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Shaneisha Dodson is the founder of Black Girlz Productions. She has been called a modern-day renaissance woman. Born in Arkansas and raised in a matriarchal household.  At a young age, her mother instilled in her the value of hard work.  She admired her mother’s strength and determination to succeed. Therefore, she pushed herself to reach her full potential.  Dodson earned degrees in psychology and education. She believes everyone should have an opportunity to attend college so she gives back to the community by offering an annual scholarship to a deserving high school or college student. She hopes to one day award a full scholarship. Dodson has received numerous awards/accolades: 2023 Honorary doctorate, 2023 Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award, 2022 Christian Women in Media Award (London), 2019 Artist of the Year,  2018 Top 30 under 40 M-lifestyle magazine, Top 25 Women In Business by Courageous Magazine,  Women Doing It Big 2018 Honoree, 2018 Top 35 Women to Watch, 2017 Best Director and Best Play nomination at the Broadway World awards, 2017 Best Theatrical Presentation for Vagina Rights, Writer 50 in 50 Writing Women Into Existence; 2016 ACHI Magazine  Screenwriter of the year, Writer women inspired by art Samuel French (Judy), 2016 Black Women Are (Inspirational) Award Winner, (2) Official Selections for her first original screenplay, 2015 Best Playwright,  2015 Extraordinary Person Honoree, 2014 Celebrated during Women's History Month, 2013 Confident Woman award nominee, Who's Who of small business by Career magazine, 2011 literary award winner for her teen self-help book,  top 15 books for children/young adults, 2011 African American literary award nominee, top 25 fiction books, and also earning a spot on the best sellers list in 2009.  In 2012, she took her love of the arts to the next level and started Black Girlz Productions, LLC. Her company’s motto is “Dream BIG or go Home!” Her goal is to bring awareness to social issues through theatre. 

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