Of all the invitations you can receive, few are more important than one from Bevy Smith. She brings the elite of every industry together for “Dinner with Bevy”, which she hosts each month.

Bevy (or properly known as Beverly) is not a “socialite or a fashionista,” as she says in her bio but rather a highly-revered figure in the entertainment, fashion and music worlds who has held highly revered positions as Vibe Magazine’s Fashion and Beauty Advertising Director as well as being the Senior Director of Fashion Advertising at Rolling Stone. Her dinners bring together some of the top global brands with the elite in fashion, music, entertainment and so much more.

Bevy’s latest soirée was a brunch, hosted by Belvedere Bloody Mary honoring CNN anchor Don Lemon and his new book, Transparent. It was held at the extremely popular Harlem hotspot, Red Rooster.

Some of the notable guests included Judith Jamison, Gayle King, Emil Wilbekin, Mikki Taylor, DJ Beverly Bond, Thelma Golden and many more who all left feeling a bit more inspired and uplifted by the great company and lasting memories.

Overall, the sentiment was one of encouragement and support for Don’s brave revelation of his sexual orientation to the world and his moving tale of what it’s like to be homosexual in the black community. The fact that he overcame that fear of rejection, isolation and even violence in some cases to be true to himself is certainly something to celebrate.

What do you think of Don Lemon’s experience and upcoming book? Is the mainstream becoming more accepting of homosexual black men?

Visit www.dinnerwithbevy.com for more information on Dinners with Bevy.

-Faith Cummings

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