examples from her life including ageism, sexism, and colorism as things that could hamper her drive but SHE CHOOSES TO KEEP PURSUING her dreams despite those challenges. She told the girls not to let life challenges hamper their dreams. As I sat and listened to KeKe passionately share with the girls; I felt totally inspired to continue chasing my dreams. It is so easy to fall victim to challenges; anything worth having is going to be a challenge.
KeKe and Sharon Palmer were the keynote speakers of the day but the Retreat had many dynamic speakers. Brandi Harvey spoke to the girls about pursuing their dreams. The daughter of legendary Steve Harvey is a powerful voice in the world of education, advocacy, and women empowerment. I have had the opportunity to see Brandi speak multiple times and she is truly dynamic. Brandi was able to connect with the young women ranging in age from 5-17 on issues of self-esteem and dream chasing. Brandi told the girls in simple language that they can have the life that they want and deserve if they can envision it. The girls got it and really enjoyed themselves.
I also had the opportunity to meet the founder of The White Dress Project, Tanika Gray Valbrun who hosted a workshop on 10 tips on developing healthy and happy daughters. Tanika an advocate for women and the steam behind the uterine fibroid advocacy campaign that’s taking root all over the country is truly an inspiring voice. As a survivor of uterine fibroids; I could not help but introduce myself and tell her how important her work is to me and women suffering in silence. Tanika challenged the mothers to support their daughters and continue to hold on to their dreams too.
You can’t have a pretty girl event without some PRETTY DAPPER SUPPORT. Actor Matt Cook from Tyler Perry’s “For Better or Worse” came out to show his support of pretty mothers and their pretty daughters. The charming actor was a pleasant surprise for all the mommies. I made sure to get over and introduce myself too!
The day was truly inspiring and fun. It’s good to connect with pretty girls doing PRETTY THINGS. I invite you to check out Pretty Girl Problems a pretty charitable organization that’s doing so much pretty!
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