DIAGEO Celebrates Those Who Refuse to Blend in with a Panel Discussion Hosted by Janet Mock featuring Jon Gray, Luke Lawal, Phillip Lim, and Yvonne Guidry

Luke Lawal, Janet Mock, Phillip Lim, Yvonne Guidry, Jon Gray

( ENSPIRE Community Spotlight ) DIAGEO Celebrating Authenticity and Inclusion with Multi-Hyphenate Creators

Photo Credit: BFA Photographer: Hannah Turner-Harts | BFA Editor: Keith Tiner

Recently, BLEND OUT, an event organized by DIAGEO, brought together a group of remarkable entrepreneurs who refuse to blend in, celebrating their authentic selves and driving greater inclusion for all. This intimate panel discussion showcased the importance of individual voices in making a positive impact on society. The event was an inspiring gathering of multi-hyphenate creators who have already made waves in their respective fields.

The evening was filled with genuine and candid conversations, providing insights into the journeys of these influential entrepreneurs. The panel included Jon Gray, the visionary behind Ghetto Gastro, Luke Lawal Jr, a philanthropist and entrepreneur associated with HBCU Buzz, fashion designer Phillip Lim, and cultural architect Yvonne Guidry of Spoiled Latina. The discussion was skillfully moderated by the renowned New York Times best-selling author, director, producer, and writer, Janet Mock. It was a unique opportunity for attendees to gain firsthand knowledge from these esteemed individuals who have made a significant impact through their work.

Janet Mock, Phillip Lim, Yvonne Guidry

During the event, an audience member asked the panelists about the definitive moments in their lives that solidified their role as change-makers. Janet Mock eloquently shared her experience, stating, “I knew that I had to get out there and create space for us all to share our most authentic stories. I wanted to not only tell my story but also the story of the power of Black trans and queer people!” Her words resonated deeply, highlighting the importance of representation and the need for diverse voices to be heard.


Paulina Singer

Beyond the panel discussion, BLEND OUT offered guests the opportunity to engage in one-on-one conversations that explored the depths of their identities and the journey to self-expression. The event also featured a vibrant pop-up bar where attendees could enjoy specially curated cocktails by renowned brands such as CÎROC, Crown Royal, Tequila Don Julio, Johnnie Walker, and Seedlip. Complementing the beverages were delectable bites from Eat Okra, adding a culinary delight to the evening. The atmosphere was further enhanced by the infectious beats of DJ Quiana Parks and DJ King Marie.

The event attracted an array of influential personalities, including singer Paulina Singer, Afrobeat artist Young Paris, and fashion designer Romeo Hunte, among many others. It served as a networking opportunity for like-minded individuals to connect, share ideas, and support each other’s endeavors. The collective energy of the attendees contributed to the overall spirit of empowerment and collaboration that BLEND OUT aimed to foster.

BLEND OUT, organized by DIAGEO was a celebration of multi-hyphenate creators who embrace their true selves and strive to create a more inclusive society. Through intimate conversations, inspiring panel discussions, and engaging experiences, the event highlighted the power of individual voices in making a difference. It emphasized the importance of authenticity, representation, and the need to amplify underrepresented communities. BLEND OUT served as a testament to the mission of ENSPIRE Magazine, which is to showcase and uplift those who use their voices to inspire and help others.

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