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Raleigh, NC – Radio One of Raleigh presents Women’s Empowerment 2012 on Saturday, March 17th. Women’s Empowerment is a high energy, high profile event that targets African-American women of all ages and is attended by as many as 18,000 Radio One listeners. A presenting sponsor of Women’s Empowerment is Duke Medicine.

Women’s Empowerment has empowered, educated and entertained women for the past 16 years. This extravagant event has become a tradition for women of the Triangle. For an entire day women are dazzled with unforgettable performances by national recording artists, impressive vendor displays, informative seminars and celebrity autograph sessions.

Past speakers have included Susan Taylor, editor in chief of Essence magazine, entertainment diva Patti LaBelle, R&B songstress Mary J. Blige, actress and director Debbie Allen, actress Phylicia Rashad, motivational speaker Iyanla Vanzant, award winning actors and producers Angela Bassett and Vivica A. Fox, television personality Star Jones-Reynolds, Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts, champion of health & fitness Laila Ali and entertainer Steve Harvey.

The event will feature a noteworthy motivational speech by a nationally recognized speaker. This year’s keynote speaker will be model, actress, media personality and author Tyra Banks. Banks is highly-recognized for her successful television shows America’s Next Top Model and The Tyra Banks Show and has been acknowledged as one of the most successful models of her generation.

Created in March 1994, in honor of Women’s History Month, Women’s Empowerment was designed to enhance the lives of African-American women by addressing issues that specifically impact their health, relationship and overall lifestyle.

Tickets are currently on sale at the RBC Center Box Office and at Ticketmaster locations. Requests for media passes will be accepted via the web as of February 1, 2012. Additional information about Women’s Empowerment 2012 can be obtained by calling (919) 848-9736 or online at http://www.foxync.com, http://www.hiphopnc.com or http://www.thelightnc.com.