February 11 2016, Washington, DC: Macy's celebrates Black History Month with actress Journee Smollett-Bell, found of Black Girls Rock Beverly Bond and founder of "Because of Then We Can" campaign, Eunique Jones Gibson. © Simone Robinson/2016

WASHINGTON, DC Macy’s celebrated Black History Month last Thursday with a stylish panel of African American innovators and influencers in film, television, social media and journalism.

At 5:30 p.m. Award-winning actress Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Black Girls Rock founder Beverly Bond, and “Because of Them We Can” campaign founder Eunique Jones Gibson took the stage with host Anji Corley to discuss the emerging leaders of black culture, their musical palettes and personal career journeys, offering advice for aspiring serial entrepreneurs in the audience.

February 11 2016, Washington, DC: Macy's celebrates Black History Month with actress Journee Smollett-Bell, found of Black Girls Rock Beverly Bond and founder of "Because of Then We Can" campaign, Eunique Jones Gibson. © Simone Robinson/2016

“It starts one project at a time. Teamwork makes the dream work. Find like-minded people that are willing to help you and work with you,” said Beverly Bond. ”Just build your team, and build your team around the different projects.”

“The team you start with might not be the team you grow with,” added Eunique Jones Gibson. “And so, don’t be so married to the people. Be married to the production, to the progress and the success.”

Jurnee Smollett-Bell, who’s starred in numerous motion pictures including “The Great Debaters” alongside Denzel Washington and Tyler Perry’s “Temptation,” premiered a surprise behind-the-scenes trailer of the highly anticipated WGN America series “Underground.”

Jurnee Smollett-Bell expressed that she was both honored and excited to be a part of the series produced by singer John Legend, as it is the first show based around the revolutionary slaves and abolitionists who lead the first integrated civil rights movement in history through the Underground Railroad.

Following the panel discussion was a special reception, sponsored by Cîroc Vodka, where attendees bonded over cocktails, music and hors d’oeuvres, including delicious Man n’ Cheese balls, bite-sized chicken and waffles, and beefy mashed potatoes.

Using the small paper we received at entry with an alphabetic letter, we were invited to the stage for a special meet and greet to take pictures and chat with the panel.

The ladies were so sweet as they compliment and greeted the attendees, including my friend Yasemin and I. Jurnee called me cute, and my life was set after that. Haha!

By the way, I’d like to give a big shout out to Yasemin for lending me her beautiful and positive light for the evening, and for taking bomb photographs and video footage!

Fashion & Lifestyle blogger Simone Robinson with actress Journee Smollett-Bell, found of Black Girls Rock Beverly Bond and founder of "Because of Then We Can" campaign, Eunique Jones Gibson at February 11 2016, Macy's celebrates Black History Month.

Yasemin Borovali with actress Journee Smollett-Bell, found of Black Girls Rock Beverly Bond and founder of "Because of Then We Can" campaign, Eunique Jones Gibson at February 11 2016, Macy's celebrates Black History Month.

MY STYLE

For the event, I decided to wear a funky multicolored and layered number inspired by Solange Knowles. Outfit details and links are down below!

February 11 2016, Washington, DC: Macy's celebrates Black History Month with actress Journee Smollett-Bell, found of Black Girls Rock Beverly Bond and founder of "Because of Then We Can" campaign, Eunique Jones Gibson. © Yasemin Borovali/2016

February 11 2016, Washington, DC: Macy's celebrates Black History Month with actress Journee Smollett-Bell, found of Black Girls Rock Beverly Bond and founder of "Because of Then We Can" campaign, Eunique Jones Gibson. © Yasemin Borovali/2016

Outfit Details:

Mystique Boutique Dress SIMILAR

Rue21 Turtleneck

Nine West Heels

YASEMIN’S STYLE

Yasemin wore a classic all-black ensemble with a dash of color!

February 11 2016, Washington, DC: Macy's celebrates Black History Month with actress Journee Smollett-Bell, found of Black Girls Rock Beverly Bond and founder of "Because of Then We Can" campaign, Eunique Jones Gibson. © Simone Robinson/2016

February 11 2016, Washington, DC: Macy's celebrates Black History Month with actress Journee Smollett-Bell, found of Black Girls Rock Beverly Bond and founder of "Because of Then We Can" campaign, Eunique Jones Gibson. © Simone Robinson/2016

Follow Yasemin on Instagram: @borovaliyasemi

Outfit Details:

Ray Ban Glasses

H&M Dress

H&M Shoes

Silk & Cashmere Scarf

Check out my video coverage of the event, included in my new vlog: LIVING IN WASHINGTON, DC

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