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  • Writer's pictureMeredith Moore

Celebrating the Culture

I’ve carried the joy of Black excellence for as long as I can remember. As a child, my parents insisted that I know my history, work hard, and celebrate achievements—mine and others—all with fervor.

That same pride and joy bubbles to the surface over the summer months with Juneteenth events, the annual Black homecomings at Essence Festival and Martha’s Vineyard, along with the Congressional Black Caucus.

There are also the smaller celebrations and convenings in the coming weeks that Leverette Weekes’ clients are hosting to shine much needed light during times that can feel dark and threatening.

Take a moment to tap into some of the events and updates below. The celebrations will continue through the summer, with the next gathering at Essence Festival. Where will you be celebrating the culture? Reply back and let me know.

Yvonne and Meredith laughing, wearing black


Leverette Weekes’ Lead Writer, Pamela Johnson’s tribute to her late father was published in Amsterdam News (New York City). Read her sentiments honoring the anniversary of his passing and joy of his legacy here.



Shawntera Hardy, CEO of Amethyst Advisory Group was a featured speaker at this year's Get Funded: Your Guide to Launch and Grow Your Business Conference hosted by Women Venture and The Coven.

Photo of Shawntera Hardy in event frame
Shawntera Hardy speaks at Get Funded

BE NOLA (Black Educators for New Orleans)

BE NOLA’s Chief of Community Partnerships and Programs, Stevona Elem-Rogers, penned Essence’s 30th Anniversary cover story. Savor her love letter to the city here.

Essence Magazine 30th Anniversary Cover
Essence Magazine 30th Anniversary Cover

If you'll be in New Orleans during Essence, stop by BE NOLA's BLACK IS BRILLIANT Summit pop up on July 4, 2024 from 2-6 pm at Eliza Jane Hotel. Hear from Stevona Elem Rodgers, Adrinda Kelly, Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Brandan "BMIKE" Odums, moderated by Alexus Cumbie.

This is your chance to get warmed up for Essence Fest, connect with a national network of Black educator and get hyped for BE NOLA's first-ever national BLACK IS BRILLIANT Summit in 2025! RSVP HERE

Black is Brilliant Summit Pop Up at Essence


Simone Hardeman Jones, Executive Director of GreenLight Fund believes too many Black women risk their lives giving birth, she wrote a reflection on improving Black maternal health outcomes by centering joy. Learn more about GLFTC's Investment In the IRTH app and enjoy Simone's commentary in the Star Tribune here.

Simone Hardeman Jones and Kimberly Seals Allers on stage speaking

MBCRE (Minnesota Business Coalition for Racial Equity)

Tiffani Daniels will be on the mainstage in this year’s 2024 Essence Festival at the Global Black Economic Forum discussing discrimination in wearing hair from 11:25 am- 11:45 am on Friday, July 5th at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Tiffani Daniels speaking behind MBCRE logo

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