Over Labor Day weekend on behalf of African Pride, I had the pleasure of attending Tom Joyner’s Family Reunion in Kissimmee, FL. I stayed at the beautiful Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center for 4 glorious days & 3 nights. Boy, was it hard to leave! Take a quick peek inside the resort to see why.
All of this and more is available to those who choose to stay at the resort during the Tom Joyner Family Reunion. I must mention that the expo is FREE for the public to attend; whether you stay at the resort or not. If you’re looking for a place to bring your family on vacation, or seeking to reunite with family you haven’t see in a long time this is the perfect place/weekend to do so. There is something for everyone to enjoy on the resort and inside the expo. Grandparents, parents, down to your little ones under 5; no one is left out of the fun. As a Wife & Mother of 2 kids, this is most definitely a place/function I would bring the whole gang to!
There were celebrities left and right and attendees had the opportunity to get up-close and personal with them. I accidentally erased my memory card while on site trying to clear space to take pictures of MAXWELL, smh. Outside of the images below, other celebs spotted at the expo: 112, Tamar Braxton, Wendell Pierce, Fred Hammond, Lenny Williams (he had all the Auntys going crazy!), NEXT, and so many more. They all hit the main stage during the ‘free to the public’ expo. How dope is that?!
While all of this was going on, African Pride’s booth was located to the left of the main stage. It was like working at a concert, meaning it was the best! I’m off to the side planning and editing posts for African Pride while rocking out to NEXT, Lenny Williams, Sevyn and more.
As one of the core sponsor of the family reunion, African Pride initiated two amazing events on the main stage:
“Define your Pretty” panel with special guests Bernadette Stanus (Thelma from GoodTimes) and Kheris Rogers (founder of Flexin’ In My Complexion w/ Host Tia Hebron (Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Manager/MUA). You may notice Kheris Poppin’ from this viral video, where she talks about being bullied for her beautiful, deeply rooted in melanin’ complexion (If I see Deeply rooted in Melanin on a shirt I want my cut! LOL). It amazes me that this is still happening amongst our own. Its to be expected from the others, but we have to start speaking life into our brown brothers and sisters. From lightest to the deepest of shades, we are all beautiful, strong and we need each other.
I must say, my favorite event that took place on the main stage was the ‘Daddy Do’ Contest also presented by African Pride. A set of Fathers had 5 minutes to do their daughters hair on stage. Who ever did the best within that time won. I laughed so much, it was pure hilarity. They were all winners in my eyes; it was awesome to see Fathers step up in such a fun way. What I would give to have moments like these with my father. Again, I loved it! View the live replay of the Daddy-Do Contest below…