.@ProjectEmbrace | Lekia Lée – Inspirational YOU – Saturday 25th March 2017

Lekia Lée

Former Journalist, Natural hair mentor, beauty advocate

Founder of Project Embrace

Saturday 25th March 2017

What does natural mean in 2017? – A natural hair and wellbeing discussion

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Lekia Lée, a former broadcast journalist, natural hair mentor, beauty advocate and positive image activist, is the founder of Project Embrace, a social enterprise creating and promoting positive images of Afro textured hair with their newly-launched billboard campaign. Her company also organises empowerment workshops for mothers and daughters to inspire unconditional self-love and to teach practical ways to care for natural afro textured hair. Their ‘emPOWERDRESSING’  range feature Tshirts and other merchandise with positive affirmation slogans.

Project Embrace by challenging the narrow perception of beautiful hair, aims to encourage diversity in the beauty and fashion industry and society in general.

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According to Lekia, research has shown that dissatisfaction with personal looks is linked to unhealthy wellbeing and low self-esteem; “hence her strapline – I am Enough. She says: “I hope to encourage women and girls to use their beauty as a source of empowerment and not a source of anxiety. When you feel empowered you can achieve anything. It is all about demanding equality and the right to express your authentic beauty.  The problem is not that we appreciate beauty, but that the definition of beauty is narrow.”

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Pop Up Market, Debate and Live acoustic evening – Sat. 25th March 2017

Inspirational YOU, The Village, weareunEdited and Motherhood Reconstructed

Presents

International Women’s Month & Pre-Mothers Day

 Pop Up Market, Debate and Live acoustic evening

Saturday 25th March 2017

2.00pm – 9.00pm

Join independent female makers and designers who are selling:

Clothing | Jewellery | Accessories | Arts | Natural skincare and beauty | Homeware | Books

Music on rotation by

Ace of Jacks

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Our pop up shop is an opportunity for you to experience high quality goods from independent brands.

4.00pm – 5.30pm (Booking required)

Natural hair and wellbeing debate hosted by Motherhood ReConstructed

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Speakers:

 

Panel:

Be Manzini – Poet, Writer, Film maker and Spoken word artist

Be Manzini, award winning writer and creative producer. Be has donned natural hair he whole life and as every hairstyle for natural hair known to the African continent! She is passionate about promoting a positive Black identities which is no surprise as her family were freedom fighters that assisted in the decolonisation of Rhodesia making way for Zimbabwe.

Imriel Morgan – Co-Founder & CEO of the ShoutOUT Network & co-host of the Melanin Millennial’s podcast

Imriel Morgan, co-founder and CEO of The ShoutOut Network and co-host of the Melanin Millennials podcast. Melanin Millenials is one of the best podcasts full stop, if you have not listened.. where have you been. Imriel and her co-host Satia have topical debates centred on the Black British experience and have recently started live shows which are super lit! Imriel is known for her undiluted commentary and quick wit.

Lekia Lée – Former Journalist, natural hair mentor, beauty advocate & Founder of Project Embrace

Leika Lee, former journalist, natural hair mentor, positive image activist and founder of Project Embrace. Project embrace promotes a positive image of Afro textured hair which is often overlooked. Leila has recently made waves with an #Afro Visibility billboard campaign promoting tightly coiled Afro hair.

Simone Powderly – Model, Peer support worker & Influencer

Simone Powderly, model, peer support worker and natural hair influencer. Some know Simone as the young woman that was told to remove her braids to be offered a job in 2015 and some may know her as an advocate for natural hair care, wellbeing and empowering women.

6.00pm – 8.00pm (Booking required)

In the evening we have a live acoustic showcase featuring artists such as

  • RAMONE
  • Chris IKE 
  • Oddisnormal

Come and hear about The Village CIC and their plans for this new community space.

