Shola Lynch captured the energy, attitude and theme of last Saturday’s Uptown Grrrl Soiree best in her speech when she said, “In order for us to succeed, Black women must support other Black women.” The room erupted in a roar of applause. Folks may have rolled through to Harlem Haberdashery for the gift bags or the open Svedka bar, but at that moment everyone in the tony boutique realized it was all about the power that comes from affirming the extraordinary power of seemingly ordinary women.
In closing out Women’s History Month theHotness.com and 5001 Flavors held a fabulous gathering celebrating women of Harlem. We especially honored the achievements of three uptown grrrls: Shola Lynch, the director of “Free Angela & All Political Prisoners”—a doc on the trial and life of Angela Davis, which opens nationwide today; Sharene Wood, the owner of fashion brand 5001 Flavors and Harlem Haberdashery located on Lenox Avenue; and Alyah Horsford-Sidberry, owner of Harlem’s latest restaurant hit, Cove Lounge also located on Lenox Avenue.
Sharene noted how all three women were from New York City and how grateful she was too be honored with New York women still nurturing their hometown roots: “I’m so proud to stand here with these two other women who are also native New Yorkers and who, like me, are working and building our businesses here in Harlem.”
Alyah, known throughout Harlem for work within real estate, offered a bit of inspiration, “Faith plus work equals success. Networking helps to build solid relationships and I’m especially proud to be honored today at this celebration for Harlem women.”
Approximately 100 guests enjoyed cocktails made with Svedka’s new line of flavored vodkas, which included Orange Cream Pop and Strawberry Colada. Guests also left with gift bags chock full of Miss Jessie’s products like Baby Butter Crème, Pillow Soft Curls and their famous Curly Pudding and the latest issue of Uptown Magazine.
Thanks to everyone who came out and supported. Together we made the “Uptown Grrrl Soiree” the fantastic, empowering event that it most certainly was!!