Black is The New Black (Again!)

Check out this nifty little piece we saw today – apparently, a tipster at a top PR firm has told the Gawker crew that since the Obama victory, their clients are requesting that more African Americans be added to the guest lists at their holiday parties. Thanks Barack…we are BACK!!!
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Honestly, this is straight bullshit to us since we work in Marketing&PR and have dealt with the majority of clients trying to AVOID blacks showing up at their events—not to mention the non-hiring of Black promoters, DJ’s, staff, etc. Now, suddenly we’re in style? Well, just like any trend, this too may pass and then what? Back to Harlem and Brooklyn?Over the past few years, PR agencies, event promoters and venue owners behind some of the trendiest parties in New York and LA have been known to do everything in their power to avoid multiple numbers of brown faces in their venues, in an effort to maintain a “sexy” crowd. DJs spinning Lil’ Wayne, 50 Cent and Timbaland to a non-black crowd with five or six sprinkles is sexy, but let a group of five black men (or women) show up at the door and it’s a wrap. Aspiring party-goers of color would wait in despair as they are told that sneakers are not allowed or the place is suddenly at capacity while others who fit a different profile are let in right beside them. So now that we’re back in style, should we jump for joy? Here’s our chance to show just how proper and normal we are, just like the men and women who were deemed “acceptable” on the alleged “Diversified Holiday Guest List” developed by the same PR agency.

That’s right, and to make matters worse, apparently there is even a “Diversified Holiday Guest List” floating around consisting of “acceptable” folks: Bonnie Hunt, Genevieve “2 steps away from the hood” Jones, Rachel Roy (wait, we thought she was Indian & White?), Marc Baptiste, Kehinde Wiley and others…

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Well, because clearly these people are quite limited in their access to people of color, we took it upon ourselves to create our own list. We here at Parlour think that the selected group could use a little remixing with some better, more stimulating (for the record, we LOVE Marc & Kehinde!) Black NYC notables…so, we would like to nominate (in no particular order):

1. Michaela angela Davis (Fashionista, Editor, Activist)

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2. Danyel Smith (Writer, VIBE Editor, Fly Girl)

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3. Oluwaseye Olusa (Photographer, Smooth Operator)

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4. Bev Smith (Writer, Cultural Maven) – When is the next dinner??

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5. Mobolaji Dawodu (Stylist, Designer, Cool Cat)

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6. Len & Marsha Burnett (Publisher, Culture Makers)

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7. Ali Muhammed (Publisher, Hustle Coordinator)

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8. Lola Ogunnaike (CNN TV Journalist)

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9. DJ Kiss (Party Starter, Style Selecta)

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10. Hassan Kinley (Photographer, Beauty Maker)

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11. Alexis Peskine (Artist, Multilingual Hottie)

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12. Beverly Bond (DJ/ Founder of Black Girls Rock! Inc.)

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13. Smokey Fontaine (Creative Director, Publisher, All Around Really Nice Guy)

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14. The Parlour Founders & Staff
(Culture Mavens, Party Starters, Fab Divas, etc)

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Yes, we KNOW we are missing folks (we had to write this in 10 minutes) – nominate your own in the comments and we will add them!

Ciao!

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