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#APRILISBLACKFASHIONMONTH: "Fashion 500" The 5th Annual Brunch Gala  
Presented by @theBlockAssoc
Music By @FREElikeFrei & @DJTrauma
Hosted By SilkY Valente
Sunday April 27 | Honoree Brunch Reception from 3-6pm |”Fashionably Late” Soiree 6-10pm
121 Fulton St Brooklyn, NY
To RSVP visit http://bit.ly/1eOKJwE
In partnership with Brooklyn Councilman Robert E. Cornegy along with both Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration & Bed-Stuy Bid

USE HE HASHTAG TO DURING THE MONTH WHENEVER YOU INSTAGRAM OR TWEET ANYTHING FASHION RELATED AND HELP US WATCH THE TREND GROW: #APRILISBLACKFASHIONMONTH

WHAT: 5 yrs ago the Block Association planted the seeds for their grass roots movement to get the month of April recognized as Black Fashion Month. A whole month set aside to make light of and bring public awareness to the accomplishments of people of color in the fashion industry. Pioneers and torch bearers push the art form forever forward.

WHY: Months have been delegated for both Black History & Black Music Appreciation, but what about our cultural contributions to fashion? Everything from hair styles to prints have felt our impact, but yet we’re light years behind creating consistent legacies. So as opposed to waiting for a month to be “dictated” to us the Block Association made the stand to “reserve” one! April seemed best suited, simply because the month represented a time of change. And traditionally our culture puts forth our “Sunday’s best” around Spring/Easter.

WHO: The Block Association, a nine member event planning collective, has teamed-up with both Brooklyn Councilman Robert E. Cornegy along with both Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration & Bed-Stuy Bid to present this years 5th incarnation in two parts! Beginning with a press conference and fashion related events in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn starting April 1st (and thru out April). Ending with our (5th) annual honoree brunch gala (@ 121 Fulton St NY,NY) on April 27thwhich will be RSVP ONLY!

WHERE: Brooklyn & Manhattan are the only two focused locations for NOW, but our goal is to make it a nationwide occurrence or better yet worldwide! Nothing is impossible! And here’s how you can play a part…For the whole month of April anytime you tweet or Instagram anything fashion related kindly add the hashtag #AprilIsBlackFashionMonth to it and let’s see how large we can get the trend to grow globally. It’s just that simple.

Straight off the success of #Fashion500 event for #AprilIsBlackFashionMonth @theblockassociation begins our T.O.N.Y. (Top Of New York) rooftop tour Sunday May 18th @Midtown1015 This time we’re going full on colors to stand out ABOVE the rest..get it? It’s on a rooftop ppl! LOL “Sunny Skies” is just the 1st of many summer brunches we’ll be hosting…Enjoy! #theBlockBoys (at Midtown 1015 at Sutton Place)

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The #Fashion500 Gala & Honoree’s

Congratulations again ladies! You each have had an impact in your individual fields, and your peers acknowledge, honor & respect you! 👏👏🙌🙌xoxoxo

@Avidswim @thefashionaddicts @chantellbeaumont @lolitalovesshoes

@theblockassociation See you next year! 😉

#happysolesknows 🔥#fashion500 #aprilisblackfashionmonth #haute #style #GirlsRunTheWorld (at www.HappySolesNyc.com )

[#CONVERSATION] #AprilisBlackFashionMonth: #Models, #Designers, #Agencies, #Photographers, #Stylist & #Publishers
Presented by @BSRC (#BedfordStuyvesant Restoration Corporation)
Skylight Gallery at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration’s Skylight Gallery | 1368 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, N.Y 11216
Admission: FREE

"April is Black Fashion Month" was the brain child of The Block Association Group, and in five years this grass roots effort has become a full movement. Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration is pleased to be a partner and host for weekly series of symposiums and lectures from some of the leading individuals of color in the world of fashion.

April 19 | 10am-12pm
Models, designer and Agencies are key components in fashion. These key elements help to bring the idea birthed in the mind of the Designer displayed by the models through the guidance of the agencies. Models, designers and agencies of color discuss their role in the industry.


April 26 | 10am-12pm
Photographers, stylist and publishers are the glue that holds the fashion world together. Photographers, stylist and publishers discuss how they came into the industry and the struggles they face while trying to maintain their place and our voice as blacks in Fashion.

Another GREAT Night “Fashion 500” at 121 Fulton St. Thanks to EVERYONE that came out. To See All of the Pictures from this past Sunday’s “Fashion 500” @ 121 Fulton St go to the Block Association LIKE and GROUP pages. If you haven’t done so already join both. If you see yourself or anyone you know in the pictures tag-em. If you posting pictures on please use hashtag #AprilIsBlackFashionMonth #Fashion500 #theBlockAssocaition #theBlockBoys.

"Freak’em Dress" by Beyoncé Or is it "Change Clothes" by Jay Z…WHAT songs do you get dressed to? WHAT’S your fashion anthems? Please leave the title and artist in the comment section and @Dj traumanyc and @Freispeech may use your selection as inspiration for @theBlockassociation "Fashion 500" soundtrack coming soon #aprilisblackfashionmonth FYI this will be the ONLY time the DJ is actually taking requests lol (at 121 Fulton Street)

SAVE-THE-DATE; Sunday April 27th will be the finale event for our ( @theblockassociation ) month long celebration for #aprilisblackfashionmonth! If you know of any fashion bloggers, stylists, make-up artists, hairstylists, boutique owners, retail buyers, on-line shop owners, and simply ppl of color w/style, please @ them to this post! RSVP to: 5thFashion500.eventbrite.com (at 121 Fulton Street)

Rejoice fashionistas our month of celebration has begun! Tomorrow the city council will be hosting a press conference to make the proclamation official that #AprilIsBlackFashionMonth! Use this hashtag during the month whenever you Instagram or tweet anything fashion related and help us watch the trend grow. Here’s No.3 of the 3 limited promo posters. Repost and hash away. #theblockboys

Rejoice fashionistas our month of celebration has begun! Tomorrow the city council will be hosting a press conference to make the proclamation official that #AprilIsBlackFashionMonth! Use this hashtag during the month whenever you Instagram or tweet anything fashion related and help us watch the trend grow. Here’s No.3 of the 3 limited promo posters. Repost and hash away. #theblockboys

Rejoice fashionistas our month of celebration has begun! Tomorrow the city council will be hosting a press conference to make the proclamation official that #AprilIsBlackFashionMonth! Use this hashtag during the month whenever you Instagram or tweet anything fashion related and help us watch the trend grow. Here’s No.3 of the 3 limited promo posters. Repost and hash away. #theblockboys

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