Hey Girl, Hey! How you doing? I’m still recovering from this past weekends festivities. Thanks to Black Girl Fly Mag, I attended the #EmpowerHer17 Conference by Blavity and 21 Ninety and hunny… it was LIT! From the invaluable insights to the sincere sisterhood bonds formed among attendees—I am so impressed. I even had a chance to meet up with some of my favorite brands and bloggers like Travel Noire, Boss Babes, and HuffPost Black Voices, just to name a few. But the icing on the cake for this queer, black, woman was getting words of wisdom and a one on one chat with Lena Waithe, Producer of Dear White People, Actor on Master of None and Writer for the show, Bones. If you weren’t able to experience all this #BlackGirlMagic firsthand or just want to keep reliving it, check out the top 10 takeaways I rounded up.
1. How do I go viral? Go be great. Greatness can’t be ignored.
2. You don’t have to have a ton of money. You just have to have a ton of talent.
With talent you can make ten dollars look like ten million.
3. You get a lot further together so stop competing.
It’s not about getting a piece of the pie, it about making more pie. Let’s lift each other up ladies!
4. Don’t boss your team around, manage them.
Someone that works for you may be in a position to hire you later. Help them find their talents don’t manage them with fear.
5. Stop complaining about the lack of positive visibility of black women in the media and do something about it.
Support each other on social media. When you comment you contribute to an algorithm of visibility.
6. Your vibe is your tribe.
The only way to keep good people is to be a good person.
7. Be unapologetically you.
Instead of trying to fit in, just be yourself because a good brand will attract the right people and repel the ones that aren’t a good fit.
8. Learn from the best and ignore the rest.
Don’t copy an expert. But don’t neglect the wisdom of an expert.
9. Know your worth and collect your coins.
10. Take time for yourself as soon as you wake up each day.
Self-care isn’t something that you can just put off until you have more time or money. Your brain, body, family and self-esteem suffer when you don’t take the time to tune into your needs. If your self-care routine is lacking, check out the broke girls guide to self-care.