Black Girl Magic Ball

 

First of its kind, the Black Girl Magic Ball happened because of my tribe: the women that taught me how to hold other women up, how to hold us accountable. I am so grateful for those that came with good hearts, with absent egos, with the smiles and love.  The many faces of our diaspora, the many cycles of our generations, the many fists, and voices of our people — built space and community.  So thankful for the brigade of young black and brown women attending last week’s First Annual #BGMBall18! So thankful we could lift up this year’s awardees as Purveyors of Black Girl Magic: Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, Dr. Bobbi Peterson-Dimaranda, Amara La Negra, Diamond Craig, and Patricia Smith. We all we got. And we’re celebrating black girls from all spaces — see you next year!

Mahogany L. Browne, Artistic Director of Urban Word NYC

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On behalf of Urban Word NYC, we give deep thanks to the sponsors who helped to make it all possible: Macmillan Publishers, Twisted Sista, Millie Peartree Catering, Fearless Wendy for Live PaintingLaQuann Dawson‘s Black Girl Magic Portrait Booth and Chanel Matsunami event photography  — both featured in our gallery below! Please feel free to download the photos and tag @laquanndawson and @queengidrea accordingly!

With the support of volunteers, attendees, and our sponsors, we were able to raise $10,000 for the youth writers of Urban Word NYC!

Special shout-out to our all-star decor design team for making beautiful and delicious homemade desserts, as well serving the guests! Thank you for volunteering with incredible heart and attention to detail! Kanwal Kalim, Yusuf Chuku, Orion King, Sheena Shah & Hind Wildman.

Lastly, but certainly not least — we give all of our gratitude to Mahogany, whose artistic vision and fierce culture keeping steers our ship and maintains safe and brave spaces for all of the young people in our programs. Congratulations on a beautiful publication, Black Girl Magic, and a historic evening celebrating the full & intergenerational diaspora of #BlackGirlMagic.