Phenomenal Women

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Among the women who came out to our Young, Fabulous and Female evening of moderated discussion and networking over cocktails were  (from left) model and fashion designer Lois Samuels; author and columnist Harriette Cole; The DL Hughley Morning Show co-host Jacque Reid; The Root publisher Donna Byrd; and deputy editor of The Root Sheryl Huggins Salomon.

Jacque Reid

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Moderator Jacque Reid stressed how important it is for successful black women those who are just starting out — and how important it is for young women to watch and learn.

Edwina Findley

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Actress Edwina Findley, from the HBO series Treme and The Wire, shared how faith has helped her throughout her career.

Lois Samuels

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Model and fashion designer Lois Samuels shared her personal experiences as a black woman in the fashion industry, including the pressure she faced — and resisted — to further negative stereotypes of black women while modeling.

Positive Advice

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Newsweek's Raina Kelley stressed the importance of staying true to yourself and not letting anyone else define you.

Tracey Ferguson

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Tracey Ferguson, editor-in-chief of Jones Magazine and star of Centric TV's Reality Show Keeping up with the Joneses, shared how she has dealt with career obstacles and succeeded despite the lack of a black female mentor.

Insightful Discussion

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From left: Panelists Edwina Findley, Harriette Cole, Raina Kelley, Jacque Reid and Tracey Ferguson delved deeper into the discusssion about the challenges and opportunities that black women.

Mix and Mingle

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Attendees stayed for a cocktail reception following the panel, where they got the opportunity to mix and mingle with some of the panelists. From left: Edtricia Brown, Andrea Robinson, Lendonna Thomas, Tula Richards, Leah Clarke, and Faye Brown.

Jennifer Williams

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Jennifer Williams of VH1's reality show Basketball Wives and her stylist Nia Crook made an appearance.

Gals' Night

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These fabulous young ladies came out that night to share insights and have fun. From left: Jovian Irvin, Talisha White, Shelby Stone-Steel, Grace Manning, Naiomi Manning, Amber Morce, and KaDarra Lowe.

Inspirational Message

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Ashley Hogan and Georgia Dawkins left inspirational messages on a Pepsi We Inspire scribble board.

Beautiful Evening

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The event united successful and ambitious women from all walks of life. From left: Bettina Lee, Charles Murrell, Nneka Fritz, Tanya Hughes and Monique Myles.

The YFF

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The evening's theme in action: Domonique Colds and The Root's editorial intern Brandee Sanders.

Words of Wisdom

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Lauren Craig received some useful advice from panelist Tracey Ferguson.

A Night to Remember

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From left: Panelist Lois Samuels, catching up with The Root's Michael Clark and Laurielle Clark.

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