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The Sisterhood Showcase: Even better at 16

  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

“This was our greatest year ever as we tried to make it more of a regional destination,” said Tina Birchett, founder of the Sisterhood Showcase.
Jhonny Gill
Jhonny Gill performs at the Sisterhood Showcase. (Photo by Warren Roseborough)

by Shirley Jackson and Myron Mays
Special to the Tri-State Defender

The Sisterhood Showcase 2011 was about people – mostly African Americans – from near and far gathering at the Cook Convention and doing something.

Ursula Madden at the 2011 Sisterhood Showcase
WMC-TV 5’s Ursula Madden was the picture-perfect hostess for last weekend’s Sisterhood Showcase. (Photo by Shirley Jackson)

Terri McMillan and Alfre Woodard
Bestselling author Terri McMillan (left) and actress Alfre Woodard were among the panelists for Saturday’s Women’s Forum. Other panelists included Rosalyn McMillan, Victoria Christoper Murray, Dolen Perkins-Valdez and Toccara. (Photo by Shirley Jackson)

The two-day affair crowned the Cook Convention Center last weekend (June 4-5) with women and men energetically patronizing and shopping at the myriad vendor booths buying perfumes, hair care products, clothing, shoes, books, art and more. You name it and it seemed to be there.

“This was our greatest year ever as we tried to make it more of a regional destination,” said Tina Birchett, founder of the Sisterhood Showcase.

“We had guests from Alabama, Little Rock, as well as Jackson, Miss. It’s always a homerun with the locals, but we had more people than ever from out of town.”

Whether from in-town or out-of-town, attendees were immersed in a wealth of information shared by professionals in various fields, including finance, insurance and healthcare. The free stuff included hearing and eye exams.

Over in the Kidz Zone, children – full of energy – played, some with painted faces.

The fashion show was a display of beautiful women wearing beautiful and unique attire. The men models were handsome and debonair in leisure clothing and suits.

“And OMG! There were even half-naked men with bare chest and bulging muscles modeling loungewear,” noted one observer.

On top of all of this year’s success with attendance, the Sisterhood Showcase provided some of the best entertainment for $15 this side of the Mississippi. Entertainers included Calvin Richardson, Miguel, as well as Johnny Gill.

For many, the highlight was the Sisterhood Showcase Women’s Forum. The life lessons shared included learning to say no, learning to speak one’s mind and recognizing that in the journey of life, not everyone will be your friend.

Men with bare chests and bulging muscles modeled loungewear, finding much approval (Photo by Warren Roseborough)

Author ReShonda Tate Billingsley said she wrote “The Good Girlz” series to give her teen and others more healthy reading options. (Photo by Shirley Jackson)
One lucky audience member receives a kiss from Bobby V during his show. (Photo by Warren Roseborough)

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