We stand in this world, at times, so knee deep in our pain with pieces of our soul scattered all around us. All we truly desire is for someone to see us, to believe in us and to lend us a helping-hand, hopefully, to pull us out of our suffering. We must pay attention to those simple gifts around us that are trying to guide us to a better way of living. One gift comes in the form of sisterhood. Sisterhood is such a powerful healing gift. To have a tribe of women who understand you, support you and love you unconditionally, is priceless.
Why is sisterhood so important? Because It’s a time to connect and share resources. When women are empowered, the entire community is empowered. Therefore, there is no community empowerment without women’s empowerment.
REVIVE was definitely empowered while covering media from the 18th annual “For Sisters Only” (FSO) Expo, Saturday, November 4, 2017, at Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Hosted by CBS Radio WPGC 95.5. FSO is one of the largest expo’s for women of color in the D.C. area annually attracting thousands and focuses on the needs, issues and lifestyle for Sisters. Let’s call it a “Girls Day Out” for African American women, a day to be empowered and have a good time. The day was full with hundreds of exhibitors educating people about health, nutrition and beauty, expert panels and celebrity musical performances.
Special guest featured the one and only prolific keynote speaker Iyanla Vanzant answering questions from audience, discussing relationships live and lifting each women’s heart that was in the Expo. Some key points that she discussed was:
- Pay Attention to the stories that we keep playing in our heads, stop those tapes that keep you suffering.
- You can’t help someone until you help yourself
- Your story doesn’t have to be what you was taught, you have the power to change the book, turn he page and start fresh!
- We have to stop calling each other degrading names such as “Bitches”. Uplift your sister don’t keep kicking her down deeper into destruction.
The lineup featured the Lissen Band; Black Alley; Mýa with a guest DJ appearance from Biz Markie; Lil’ Mo; Ameriie; Raheem DeVaughn and Wes Felton, a.k.a. The CrossRhodes; a special appearance by Ginuwine, and Eli.
It was great experience and REVIVE is so grateful to have been apart!