Camille Rose presented its second annual Beaute' Noir Fest at the beautiful Old Fourth Ward (Skatepark/Beltline) July 16 - 19. The flagship event commemorated Juneteenth with a three-day Black-centered turn-up for the books. The weekend-long event kept Atlanta buzzing with music, beauty activations, fashion shows, and more.
"Last year, it was just a dinner. The energy in the room was just so positive that I said, You know what, we're bringing Essence Fest to the ATL.. and now Beaute' Noir is a three-day activation, " said Camille Rose founder Janell Stephens.
Stephens shared her vision and inspiration for expanding the event, peppered with her appreciation for Black tastemakers who continue to push the needle in their respective fields. Beaute' Noir embodied the power of living out one's dreams, reimagining possibilities, and Black opulence.
And while nothing compares to being there in person, if you missed it, here are the highlight reels.
The Main Stage
The entertainment center was a hit led by hip-hop veteran group Goodie Mob. The music legends immersed the crowd into nostalgia as they performed some of their biggest hits, from 'They Don't Dance No Mo' to 'Soul Food.' New-school acts like King, aka Kid Saiyan (TI and Tiny's son), and Jailen Josey seamlessly ushered in their unique sounds and reminded us of Black music's cultural relevance.
The main stage also included Camille Rose's signature 'Naturals Rip the Runway.' Fashion highlights from industry's heavyweights and celebrity designers, like Tristan Blake, Reco Chapple, and Alani Taylor, and more were definitely a vibe.
Day 1: Celebrating Black Excellence
The first day of Beaute' Noir kicked off with a bang! Hosted by actress, singer, and Atlanta Hawks in-game host Shamea Morton, the honoree dinner celebrated some of the most prominent Black business owners in Atlanta and beyond with melodic tunes blaring from the infamous DJ Stormy in the background. Some honorees included BET Network EVP and Marketing Officer Kimberly Page, Ultra Standard Distribution VP of Marketing and Vendor Relations Azizi Figueroa, and Founder and CEO at Goodr Jasmine Crowe.
Day 2: Camille Rose Influencer Brunch
This African proverb said best: "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." Amidst Beaute' Noir's festivities, the influencer brunch united some of the most considerable Black talents across Tik Tok, YouTube, and Instagram. The soiree stressed the value of sharing knowledge and helping one another and why it's critical for success in business and life. Attendees shared their unique stories and provided tips on how to go from personal brands to corporate partnerships.
Day 3: A Festival of Black Business
Decked in customized pink and white floral decor, the final installment was a complete and immersive Camille Rose experience. Meticulously detailed, the event's design offered just the right amount of intimacy, serving as a beautiful backdrop for vendors to showcase their products and services. Black-owned brands, such as Jones and Rose- beauty and personal care companies filled the lawn as attendees enjoyed a full-blown Black shopping experience.
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