More info:

Email: thevilageldn@gmail.com

Call: 07772 527 813 / 07545 156 111

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Inspirational YOU – Pop Up Market, Natural hair debate & Acoustic Evening (Int. Women’s Month/Pre-Mothering Sunday) – SW9

Inspirational YOU, The Village, weareunEdited and Motherhood Reconstructed

Presents

International Women’s Month & Pre-Mothers Day

 Pop Up Market, Debate and Live acoustic evening

Saturday 25th March 2017

2.00pm – 9.00pm

Join independent female makers and designers who are selling:

Clothing | Jewellery | Accessories | Arts | Natural skincare and beauty | Homeware | Books

Our pop up shop is an opportunity for you to experience handmade and high quality from independent brands.

Music on rotation by

Ace of Jacks

aceofjacksradio

Pop Up Shop Traders:

  • Mathemateacal – Tea (sample tasting)
  • Okuna Leather Art – Hand stitched leather bags and accessories
  • Coco & Ginger – Luxury handmade candles & diffusers
  • D_Jewelsus – Leather handmade Jewellery
  • Forever Living Products – Aloe Consumables
  • Pleasant Presents – Personalised handmade gifts
  • Soufriere Living – Inspirational art prints
  • Bella – Books
  • Nature’s Gift Products – Hand made skin care stuff; creams, soaps, hand creams and hand made bags
  • HK HennaArt – Henna/art
  • Love YaaYaa ltd – Leather belts, jewellery and African print hair scarves
  • Neteru Journey Health Products – Herbal Capsules (Moringa, Soursop, Aloe Vera, Noni, Maca).
  • Care for Someone – Maracas
  • FunkyNChunky – Handmade African print bags, statement jewellery, Headwraps and purses
  • Gitas Portal – Modern african print dresses and clothing

4.00pm – 5.30pm (Booking required)

Natural hair and wellbeing discussion hosted by Motherhood ReConstructed

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Speakers: 

Be Manzini – Poet, Writer, Film maker and Spoken word artist

Be Manzini, award winning writer and creative producer. Be has donned natural hair he whole life and as every hairstyle for natural hair known to the African continent! She is passionate about promoting a positive Black identities which is no surprise as her family were freedom fighters that assisted in the decolonisation of Rhodesia making way for Zimbabwe.

Imriel Morgan – Co-Founder & CEO of the ShoutOUT Network & co-host of the Melanin Mellennials podcast

Imriel Morgan, co-founder and CEO of The ShoutOut Network and co-host of the Melanin Millennials podcast. Melanin Millennials is one of the best podcasts full stop, if you have not listened.. where have you been. Imriel and her co-host Satia have topical debates centred on the Black British experience and have recently started live shows which are super lit! Imriel is known for her undiluted commentary and quick wit.

Lekia Lée – Former Journalist, natural hair mentor, beauty advocate & Founder of Project Embrace

Leika Lee, former journalist, natural hair mentor, positive image activist and founder of Project Embrace. Project embrace promotes a positive image of Afro textured hair which is often overlooked. Leila has recently made waves with an #Afro Visibility billboard campaign promoting tightly coiled Afro hair.

Simone Powderly – Model, Peer support worker & Influencer

Simone Powderly, model, peer support worker and natural hair influencer. Some know Simone as the young woman that was told to remove her braids to be offered a job in 2015 and some may know her as an advocate for natural hair care, wellbeing and empowering women.

6.00pm – 8.00pm (Booking required)

In the evening we have a live acoustic showcase featuring artists:

@Ramone

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A talented 18 singer who is currently attending the world faamous Brit School for performing arts, where he is studying Musical Theatre. He is an RnB singer who also performs in indie or acoustic.

@ChrisIKE 

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An exceptionally talented Singer, Songwriter and Producer.

@Oddisnormal

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Her music can be described as ‘fun’, ‘passionate’ and relatable. ‘Odd is normal’ known for her vibrantly colourful hair, with musical influences ranging from 90s Rhythm n Blues and current hip hop. She creates her own unique interpretation of RnB merged with Neo Soul.

