Juneteenth was a buzz this last weekend and to kick the holiday off right, Venture Café hosted it’s Fade To Black: A Celebration of Black Culture & Fashion event! This was a celebration of black innovators and creatives who are looking to change the innovation ecosystem here in St. Louis with their talents. Let’s get into what you might’ve missed!
Starting the night off was the amazingly talented Aja Owens, a local poet whose expertise ranges from celebrity openings to news segment engagements. Aja has been everywhere in the city and she graced our night with an amazingly powerful poem about the experiences that black individuals go through today.
Following Aja was MJ Imani with 314 Movement Lab. MJ is a choreographer here in the city who has taught at several different studios as well as the halls of Washington University. MJ led a sequence to the song “Party Girls” by Victoria Monet. Her dance skills were on full display and helped set the tone for the rest of the night.
Then was our big moment, our Fade To Black: Fashion Show. This was a showcase co-hosted with Creatives in the Lou, Yoro Newsom‘s organization that aims to highlight local and innovative talent here in St. Louis. Brock Seals, Rocket Supernova, Kechena Richardson & Veronica Vero dazzled the community with their brand-new designs. Afterward, we were able to see how their designs were crafted and the thought process behind that journey.
Thank you to everyone who attended and supported this celebration. This community was so embracing and accepting of this night with us and we couldn’t ask for a better innovation ecosystem. We hope to see you this week for Corporate & Community Partnerships!