Inspiration shares the personal stories and unique voices of 30 extraordinary black women changing the American cultural landscape. Lauri Lyons was the exclusively commissioned photographer for the book. Inspiration features 60 stunning color portraits of luminaries such as Venus Williams, Mary J. Blige, Soledad O'Brien, Whoopi Goldberg and many more.
Venus Williams is the first black female tennis player to be ranked number one in the world.
Gayle King is the Editor at Large of O magazine, the host of the Morning Show on CBS and the former host of her own talk show,The Gayle King Show.
Mary J. Blige is a multiplatinum recording artist, the winner of nine Grammy awards, and the founder of The Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now organization.
Deborah Martin Chase is a veteran Hollywood film producer. Her films include,The Princess Diaries,The Cheetah Girls and the remake of Sparkle.
Dr. Bath is a world renowned opthalmologist. She co-founded the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness and holds four patents in the United States.
Soledad O’Brien is the host of CNN’s In America documentary series. She is the author of several books including,The Next Big Story: My Journey Through the Land of Possibilities.
Patti LaBelle is a multiple Grammy Award winning singer, actress and author.
Marian Wright Edelman is a children’s rights activist. She is the founder of the Cheildren’s Defense Fund, which advocates for poor, minority, and disabled children.
Iman is a former high fashion supermodel. She is now the CEO of Iman Cosmetics and her clothing line, Global Chic.
Judith Jamison was the artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and former principal dancer for the company.
Whoopi Goldberg is an actress, comedian and talk show host. She has won an Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Academy Award.
Susan Taylor was the Editor in Chief of Essence magazine for 19 years, and later the Editorial Director. Today she is the CEO of the National CARES Mentoring Movement.
Majora Carter is an environmental activist and journalist. She is the founder of the Sustainable South Bronx and the Majora Carter Group, a “green” economic consulting group.