Photo by Pete Sekesan

Beyoncé Gives Shout-Out to Black-Owned Businesses in Louisiana

17:04 June 23, 2020
By: Kayla Martinez

Along with her latest single, "Black Parade," Beyoncé has released a directory featuring black-owned businesses, two of which are right here in Louisiana. reports that Stella Jones Gallery, a New Orleans art gallery known for curating contemporary African, Caribbean, and African American art, is highlighted in the directory. So is the work of Christopher John Rogers, a fashion designer from Baton Rouge who now lives in New York City and whose designs have been seen on Michelle Obama and Lizzo, among others.

Stella Jones has been running her art gallery since 1996, and she notes on her website that she and her late husband had dreamed of opening an art gallery for years, as they had developed a passion for art collecting. Stella has always been active in the community, and in 2018, she hosted a luncheon for EssenceFest. Before opening an art gallery, she worked in medicine as a pharmacist and an OB/GYN.

At only 26, Christopher John Rogers has made waves in the fashion industry. In 2019, he received the CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fundaward, granting him $400,000 and mentorship from a CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) member. His 2020 collection received rave reviews, and we cannot wait to see all he's sure to do.

Photo by Pete Sekesan from New York, USA - DW2Q0758, CC BY 2.0, Link

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