About a year ago today I was in my hotel room on the twenty first floor. I couldn't sleep I kept talking to my pregnant sister who was try to sleep in the bed next to mine. I was high on adrenaline because I was thinking about all of the events that happened to me since I arrived in New York the day before.
We arrived in New York evening. We got a tuktuk taxi to the hotel, pretending living the high life and paying about $60 from the bus station. As soon as we checked into our hotel room we decided to explore New York by night.
My first girlie holiday with my sister @mrs._pancakes.
It was epic!
I met amazing ladies such as @lashawnwiltz @tipatipati @marinobambinos @thedanifaust @harlemlovebirds in real life and made new wonderful friends such as @elancmorgan @jetsetterproblems. I learnt a lot during the @blogher conference. The message I got from the whole experience is that gave me throughout my journey.
We were staying at @nyhiltonmidtown. As soon as we walked into our room and saw that it was overlooking a parking lot, I said to my sister "No way, we can't be in New York near Central Park without seeing the park from our hotel room. I would like to change the room." We phoned concierge and they told us that they would change the room for us the following days. We went to sleep happy waiting for the following day because it was going to be super busy.
In the morning I had to meet a friend that I haven't seen since high school in Italy. My sister had to meet Kimberly so we organized a brunch at Sara Beth's restaurant. We then went to a fashion show where I was photographer. On our way back we saw Nellie from Brooklyn Active Mama.We were so happy to see her, because, finally, we could see the person behind blog we've been following for so many years in real life.
Each keynote left me with goosebumps. Their words inspired me so much.
It was the first keynote of the conference that opened my eyes about the #blacklivesmatter movement. It was an interview with two of the founders of the movement, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi. The host was Vanessa K. De Luca, the editor-in-chief of Essence magazine. The conference room was packed to the roof. It was amazing.
I felt ashamed that I didn't know about the movement, that I didn't know about Sandra Bland. I knew of Trayvon I guess because it became international news. I still felt so bad about not knowing of the daily injustice many black people have to face. Injustice that was reducing some people to lose how God created to live. That a child's natural way of throwing a tantrum could be seen as a threat. I truly believed America was the land of freedom and even though through some blogs I could depict still bigotry I thought that government and system was better than some people. But it was not the case in 2015 and not the case in 2016. I forgave myself and promised myself never to forget about the movement. Since then I cannot be silent in front of injustice because my life as a black woman matters. Also I have families and the injustice many black people are facing could happen to them. It could happen to me if I'm there and I met the wrong person.
I still feel emotional when I think about the whole experience. I can't wait to repeat in 2017 (unfortunately I can't go this year).
Howeer, two messages I got from the whole experience were: you don't need permission to live and don't be afraid to ask for what you want.
My trip taught me how much God loves me. He is my guide, I open my heart and soul for Him to work through me. AMEN!