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2013-01-26-tanyaheadshot.jpgTanya R. Young Williams is a TV Personality, legal analyst for KTLA news, HLN on-air panelist, Host of Etc Etc. Etc., author, contributor to Huffingtonpost, inspirational speaker and a celebrity spokesperson for the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Tanya was thrust into the public spotlight when her estranged husband, former NBA All-Star, Jayson Williams, was tried for the fatal shooting of his limo driver in 2002. Her numerous television appearances brought the attention of networks and as a result, she is often called upon to offer her expert opinion on high-profile trials, celebrity troubles, domestic violence, dealing with tragedy and traumatic events and family matters.

Tanya’s expertise as a trial consultant stems from her first-hand knowledge of living through and being intimately involved in every phase of a high-profile trial – from jury selection through the verdict announcement. She has covered numerous high-profile trials over the past 10 years. Tanya’s ability to share her unique perspective makes her commentary contributions powerfully enlightening to her audiences.

As a television personality, Tanya has starred in the VH1's controversial hit series, Basketball Wives LA. Nationally, Williams has appeared on 20/20 with Barbara Walters, Good Morning America, The Early Show, CNN, HLN, ESPN, The Ricky Lake Show, Anderson Cooper, The Mike Huckabee Show, Jane Velez-Mitchell, Dr. Drew, Nancy Grace, Court TV, TMZ, KTLA, WPIX, and FoxNY.

Tanya is a captivating public speaker and is often called to speak at a wide variety of events and workshops. Her advocacy of regaining your personal power extends to all audiences. The New Jersey Regional Council of the National Women’s History Museum also recently named Williams an Honorable Woman of New Jersey.

Tanya has spent the greater part of her life studying religion, philosophy and emotional wellness. Her non-profit organization ”Families Affected” incorporates all her skills and desires to be of service to others; and it serves as a huge resource to anyone in need of support.

Tanya recently penned, “I’m Tired! Carry Your Own S#!T (Oops I Mean Bags) A 7 Day Journey to Peace, Passion and Purpose.

Tanya lives in Manhattan, New York and Los Angeles. She is the mother of two daughters, Tryumph and Whizdom.

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2015 Halloween Parties Served Up Tasty Wine Treats

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2015 | 1:45 AM

With Halloween falling on a Saturday this year, there were many parties from Thursday through Saturday. I attended Halloween parties with my children, in which the parents might have had the most fun. I attended adult-only parties that lasted long after I retired for the evening. What was great about...

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Donald Trump: Your Sons Love for Hunting African Animals Has Nothing to Do With the Second Amendment

(236) Comments | Posted October 19, 2015 | 9:19 PM

2015-10-19-1445288439-9896260-donaldtrumphuntingpic1.jpgDonald Trump, the billionaire reality TV star, real estate tycoon, and Republican presidential nominee frontrunner, supports his sons' wildly expensive hunting expeditions in Africa. In response to the global outrage of Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer's hunting and killing...

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EXCLUSIVE: Bravos Newest Housewife Pop Culture Icon Kim Fields Talks Joining The Real Housewives of Atlanta

(10) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 2:45 PM

2015-09-30-1443592721-9485334-kimfieldsheadshotbravo.jpgBravo officially announced that award-winning actor and director Kim Fields has made the foray into the reality world by becoming a cast member of Bravo's #1 rated Housewives franchise, The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Fields...

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8th Grade Firsts are Freaking Me Out

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2015 | 1:12 PM

2015-09-04-1441380748-2979674-tryumphsweatshirt.jpgMy eldest daughter began 8th grade this week and I am already overwhelmed with the possibilities and realities that this year holds. In middle school, 8th graders are the coolest and the most respected kids on campus. They relish and take...

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Tanya's Red-Blend Wine Picks Under $25

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 8:45 PM

2015-08-25-1440545046-2887409-redblendpiccover.jpgSummer is almost over and it's time for me to replace my refreshing whites with soothing reds; particularly, red-blends. Red-blends have become increasing popular over the past 10 years. They have the reputation of being more affordable and less "edgy" than...

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Tanya's 5 Favorite Champagnes and Sparkling Wines Under $20

(3) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 4:56 PM

2015-07-27-1437965301-7201588-gruetlabels.jpgPoint #1: I don't have a favorite Champagne for less that $20! Everything with bubbles is NOT champagne. In order for a wine to be classified as champagne, it must come from the Appellation of Champagne France. My favorite champagne...

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Los Angeles Girls Win National Soccer Championship

(1) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 12:50 PM

A southern California, under-13, girls soccer team recently became national champions at the National President's Cup in Overland Park, Kansas. Most definitely inspired by the U.S. women's soccer team becoming The World Cup champions, 20 young ladies, representing Santa Monica United Football Club (SMU), traveled from...

