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Bay Area Blessed As My Sister’s Keeper Connects Black Women of All Ages

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The fourth annual My Sisters Keepers, By All Means Necessary conference took place at the African American Cultural Center on Fulton Street, bringing together local and national figures to speak to young women about becoming assets to the local and global Black communities.

The Western Addition of San Francisco is where Tina Brown was born and reared. She had a difficult upbringing, which resulted in her getting locked up in juvenile hall and having a child at a young age.

Poor life decisions caused terrible relationships and an unstable situation. However, things would turn around for her after having a run-in with the law as an adult.

Brown was able to change her life when she found a mentor and a job. She developed into a useful member of society and a young Black women's activist.

“We started holding weekly sessions with young women between the ages of 12 and 17, and I started connecting with young females,” said Brown. “We were able to discuss their lives and what was happening in the town.”

This was the beginning of Brown's non-profit, My Sister's Keeper, which is situated in San Francisco. The group works to enhance the lives of young Black girls via exposure, training, and mentoring.

At this year's full-day conference, there were more than 100 attendees. National grassroots activists like Tamika Mallory, Angela Davis, and Dr. Syleecia Thompson, a teacher and host of a Fox Soul television program, were among those there.

In front of millions of television viewers, Mallory, who describes herself as a street politician, made a passionate appeal against racism and the struggle for Black freedom from white supremacy during the George Floyd rally, which is when she first gained notoriety.

Together with her co-host Mysonne, she co-hosts the popular podcast “Street Politicians” on the iHeart network.

Mallory continued, "Black women are frequently excluded from positions of authority because we are female. But we must speak up.

Every generation has a unique method of self-expression, according to Mallory. In order for people to discuss their problems, "we as leaders need to build inclusive places." There is still work to be done, and she asserts that it will require a united front to bring about change.

“In order for us to fight alongside one another,” Mallory added, "We need to help liberate our Black males and help them to lead."

A panel of men also arrived to speak to the women. Herm Lewis, a hip-hop producer and activist from San Francisco, Bishop Keith Clark, the pastor of the World Assembly Church in Oakland, and Hakeem Brown, a Vallejo, California, city councilman, were among those there.

Additionally present was Bridgette Leblanc, a local businessperson and vice chair of the San Francisco Black Chamber of Commerce. She advised women to learn more about business before joining groups like the chamber that aid in their development.

According to her, the chamber works to ensure that Black businesses receive a portion of the money entering San Francisco as well as to attract Black companies to the city.

In addition to Cloey Hewlett, the California Commissioner of the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation, Dr. Ramona Bishop, the founder of Vallejo's Elite Public Schools, and Gina Fromer, the president of the San Francisco Children's Council, spoke to attendees.

People benefited greatly from the conference, according to Brown. It brought sisterhood, mentorship, and a lot of activities that people can build on to start making changes and taking action.