WHO DAT!!!!! Saints fans, we thank you! NOLA, we love you! New Orleans and Essence guests showed us much grande ultra latte love! OMG, I can’t express how grateful I am to everybody who participated in Fierce.Fly.Fabulous. and ALL the amazing people who contributed to the event. I thank you and I’m humbled and tear up every time I think about how wonderfully awesome the event turned out. *sniffles*
Biggest shout out: Stephanie Dickerson, Extraordinary Chick, Gulf Coast Naturals mama who is the founder of Fierce.Fly.Fabulous. Stephanie worked her butt off and it showed. We had Curls in the house, Tropical Roots, 4 Naturals, Taliah Waajid, Nothing But Hair and a host of other great brands and vendors in the house. Shouts out to Texture Media, Inc. for supporting our promotional efforts and sending Cassidy Blackwell, their Global Editor and blogger at Natural Selection out to cover the event. Our keynote speaker was Dr. Nina “BeautifulBrwnBabyDol” Ellis-Hervey, YouTuber and blog-lebrity.
Lady Emmy, beauty expert and NBC correspondent, blessed us with 12 beauty tips to have us looking fab. Guy Halley, creator of Fenominal Hair brought his team to do demos on relaxed and straight hair for our divas who rock it silky. Also Beauty on the Bayou shared an extensive presentation on natural hair and Benardette Senica presented on natural products. Will Williams of Nothing But Hair was the rockstar of the weekend with two demonstrations, leading the Young NOLA Youth Meetup on Saturday and an educational seminar session on Sunday. Oh, and there was this girl named Jasmine, sitting down in the audience presenting pieces of Curls, Confidence and Community and discussing natural hair, beauty, and community impact with the lovely Sunday guests. *ha*
Then….there was the spoken word showcase. HONEY, when I tell you they shut it down, baby, they shut…it…down. Thais Mills of LipServiceInk.com and NOLA native hosted the evening spoken word showcase and introduced guest like Lionel King, Gian Francisco Smith, Yasin, He-Ro, Peaches and so many others who joined this main line up as open mic performers. We even got a little acoustic guitar from one of our Fierce guests to wrap the evening.
Other cameos and guests included the fab Afrobella, Guinness record holder Aevin Dugas, Sarah Dugas of SMD Publicity, Chenese Lewis of LoveYourBodyDaily.com and Gabrielle Allen of Strawberri Curls.
We had an absolute ball, you hear me. I had fun and when I finally snatched a moment, one of the lovely vendors from PJay’s Attic ran and got me some Crawfish Etoufee from the convention center directly across the street where Essence was being held. Let’s not get into the rest of the food I was eating during the week while I was there. I’ll just say 10 pounds fatter! lol
Stephanie and I did a great job and we send a special thanks to all of our wonderful sponsors, all of whom I can’t name they were so numerous (I remember Johnson Products the most because that was the only products I got to take with me on the plane and I used the Leave-In Conditioner and oil to braid someones hair–Yes, they had me braiding during my trip! lol). I want to extend a huge thanks to ALL of our volunteers, to He-Ro for being a HERO, Gian
I sound like I just won an award. I should, shoot–a hard working pays off award! Without further ado, I present to you, the pictures.