How We Celebrate Black History Month in DC
“Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise. I rise. I rise.” - Maya Angelou
This month, the Ruby Sampson team has been busy attending events that exude the spirit of Maya’s words. Here’s the scoop on the exciting things we’ve been up to:
Black Renaissance Month
This month-long celebration is dedicated to events that showcase black culture and the arts.
On February 11, we attended the Tough Love screening at The Madison House. Tough Love is a web series about six millennials experiencing the struggles of life, relationships, and love in NYC. In addition to the screening, this event consisted of an intimate setting of community and black love, surrounded by Afro-inspired art and black creatives.
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Then, on February 17, we headed to #fortheculture—a creative showcase where spoken word met visual art. The spoken word of artists such as Ayinde Sekou pulsated throughout the building as attendees browsed a vibrant assortment of art, apparel, and jewelry.
We also gifted one lucky raffle winner with a $50 gift card to Ruby Sampson!
The Black Love Experience
An event that is truly one of a kind, The Black Love Experience “connects the vibrant creative community of the Washington DC Metro Area and beyond.”
This event sold out and more than 1,000 attendees enjoyed a night of live music and art, poetry, and creative commerce—all within an environment full of positive vibes.
Contrary to its name, the Black Love Experience isn’t an event that focuses solely on Black romantic love. However, once you step into the event, it’s hard not to fall in love with the warm ambience, culture, creativity, and interactions of love and light that fill every corner of the building. If that’s not Black love, we don’t know what is.
One of our favorite moments was BlaqueStone’s performance—they’re a hip-hop and neo soul couple who “make music for the people, with a purpose.” The lead singer, Cortney Chavae, donned our White Rosette Silk-lined Head Wrap... an attention grabber for sure.
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SHOP the Look
Fun fact: The vendor space was beautifully decorated by West Elm, and all vendors, including Ruby Sampson, were hand selected to participate in the event.
The Ruby Sampson team was honored to serve as a vendor for these events. It was such a pleasure engaging with attendees and witnessing the amazing things that happen when Black creatives and entrepreneurs join forces to promote and celebrate our gifts and magic. To make a great night even sweeter, we were covered by blogger Mia Burnside! Read her article here for a full recap of the night. We’re incredibly thankful for everyone who attended!
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Missed us this month? There are still plenty of silk-lined head wraps in the shop. You can also catch us at our next event: