The 2014 ESSENCE College Tour came to Spelman College on Friday, October 17 during the school’s annual homecoming and brought along Pretty Girl Sweat to host a series of interactive workouts for students and alum.
The day began with hundreds of Spelman and Morehouse alumni stopping by Market Friday at Manley Center to shop from local vendors, participate in an Ultra Sheen model search, get tips from ESSENCE Beauty Editor Denna Campbell, and score the latest Ultra Sheen hair products. At the same time, Pretty Girls Sweat, a fitness movement that motivates young women to live active lifestyles, hosted some cool sweat sessions such as Boom Shock led by Stephanie Jones and Hip Hop Zumba instructed by Brittany Inge.
Special guests, including gospel singer Adia, emerging artist KING and world-renowned Olympic track star Monica Hargrove, danced and jumped double dutch with dozens of enthusiastic Spelmanites to prove that fitness can be fun.
The all over message of healthy living and wellness were well received by not only the students but by administration and faculty as well. As the day waned and the event ended, people were still buzzing about how much fun they had at Market Friday and the need for more collaborations with Pretty Girls Sweat at Spelman College.
Pretty Girls Sweat's next stop on the Essence College Tour was at Hampton University in Hampton, VA. Take a look!
Teen Diaries Foundation Inc. is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring aspiring journalists and providing positive, online content for young women who enjoy hip hop and pop culture. The direct service includes Pretty Girls Sweat fitness programs focused on motivating young women to live active lifestyles, participate in organized sports, and support the fight against childhood obesity as well as a mentoring portion dedicated to linking young girls with professional women who work in the entertainment industry. The Pretty Girls Sweat (PGS) Ambassador program gives college students the opportunity to encourage their peers to stay fit by giving them a platform to create and publish inspirational social media content and host on-campus fitness gatherings. Check out a short video below that explains the popular program. In addition, the Teen Reporter Program provides hands on and e-mentoring to high school and college age students interested in pursuing careers in journalism (such as online media, radio, TV, newspaper, and magazines) and annual college scholarships to 16 carefully selected reporters. For more information on how you can empower teen girls through career development and fitness click here.
Stephanie Jones cranked up her own personal volume and entered her first professional body-building competition in 2003. And that was just the start. When First Lady Michelle Obama said "The physical and emotional health of an entire generation and the economic health and security of our nation is at stake. This isn't the kind of problem that can be solved overnight, but with everyone working together, it can be solved. So, let's move," Stephanie quickly took note and formulated her one-of-a-kind business model and fitness phenomenon Boom Shock Fitness, designed to help increase the heart rate, burn calories, sculpt muscles, increase endurance, and encourages a healthier way of living through good eating habits and regular exercise.
Brittany Inge is a creative, dynamic and versatile artist who was born to perform. She is a gifted vocalist, actress and songwriter. A native of Laurel, MD, currently residing in Atlanta, GA, she has done work onscreen, on stage and behind the scenes. Brittany has been singing all of her life and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Spelman College, in Atlanta, GA. During her time at Spelman, she had the opportunity to sing for and with legendary musical artists like Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Holiday, Stevie Wonder and Ann Nesby. She was an active member of the Spelman College Glee Club and served as the glee club’s president in her senior year. At her graduation, Brittany had the honor of singing as a soloist for her commencement speaker, First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. In November 2012, Brittany earned her certification to become a Zumba fitness instructor. She has taught Zumba classes at several fitness studios around and within the Atlanta area; she currently teaches at Glitter’s Fitness Club, Spelman College and The Riverside EpiCenter. Brittany is committed to helping people achieve their fitness goals with Zumba and their wellness goals as an Independent Distributor of Herbalife. However, music remains her first love. She is currently recording her first EP, titled "Private Property". Brittany is consistently auditioning for more film, television and stage work. She has just completed a short film script, “Shave”, to be shot in the summer of 2014. She is also currently developing an original script for the stage: “Confessions of a Naturalista”.
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Photo Credit: Clarissa Brooks and Maricia Josephs