@kianjamusic

Kianja

Kianja is an upcoming artist who has been singing, songwriting and self producing since the age of 14. She’s nearly finished her journey at The Brit School and is ready to take on the world! Yay!  Her music is feel-filled and fresh. ‘Kianja’ means sunshine in Swahili and she aims to spread love and light through music.

Come and hear about The Village CIC and their plans for this new community space.

More info:

Email: thevilageldn@gmail.com

Call: 07772 527 813 / 07545 156 111

http://claphammarket.eventbrite.co.uk

.@PeterAkwaboah – Inspirational YOU – Tuesday 28th February 2017 – House of Commons

Peter Akwaboah

COO for Global Operations and MD at Morgan Stanley

Tuesday 28th February 2017

Leadership, progression, diversity and success at the top – Raising the bar

House of Commons

 

 

Peter Akwaboah, Managing Director of Morgan Stanley and the Chief Operating Officer for Global Operations. Prior to this position, Peter joins from Royal Bank of Scotland, where he was most recently the Chief Operations Officer for the Corporate and Institutional Banking business in APAC based in Singapore, including running Operations, Technology and Corporate Services for the region.

He has held a number of roles at RBS including APAC Head of Operations, Global Head of Treasury Operations and Head of Debt Markets Change Management. Previously he worked at Deutsche Bank in a number of Technology roles. Peter has both a Masters in Engineering, and a Bachelors in Civil Engineering from the University of Birmingham in the UK.

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Susana Leith-Smith – Inspirational YOU (Girls Edition) – Thursday 2nd March at the House of Commons 2017

Susana Leith-Smith

Managing Director, European Leveraged Finance

Barclay’s

Thursday 2nd March 2017

Women at the top – Letter to my 15 year old self (Teenage Girls Masterclass) – Private event

House of Commons

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Susana Leith-Smith is a Managing Director in the EMEA Leveraged Finance team at Barclays. Based in London, Susana manages the origination and structuring of sub-investment grade debt products primarily in the Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT) sector. Susana also manages a vertical responsible for the Consumer & Retail, FIG and Real Estate sectors. She has worked in the team since joining the firm in 2010.

Prior to Barclays, she was at the Royal Bank of Scotland most recently as a Director in the Loan and High Yield Capital Markets team. Prior to RBS, Susana was in the Leveraged Finance team at Credit Suisse First Boston, which she joined in 1999 immediately after graduating from university.

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Susana received an MA Joint Hons in International Relations and Modern History from the University of St Andrews. Susana is married and has two small children.

Khadeen O’Donnell – Inspirational YOU (Girls Edition) – Thursday 2nd March at the House of Commons 2017

Khadeen O’Donnell

Head of Corporate Development & Enterprise

Southbank Centre

Thursday 2nd March 2017

Women at the top – Letter to my teenage self

House of Commons

 

As Head of Corporate Development & Enterprise at the Southbank Centre, Khadeen O’Donnell is one of London’s leading professionals working in sponsorship and brand activation for the arts. It also gives her a massive sense of pride to be able to support two lifelong passions through her work: dance and the arts.

This passion initially caught flame in her hometown of Manchester, where she was a regular dancer at the seminal Hacienda nightclub. She then went on to study music production and sound engineering before embarking on a BA Hons in Music at the University of Liverpool.

On moving to London ten years ago, Khadeen initially worked in media intelligence sales where she successfully signed up clients like Diageo, Unilever, Cadbury and ASOS.

Determined to pursue an ambition to fuse her love for business and the creative sector, Khadeen was able to transition into the arts by accepting a role at the Southbank Centre, where she’s since been promoted to head of the department.

During the past four years at the Southbank Centre, Khadeen has worked with clients as diverse as Heineken, Adidas and BMW, signing and overseeing key accounts like MasterCard, which resulted in Fashion Undressed – a series of bespoke fashion-focused activations including catwalk shows and events at the Royal Festival Hall. One of the most high-profile campaigns involved working with the award-winning artist Alex Chinneck for Vauxhall, which resulted in coverage on BBC1 and many other media outlets.

