(February 12th 2014) This is a special year for the organization of Saving Our Daughters, and its new direction on focusing on homeless youth across the country. This direction has selected women celebrities willing to tell their personal stories on overcoming horrific challenges in their lives as young women. Since last year, the organization has enlisted incredible women entertainers such Kelly Rowland, Keke Wyatt and Nene Leakes; and now in 2014, actress Maia Campbell will join these influential celebrities within the industry, to help discuss the challenges she faced as a young adult woman battling the temptation of addiction.
A few weeks back, the organization was brought to Maia’s attention by the Trina Braxton Street Team, Fund-Raiser Director, Tiana Rice and Maia’s manager, Corey Love. “Everyone is very excited to have Maia join the Saving Our Daughters family and our focus on homeless youth for the International Covenant House of New York, this partnership will help save many of our young girls that are trying to give up on life because of their circumstances”, states, Executive Director, Curtis B. of Saving Our Daughters.
About Our Maia Campbell
Maia Campbell was born November 26, 1976, in Takoma Park Maryland (a suburb of Washington D.C.) to Bebe Moore Campbell and Tiko Campbell. Her mother was a teacher, journalist and author (with three New York Times best sellers) and her father was an architect. Maia’s parents divorced when she was a little girl and her mother remarried Ellis Gordon Jr. when she was eight years old. Her mother and stepfather had a son, named Ellis Gordon III.
Even as a young child, Maia had dreams of becoming an entertainer. Maia’s first acting role came in 1993 when she was about 17 years old. She was chosen for the role of Shante (the cousin of Tupac Shakur’s character) in John Singleton’s Poetic Justice. That same year, she guest appeared in the sitcomThea, which starred the comedian Thea Vidale. The following year she appeared as the girlfriend of Larenz Tate’s character in five episodes of South Central, the comedy-drama show that centered on a family living in South Central, Los Angeles. Maia attended Spelman College in Atlanta for a year before landing her breakthrough role on In the House, starring LL Cool J and Debbie Allen. Maia played one of Debbie Allen’s two children (a teenage girl), who moved into LL Cool J’s character’s house after both his character and Debbie Allen’s character suffered financial problems that necessitated the arrangement. In the House ran for five seasons, from 1995 to 1999, and during this time, Maia guest appeared on a number of other popular shows, including Beverly Hills 90210, Moesha, and Sister, Sister. In 1999, she appeared in the comedy film Trippin’ with Deon Richmond and Donald Faison, as well as in two Tyrese music videos for his songs “Lately” and “Sweet Lady.” Maia has credited God with helping her overcome her addictions. “God came into my life and really worked on me and changed me.” Maia now takes medication for her bipolar disorder, and she has been sober for three years. She has been working on a book about her life, titled “Sagittarius,” since 2004, and in 2012, she released a single called “Make Em Say Oh”.