Brown Girl Magic Conference Kicked Off in a Big Way with Powerhouse Speakers!

June 11, 2017 Comments Off on Brown Girl Magic Conference Kicked Off in a Big Way with Powerhouse Speakers!
Brown Girl Magic Conference Kicked Off in a Big Way with Powerhouse Speakers!

Thank you so very much for making the FIRST Brown Girl Magic, Activating Your Inner MAGIC conference, sponsored by Curls an event to remember! Just wow!
Love, laughter, light, INSPIRATION and EMPOWERMENT! It was all there! The vision of Mikaela Sydney Smith, the Founder of Brown Girl Magic, was ACTIVATED on Sunday May 7, at Sutton Hall in Douglasville where at least 160 guests came together for a MAGICAL day to hear powerful speakers, an impressive kidpreneur panel, mingle with amazing vendors, create insightful vision boards and eat some finger-licking fare prepared by Chef Jonayia Gervin-Wise of Polished 2 Perfection. It was a day promoting positive self-awareness for girls of color while infusing their lives with purpose by learning how to serve their community and build a business at a young age.

The red carpet was popping and Mikaela took time to take pictures with all of her guests, because frankly, it is because of YOU that this event was a huge success!

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Kicking off the event, Brown Girl Magic conference coordinator Kia Morgan Smith, spoke life into the crowd with an emotional discourse about the Brown Girl Magic mission and developing a “sisterhood of positivity” that extends into “the village” that we all should have in our lives in order to be a support system, and help us realize or dreams.


Mikaela soon after took the stage and thanked Mahisha Dellinger of Curls, a woman who rose from the projects and poverty to building a $15 million haircare empire, for sponsoring the event in such a significant way and reaching back to help young girls like Mikaela, live her dream out loud.

The spunky kidpreneur then wowed the crowd when she said:
“I started Brown Girl Magic because I wanted brown girls like me to feel empowered. I created this sisterhood of positivity because there were many times I didn’t feel confident about myself. I wanted brown girls like me to believe in their own beauty. But how can we do that when the world wants us to believe we are not enough. We are enough!”


She then talked about her “sisters” and how all the Brown Girl Magic Ambassadors are part of a sisterhood of positivity. Girls, she said, should embrace and love one another and not be “shady” and girls should allow each other to shine in their own light and cheer along the way.


New York Times bestselling author Denene Millner, author of the new children’s book, Early Sunday Morning, moved the crowd by sharing a soul-stirring story about her childhood growing up in Long Island New York and the challenges her family faced by being the only black family there. Denene was a Girl Scout, a group that promotes sisterhood, but often felt left out of events with other girls outside of the meetups. One day she said she and her cousin drove through a neighboring street on their bikes and saw that there was a party going on with a fellow Girl Scout. One of them called out to her saying: “Hey, n-gger! “Want a watermelon!” And she was literally chased away. Denene said, “I tell you that story to tell you that, being in a space where there weren’t a whole bunch of girls that looked like me… and being around a bunch of girls who didn’t look like me and didn’t want me around, created a really odd space for me as a kid. I had to go and actively find places to connect with people who looked like me,” further reiterating the point that organizations such as Brown Girl Magic are vital in the positive development of girls of color.

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Jay Barnett
The former NFL player and motivational speaker, Jay Barnett, moved the crowd with a masterful poem and dropped jewels to the young queens, telling them: “You have to protect your mind at all times… If the enemy can get control of your mind, he can direct your decisions.” Jay left the crowd breathless with a spoken word piece from his book: “Letters to a Young Queen,” that captivated the audience.

Gabrielle Goodwin


Our Keynote speaker, Gabrielle Goodwin of GaBByBows, shared her story of success solving an age-old problem of hair barrettes slipping off the hair by creating GaBBYBows, the double-faced, double snap on barrette that doesn’t fall out. GaBBY now ships her barrettes to all 50 states and just recently secured a deal to sell them in Once Upon a Child stores. GaBBY was such a cutie giving her BIG presentation!
Alasia Ballard

America’s Next Top model, Cycle 14 contestant Alasia Ballard spoke to the ladies about embracing their natural beauty. Confidence, she said, “is very tricky, and is not about walking in a room with your nose in the air thinking you’re better than anyone else. Confidence is walking in a room and knowing you don’t have to compare yourself in the first place!” Great advice Alasia!

Christopher B. Pearman

The former manager and dad of actress Raven Symone and author of Dream So Big: A Parent’s Guide to Helping Your Child Believe and Achieve, chronicled his journey of helping his daughter Raven Symone reach stardom.

Joyce Brewer

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Joyce Brewer from helped the girls make their dreams more tangible and their visions come to life through a vision board party.


Symone Cantey
Symone Cantey of the Don’t Be a Bully Foundation, offered up inspiration and advice about being diligent and ensuring that the girls in attendance do NOT become bullies!


Kidpreneur panel:
Intro by Eleanor Jones, Moderated by Mikaela Smith. Panelists: Rose Genter of Chopped Junior, Zoe Turner of Little Miss Atlanta, Dai Time of DaiTime Magazine, and Bailee Knighten of Bailee’s Nailbox.


These little misses were NOT to miss! Poised and beautiful with keen business acumen, these young ladies intelligently discussed how they were able to dream BIG and live their dreams out loud by starting their own businesses. These young ladies were truly impressive!

Thank you to the following FABULOUS vendors:

Angilee’s Jewelry Box

Avante Garde Books

Bailee’s Nail Box

Beautiful Curly Me

Beautiful Kinks and Kurls

JJ Parties/ Paparazzi Jewelry

Kemery Kreates


Little Miss Dancey Pants




Media Sponsors

Lamar and Ronnie Tyler –

Rene Syler’s

The Philadelphia Tribune

Free ticket sponsors

Kat Robertson

Didi St. Louis –

Stacey Robinson – Curly Coily kids

Darlene Rosser Freeman

 Product Sponsors

Gogo Squeez


Desire Landers Miller

Lou Martin

Ashalah CookMeUpa Notch (Cookies)

Stephanie Willougby – Indulgence Spa and Body Products

Leslie Vallery – (Lip Balm)

Africa James – Cards for gift bags –

Raffle Giveaway

Tosi U –

Melba’s Totes

Melissa Alaba

Vision Board Sponsors

Jamie Tillman, Chic Cheveu

Kendra Pierson –

Shineka Karim

Regina Coley  –

Natalie Robinson


Jemimah Scarlett –


Elite Scholars – Key Club

Melanie Ewell

Jamie Tillman

Janice Gullette-Pugh


Jonayia Gervin-Wise – Polished 2 Perfection

 Thank you so much to the social media team of Brittany & Leah!

Where can you find the speakers?


Mikaela Smith –

Kia Smith –

Denene Millner –

Christopher Pearman –

Gabrielle Goodwin –

Alasia Ballard – @IAmAlasia on Instagram

Jay Barnett – @KingJayBarnett on IG

Dai Time – @OfficiallyDaiTime on IG

Joyce Brewer –

Kim & Symone Cantey –

Zoe Turner –


All pictures can be downloaded HERE

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