By ELISE McKEOWN SKOLNICK
Speakers, vendors and workshop presenters came together to celebrate women.
The Women of Color Expo, sponsored by JAMZ 101.9 in conjunction with Youngstown State University’s Diversity Department, gave women a chance to gather information about finances, health resources and more, as well as a chance to pamper themselves.
“It’s really just about celebrating women in general,” said JAMZ’s Tiffany Allen, also known as T-Luv.
“Teaching you how to get your finances together. Also, talking about sisterhood. Why are we ‘frenemies’? Why can’t we get along?”
Various panels and workshops at Saturday’s event addressed the issues facing women today.
“Straight Talk, No Chasers,” a take-off of Steve Harvey’s book of the same name, featured a panel of men and a panel of women.
“We’re just going to talk about our issues; get it all out,” Allen said.
Workshop topics included fitness, health, business etiquette and more.
“I came to come together with women of all nationalities, races and creeds,” said Jo McKee of Youngstown. “It’s not about me being Indian or black or Caucasian. It’s about being a woman and trying to express myself, and come together and unite.”
She learned about medical benefits available in the community.
“It’s important that you take care of your health,” she said.
Women also had a chance to be pampered — free neck and shoulder massages and mini-manicures were offered to participants.
Toni McBride and her 16-year-old daughter Destiny Hughes, both of Youngstown, were happy to receive manicures, try on jewelry, check out the other vendors and attend workshops.
“Having the vendors all in one place is very convenient,” McBride said. “I love it.”
“It’s a different type of experience,” Hughes said. “It’s just fun. I’m interested to see what everybody has to offer to everybody in the community.”
The minority health-services table was especially helpful, McBride said. Her daughter was able to find out about services to help her take care of herself, she added.
The event also included a showing of “Round on Both Sides,” a documentary by Youngstown native Marquette Jones that was filmed in Youngstown, and a fashion show.