The Black Beauty Fest...A Recap

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Black Bloggers Chicago partnered with Victory Garden’s Theatre this past weekend for the Black Beauty Festival.  The Black Beauty Fest is a day featuring locally black owned businesses and special performances.  The event is a partnership between Victory Gardens Theatre and the Black Women’s Expo.  Our members were invited to the beauty festival and the theatre’s latest production, Pipeline.

During the festival, members shopped and chatted with local vendors, many of whom will also be in attendance at the 25th annual Black Women’s expo.   There were vendors specializing in beauty, wellness, fashion and natural hair.   Members also tasted wines from Sip & Share Winery, an artisanal vegan wine company. Their 7 words wine collection was a big hit and members took home a few bottles!  Women’s apparel designer, Darrell Roberts from B.A.E. apparel, showcased some great statement tees that had messages of female empowerment.   D’zigns by DEB had some of the most adorable African inspired clothing for infants and children and Dressed to the Tee had beautiful blinged out statement tees!!!  Shawnee Williams from Chi Town Naturals demonstrated how to keep your hair full and fabulous with products from her all natural hair care line.  Other natural hair care companies, Eden Body Works and Dr. Herbal’s Organic & Vegan Hair Care were in attendance also, each with products geared to textured hair care.

Once we were finished mingling and shopping, we headed into the theatre and enjoyed, Victory Garden’s latest production, Pipeline. Written by Dominique Morisseau and directed by Cheryl Lynn Bruce, Pipeline brings to light a powerful and important conversation about parenthood, the state of our public school system, and the prison pipeline that claims so many of our city's youth. The play was incredibly powerful and well-acted.  Members stayed after the show to participate in the post-show discussion.  It’s incredible to see how a play impacts an audience in different ways.  The production was beautifully written and directed with a cast that each had powerful standout moments. 

Black Bloggers Chicago thoroughly enjoyed a day at Victory Garden’s theater and highly recommends attending the production, Pipeline.  It will be here until March 3rd and tickets start at just $20. It’s a thought provoking play that I recommend for anyone, especially parents, teens and educators.  To grab tickets to this incredible production, visit Victory Gardens Theatre.

Look forward to more detailed and in depth reviews from our members!!! Special thanks to Victory Garden’s Theatre for inviting us to this event!

D. Sanders, President  & Founder

Black Bloggers Chicago