Macy’s welcomes local change makers at eight stores nationwide,
highlighted by special appearances by Issa Rae in Los Angeles and
Laverne Cox in New York City
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 1, 2018--
This February, Macy’s (NYSE:M) celebrates Black History Month by
welcoming a host of innovators in fashion, entertainment, art, music,
literature and technology, who are pioneers in their industries.
Innovation is one of the cornerstones of Black culture, helping to
propel trends, widely influencing pop culture, and changing the face of
history. From music to science, Black culture has created a wave of
change that has helped drive the country to new heights. With innovation
comes an extraordinary opportunity to push boundaries, challenge the
status quo, and make unprecedented waves. This year, Macy’s special
guests will discuss how they blazed their own paths and how the
connection to their heritage helped inspire their success. Macy’s will
also celebrate those making a difference and impacting their local
communities, while helping to pave the way for future generations.
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Macy’s celebrates innovators and visionaries during Black History Month. (Graphic: Business Wire)
As part of Macy’s Black History Month celebrations, actress, writer and
producer Issa Rae will appear at Macy’s Baldwin Hills in Los Angeles.
Macy’s will also welcome Emmy® -nominated actress and equal
rights advocate, Laverne Cox, at Herald Square in New York City. Both
will participate in moderated conversations about Black history, their
inspirations and innovation in showbiz.
“These upcoming Black History events serve as wonderful opportunities
for Macy’s to bring bold, ground-breaking Black innovators into our
stores and to our communities,” said Kristyn Doar-Page, Macy’s vice
president of Diversity & Inclusion Strategies. “As a retailer committed
to celebrating trailblazers, Macy’s is thrilled to open a space where
our community can engage with these artists as they share their life
stories and inspirations.”
Issa Rae’s rise from web series creator to one of Hollywood’s It-girls
is nothing less than remarkable. Rae’s content has garnered millions of
views online and two Golden Globe® nominations for Best
Actress for her hit show, HBO's Insecure. Issa's web series, The
Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl was the recipient of the coveted
Shorty Award for Best Web Show, and her first book, a collection of
essays, is a New York Times Best Seller. Issa has graced the
cover and pages of major national media outlets including Essence,
The Hollywood Reporter, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, CNN, VOGUE and
TIME with appearances on The Tonight Show with Jimmy
Fallon, Good Morning America, The View, and more.
“I am excited to be working with Macy’s during Black History Month to
celebrate those young and old whose innovation and talents are
transforming American culture and making undeniable contributions to art
and entertainment,” said Rae.
Laverne Cox is a two-time Emmy-nominated actress and Emmy-winning
producer best known for her work on the critically acclaimed Netflix
original series Orange Is The New Black, where she plays the
groundbreaking role of Sophia Burset. Her work as an actress and
advocate landed her on the cover of TIME magazine as well as two
Emmy nominations, back-to-back SAG Awards for “Outstanding Performance
by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series,” a Critic’s Choice nomination, and
consecutive NAACP Image Award nominations. Cox is a renowned speaker and
has taken her empowering message of moving beyond gender expectations to
live more authentically all over the country. Her work as an advocate
landed her a coveted spot as one of Glamour magazine’s 2014 Women
of the Year. She is the recipient of the Dorian Rising Star Award, the
Courage Award from the Anti-Violence Project, The Community Leader Award
from the LGBT Center of New York City, was named one of The Grio's
100 Most Influential African Americans, one of the Top 50 Trans Icons by
the Huffington Post, one of Out magazine’s Out 100, was
ranked number 5 on the 2014 Root 100 list and is a part of Ebony’s
“I am grateful to be working with Macy’s during Black History Month to
contribute to powerful conversations about the transformative work being
done by young innovators,” said Cox. “There is never a better time to
discuss the contributions made by the Black community, and what an
inspiration it is to be among those fighting for change.”
At each of the Black History Month events, Macy’s customers will have an
opportunity to meet and greet with event special guests. For additional
information on Macy’s Black History Month festivities and special
guests, please visit macys.com/celebrate.
Macy’s Black History Month events will be held at the following stores:
Herald Square (New York City) – Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 6 p.m.
Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles) – Saturday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. with Issa Rae
State Street (Chicago) – Thursday, Feb. 15 at 5:30 p.m.
Metro Center (Washington, D.C.) – Thursday, Feb. 15 at 5:30 p.m.
Culver City (Los Angeles) – Thursday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m.
Center City (Philadelphia) – Thursday, Feb. 22 at 5:30 p.m.
Herald Square (New York City) – Thursday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. with Laverne
Macy’s Union Square (San Francisco) – Thursday, Feb. 22 at 6
Macy’s Lenox Square (Atlanta) – Thursday, Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m.
Herald Square (New York City) – Saturday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m.
Aventura (Aventura, FL) – Saturday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m.
Square (New York City) – Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m.
Macy's, the largest retail brand of Macy's, Inc. delivers fashion and
affordable luxury to customers at approximately 670 locations in 45
states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to
customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations
through its leading online store at macys.com. Via its stores,
e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy's offers distinctive
assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion
brands for him, her and home. Macy's is known for such epic events
as Macy's 4th of July Fireworks and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,
as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and
celebrity appearances. Macy's flagship stores – including Herald
Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State
Street in Chicago, Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in
southern California – are known internationally and are leading
destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition,
and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy's helps
strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving
more than $54 million each year, plus 180,000 hours of volunteer
service, to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.
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our online pressroom at macys.com/pressroom.
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