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BBB Toronto

Brown Beauties Brunching - Melanin on the Runway

Four Brown Girls (FBG) is a movement dedicated to redefine the modern day Black woman by not only challenging misrepresentations and stereotypes of Black womanhood, but also by creating a strong community of women empowered through a network devoted to their every need. Since 2015, FBG has reunited thousands of women from different backgrounds to share, discuss and create bonds that only led to a stronger community.

On Sunday November 6th come join FBG as they host their signature Brown Beauties Brunching (BBB) event in Toronto. This year's brunch, entitled Melanin on the Runway, will feature a series of prominent Black women who will explore the reconciliation between culture, identity, and fashion from the black female perspective. It will be an inspirational exchange between women while enjoying brunch style canapés, signature cocktails, networking and an interactive discussion panel.

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When I think of #blackgirlmagic, I think of all of us in our different skin tones, shapes, sizes and shades of black.
— Kiitana

How do you define #blackgirlmagic?

#Blackgirlmagic to me is how strong and resilient and powerful we are. I look around and I see black women as CEOs, owning their own companies, raising strong black boys and girls in an environment that isn’t skewed in our favor. We as women have had to overcome so much to even be in the same room not to speak of having a seat at the table.

My mom moved from Nigeria with 4 young children, 2 boys and 2 girls by herself. I must say she did an amazing job (if I do say so myself.) She raised us to embrace our culture and our innate awesomeness. At the time, this phrase wasn’t around. But I saw it everyday and I’m a product of it. I know I’m strong and I know I can be anything I want to be in this world.

So when I think of #blackgirlmagic, I think of all of us in our different skin tones, shapes, sizes and shades of black. I know we’re realizing just how magical we really are.

What is your favorite quote?

My favorite quote is ‘No one is you and that is your power by Dave Grohl’. It embodies why I do what I do. There are so many people out there doing similar things and that’s fine. I’m my own person and no-one is me. Knowing who you are and knowing that your story is different from anyone else makes all the difference.

Who is your style icon and why?

My style is inspired by so many women who have done it before me and are doing it now. I draw from all the eras and pick and choose what I love from everything around me. To pick just one person, I’d have to say Solange. She’s confident, creative and fearless. She wears what she wants and owns it in such a way that no matter who you are or if you would wear the outfit or not, you can’t help but love it (not that she cares if you do.)

What is your superpower?

I guess one that comes to mind is being able instantly switch up my look. I’m always trying new things with my hair and clothes. Be it new textures, lengths and/or styles. Being able to embody them and make them my own is my own version of a superpower.

#Blackgirlmagic is more than a hashtag, it is about celebrating the greatness of black women to its entirety.
— Lateesha K. Ector

How do you define #blackgirlmagic?

The idea of this trending term is a way for us to celebrate ourselves. It is about empowering one another, regardless of our skin tone, hair texture, or size. Embracing who we are, and what we represent. It goes beyond our features, but as far as our accomplishments. Social media is at the palm of our hands and at the tip of our fingers, and this is an opportunity for "us" to shine. We cannot rely on the news and major headlines to always cover our success. #Blackgirlmagic is more than a hashtag, it is about celebrating the greatness of black women to its entirety.

What is your favorite quote?

"Stay ready so you don't have to get ready"

Who is your style icon and why?

Dorothy Dandridge. She had a simple style and always wore it with class. It was the perfect balance between classy and sexy.

What is your superpower?

Making people laugh. It is not a superpower but laughter is definitely one of the greatest medecines for the mind and body. Feeling good comes from within, and it takes that one little giggle to make someone feel better.

For me #blackgirlmagic is that unbreakable spirit we have inherited from our ancestors.
— Camille Dundas

How do you define #blackgirlmagic?

For me #blackgirlmagic is that unbreakable spirit we have inherited from our ancestors. It’s the fact that we continue to shine through our scars, continue to succeed and exceed with an envied air of grace and beauty. It’s magic because it’s elusive. It’s something everyone wants, but not everyone knows how to get.

What is your favorite quote?

"I believe the target of anything in life should be to do it so well that it becomes an art. When you read some books they are fantastic, the writer touches something in you that you know you would not have brought out of yourself. He makes you discover something interesting in your life. If you are living like an animal, what is the point of living? What makes daily life interesting is that we try to transform it to something that is close to art." - Arsene Wenger

Who is your style icon and why?

Hands down Solange Knowles! She’s not here for your limitations and I love that. She takes risks, she loves herself and she’s down right bad ass.

What is your superpower?

I have an uncanny ability to determine whether someone will have a positive or negative impact on my life after meeting them just once. This is a superpower I somehow developed after turning 30 and having kids. It’s like I could suddenly see right to the core of people, past all the B-S. I don’t know how or why this superpower decided to kick in at that point in my life, but it has NEVER been wrong since, not even once.

I define #blackgirlmagic as letting your beauty shine from within regardless of what others think.
— Namugenyi Kiwanuka

How do you define #blackgirlmagic?

I define #blackgirlmagic as letting your beauty shine from within regardless of what others think.

What is your favorite quote?

My favourite quote is from Oprah and I feel it encapsulates my life’s journey: “You are not your circumstances. You are your possibilities.” And another one that I live by, is “Feel the fear and do it anyway.”

Who is your style icon and why?

I don’t think I have a style icon but I love Lisa Bonet and Cree Summer since back in the day from A Different World. I love how free they are. They’ve always been so authentic to themselves. I admire that.

What is your superpower?

My superpower is I’m highly functional even on a couple of hours of sleep.

#blackgirlmagic is who we are. Its not just something we possess. It’s the name for what we represent.
— Mrs. Wright

How do you define #blackgirlmagic?

#blackgirlmagic is who we are. Its not just something we possess. It’s the name for what we represent. The very Essence and Power that runs through our DNA. It is the unparrallel ability to call forth the direct connections to our ancestors that help navigate us through greatness.

What is your favorite quote?

Acceptance is not Approval.

Who is your style icon and why?

Currently Janelle Monae. How she is able to make Black and White so colorful and versatile is captivating. And she does it with simplicity, confidence and unapologetic textured coily hair!

What is your superpower?

Besides birthing and sustaining Shannon’s first year from my bosom? :-) Well, My superpower is knowing that I am in Fact, a super powerful cosmic being; ill take Goddess for now. ;-)