What It’s Like To Attend The Black Alumni Ball (Dress to Impress!)By Regan Farley | September 15, 2018 | Gal Approved
College, a time in my life that I will remember forever: the best four years rolled up into distant memories, but I truly know what Drake means when he says “What A Time To Be Alive.”
In college you are surrounded by some of the best and brightest that will go on and make a name for themselves sometime in the near future, and it isn’t really until homecoming or other events that you might see these people again… Or at least that’s what I thought until I attended the “Black Alumni Ball.” This event which not only takes place in D.C. but also in North Carolina is a night unlike any other to celebrate Black Excellence. Since I always complain about not being much to do in my area, I figured why not give it. My friends and I made that hike down 695 from Baltimore to D.C.
The Black Alumni Ball is an annual event whose mission is to bring black alumni from all universities throughout the nation, including both PWIs (Predominantly White Institutions) and HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities), for a night of sophistication, style, and fun. Founders and contributors are excited to take this year a step further by introducing the 2018 Black Alumni Ball Scholarship; $1,000 was awarded that evening.
The D.C. stop included hosts King Flexxa, Dominique Da Diva and Jae Murphy, with entertainment provided by Johnny Graham & The Groove and Izzy the DJ. Each person is making waves in the city in their own right.
The Black Alumni Ball was co-created by Jonathan King who truly knows the value of hard work and connecting communities of color for positive influences. Since it’s inception, the organization has given back and monetarily and through their time and efforts.
The Ball also made me think of my own Lincoln University experience and what it means to be in good company with like minds who are striving to succeed. And no you didn’t have to attend an HBCU like my dear old orange and blue if you wanted to attend the event. All were truly welcomed.
Influencers of the evening included: Cyrene Lovette (Former Reality TV Star), The Media Prince (International Media Correspondent), Krystal Franklin (TV One), Chey Parker (EIC of Everything Girls Love), Jessica Washington (DC Politico), Frank Brown, Jr. (DC Millennials), Le’ Greg Harrison (Museum DC Owner), Sidnee Michelle (COMPLEX), Michell C. Clark (Social Media Guru/Influencer), Ibert Sanchez (Fashion Designer) and more.
So as you can see not only did I get a chance to relive my college experience, but I also got the chance to connect and network with like minds. I met some of the best and brightest that DC had to offer, whether it was for the first time or a familiar face. I can’t wait to attend next years event!