Black Cosmetics Retailer Names First Lady of Cameroon 2005 International Sister of the Year

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Madame Chantal Biya's Leadership on Behalf of AIDS Prevention noted by Makeup4SistersÂ? parent company, The MarieLynn Group, Inc. As the wife of Cameroon President Paul Biya, Mrs. Biya, is influencing positive changes in women's healthcare and education throughout Africa.

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The MarieLynn Group, Inc., parent company of Makeup4Sisters ™,, today announced that the wife of Cameroonian President Paul Biya, the dynamic Chantal Biya, was named as the 2005 International Sister of the Year. The announcement came during the company's recent quarterly board meeting held in Reno, Nevada.

Board member Cozetta Gray Guinn, a renowned expert in African art history and co-owner of the 37-year-old NBARI Art in Los Altos, California, nominated Mrs. Biya. The board unanimously approved the nomination, and Guinn said, "The MarieLynn Group, Inc. is proud to honor Mrs. Biya for her leadership in the fight against AIDS in Africa. Our private search committee recommended First Lady Biya after studying the impact of the Chantal Biya Foundation in Cameroon. Through her courage and determination, Mrs. Biya has succeeded in uniting the wives of other African nation Presidents--women such as herself who have access to power--in the fight against the terrible tragedy of AIDS in Africa. Having lived and worked in different countries throughout Africa, I am intimately aware of the significant impact the changing role of women leaders has had. Mrs. Biya's work and the work of her foundation will help women throughout Africa improve their health and the health of the children for decades."

Marie McMillian, President of The MarieLynn Group, Inc., said that, in selecting Mrs. Biya from a list of 10 women nominees from throughout the world, the Board considered the nominee's visibility on behalf of her primary efforts at the world, national, state or province and community level. "We wanted to choose someone who had not yet been recognized internationally for their role," she said. The board considered one finalist with personal leadership in each of the following key areas:

· increasing literacy among girls and women in developing nations;

· conservation of the earth's natural resources;

· combating the spread of AIDS worldwide;

· preventing teen pregnancy the U.S.;

· promoting higher education excellence in preparing Black, Hispanic or Native American teachers;

· supporting women's entrepreneurship or micro-enterprise in third world nations or economically depressed areas of the U.S.;

· strengthening community response toward gang violence in the U.S.;

· eliminating world hunger;

· decreasing pornographic media involving girls and boys under the age of 21; and

· assisting those at high risk of heart attack, stroke or high blood pressure, by encouraging excellence in medical research, practice or education.

McMillian continued, "We are a small, low-key company, but our customers come from every continent in the world, and regardless of their national origin, they are seeking the same two things in the products they purchase from us: quality and safety. Likewise, we know that the spread of the HIV Virus and AIDS which affects all women—regardless of color, racial heritage or economic station in life—can dramatically alter not only the quality and safety of every aspect of our lives in an instance, but of the lives of our children, as well. We hope that the designation of First Lady Chantal Biya of Cameroon as the first International Sister of the Year will focus international attention not just on AIDS in Africa, but on its devastating effect on women and girls throughout the world, also. If that happens, this award has been effective. After we finalize details with the Director of the Chantal Biya Foundation, we will make the formal presentation of our corporate gift to Mrs. Biya or her diplomatic representatives."

Pati Lynn, Board VP, commented, "Thousands of new AIDS cases are confirmed every day throughout our increasingly interconnected world in Africa and the U.S. We at Makeup4Sisters™ want to provide our wonderful customers an opportunity to help in some small way. AIDS in developing nations is often transmitted because women and children are uneducated about the disease and because they have few options for earning income. Our recent customer survey profiles our online shoppers as middle-class, educated and politically-aware women of faith, with two children. We believe that, as many of these civic-minded women learn more, they will want to do more to help eradicate AIDS. Thus, in addition to the contribution that we will make to the Biya Foundation we will also help our customers contribute to Heifer Project ( which supports education, micro-enterprise, and the elimination of hunger for women and children in 46 countries throughout the world, including the U.S. and Cameroon, via our 'Helping Hearts Project'."

Beginning June 15, patrons at can participate in the "Helping Hearts Project" by checking either Support the Biya Foundation or Support Women's Micro-Enterprise when they purchase the Patti LaBelle "Signature Heart" or, if preferred, any of the Patti LaBelle promotional purses. Each promotion is discounted significantly from its value and has free product included. Five dollars of each sale will be contributed to either of the two charities designated by the customer.

Disbursement of funds will be audited by BKD CPA Firm.

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The nomination period for the 2006 International Sister of the Year opens July 1, 2005. Registered members of The Sisterhood Loyalty Club are invited to submit nominations, and there is no purchase requirement. The nominations will close December 31, 2005, and next year's winner will be announced June, 2006.

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