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WHO SHE IS Starting over means so many things to so many people. For myself, my rebirth began in 2012. I never would have imagined being included in a national ad campaign for Proctor and Gamble that would be seen in magazines all around the world. Why not

me at 43?! The My Black Is Beautiful campaign was the beginning of a journey. It set me up for discovering a boat load of confidence I didn’t know

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I had. Once I found it, I wanted to share that feeling. I realized that there were so many other women out there, in their forties, who had dreams and aspirations they had given up on simply because of their age. Through this revelation 40'z Rock was born! I wanted to make sure women knew that they still ROCK. Regardless of what you may have been duped into believing, your life has just begun.

WHY SHE ROCKS I am grateful that I can be authentically me! 2 Timothy 1:7 it teaches us that God has not given us the spirit of fear; but power, and of love and of sound mind. So, I live everyday striving to become the woman God has empowered me to be. Come rock with me!

WHAT I KNOW ABOUT 40'z Life is too short to have everything perfect. Let your hair down, be free and who cares what people think about you! #ripwandaK


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WHO SHE IS In the event world, Valentine is a genius. In wedding design, Valentine is one of the most sought after experts in the business. As an author, Valentine is mixing traditions and mod-

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ern trends to be truly unique. As a keynote speaker, Valentine is inspirational. As a TV host, Valentine is a dream fulfiller. As an invitation designer, Valentine gives brides with a

love of color a new voice. And as a proud African American woman, Valentine is a pioneer. With many titles above her head, Valentine is just getting started. Having just completed hosting, designing and Co-Executive Producing her latest show I Do Over on WeTV, Valentine continues to maneuver between business women, television personality, designer, visionaryand lover of love!

WHY SHE ROCKS The incredibly sought-after and admired Valentine is the creative genius behind the jaw dropping weddings of Usher, Martin Lawrence, Toni Braxton, Kelis, Basketball Wive’s Jennifer Williams, Lela Rochon, and Boyz II Men crooner Shawn Stockman just to name a few.

WHAT I KNOW ABOUT 40'z “Everyday is Reason Enough to Be Fabulous”

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Mia Knight Wright is inspiring people around the globe to pursue their passion for living. Through her Metamorphosis Conference, which has been hosted in the United States, South Africa, Brazil and Tanzania, Mia

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Tony Gaines WHAT I KNOW ABOUT 40'z Mia graduated from The University of Texas at Austin, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with Honors. Beyond an impressive academic background and professional accomplishments, Mia claims her greatest life achievements as her sons, two of whom are current post-graduate students. She is married to Pastor Remus Wright. As partners in ministry and church leadership, they have grown a 20,000 member mega-church from 100 members in 1991. Faith and love have led the way to church growth at The Fountain of Praise in Houston.


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This year, Vicki will celebrate 25 years in ministry. She is known for leading people into the presence of God with her melodic voice and powerful testimonies of God’s faithfulness. Her passion is to create music that moves the heart of God and changes the lives of His people. She wants to share music that meets people where they are and leads them into the presence of God.

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Her heart and compassion for people goes beyond the Sunday morning platform. In 2004, she opened New Destiny for Children, an orphanage for parentless children in Uganda. Her mission is to raise 1000 children in an atmosphere of excellence while empowering them with education and love. Recently Vicki realized the call to coach people in health and wellness. She leads over 300 people in lifestyle change that results in a transformation from the inside out. She shares with her team that possibilities are endless as she challenges them not to allow their weight to get in the way of their destiny.

WHY 40'z ROCK Vicki is excited about this season of her life. She is enjoying the journey with no fear. While life in her forties has been full of discovery, she wouldn’t trade the life lessons and the growth that has impacted her life as a result of embracing the process.


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40'z needs a new publicist! I had no idea that I would feel so alive, beautiful, vibrant, and charged up! Charged up in every possible way! Never before in my life have all

cylinders been so revved up! I feel like THIS is THE time to do ANYTHING! If not NOW, when? If not me, who??? Never looked better! Never felt better! Never sexier! Never

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funnier! Never more alive! Never more carefree about other people’s opinion of me! Never better! I am in my forties and yes, that rocks!!!!

WHY SHE ROCKS Dana “Mama Doll” Hill is the Founder of The Black Doll Affair Self-Esteem Club & Movement for black women and girls. Find out more about this b'huetiful doll at blackdollaffair.com

WHAT I KNOW ABOUT 40'z ●

I'm having the time of my life!

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hi WHO SHE IS Delilah has dedicated her life and career to creating smiles and joy. In modeling, promotion, public

speaking, managing staff and fitness training, Delilah lifts up those around her. Her joy is evident in her photos—her smile inspires photographers to reflect both her inner and outer beauty. Her joy is also evident in her promotion work, where she transitions seamlessly from event to event, business to business with ultimate flexibility—adapting to any

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WHY 40'z ROCK Delilah is a proud wife of Carl Whittington, mother of Alona Alexander. She is a Christian woman who happily serves on the Greeter ministry at Church of Christ at Highland Heights. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, working out, writing and spending time with her family.


