Sunday, August 14, 2011
I honestly don't even know where to begin when it comes to my experience at Nationals. The people I met while in D.C. and the bond that I have established with my Sister Queens will be forever etched in my heart. When we first got to Nationals we had to check in and we were able to go out on the town and mingle with one another and get to know one another. The days following check-in were all about business! We had to wake up bright and early ready to eat breakfast, work out, prepare for an event, come back, practice opening number, practice the fitness routine, eat dinner, practice some more, debrief, and then do it all over again the next day! There was always something to do everyday and we all worked so hard at Nationals. When I went, I was not expecting to be as close as I am to my Sister Queens or anyone for that matter. I didn't expect to establish a sisterhood with them because that is something that I have not had the pleasure of experiencing as a black woman with other black woman where I'm from. It was absolutely delightful and I love my Sister Queens with all my heart. They are an extraordinary group of attractive, intelligent, and divine young ladies that I am proud to call my Sister Queens. No one knows our experience like we do and we were able to support one another and uplift one another humbly and genuinely. The talented and sincere Miss Black Texas, Ocelia Gibson, took the crown home to be the next Miss Black USA. We were ecstatic for her and are confident that she will do an awesome job! We know that God has a beautiful plan for our lives and our journeys will continue on. My Sister Queens are truly amazing women. It was truly an honor to be in the presence of young African American women who esteem excellence in everything they do, who strive for greatness, who set goals and achieve them, all while aspiring to leave a legacy for generations to come. I am forever grateful and blessed for the experience that I was fortunate enough to have and to call them my friends.