Birthday Babes

This weekend I wanted to celebrate the birthdays of two amazing beautiful black queens that I met during my time at Barney’s New York. They both had quarantine birthdays this month so I felt it was only right to celebrate together now that New York restaurants are open for outside table service. I love a good pasta and also just good food so Bar Pitti off Sixth Avenue was the perfect place. The meal was delicious. We got there around dinner time like 6pm which was perfect just before the crowd came. It was almost like the moment we seated was when the crowd showed up and there was a long line. Thank you Universe.

Dinner
Dessert

After dinner we wanted to walk off some calories so we headed into Soho. The night was beautiful. The streets were emptied so that we could really enjoy the beauty of Soho. It was different seeing all the luxurious stores boarded up with wood. Many artists took this as an opportunity to speak out about racism and the injustices against Black people in America. The art was mind blowing and I heard the message loud and clear. I just hope everyone else who visits Soho , NY for all it’s glamour and beauty got the message loud and clear as well. #Blacklivesmatter

Stores protect their business with wooden window coverings. Artists then create on these canvases powerful messages speaking out on the injustices against Black people in America
Captured graffiti in a subway station entrance in downtown NY soho
More art in Soho, NY for #blacklivesmatter
#blacklivesmatter art in Soho, NY #justiceforGeorgeFloyd
#justiceforbreonna
My girlfriends Liz (right) wearing BCBG runway collection and Jacqueline (left) in Frankie tee and Lanvin trousers, both celebrated birthdays this month! Looking good ladies.

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The History Behind June : Black Music Month

June is the official month of Black American music. I know some people are ready to argue me down, but hear me out. Did you know it was Black people who came up with the idea of having not only Black music month but also establishing a Black American Music Association? Yup, including the amazing Dyanna Williams and the legendary Kenny Gamble in the videos below. Kenny was inspired by what they did in Texas with the Country music association and thought why not do the same for Black music. Dyanna was responsible for lobbying to get the bill signed after contacting the White House about the Black Music Association gala held at the White House times before. Apparently, President Jimmy Carter acknowledged the month but hadn’t officially signed so Clinton told Dyanna to get it the bill through Congress and signed. With the help of then Congressman Chaka Fattah and Dyanna, it was no easy task lobbying to get people in high up places to admit and acknowledge the influence of Black music, but Dyanna knew better. Eventually the bill was signed and Black Music Month . She is an amazing example of what we all can do and be to make a change to protect and preserve our culture. It’s not an easy task at hand but it is worth it for the preservation and celebration of black people and culture that has influenced the rest of the world. In honor of Black Music Month, I’ll be sharing some of my fav tunes on my Instagram stories @chanelbunny for the rest of the month. I would love for you to join in and feel free to tag me and Black music month. I will repost and share on my Instagram stories! I’m not certain if the association is still around, but Black music month is still in June and celebrates and remembers the rich history and legacy of Black music and Black history! Check out some more cool information on the legacy of Black music month below. Don’t forget to share, tag, and comment on my posts. Thanks guys. Stay blessed.

16 Black Owned Fashion Brands (Direct links of organizations you can donate to included)

In the height of the moments of riots, looting, and peaceful protests for the prolonged injustices and racial violence against black people in America, I am praying for peace. Peace to be still so that I can continue to walk in my purpose that God has set out for me. I am no longer living selfishly and abusing myself by working tirelessly without a purpose. We all have a legacy to fulfill and its solely up to us if we do or do not. I’d rather look back on my life years from now and say “Wow” instead of “What if”. I’m trying to be more mindful and for some funny reason the word “mindful” somehow always comes up some place in my life. I encourage you to write your dreams down on a piece of paper, have faith, do the work and actually allow things that take time to manifest. As a fashion stylist and fashion lover, I am definitely being more mindful of places and brands that I am shopping. I don’t know about you guys, but I personally love shopping cool brands that inspire me. This is why I am always really happy as a black woman in fashion to also shop a black owned brand. I’m sharing with you guys some of my favorite black owned brands right now. Check them out. Don’t forget to drop a black owned brand in the comments below! I know I didn’t get them all here ya’ll. Stay blessed loves! -Chanel

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms_blm_homepage_2019 https://www.naacpldf.org https://action.aclu.org/give/now https://www.knowyourrightscamp.com/legal https://www.blackvisionsmn.org