In her spare time, Khadeen loves exploring new cities, going to gigs and galleries, and making the most of the abundance of cool things to do in the greatest city in the world.

Having recently been asked to join the board of b.supreme, the UK’s only female street dancing festival, Khadeen’s now relishing the opportunity to help the charity develop their sponsorship strategy – and, who knows, you might even see her busting a few moves.

Jamelia – Inspirational YOU (Girls Edition) – Thursday 2nd March at the House of Commons 2017

Jamelia

Artist and Song Writer

Thursday 2nd March 2017

Women at the top – Letter to my 15 year old self (Teenage Girls Masterclass) – Private event

House of Commons

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Jamelia signed her record deal with EMI records in the UK at the tender age of 15. Jamelia went on to write, record & release 3 albums, 2 of which achieved gold certifications (Drama & Walk With Me) and the other went double-platinum (Thank You). These albums collectively produced 10 top 40 singles (7 of which were Top 10’s) in her native country, England.

The success of Jamelia’s albums in the UK was repeated internationally and took her all over the world, She has travelled to and performed on every continent, achieving number 1’s as far flung as Australia & Thailand. Jamelia has also toured with Destiny’s Child, Usher & Justin Timberlake on their stadium tours.

“If anyone is likely to beat the world-conquering stars of American R&B at their own game, it’s Jamelia” – Daily Telegraph

Award Winner

Jamelia has been the recipient of many prestigious awards, including; 4 Mobo awards, An Ivor Novello, A Cosmopolitan award, A ‘Q’ Award and an Elle Magazine Style Award to name a few.

Television Presenter

After 10 years in the music industry, Jamelia decided to embark on a new career path, in television. She began by making appearances on panel shows such as CH4’s ‘8 Out of 10 Cats’ & the BBC’s ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’ & ‘Would i Lie to you?’. Jamelia enjoyed the freedom television gave her, in particular, the freedom to allow her personality to shine. In the years to come she would continue to work in television in various capacities. Presenting documentaries as diverse as “Whose Hair is It Anyway” which tackled the realities behind the human hair extension industry to “Shame About Single Mums” Which explored the history in the UK of the shame associated single motherhood, a subject close to her heart as she was raised by a single mother and is one herself.

In 2015 Jamelia starred in Bear Grylls adventure show ‘Mission Survive’ on ITV1. She also joined the line up of celebrities in the BBC’s ever-popular ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ getting to week 10 at the grand Blackpool Tower with her dance partner Tristan McManus.

Jamelia has also participated in shows which required her to draw upon her musical roots. Shows such as Move like Michael Jackson, where dancers competed to perform at a Michael Jackson tribute concert. I love my Country in which the producers created a part especially for Jamelia, she also took on the role of coach for two seasons of The Voice of Ireland with both of her acts making it to the final, one of them going on to win the show.

Jamelia joined the panel on ITV’s daytime show Loose Women in 2013, and continues to be a regular panellist. Jamelia also presents pieces for Loose Women’s sister show, This Morning.

Actress

Another string to Jamelia’s bow, is acting, in 2009 she had played herself alongside Daniel Mays in the CH4 comedy Plus One, In 2012 she starred in an episode of the improvised ITV show Crime Stories, and in 2013 played Aimee in the BBC’s very popular, Death In Paradise. Jamelia starred in a feature film by Hungarian director Robert Koltai along with movie legends, Tamer Hassan, Vinnie Jones & Michael Madsen. In 2016 Jamelia played the role of Helena Wales in an episode of the BBC’s Doctors, and her latest project is the short film by Fredi Nwaka, The Diary in which she plays the lead character, Detective Anisa Powell.

Model

Jamelia became the first black woman to front a campaign for the hosiery giants Pretty Polly in 2004. Jamelia has also modelled in high profile campaigns for Reebok, Peta, Boux Avenue and fronted Toni & Guy’s Model:Me Haircare Range alongside supermodels, Helena Christensen and Erin O’Connor. Jamelia has walked Naomi Campbell’s Fashion for Relief catwalk several times and graced the covers of Cosmopolitan, Elle, Company, Time Out & Harpers & Queen magazines to name a few.

