2009 News



Diahann appeared at Lincoln Center on the evening of November 16, 2009 along with Wynton Marsalis and Michael Feinstein; in the annual "Jazz at Lincoln Center" Fundraiser.  For more information, please visit www.jazzatlincolncenter.org.


Watch for Diahann to be a guest on the MY network talk show on Friday, November, 13, 2009.

National Abolition Hall of Fame Presents
the Documentary Film
Over the River...Life of Lydia Maria Child, Abolitionist for Freedom
at Colgate University

Celebrated filmmaker and author Constance L. Jackson's well-regarded documentary, Over the River...Life of Lydia Maria Child, Abolitionist for Freedom premiered in upstate New York at 6 p.m. Thursday, October 22, 2009 at the Ho Science Center at Colgate University. This event was sponsored by the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum (www.abolitionhof.org). The screening commemorate the life and death of prominent 19th century female abolitionist Lydia Maria Child (February 11, 1802 - October 20, 1880), who in 1833 wrote the very first cutting-edge book on immediately abolishing slavery in America, An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans. Mrs. Child was a prolific writer, writing many of the first books in America on life-changing social issues that are still engrained in our society today. She was also the editor of Harriet Jacobs' slave narrative, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Today Mrs. Child is best known for her Thanksgiving Day poem turned song, "Over the River and Through the Woods to Grandmother's House We Go."

Jackson's film, Over the River..., narrated by notable actress Ms. Diahann Carroll, shows Child's unwavering commitment to Indian Rights and Black suffrage. Child, coined "The First Woman in the Republic" by the great 19th century abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, was also the bridge to the women's suffrage movement. Written in 1835, her groundbreaking book, History of the Condition of Women helped set the course for women's rights.

Filmmaker and author Constance L. Jackson was instrumental in getting Mrs. Child inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York in 2001. In a personal letter of
appreciation to Ms. Jackson, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed her gratitude to Ms. Jackson for sharing Child's life with her and the world via the Over the River... book and film.

On Friday, October 23, Ms. Jackson will discuss "Becoming Agents of Change: Then and Now" at the Center for Women's Studies Lounge on the Colgate campus from 1:30 to 3 p.m., in the East Hall located at 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, New York.

updated information about the Over the River, DVD and book, please visit www.OverTheRiverMovie.com

Breast Cancer Examined: An African American Perspective
A New National Cable-TV Special About Breast Cancer

In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, TV One premiered "Breast Cancer Examined: An African American Perspective," a one-hour original special promoting early detection and treatment on Sunday (Oct. 11, 2009) at 7 p.m.  The documentary, produced as part of a collaboration with Susan G. Komen for the Cure (www.komen.org), focuses on the organization’s African American breast cancer initiative, “Circle of Promise.”  The show travels from Washington DC to Dallas to Los Angeles, probing into the areas of prevention, detection, treatment and empowerment for survivors, their families and friends. 

Its focus is promoting early detection by dispelling myths and fears that disproportionately discourage African-American women from seeking checkups and treatment. A few celebrities are included in the story -- actress Diahann Carroll among them -- but "Breast Cancer Examined" is built around the personal stories of regular women who've survived, or are still undergoing treatment for, the disease. "We learned early on, in reading and talking to people, that there were so many myths and fears in our community, " producer Jamie Balthazar said. "We felt like showing these women, who are dealing with the disease and saying, 'Look, I had fear, but I had to overcome my fear. I have children, a husband. I had to overcome my fear. We can all overcome the fear.' "What we learned from researchers is that overall, African-American statistics have worsened, and it's a growing epidemic in our community. We're not going to the doctor."

Balthazar said it is atypical for African-American women to share personal health information -- even with loved ones, no less for TV. "African-American women tend to not want to divulge that part of their lives, " she said. "In our community, it's just not talked about enough." One African-American woman didn't hesitate to talk when asked.

Diahann Carroll -- an iconic figure for being the first African-American actress to star in her own TV series, 1968's "Julia" -- is a breast cancer survivor. "She immediately responded, 'What can I do? I will tell my story. If this helps one woman, I'm more than happy to do it, ' " Balthazar said.

The 519 Church Street Community Center Benefit

Diahann appeared at The Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto Canada on the evening of March 21, 2009 in a benefit performance for “The 519 Church Street Community Center”. For more information, please visit them online at www.the519.org.


Diahann is featured in the People magazine Hollywood
portrait & write-up published Feb. 25, 2009

2009 Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards

Diahann was the headline entertainment at the 2009 Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards for the Desert AIDS Project Feb. 21, 2009 at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, California. For more information, visit www.desertaidsproject.org.

The Diahann Carroll™ Collection
Available exclusively from
Especially Yours®

 Dedicated to setting trends in contemporary hair design and satisfying the needs of its fashion-conscious customers, the Especially Yours® catalog and website boast a number of unique products, including an exclusive celebrity-endorsed line by Diahann Carroll! This line features classic and charming designs that embody the pure elegance and poise of this legend of stage and screen. Diahann’s styles are available in easy, no-fuss synthetic hair for those who are always on the go; as well as in 100% human hair for those who like to style, curl and change their look from day to day!

An Especially Yours® exclusive since 1998, some of styles in The Diahann Carroll™ Collection feature ‘WhisperLite™’, a breakthrough fiber that’s half the weight of traditional fiber, for an airier, barley-there feel that lasts all day. For example, ‘Beauty’ (shown above), a short style with layers that sweep effortlessly into place and stay enchanting,  day into night.

Diahann’s polished styles are available in 31 breathtaking colors (18 in synthetic hair and 13 in human hair), consisting of brunettes, reds, highlights, and, gray shades that look stunning at any age. In addition, for a sophisticated glow, Diahann’s styles come in her own custom silver shades – four exclusive blends that shimmer with all the nuances of natural gray!  Especially Yours® refreshes the selection frequently with the addition of flattering and fashionable new styles and colors, while ensuring that several different wigs are available at any one time to provide customers with plenty of choice. Prices are from just $39 for a synthetic style and $69 for a human hair style, offering fantastic value!

The Diahann Carroll™ Collection is available exclusively from Especially Yours® by visiting www.especiallyyours.com or calling 1 800 939 9447 to order or to join the mailing list for a free monthly catalog.

In October 2007, Especially Yours® joined the fight against breast cancer by teaming up with Diahann, who is a breast cancer survivor, and the national spokesperson for the ‘Star Campaign’. Sponsored by The Wellness Community, the Star Campaign enables those affected by cancer to honor the care givers who have guided them through their cancer journey. The Wellness Community is an international non-profit organization dedicated to providing free support, education and hope to people with cancer and their loved ones.  Especially Yours® began it’s support with a financial donation to The Wellness Community, and the catalog informed customers on how to get involved in the Star Campaign.  Much more is planned.





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