Abiola Abrams

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Abiola Abrams
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Abiola Abrams in New York
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(1976-07-29) July 29, 1976 (age 43)
OccupationAuthor, filmmaker, TV personality
Known forTelevision talking head, books, blogging, Video blogging

Abiola Abrams (born July 29, 1976) is an American TV host, filmmaker, Internet personality, personal coach, motivational speaker and author.[1][2] Her advice columns on topics such as relationships and self-worth include Intimacy Intervention on Essence.com[3] and Abiola’s Love Class on MommyNoire.com.[4] She is the author of the self-esteem advice guide The Official Bombshell Handbook: The 13 Sacred Secrets of Feminine Power[5] and Dare, a love story retelling of Faust set in the hip hop world. Abrams is also the creator of a lifestyle blog and web video series at AbiolaTV.com.

Early life and education[edit]

She is a first generation Guyanese-American who was raised in New York City. Abrams attended the Brearley School. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Vermont College of Fine Arts.[6]

Abrams is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. She was a featured speaker at Alycia Kaback's NYC Women's Empowerment Summit.[7] Abrams is a certified life coach.


In June 1999, Ms. magazine published a series of articles by three generations of women discussing whether Lewinsky's behavior had any meaning for feminism. Abrams was featured, along with Susan Jane Gilman and the sexologist Susie Bright.[8]

Abrams is an author, columnist and blogger in the self-help and love fields. She gives advice on sites such as Match.com,[9] gURL.com [10] and Yahoo! Shine.[11] Black Enterprise magazine named her site one of the top African American lifestyle blogs.[12] Her first writing project, Goddess City, an empowerment play produced at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture,[13] was published in the anthology Say Word! by the University of Michigan Press.[14]

Dare (ISBN 1-4165-4166-7, ISBN 978-1-4165-4166-0), Abrams' first novel, was published by Simon & Schuster on December 11, 2007.[1]

Her poem "Groceries" appears in the playwright/activist Eve Ensler's 2007 anthology A Memory, A Monologue a Rant and A Prayer (ISBN 978-0-345-49791-8) alongside work by such writers as Maya Angelou, Edward Albee, Alice Walker and Edwidge Danticat.

In addition, essays by Abrams will be featured in the upcoming[when?] anthologies Behind the Bedroom Door, edited by Paula Derrow, and Dirty Words: An Encyclopedia of Sex, edited by Ellen Sussman. Abrams is the founder of The Goddess Factory, an movement to motivate and empower primarily women, but also people of all backgrounds, culturally, emotionally, politically and sexually. In addition to her personal blog she writes for several publications and websites.

Television and film[edit]

Highline Ballroom in Manhattan hosting web TV show.

Abrams is a lifestyle and relationship coach currently giving advice on TV talk shows such as the CW Network’s The Bill Cunningham Show.[15] She appeared on WE TV’s Braxton Family Values as herself, interviewing the reality star Tamar Braxton for her web TV YouTube talk show.[16] Abrams also talks about the rules of dating on the Centric show Him and Her Rules also featuring Claudia Jordan, Dr. Jeff Gardere, Dr. Michelle Callahan.[17] Abrams also filmed an episode of Meghan McCain’s Pivot (TV channel) series, Raising McCain named "The Death of Romance" along with the comic writer Phoebe Robinson.[18]

Abrams was a BBC entertainment correspondent from 2011 to 2012 and a former host of The Best Shorts,[1] Black Entertainment Television's (BET) indie film showcase and competition from 2006 to 2008.[2] Abiola also appeared on My Two Cents, a panel-style show also on her network's Centric, formerly BET J. She has hosted or co-hosted such shows as the syndicated The Source: All Access, Source magazine's hip hop show, and Chat Zone, an HBO interstitial talk show billed as "politically incorrect" for the MTV set, and appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! as a part of his red carpet interview coverage of the 2007 BET Awards in Los Angeles.

In spring 2009, she was featured as the overly selective "Miss Picky", an advice columnist and one of the eight single women seeking love on VH1's reality television show Tough Love. In spring 2011, she starred as a dating empowerment coach helping a geeky teenager find love and become a ladies' man on MTV's reality television show Made. In addition, she has guest starred on TV series such as Law & Order and the soap opera All My Children and appears as a pop culture talking head on networks such as FOX. Her mini-films, documentaries and plays have been shown and performed in galleries, festivals, theaters and museums throughout the United States, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean.

Adams directed the documentaries Taboo: The Controversy of Black/White 'Race Mixing' in America (2005), Knives in My Throat: The Year I Survived While My Mind Tried to Kill Me (2005); and short films Stranded (2004), Ophelia's Opera (2001).[19][20][21][22]


  1. ^ a b c "Abiola Abrams Biography". Simon & Schuster. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Abiola Abrams". AbiolaAbrams.com. Retrieved November 25, 2015.
  3. ^ Essence.com Intimacy-Intervention
  4. ^ MommyNoire.com Abiola’s Love Class
  5. ^ Bombshell Handbook Sacred Secrets of Feminine Power
  6. ^ Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. International Membership Directory. 2004. p. 2.
  7. ^ Iglesias, Tracy. "NYC Women's Empowerment Summit 2011 recap!". Ascending Butterfly. Tracy Iglesias. Retrieved July 21, 2011.
  8. ^ Adams, Abiola Wendy (June 1999). "Dear Monica". Ms. Archived from the original on August 6, 2014. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
    - Gilman, Susan Jane (June 1999). "Oral Report". Ms. Archived from the original on February 10, 2014. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
    - Bright, Susie (June 1999). "The Beauty and the Brains". Ms. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
  9. ^ Match.com First Date Advice: 4 First Date Ideas to Rock Your Love Life Archived December 7, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Gurl.com How To Deal With Lesbian Rumors |date= 1 September 2012
  11. ^ Yahoo Shine Home Bacon
  12. ^ Black Enterprise Black-Blogger
  13. ^ New York Public Library NYPL Archived May 24, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ University of Michigan Press Say Word!
  15. ^ Bill Cunningham show Show Blogger: Abiola Abrams
  16. ^ Tamar Braxton Talks Love and War
  17. ^ Miss Claudia Jean Media Kit
  18. ^ Meghan McCain Lifestyle Expert
  19. ^ "Abiola Abrams". Co-Creator Network. 2009.
  20. ^ Sutton, Wayne (February 21, 2010). "#28DaysofDiversity: People of color impacting the social web. Day 21 Abiola Abrams @AbiolaTV". socialwayne.com.
  21. ^ "CineWomen On Screen - A NYWIFT series". New York Women in Film and Television. March 1, 2010. Archived from the original on October 9, 2010.
  22. ^ Knight, Magda (September 3, 2014). "Abiola Abrams". Mookychick.

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