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EBONI hosts Blackout fashion show

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Larianny Perez '17 in the Blackout fashion show organized by EBONI on February 27 in the Cabaret of the Little Building. (Photo by Nick Eaton '17)

Emerson’s Black Organization with Natural Interests (EBONI) closed out Black History Month with a fashion show, Blackout, sharing the beauty of black fashion from around the world on February 27 in the Cabaret.        

Adele Ngoy, mother of EBONI member Dorcas Thete ’18, designed the clothing worn by 15 stunning models. Her friend Janet Andoh designed the hats. A dance performance by Northeastern University’s African Student Organization and songs by Ny Ony energized the room before the models took to the runway. Styles ranged from African to Caribbean.

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Alexandria Ellison '17 (Photo by Nick Eaton '17)

“[The show was] the culmination of three months of hard work by so many fantastic and amazing people in the Emerson community and beyond,” said Nathaniel Charles ’17.

The Cabaret resembled a scene straight out of New York Fashion Week. Cell phones shot up to snap photos of favorite models.

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Ambavi Longe '15 (Photo by Nick Eaton '17)

“It was exciting to be a part of the show, especially because no other cultural organization has done this type of event in over a decade,” said EBONI member Taylor Jett ’16, who wore some of the clothing. “However, it was also extremely nerve-wracking. I was showcasing clothes that were representative of a culture that isn’t mine and I was worried I wouldn’t be able to do them justice.”

The crowd went wild when Jett walked out each time, easing her worries. 

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Joshua Allen and Ny Ony from Berklee College of Music perform at Blackout. (Photo by Nick Eaton '17)

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Nathaniel Charles '17 (Photo by Nick Eaton '17)

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Sam Geoghegan '17 (Photo by Nick Eaton '17)