2nd Annual Black Girl Magic Ball Recap
March 19th 2019
BROOKLYN, NY- On March 19th, 2019, the second annual Black Girl Magic Ball, created and curated by Mahogany L. Browne, was held at the Dumbo Loft in Brooklyn, NY. This annual event aims to celebrate the creativity, beauty, and excellence of Black women in and around the Urban Word NYC community.
Guests arriving early (or fashionably late) were dressed in suits, gowns, African print, toole with sneakers, and everything in between. Upon entry, attendees stopped at the many stations, starting with Black woman-owned Twisted Sista’s Baby Hair station where they were given a free demonstration on how to slay their edges. Next was the tribal face paint station to add a fresh element to their outfit. And, finally, guests found themselves at the Black Girl Magic photo booth courtesy of HBO, to capture the moment. DJ Martina McFlyy kept the music and positive vibes going the entire night.
Guests were prompted to grab a plate and drinks from the open bar before the night kicked off with a screening of Mahogany L. Browne’s new poem. New York City Youth Poet Laureate, Camryn Bruno, commanded the crowd with a poem of her own and served as host for the rest of the night. We were treated to a special performance from Jamila Woods, Chicago-based American singer, songwriter and poet. At the conclusion of her performance, she was surprised with a Purveyor of Black Girl Magic Award celebrating her contribution to culture.
Camryn also awarded Nicole Sealey (Saint Thomas born poet and winner of the 2015 Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize), Toshi Reagon (American musician of folk, blues, gospel, rock and funk) as well as Gloria Edim (Founder of Well-Read Black Girl, a book club turned online community and literary festival) for their excellence. Also recognized was April Rivera (Brand Activation Manager for Adidas NYC), for being a major supporter of Urban Word NYC and the Black Girl Magic Ball.
Other guests in the building were Padma Lakshmi (host and executive producer of Bravo’s Top Chef), Tracy Garraud (co-host on Sway in the Morning and wellness advocate), recording artist Madison McFerrin, author Cheryl Boyce Taylor, Dr. Bobbi Peterson (celebrity orthodontist and influencer), and more.
To close the program in an epic way, Mahogany L. Browne performed “Black Girl Magic,” the poem and book that started it all. She received a standing ovation. With DJ Martina McFlyy continuing to spin records keeping people on their feet, the night officially ended with everyone receiving gift bags featuring Twisted sister products, books by Mahogany L Browne and other Macmillan authors, donated gifts from HBO, as well as other goodies.
The next Black Girl Magic Ball will be taking place February 2020.