Back in 2018, I posted this caption under a collage of some of my favorite 90's girl groups:
FOR WOMEN: I don’t know who else is in the house on a Saturday night, but I am.... and I’m lonely. I’m watching Gabrielle Union and Jada Pinkett-Smith talk about their relationships with other women, and I’m shook y’all. I know some women, but I don’t feel like I have any women friends, like the friends Beyoncé was talking about in that song she made with her senior citizen. I REALLY NEED SOME AND WANT SOME. I want to meet on a weekly basis with a group of women on #njtranslit. We can just park the bus and eat and talk and do whatever! I’m serious as a heart attack. My bus has really become like a clubhouse for me, and I’m welcoming some other women to join me. Feel free to respond to this in my comments or my DM. I love us for real. No social media shit. No recording. Or pics. None of that, just time spent together.
The response to my post was overwhelming, and that ultimately led me to host a bi-weekly hangout session, where women local to New Jersey would gather on my school bus for good energy and good conversation. Friendships were formed during that time. When I moved from New Jersey, I was no longer able to host, and I have missed it dearly. In the midst of this pandemic, with many things going digital, I have been inspired to re-introduce "Lady Link Up", this time virtually via Zoom and once a month (the third Sunday of each month). I am seeking community now, more than ever, especially sisterhood.
We started linking on April 19th, and have been linking every other Sunday. We will be linking virtually via ZOOM for the remainder of the year! If you identify as a woman (cis and trans) YOU ARE WELCOME.
As we grow into our clubhouse, we will pick different albums and full musical projects by women, shows/films written and directed by women and queer artists, current events, and grown folks sh!t to discuss. Everyone will get to decide how we choose in the initial meeting. I am so excited to virtually meet some of you and get to know some of you more!
I believe we are on to something great here! It will require our effort and consistency, and I know we can do it. Please communicate any issues or concerns with me and the group at large. I don't want this to be a nuisance, this is supposed to be fun for all of us! If you have a time conflict, conflicting plans, no interest in engaging with the subject for that week, feel free to join us when you'd like to. There is no penalty for missed linkups. Consistent participation promotes building community, but things happen, and I understand. Thank you to those who have joined so far, and welcome to those who plan to join in the future! Looking forward to virtually linking with you!