This One’s for Us: #TeamBlkGrlFly launches weeklong celebration of Black womanhood

Creative entrepreneur Davita Galloway and #TeamBlkGrlFly are hosting a week of events culminating with their signature event, A Seat at the Table Awards.
A Seat at the Table Awards 2018. Photo courtesy of Davita Galloway

October is National Women’s Small Business Month, a time for honoring the contributions and successes of women entrepreneurs and the vital role they play in society. With this dose of girl power as the backdrop, organizers for #TeamBlkGrlFly are launching a weeklong celebration of women, beginning with an ode to ladies of hip hop and ending with their signature A Seat at the Table Awards (ASATA).

Founded in 2016 by creative entrepreneur and self-described “doer, disruptor and creator of all things dope” Davita Galloway, #TeamBlkGrlFly focuses on empowering, developing and recognizing women.

“It is a platform to celebrate and highlight Black women and remind them that they are worthy, valid and fly,” said Galloway, co-owner of creative studio Dupp & Swat.

Originally, #TeamBlkGirlFly was created in partnership with The Beauty Standard, a full-day event for attendees to celebrate the skin they’re in and recognize the role they play in setting the standard of beauty. Now, it’s evolved into a movement offering a variety of events designed to strengthen the mind, body and spirit of women from all walks of life.

“We’re bomb, and the more often we hear that, the more we’ll operate in it,” Galloway said. “Everything we do is about providing a platform for women, for everyone. No matter what we look like or what we have on, we are needed and valued.”

Davita Galloway

Last year, Galloway and creative partner/public relations extraordinaire Brandi Williams expanded #TeamBlkGrlFly to include ASATA. With catchy category names like “She is Dope,” “She is Boss” and “She’s Got Juice,” ASATA strives to honor women from a variety of sectors for their contributions to the Charlotte community. The duo wants audiences to know that “we see you, the community sees you, your peers see you. And, we appreciate you.”

“Even if we’re not invited to a seat at the table, we can create our own,” Galloway added.

This year’s celebration is spread across six days with curated events created by, for, and about women.

“We have so much diversity within being a Black woman. All of that needs to be seen and shared,” she said.

Event details

All events will be held at Camp North End, 1824 Statesville Ave.

The First Supper
A six-course culinary celebration of ladies in hip hop.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 1
Time: 7-10 p.m.
Cost: $75, get tickets

A musical showcase featuring local artists paying homage to music icons.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 2
Time: 7-10 p.m.
Cost: $15, get tickets

Live in Color: The Healing Transformation of Women of Color
Explore the traumas encountered by Black women and ways to address them.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 3
Time: 7-10 p.m.
Cost: $35, get tickets

Pajamas & Pillow Talk
A woman-only pajama party with candid conversations.

Date: Friday, Oct. 4
Time: 7-10 p.m.
Cost: $45, get tickets

Fly Markets
A curated market supporting Black-owned businesses.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 4
Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: Free

A Seat at the Table Awards (ASATA)

Date: Sunday, Oct. 5
Time: 2-5 p.m.
Cost: $35-$65, get tickets

Sabrina Clark is a NY native who enjoys the South, but still loves the perfect view of a city skyline. She’s a social worker and child advocate who finds her zen by enjoying all that Charlotte has to offer.

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