Melanin Movement Los Angeles: Giving Back In Style

Melanin Movement Los Angeles: Giving Back In Style

You don’t need to be related to have a sisterhood. Especially when you can bond over common interests, experiences and purposes. As women that connected on the gram by admiring each other’s inspirational posts of our passions and beauty, it was easy for us to. Once the idea to collaborate was spearheaded by Julie Harbour (of Stylish Paradox), the evolution of Melanin Movement Los Angeles (MMLA) began in June 2017. Our agenda for MMLA was to create an alliance of African American women bloggers that represented community over competition and give back to the community in style (and in unity). 

Founding Members 

Pictured are the founding members of Melanin Movement LA: (l to r) Julie Harbour, Me, Marshel, Trish Lindo, Karissa Allen

Personally speaking, forming MMLA with these women was one of the best decisions I made since I started blogging. It gave me an opportunity to be among other women professionals that were educated, ambitious, mature and girl bosses. We share our resources, connections, event info, research on blogging, and sometimes even swap wardrobe (hashtag sisterhood goals). It’s a movement that I’m proud to be apart of because it shows a more positive representation of black women working together instead of apart.

Now a month later, (I’m a little behind on posting so excuse me) I am still in awe after our first successful MMLA “Find Your Purpose” event held on June 24, 2018. We created an event that gave attendees an opportunity to connect with like minded individuals, sign-up to volunteer with non-profit organizations, swag bags filled with sponsored goodies, a raffle and photo op moments in crown props (made by me). It was held at the very fashionable boutique of Los Angeles, Philthy Ragz. The event’s mission was to introduce MMLA, each member and give others an opportunity to learn about the local non-profit organizations to volunteer with. I’d like to believe that we accomplished that and so much more.

The Queens of Melanin Movement Los Angeles at Philthy Ragz Clothing Boutique for the “Find Your Purpose” event.

Pictured here are all members of MMLA (l to r), Chanel Cunningham, Trish Lindo, Me, Julie Harbour, Karissa Allen, Marshel Ng.

Kandee Lewis, Executive Director of the Positive Results Corporation

Kelly Carroll, Sr. Manager for Community Development, American Cancer Society and Liz Shamooni, Influencer of Liz in Los Angeles

Jennifer with Noir Unicorn & Power and Dignity Now staff

Guests posing with their swag bags. Thank you sponsors!

Many thanks to:


American Cancer Society

Dignity and Power Now

EmpowHer Institute

Noir Unicorn

The Positive Results Corporation

We were also blessed to partner with some amazing sponsors, who helped us give our guests swag bags and raffle prizes!


Milk and Eggs

Henri Bendel


Vapour Organic Beauty


Suja Juice

Mantra Band

What’s Mode?

Kyra’s Shea Medley


Define Me Fragrance

One Messy Bun

Shoe Dazzle

Harmless Harvest

Winc Use MMLA at checkout for $22 off your first month’s subscription

Still in awe and proud after the completion of our first @melaninmovementla event! It was a success, thanks to your presence. Stay tuned as the ladies of the @melaninmovement continue to reach higher to inspire our fellow sisters (brothers, too!) by impacting lives through giving back! And this is only the beginning! We hope to see you and others at future events. .📸 @only.blaze (first pic) . Big thanks to the nonprofit organizations who we partnered with and for giving their time to educate our guests on how to get involved: @dignityandpowernow @americancancersociety @empowherorgla @noirunicorn @thepositiveresults . . And to our marvelous giveaway sponsors, what would our swag bags and raffle be without you: @milkandeggscom @henribendel @tula @vapourbeauty @kollectin @lovesuja @mantraband @whats.mode @kyrasheamedleys @na2ralhealth @definemefragrance @winc @1messybun @shoedazzle . . Lastly thank you @philthyragz for being our first event home and allowing us to use your beautiful space to represent MMLA in such a lovely fashion. . . “The power of one, if fearless and focused is formidable, but the power of many working together is better.” . . . . . . . . . #blackgirlmagic #browngirlbloggers #blackswhoblog #mymagicis #mybrownbox #melaninpoppin #myblackisbeautiful #melaninonfleek #girlgang #r29unbothered #blackradiance #blackgirlsrock #lablogger #melaninmovementLA #styleinfluencer #browngirlslove #essencestyle #blackbloggers #squadgoals #unaplogeticallyblack #communityovercompetition #melaninmovementLA #jointhemovement #blackgirlfly #wocootd

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Thanks for reading this post on Melanin Movement LA and our first event. How do you give back to your community in style? If you’re in the LA area, what type of event would you want to see us have next? Don’t forget to subscribe and follow me on social media for your daily dose of inspo. 



Pentené Milner is a mother, influencer, stylist and all around lifer. She started Style Me Fancy by Pentené (a style, fashion and lifestyle blog) initially to brand herself as a stylist, but quickly turned it into a place to inspire women to find a sense of empowerment in their personal style. She’s a native of San Diego, California, but made Los Angeles her home in 2002. She enjoys being mom to her tween son, city life, fun with family (and friends that are like family), seeing the world, dressing up, dining, wineries and self caring at a spa. To her, as a former singer, music brings everything to light and many times writes while listening to it.


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