Hosted by Community Organizations to Empower and Inspire Young Women of Color
December 18th, 2016 (Brooklyn, New York) – The late actor and activist Ossie Davis once said, "the habit of coming to the dinner table, [is] not only for something to feed your stomach but to feed your soul, your heart and your mind”; The Dinner Table Documentary’s founder, Asha Boston couldn’t agree more as the organization prepares to host their second holiday dinner event titled, “Hotcombs and Dinners.”On Sunday, December18th at the Akwaaba Mansion at 347 MacDonough Street, Brooklyn, New York, the organization will bring together high school and college-aged students with professionals, for a night of dining, inspiration and intimate networking. In true Dinner Table Doc spirit, the event aims to create a safe space for women of color to share their truth and celebrate theaccomplishments of the woman seated across the table.
Passionate about media and inspiring and supporting girls, Asha launched The Dinner Table in 2014, an initiative that includes a five part documentary series intended to redefine the narrative for women of color in media; in-class interactive workshops that break down the ins-and-outs of television, especially in relation to black women’s role in it; and unique dinner parties. Since it’s inception, The Dinner Table has serviced at least 100 girls per event in the NYC area through effective programming and partnerships with organizations like Girls Inc NYC and the YWCA Brooklyn.
Hotcombs and Dinners however is a gathering of a much smaller crowd in hopes to re-create the safe haven that the dinner table space has been for families across America and around the world. The founder of supper club L8RSVN (pronounced ‘late reservation’) and rounded Chef, Theodore Coleman, will prepare items on the evening’s menu. Coleman who has been trained and served a two-year stint as a sous-chef for Top Chef Masters, Floyd Cardozo plans to craft a unique and tasty southern cuisine to compliment the night’s theme. The meal will be greeted on the table by pictures of families and framed vintage covers of Ebony Magazine, which have been provided through a generous donation by the Johnson Publishing Company. “Unlike your average holiday party this dinner is meant to make you feel as warm as your childhood memories of sitting at the dinner table with your loved ones. I want the young women who attend this event to feel loved, inspired, empowered and most importantly I want them to walk away knowing that they always deserve a seat at the table of opportunity, even if they have to walk away knowing that they always deserve a seat at the table of opportunity, even if they have to bring their folding chair” Boston shared.
According to a 2008 study done by the Girl Scout Research Institute, 53% of African American girls surveyed expressed a desire to be leaders as compared to 50% of Hispanic girls and 34% of Caucasian girls, yet leadership opportunities for African-American and Hispanic girls are scarce. The Dinner Table works to combat that narrative by strategically seating young women at the table amongst professionals of all backgrounds who may serve as mentors offering advice on navigating careers, identifying yourself with success and offering resources and opportunities to help nurture their interest.
Asha and the team at The Dinner Table look forward to creating an unforgettable night filled with love, light and lots of #BlackGirlMagic.