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The Confederate Flag Is for Losers

(9) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 8:06 PM

2015-06-24-1435184997-3848386-confederateflagloser.jpgThe Confederate flag ticks me off because it represents the losers. As an athlete, I love the quote, "no one ever remembers who comes in second." That saying always motivated me because it is true. How dare the supporters of the losers...

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I Am Confuzzled by Ms. Rachel Dolezal's Identity Crisis So I Asked My Kids for Help

(277) Comments | Posted June 13, 2015 | 6:36 PM

What does it mean to be Black versus African-American? I grappled with this question years ago; for no particular reason other than to have clarity within myself. It is shocking how antiquated and "off the mark" the Webster and Oxford dictionaries are in defining Black.


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Domestic Violence Victims Advocate: 50 Shades of Grey Is NOT about Domestic Violence

(19) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 2:09 AM

2015-02-17-50shadesparamount.jpgThere have been numerous stories written characterizing 50 Shades of Grey as a movie that glamorizes domestic violence and will lead to an increase in the abuse of women. There have been boycotts started asking viewers to send...

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I'm Tired of Talking About Racism and a Judge's Bid to Abolish the Grand Jury

(1) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 6:17 PM

I am of the mind that we have progressed, as a nation, considerably over the past 50 years as it pertains to race relations. I'm tired of talking about racism. In fact, I am sick and tired of talking about racism - but I have no choice. The past couple...

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Exclusive: A Private Meeting with President Obama to Discuss ISIS and Boko Haram

(2) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 3:25 PM

2014-10-19-egbasepresidient.jpgAnthony Egbase, a nationalized American from Nigeria with dual citizenship, sat down with President Obama to discuss foreign policy and specifically the terror attacks in Syria by ISIS and in Nigeria by Boko Haram. Mr. Egbase is a highly respected...

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The Importance of President Obama and Men Speaking out Against Domestic Violence

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2014 | 4:46 PM

2014-10-12-DVKtieshandmade2.jpgPresident Obama said it best, "It is on the parents of young men to teach them respect for women, and on grown men to set an example and be clear on what it means to be a man." Domestic Violence...

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Domestic Violence 101 and UROK Survival Kit

(5) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 4:13 PM

2014-09-17-domestivviolencekilltshirtSince the video of former NFL star Ray Rice callously pulling his unconscious fiancé out of an elevator emerged, there has been a national discussion about domestic violence. When a second video surfaced wherein it is clear that Ray Rice punched his...

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National Domestic Violence Organizations Silent in Wake of Ray Rice Abuse

(9) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 11:44 AM

2014-09-08-domesticviolenceribbon.jpgWhere is the outcry from our leading domestic violence organizations in the wake of the latest Ray Rice elevator video, wherein he punches his fiance in the face? The video clearly shows the NFL standout, Ray Rice, pushing his then-fiance,...

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EXCLUSIVE: BET Responds After Coming Under Fire from Journalists and Publicists

(2) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 4:57 PM

It appears that many journalists and publicists were angered, but NOT surprised by the snubbing of legendary photographer Bill Jones at the recent record-breaking BET Awards show. Since the posting of my Huffington Post piece, with an exclusive statement from Jones detailing his disappointment in being...

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EXCLUSIVE: Legendary Photographer Bill Jones' Says BET Awards Denied His Credentials

(10) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 5:09 PM

2014-07-06-billjoneshalleberry.jpgThe BET Awards show held on June 29, 2014, was a record-breaking event. The event was cable's number one award show this season, drawing 7.9 million viewers and dominating Twitter with 11 million tweets. It was the most tweeted about "BET Awards"...

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Victim of Viral YouTube Video has Message for Racist Stripper in Explosive Interview

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 10:39 AM

Narvell Benning posted a video on YouTube on June 4, 2014 called Blatant Racism in Cheektowaga NY. In the video you watch and hear Janelle Ambrosia unleash a racist verbal assault upon the videographer and victim, Narvell Benning. In just seven days, the video went viral and amassed...

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An Open Letter to the Real Housewives of Atlanta's Kenya Moore and Porsha Stewart

(9) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 3:31 PM

2014-04-24-RHOA.pngDear ladies, although we've never met, mutual friends have attested to what nice people you are despite the less than flattering persona displayed on The Real Housewives of Atlanta.  Therefore, I was shocked to learn of the barbaric brawl you...

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Zimmerman's Girlfriend 'Drop Charges' Plea: Typical

(3) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 8:52 AM

2013-12-10-georgezimmermanphoto.jpgGeorge Zimmerman's girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, is acting in a manner that is typical of many domestic violence victims. As a staunch advocate for victims of domestic violence, a celebrity partner with the National Domestic Violence Hotline, as well as,...

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