Black women pamper selves at 'Sisters' fete Downtown get-together tends to hair, nails, mind

April 06, 1997|By Donna R. Engle | Donna R. Engle,SUN STAFF

The sisters flowed through two exhibit halls of the Baltimore Convention Center yesterday, having their hair styled and their nails polished, listening to gospel music, learning about health care and enjoying their sense of community.

The fifth annual "For Sisters Only" in Baltimore, a celebration of African-American women, continues today from noon to 8 p.m. Bill Hopkinson, general sales manager for radio station WXYV-FM, which co-sponsors the program with radio station WCAO-AM, estimated that the two-day event will draw 25,000 to 30,000 people.

"Our primary audience is women," Hopkinson said. "We had seen other shows, but we didn't feel they were targeted to African-American women."

Proceeds from the $7 admission go to Marian House, a residential program in Waverly for homeless women, and Liberty Medical Center's diabetes care management program.

Jane Tillman, 33, of Easton was attracted by "a positive gathering of black people, especially women. On the Eastern Shore, we don't have gatherings like this."

Women could learn about community college admission, get blood pressure tests and learn about breast cancer. Seminars also were offered for men and children.

Women who wanted to see African-American men could seek out the New Image Media booth, where the "The Elite Male" calendar was on sale and several models available for autographs.

Pat Symonds got the attention of passers-by with a $9.95 hair wrap called, "That's A Wrap" marketed by Washington-based G'Natural Hair Products.

"Black women have been sleeping in scarves for hundreds of years" to flatten their hair, she said. "But scarves slip."

Pub Date: 4/06/97

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