There is an empowering ring to the thought that natural beauty has an inside presence just waiting for the embrace of women, men and children. In that sense, TaKeisha Berry-Brooks is an empowering person.
The founder of the Naturals in the City Hair & Wellness Expo, Berry-Brooks was an organizer in motion this past weekend as the third annual event unfolded, drawing a lively crowd to Minglewood Hall on Saturday.
“Naturals in the City Hair and Wellness Expo is an event that educates, inspires and empowers women, men and children to become natural and life a holistic lifestyle, Berry-Brooks told The New Tri-State Defender.
For the third year in a row, leading haircare and beauty professionals, and natural hair and wellness enthusiasts convened to support the event’s mission.
“With more attention being paid to health and wellness for body, mind and spirit, we wanted to offer a platform for event guests to learn about ways to get started in their journey,” said Berry-Brooks, owner of A Natural Affair, Inc., the event’s host.
The Expo stretched from 10 a.m. to 7 p .m. on Saturday, with a Women’s Empowerment Brunch the next morning at 44 Huling. Chime Edwards – vlogger, model and writer for Essence Magazine – was among those on hand.
“I was invited to meet and greet,” said Edwards. “I have about 180,000 followers who come out to events to meet me in person. We chat about haircare and many tell me I was there inspiration to go natural. I always enjoy chatting with my followers.”
Others contributing to the success of the weekend were: celebrity chef and natural food activist Chef Ahki; Food Network Star finalist, Memphian and owner of Sweet Potato Baby catering company, Chef Aryen Moore Alston; Dr. Nina Ellis Hervey (Beautiful Brown Baby); DJ Chris Styles; the host Phat Mack; vendors from across the country and, of course, attendees from various parts of the Tri-state area.
(This story reflects a report by George Tillman Jr.)