On Sunday, March 18, Brandi Williams, a self-described “broker for change,” will launch the inaugural “A Seat At the Table” Awards (ASATA). Williams, a public relations professional, said the black-tie event will be unlike anything the Queen City has seen.
A Seat at The Table Awards is all about celebrating black women in Charlotte who are having an impact in the areas of fashion, business, creative arts, and social justice — just to name a few. We aren’t looking for names from the establishment. We want to recognize the women who are in the trenches every day pouring into the men, women and children in the black community. We want to honor women who are supporting other women and encouraging us to keep going. The community nominated women. We had a little more than 90 women nominated. We had a team of judges select the 24 finalists. The eight winners will be announced at the awards show on Sunday, March 18, from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Camp North End.
Williams described the categories as very non-traditional. She enlightened about the “She is Nola” category inspired by Spike Lee’s “She Gotta Have It,”. Nola is the main character in the movie and is sexually free. The nominees in the category exude that, and they are helping other ladies become sexually free. One of the nominees in the category is Kay Jones, who Williams described as one who does not hold back when it comes to her sexual desires; she is the definition of living unapologetically. she is a blogger and she does all she can to help others feel more comfortable with their sexuality. Kay’s Instagram page was so sexually free that she got taken down.
Williams describes Kay’s expressiveness as lovable because black women have become prudish and sexually reserved because society has made us out to be sexually promiscuous throughout history. “We shouldn’t have to deny our sexuality. We need that to be whole. So, I am particularly excited about this category and the women in it who are helping reshape the narrative around black women and sexuality”, Williams said, while speaking to journalists.