Dear Black Girl

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Ellen is encouraging all of her fans and viewers to help and support two incredibly giving sisters, Cassandra Pryor and Melody Smalls from the Bronx. A few years ago, Cassandra lost her long-term boyfriend unexpectedly, leaving her a single mother of two. Her sister, Melody, immediately moved into their one-bedroom apartment to help. Since then, they have struggled financially, but despite their circumstances, both Cassandra and Melody wanted to give back to their community, so they created an inspiring program called Dear Black Girl.

Dear Black Girl is based out of the Bronx, with the mission to inspire, encourage and uplift young girls, teaching them to love and believe in themselves. It aims to build a sisterhood among girls in the community ages 7-14, through special events such as lunches and sleepovers. Cassandra and Melody want these girls to know that they are loved and special, while giving them the confidence to achieve their dreams.


Dear Black Girl is an amazing program, and they need your help! Any donation will help this program grow, and improve the lives of these girls. All proceeds will help fund group events, assist in buying school supplies and will help provide college funding. Join The Ellen DeGeneres Show and give back to these two deserving sisters and their program!




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Lorraine Crafton Russell
12 months ago

I love what these two women are doing. I want to know if they would like to start a chapter here in Richmond VA. What do I have to do and who should I speak with. This such a blessings for girls of this age.

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Kim Belair Craig
12 months ago

Beth Graves, I don't see where you might think this is racist ! The young ladies saw a need in their community and addressed that need. Perhaps their immediate community just happens to be pronominatly black. I doubt these very giving young ladies would ever turn down a young girl of another race or color ! Bravo to them for stepping up to the plate especially when they themselves where in need. Giving , loving is a very wonderful personal trait. Please leave the word racist out of this, there has been enough backlash as of late because of that word. I cannot donate at this time but I will keep these young ladies and their cause in my prayers.

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Lorra Lynn
12 months ago

Why is it everything is about race anymore. If you don't want to donate then keep your stupid comments to yourself and move along. Thank god there are individuals out there that are willing to do good for their community instead of complaining all the time that life isn't fair to themselves.

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Nikole Sylvester
12 months ago

Beth Graves did you happen to read the description? If not I'll save you a scroll up here you go: "Dear Black Girl is based out of the Bronx, with the mission to inspire, encourage and uplift young girls, teaching them to love and believe in themselves. It aims to build a sisterhood among girls in the community ages 7-14, through special events such as lunches and sleepovers. Cassandra and Melody want these girls to know that they are loved and special, while giving them the confidence to achieve their dreams."

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Thomas Tobin Jr.
12 months ago
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So what if it was just for black girls? Stop your racist gaslighting.

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Karen O'Connell
12 months ago
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Why do people always have to put race into it, these 2 sisters are awesome and doing something to help young girls. No where does it say black only why do people always have to attach color lines. Instead if you live in a community that has a need then do something in your area. If we for once could all just come together this world would be a much better place. Cassandra and Melody you rock!!!

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Kelly Figuracion
12 months ago
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Seriously, Beth? What about this says Racism? I see empowerment of Girls & Young Women. Sometimes, ino order to see the world in all it's beauty, we need to be color blind.

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Janelle Calderon
12 months ago
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Dear Beth and Cathy and any other people commenting about why is this program for black girls...it's because that's what the need is in the Bronx. It's because the leader of the group is a black girl herself and knows she is better than what the world says she is and has given her. Black girls raised in a predominately white country where white is pretty, white is privileged, white is automatically "better" in the eyes of the media, what they see on TV, magazines and the internet. There's a video going around the internet with dark skin black girls talking about how even the light skin black girls are prettier. Just because blatant segregation has been banished doesn't mean it still doesn't exist in our communities. Take a walk in the inner cities and tell me again how we need a "dear white girl" program!!! It's about time someone empower these black girls with the truth while they're still young! Not only are they silently told they're not good enough on a daily basis, but the majority are in single parent homes where guaranteed the mom is too busy working to spend the kind of one on one quality time with them and engrave within themselves that they are good enough and better than the crap they see in the media! Thank God for these sisters who are changing these little girls' lives before they grow up believing that they are limited to what the world says they are or should be!

