C A T A L Y S T / by Malissa Wilkins

Last Sunday, April 16th, Afrovelvet premiered C A T A L Y S T, a collaborative photo exhibit showcasing black women entrepreneurs, artists, and leaders. Founder, Malissa Wilkins, along with other black women in the community introduced their brands and spoke on how Black women can be better supported. The opening event also featured a performance by Baltimore's Bobbi Rush, vegan hors d'oeuvres by Unfazed Beauty, and great music by DJ Geena Marie

The images featured in C  A T A L Y S T were a collaborative effort by Stylist & Creative Director, Malissa Wilkins, Photographers, Lloyd Foster & Roderick Johns, and Creative Curator, Kelcey Abney. Images can be purchased here

Afrovelvet wishes to extend a special thanks to Morgan of A Creative DC  (^_^), Michael & Carol Platt for printing the images, Framebridge for all of the beautiful frames, Social Print Studio for the women featured in the exhibition, District Dodger for capturing the event, and to all of YOU for all of the wonderful SUPPORT!!!

As promised, below are the photos from the event, as well as, a list of all the A M A Z I N G black women whose ventures you can support!!!



Unfazed Beauty - MUA/Caterer/Beauty + Health Advisor

Bobbi Rush - Vocalist/Song Writer

DJ Geena Marie - Videography/Discography

Naomi Wilkins - Visual Art/Dance

Oluwatoyin Pyne - Clothing Design/Promotion & Events

YaYa Bey - Vocalist/Visual Artist/Activist

Sherieka Ashanti (SammieSpice) - Vocalist/Dancer

Anastasia Antoinette - Vocalist + Songwriter/Events

Neptune Speaks - Music/Spoken Word

Kyra The Bohemith - Visual + Graphic Art

Jade Graver - Activist

Fei Mancho - Designer

Imani Shanklin-Roberts - Visual Artist/Painter

Ayanna Long - Filmmaker/Photographer

Katrina X - Hairstylist/Jewelry Maker

Kailasa Aqueel - Vocalist + Songwriter/Yogi

Kenyatta Beazer - Professional Model

Jona Monet - Visual + Graphic Artist

Doula Dionne - Doula

Sihnuu Hotep - Yogi

Ranubi - Dancer/Choreographer

Ashley Shey - Dancer/Choreographer

Alison Carney - Vocalist

Alex Wash - Vegan Catering

Liz Jones - Vegan Catering

Dani Roomes - Activist

Danielle "Jazzy" Belle - Photographer/Events

Allure Mala - Photographer/Prof. Model

Ziggy Rayford - DJ/Events