During the last week of Black History Month, Melanie Fiona spoke to a group of young minority girls at Lawndale High School in Los Angeles for an event that was titled “Dear Future Me” created by The Ladies Lounge, a non-profit women’s empowerment organization based in Huntsville, AL and Los Angeles, CA. The desire of The Ladies Lounge is to become an empowerment movement for women across the country. The group hopes to accomplish this by fostering growth and development, providing empowering events and seminars catering to the needs and desires of women, creating outreach opportunities to give back to women and young girls and build lasting partnerships with other empowered women in business. The girls who attended the event were hand-picked because of challenges they were experiencing at home.
During her speech, Melanie shared her personal journey and gave a candid testimonial on success and how these young women can grow up to be whatever they want as long as they work hard. She also shared stories of how men in the industry wanted her to become more sexual and change her appearance which was deal breaker for the artist. The girls who attended the event were given Empowerment Kits provided by The Ladies Lounge that included a notepad and beauty essentials. The idea was for them to write their goals down, attain each goal eliminating each one as they are realized and look good while doing it!
There are many celebrities who speak on women empowerment but it’s refreshing when we actually see them doing things in the community to help give back, especially to our youth. The charity event was a part of the latest installment of our popular Moms on the Move series sponsored by McDonald’s. While spending a day with Melanie Fiona, in addition to the charity event, we were able to capture her doing a “Mommy Me” workout session with adorable son Cameron and a studio session with Super Producer Andre Harris. The full Moms on the Move episode will be available on MadameNoire on March 9th. Be sure to follow Melanie on social media to stay updated on her third album, and follow the Ladies Lounge if you’re interested in donating to the organization.