…and Her Most Important Job?

Jamelia’s penultimate role is being a Mum to her two wonderful girls, Téja (15) and Tiani (11). Most of the accolades above took place after becoming a mother. Jamelia cites her children as her constant source of inspiration, motivation and reason for it all. She describes her daughters as her best friends – spend an hour with them, and you’ll see that the feeling is mutual from her gorgeous girls!

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Ray BLK – Inspirational YOU (Girls Edition) – Thursday 2nd March at the House of Commons 2017

Ray BLK

Singer and Songwriter

Thursday 2nd March 2017

Women at the top – Letter to my teenage self

House of Commons

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The up-and-coming British R&B singer @rayblk will be joining our private invite-only Inspirational YOU.

Ray is the youngest of three children, Ray studied English Literature at west London’s Brunel University before briefly working in PR, and making music during her evenings and weekends. For six months, she didn’t sleep for more than five hours a night. In the past year, though, her hard work has begun to reap rewards: in December, the sultry “5050” was playlisted by BBC @bbc1xtra and @rinsestagram and since then she’s racked up over a million @SoundCloud plays, made her TV debut on BBC2’s Later… With JoolsHolland, and been nominated for a MOBO award for Best Newcomer.

The London singer and rapper was recently named as the winner of BBC Music Sound of 2017.

Delivering the brash honesty of rap music, with her unique blend of soul and R&B spirit, Ray BLK weaves between genre boundaries borrowing the elements she requires to reach her goals. “I feel proud when my music connects with people,” says the 23-year-old from Catford, South London.

Ray, who has collaborated with grime star @stormzyofficial on My Hood, her tribute to Catford, south London, draws from the likes of MissyElliott and Timbaland’s textured rap, along with R&B and pop. “I’m particularly proud to be a part of this year’s list, as it’s full of so much talent, some of whom are independent artists like myself,” she added, “which I really hope inspires the next generation of artists.”

 

Dawn Butler MP – Inspirational YOU – Tuesday 28th February at the House of Commons

Dawn Butler 

MP for Brent Central

Tuesday 28th February 2017

Leadership, progression and success at the top – Raising the bar

House of Commons

Dawn Butler was born to immigrants from Jamaica, and is one of six children. She worked on a market stall and in a bakery in her youth but started her career as a computer programmer/systems analyst. She later became a civil servant, as manager in the employment service and then a trade unionist.  Her desire to enter politics came from a deep rooted commitment to address inequality.

 

Elected as the Member of Parliament for Brent South on 5 May 2005 Dawn’s maiden speech described her constituency as a “shining example of integration at its best”. Dawn became the first elected African-Caribbean woman to become a Government Minister in the UK.

Dawn ran a hugely successful campaign in 2015 and won Brent Central with a majority of nearly 20,000; giving the largest vote swing in Britain.

 

Dawn has always been a passionate campaigner for young people; she is an Honorary Vice President of the British Youth Council, was formerly Chair of the APPG on Youth Affairs, a member of the Children & Families Select Committee and Vice Chair of the Labour Party with responsibility for Youth. Her work on youth led to Dawn being appointed as the Minister for Young Citizens & Youth Engagement at the Cabinet Office by Gordon Brown. This made Dawn the first ever African-Caribbean woman to serve in a British Government.

 

A natural campaigner, since returning to Parliament Dawn has taken on the ‘Big 6’ energy companies over the excessive cost of pre-payment meters. She has held a Westminster Hall debate, launched a national petition and secured a commitment from the Prime Minister to look at this issue.

 

Dawn is the former Shadow Minister for Diverse Communities and was recently voted the People’s Choice Labour Party MP of the Year.

