The weekend of Saturday, November 5th was a VERY busy day at the Walter E Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. The Metropolitan Cooking Show, America’s Got Talent Auditions and A live performance with Marvin Sapp (in conjunction with the 3rd Annual One in the Spirit – A Faith Leader’s HIV & AIDS Symposium) were just a few of the activities happening at the Convention Center on Saturday, Nov. 5th alone – but one of the absolute highlights of Saturday, was the popular “12th Annual For Sister Only (FSO) Expo” presented by WPGC 95.5 FM, a CBS Radio Station.
FSO is a “welcome to the fall season” mainstay for the Washington DC area. A touring expo in select CBS Radio Urban markets, year after year FSO brings the very best to their attendees including The HealthCare Pavilion; The Beauty Pavilion; musical performances on The Main Stage; The Literary Cafe; The Empowerment Pavilion; The Children’s Pavilion; For Brothers Only Sports Pavilion; A Celebrity Meet & Greet; and over 70 phenomenal Sponsor, Exhibitor and Community Partner Vendors where attendees are able to shop, sample products, receive information on jobs, education, etc., and so much more. FSO has become the type of event that you simply must plan to spend your entire day there and don’t let the title fool you, For Sisters Only is an event that the entire family can enjoy and never fails to activities that everyone can enjoy. The Expo is held from 11 am to 8 pm, but between the great empowerment seminars and performances – and then the time that it takes to check out vendors, sample products, meet the WPGC on-air personalities and all the celebrities – you could probably use just one more hour enjoying, learning, being entertained and simply having a good time at For Sisters Only.
The largest event of its kind – For Sisters Only has reached out to more than fifteen thousand Washingtonian women and their families. This year’s FSO Empowerment Pavilion was consistently “standing room only” throughout the day, delivering powerful seminars on building personal wealth – A Purse of My Own with Wealth Coach Deborah Owens, David Banner (Rapper; Actor) and Dr. Traci Lynn; relationship insight and advice – He Say, She Say with Dr. Demetria Lucas, Tami Roman (from VH1’s Basketball Wives), Dr. Pamela Love Manning, Dr. Alduan Tartt, and R&B sensations Tank and Raheem DeVaughn; fulfilling your purpose and dreams – What’s Really Holding You Back with WPGC’s own Free, Dr. Michelle, Kandi Burruss (from Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta; R&B Group Xscape) and TC (from Real Talk with TC); and interracial dating – Mixing It Up: Dating Across the Color Lines with Dr. Demetria Lucas, Ralph Richard Banks and Karyn Langhorne Folan. The FSO Health Care Pavilion was sponsored by United Medical Center and attendees were able to receive complimentary health care screenings. This pavilion was one of the busiest of all of the pavilions. Attendees were definitely taking advantage of the offered screenings, including dental, blood pressure & more. The FSO Literary Cafe featured authors Dr. Michelle, Ralph Richard Banks, Karyn Langhorne Folan and other notable authors.
And of course, there is the FSO Main Stage. Performances are a large part of the For Sisters Only experience and the Main Stage is always hosted by WPGC’s on-air personalities. The Main Stage started around 3 pm with a blessing by Rev. Tony Lee; Big Tigger, Free, DJ Heat and Guy Lambert from the Big Tigger Morning Show; Sunni; DJ Flexx from the Home Team; Peter Parker; Herkules; Shack ND Pack; Tony Redz; Aladdin; Poet; Broady and the rest of the WPGC Street Team & Family interacted with fans, had a really good time on stage and introduced some of the hottest R&B / Hip Hop artists in the game.
FSO 2011 featured performances by the Encore Dance Company, Ressa Rene, Phil Ade (who was joined on stage by DC’s own Raheem DeVaughn), Estelle, Eric Benet, Roscoe Dash, Tank, Johnny Gill, Wale (who was joined on stage by Trey from UCB), and the Main Stage concerts closed out the FSO Expo with Bell Biv DeVoe – better known as BBD.
This DC Music Events Examiner sat down backstage at For Sisters Only with Tank, Eric Benet, Johnny Gill & BBD to talk about how they got started in the business, their most memorable career moment and something about them that fans may not necessarily know. Look for part two of this article entitled – An Intimate Backstage Chat w/ Eric Benet, Johnny Gill, Tank & BBD at FSO 2011.
Finally, as if the pavilions, seminars, musical line up, inclusion of men and family haven’t impressed you enough about this “not to be missed” event – this year, a percentage of the proceeds from For Sisters Only will go to Final Salute Inc., a non-profit (501(c)3) organization who’s mission is to provide homeless female Veterans with safe and suitable housing. Check out Final Salute’s website and give whatever you can – a donation, your support or reach out to them and see what they may need. Let’s make sure we support America’s Veterans, not just around Veteran’s & Memorial Day, but 365 days a year.
Check out some of the video & photo highlights from FSO 2011 and in case you’re STILL not sure if you’ll attend the 13th Annual For Sisters Only in 2013 – take a peek at the highlights from For Sisters Only 2010.