Rapper, actress and internet personality B Simone will headline the “This is HER Space” conference for Black teen girls this Saturday.
B Simone has more than five million Instagram followers, owns a beauty line and was featured in Forbes last year for opening a co-working space for women. She’ll share some of that entrepreneurial energy with the girls at the conference Saturday.
The conference, organized as a program of the Dear Diary Girls of Madison, is intended for Black girls aged 13-17 to “have that sense of community,” said organizer Krystal Tucker.
The HER in HER Space stands for Harmonious, Empowering and Real.
The event will run entirely online from 11 am to 2 pm Saturday, March 13, and include workshops on relationships, financial literacy and entrepreneurship. Anyone who registers by 9 pm Wednesday will receive a box of conference materials including a journal.
“We always want them to develop everyday habits of doing affirmations and writing out their goals,” Tucker said. “So we definitely make sure they get a journal because that’s what we’re about. Dear diary.”
Tucker said she hopes girls come away having learned “things that they will not learn in school on a day-to-day basis.”
“We want them to leave with some tools and tips on how to succeed,” Tucker said. “Even as a teenager they might think they can attain these things because they’re not of age, but we can show them some things that they can do get started on being a business woman or to succeed in going on to higher education.”
Dear Diary of Madison is part of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute, and works with girls who’ve experienced incarceration, eighth graders transitioning into high school, students in need of a little extra help with school, and more. Tucker said she expects about 40 girls to attend the conference this weekend.