amy dubois barnett

Amy Dubois Barnett

*West Hollywood, CA – For most women, Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate that powerful bond between a mother and her daughter. But for those who have lost their mother, it can bring up painful feelings of loss. The first annual Forever Daughters (www.foreverdaughters.org) luncheon is dedicated to support and inspire women who would otherwise experience a motherless Mother’s Day. “A Call of Remembrance” is set to take place on Saturday, May 10, from 11 am – 2 pm at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel. The luncheon will feature keynote speaker Amy DuBois Barnett, former Editor-in-Chief of Ebony Magazine and author of Get Yours! How to Have Everything You Dreamed of and More. It will be hosted by Pam Alster, motherless daughter and author of Amazon Bestselling Novel, Robin’s Blue. Each guest will receive a Forever Daughters signature necklace, and their mother’s name will be acknowledged. Ms. Barnett shares, “I feel very fortunate in that mother functioned as my mentor. Not only was she an amazing mother, but she was a very accomplished woman — the first African-American woman to ever run a major mainstream university in the country.  I lost her when I was 22 years old, and her death inspired a profound life change. I will be talking about that–and about the ‘Get Yours’ philosophy that I developed in the wake of her death. That philosophy shaped me and has been a huge part of my success today; therefore, it was mother’s final gift to me.” Joresa Blount, actress and Forever Daughters founder, says “This luncheon is to support any woman who has lost her mom – no matter what the age or reason. We’re here to recognize that Mother’s Day is for the motherless too.” Blount started the non-profit in January, 2014. Having recently lost her own mother, she was inspired by the support she received from other women in helping her overcome her grief. Blount recalls, “I had several women who had lost their mothers reach out to me. During my first few months without my mom, these women would talk to me about how to cope and keep going. They even checked on me during the holidays when it can be especially hard. I wanted to create a resource for women who need that kind of support, but may not necessarily have access to it in their personal lives.” Forever Daughters matches motherless daughters with childless women, or women who have decided not to have more children, who provide guidance and encouragement. Programs are in place to help women cope with their grief and put them on a path to reach their goals. The “Heal2Thrive” workshop focuses on topics such as “Healing”, “Self-esteem, “Womanhood without Mom,” “Career Development,” and “Health Awareness.” Blount stresses that the organization is for women of any age and demographic who have experienced the loss or absence of her mother. “Losing a mother can be devastating to any woman, regardless of her age, demographic, or situation,” says Blount. “Our mission is to help these women get back on track, and encourage them to go beyond coping to healing, to empower them to live their best lives.” Tickets for the 1st Annual Forever Daughter’s luncheon, A Call of Remembrance, are available on www.foreverdaughters.eventbrite.com About Forever Daughters – Forever Daughters provides year-round mentorships for young adults matched with childless women or women who have decided not to have more children, but wish to give guidance and encouragement. The organization also provides “Heal2Thrive” workshops, focusing on Healing, Self-Esteem, Womanhood without Mom, Career Development, and Health Awareness. For more information, visit www.foreverdaugthers.org About Joresa Blount – Joresa Blount is an actress and TV host whose credits include I Married a Mobster, Unusual Suspects, and Dating Savannah Love. She is a native of North Carolina and graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill; an only college graduate in her family. Shortly after receiving her degree in Communications and Creative Writing, she moved to New York to pursue a career in journalism.  In just a few weeks, she decided that a career in entertainment was her passion and found herself in the off-broadway circuit, where she won the Audelco award for her role of Dussie Mae in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. In April 2012, Joresa lost her mother and was inspired to do something to honor her life.  Later that same year during Hurricane Sandy, she moved to Los Angeles which was something she knew her mother would want for her.  The west coast quickly felt like home and she began to revisit creating a way to express her gratitude for her mother’s influence on her life.  With much thought and encouragement from close friends, she began to lay the foundation for Forever Daughters where women young to adult could get support from other motherless daughters and be empowered. About Amy DuBois Barnett – Amy DuBois Barnett (www.amyduboisbarnett.com) is an award-winning print and online media executive, writer and motivator. She is former Editor-in-Chief for Ebony Magazine, Adjunct Professor at Kellogg School of Management, and the author of an empowering advice book for women, Get Yours! How To Have Everything You Ever Dreamed Of And More (Doubleday/Broadway Books, 2007). Prior to Ebony Magazine, Ms. Barnett was Managing Editor of Harper’s Bazaar and Teen People, where she became the first African-American woman in the country to head a mainstream consumer magazine. Barnett has appeared weekly as an on-air correspondent for CNN’s American Morning and has been featured on many national television shows including The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, The Katie Show, Nightline, and on various programs on VH1, MTV and BET. About Pam Alster – Pam Alster (www.pamalster.com) is the author of Amazon Bestselling Novel Robin’s Blue, a 2013 Kindle Book Review Finalist for Literary Fiction and 2013 USA Best Book Award in the categories of Women’s Literature and Chick-Lit. She began her professional writing career doing sketch for Gotham City Improv. After several years of writing and performing improv and stand-up comedy, she wrote and performed in the critically acclaimed plays Shop Bloomingdales, Find Mother and Millenium’s Eve. Both were workshopped, staged and performed in L.A., at the HBO Workspace, and as part of the Aspen Comedy and Montreal Just For Laughs Festivals. Pam also co-created and penned the pilot for Lifetime’s The Three of Us. She completed UCLA Master Novel Workshop, a highly competitive nine-month program that accepts only eight students’ first drafts per year and graduated from their Creative Writing Fiction Program in 2010. Pam was abandoned by her mother at the age of 4, which inspired Shop Bloomingdales, Find Mother.  Find her on Facebook and Twitter @plexigirl. Robin’s Blue is currently available in Paperback and on Kindle from Amazon.   source: Livia Squires Squires Public Relations [email protected]