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Sherri Shepherd of “The View” Interviews Raijean Stroud of Swa-Rai

This past weekend, I had the ultimate pleasure of being interviewed by Sherri Shepherd of “The View”. She came to Chicago to host the 5th Annual First Ladies Health Luncheon at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Sherri hosted her own version of “The View”-Chicago Style, where I got a chance to tell others my story and about my work with The Bleeding Heart Project. It truly was an honor and an amazing experience to stand among women whom one day I hope to join.

sheri2Many may not know this but I also do public speaking. While I love blogging, I have bigger goals that I’m working towards which include being an author and eventually hosting my own tv show like the ladies above. So not only was it my chance to inspire others with my story but is was my turn to be inspired.

Check out a few pictures from the event below…IMG_9712

Time for a MIC check…

Patiently waiting for my turnIMG_9723

Doing what I do best, sharing my story!!IMG_9732

I absolutely love Val Warner of “Windy City Live”, she really is the best!IMG_9734

And of course I love Sherri both ladies are amazing to be around and so approachable!!IMG_9738

The legendary Rev. Willie Barros of Rainbow P.U.S.H. was in attendance. She is so adorable I had to get a picture.IMG_9742Minister Darius Brooks preformed and brought the house down! All in all it was an amazing afternoon. To see more pictures from the even check out our Facebook Page here.

Thanks to The American Heart Association for the opportunity, You guys will forever be near and dear to my heart!

About the author

Raijean Stroud

Fashion, beauty & lifestyle blogger based in Chicago and founder of, Swa-Rai Media Group and Bleeding Heart Project. Launched in 2010, Swa-Rai discusses a range of topics including: fashion, beauty and lifestyle experiences which includes travel, tech, family, dining and so much more! When not in Chicago, Raijean can be found traveling around the country covering some of the hottest events! She can be spotted in places such as New York for covering events such as Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week, Las Vegas for CES (Consumer Electronics Show), LA for Lucky FABB and more! When she's not traveling she's in Chicago, interviewing celebrities and covering exclusive events.

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