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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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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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Celebrity Friends Give Best Holiday Gift Ideas for Under $50

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 4:29 PM

2013-12-01-lavendertablets.pngThe holiday season symbolizes spending time with family and friends, eating food that we regret soon thereafter, and exchanging gifts on Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Gift giving can stress-out the most joyful holiday shopper. Everyone strives to give thoughtful and appreciated...

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The Silence Surrounding Domestic Violence is Deafening

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 4:39 PM

As a very vocal advocate for the eradication of domestic violence, I am greatly frustrated by the apparent indifference our culture has towards domestic violence and the cancerous destruction it has on our families. A greater discussion was warranted, especially in October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month,...

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Katherine Jackson's Quest for Answers in Suit Against AEG

(4) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 9:45 AM

2013-09-25-katherinejacksoncreditethanMiller.jpgKatherine Jackson testified that her son, Michael Jackson, took care of her every need. Her two day, tearful averment conveyed her shock and disbelief upon learning of Michael Jackson's death on June 25, 2009. She said, "Everything went...

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A N*gg*r Is a Black Person, Says Webster

(47) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 10:39 AM

The term n*gg*r is a word that I abhor and a word that I have never used in reference to another. N*gg*r is a word that was NOT used in my home growing up and it's a word that my 9 and 10-year-old daughters have no understanding. For n*gg*r is...

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Survey: Results Suggest Neither Acquittal Nor Death Likely in Jodi Arias Murder Trial

(115) Comments | Posted March 30, 2013 | 9:19 AM

The Jodi Arias case has captured the attention of the nation due to the graphic and violent evidence presented during the trial. Jodie Arias, 32, has been charged with first degree murder for killing her lover, Travis Alexander. Arias has admitted to shooting Alexander in the face, stabbing...

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Survey: What Do You Think of Jodi Arias, Travis Alexander and the Murder Trial?

(477) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 4:31 PM

2013-03-20-jodiariaspicture.jpgThe Jodi Arias case has captured the attention of the nation due to the graphic and violent evidence presented during the trial. Jodie Arias, a pretty, intelligent, 32-year-old woman killed her strong, handsome, successful, 30-year-old lover Travis...

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CNN's Roland Martin: 'You're Going to Get Fired From Every Job Anyway' (VIDEO)

(40) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 9:01 AM

CNN's new chief Jeff Zucker has made radical and sweeping changes since becoming president of CNN Worldwide in January 2013. His latest move, removing Soledad O'Brien as host of CNN's morning news program Starting Point, and replacing her with former ABC award-winning...

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WATCH: Jamie Foxx Makes God and Fred Hammond Big Winners on NBC's NAACP Image Awards

(6) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 8:30 AM


Fred Hammond is one of gospel music's biggest stars and yet, on NBC's live broadcast of the 44th NAACP Image Awards, he was granted a mainstream "coming out party." Hammond was nominated for Outstanding Gospel Album at...

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Aha! Moment for Oprah Saves OWN and Her Legacy

(24) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 1:20 PM

In 2011, while Oprah Winfrey was ending her 25-year dominance as the #1 talk-show host on the the planet, simultaneously, she was launching the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWn) -- a merger between Oprah and Discovery Communications. Despite promising numbers during the launch of the network, the viewership continued to

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