by Brian Lipton

interview-banner-top-2000x640Macy’s will celebrate Black History Month by hosting a series of panel discussions featuring rising stars from a variety of fields including art, music, film, television, literature, community empowerment, the culinary arts and journalism to be led by film and television actress Jurnee Smollett-Bell.

Other participants will include film and stage star Taye Diggs, actor Terrence J, Black Girls Rock! founder Beverly Bond, social activist Eunique Jones, chef G. Garvin, illustrator Shane Evans, and sports reporter Rosalyn Gold-Onwude.

Following each panel discussion, Macy’s will host a meet and greet opportunity with Smolett-Bell and additional talent. At each of these Black History Month events, Macy’s customers will receive an exclusive “Underground” T-shirt and see a first-look at the series in which rising star Smollett-Bell stars.

“As a retailer with a rich history of providing A-list entertainment within the shopping experience, we are thrilled to give our customers a glimpse into the lives and careers of a diverse group of today’s undeniably talented leaders from a variety of industries as they discuss the contributions of Black Americans who came before them and how they are helping to inspire a new generation,” said Dineen Garcia, Macy’s vice president of diversity strategies.

“I am thrilled to be working with Macy’s to celebrate Black History Month,” said Smollett-Bell. “As we reflect and pay tribute to the trailblazers who had strength and courage before us, I look forward to connecting with a lot of great people throughout the country and engaging in a dialogue about finding that strength and courage in ourselves every day.”

Following each panel discussion, Macy’s will host a meet and greet opportunity with Smollett-Bell and additional talent, Macy’s customers will also receive an exclusive “Underground” T-shirt and see a first look at the series in Smollett-Bell stars.

Below is a listing of Macy’s Black History Month Events

Macy’s Herald Square (New York City) – Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 6 p.m.
Macy’s City Center (Philadelphia) – Thursday, Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m.
Macy’s State Street (Chicago) – Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 5:30 p.m.
Macy’s Metro Center (Washington, D.C.) – Thursday, Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m.
Macy’s Lenox Square (Atlanta) – Friday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.
Macy’s Aventura (Aventura, FL) – Saturday, Feb. 13 at Noon
Macy’s Union Square (San Francisco) – Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m.
Macy’s Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles) – Thursday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m.

For a complete listing of Macy’s Black History Month events, please visit macys.com/celebrate.