For Sisters Only 2011 kicked off proper here in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center with V103’s Frank and Wanda greeting guests at the gate. The energy was lively, positive and cultural. Thousands of young African American professionals, families, and friends were in attendance. All enjoyed shopping, eating, education and entertainment. For Sisters Only (FSO) truly had something to offer everyone, regardless of age.
Monica took the main stage with a killer performance of a few well-known
throwback classics in addition to her latest singles and Tyrese wasn’t too far behind. A Family Affair’s Toya was also in the building with daughter, Reginae, selling and signing her new book, Priceless Inspirations. I caught up with Ms. Carter for a few minutes at her booth and here’s what she had to say, “I’m so happy to be here. I love to see women making moves and doing things. I actually have a boutique named Garb in Louisiana and figured I’d come out and showcase a few things from
my store. The clothing is very chic and affordable so I thought it would be cool for Atlanta to see what we have to offer. This is my second year coming out and participating at For Sisters Only and it’s been really good both times.”
The main stage entertainment was just the icing on the cake as FSO offered a platform for many local businesses. Among them was Britches and Pumps, a new Atlanta-based clothing line designed to support and encourage women who have to wear both the ‘britches’ (they’d say in the old days) and the pumps in their household. The concept is based on phenomenal superwomen who do it all. A variety of other local businesses and non-profit organizations like Hosea Williams Feed the Hungry, who helps to feed and shelter the homeless, and beauty shops like
The Eyebrow Queen and The Weave Shop represented in full force. Outre’ commanded attention with the Outre’ Masters Fantasy Hair show and Do it Yourself Hair Battle. Outre’s Do it Yourself Hair Battle allowed regular women to come up on stage to do their own hair in front of the audience, supplied with everything they could possibly need to get the job done and win. Each contender was gifted the hair used to complete their style.
Korbel had bottles popping at their booth, where guests stood in line for complimentary champagne tastes and free photos. As adult as this may seem,the FSO Kids Zone offered a Bounce House, Face Painting, performances by your
favorite child stars and all important fire safety instructions. This event was one not to miss and FSO managed to cover every base. –candy shields