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Meet The Black Woman Who’s Creating A Festival For Girls With Big Dreams

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Meet The Black Woman Who’s Creating A Festival For Girls With Big Dreams



Sharifa Murdock’s goal has always been to empower women. And this month, she’s doing just that with her Envsn Festival, a one-day event that will see a number of guest speakers and performers celebrating the power of women.

Murdock spoke to ESSENCE ahead of the festival, which she said was an idea she’s long wanted to see into fruition, even as she worked on Liberty Fashion & Lifestyle Fairs, which highlights men’s fashion.


“It’s been in my dreams,” she gushed. “[I wanted to] do something where we gave women empowerment and gave girls more direction.”

For Murdock, who is often asked to mentor young women, the decision was a no-brainer. She noted that the Envsn Festival, which will also feature performances by Saweetie an…


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I am a future butterfly at the stage of growth when I am turning into an adult. I am enclosed in a hard case shell formed by love, family, and friends. It is the hardest stage of becoming a black butterfly. You will encounter many hardships only to come out stronger and better than what you went in. At this stage, you are finding out who you truly are and how to love yourself.

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The image of the butterfly has come to define the many expressions of the feminine black consciousness and for a good reason. The butterfly is the perfect articulation of the exquisite beauty of nature. Whether tiny or large, brightly colored or more subdued, the butterfly’s allure is undeniable. Each one displays its own unique patterns and hues, and no one species outshines any other.

Similarly, there is no one ideal image of a black woman -- each is gorgeous in her right. All African-Americans share a glorious history of struggle and perseverance that has funneled into the modern black renaissance. And, like the graceful butterfly, the awakened black woman exemplifies the dazzling beauty of that cultural evolution.

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