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Maimah Karmo Named to Grio's 100 List for 2012

This list includes 100 individuals from across 10 professional fields that are making a difference in their communities and across the country.

Reston, VA, February 03, 2012 --( announced this week the third-annual theGrio's 100 list, honoring Washington, D.C.'s Maimah Karmo. This exclusive list honors Black History Month by highlighting the next generation of African-American history makers and industry leaders who have the potential to make a difference in the lives of all Americans.

Maimah Karmo, President and Founder of the Tigerlily Foundation, joins 99 other individuals from across 10 professional fields, including business, education, sports, science and the environment, media, service and activism, politics, health, pop culture and the arts.

Ms. Karmo, a six-year survivor of breast cancer, was selected for her commitment to educating young women about breast health, and for turning her challenge with breast cancer into a nationwide foundation that provides young women with services and support.

Ms. Karmo, a passionate advocate for breast health awareness, has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and Good Morning America, among other television media; in many print publications, including O, The Oprah Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Essence, Seventeen, Bazaar, Redbook, Ladies Home Journal and more. Ms. Karmo most recently received the Congressional Black Caucus Leadership in Advocacy Award for her work with young women and breast cancer. In October 2011, Maimah was appointed to the Federal Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women, a committee established by the Affordable Care Act, on which she works to develop initiatives to increase knowledge of breast health and breast cancer, particularly among women under the age of 40 and those at heightened risk for developing the disease.

“TheGrio’s 100” was officially unveiled by theGrio Executive Editor David A. Wilson on NBC on February 1st. Individuals from “TheGrio’s 100” will be profiled on all platforms of NBC News including “NBC Nightly News,” “Today,” MSNBC, CNBC, and through the end of February.

"This year's list celebrates 100 honorees that possess a unique set of characteristics that separate them from the rest," said Wilson. "theGrio’s 100 gives us the opportunity to shine a spotlight on individuals that are making a difference today, with the potential to make history in the future.”

Visit to learn more about Maimah Karmo and all other individuals on theGrio's 100 list.

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