“Surround yourself with people who are going to lift you higher.” – Oprah.
Dear Sista Friend,
In July I took my first trip to the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans with three other Black women. Three of us had never met and were all friends with the fourth person through separate experiences. Needless to say the five day trip could have gone to one extreme or the other, real quick. Luckily we all clicked instantly! We attended the Black Women in Business panel on the first day. Let me tell you. Life was given. These women were all fierce in their own right. They all discussed the importance of having a strong network and most importantly having “sista friends”. We took the term and ran with it all weekend. At first it was just a funny saying but we quickly realized its power and importance. Since the trip, the four of us text LITERALLY every day and have our next two “Sista Friend” trips planned. (It’s like the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants but BETTER!)
Since the beginning of our existence, Black women have carried the world on their shoulders. We have raised humanity. We have nurtured the children of the universe. For centuries, we have taken care of the world without a murmur of complaint and with cheer in our voices. Running through our veins is the blood of women who would never take no for an answer. Women, who after being stepped on and trampled over, get up, dust themselves off, and never look back. In 2015, Black women, with no contest, are the heirs of such great strength.
Just as the women of 2015 are connected to our mothers born in the beginning of time, we are connected to each other. Right now. In this very moment. The woman walking beside me is not merely a friend. The notion of friendship to describe this relationship is simply, too simple. Though born of different parents, unrelated and unknown, she is my sister. She is my sista-friend.
My sista-friend is safety. We aid in protecting each other from the ills of this world.
My sista-friend is humor. Together we laugh and share our experiences of joy and comedy.
My sista-friend is inspiration. She inspires me to be a better me, as I empower her to be a better her.
It is extremely important to have several #sistafriends in your life. These are the women that have your best interest at heart. You can laugh together. Cry together. Get advice on almost any topic. Run ideas by them. Confide in them. These are the women that encourage you through the rough times and celebrate with you in the good times. They push you to be the best YOU. And most of all they keep it real. They tell you the truth no matter how bad it hurts.
Our experiences are all very unique but the bond that we share is unlike any other. Through this site you will “meet” some of our #sistafriends. You will take away advice, laughter, encouragement, uplift, and new connections to aid you in your journey. Though you have your small network of #sistafriends, we invite you to join a larger network of unique, beautiful, fierce, successful Black women who have advice, love, laughter, and life experiences to share.
Sista Friend (noun): a network of women of color that support each other personally and professionally
Your Sista Friends,
Devean & Faith