I’m not sure what it is, but this past weekend, Black Girl Magic was just the phrase that summed up this weekend. I had the pleasure of witnessing two events hosted my black women who are making strong footsteps in their respective art scene in Chicago.
On Friday, October 14th, photographer and filmmaker Chelsey Sincerray hosted a screening party for her docuseries, INVISIBLE, at The Remix Project in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. The docuseries is centered on six artists around the country, sharing their journey and stories and showcasing their unique identity as an artist. The series featured Chicago rapper Eshe and Trell Love, Cleveland singer and former contestant on The Voice Anthony Paul, Chicago digital illustrator and fashion designer Pablo Murillo, Brooklyn filmmaker Zoe Munlyn, and LA author and filmmaker Shannon Ousley.
After the screening, guests we treated to drinks and food, as well as a panel discussion with two of the artist featured, Trell Love and Anthony Paul. Lisa Decibel put an extra dose of #BlackGirlMagic as she was the DJ for the night, and a spoken word performance by Christian JaLon set the mood for the rest of the evening. Guest danced the night away and networked while checking out artwork from local Chicago artist.
The magic didn’t end there…
The next day, in the Little Village neighborhood, Milwaukee-born vocalist and instrumentalist B-Free had a listening party for her new project, Ode 2 A Luv Affair. In a private, secluded loft, B-Free performed and play a number of songs for the guest, including a song entitled “The Vow”, inspired by her own marriage. During her performance, she also opened up about her job as a music teacher and her struggle to overcome an illness and vocal surgery that left her speechless for nine months. B-Free also premiered her video for her song, “No More”. Directed by B-Free herself, edited and filmed by Jovan Landry, and produced by Jessica Estelle Huggins, the song and the video encouraged young ladies to leave toxic relationships and that they deserve more (a message we can all get down with). While B-Free was signing physical copies of her new album, local artist Tarynn Jackson and Angelica London were selling their artwork and doing live paintings. A painting London did of B-Free was raffled off.
Black women have and will forever be innovators in any field they enter. Congratulations to Chelsey Sincerray and B-Free for their latest projects.
Ode 2 A Luv Affair is available on iTunes and Spotify now.
You can check out more information on the INVISIBLE docuseries at www.theinvisibledocuseries.com.