As Sharnaee Newson worked on her career, traveling the world to teach and style hair (including several years on tour with pop star Ciara), she had no idea she was on the path to becoming the modern equivalent of a matchmaker: a speed-dating host.But several years ago, Newsom got together with some close friends who shared her birth month, July, and they threw themselves a party.It turned out to be a wild success, and soon they were planning parties for other people.
They soon added a fifth woman, Janine Gray, and have been working together for the past three years.
Each woman is juggling the Detroit-based business as a side project to her personal career.
One of the popular events the Sassy Socialites plan and host is a speed dating night.
Men and women get together at a bar to meet people in a series of "dates" that last less than five minutes.
Everyone writes down the name of someone they liked, and at the end of the night participants are told if they have any matches.
It's the Socialites' jobs to loosen everyone up with prizes, icebreakers and the occasional tequila shot.
People always say the dating scene, the bar scene, is boring.
Normally when you go to a party in Detroit guys are just standing there and girls are prancing around, they're not talking to each other.
We decided we wanted to do something a little different.
We throw questions in, ice breakers, we have sponsors that give gifts, we make them dance, we give them topics and make them give each other compliments.
So each round we throw in something a little bit different, and by the end of the day they're laughing and having fun. That's the best way I can describe it, just seeing what I see.