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April 15, 2013

Women’s Empowerment 2013

Last month, the PNC Arena experienced something that only happens once a year. By 11am, over 8,000 women, of all ages and races, filled the arena and were eager to be empowered! The spirit was overwhelming. 

The first person to empower me was Bishop T.D. Jakes. The title of his sermon was “Lord, don’t give me anything I can’t handle”. Here are a few notes that I took:

  • God is not fair
  • If I couldn't handle it, He wouldn't have given it to me!
  • Fear will shut down your instincts and steal your time
  • Success is intentional!

The last point stuck out to me the most. Success becomes intentional the minute you set a goal to do something. If all goes well, you will make it to a place called success and look back at your goals ready to check one off of the list. Don’t think that you are just “lucky”. Everything happens for a reason!

After this very inspirational word, I decided to get to work for myHIN! Jeremy and I went around to the vendor’s area and began passing out our business cards and telling people about our project. As I walked around, I noticed that there was a booth set up specifically for HIV/AIDS and they had information and stickers from the Greater Than AIDS movement to pass out! I was very pleased to see this booth amongst the people selling clothes, jewelry, and artwork. It was a perfect location to spread the message. 

It was great to be amongst so many women who came together for one goal: to be empowered! I can really say that after the Black Men Revealed Panel, Wendy Williams, and Erykah Badu’s performance, I left PNC Arena better than I came! I was very excited that once again, I was able to combine my love for music with my interest of helping put an end to HIV/AIDS.

Below is a picture that sums up my day at the event! 


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