It was a beautiful sunny day in Atlanta as Essence, the number one media company dedicated to African-American women, brought together Atlanta’s most notable taste-makers, innovators and leaders during its My City, 4 Ways – Atlanta culture festival presented by Ford.
Guests arrived on Saturday, December 10th, to the Mason Fine Art Gallery in Atlanta, GA and were immediately given the opportunity to “Ride & Drive” self or chauffeured drive in the #FORD vehicle of their choice.
The event created an unparalleled Atlanta culture guide from the perspectives of four young dynamic African-American influencers representing the city’s social and cultural landscapes today: Grammy-nominated Singer-Songwriter Anthony David [Music Influencer]; Designer Kenya Freeman [Style Influencer]; Visual Artist Kashmir Thompson [Art Influencer]; ATL Food Blogger Erica Keys [Food Influencer].
In addition to Q&As with each influencer – moderated by Essence Lifestyle & Relationships Editor Charreah Jackson – the curated experiences included culinary demonstrations, interactive art installations, pop-up fashion shops from local designers, wine tastings and more.
Singer-songwriter Tweet closed out the event with a sultry performance.
Other notable attendees included: comedian Loni Love, Chef Akhi, music producer and songwriter Bryan-Michael Cox, actress Keisha Knight Pulliam, vintners The McBride Sisters, music industry trailblazer Shanti Das, urban fashion pioneer April Walker, Derek J, singer Algebra, chef Jason Ellis and designer Tracy Nicole.
Photos: Paras Griffin/Essence