Join Us

OCT 18 – 20

This immersive three-day streaming event will celebrate Black voices in style, beauty, design and entertainment.
“With the Celebrate Black Summit, we are hoping to shine a light on the next generation of fashion and beauty thought leaders who are shaping the industry as we know it.”
- Nikki Ogunnaike
Celebrate the Black artists, professionals and industry disruptors in conversation with Hearst editors.
JOIN THE CELEBRATION

Register now and tune in for an immersive three-day streaming event featuring inspired conversations with exceptional Black voices in style, beauty, design and entertainment.

ABOUT

The annual Celebrate Black Style Summit is a series of discussions designed to amplify the voices of Black change-makers, creators and entrepreneurs in Fashion, Beauty, Business, Design and Entertainment. Back for its second year, Celebrate Black will feature editors from across the Hearst Magazines’ portfolio of brands and notable Black entrepreneurs, brands, designers and creators to provide their perspectives and unique stories on the influence of Black culture within their respective industries and disciplines.

In a three-day virtual format, the Celebrate Black Style Summit will be expressed through a variety of different touch points including an exclusive live event, virtual streams, videos, articles and social media engagement. Register to tune in October 18–20.

OUR SPEAKERS

editors

TIFFANY BLACKSTONE

Director of Editorial Projects, Good Housekeeping
Tiffany Blackstone is director of editorial projects at Good Housekeeping and previously the executive editor of Oprah Daily. Prior to that, Tiffany was deputy editor of Redbook magazine, a freelance journalist and is permanently a beauty junkie.

CHLOE HALL

Beauty Director, ELLE
Chloe Hall oversees all beauty coverage at ELLE.com. Inspired by Donna Summer, Chloe has been chasing the perfect disco shadows ever since. Her sweet spot is the intersections of beauty with current culture, whether it’s music, movies or social media.

TARA-LYNN SAINT-ELIEN

Fashion Editor, Cosmopolitan
Tarah-Lynn Saint-Elien is the fashion editor at Cosmopolitan. She began her journey in the industry with a fashion and faith blog and an internship at Elle.com almost 10 years ago.

GAYLE KING

Editor at Large, Oprah Daily
Gayle King is co-host of CBS MORNINGS, editor-at-large of Oprah Daily and hosts a live, weekly radio show titled “Gayle King in the House” on SiriusXM.

SAMIRA NASR

Editor in Chief, Harper's BAZAAR
Samira Nasr is the editor-in-chief of Harper’s BAZAAR and led the brand to win its first National Magazine Award in General Excellence in 2022.

NIKKI OGUNNAIKE

Digital Director, Harper's BAZAAR
Nikki Ogunnaike is the digital director of Harper’s BAZAAR and former style director of ELLE.com.

ROBERT SEIXAS

Food Director, Delish
Robert Seixas is the food director at Delish. Previously, he was the director of education at the International Culinary Center (French Culinary Institute) and senior editor at Zagat.

ASAD SYRKETT

Editor in Chief, ELLE Decor
Asad Syrkett is the editor-in-chief of Elle Decor. Asad recently ran New York operations for Hem, an international furniture brand and design studio based in Stockholm, Sweden, and was previously the deputy editor for Curbed.

JULEE WILSON

Beauty Editor at Large, Cosmopolitan
Julee Wilson is beauty editor at large at Cosmopolitan. Previously, Julee was Beauty director at Cosmo and global beauty director at Essence.

EMIL WILBEKIN

Contributor, Town & Country
Emil Wilbekin is a multimedia maverick who contributes to Town & Country. Wilbekin also does public speaking centering conversations around culture, diversity, and LGBTQ+ issues. He is also the Founder of Native Son, a platform created to inspire and empower Black gay and queer men.

panelists

AUZERAIS BELLAMY

Chef and CEO, Blondery
Chef and CEO/founder of Blondery, a seasonal collection of handmade blondies, Auzerais has also held titles at some of the finest kitchens around the globe, including Bouchon Bakery, the French Laundry, Per Se and Daniel.

CARMELLE CADET

Founder and CEO, EMTECH
Carmelle Cadet is a finance and business leader in the enterprise IT sector and founder of EMTECH, a New York City–based fintech that helps central banks around the world with adopting modern technologies to provide financial inclusion by design and develop resilient financial market infrastructures.

