Last night, the pay box for the parking meter on 16th St. read 'No Payment Needed Until
January 14." At that moment, with my quarters in hand, I knew it would be a good night. Gloss Magazine Online had already begun celebrating its launch at the Three Peas Art Lounge in Chicago's South Loop area. The special occasion was simply to highlight the magazine's featured artists, entrepreneurs, business owners and more.
Gloss Magazine is the brainchild of its publisher Tiffani Alexander, who developed the publication as her thesis during her graduate studies at Columbia College. Starting a magazine had been a long time dream of Tiffani's, the diva who has much to be proud of after her magazine's substantial growth. The 5-year old publication is no stranger to the industry, with special features including artists like Miguel, Jeremih, Trey Songz, Chili, & Ginuwine; actresses like Tasha Smith & Ericka Hubbard; and authors like Hill Harper, Amy Dubois Barnett, & Helena Andrews. Ultimately her magazine is designed for women ages 18-34.
$5 donations were collected for the Dime Child Foundation, a ten-year-old Chicago non-profit that offers youth programs in tutoring as well as ACT & College Prep. The organization's founder & CEO, Warnita Taylor, told me she also offers programs in media, journalism, radio, music production, and life skills. Annually, DCF serves more than 300 low-income students who reside in the Kenwood & Bronzeville neighborhoods of Chicago. GMO & DCM partnered together in honor of National Mentoring Month.
As icing on the cake of a great night of celebrating, Bon Bon Vie donated four Brown Skin Lady tote bags for the event raffle. Meanwhile, an assortment of delicious refreshments and lots of information about all the entrepreneurs involved was available. Overall, it was awesome to see Chicago entrepreneurs come together in peace, love and support of each other's craft.
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**Photos by: Billy Montgomery, PhotoBillyD@Yahoo.com