Something magical happens when women intentionally meet to reflect on their everyday struggles, regardless of qualifications and capacity; while breaking bread.
— Jalissa

Beauty, Books & brunch 2019

Brooklyn, NY

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Brooklyn Historical Society // 11 am - 3 pm


Balance Your wokeness & Wellness

Discussion on Self-care & Social Movements.

Today’s political climate has created the opportunity for many of us to use our voices more than ever. Some of us are intentionally & deliberately taking up space, starting conversations, taking the lead on the discourse around what happens to our bodies, neighborhoods, and the land we live on. Similarly, women find themselves as caretakers and community leaders.

But who is taking care of us? If we do not take care of our communities, then who will? If women are the backbone of our society, shouldn't there be more support and resources for women?

However, socially, as women, we are conditioned to put others before ourselves, especially when it comes to our own well-being. Women are labeled as selfish for indulging in self-care. This stops now.

Audre Lorde wrote, “caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare”. Join us in a discussion on how to balance resistance and radical self-care. Resisters need rest too!

secure & Protect your bag

Discussion on our relationship with money.

Women’s empowerment is an essential component to the sustainability of our communities. Investing in women is the key to our success & development, and it benefits everyone.

Above all, as women, we must also invest in ourselves and continue to believe in our own potential even when society and systems say otherwise.

This panel will address how to start & sustain your business/brand and highlights the importance of collaboration over competition, including forming sisterhoods and connecting with like-minded individuals.

Panelists will share their experiences of how they were able tap into their skills and turned their passions into paychecks financial. Additionally, they will share their knowledge of financial & legal resources available to women?

Join us in this discussion as we partake in the disruption of the cycle of generational poverty and the demystification of our finances.


For the culture

Discussion on Self-care & Social Movements.

If culture is everything and everyone around us, then how can we use culture as a vehicle for change? Let's examine how language plays a role in politics and how media plays an absolute role in the shaping of our views of others an even ourselves.

During a time of social unrest & inequality in the 1960s, Nina Simone used her platform as a singer, songwriter, and musician to speak out about what she experienced and observed during the fight for Civil Rights. When asked why, she responded, that “an artist's duty, as far as I'm concerned, is to reflect the times." People begin to listen and respond, and most importantly they started to act! Is this still true today? Are we still able to use culture as a vehicle for change? Do celebrities have an obligation to engage use their platforms to highlight injustices?

Similarly, what is the role of social media in today's time where those in power are taking to their social media platforms to discuss what happens to our bodies, bank accounts, and well-being? How do we respond effetely to affect change? Should we even respond? Join us in a discussion on the power of social media, the importance of social enterprises, and the desperate need of social movements.

Panelists will speak on how we can go beyond the hashtag, and how identity and culture play a part in the sustainability of movements.

a seat at the table

Discussion on Self-care & Social Movements.

Shirley Chisholm said, “if they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair,” during a time when she faced barriers of being a woman in politics, a black woman in America, and the first black woman elected to the United States Congress.

As women, we understand why having a seat at the table is so important as we know first-hand about the struggle we face when it comes to gender inequality in the workplace and in the decision-making, but we must also acknowledge the importance of making room for other women at the table. Is there a responsibility for women in power to make room & create opportunities for other women? How can women who are not in power make room at the table for other women?

In like fashion, panelists will highlight the need for women of color to lean on each other and find allies and address the alternatives to approaches to success in the workplace besides the“lean in” approach as race and discrimination play an even major role in our successes. Panelists will share their experiences on the effects of the lack of diversity and exclusion and speak to the progress or lack thereof for diversity and inclusion initiatives.

We will have a candid conversation about the racial empathy gap, the current feminist movement, the miseducation of representation, and the terms intersectionality coined by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw and the crooked room by Melissa Perry-Harris.