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Karin Herrman
12 months ago
5
5

Beth you need to realize we are all mixed...somewhere in your heritage is a black woman...guaranteed! Seems like you could use a group like this to show you love and empower you. So I may be only one but ...you are beautiful and I love you! To the sisters, I was in tears hearing your story! Way to go!

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Darlene Lucin Chambers
12 months ago
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5

Why would it matter if it is for black girls or not? It's for sweet innocent children. Why people always make it about color or race, boggles the mind. If you want to donate, great! If you don't want to, move along and stop being a troll behind the computer.

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Karen Gilbert
12 months ago
5
5

Wow no surprise here! There is a bunch of racists on here saying that this great Organization is racist, but how is it racist? They are just helping their community and encouraging young black girls that they can do and be something great. Maybe if people start being kind to one other and some judging people based on skin color there wouldn't be a need for organization like this. Everyone need to learn how to be like Ellen!

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Changamire Sings
12 months ago
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I could not stop crying during this segment of the show. It began when you started crying. Then, the floods came when you both were given the Shutterfly and Ellen gifts. Congratulations! Your love for one another and for children in and outside of your home is inspiring and contagious. If ever you're in DC, look me up!! Hugs!!

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Julianne Freeman
12 months ago
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They do not discriminate based on race or color as that would be against the law. I highly encourage you to donate because if you want to combat racism, supporting organizations like this is a great place to start. I love what this group is doing. ♥

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Beth Graves
12 months ago
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Can someone tell me if this is open to girls of all race and color? I'm just curious because I don't donate to racist organizations.

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Aileen Dillon Potter
12 months ago
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So is this just for black girls???

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Aileen Dillon Potter
12 months ago
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Why does it have to be called DEAR BLACK GIRL???

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Beth Tribbey Paquette
12 months ago
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Are you kidding me, Beth Graves! You need to reread your post to hear how ridiculous it sounds when read out loud.

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Karen Gunderson
12 months ago
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Do great things ❣️

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Robert Reardon
12 months ago
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I love Ellen's fans. Whenever she asks for help, they come out of the woodwork, kick the door in and make themselves known and heard, I can't do anything financially but I'm going to circle my wagons and see what I can do.

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Michelle Mace
12 months ago
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Cheers to these 2 women for empowering the next generation of women....We need more people like this!!!

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Lisa Douglass-Doe
19 days ago

Hello Ladies, I was so inspired to hear what you are doing to help young girls in the community. Keep up the great work!

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Anonymous
3 months ago
$25
Barbaral Baker Lacy
6 months ago

This is God's Plan for them. Helping them make this lifetime achievement. God Bless.

SB
$50
Sheila Bell
6 months ago

My GF and I love what you're doing. Keep up the good work. And keep fighting the good fight.

Lorraine Crafton Russell
12 months ago

I love what these two women are doing. I want to know if they would like to start a chapter here in Richmond VA. What do I have to do and who should I speak with. This such a blessings for girls of this age.

+ Read More
Kim Belair Craig
12 months ago

Beth Graves, I don't see where you might think this is racist ! The young ladies saw a need in their community and addressed that need. Perhaps their immediate community just happens to be pronominatly black. I doubt these very giving young ladies would ever turn down a young girl of another race or color ! Bravo to them for stepping up to the plate especially when they themselves where in need. Giving , loving is a very wonderful personal trait. Please leave the word racist out of this, there has been enough backlash as of late because of that word. I cannot donate at this time but I will keep these young ladies and their cause in my prayers.

+ Read More
Lorra Lynn
12 months ago

Why is it everything is about race anymore. If you don't want to donate then keep your stupid comments to yourself and move along. Thank god there are individuals out there that are willing to do good for their community instead of complaining all the time that life isn't fair to themselves.

+ Read More
Nikole Sylvester
12 months ago

Beth Graves did you happen to read the description? If not I'll save you a scroll up here you go: "Dear Black Girl is based out of the Bronx, with the mission to inspire, encourage and uplift young girls, teaching them to love and believe in themselves. It aims to build a sisterhood among girls in the community ages 7-14, through special events such as lunches and sleepovers. Cassandra and Melody want these girls to know that they are loved and special, while giving them the confidence to achieve their dreams."

