Rainbow Fashion Week, Inc. (RFW) presented “50 Top New Media Moguls,” on Friday June 20th, to jumpstart NY Pride 2014. The all-inclusive cocktail event recognized a diverse group of prominent LGBTQ community members, along with straight allies and friends, across multiple platforms that include; Fashion, Music, Entertainment, Art, Philanthropy, Television, Beauty, and Technology. Headlining this year’s event; Ingrid Galvez, Diversity Outreach Chair of National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce NY; Toyce Francis, Founder of iSeeGayPeople.tv; True Fashionista Now; Tahiry Jose, star of “Love & Hip Hop NY” on VH1; and legendary entertainer Amanda Lepore, who accepted her recognition with a heartfelt video message to the crowd. RFW made history with a proclamation from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, officially declaring June 20th through June 27th as Rainbow Fashion Week. For a complete list of events and more information on Rainbow Fashion Week, Inc. please visit RainbowFashionWeek.com.
Sponsored by Gay City News, honorees were recognized in three separate categories; Gilbert Baker Legacy, Brenda Howard Trailblazer, and Community Empowerment. As a part of the green initiative, all 50 “Moguls” will be recognized with their own digital award – a dedicated mobile app featuring a bio, applicable websites, and social media links for each honoree.
“We came up with the digital award as a ‘thank you’ to all honorees so that they could use the new tool as a resource to further all of their projects and initiatives,” says E. Jaguar Beckford, Founder of Rainbow Fashion Week, Inc. and CEO of fashion brand, Jag. & Co. “It’s truly exciting to receive an official proclamation from Mayor de Blasio and New York City, allowing us to curate signature platforms that promote equality, advocate pride, and encourage fellowship.”
In addition to the headliners, other notable honorees in attendance included; AD the General, CEO of Elegant Hoodness Magazine; Aliya Hallim-Byne, Founder & CEO of Wonder Women; Andrew Werner, Celebrity Photographer; Annette Brent, LGBT Life Coach; Ashley Cook, Founder of LBV Designs; B. Hawk Snipes, Stylist and Co-Founder of Pinned x Stitched; Benjamin Sherman, Founder of Say it with a Condom; Bettina Gold Wilkerson, Performance Artist & Poet; Brian Anthony Hernandez, Assistant Entertainment Editor of Mashable; Cloe Luv, CEO of Brook Brovaz Music Production; Fabian Burrell, Publicist; Gary Cosgrove, President & Board Member of Imperial Court of New York, Inc.; Gbassa D’Acosta, Executive Producer of “Ride With Me TV” on My 9 Network; Joe Mode and Jose Colon, NYC Event Promoters; Kaz Mitchell, Director of Circle of Voices, Inc.; Nathan H. Williams, President & Executive Editor of iN-Hale Entertainment; Nikki Eason, Androgynous Model; Richard E. Pelzer, II and Ulysses Williams, President and VP of Operations for Global Network of Black Pride; Richard Pyror, Jr., Entertainer; Shay Stay, Radio & TV Personality, WOCQ-FM OC 104 & ABC 47; Troy Turner, Celebrity Hairstylist; Vivian Billings and Kaden Skylar, stars of “The Gossip Game” on VH1; and Yetta Kurland, LGBTQ Civil Rights Attorney. For a complete list of honorees, along with pictures and videos, visit RFWawards.com.
The Media Model PR hosted a night of networking that included an open bar of “Pride Punch” and wine provided by Money Monster Clothing, along with beer provided by Blue Moon. Special guests enjoyed a catering selection from Jamaica Grill and exclusive music selections by Brook Brovaz Music Production. The night featured speeches from headlining honorees and a special spoken word performance by honoree, Bettina Gold Wilkerson. The night concluded with the arrival of VH1 “Love & Hip Hop NY” star, Tahiry Jose, who had been filming a special episode of “Ride With Me TV” – a new hit television show on My 9 Network, executive produced by honoree, G’bassa D’Acosta. The special Pride episode of “Ride With Me TV” featuring Tahiry Jose and Rainbow Fashion Week, Inc. will air tonight Saturday at 1am. Check your NY-metro area local listings for airings.
Photos Credit: Jennifer Farley / J. FAR Photography