Black Girlz Media, Inc. P.O. Box 203 Thornton, IL 60476 708-825-0800 info@blackgirlzmedia.com http://www.blackgirlzmedia.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Black Girlz Media Launches News Magazine

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Brand new online and offline publication for girls of color.

American girls, has launched a news magazine to complement its current offering of web properties, business training services, and apparel. With three (3) test market publications already released and every unit sold, the October/November issue of Bahiyah (Swahili for Beautiful) is poised to become the leading print publication for young African-American women. Committed to promoting positive images of African-Americans through a variety of strategies and tactics, Bahiyah features articles from adolescents as well as professionals in the fields of education, business, health, faith, and general interest stories.

As a Christian mother, wife and seasoned veteran of corporate America’s ‘rat race’, Bridgett Hollingsworth recognized the challenges that people and children face every day, especially in adolescence, including: self doubt, academic challenges, changing family dynamics, among others, prompted this mother of four girls and African-American community leader to consider how she could help her own family and the girls in her neighborhood make a successful transition from childhood to adulthood – so began Black Girlz Media.

“We’re an entrepreneur making machine”, laughs founder and publisher Bridgett Hollingsworth. Bridgett, who founded the company in 2001, arrived at the concept as she reflected on the current experiences of her daughters and their peers. As residents of the greater Chicagoland area, Bridgett and her community are all too familiar with the social struggles associated with growing up. A veteran of corporate America, Bridgett knew that she had what it would take to launch and build a successful media company with the ultimate goal of social action. Black Girlz Media is committed to empowering girls and their ‘older sisters’ to achieve great things.

Critical to the ideals and mission of the company is the input and work produced by the girls who participate in the The Bahiyah Training Program, administered by The Bahiyah Group, a subsidiary of Black Girlz Media. Incorporating the tenets of Christian faith and savvy business skills, Bahiyah contributors are the very people who they serve. Participants research, write, photograph, edit, and produce, news stories for their peers. Through its publications, website, training seminars, and a strong faith, this group of motivated women – most young and some a bit more seasoned – are making an important contribution to their community.

One such contribution is apparent in the efforts of budding writer and journalist, Kelaiah Todd. A 9-year old 4th grader, Kelaiah is an aspiring author and illustrator and has made multiple contributions to Bahiyah. This author’s first book titled ‘The Lost Lamb’ was inspired by a kidnapping that Kelaiah could not forget. Her sensitivity and thoughtfulness as a communicator are indeed apparent in her work. Kelaiah is currently penning her second book, Princess Jasmine, which is scheduled for release in 2003. Kelaiah’s success is an important reflection on the support and guidance that she has received from the efforts of The Bahiyah Training Program.

Like the benefits Kelaiah has enjoyed through her partnership with The Bahiyah Training Program, the company has called upon other national and local Chicagoland organizations for support and partnership. Vital to the success and outreach of the mission includes introducing and collaborating with other like-minded groups as well as presenting the opportunity for Bahiyah Training Program participants to learn the importance of community involvement. One such group, Changing Patterns for Families, Inc. working to secure housing for families in transition, makes an unqualified endorsement of the program as Social Service Assistant Director, Bobby Johnson, sends beneficiaries of his organization to The Bahiyah Training Program for training and support.

Another unprecedented partnership has grown from Black Girlz Media’s efforts in its community. Through a joint venture with Lincoln Elementary School (Lincoln and One Church One School) in Dixmoor, Illinois, Black Girlz Media is serving students at Lincoln with instruction in writing development skills to better prepare them for standardized testing, promote effective communication and build participants’ self-esteem. Black Girlz Media is in the process of rolling out this program to other interested schools across the Chicagoland area and the region.

Important validation has come from those involved in the project in hopes of reaching a greater audience with the Black Girlz Media and The Bahiyah Group message. Praise has been consistent and overwhelming from participants of the program, their parents, and members of the media and academia who offer words of encouragement. Vanessa Salami author of The Heart of a Girl is Gods Business, which takes an important look at adolescent development and faith in the African-American community says, “African-American girls are in dire need of adults who are committed to their success…those involved with your organization will impact the lives of African-American girls in a positive, necessary way.”

About Black Girlz Media

Black Girlz Media, Inc. is a company devoted to presenting positive news and information to girls in the African-American community. The company’s mission is to empower African-American girls by presenting positive images of girls and women through its media outlets and training initiatives. The company works to instruct with faith and develop business and life skills that engender the entrepreneurial spirit so vital to success.

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