Published on August 29th, 2012 | by thevyne


Young, Fabulous and Female with The Root

The Root’s Sheryl Salomon, Tamron Hall, Majora Carter, Pamela Abalu, Beverly Bond, Demetria Lucas (Stacy-Ann Ellis/The Root)

This past Wednesday, the NoLita area of lower Manhattan was treated to a temporary makeover via an influx of “Young, Fabulous, Females” courtesy of The Root. The event, sponsored exclusively byLincoln, brought out some of New York City’s smartest (not to mention stylishly dressed) social media mavens, writers and upwardly mobile professional women of color.

Amidst the backdrop of Openhouse Gallery’s stark white interior, the hundreds of women in attendance filled the space like human, colorful artwork all ready for an evening of thought provoking, candid and inspiring discussion. Thanks to moderator Tamryn Hall of MSNBC’s NewsNation, a thought provoking, candid and inspiring panel discussion is exactly what we were treated to. The evening’s panelists includedBeverly Bond, DJ and Founder of Black Girls Rock, Majora Carter sustainable living advocate and host of the Peabody Award winning public-radio series The Promised LandPamela Abalu, Global head of design and construction at MetLife and Demetria L. Lucas, Author of A Belle in Brooklyn and contributing editor for The Root.

What was particularly engaging about this panel is that each woman represented a different professional background and while similar views were expressed, the diversity in their thinking and experience is what really stood out. Bravo to The Root for hosting this “fabulous” event. Here are a few quick hit, inspirational nuggets we walked away with:

  • On the subject of staying grounded: Take time away from everything, every week to get in touch with “YOU.” (Beverly Bond)
  • On the subject of defining success: Success is knowing your own power…and using it for good. (Majora Carter)
  • On how she knew it was time to take her career to the next level: You shouldn’t have to ask for permission to express your ideas. (Pamela Abalu)
  • On the best piece of advice she’s received: Spend money on experiences not things. (Demetria L. Lucas)
  • On the treatment of black women in media: You don’t have to wait for main stream media to tell your story…start a blog and tell your own story. (Demetria L. Lucas)

Click here for video highlights from the event.

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