The temperature was in the high 90s but the heat index reached triple digits, even in the shaded areas of Centennial Park. None of that seemed to matter to the countless people on hand or streaming into the park to be a part of it all. Vendors, supporters, families and singles alike knew where they wanted to be. Original #BeautyNIC visionary and founder Tanya Davis outdid herself once again for the second annual #BeautyNIC 2018 event.
This year over 300 bags complete with age and gender appropriate beauty items. Educational and play items were given out to the kids. There was a spectacular car show; a bike show; a wide variety of food vendors; face painting; and a safety conscious play area, complete with sign in and sign out attendants (for participating children), bouncy houses and games—proving once again this event had something to offer everyone.
This year’s entertainment lineup included some from the 2017 inaugural line up with new choices for 2018. That portion alone was the ultimate variety show, which consisted of choirs, solo artists, and musicians in both gospel and secular genres, including award winning favorites lie: gospel artist Denotra Sneed; multi-talented Jaefriz, a.k.a., ‘The Father of Rappino’; Nick Lareau; Wyte T. Breezey; Soulman Snipes; Candysoul; Morgan Bossman; the Hadley Park Line Dancers; Piper Jones; Soulstress; Joy in the Morning (radio hosts); the Nashville Community Singers; and many more.
The mission of #Beauty NIC is to show appreciation to beauty industry professionals, their clients, family and friends. It was an unforgettable community picnic. Lay people and dignitaries in attendance and still in support of #BeautyNIC overall, included: State Rep. and state senatorial candidate Brenda Gilmore; Tony ‘Still Standing’ Varnell (CEO/founder of the Varnell Foundation and Legacy Builders Generation); Metro Police Department Community Outreach officers; and various non-profit organizations and agencies.
Lonnell Matthews, Jr., Juvenile Court Clerk, stopped by in support of the event and to present a ‘Proclamation’ from Nashville Mayor David Briley.
The top rated radio and television show I Just Got My Hair Did, 92 Q, media personality team launched the inaugural #BeautyNIC during the summer of 2017. The team is comprised of Yolonda ‘Yolo-Bee’ Beech, Chris Bond and Tanya Davis. Nashville’s first ‘hair talk show’ airs every Saturday at 5 pm on 92.1, WQQK, a Cumulus Station and Bounce TV. The show has received top ratings and a wide listener and viewership in the short time they have been on air.
“This year’s highlights were that I received the Proclamation from Mayor Briley’s office, the increase in vendor participation and the variety of different foods displayed,” said Davis. “The crowd participation, which engaged throughout Centennial Park, and the positive energy which the entertainment brought out along with the added security Metro Police gave to the production allowed those in attendance the freedom to enjoy themselves more. I’m very proud to have my name attached to such a fun-filled, enjoyable event that allows the whole family to come together in a diverse setting.”
Tarita Wright, Carlos Hale, Victor Chatman. Charles Sneed, Yolanda Hockett and other core #BeautyNIC Team members worked behind and in front of the proverbial scenes to help Tanya make this year’s event ‘off the chain.’ To see some of the numerous photographs, hear the reviews and even chime in with suggestions as to how to be a part of #BeautyNIC 2019, stay tuned to #BeautyNIC 2018 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter social media sites.