Sisterhood, often referenced as the place of kinship and familiarity among black women. Often seen in familiar glance exchanged across the room or even found in the hug with a familial embrace. This sisterhood is often mistaken and diminished by the character of women young and old simply trying to find their place in the world. To some, like me, it at a times can be thought of as a mythical place – a true epicenter for black female unity. An encouraging environment for success, mental and physical wellness among a supportive community of women. This is the Black Women’s Expo.
Embarking on its 25th year, the expo has further pushed for the cultivation of black women. Leaning on their strengths as business owners and seeking to provide resources for those that may find them to be unattainable. Both prioritized and embraced in this space, black women thrive. They are the only standard of acceptance. From beauty to finance, the resources provided are unlimited. The three-day weekend event rightfully coined #SheMATTER presents a welcoming environment for women to shop, talk and grow.
It was on day two, that I saw the true colors of the event. Although navigating the event as a consumer and a presumed blogger, it allowed me to really see the interactions around me. Love was taking place here. During a paneled conversation with Kendra G. of WGCI on Black Women in Media, she presented her sisters in media Bionce Foxx, Tia Ewing, Charmaine, Courtney Gousmen and Felicia Lawrence. The conversation circulated their ‘come to media’ moments along with their position on personality vs. reality. All while dropping gems for those that are looking to push their careers as influencers and media personalities.
Although having a great conversation, the newest of the media tribe Charmaine of WGCI & ‘Black Ink Chicago’ expressed her seemingly unconventional or ‘short cut’ experience of becoming an on-air personality. Being that she was seemingly ‘given’ the position she is in based on her popularity on Black Ink Chicago. She expressed feeling out of place or less deserving of the ladies surrounding her on the panel. Before being able to finish her point on the matter, Kendra G. jumped to her defense. “You belong here”. She stated, no matter how unconventional the journey; her work ethic along with her college degree is why she is able to be here today. A powerful sentiment, simply because often times it can be deemed that we as black women don’t take up for one another or have a crab in a barrel mentality when it comes to more than one black woman being in a particular space relative to another.
That was it. That moment really emboldened the purpose of the Black Women’s Expo. the value in being our sister’s keeper is the mentality and the unity we should all strive to express and display. It was eye-opening to see black women about their business and about each other. Be sure to check out Part 2 of the Expo in Atlanta, September 14th – 15th 2019.