DR TYE CALDWELL

Co-Founder and CEO, ShearShare
Dr. Tye Caldwell co-founded ShearShare with his wife as the first B2B mobile marketplace to monetize underutilized assets in the beauty and barbering industry. Stylists rent stations without a contract or commission, and salon/spa owners make money on empty spaces they already have.

JESSICA CRAIG

Chef
Jessica Craig is a pastry chef who has worked at a variety of establishments all over Long Island and New York including L’Artusi Restaurant, Locanda Verde, Nick & Toni’s in East Hampton and City Cellar Restaurant.

ANTHONY DICKEY

Hairstylist & Co-Founder of Hair Rules NY
Stylist, author, product innovator and salon owner, Anthony has pioneered a new standard in beauty and redefined hair care to address the distinctive needs of a multi-textural world and created iconic hairstyles for designers and celebrities like Solange, Jill Scott, Rihanna, Estelle, Kelis, Michelle Obama and Sarah Jessica Parker.

RAUVAN DULAY

SVP Global Merchandising & Business Strategy, Sephora
Rauvan Dulay is the senior vice president of global merchandising business development and strategy at Sephora. In her role, Rauvan drives Sephora’s global approach to curating the most differentiated and sought-after product assortment across makeup, skincare, fragrance and hair.

MEGAN GRAHAM

Founder and CEO, Ries
Megan is the founder and CEO of Ries, a sustainable packaging and beauty brand. She was selected as part of the 2021 Sephora Accelerate, a brand incubator focused on founders of color.

MORGAN HEWETT

Co-Founder and CEO, OptionsMD
Morgan Hewett is the co-founder (alongside Kyle Pierce) and CEO of Options MD, a Techstars company that provides personalized care for people struggling with severe and treatment-resistant mental illnesses.

JJ JOHNSON

Chef, Founder, TV Personality & Author
JJ Johnson is a James Beard Foundation Book Award–winning chef, TV personality and author best known for his barrier-breaking cuisine informed by the Caribbean flavors of his upbringing. He debuted FIELDTRIP in 2019 with rice as a hero ingredient in recipes sourced from around the world.

OBINNA KEKE

Director of Innovation, SheaMoisture Hair & SheaMoisture Men
With over seven years of general management, business strategy, consumer marketing, and innovation experience, Obinna is currently the Director of Innovation for SheaMoisture Hair & SheaMoisture Men.

JERRY LORENZO

Fashion Designer, Fear of God
Jerry Lorenzo Manuel is an American fashion designer and founder of the luxury fashion house Fear of God, encompassing Fear of God, Fear of God ESSENTIALS and Fear of God Athletics.

KELLY MARSHALL

Photographer
Kelly Marshall is a New York–based photographer specializing in interiors, travel and portraiture. Her commercial and fine artwork are interwoven as she explores inherent belief systems and how they construct our lives, our physical homes and, in essence, our everyday reality.

SANAA LATHAN

Actress, Director and Activist
Sanaa Lathan is an actor, director, producer and activist. She is well-known for starring in hit films such as Love & Basketball, The Best Man, Brown Sugar, and Nappily Ever After. Lathan makes her feature film directorial debut with On the Come Up, exclusively on Paramount+ this fall.

ANGELICA ROSS

Actor, Writer, Producer & Human Rights Advocate
Angelica Ross is a figure of success and strength in both entertainment and human-rights advocacy, focused on transgender and racial equality. Angelica is most well known for her role in FX’s award-winning hit Pose and the ninth season of Ryan Murphy’s FX hit American Horror Story.

CARA SABIN

CEO, Beauty and Wellbeing North America & Sundial Brands, Unilever
Cara Sabin is the CEO, Beauty and Wellbeing North America & Sundial Brands, Unilever -- where she oversees iconic brands within the sector such as SheaMoisture, Vaseline, TRESemme and Suave among others.

MEGAN SMITH

Owner, Creative Director, Fashion Designer, Megan Renee
Megan Smith is a designer and creator behind the sustainable fashion brand Megan Renee. She appeared on Amazon Prime’s Making the Cut fashion design competition show, and her designs are worn by celebrities such as Issa Rae, Michelle Williams, Becky G and Dominique Fishback.

