2016 Black Women Business Month: Making Sure She Can Tell Her Story and We Hear It

herstory For too long, African-American women have been defined by others and social structures put in place to have her seek validation and acceptance from others. Starting March 1, 2016 Dream and Hustle is going to help lay down the foundation for our African-American women to take ownership of her identity and her story. In our past coverage of Black Women Business Month, we laid down the patterns and practices for sistas seeking opportunities, researching successful patterns and practices. We also identified negative data and propaganda designed to discourage and distract the sistas from showcasing her true essence and spirit to the world. We brought forth the data supporting a sista-to-sista (S2S) economy as a lucrative opportunity. And we went into detail into the concept of self-branding by creating a hybrid structure of a non-profit organization and for-profit organization to complement each other into building a branding platform. We all have seen over time impressive progress and improvement watching more African-American women pursue sista-to-sista opportunities and engage in self-branding. So for Black Women Business Month, we are going to take it a step further. We are going to work with our sistas to be able to tell her story and make sure people hear her story. As a self-made attractive caramel-complexion military/frat/house/tech black man from the West Side of Chicago, I ran into more than my fair share of Kelis Rogers-styled black women in the military, at college, in the tech industry and at the house music club who do not fit that mold of black women you see on television or these magazines. I meet sistas who love to collect kicks, wear thick glasses and short hair and corn rolls, hang out at the library or the manga book section at Barnes and Nobles. Afropunk, house music, intelligent and quirky but at the same time, shunned for those attributes by the greater African-American community. I run into these sistas all the time at EDM festivals in addition – cool as hell. These sistas are very versed on political, technical and business topics. But guess what – she is usually shut down and shut out by the greater African-American community who do not value her story and her perspective and her contribution. Well, we are going to make sure our sistas can tell her unique story and make sure she feels she is being listened to and heard. We are going to provide best-in-class world exclusive platforms and solutions for the sistas during Black Women Business Month to know how to create and share her story and make sure the world knows who she truly is. We are going to make sure that sistas have a hub, a place she can use as her launch pad and base and that is a city called Atlanta, Georgia USA. And we are going to be there alongside our African-American women standing by her and supporting her as she tells every last one of you who tried to silence her, define her and downsize her that she is more than your definition of what you think a black woman should be in our society. Our sistas are unique individuals with her own story to tell – be ready to hear it during our Black Women Business Month coverage.

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