Feb 222013
 

BeautyByLeRenda Gordon Parks exhibitMacy’s has really done well with recognizing cultural events. This is second year in a row that I’ve attended their Black History Month event. Last year they focused on Romare Bearden. This year they focused on Gordon Parks.

This event was held at the Macy’s Galleria on Hidalgo.  There was a nice set up displaying Gordon Parks’s pictures as well as a live musician.BeautyByLeRenda Macys Gordon Parks Panel backgroundBeautyByLeRenda in front of Gordon Parks background BeautyByLeRenda Macys Gordon Parks event musician

I missed the beginning of the event because I was booked to do makeup for an event at Qwashae Boutique. I got to Macy’s towards the end of the panel discussion.

BeautyByLeRenda Gordon Parks PanelEach member gave info about Gordon Parks and how he made an impact on their lives. In this picture Rebecca Briscoe is speaking on how inspirational he was to have been so successful despite the racial tension that existed during his era.

To the left of her is Ray Carrington, he spoke very highly of Gordon Parks and emphasized how his early mistakes led to him learning lessons that allowed him opportunities to leave a huge legacy. He discussed how important it was for Gordon Parks to get to know people before taking pictures.  Then there’s Joy Sewing. Unfortunately, I missed her speak, but I’m sure she gave a lot of good insight. She’s very intellectual and full of knowledge.  I look forward to seeing her at events. On the end is David Parks.

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Here I am with Rebecca after the panel discussion.  I’m so proud of her success.  We both grew up in the same home town of Port Arthur, Texas. Nice to see her doing well. :-)

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This gentlemen in the above picture was the host for the Gordon Parks event.

BeautyByLeRenda David Parks speakingAbove is David Parks, Gordon’s son.  He shared a lot of great background information about his father, including how he and his brother approached their dad for assistance in producing the movie Superfly.  He also spoke about how diversity is still an issue in the film industry.  He urged film makers to work together and explained why family and the community and are keys to being successful.

BeautyByLeRenda Macys Black History Month BackgroundThere was a great turnout for this event. :-)

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I got a chance to sit down and talk with David Parks. He ‘s so personable and approachable. He was very patient and took time to talk with everyone and took pictures.  He appeared to be just as happy to meet us as we were to meet him.  I’m so honored to have had this opportunity.

David Parks and BeautyByLeRendaThere was a reception following the panel discussion in which Macy’s provided light refreshments and drinks. BeautyByLeRenda Macys Wine list for Gordon Parks eventI’m so glad that I was able to attend this wonderful event. Kudos to Macy’s once again for putting on a fantastic showcase for Black History Month.

*I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere provided me with compensation for this post about Macy’s Black History Month. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.*

 

Feb 202012
 

Immediately after we attended the Macy’s Celebrates Black History Month Honoring Romare Bearden, we went to our after party at Aloft Hotel (Part of the W Hotel chain) in the Galleria area of Houston.

We were in WXYZ Bar and Lounge.  This venue is very contemporary and posh.

Here are some of my fellow Houston Bloggers chatting at the after party

We had delicious food reserved for us. :-)

Special thanks to Shalanda for organizing the night for us.  We all had such a fabulous time. :-)

On the front row from left to right:  Vernetta of Women Are Game Changers, Shanda of The Naturalista Glam, Crystal of P.S. Your Lovely, LeRenda of Beauty By LeRenda.  In the middle is Imani of Fashion By Faith Seekers.  In the back row from left to right:  Shalanda of Live-Life-In-Style and her co-worker LaTecia.