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Marquette Collection- “Untitled” 2015 NYFW

There are many things that make Philly phenomenal, like the history, food, parties, people, scenery, etc. ; however, Philly is extra exceptional because of the creative/talented artistic minded persons that are born there.These very individuals are the ones that  branch out and share their crafts and gifts all across the world and still rep their city wholeheartedly. We say all of this to say that our very own, Ty’ron Perrin, showed up and showed out, once again, for NY Fashion Week’s, Epitome NYC S/S 2016 Collection Show, “Untitled,”  with his newest line of “Marquette Collection.”

The overall mood of the night was classy yet chill, and rather intimate. As we waited for the show to begin, we mixed and mingled with people of all types of backgrounds, talents and careers, with one main focal interest, FASHION. The room was filled with well-dressed individuals that were yearning to see what the designers had to present. The event was packed! There were guests seated, standing, kneeling, you name it ,it was done; all just to witness the fabulous-ness of fashion. There were well-known celebrities and artists in the audience as well, like Ty’ron’s bestie, Jazmine Sullivan, The Rawyals, Final Draft, Joy Villa, “Music Machine” Kenny Black, Kola Rai, designers Dwight Eubanks and Philly’s own Rashad Calhoun,  just to name a few. “Untitled” was an all day event, but this particular segment was allotted to display the works of Etu evans Collection, Very Conceited, Underwood NYC, Eubanks Collection, Shekhar Rahate Haute Couture and of course Marquette Collection.  

Once the music started to play, it was a wrap. Models walked the 3 aisle runway with poise, charisma and enchantment; rocking outfits that were gifted from the gods. BUT, let’s get to our Main man, Ty’ron! From the second the host introduced the “Marquette Collection,” jaws dropped and never lifted back up. His models gave us life with their flawless struts in dresses that were perfectly fitted, chic and classy. He had an array of attire with an accent of yellow that was to die for! There were more than just dresses, there were tops and skirts–with seamless tapestries, one-piece rompers and more. Ty’ron shut it down, literally! As he walked the runway with the models, he was given a standing ovation. After the photographers took their photos of him, everyone got up to leave. Leaving afterwards sounds normal, BUT, the event was not over yet. There was still another collection left for presentation. That’s how dope the “Marquette Collection” was!

After the show, DG Radio had the opportunity to speak with the distinguished, humble creator himself. He told us that he thought he did a good job, but it was confirmed when everyone let him know how great his designs were. He was definitely pleased with the feedback that he received. Outside of the words of others, Ty’ron was pleased to release his collection for others to finally see and enjoy. This was not his first year participating, but he said that this year’s turnout was a lot more successful than last year. Now that this is over, we will just have to wait and see what he has up his sleeves for us next because “Marquette Collection” is only going to get even better from here. In the meantime, check out his work and place an order because his superb pieces will have you dressed to kill the next time you step out. Step out correct!

-Phylicia D.

This writeup was also used for DG Radio.

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Southwest Philly Kickback 2015

Mont Brown and his crew showed up and showed out once again with their 3rd year of the Southwest Philly Kickback. When I say that 55th & Chester Ave was  jumpin’, I am so serious! Entrepreneur and artist, Mont Brown joined together with sponsors to put this kickback together on their block. The turn out was phenomenal and Mont was definitely grateful to see his vision, once again, come to fruition.

“I’m blessed. I was put here for a reason and this seems like this is it,” Mont mentioned with a humble tone. Mont explained that there are not a lot of million dollar corporations where he comes from, so he wanted to give people from all walks of life a platform to showcase different types of artistry. The kickback incorporated activities for the youth as well as lots of art, fashion and music. Amongst the performers and entrepreneurs, was his 13 year old daughter, Solis. This young lady is very talented! She plays the piano & guitar, she is a singer & songwriter and let me not forget that she even has her own clothing line-which was modeled at the kickback. “I love to perform,” said the excited, young entrepreneur. I must add that her daddy, Mont, is very proud of his baby, but he made sure to mention that he has instilled a “hard-work” ethic into his daughter. He smiled as he spoke about his “baby girl” and was happy to share this experience with her the day before father’s day.

Neither the few rain drops nor the extreme heat could stop everyone from coming out and having a good time. It was almost impossible for people to just stand around bored with nothing to do. There were ample vendors to checkout and support, bouncy houses to jump in and performances to rock with. Both Senator Anthony Hardy Williams and State Representative Jordan Harris were ecstatic to see so many young people come together for the kickback and negate behaviors that have been seen lately on the news. Even community leader Nehemiah Davis stopped by to share a few words of acknowledgement to the crowd. Nehemiah also agreed that hosting events such as the kickback are imperative to the community, “We gotta show unity and we gotta show support.Support is imperative for us to succeed.”

