Last Friday night, September 9th, "The Talented 6" hosted its' first ever "Discussion Night." For the people who may have missed it or who may not know how a "Discussion Night" works, it's exactly what the title entails. It's a discussion among different people with different opinions talking about different topics. The discussion was hosted by the creator of the discussion night forum, the amazing Alexis Pounds (Instagram: @Lexy_Lex). Members from the CULYP (Columbus Urban League Young Professionals), the Editor and Creator of the Adore Colour Blog, Chevonne Harris (who has appeared in The Huffington Post and EBONY Magazine) and many more friends and family were all attendance for the entertaining night. All around, our first discussion night was a major success!
The discussion topics ranged from serious to fun from "Should the African American community hold the POTUS accountable for the plight of the African American community in today's world" to the question to the fellas of either giving up the NBA, NFL, telling lies, or oral sex (one guy really said he would give up lying! SMH). It was great to discuss different topics among my melanin peers who may have different perspectives about issues and life than I have. It wouldn't have been a discussion if Kanye West didn't come up in the conversation at least once. Sparking a pretty well versed debate among everyone speaking on his casting call for only multi-racial women in his latest fashion show. Some topics did get more energy than others. The topic of the stereotype of African Americans and money (Talented 6 Blog Post Alert) was definitely one. That topic sparked a pretty intense conversation about systemic oppression, gathering generational wealth vs being rich, and student loan debt. Even though that conversation did get a little heated, after it was all said and done the conversation ended with handshakes and hard laughs. We also talked about the stand (or seat) Colin Kapernick takes during the National Anthem, and having some members of the armed forces in the house really helped create the atmosphere for a good conversation. The discussions had that night were comprised of healthy conversations that needs to happen in the black community more often. Learning, advancing and gaining insight from other people's experiences and opinions is why The Talented 6 was created. "Iron Sharpens Iron" is not only one of our tag lines, but something we firmly believe in and the "Discussion Night" did just that. The highlight of the night, in my opinion, was the the topic of "Situationships vs Relationships." Naturally, all the women and men seemed to flock to the opposite ends of the question, " do you prefer relationships or situationships?" It was a fun conversation that ended with a couple of funny stories from both sides of the question.
Having these types of events is important. For a person, like myself, who may not have many interactions with people about the government, systemic oppression, and generational wealth at my age; it was eye opening to be apart of a discussion like that with other intelligent people in my age group.
Overall the discussion night was a major success! We want to thank everyone who came and contributed to the discussion. Let's continue to push each other to learn and grow with these type of events. The next discussion night will be even more fire *insert fire emoji* ( with more pictures taken smh)
The Talented 6