PR: New Book Tackles Teen Dating Violence

January 25, 2012

Miriam Glover



Dallas, TX ( — “The Designer’s Daughter is much more than just another teen book,” says Trenette Wilson, author, teen expert and founder and CEO of, an award winning online resource and community promoting etiquette training and teaching, including dating etiquette skills, primarily targeting teens of color.

The Designer’s Daughter tackles the issue of teen domestic abuse head on telling a riveting story of a young girl who makes unhealthy relationship choices and quickly finds her life spiraling out of control. The novel’s official release is timed to coincide with National Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month in February.

“Teen domestic abuse is reaching epidemic proportions,” says Ms. Wilson. “In fact, within the African American community there has been a consistent rise of violence against young girls in a dating relationship and it’s happening at an alarmingly younger age,” says Ms. Wilson.

Although a dramatic statement, Ms. Wilson has the stats to back it up: The number one killer of African-American women ages 15 to 34 is homicide at the hands of a current or former intimate partner, according to African Voices Against Violence, Tufts University. Also, a recent study of eighth and ninth graders showed that 25 percent of students indicated they had been victims of dating violence, including eight percent who disclosed being sexually abused. Study results provided by Vangie A. Foshee of the Safe Date Project.

“We feel passionately that we can have a profound effect on the decision making process of these youth and we are challenging adults, mentors and caregivers to purchase and donate this novel to a teen girl,” says Ms. Wilson. “By donating a book to a teen girl, we open the door to begin the discussion that might very well lead a girl out of an abusive relationship.”

Not satisfied with just bringing attention to the issue of teen dating violence, and its parent company, NAUEP (National Association of Urban Etiquette Professionals- an urban etiquette industry leader), has developed additional resources, including the novel’s stage play and the “Just Me and You… Teen Dating Etiquette” Tour.

“We have developed resources that connect with every aspect of the teen – the play draws them in visually, the novel engages their minds and the teen tour gives them an opportunity to join in the discussion,” says Ms. Wilson. “It is only through a coordinated effort can we truly affect change. We’ve got to help our teenagers make healthier lifestyle choices.”

The Designer’s Daughter novel is part of the “Buy a Book, Give a Book” campaign, where individuals, organizations and others purchase a book to donate to schools and domestic abuse shelters and programs. and NAUEP both welcome partnerships and sponsorships.

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My Image Studios Aims to Be Filmmaking and Cultural Hub of Harlem

My Image Studios Aims to Be Filmmaking and Cultural Hub of Harlem

January 25, 2012 6:44am | By Jeff Mays, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

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Roland Laird, CEO of My Image Studios LLC, after inspecting construction progress on the $21 million film screening, performance space and restaurant that will be dedicated to the culture of the African and Hispanic Diaspora. (DNAinfo/Jeff Mays)

HARLEM Decades from now, Roland Laird wants My Image Studios LLC to be mentioned in the same breath as legendary Harlem venues like the Apollo Theater.

Scheduled to open in June, the $21 million film screening, performance space and restaurant will be dedicated to African and Latino culture.

“We want to be the premier space for culture and entertainment for the African and Latino Diaspora,” said Laird, CEO of My Image Studios or MIST. “We want it to be Harlem’s living room.”

The three separate theater spaces with stadium seating can be transformed into one 250-seat area for plays or spoken word performances. It can also be configured into a 320-person banquet hall.

There will be a fully equipped editing room and a 132-seat restaurant featuring world cuisine with outdoor seating at a $20 to $25 price point. At capacity, the entire space, located at the Kalahari Condominiums at 40 West 116th Street between Lenox and Fifth avenues, will hold up to 800 people.

Between hospitality staff, projectionists and ushers, MIST will create up to 65 jobs. The group plans to hire locally.

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Shermaya Jenkins declared missing teen from Takoma Park, Md

Shermaya Jenkins declared missing teen from Takoma Park, Md

January 25, 2012 – 07:24 am

A Takoma Park teen was declared missing on Tuesday evening, as the Takoma Park Police Department are investigating the disappearance.

Shermaya Jenkins declared a missing teen

Shermaya Jenkins, 16, was last seen at approximately 4:30 p.m. On Jan. 21 on Houston Avenue in Takoma Park. The juvenile is a 5-foot-5 black female with black hair and brown eyes.
It is unknown what clothing she was wearing. She is known to frequent City Place Mall in downtown Silver Spring, the police department said.
Anyone who has information about Shermaya’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Takoma Park Police Department at (301) 270-1100 and refer


Harlem – News

Harlem – News January 25, 2012

Modern Jug Band SANKOFA To Release The Uptown Strut On March 27th Via Kingswood Records (Mi2n)
Website: Music: New York, NY: In February 2006, Sankofa Strings, a progressive collective comprised of percussionist Sule Greg Wilson along with multi-instrumentalist Dom Flemons and singer Rhiannon Giddens, from the … (more)

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My Image Studios Aims to Be Filmmaking and Cultural Hub of Harlem (DNAInfo)
Roland Laird, CEO of My Image Studios LLC, after inspecting construction progress on the $21 million film screening, performance space and restaurant that will be dedicated to the culture of the African and Hispanic Diaspora.




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