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#Absolut America

By Akela Moore

 

So we’ve done Moet, Grey Goose, Hennessy, Tanqueray and now we frolicked around with Absolut cocktails on the rooftop of Hudson Mercantile. The vibes were definitely feeling like the 4th of July as the theme was all about USA and the red white and blue. DJ Kiss spun some ole school and new school classics while a couple of party goers fluttered around in the make shift “pool” which was a bowl towering over the rest of the crowd. I indulged in some new afrobeats song from Mr. Eazi and Afro B while sipping shots of Absolut and the Absolut Firework. See some of the pictures from the night and take a look at the cocktails you can make for yourself. #absolutamerica (more…)

We Discovered the Spring/Summer 2018 Collection with Dolce & Gabbana Cocktail Party


By Akela Moore

Gucci down to the socks…where??? Louis Vuitton and Coach who? It was nice to see a Spring/Summer 2018 collection from Dolce & Gabbana that was so fresh, so fun and literally just made you want everything in the store. It was like a “who knew” moment walking through the two levels of the Fifth Ave store in New York City. Of course the champagne was flowing, but the poker themed night left us all thinking this Spring its all about D&G.

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JBL Grammys 2018 Viewing Party

By Akela Moore

Those who can’t attend…go around the corner and watch! Viewing parties popped up all over the city to watch the Grammys take place in New York and I attended one at the beautiful Skylark on 39th & Seventh Ave, a few blocks away from Madison Square Garden. In attendance was Bridget Kelly, Elle Varner, The Les Twins, Lea Robinson and industry media folks. The chammy was flowing and the specialty cocktails were named Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Best New Artist. As Cardi B performed with Bruno Mars and Childish Gambino gave a smooth sultry performance you could hear oohhhs and ahhs from the crowd laughing and having a great time. Definitely would go again next year!  (more…)

Toyota Music Showcase Hosted by Bevy Smith

By Akela Moore

Awards season is officially over along with fashion month. What a month February was! One of the highlights of fashion month was the Grammy Awards coming to New York and the Toyota Music Showcase hosted by Bevy Smith. A intimate dinner created by Chef Danielle Saunders (whose a old friend btw) brought out some amazing entertainment media such as Emil Wilbekin and Jennifer Cunningham of Bossip. The event literally took place in Soho in Gwyneth Paltrow’s old mansion and the night was so positive and fun. It was amazing to watch Ledisi perform while Bevy Smith hosted and also new comer Victory Boyd blew the house down. Queen journalist Ms. Angela Rye was amazing to meet and I was so inspired. See here.  (more…)

Fashion Rocks with Vibe Magazine

By Amber Monaé

When you pair dope fashion with the latest tunes you are guaranteed a good time and last week VIBE gave us just that for the close out of Black History Month!

On Thursday, Vibe Magazine held their 1st Annual Style and Sound Honors Night Brunch at Caribbean Social, located in Brooklyn, New York. The exclusive event was to honor current notables that impact the fashion and music industry. The honorees included; InStyle Magazine’s Beauty Editor-at-Large, Kahlana Barfield-Brown, Spotify Global Head of Music Programming Tuma Basa, celebrity hair stylist Tish Celestine, award-winning UK rap star Stefflon Don, celebrity wardrobe stylist Rachel Johnson and Hot 97 Music Director and radio personality TT Torrez who were awarded by VIBE Editor-in-Chief and host for the evening Datwon Thomas along with Bonsu Thompson. The night was nothing but Black Excellence. Take a  look (more…)