On September 17, Hilton Worldwide joined Black Enterprise to celebrate black men in marketing and advertising at the Rare Bar and Grill in New York City. While surrounded by 360-degree views of the New York City skyline, guests sipped signature BE Modern Man cocktails, listened to the sounds of DJ Spazo, and mingled with everyone, including Black Enterprise President & CEO Earl “Butch” Graves Jr., Hip-Hop producer Chris Classic, event host and “Mr. Moviefone” Kevin D. Thompson, and many more.
The event opened with remarks from Graves who thanked Hilton Worldwide for their partnership. He also welcomed all the influencers and game changers in the worlds of advertising and marketing who were in attendance, and other invited guests. Then the music began and the next couple of hours were filled with tasty hors d’oeuvres, camaraderie, and networking. And to top off the evening, three male event attendees walked away with a free two-night stay at any Hilton hotel in the country!
The Black Enterprise Modern Ad Men event was held at the Rare Bar & Grill inside a Hilton hotel in New York City.
Black Enterprise President & CEO Earl “Butch” Graves Jr. and Andrea Richardson, Director, Multicultural Marketing, Hilton Worldwide.
Two generations of Black Enterprise Modern Men: Graves Jr. and son Earl G. Graves III.
The Black Enterprise-Hilton Worldwide team that brought the event together: (l to r) Kyle Allman, a BE VP of Multimedia Sales; Kelly Pierre-Louis, BE’s Director of Audience Development; Graves Jr.; Andrea Richardson, Director, Multicultural Marketing, Hilton Worldwide; and Dana Storm Santiago, BE’s Director of Multimedia Sales.
Hip-Hop producer and featured Black Enterprise Modern Man Chris Classic.
(l to r) Ernest Estime, Creative Director of DUNK360 cutting up with Kevin “Mr. Moviefone” Thompson, host of the Modern Ad Men event and featured Modern Man.
Hot 97’s DJ Spazo taking a brief break from spinning on the wheels of steel.
(l to r) Danielle Querisma, Marketing Assistant, Columbia Music and Denice Pigott, President of dspigott are all smiles at the Modern Ad Men event.
Networking and having fun at the same time.
Styling and taking in the ambience.
Darius Broadwater, Director of Digital Media, UniWorld Group unwinding with a colleague after a long day.
Kazeem Famuyide, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Stashed at Translation LLC repping the Modern Ad Men event and letting his network know where the fun was.
Two of the beautiful people at the Modern Ad Men event.
Enjoying a cocktail and good conversation.
An event attendee showing off his Modern Man style.
Leslie Fontenot, Group Account Director at UniWorld Group and a clear, evening view of the New York City skyline from the Rare Bar & Grill.
The suit doesn’t make the man, the Modern Man makes the suit.
DUNK360 Creative Director Ernest Estime (r) and another guest pause for a Modern Ad Men photo op.