In Honor of Black History Month, Celebrating Some of BELLA’s Favorite Icons

Black History Month is an annual celebration of outstanding African Americans throughout history and their exceptional achievements in their respective fields. This February, BELLA would like to recognize some of the individuals we have worked with, featured, interviewed, and admire. In fields such as Beauty, Fashion, Arts + Culture, Photography, Philanthropy, Entertainment, Music, and Media, these people are pioneers, icons, and moguls.

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Beauty

Lisa Price is the founder of the multi-cultural beauty brand Carol’s Daughter. This line of hair and body products, “made with love,” began in Lisa’s Brooklyn kitchen and was encouraged by her mother, Carol. BELLA’s EIC, Vanessa Coppes, interviewed Lisa for BELLA TV at the Create + Cultivate conference, in New York City, for women in business. Watch the full interview here.

Fashion

CD Greene is a designer to the stars, dressing some of the biggest names in Hollywood and dazzling the red carpet with his signature designs using mirrors and crystals in sultry silhouettes. Transforming women for over a decade, CD Greene was also featured on the Fashion Issue Cover of BELLA Magazine in September/October of 2019 – catch his cover here.

Arts + Culture

Charlotte Nebres broke barriers and danced her way into ballet history, when she became the New York City Ballet’s first blackMarie, the young heroine of The Nutcracker. BELLA highlighted the young star during her role in the Holiday Production of the famous ballet by George Balanchine – read more here.

Photography

Matthew Jordan Smith is an American photographer who has had the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Halle Berry and Martha Stewart in front of his lens. Shooting for numerous magazines and top brands, such as Pantene, Sony and HBO, Matthew has taken his talents abroad, splitting his time between personal projects in Tokyo and work in New York and Los Angeles. BELLA interviewed the talented photographer and featured his work in the November/December 2019 Gratitude Issue, which you can view here.

 Philanthropy

Michelle Obama was the first African American First Lady of the United States, from 2009 to 2017. In addition to her time in The White House, Michelle is also a lawyer, author, activist, and philanthropist, with a never-ending list of causes and charities she has supported. Perhaps one of her most notable accomplishments is founding the Girls Opportunity Alliance, a program of the Obama Foundation, which seeks to empower girls through education. From who has dressed her, to her beauty gurus, read more of BELLA’s inside scoop on Michelle Obama here.

Entertainment

La La Anthony has achieved staying power in the entertainment industry as an actress, producer, TV host, author, and entrepreneur. Her focus and confidence are just a couple of the attributes that helped her begin her career at the young age of 16. BELLA featured La La on the cover of the November/December 2019 Gratitude Issue and shared her story. Order a copy and read the full interview here.

Music

Vanessa Williams is a multi-platinum selling recording artist who has secured her name in music industry history through countless hits and chart-toppers like Save The Best For Last. In addition to a successful music career, Vanessa is a theatrical star, from Broadway to film and TV. BELLA featured Vanessa in the January/February 2020 Reinvention Issue and got in-depth on her life and career. Watch a behind the scenes look on BELLA TV here.

Media

Oprah Winfrey, last but certainly not least, is the ultimate Black History Month icon. She is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, journalist, author, talk show host, television producer, and all around media industry mogul. Breaking records and breaking barriers, Oprah is a leader in the media industry, forming The Oprah Winfrey Show, Oprah Winfrey Network and O, The Oprah Magazine. Her business savvy has made her multi-billionaire and her giving nature has made her one of the greatest philanthropists in American History. Find some of our favorite Oprah moments, stories, and headlines here!

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