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.@ChichiNwanoku MBE – Inspirational YOU – Tuesday 28th February 2017 – House of Commons

Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE

Founder, Artistic & Executive Director Chineke!, Principal double bassist,

Prof Royal Academy of Music, Broadcaster, Writer & Mentor

Tuesday 28th February 2017

Leadership, progression and success at the top – Raising the bar

House of Commons

An ex-sprinter and half the size of her double bass, Chi-chi Nwanoku has gained a reputation as one of the finest exponents of her instrument today.

The eldest of 5 children from Nigerian and Irish parents, she was 7 years old when she discovered the piano at a neighbour’s, who taught her to play a 12-bar blues. She returned to their house daily until the neighbour got so fed up they wheeled the piano up the road and gave it to her as a gift! Meanwhile, she was spotted (aged 8) by an athletics coach and trained as a 100- metre sprinter, eventually competing at National level. This career ended abruptly due to a knee injury aged 18, which is when (and why) she took up the double bass and actively pursued a career in music.

 

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She studied at the Royal Academy of Music and with Franco Petracchi in Rome, and soon found herself in demand internationally.

Chi-chi is the Founder, Artistic and Executive Director of the Chineke! Foundation, which supports, inspires and encourages Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) classical musicians working in the UK and Europe.

The Chineke! Foundation champions change and celebrates diversity in the classical music industry through its two orchestras, the Chineke! Orchestra and Chineke! Junior Orchestra, as well as its educational and outreach work. Ultimately, the Chineke! Foundation aims to give classical BME musicians a platform on which to excel, and by such methods increase the representation of BME musicians in British and European orchestras. More information about the Chineke! Foundation and its work can be found at www.chineke.org.

Chi-chi is a founder member of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and held the position of Principal double bass there for 30 years. She is Professor of Double Bass Historical Studies at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was made a Fellow in 1998.

Chi-chi’s range of musical interests have resulted in a broad career performing and recording in a diversity of styles from authentic baroque through to 21st century and new commissions, with many of Europe’s leading chamber orchestras and ensembles. Some of her notable chamber recordings include Schubert’s ‘Trout’ Quintet (recorded three times), and Octet, Beethoven Septet, Hummel Piano quintet and Boccherini Sonatas. Her solo recording of Dittersdorf and Vanhal Concertos with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra; Hyperion CD 67179 received critical acclaim.

In 2012 Barrie Gavin directed a documentary film about Chi-chi’s career, called ‘Tales from the Bass Line’. As a broadcaster, Chi-chi presented BBC Radio 3 Requests for four years, she guests for the TV Proms and was Jury member of BBC 2 TV Classical Star. She presented a two part series for BBC Radio 4 in 2015 which brought to life the stories and music of black composers and musicians from the eighteenth century, whose vivd presence on the classical music scene have slipped through the net!

Chi-chi was also the ‘mentor’ for the 2016 BBC 4 TV series ‘All Together Now, the Great Orchestra Challenge’, showcasing the amazing talent of British amateur orchestras. Chi-chi is a trustee of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Mayor’s Music Fund, Tertis Foundation a Council Member of the Royal Philharmonic Society. She served on the board of the Association of British Orchestras (ABO) from 2008 to 2013. Chi-chi created the ABO/RPS ‘Salomon Prize’ which celebrates the “unsung heroes” working in the ranks of British Orchestras.

Awards and achievements

  • Chi-chi was awarded an MBE for services to Music in the 2001 Queen’s Birthday honours.
  • She was one of the 100 – Happy List in the Independent on Sunday 2011.
  • In July 2016 she was appointed as an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Laban Conservatoire in recognition of her “pioneering contribution to music, in particular the inspiration she provides, the commitment she has shown, and the contribution she has made to addressing inequalities within classical music in the UK, most recently through the Chineke! Foundation.”
  • Chi-chi was awarded the Black British Business Awards, Person of the Year 2016.

Source: Black British Business Awards 2017

Chi-chi is a dedicated advocate of the importance of music in everyone’s lives and is committed to teaching and sharing her love of music.

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