By: Marvianna Gray
This weekend I had the pleasure of attending the “Sistah In Business,” Expo at North Philly’s very own Temple University. The energy in that space was quite moving and it really made me even prouder to be a black woman that day! We had so many beautiful black queens in the building and they all came with positive and encouraging words for aspiring black business women.
The keynote speaker was nothing short of excellence, Ms. Vivica A. Foxx. She answered every question with such poise and spunk. I really felt comfortable as she spoke about her successes and experiences as an actress, author, and business woman. To be honest, I was a bit star-struck, Vivica Foxx is a legend in my eyes. I remember being a child and watching Vivica in shows and movies, and almost every character she played was a confident black woman who was about her money. She played those roles WELL too! It was amazing interacting with her.
We finally got to the Q&A portion of Viv’s sit down with NBC10-News Personality Brittney Shipp (both ladies are even more gorgeous in person by the way) and I bounced up & down yelling “Me, Me, Me!” To get their attention.
I finally asked Ms. Foxx how she deals with loyalty and people around her when it comes to running her multiple businesses, how did she learn how to trust people? Her response astounded me and I respectfully listened to every word she said. “When you’re working with someone ask them their credentials, do your research do your homework before entrusting anyone with your work,” “Also, with trusting people , there’s nothing wrong with shedding it’s ok to shed. Not everyone can make it to the top with you. The higher you go the thinner, the air.”
It’s definitely a challenge trusting people in the media/entertainment business especially when you’re a prominent figure. But you have to do your research and be smart when it comes to making rational business decisions.
I was also very excited to see Philly-Native Parisnicole Payton, who’s an amazing Public Relations professional in the sports industry. I admire Payton’s strength and dedication to her career, so meeting her was a huge honor.
Along with Payton, fellow sistahs in business Jean Baylor, Rasheeda Gray, Donna Jarrett-Parisand Aliya Khabir shared the trials and errors during their journey to running their own businesses, as we sat down for the “Superpower Panel.” The ladies even shared some of their super powers and how they successfully handle each of their ventures.
Radio and music industry professional Dyana Williams looked stunning in an African-Printed dress, as she introduced the lady for the evening Radio One and TV One founder Cathy Hughes.
Mrs. Hughes had such a bubbly spirit and often times she joked with Dyana during her interview, which made it all the more fun to watch. But overall, Cathy spoke about how she developed as a business woman. Starting at the age of 10, her father put her to work; she was also very good at mathematics so calculating numbers was never a problem for her.
Hughes emphasizes that it took hardwork and dedication to get to where she is Today, Dyana also mentions the street that Cathy has named after her in her home-town Omaha, Nebraska. Truly an inspirational sistah in business.
I got the opportunity to speak with and hug some pretty powerful and extraordinary women, not to mention the goodies I received from all of the amazing vendors that came out. I can still taste the delicious strawberry cupcake served by TheKupcakeBar (check out their Instagram page @thekupcakebar).
Thank You, Temple University for welcoming Blackaphillyated and look who I ran into, radio personality Karen Vaughn! Shoutout to our family over at 100.3 WRNB!