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August 5, 2013


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August 5, 2013


Grammy Award winner Chilli partnered with fitness empire Beachbody® to host summer camp dedicated to improving self-esteem


(Atlanta, GA) Chilli of the acclaimed group TLC, hosted her 2nd Annual Chilli’s Crew summer camp for teenage girls August 1-4th in Atlanta, GA. The 4-day/3-night camp hosted twenty girls from various states across the country and was held on the campus of Emory University. Chilli’s Crew is open to girls ages 13-17, and was designed to nurture their self-esteem through self-empowerment and enrichment activities.

It was important for Chilli to keep the numbers small so that the girls are able to have a truly memorable experience. “I want all my Chilli’s Crew girls to know they are beautiful, smart, talented and amazing. I love all of them and I’ll always be here for them”, she says.

The weekend adventure kicked off with the select 20 girls arriving to the campus, getting acquainted with their counselors and roommates, and receiving a college tour. Esrom Quarterman of Esquire Media started the afternoon off with a team building workshop teaching the girls how to work together as a team. Later, Christal Jordan, Executive Director for Chilli’s Crew, conducted her workshop, “My Vision, My Future”, in which the girls created life maps that featured their future goals and plans. The ladies later enjoyed a movie night and popcorn to end their first day.

The second day brought a day full of workshops that were designed to encourage, develop, discover and create lasting impressions on the young ladies. Thelma Mbaezue-Daniel of Black Celebrity Giving got the day started with her workshop “BCG Reporting LIVE from Chilli’s Crew” in which she gave the ladies some insight on what it’s like to be a reporter as well as being interviewed. Later, she held an open, emotional group discussion on the effects of social media and bullying on the lives of teenagers. Dr. Tosha Rogers, Celebrity OB/GYN, held her candid discussion “Body Talk” that allowed the young ladies to be open, honest and ask questions about their growing and developing bodies. Celebrity blogger, Tami Reed of Talking with Tami came by to give insight on “The Life of a Blogpreneur”. Tami discussed how she obtained her job in the blogging industry, told her funny celebrity encounters, and even brought some nice gifts for the girls. Desiree Lee of I Am Desiree Lee, LLC, an inspirational and motivational speaker came through to discuss how “10 Minutes of Thinking Will Save You 10 Minutes of Your Life Out of Prison”. Desiree made sure the girls understood how the choices they make can affect their future. The day came to an end as Josh Ventura, professional dancer and actor, came in to teach the girls a dance that infused new school and old school Hip-Hop.

Saturday presented itself with a busy day. The girls received a morning workout with professional athletic trainer Lou George Jr. of F.A.S.T.E.R. Sports Performance who also explained to them the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. The EDIT_MG_9892girls freshened up and enjoyed a nutritious lunch provided by Whole Foods- Briarcliff. The day continued on as the girls then received professional mini makeovers from celebrity makeup artist Day Hill. Day accented the girls’ natural beauty and prepared them for their photo shoot by professional celebrity photographer Calvin Evans. Calvin gave the girls experience of what it’s like to be on the set of a professional photo shoot as he shot photos and video of the girls explaining what makes them beautiful in their custom Chilli’s Crew t-shirts. Julian Lark, Editor of Kontrol Magazine, was on hand to coach the girls through their photo shoot and even brought pictures of boy group sensation Mindless Behavior and Logan Browning of “Hit the Floor”. Julian also shocked the girls with a phone call from teen R&B heartthrob, Jacob Latimore, who called in to say hello.

Chilli came through and surprised the girls in the middle of their down time of dancing. She sat down with them and answered questions they had for her, took photos, and did some role playing scenarios with them. A healthy dinner was provided once again by Whole Foods- Briarcliff and the girls got ready for V-103 Radio Personality Big Tigger who conducted a segment of “Ask a Guy”. Chilli asked Big Tigger a round of questions that the girls had about dating and what guys are really thinking when it comes to girls. The day ended with a trip to Yogli Mogli in Emory Village who hosted the Karaoke and frozen yogurt night. The girls took turns getting up and performing some of their favorite hit songs. The following morning the girls received departing gift bags with a custom made bracelet, workout DVD and nail polish and exchanged contact information, took photos and said their goodbyes as their parents arrived.

The Chilli’s Crew Summer Camp was a major success as the young ladies took away some life lessons. The weekend wouldn’t have been possible without the help of our host sponsor Thank you to Rolling Out Magazine for providing magazines and t-shirts, Love U Apparel for providing custom made Chilli’s Crew t-shirts and DollCirca1930 for the custom made “love yourself” bracelets. Many thanks to Whole Foods- Briarcliff, Yogli Mogli- Emory Village, Black Girls Workout Too, Dasani, Nicole by OPI, Skin Liqueur and Regal Tara Cinemas. Thank you to all the mentors who donated their time and skills to give the ladies a memorable weekend and to Emory University for hosting the camp.

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