Metro Briefs

9/27/2018, 1:16 p.m.

BROOKLYN CHURCH HOSTS SECOND ANNUAL BLACK GIRL MAGIC 2018

The People’s Institutional A.M.E. Church will be hosting their second annual Black Girl Magic Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, at the Achievement First Brooklyn High School, 1485 Pacific St. (between Kingston and Brooklyn avenues). The free event will consist of workshops, empowerment activities, health awareness and keynote speakers. The aim of this event is to promote beauty and strength of Black girls and women in the age range of 5 to 18. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Last year’s event was such a resounding success,” said event coordinator Letricia McCleary. “This year we are expecting more than 100 participants for our best conference yet!”

McCleary continued, “Black women are beautiful. Black women are powerful. Black women are the changing agents in our nation and world. But we constantly targeted and told that we are not good enough. We are told how Black women earn 66 cents to every dollar a non-Hispanic white man or how one-third of Black households are raised by in a single mother. And when these messages trickle down to their daughters, nieces, neighbors and others, it causes low self-esteem and confidence. We must keep reminding them of their strength, courage and urge them to use their voices. It is important to help girls of color rediscover their inner beauty and reach for the highest heights imaginable.”

Along with New York State Assemblywoman Tremaine S. Wright, the Rev. Dawkins-Haigler, founder of Organization of World Leaders from Atlanta and Autumn B. Williams, the executive director of the African School for Excellence in Johannesburg will also be speaking at the conference.

“Through the powerful speakers, thought-provoking workshops, artistic performances and surprise guests, the second annual Black Girl Magic will be a wonderful event,” said McCleary. “We expect our guests to be reminded of their inner beauty, be inspired to discover the ‘magic’ within them to accomplish anything they set their minds to and continue to be change agents in our community.”

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 718-574-4141. RSVP at blackgirlmagic2018.eventbrite.com.

THE HARLEM BUSINESS ALLIANCE TO HOST THE BLACK ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT BREAKFAST WITH SHAWN ROCHESTER

Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., Shawn D. Rochester will be guest speaking at the Black Economic Breakfast at Mist Theater in Harlem, 46 West 116th Street. Rochester is well-known as the CEO of Good Steward and the founder of Ph.D. Enterprises and the IDEA Institute. These organizations aim to educate and guide entrepreneurs on financial literacy. He is also the author of the book, “Black Tax: The Cost of Being Black in America.” Rochester will be holding an empowering discussion about economics and business in the African-American community.

Tickets and more information for this event are available at https://blackeconomicempowermentbreakfast.splashthat.com/.

MISS AMERICA 2019, NIA FRANKLIN, WILL BE THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT RIVERSIDE CHURCH

Saturday, Oct. 6, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Nia Franklin will be the keynote speaker at the fifth annual The Power of You Teens Empowerment Experience at the Riverside Church (91 Claremont Ave.). Along with a performance from Franklin, there will be a back-to-school fashion show, a tribute to Aretha Franklin and much more. Founded in 2014, The Power of You Teens is a nonprofit mentoring and empowering organization for teenage girls. The organization also hosts annual scholarships to graduating high school students. Attendees must be 18 or older. Tickets are $10 and are available from Eventbrite at https://bit.ly/2zrJy4z.

—Compiled by Olayemi Odesanya