January 19, 2015 12:00 ET

New Millennial Inspirational Social Network RIZZARR Launches

Social Media That Provides Positive Space Of Uplifting Blogs by Young Adults

TYSONS CORNER, VA--(Marketwired - January 19, 2015) - As many young people reflect on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and the vision of the world in the New Year, many are wondering where they can go for thoughtful discussions, collaboration, and positive news… then, in steps RIZZARR.

Offering a unique spin on social networks, RIZZARR provides a positive space for Millennials. Functioning as a mission-driven, multimedia social platform, RIZZARR combines blogging and journalism in an environment where young leaders can emerge to inspire others. The name RIZZARR comes from the Spanish word "rizar," which means to ripple. RIZZARR connects with the concept of the ripple effect.

"I care deeply about the social issues that my generation faces as we attend college, work in corporate America, and start businesses," says Ashley M. Williams, RIZZARR founder and CEO. "I created RIZZARR because I believe that it's needed in social media. My team and I want young people to use RIZZARR to uplift, encourage, and empower each other. Our goal is to provide a safe, globally connected platform, where inspirational news and content from Millennials, is shared."

The 25-year-old hopes RIZZARR can provide more Millennials with careers as well as provide students with internship opportunities to hone their skills in journalism and social media.

RIZZARR is in closed beta, allowing users to join by invitation only. Content found on RIZZARR focuses on self-empowerment, social issues, entrepreneurship, education, technology, finances, and more. The site also profiles inspiring books as well as young people generating change in their communities and the world. Further, the site features reflective editorials on coping with stress, school challenges, bullying, domestic violence, mental health, and other real-world issues.

The company's goal is to provide an environment where negative behaviors such as cyberbullying, sexual predators, and other cyber problems are quickly identified and addressed. RIZZARR will broaden its audience to younger teens and will use its platform to enhance the knowledge of engaging with social networks for students, parents, and educators.

"Contributing to RIZZARR has allowed me to continue to find my purpose in this big world," says RIZZARR columnist and television host Christianne Rojo. "To believe in RIZZARR is to believe in the young men and women who visit our site and will one day become the leaders of our world."

For additional information about, visit or contact RIZZARR founder and CEO Ashley M. Williams via email at

RIZZARR is an inspirational social network full of uplifting news and content submitted by Millennials worldwide. Its name comes from the Spanish word "rizar," which means to ripple. RIZZARR is based on the ripple effect. RIZZARR's mission is really simple: to provide Millennials with a positive space that they can call their own. Millennials can use RIZZARR to encourage and inspire each other. Consequently, by using their lives to inspire others, they can then generate their own ripple effects into the world.

About the Founder
Ashley M. Williams is the founder and CEO of RIZZARR. She has a background in journalism. Ashley worked as a Multimedia Journalist for USA TODAY Network's Nation Now where she hosted and produced a show for the network called Long Story, Short. Prior to working at USA TODAY, Ashley worked at WBAL Radio and NBC News. Before joining NBC News, Ashley worked in South Africa as a digital reporter and producer for Cue Television as well as a print reporter intern for Grocott's Mail Newspaper. After working in South Africa, she was granted a columnist position with Her columns sparked a series for the site called, My Journey, My Africa, which allowed readers to post stories about their experiences in Africa. Ashley has received many honors, including the 2011 Student Journalist of the Year Award from the National Association of Black Journalists; the Pat Tobin Scholarship from the Black Journalists Association of Southern California; a Hearst Journalism Award Nomination. She graduated with honors from the University of Southern California, earning a B.A. in broadcast and digital journalism as well as minors in international relations and Spanish. She is spokesperson for the National Eating Disorders Association and a member of the National Association of Professional Women.

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