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WHO SHE IS Turning forty felt like the first day of my life!

Christy Little

“Forty” handed an invitation to experience life from the platform of greatness to which I was born—to become the divine ME without shrinking, without apology, without excuses. I jumped at the chance to R.S.V.P for the journey. Blessed with a capacity to love and the resolve to stand in my highest assignment, “Forty” drew me out of playing it safe,

out of the shadows of calculated risk, comfortable conversations and convenient casualties into love for the first time when I met … Mrs. Christy Jones.

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WHY SHE ROCKS Christy is a woman with “deep relational glue.” Nationally and internationally, she has helped thousands of women in relationships connect to each other, their creative spirit and their greatest self. Christy challenges people to risk loving themselves profoundly by encountering truth, abandoning control and surrendering all to gain everything they desire. Christy effortlessly connects with her audiences through her speaking, training and coaching.

WHY 40'z ROCK Christy loves nothing more than being married to her husband, mommy to her amazingchildren, creating memories with her soldiers in sisterhood, traveling the world, increasing endorphins and being pampered at the spa! www.mrschristyjones.com


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often find her giving back to the community. She declares her crowning achievement was becoming the Founder of the Houston Chapter of the Smile For A Lifetime Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization that provides free orthodontic services to disadvantaged children, Dr. Brown believes the gift of a smile can have a long lasting positive effect on the lives of children and can lead to greater benefits in their future.

WHAT I KNOW ABOUT 40'z Dr. Brown feels the key to loving and embracing being 40 is to cultivate your mind, body and spirit. When all three are balanced together, anything can be achieved.


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WHO SHE IS Andrea Helms, known for her powerful voice and performances on Season 4 of BET’s Sunday Best, is a lifelong singer and worshipper from Odessa, Texas. She was an only child and the daughter of a pastor

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who introduced her to her love of music. Her father, who was the pastor of Friendship Church in Denton, TX, was an accomplished musician; and passed those talents on to Andrea.

WHY SHE ROCKS Success for Andrea wouldn’t blossom before she faced some adversities within her personal life. As a new mother, Andrea faced severe bouts of postpartum depression and often contemplated suicide. She credits God and her praying mother for bringing her through that tough time. The ability to overcome her odds built a strength that would prove to be an asset to her surprising success on BET's Sundays Best. Andrea’s believes that being first runner-up on Sunday’s Best was one of faith and favor. Now Andrea testimony has made her a sought out speaker at many women’s conferences and events.

WHY 40'z ROCK Andrea goal is to use music to connect people with Jesus. “I want people to know how big Jesus is through what I sing.” “I want people to understand He is real and that you don’t have to be cleaned up to come to Jesus, you can come as you are. And if that’s accomplished, then my mission is complete.”

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WHY 40'z ROCK Cortney believes that in your forties you realize it's important to give yourself permission to get up, get out and go get the life you want and deserve to have!


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hi WHO SHE IS Life Coach, Author and Empowerment Speaker. Wendi specializes in helping people unlock the power within. She does this by impacting at-risk youth and adults by means of “relationship empowerment.” Realizing the need to extend her services

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WHY SHE ROCKS Wendi was formerly a co-host on a webisode series on Houston’s Hip Hop Station, 97.9 The Box and has been seen as a contributor on Fox 26 News. Currently, she is teaching empowering life classes around the country and promoting her new book, “Y.O.U. Are Power.”

WHAT I KNOW ABOUT 40'z Wendi believes that every person has the chance to receive healing and freedom if they choose it. Wendi’s life purpose is to reveal this to people through dynamic teaching, relevant messages, and her personal witness. Wendi’s life journey is dedicated to empowering the human condition…one life at a time.

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Dee Marshall is a 44 year old sought-after international speaker, certified Coach, Author and TV Lifestyle Personality. Dee is a renowned expert who by day she runs a leadership and life coaching practice for women DeeCMarshall.com.

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women, she is called on by The White House on matters concerning women and girls and she has received numerous awards and in 2013 named Top 25 Women that Inspires alongside many powerful woman from around the globe like Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Kerry Washington, Joyce Meyer, Karen Bass, Tasha Cobbs, Hilary Clinton and more. Look for Ms. Marshall in her most visible television role as a resident Life Coach on TV One Makeover Manor.

WHY 40'z ROCK Come on in to this beautiful FORTIFIED 40. Forties is where I found a solid resolve that everything up until this point were lessons and right now is where you apply what you’ve learned about life, love, winning, losing, success, failure, marriage, divorce, acceptance, betrayal, forgiveness and you come out standing, better, faster and stronger than ever before. I AM A FORTIFIED forty bold and unapologetic about being my authentic self that is who I was created to be with no filter, no buffer, no scripting.


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