On Wednesday, Aug. 22, New York artists, media moguls, entrepreneurs, mothers, daughters and sisters made their way to Soho’s Openhouse Gallery to join The Root in celebrating being “Young, Fabulous and Female.” The event (part of a series) featured NBC News correspondent and host of MSNBC’s NewsNation Tamron Hall; green advocate and radio-show host Majora Carter; architect and global head of design at MetLife Pamela Abalu; DJ and founder of Black Girls Rock! Beverly Bond; and advice columnist and author of A Belle in Brooklyn Demetria Lucas. About 200 women took part in professional girl talk over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
The line outside Openhouse Gallery for “Young, Fabulous and Female” stretches all the way down Mulberry Street.
Upon entering, guest Gabrielle Simpson, manager of communications at CBS, choose from white wine, red wine and water, offered throughout the night.
Attendees — freelance writer Natelege Whaley and fashion stylist Monique Marie — mix and mingle over wine.
Teresa Holmes from Lincoln, the event sponsor, shares a few words before the activities began.
The evening’s moderator, Tamron Hall, asks questions to panelists Majora Carter, Pamela Abalu, Beverly Bond and Demetria Lucas (not pictured).
Bond told the audience, “Take time away from media … for some quiet time. Find out what moves you.” Lucas also encouraged them to spend money on traveling and experiences, not things.
Panelists Carter and Abalu share a laugh at one of Hall’s more lighthearted remarks during the discussion.
Panel moderator Hall surprises Nicole Moore of TheHotness.com by calling her up to sit with her and read questions.
Wendy Todd of CocoaPopps.com had a few questions of her own for the panelists about black women in the media.
After the discussion, Abalu spoke to Candis Ransom, an inquisitive attendee.
The Root’s Managing Editor Sheryl Salomon posed with Hall, Carter, Abalu, Bond and Lucas.
Artist Mariamma Kambon shows some of her artwork to attendee Marissa Joseph.
Lucas sold signed copies of her book, A Belle in Brooklyn. The book is a testament to the piece of advice she offered the audience: “Figure out what [your passion] is, and figure out how to make money off of it.”
The Root staff posed with a car from the event’s sponsor, Lincoln.