BRESHA WEBB

Actress
Actress Bresha Webb has made a name for herself over the last few years through the vibrant characters she has brought to life onscreen. Currently, she can be seen starring in the Starz series Run the World.
DAY ONE

OCT 18, 12 PM EST

DAY 1 OPENING REMARKS

Debi Chirichella and Tommy J. Atkins

To kick-off Day 1 of the Celebrate Black Style Summit, opening remarks will be made by Hearst Magazines’ President Debi Chirichella and Multicultural Marketing Lead and Hearst Black Culture ERG, Founder/Chairman Tommy J. Atkins.

DESIGNER IN CONVERSATION FEATURING JERRY LORENZO

Moderated by Samira Nasr, Editor-in-Chief, Harper’s BAZAAR

This fashion keynote conversation will spotlight the career journey and leadership of fashion designer Jerry Lorenzo of Fear of God while exploring his impact on the fashion industry and our culture at large.

THE BEAUTY OF BLACK HAIR

Moderated by Julee Wilson, Beauty Editor-at-Large, Cosmopolitan

It’s called a crown for a reason. Black hair is a serious matter, and it is often deemed political in certain spaces. In this panel discussion, we’ll explore the intersections of business, politics and Black hair featuring established leaders in the haircare and entertainment industries. Panelists include Cara Sabin, president of beauty and wellbeing, Unilever NA and CEO of Sundial Brands, Angelica Ross, actor and entrepreneur, and Anthony Dickey, celebrity hairstylist.

THE STATE OF BLACK BEAUTY

Moderated by Chloe Hall, Beauty Director, ELLE

The State of Black Beauty is a destination for and exploration of beauty at the intersection of Black culture on ELLE.com. This panel discussion includes a powerhouse panel of beauty influencers and will focus on the state of the beauty business and the changing retail landscape. Panelists include Bresha Webb, actress and entrepreneur, Megan Graham of Ries and Rauvan Dulay, Sephora’s SVP, global merchandising business development and strategy.

DAY TWO

OCT 19, 12 PM EST

SEEING AND BEING SEEN:
DOCUMENTING THE DIASPORA
IN DESIGN

A conversation with Asad Syrkett, Editor in Chief, ELLE Decor, and photographer Kelly Marshall

Celebrating exceptional Black talent in style and design, this conversation will explore the cultural nuances of photographing homes and the creative magic of designers and interior stylists from across the Black diaspora.

FOOD BEYOND BORDERS

Moderated by Robert Seixas, Food Director, Delish and Brooke Caison, Food Editor, Delish

Featuring culinary masters who have successfully stepped outside the bounds of traditional Black American cuisine, we spotlight the culinary arts through an expansive global lens. This special conversation and demonstration will be led by our editors at Delish and filmed from our own dedicated kitchen space. Panelists include Chef JJ Johnson, Chef Auzerais Bellamy and Chef Jessica Craig.

BLACK VENTURES:
EXPLORING THE PURSUIT
OF VENTURE CAPITAL

Moderated by Tiffany Blackstone, Special Projects Lead, Good Housekeeping

In this inspired conversation, we shine a light on Black founders who persevered through the often challenging venture capital environment to raise funding for their businesses as they share their unique journeys as Black entrepreneurs. The panel discussion will feature founders from Hearst Level Up Ventures’ portfolio companies including Dr. Tye Caldwell, co-founder of Shear Share, Morgan Hewett, co-founder of Options MD, and Carmelle Cadett, founder of EmTech.

DAY THREE

OCT 20, 12 PM EST

BLACK VENTURES:
BRIDGING THE GAP

Moderated by Tarah-Lynn Saint-Elien, Fashion Editor, Cosmopolitan

What is our purpose as Black leaders, entrepreneurs and activists? How do we find new and creative ways to help others in the community and create generational wealth and upward mobility in Black and Brown communities? This discussion will be a deep-dive on this subject matter. Panelists will include Megan Smith, founder/designer of Megan Renee, and Obinna Keke, Director of Innovation at SheaMoisture Hair and for Men.

ENTERTAINMENT SPOTLIGHT: SANAA LATHAN
BREAKS NEW GROUND

Moderated by Emil Wilbekin, Town & Country Contributor

Sanaa Lathan, is an iconic force in TV and Film with over 20 years of experience creating culturally relevant content. The actress and director chats with Town & Country contributor Emil Wilbekin on her feature film directorial debut with On The Come Up, a coming of age film launching exclusively on Paramount +. They’ll also discuss her unique perspectives on fashion, beauty and style.

PARTNERS