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CBS SOAP STAR SPEAKS IN BREVARD COUNTY Emmy Nominated Actress, Author & Producer, Victoria Rowell, at Moore Museum

Actress, author, director and producer, Victoria Rowell, best known for her roles as “Drucilla” on the TV soap opera, “The Young and the Restless” and as “Dr. Amanda Bentley” in the CBS crime drama, “Diagnosis Murder,” was guest speaker on Saturday, November 4, 2017, in Mims. Rowell spoke at the annual Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurship event held by the Brevard County Chapter of the Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR), which is part of a multi-city tour where invited guest speakers encourage sisterhood, confidence-building, and demand social justice.

Rowell shared excerpts from her New York Times bestselling book, “The Women Who Raised Me,” a memoir about the many women who influenced her life while growing up in the foster care system. She revealed very personal experiences of behind-the-scenes struggles in her fight to be treated equally in Hollywood. Despite the odds and obstacles, Rowell executive-produced, directed and launched a new television series touted as “the first black-run daytime drama in the soap opera industry,” The Rich and the Ruthless, which premiered July of 2017 and is currently available on the Urban Movie Channel.

This year’s BWR theme was “Bosses in Heels.” Diana Johnson moderated the affair. A panel of five entrepreneurs: Cynthia Fox, Sharon Madison, Shyriaka Morris, Rasheedah Muhammed and Wanda Trotter conveyed their insights regarding owning and operating a business.  A second panel of women, A. Laquasia Clinkscales and Stefanie Anglin gave presentations on Community Economic Development and the Florida Rights and Restoration Coalition. Maria Pizzaro of BB&T conducted a financial planning mini-workshop. BWR awarded scholarships to two essay contest winners, Eboni Arnold and Siaunna Jenkins. Hattie Balam, a musician and 10th grader at Titusville High School rendered the Black National Anthem, Lift Every Voice and Sing, on alto saxophone. The Coca-Cola Foundation was the sponsor of the tour and local sponsors for this event were BB&T and Vitas Healthcare.

The BWR is the women and girls empowerment arm of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, a national network that invests in, inspires and unites black women and girls to live their best lives. BWR promotes health and wellness, economic security and prosperity, quality public education and global empowerment as keys to success. To join or learn about the Black Women’s Roundtable, contact the Brevard County President, Salandra Benton, by emailing

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