'Sisters Only': lessons and fun

April 15, 1994|By Sandra Crockett | Sandra Crockett,Sun Staff Writer

Sisters got it going on and will be getting it on this weekend, say organizers of a two-day "celebration of women of color."

No, the sisters getting together tomorrow and Sunday aren't all related. They are African-American women who will gather for the second annual "For Sisters Only" expo, to be held at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Last year, 18,000 people attended the educational and entertainment event and organizers expect to surpass that number this year. "It was such a success last year because never before has the African-American woman had something like this with just them in mind," says Jean Ross, a V-103 disc jockey.

OK, so being a "sister" isn't required for admission, but African-American women are the primary focus, Ms. Ross says. "It's not just that we want women to come out and spend their money. You can learn something."

Sisters and others can check out the latest fashions and hairstyles, then be entertained by acts that include Christopher Williams, Intro, II D'Extreme and Color Me Badd.

On the educational side, there will be seminars on home buying, health issues, child care, career development, entrepreneurship and sexuality. The hottest seminars? Those dealing with love and money, Ms. Ross says.

Love will be explored in a workshop, "The Circle of Relationships." On the financial side, Paula Cullings, of the city's Department of Finance, will lead one of the workshops. "Sisters in Business" is for the woman entrepreneur or for the sister who wants to be, she says.

"I am wearing two hats. I have been an entrepreneur," says Ms. Cullings, who used to own a bus company and a paper supply business. "Also, I will be there . . .helping minorities and women in business take advantage of procurement opportunities with the city."

Proceeds from the event, sponsored by Summit Marketing Group, a division of Atlanta-based Summit Broadcasting, owners WXYV-FM (V-103) and WCAO-AM Heaven (600), benefit Sisters Surviving, a breast cancer support group for black women; Springhill/Rutland Transitional Housing Program, a residential program for homeless women and children; and Sisters Together and Reaching, a group that counsels HIV-infected women.

SISTER ACT

What: For Sisters Only

When: Noon to 8 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday

Where: The Baltimore Convention Center

Cost: $5 for adults; free to children under age 5

$ Call: (410 653-7198)

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