Katini Skin, developed in partnership with our BPM Black-Owned Business Incubator, celebrated the Beauty of Black History Month with an intimate evening at Neuehouse in New York City on Monday night. The event at Neuehouse – a private work and social space for creators, innovators, and thought leaders to gather and connect – was the perfect environment to host the intimate gathering of creative minds. The event featured a musical performance by brand founder Katini Yamaoka and special guest speakers to speak about the meaning of empowerment and community.
The evening started with a musical performance from Katini Skin founder, Katini Yamaoka, surrounded by a beautiful and meaningful community of thinkers, leaders, and creators.
Following Katini’s beautiful performance was guest speaker Hugh Evans, the CEO of Global Citizens.
“Any country with a future cannot and should not avoid looking the past squarely in the eye. There is space for everybody to succeed. And I'm so proud to stand alongside Katini tonight as she launches her incredible entrepreneurial vision.” – Hugh Evans
Hugh was followed by House of Mandela Film Producer – Kweku Mandela, grandson of the former South African President and anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela. In his moving speech, Kweku said, "my grandfather, Nelson Mandela understood the power of storytelling better than most. He also knew that to defeat apartheid, he couldn't do it alone." Kweku continued, "Every country, every tribe, every village has stories to help make sense of the world.”
To close the night Feh Tarty, Global Creative Director, Meta, shared his thoughts on the power of imagery throughout history, leaving us with a powerful message about how with technology “we can inundate the world with the beauty that captures the soul, the spirit of these [African] people and this [African] culture … And that's the power we have in our hands today.” We can harness the power of imagery and storytelling through technology to encourage a narrative that will, in the closing words of Katini herself, “paint our future the way that we see it.”