Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence magazine wrapped Sunday in Orlando, Florida. Ex NFL player, Michael Strahan, spoke openly to the Dreamers about his older brothers who made fun of him by calling him Bob. He eventually found out that they were making fun of him, booty on back but at 13 it inspired him to be Michael. He began working out lifting weights, his father started working out with him as well and at 16 a Senior in Germany, he was sent to Texas to stay with his Aunt to football and the rest is history. Bullet points from his speech was to make sure you study and find out who you are.
Michelle Ebanks, president of Essence Communications Inc. and president of People en Español, told the Dreamers to work hard and to take a step out on faith even when the dots don’t connect at first. She talked about graduating from high school, her college years at the University of Florida, and her rocky start to pursuing her dreams. FLOTUS, Michelle Obama, called Ebanks and told her that every issue of Essence tells us that we are beautiful, our opinions matter, that we can live our lives without limits, and that we should be fearless. The Dreamers were inspired by Strahan and Ebanks. Check out more photos in the gallery.
Photos by Joi Pearson Photography