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I had the pleasure Saturday of attending Nia Naturals Kwanzaa Fest and Chicago Naturals Beauty meetup. The event was hosted by the beautiful Miss Rachel O, lincensed beauty expert and blogger/vlogger. It was held at The Connection, a cozy spot located in the Bronzeville neighborhood. The place was packed with Chicago naturals and even some not. There was a friendly and warm vibe…which might be attributed to the hot chocolate that was served…However, this was not your typical meetup, this one had purpose.
Once again, the thing that intrigued me the most about this meetup, and the ones that I have been attending lately is the support and promotion of Black-owned business. A very fitting name for the event, Nia actually means purpose and is the 5th principle of Kwanzaa:
“To make as our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.”
For me, these meetups are more than just a group of girls gathering together to talk about hair. It is a movement toward restoring our people and rebuilding the community.
The natural hair segments were presented by Darya’s Naturals Salon. Stylist, Darya was there giving tips and style demos (I have to add that her little girls are gorgeous with their long, flowing locs.) In between segments where raffles, makeup demos by Rachel O and Kwanzaa and vendor presentations. And, I must not forget the, ahem… plus-size fashion show by Hidden Treasures Boutique which left us all drooling over their signature, designer fashions.
Another highlight was a presentation by a nonprofit organization, Pure and Sure which helps young women to achieve a lifestyle of purity, integrity and self-assurance. Also promoting a positive self-image in young people was Celeste Parker, author of a children’s book, entitled Pigs Don’t Wear Pearls (adorable with a message). Certainly, the “Nia” principle was in full effect at this wonderful event. If you were a vendor, or attendee feel free to post a comment about your experience or a link to your website! View the slideshow below for more pics.