BRAG 39th Annual Gala

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Being Black and in the fashion industry wasn’t always something to “brag” about but these days with all the strides made and barriers broken there was plenty to celebrate at BRAG’s 39th annual Gala.  Yet, there is still more work to do and obstacles to overcome…ENTER – BRAG, Black Retail Action Group, a non profit organization with members including everyone who is anyone in the fashion industry and anyone who wants to become someone.

The organization celebrated 39 years of executive development, mentorship and scholarship at Cipriani’s in New York City.  Hosted by actress Malinda Williams, it was a night to inspire young fashion talent, like designer Raeana Roberson, to reach for the stars and to encourage fashion vets like Latisha Daring, to keep striving.

Fox fur throw designed by Raeana Roberson in the silent auction at the BRAG Gala.

There was a formal dinner in addition to various presentations and awards.  Honorees included Constance White, Style Director of E-Bay and renown fashion writer, Magic Johnson, Richard Dent COO of Victoria’s Secret Pink, Brian Dunn Chief officer of Best Buy, Shawn R. Outler Vice President of Macy’s Inc., Stephen I. Sadove chairman of Saks, and Colin and Latisha Daring Owners of Pieces Boutique.  During Magic Johnson’s speech, he raised $10,000 for the organization by auctioning off floor seats to a Laker’s game and an autographed jersey.  At the end, DJ Beverly Bond, founder of Black Girls Rock, played some tunes for everyone to groove out to.

Many prestigious names filled the seats but this year and in year’s past.  The awards raised a phenomenal amount of money all going toward the organization and it’s scholarship recipients.  

to find out more about BRAG visit bragusa.org

Thanks to Josh Brody for my dress.  More details on my whole look to come soon! Also for information about interning with the growing fashion company visit HerAgenda.com.

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