CHOCOLATE SOCIAL - Atlanta, GA 7.28.16

August 2, 2016

 Thank You, Ella D. Curry!

Celebrating Black Women & The Love of Literature

 

For me, 2016 has been a year of transformation and love of self. Its been a year of learning how to receive and celebrate self. Not just for me, but for women and young ladies across the world. This year has been and is the time for us to share our stories, rather it be in the form of spoken word, song, visual artistry, performance art or written words - all in the spirit of story telling of truths and healing.


This was my first year experiencing Ella's Chocolate Social. It felt wonderful being in the company of avid book readers, book clubs, authors and publishers. Each table consisted of authors, book clubs and publishers. We literally broke bread together as we spoke about out latest and future books, exchanged contact information and ate a wonderful three course meal. 


As we ate, we heard from phenomenal women in literature, such as: Pamela Samuels Young, E N Joy, and more.  Not only was I moved by the words these beautiful goddesses spoke, I was inspired and motivated. One of the amazing expressions of gratitude was how we celebrated authors and book clubs as they received awards. It was one of the most joyous things to watch and take part in.


After the recipients received their awards, they (and we) walked to the banner where to took pictures with the winners and posed to take pictures of ourselves. We danced a little, communed plenty and shared what our books are about. Women and men purchased books, signed up for our guest lists, and congratulated us. I was all smiles.


Before I wrap this writing up, I must share the most touching moment with you. As Ella introduced speakers and presented awards, she took a moment to embrace the Black Cotton coffee table book in her arms. She spoke of how the book really touched her daughter and what it means to her and to have in her home. I caught off guard with this one or else I would have taken picture or recorded it. Her verbal testimony brought tears to my eyes. It mean a lot because of the reason we produced and published this book was so little and young black girls, boys, women and men could have something to visually remind them of how beautiful our various skin color is, how beautiful our diverse kinky hair is. The fact that Black Cotton is doing what it was intended to do, let's us know that it was a job well done and it's healing to those to have it.


I look forward to attending the Chocolate Social every year Ella D. Curry has it. It was uplifting to me and I'm still on high from the energy is projected.

 

#ChocolateSocial #EllaDCurry #EDCCreations

 

 

Peace, Love & Light, 

Tomeekha Pitre 

 

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