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Outstanding Mature Girls hold conference
Outstanding Mature Girlz, in collaboration with LACE Institute, held its third annual OMG Conference May 30 at Southern University’s Student Union Cotillion Ballroom.
International HIV/AIDS activist Hydeia Broadbent told about being diagnosed with HIV at age 5, the trials she encountered as a youth and where she is now.
She encouraged the girls to make responsible choices. Actress Jurnee Smollet, an HIV activist, also participated in the program.
Public Service Commissioner Lambert C. Boissiere welcomed those attending the conference. Outstanding Mature Girlz Executive Director Sashika Baunchand shared what it means to be an outstanding mature girl. The event included performances from Winter Dance Company, CeCe from TheCeCeShow.com, Dr. Rani Whitfield — the “Hip Hop Doc” — and Love ’n Pain.
Other program participants included Louisiana Office of Public Health Region 2 Director Eugene Collins and the GO YE Ministry, attorney Kimberly Thomas facilitated the entrepreneurship and leadership session. Baunchand spoke of the importance of knowing your HIV status.
AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s mobile testing unit was on site, with Cody Walker and Lisa Rayfordprovided free HIV testing.
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