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North Miami girls get exclusive shopping spree with Empire’s Serayah McNeill

Actress and singer Serayah McNeill, who plays Tiana Brown in Empire, poses with a group of girls from the Youth of Valor Empowerment (YOVE) organization at Macy’s in Aventura on Sunday August 12, 2018.
Actress and singer Serayah McNeill, who plays Tiana Brown in Empire, poses with a group of girls from the Youth of Valor Empowerment (YOVE) organization at Macy’s in Aventura on Sunday August 12, 2018. For The Miami Herald

Twenty one members of Youth of Valor Empowerment, a nonprofit leadership and after school program that supports underprivileged teenage girls in North Miami, were treated to shopping spree Sunday.

But that wasn’t all they got.

The exclusive back-to-school event at Macy’s Aventura also included a meet-and-greet with actress and singer Serayah McNeill —best known for her role as Tiana Brown on the popular show, Empire. McNeill gave a public performance after spending some alone time with the girls.

The young ladies were also treated to a private shopping spree with stylists who helped pick their “post grad attire.”

“It’s so exciting. [This] will literally equip the Y.O.V.E. girls with greater confidence so that they may achieve self-sufficiency through employment, continuing education and leadership in our community,” said Lady Lourdes Pierre, CEO and founder of the organization.

This year, 15 girls graduated from the two-year-program. Many of them are heading to college while others enlist with the military or train to become first responders.

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