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Spotlight: Inspiring Beauty – 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair

Hi Aspirers! This past weekend I had a chance to attend Inspire Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair at the North Carolina Art Museum in Raleigh, North Carolina and I was very pleased with the everything in the exhibit. I didn’t know what to expect with the fashion fair but I knew I had to attend. I went to school for fashion and it showcased a black magazine!

Before I talk about what I loved about the fashion fair let me first tell you what it is. From 1958-2009 the Ebony Fashion Fair was a traveling fashion show that came from Ebony magazine. This fashion fair was a charity fashion show gave a spotlight to African Americans showing off their beauty, style, grace, and empowerment. Through the fashion fair there were a variety of works from different designers around the world that was showcased in both the magazine and the fashion fair throughout the years such as Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Givenchy, and more. Through out this post there are some pictures I’ve took at the fashion fair and also I vlog which you can find below.

Other than the exhibit I was pleased on who came to the fashion fair. I loved seeing different ethic groups that took the time to come out and view the exhibit. This fashion fair was seen by many and appreciated by everyone that laid their eyes on the clothing, read the history, and creating conversations on what was going on. I felt like the people that took the time to come out either understand the importance or they wanted to learn how black people and our culture created a platform in fashion.

Seeing the fashion fair opened our minds that there has been more out in the fashion industry than we are a custom to. It gave blacks a light that we are more than the stereotype. BFCA3F32-0F87-44FC-8834-D2527A680646It gave everyone that came out to the fair a chance to come together and learn that we can come together to appreciate one another without problems. Ebony Magazine created a platform where we were able to purchase information at the newsstand. Ebony Fashion Fair was created and the information traveled to you and the people could physically see how we all worked together.

I hope you enjoyed reading my opinion on the Ebony Fashion Fair. If this exhibit comes to a city near you please attend! I’m glad I didn’t missed out on this experience. Don’t forget to like, comment watch the vlog down below.

Sincerely, Courtney Renee

And the Emmy goes to….

Did you see what happened last night at the Emmy’s? It went down in history as a first. We all know and love her from the hit series “How to get away with Murder” but she’s also known for “The Help”, “Get on Up”, and the new movie coming out in 2016 called “Suicide Sqaud.” She’s been nominated 47 times and won 47 times but this 47th win will go down in history. 

Have you figured out who I’m talking about yet? It’s Viola Davis of course! She’s the first black woman to win an Emmy in a lead drama. This is so exciting! Tears were running down people’s faces in the audience and the viewers. For all the women of color seeing that one day that could be them winning the next Emmy. When Viola won the award she made what was thought to be impossible possible for those that had doubts. One quote from her speech spoke volumes.  

 Once you see an opportunity go for it running! You can achieve anything if you don’t try. Congratulations Viola! 

Viola wasn’t the only winner of the night a special congratulations goes to my other favorites Uzo Aduba for winning Outstanding Supporting Actress in a drama series and Regina King for winning Outstanding Supporting Actress in a movies. Congratulations to everyone! 

Sincerely, Courtney Renee