If you know me, you know I’m ALL about Millennials. Of course, I am a Millennial myself but I STAN for us. The way we dress, the way we talk, the way we create. Let’s not be modest about it… we’re the sugar honey ice tea.
The focus of the weekend is clearly evident but it was also apparent that the social and political influence that each member of the 2016 Impact List was a major part that carried its way into each of the weekend’s events. The six honorees were based on the following categories: Politics, Religion, The Arts, Education, Philanthropy and Entertainment.
The honorees included Stephanie Coleman, Candidate for 16th Ward Alderman, Will Grandberry, Founder of WGIII Ministries, Katrina Jackson, Tattoo Artist and Painter, Marcus Noel, Founder of Heart of Man, Priya Shah, Founder of The Simple Good and Hustle Simmons, Entertainment Influencer and Enterpreneur.
The weekend kicked off Friday, February 26th with an evening of dialogue. Founder of The Tequila Tales, Isaac Paul hosted the night’s first half “The State of MADE Millennial”. This event, formatted like the ever-influencial TED talks, featured five of the six honorees where they all had the chance to talk about their platforms and essentially the reasons why they were being recognized. Something that struck a special chord with me was during Marcus Noel’s presentation about education, where he made clear that entrepreneurship is something that should be taught to children throughout their most formidable years… amen.
The night concluded with a panel discussion moderated by Jamel F. entitled “MADE in America LIVE”. I enjoyed this segment because the audience was able to actively interact with the honorees and ask them questions about what was important to them.
Saturday was another jampacked day. Us Millennials LOVE brunch so it was completely appropriate for the awards ceremony, hosted by Power 92’s AJ Linton, to include amazing food and mimosas of course. I had to buzz out early because overlapping events is my life now but I was able to grab a video (and a mimosa) before I left.
The weekend wrapped up with a turn up! The “Social Study” Day Party was overflowing with Black Girl and Black Boy magic. Check out a slide show of the weekend below.
Images Courtesy of MADE Magazine
Overall, a huge congratulations and hand clap for Kris Williams and her team at MADE Magazine. I’ve been a supporter since last May when they launched and I’m super excited to continue to watch their growth because as Millennials, we’re all about the glow up. Just like their super cute idea books say: