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[September 23, 2007] Minneapolis, MN—Who many consider as one of the most profound crooners of R&B, Ann Nesby did more than win two Grammys, she spoke to the hearts of women.

Nesby is most remembered for her tenure with the perennial Sounds of Blackness, a thirty-person choir that juxtaposed African music with traditional urban soul. As the lead vocalist for the choir, Sounds of Blackness lived on the Billboard charts with top five hits like “Optimistic” and “Pressure pt. 1.”

Branching off a tad, but staying true to her musical roots, in 2003, we saw Nesby grace the big screen in the musical comedy, The Fighting Temptations, with lead actors Beyonce Knowles and Cuba Gooding Jr. The soundtrack to the film was nominated for a Grammy, as Nesby and Gospel singer Shirley Caesar collaborated on “The Stone.”

She will be releasing her highly anticipated inspirational soul album “This Is Love” September 25, 2007.

Ann Nesby will be performing at the opening night concert on October 12, 2007 to help kick off the second annual Loving From The Inside Out (LFTIO) women’s empowerment symposium. This concert, hosted by Q Bear of KMOJ Radio will feature other artists like Zsame’ and Tonya Hughes with a tribute from the Grammy award winning Sounds of Blackness. The Loving From the Inside Out opening night concert is held in conjunction with a music tournament featuring Hip-Hop, Rap, R&B, Gospel, Reggae and Latin at Club 3 Degrees. All of the LFTIO activities planned by the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation in honor of the late Mamie Till Mobley are set to be one of the most life-changing weekends for women of color.

The symposium, hosted by Dawn Stevens of FOX 9 News, brings a diverse mix of women into an atmosphere of love, trust, and confidence. LFTIO helps women create and have the love, wealth, career, and ultimately the life they’ve always wanted and deserved. Women at the symposium will be inspired by the testimonies and advice from a host of personalities, who include the symposium Ambassador from the Minnesota Lynx, Lindsey Harding and keynote speaker Kelci Stringer along with presenters; Rev. Denise Warren, Dr. Verna Price, Dr. Mary Owens, Frangena Johnson and Miss Minnesota International Danielle Epps, among others. The “Woman Of Courage” award recipients and panelists include, Sen. Patricia Torres Ray, business owner Hyon Kim, Donna Smith philanthropist and wife of Univ. of MN Basketball coach Tubby Smith and actress, playwright and recording artist Jevetta Steele.

A paid registration includes all three events and more, i.e. October 12, 2007 at 5 p.m. Pampering Party at Lifetime Fitness, Opening Night Concert at Club 3 Degrees, starting promptly at 7 p.m. with a private VIP post reception held at Bellanote and the October 13, Symposium, Market Place, Luncheon and panel at Radisson Plaza Hotel starting at 8 a.m. in Downtown Minneapolis. Early registration is only $55 and a 2 for 1 special price at $70 is offered through Sept.30; afterwards registration is $70 for each attendee. (NOW EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 6, 2007)

Special hotel room rates are available for $109, call 1 800 333-3333. For registration and exhibitor forms, please visit . For more information regarding the symposium, please contact, or phone the “Loving” hotline at 1-888-509-9614 ext 82.

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