A few months ago, after attending #BlackLoveDC and truly enjoying the experience, I decided that I wanted to organize my own event. I didn't know how, I just knew I had to do something with Nubian Hueman. I called Anika up and said I wanted to do my own "natural hair" event, she was open but curious as to how we would make it work. I mean...I attended the #NaturalHairBrunchAffairDC last year, and felt like I knew a little something. What would make my event so different? Well, when I attended the brunch, being my sociable self trying to cover the event, I sat down and engaged in "ice-breaking" activities like everybody else. The women looked a bit surprised but I never thought about it twice until I was creating this event. The "Natural Hair" movement is for the women, it's about being around other positive women, engaging in healthy conversation and uplifting one another. I wanted to make sure I kept the same type of vibe for what I was creating but at the same time, respect where the inspiration came from. I didn't want to re-invent the wheel and say "men need their own natural hair event," I wanted to uplift my black women in a creative way, welcome my brothers into the equation in a way that didn't intrude on what was already established. I sent out a few emails and things started coming together. The panelists are all unique in their own right, an artist, a fashion blogger, a loctitian and a natural hair salon owner. The artists were hand-picked, I either went to VCU with them or met them over the years networking. I've seen their work over the years and just felt like it needed its recognition. The hosts? They're just some really good, supportive friends who wanted to see my dream come true. I've spent all these years attending events, writing about people and networking, I had to do something useful with it. And that my friends, is what #NaturalAffinityDC is all about. Buy your tickets on our splashthat page we've created for the event, come out and have a good time with some beautiful people.