Oct 05, 2017 454

An Evening of Music, Design, and Culture

On Wednesday evening, September 20th, Noire Magazine, a new cultured entertainment publication, celebrated its official launch in the New York market with a night of Music, Design, and Culture at Sony Square NY. Founded by Glenda Swain of Atlanta, Georgia, Noire Magazine is the premier cultured entertainment publication which profiles African American taste makers and influencers in Film, Television, Music and The Arts. Ms. Swain started the magazine with the intention of having it serve as a cultural beacon which shines its light on entertainment through an affluent lens for its African American audience.

The evening included several immersive elements that highlighted the themes of music, design, and culture. Among the attractions was, internationally renowned jazz vocalist, Frank McComb, who performed a medley of hits from his critically acclaimed albums. Frank’s voice has been compared to the likes of Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder, but he has a sound that's all his own. Frank graced the cover of the premiere issue of Noire, so it was completely apropos that he performed at the New York launch of Noire.

The products of Sony Life Space UX served as an official nod to the design theme. Consisting of innovative products, with a sleek design that are intended to seamlessly blend into almost any home, the collection included two portable short throw projectors, a glass sound speaker, and an LED bulb speaker. What’s cool and unique about the Life Space UX products is that they give you the power to completely transform your environment, to experience it in a totally new way. These inventive products can change how you experience a room, a wall, or almost any flat surface. Those who attended the event were invited to register for a lucky draw of the LED Bulb Speaker. Guest were immersed in demos provided by Sony Square knowledgeable staff. To learn more about the Life Space UX products, visit

Finally, the Urban Movie Channel, created by Robert L. Johnson, Chairman of RLJ Entertainment and founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET), provided the culture backdrop for the evening. The Urban Movie Channel is an urban-focused subscription streaming service in North America and features quality urban content that showcases feature films, documentaries, original series, stand-up comedy, and other exclusive content for African American and urban audiences. A reel of highlight feature films from the Urban Movie Channel looped continuously throughout the evening on several televisions in Sony Square, giving guests a glimpse into the content that the service features.

Overall, it was a delectable, fun-filled evening where guests engaged and experienced innovation of the Life Space exhibition. They did this while enjoying the culinary treats of duo brother team, Rashad and Rodrick Frazier, founders of the boutique catering company, Pulled Together. The brothers featured three hors d’oeuvre selections from their latest creation known as Yoshi Jenkins, which is a brand that fuses Asian flavors with savory southern staples.

From Left to Right: Rashad Frazier and Rodrick Frazier

David McKnight, professional image coach and founder of McKnight Image Lab, facilitated and aligned the strategic collaboration of Sony Life Space UX and Noire. Through relationships and partnerships he was able to curate an experiential and enjoyable evening.

Photo Credits: Chris Gunn