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Jurnee Smollett is all grown up, and she is one of my favorite people in Hollywood, and has been since she was three. I just love the way that young women like Raven Symone, Tia & Tamera Mowry, Kyla Pratt, and Jurnee Smollett have transitioned from childhood actresses into beautiful adult women. Along the way they have managed to maintain their dignity, and work in such a manner that is classy, respectful, and inspirational to so many young girls. Obviously growing up in the spotlight isn’t easy, but these young women have managed to do so in a positive manner.

Whenever any of the women mentioned above are working on projects, MrsGrapevine.com is happy to promote their projects. So, check out Jurnee Smollett at the 21st Annual Beat The Odds Awards in Beverly Hills, hosted by the Children’s Defense FundCalifornia:

Founded in 1990,  Beat the Odds honors outstanding high schools students who have overcome tremendous adversity, demonstrated academic excellence and given back to their communities. The program identifies and rewards young people who have experienced significant hardship in their lives and supports and trains them to become future leaders in adulthood.

More pics when you continue…Plus pics of Zoe Saldana, who also attended the awards ceremony.

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