Young, Fabulous and Female in New York

Hundreds of black women attended a lively discussion on career advice led by news host Tamron Hall.

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Carter also explained how she turned a setback on its head. A few years back, she wanted to run for a City Council seat in the Bronx but soon learned how "dirty" politics can be. "There are much bigger things I could work," said Carter, who worked creatively to effect change in other ways. Now she points to her many awards, including a Peabody for her public radio show, as vindication.

"I love that kind of failure," she said.

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Young, Fabulous and Female NYC: PHOTOS

Check out photos from our women's empowerment affair, featuring Tamron Hall, Majora Carter and more.