+ Read More
Thomas Tobin Jr.
12 months ago
8
8

So what if it was just for black girls? Stop your racist gaslighting.

+ Read More
Karen O'Connell
12 months ago
7
7

Why do people always have to put race into it, these 2 sisters are awesome and doing something to help young girls. No where does it say black only why do people always have to attach color lines. Instead if you live in a community that has a need then do something in your area. If we for once could all just come together this world would be a much better place. Cassandra and Melody you rock!!!

+ Read More
Kelly Figuracion
12 months ago
7
7

Seriously, Beth? What about this says Racism? I see empowerment of Girls & Young Women. Sometimes, ino order to see the world in all it's beauty, we need to be color blind.

+ Read More
Janelle Calderon
12 months ago
5
5

Dear Beth and Cathy and any other people commenting about why is this program for black girls...it's because that's what the need is in the Bronx. It's because the leader of the group is a black girl herself and knows she is better than what the world says she is and has given her. Black girls raised in a predominately white country where white is pretty, white is privileged, white is automatically "better" in the eyes of the media, what they see on TV, magazines and the internet. There's a video going around the internet with dark skin black girls talking about how even the light skin black girls are prettier. Just because blatant segregation has been banished doesn't mean it still doesn't exist in our communities. Take a walk in the inner cities and tell me again how we need a "dear white girl" program!!! It's about time someone empower these black girls with the truth while they're still young! Not only are they silently told they're not good enough on a daily basis, but the majority are in single parent homes where guaranteed the mom is too busy working to spend the kind of one on one quality time with them and engrave within themselves that they are good enough and better than the crap they see in the media! Thank God for these sisters who are changing these little girls' lives before they grow up believing that they are limited to what the world says they are or should be!

+ Read More
Karin Herrman
12 months ago
5
5

Beth you need to realize we are all mixed...somewhere in your heritage is a black woman...guaranteed! Seems like you could use a group like this to show you love and empower you. So I may be only one but ...you are beautiful and I love you! To the sisters, I was in tears hearing your story! Way to go!

+ Read More
Darlene Lucin Chambers
12 months ago
5
5

Why would it matter if it is for black girls or not? It's for sweet innocent children. Why people always make it about color or race, boggles the mind. If you want to donate, great! If you don't want to, move along and stop being a troll behind the computer.

+ Read More
Karen Gilbert
12 months ago
5
5

Wow no surprise here! There is a bunch of racists on here saying that this great Organization is racist, but how is it racist? They are just helping their community and encouraging young black girls that they can do and be something great. Maybe if people start being kind to one other and some judging people based on skin color there wouldn't be a need for organization like this. Everyone need to learn how to be like Ellen!

+ Read More
Changamire Sings
12 months ago
5
5

I could not stop crying during this segment of the show. It began when you started crying. Then, the floods came when you both were given the Shutterfly and Ellen gifts. Congratulations! Your love for one another and for children in and outside of your home is inspiring and contagious. If ever you're in DC, look me up!! Hugs!!

+ Read More
Julianne Freeman
12 months ago
5
5

They do not discriminate based on race or color as that would be against the law. I highly encourage you to donate because if you want to combat racism, supporting organizations like this is a great place to start. I love what this group is doing. ♥

+ Read More
Beth Graves
12 months ago
5
5

Can someone tell me if this is open to girls of all race and color? I'm just curious because I don't donate to racist organizations.

+ Read More
Aileen Dillon Potter
12 months ago
3
3

So is this just for black girls???

+ Read More
Aileen Dillon Potter
12 months ago
2
2

Why does it have to be called DEAR BLACK GIRL???

+ Read More
Beth Tribbey Paquette
12 months ago
2
2

Are you kidding me, Beth Graves! You need to reread your post to hear how ridiculous it sounds when read out loud.

+ Read More
Karen Gunderson
12 months ago
2
2

Do great things ❣️

+ Read More
Robert Reardon
12 months ago
2
2

I love Ellen's fans. Whenever she asks for help, they come out of the woodwork, kick the door in and make themselves known and heard, I can't do anything financially but I'm going to circle my wagons and see what I can do.

+ Read More
Michelle Mace
12 months ago
2
2

Cheers to these 2 women for empowering the next generation of women....We need more people like this!!!

+ Read More
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