Friday, April 3, 2009

Exactly As I Am: Journalist Shaun Robinson Authors Book for Today’s Girls

Shaun Robinson, L.A. Reid, and Erica Reid attend 'As I Am' book party, April 2nd in NYC
Journalist and Access Hollywood correspondent Shaun Robinson has published Exactly As I Am: Celebrated Women Share Candid Advice with Today’s Girls on What It Takes to Believe in Yourself. The book aims to instill self esteem in today’s girls with candid advice from her celebrity friends, such as Queen Latifah, Oprah, Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson. She shared in an interview with AOL Black Voices about why she wrote the book:

“There were several things that inspired me to write this book,” says Robinson of the two-and-a-half-year project. The first was just to touch the lives of the teen girls she regularly comes into contact with through her volunteer work with the foster care system of Los Angeles County. The other was about living a more meaningful life.

“I was listening to a sermon, and the pastor was saying that we constantly strive for more money, more stuff, a bigger car, a bigger house. And he was saying if you really want to live a more fruitful life, you really have to strive for significance, not just success. And in my own little way, this is how I'm giving back and saying thank you for the many blessings that have come into my life.”

On April 2nd, Erica Reid, wife of L.A. Reid, Chairman of Island Def Jam, hosted a book party in her honor in NYC:

Shaun Robinson, Holly Robinson Peete and Erica Reid

Robinson with journalist Ed Gordon; Reid and Robinson
Robinson, Al Roker and Deborah Roberts

Crystal McCrary Anthony and Veronica Webb; Robinson, publicist Marvet Britto and stylist June Ambrose
Photos: Busacca/Wireimage