Florida Hip Hop & Dance Recording Artist Helps Blind Students

Tampa, Florida (PressExposure) August 08, 2009 -- African-American girls all have a few extra hoops to jump through in our society. When an African-American girl is born blind, however, the statistical likelihood of her being a successful woman drops precipitously. Additionally, if the blindness of that girl is due to a condition that affects skin and hair pigment, she is likely to be an outcast in her own community. Seria Chatters has risen above the rejection she experienced as a child to the point of both achieving scholastic excellence and being a successful musician in a world that recognizes very few blind women.

Seria Chatters (Tampa) is legally blind from Albinism, and she experienced rejection as a child in the Af-Am community because of her light skin and amber-colored hair. She came in third in the 2001 Tampa Bay Idol competition. Her dance single "Body Heat" reached the top of several dance charts in 2008 and she has a hip hop duo with her brother Lawrence (XL), who is also blind from Albinism, called Kemistry. She donated her song "Let Me See You Move" to the "Sound in Sight" CD to raise money for the Mary Anne Parks Performing Arts Scholarship of the Performing Arts Division of the National Federation of the Blind. She is now a member of the board of directors. Her song "Let Me See You Move" is available as a free download at: http://www.padnfb.org

"Sound in Sight" is a multi-genre compilation of eighteen original tracks and covers, all donated by blind recording artists. Hear clips at: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/padotnfotb

Seria graduated from Midland Lutheran College with a Bachelors Degree in Marketing. She also has a Masters Degree in School and Mental Health Counseling from University of South Florida, and she is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Counseling Psychology. She lives near Tampa with her husband and their son, Adonis.

About Performing Arts Division, National Federation of the Blind

The Performing Arts Division of the National Federation of the Blind is a volunteer-run non-profit which supports blind performers through subsidies, networking and scholarships. Visit: http://www.padnfb.org
PAD is a division of the National Federation of the Blind: With more than 50,000 members, the National Federation of the Blind is the largest and most influential membership organization of blind people in the United States. The NFB improves blind people’s lives through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence.
It is the leading force in the blindness field today and the voice of the nation's blind. In January 2004 the NFB opened the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, the first research and training center in the United States for the blind led by the blind. http://www.nfb.org

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Press Release Submitted On: August 08, 2009 at 2:01 pm
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