Overall, the “Southwest Philly Kickback” shut down the city and put out a message that could not be ignored. Between the extensive media coverage, social media outreach and the bumpin’ music, the event was definitely something to remember. To top off Mont Brown’s evening, BME Community manager of Philadelphia, Jeff Jones,  announced  Mont as one of the 2015 BME Leaders. Jeff explained, “[Mont] was acknowledged for being a community build and a community leader,” and by the looks of the success of Saturday, he deserved every bit of the acknowledgement.

-Phylicia D

This writeup was also used for DG Radio.

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WIM Philly Conference 2015

It’s very rare that you walk into a room full of women and witness nothing but encouragement, positivity and support. Well,“WIM Philly Conference 2015” was that rare exception as ‘Women In Media’ came together at the Impact Hub in North Philly, to gain more knowledge about the competitive industry. The empowering event was full of a series of advice and tips for the attendees to take back to their workplaces and every day lives.

This year’s conference brought a whole new energy through speeches from both Nedia Ralston and Loraine Ballard Morrill. Their stories were both intriguing and real. After their words of wisdom, Loraine Ballard Morrill was presented with the Arête of Media Award for all of her accomplishments as an amazing woman in media. She mentioned to DG that she was very honored to win the award and she really enjoyed her day with WIM.

After powerful words from those two ladies, it was interactive workshop time! We heard Live & Lead with C.A.R.E by Tiffany Tavarez, Monetize Thyself: Pitch Pray and Slay by Nicole Walters, GDIP: Intro to Web Concepts by Dominque Clark and Creating Compelling Multimedia Content by Denise James. I would tell you guys some of the advice that we were provided, but then I would be doing these ladies a huge disservice! You have to attend an WIM event to get the juice.

The entire event was empowering and every single woman that attended left feeling like a “Superstar.” We had a chance to hear from an awesome media panel with boss ladies Sabrina Vourvolias, the managing editor of Al Dia News, Bex, on air personality of 96.5 AMP Radio, Desiree Peterkin-Bell, City of Philadelphia Representative and Mayor’s Director of Communications and Kristina Jenkins, Editor of Uwishunu. The panel discussion was moderated by WIM’s very own Sincerely Syreeta and the ladies shared their obstacles and triumphs  as women in their work places. As the ladies exited the stage, Breast Cancer survivor and entrepreneur, Kim Reed , was called to the stage to close us out with charges before we joined the IAM Networking session and cocktail hour. As she presented us with our charges, she also reminded us that we are SUPERSTARS!  The event was amazing and it was inspirational for women of all fields. Here are a few of the changes that we were left with–until next year:

#1. Know your Value

#2. Reflect on who you are and what you have to offer

#3. Accept nobody’s definition of your life-define yourself

#4. You’re going to fall more than you succeed

#5. Opportunities are connected to people-Your network is equal to your net worth.

-Phylicia D.

This event coverage writeup was also used for DG Radio.

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Duffy’s Hope Celebrity Basketball Game 2015

Founder and CEO, Allen “Duffy” Samuels, and the volunteers of Duffy’s Hope, succeeded again with their annual Celebrity Basketball Game. “Drip Drop,” swish and screams is all you could hear in the Bob Carpenter Center at the  University of Delaware, where hundreds of children and supporters filled the gym to witness positive modules such as Bryshere Gray aka “Yazz the Greatest,” Diggy Simmons, Sevyn Steeter, Bobby V, Shemeik Moore, Mack Wilds and more.

Duffy’s Hope, founded 14 years ago, “is a service provider for at-risk and hard to reach youth ages 12-17,” with multiple success stories to prove that what they do works. Behind the scenes, Duffy expressed a few favorable outcomes and they were deep yet heartwarming. Not to go into too much detail, but one story transitioned from a young lady being a prostitute, before the age of 15, to a sophomore in college on a full scholarship.”Won’t He Do it?!” This just goes to show that  Duffy’s Hope is more than just an organization that puts together a celebrity basketball game, they are an organization that changes lives. That is exactly why celebrities did not mind coming out to support such an amazing cause, our youth.

Children and young adults had the opportunity to hear some of their role models’ words of wisdom earlier in the day at a teen summit hosted by Duffy’s Hope. Afterwards, there was a meet and greet with the stars, and then, things got real on the ball court. The teams were split up into white and blue and the score was neck and neck for just about the whole game. There were alley-oops, dunks, and 3 pointers happening all over that court. Honestly, the players proved that they can hoop just as well as they act and sing. It was amazing. Unfortunately, both teams couldn’t win.

The event overall was super fun. The energy was great, the celebrities were dope, and the vibe was simply positive. If you didn’t make it this year, don’t worry because they will do it all over again next year. Keep up with Duffy’s Hope and get involved  at http://www.duffyshopeinc.org/home/.

-Phylicia D.

Event Coverage was also used for DG Radio. Video Produced and edited by Markeeta Stokes

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