06 Jun 2013
- Written by Ashley M. Forest/Special to The New Tri-State Defender
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The highly-anticipated event of the year where women gather for health status checks, a little retail therapy, to see the latest fashions, get tips about hair, makeup and more, the 2013 Sisterhood Showcase did not disappoint.
Annually, the Sisterhood Showcase gives women a chance to convene at the Memphis Cook Convention Center in celebration of what we truly are – women.
Traditionally geared towards African-American women, this year's showcase featured many other ethnicities and cultures. Although the majority of last weekend's visitors were African-American women, there were many attendees who were not "of color," which indicates the increasing awareness of the impact of the Sisterhood Showcase on the community.
Variety spiced the vendors' offerings, with options that included African remedies, natural hair care products and demonstrations, Middle-Eastern eyebrow threading and Henna hand painting, weight loss programs and diets, dance lessons and much more.
In an interview with The New Tri-State Defender, four-time Grammy nominated R & B artist Eric Benet, Saturday's headlining entertainment, expressed his fondness for Memphis and the showcase.
"It's always wonderful to be here in the city of Memphis. I love coming back," said Benet. "It's energy in the city like none other – the home of blues and soul. And the Sisterhood Showcase is such an incredible event, doing so many informative and empowering things for the community."
Other featured entertainment included Memphis's very own performing jazz band Trio Plus, the gospel group The Williams Brother, who thrilled the audience with the hit single "Cooling Water," and Chrisette Michele.
The fashion show wows every year, thrilling the audience and Sisterhood Showcase fashion models such as Alexis Cole. A student at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Cole has modeled in the Sisterhood Showcase for the past three years.
"Every year the Sisterhood Showcase gets better and better. I love the fact that I am able to represent my school when I am doing activities in the community," Cole said.
The fashions displayed were beyond spectacular, and as usual, one of the biggest draws of the two-day event.
Whether you were an artist, a chef, a vendor or a model, it didn't matter as much as what annually makes the Sisterhood Showcase a big success – the participation of the women.
And again this year, women from all over Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and other states poured into the deeply satisfying, two-day event.
The Sisterhood Showcase continues to be a place where "we" are able to express our femininity, life and being a woman.