Soulful Sweet 16, Mrs. Fame Chanelle-Stroman’s insightful guide for parents, offers practical tips for a spiritual, memorable meaningful and entirely magical coming-of-age ceremony for African-American teens.
When thirteen-year-old Stanisha asked her mother for a “Super Sweet 16” party, the request seemed reasonable. After all, what young girl wouldn’t want to mark her sixteenth birthday with a special party? But when Stanisha began to describe her vision of the celebration—a Hummer limousine, an appearance by a pop star, and an entourage of tigers and muscular young men who would carry Stanisha on their shoulders—her mother could only shake her head and wonder how her “honor-roll, straight-A student of a daughter” could even imagine such extravagance.
Author Mrs. Fame Chanelle-Stroman’s response to her daughter’s request was a firm but loving, “What you want is unrealistic and not meaningful toward your transition into womanhood.” The coming-of-age celebration, Mrs. Chanelle-Stroman insisted, should be taken seriously. Mother and daughter then put their heads together to come up with ideas for the best way to mark this momentous occasion—ideas on which they both could agree, ideas that not only were spiritual, practical and significant but that also respected their African-American heritage. Their collective brainstorming and planning became the genesis of Soulful Sweet 16: Celebration into Womanhood for African-Americans; the result is an insightful, thorough, well-thought-out guide to organizing and hosting a successful African-American–style formal celebration.
From choosing a “royal court,” to selecting a reception venue, to detailing the specific duties and order of events, Soulful Sweet 16 offers step-by-step instructions and thoughtful suggestions for coordinating this special day. Among many other items, Mrs. Chanelle-Stroman includes monthly checklists, ideas for music and appropriate gifts, examples of speeches, ideas in support of community services and exhaustive resource directories. Soulful Sweet 16 is a cherished “rite of passage” birthday celebration that not only acknowledges the physical aspect of becoming a young woman, but the true spiritual essence as well. Soulful Sweet 16: Celebration into Womanhood for African-Americans; presents a powerfully rich, unforgettable new tradition for African-American daughters and their families.