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Abiola Abrams (born July 29, 1976) is an American self-empowerment expert, TV host, internet personality, personal coach, motivational speaker and author. Her advice columns on topics such as relationships and self-worth include “Intimacy Intervention” on Essence.com  and “Abiola’s Love Class” on MommyNoire.com. She is the author of self-esteem advice guide The Official Bombshell Handbook: The 13 Sacred Secrets of Feminine Power  and Dare, a love story retelling of Faust set in the hip hop world. Abrams is also the creator of a lifestyle blog and web video series at AbiolaTV.com.
Personal[edit | hide all | hide | edit source]
She is a first generation Guyanese-American who was raised in New York City. Abrams attended the Brearley School. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Writing[edit | hide | edit source]
Abrams is an author, columnist and blogger in the self-help and love fields. She gives advice on sites such as Match.com, gURL.com  and Yahoo! Shine. Black Enterprise Magazine named her site one of the top African American lifestyle blogs. Her first writing project, “Goddess City” an empowerment play produced at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture  was published in the anthology Say Word! by the University of Michigan Press. Dare (ISBN 1-4165-4166-7, ISBN 978-1-4165-4166-0), Abiola Abrams' debut novel, was published by Simon and Schuster on December 11, 2007.
Her writing is featured in playwright/activist Eve Ensler's current anthology A Memory, A Monologue a Rant and A Prayer (ISBN 978-0-345-49791-8) alongside such writers as Maya Angelou, Edward Albee, Alice Walker, and Edwidge Danticat.
In addition, essays by Abiola Abrams will be featured in the upcoming anthologies Behind the Bedroom Door, edited by Paula Derrow, and Dirty Words: An Encyclopedia of Sex, edited by Ellen Sussman. Abiola Abrams is the founder of The Goddess Factory, a fun, inspirational movement to motivate and empower primarily women, but also people of all backgrounds, culturally, emotionally, politically and sexually. In addition to her personal blog she writes for several publications and websites.
Television and Film[edit | hide | edit source]
Abiola Abrams was a BBC Entertainment Correspondent from 2011 to 2012 and former host of The Best Shorts, Black Entertainment Television's (BET) indie film showcase and competition from 2006 to 2008. Abiola also appeared on My Two Cents, a panel-style show also on her network's Centric, formerly BET J. She has hosted or co-hosted such shows as the syndicated The Source: All Access, Source Magazine's hip hop show, and Chat Zone, an HBO interstitial talk show billed as Politically Incorrect for the MTV set, and appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! as a part of his red carpet interview coverage of The 2007 BET Awards in Los Angeles.
In Spring 2009, she was featured as the overly selective "Miss Picky," an advice columnist and one of the eight single women seeking love on VH1's reality television show Tough Love. In Spring 2011 she starred as a Dating Empowerment Coach helping a geeky teenager find love and become a Ladies Man on MTV's reality television show Made. In addition she has guest starred on TV series such as Law & Order and soap opera All My Children and appears as a pop culture talking head on networks such as FOX. Her mini-films, documentaries, and plays have been shown and performed in galleries, festivals, theaters, and museums throughout the US, Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean.
References[edit | hide | edit source]
- Essence.com Intimacy-Intervention
- MommyNoire.com Abiola’s Love Class
- Bombshell Handbook Sacred Secrets of Feminine Power
- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. International Membership Directory. 2004. p. 2.
- Match.com Dating Experts
- Gurl.com Teen Advice for Lesbian Rumors
- Yahoo Shine Home Bacon
- Black Enterprise Magazine Black-Blogger
- New York Public Library NYPL
- University of Michigan Press Michigan Publishing
- Bill Cunningham show Show Blogger:Abiola Abrams
- Tamar Braxton Talks Love and War
- Miss Claudia Jean Media Kit
- Meghan McCain Lifestyle Expert
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- Abiola Abrams' Blog
- Official Site
- Abiola Abrams on IMDb
- Simon & Schuster Page
- Eve Ensler Anthology
- Official BlackPlanet Page
- Dare Book Review
- Abiola hosts African American Literary Awards AALBC
- Largehearted Boy Article
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