If I knew back then #WhatIKnowNow then I probably would not try so hard to be liked or accepted and I would accept the fact that you can't please everyone. If I knew back then, what I know now then my beauty would have already been accepted by me and not pending others response in order for self-approval. If I knew back then what I know now then I would have known, the way "they" treated me was because of jealousy and the potential that "they" saw in me before I believed it in myself. Honestly I could go on and on with the #WhatIKnowNow hashtag challenge that sparked my interest during the What I Know Now Brunch at the Ritten House Hotel this pass Saturday. Hashtags and Highheels was invited to this brunch by a friend who works for "Uniquely You" an organization that focuses on girls 12 to 17 years of age in the African American community and gives them a private space to share their feelings, trials and topics that women of color experience growing up. I was compelled by what this group stands for and all that they had to offer girls who may be troubled or discouraged and misled. I was asked by my friend last year to come and speak on my black being beautiful at Shaleah Sutton's (the founder of UYS) home. Ever since I spoke to the young girls I felt myself being hooked to their message and the cause.
Reason being ,I was not always this strong influential blogger that you are currently reading about, I was not always as confident as my pictures may display, so because of what I know now my roll to participate in this brunch was more than necessary.
This year Uniquely You is solely focusing on fundraising for the
Uniquely You Summit that the organization has every year. This brunch brought out more than 150 beautiful influential black women in the tristate area to support and brunch about topics including but not limiting to (marriage, confidence , faith ,reality ect.) We were challenged by asking ourselves questions like "Is being a super woman super killing us?" "Are you REALLY in your pursuit of Wellness?" "Practicing mental health, are you?" These questions really got the ball rolling and our heads turning in the audience.
The brunch included guest speakers such as: Tiffany Bacon, Amanda Seales, Rebecca Crews, Aja Graydon, Robin Maddox, Teyonah Parris and Kharisma Mcilwaine, Lady B and Ivy "Coco" Maurice. These women really radiated a personable understanding of being a black woman and they did it #ForTheLoveOfBlackGirls on top of being a mother, a wife and a mogul. The brunch gave an affirmation that YOU yes YOU are not the only one going through what you're going through and it even taught me to talk myself into what I need in order to get through the storm to receive happiness from actually getting through it. Even though at times full of tears ,the brunch brought out that hurt girl that we all battle with as women and tend to keep her away, it gave that same girl an opportunity to better herself to be a confidant to herself and to be someone she didn’t even know she could be. Thank You Uniquely You Summit for being the referee between the girl that we were and the women we actually are.
Vendor from the #WhatIKnowNow Brunch Saturday, April 11, 2015:
Karima Renee explaining her
bra business with AnnMarie Gilroy
(Brand Image Specialist,
Style Consultant, Professional Bra Fitter)
Rita Wright (Middle) with daughters,
showcasing "House of Flair"
an accessories shop that houses
rustic and vintage inspired pieces
from flower crowns to sun glasses.