April 16, 2013

Uptown Grrrl Soiree Recap & 4 Valuable Lessons for Women Looking to Succeed

Hey Lovers,

L- R: Alyah Horsford Sidberry, Shola Lynch, Sharene Wood, Nicole Moore at The Uptown Grrrl Soiree hosted by theHotness.com and 5001 Flavors at Harlem Haberdashery. (Photo courtesy theHotness.com)
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend the Uptown Grrrl Soiree hosted by theHotness.com Nicole Moore and 5001 Flavors at Harlem Haberdashery sponsored by Svedka Vodka, Miss Jessies, and Uptown Magazine.

It was a fantastic afternoon of lounging and mingling at Harlem Haberdashery. A number of women (and a few good men) came out to celebrate the achievements of three women with a Harlem connection who have made a significant impact on the community:

Alyah Horsford-Sidberry, owner of new Harlem hot spot Cove Lounge which was recently featured on the Food Network's 3 Days to Open with Bobby Flay.

Sharene Wood, owner of the fashion brand 5001 Flavors and Harlem Haberdashery. 5001 Flavors also offers celebrity styling and has styled & outfitted celebs including Jay-Z, A. Keys, Mary J. Blige, LeBron James, & Notorious B.I.G.

Shola Lynch, director of the critically acclaimed documentary Free Angela & All Political Prisoners showing in AMC theatres right now! Go check it out.

Despite the diversity amongst these women in their chosen professions here are a few things we can take from them on our own journey to success.
  • Each woman has a sincere belief in the power of giving back & paying it forward to the community in some way. Free Angela is a huge testament to that - artistically, politically and historically. Wood's brand 5001 Flavors has designed a pair of sunglasses from which 10% of proceeds go towards Code Purple. Establishing a brick and mortar in the community also contributes to the economy and vitality of Harlem. 
  • These women are proud to be women. Proud to be who they are. Proud to be from where they're from, and proud of their achievements. (My take on this: don't dull your shine to please others! Be you unapologetically!)
  • To paraphrase Shola Lynch, it is essential that we tell, share and learn from the stories of those who came before us. She added, "In order for us to succeed, Black women must support other Black women."
  • You must have faith in yourself. 

Many thanks go out to Nicole Moore of theHotness.com for not only putting this event together, but for also making it her business to celebrate black women everyday, and for giving an eloquent voice to our issues and concerns.

Check out more details and pics of the event over here.

Essence Street Style photographer Hannan Saleh was also in attendance and managed to snap some shots of the fabulous ladies who came out to support. The photos appeared in Essence.com's Street Style Hair: Uptown Style gallery. Yours truly is pictured wearing one of our soon to be released asymmetrical necklaces with green glass, lemon jade and jasper semi precious stones. Stay tuned for more. (SB: In my mind I was actually smiling *face palm* lol)

Peace & Love,

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