Bel-Air Comes to Atlanta: A Night With Coco Jones
This may sound childish to some of you. But, I have a strict rule against going out on weeknights. Between juggling a full-time job and working as a part-time producer, I like keeping my evenings quiet. But, every now and then something special comes along that I can’t turn down, and yesterday’s event was just that! On April 7, 2022, I attended Coco Jones’ media night on behalf of Black Girls Do. Black Girls Do is a social group based in Washington D.C. that celebrates Black Women in action. And I knew that Coco was the perfect feature for such a special platform.
Let’s Start With Some Background
For those of you who aren’t familiar with her, allow me to put you on. Coco is a singer, actress, and dancer currently playing the modern-day “Hilary” on Peacock’s Bel-Air. And although many are now becoming familiar with her due to the show’s success. She’s had a loyal following long before today. The triple-threat was previously a child star and a part of Disney classics like Good Luck Charlie and So Random. She even starred in the 2012 Disney musical, Let it Shine. Still, even with all of that acclaim and success, her career never took off the way many projected it would. This left her fans confused causing her to release a statement 2019 that detailed her experience in the industry. In it, she explained how she faced colorism and a lack of support from her team. “They didn’t know what to do with me,” she sadly explains in the 30+ minute video.
Now, I’ll be honest. I didn’t know all of this before researching. I just like her character in the show and thinks she sings well. But, learning this backstory just made me even more inclined to “go out on a school night.”
So, here’s how the event went.
Thursday night I grabbed my camera and extra charger to head to a private location in Atlanta, Ga. As soon as I walked in, I knew this was going to be an eventful night. The busy venue was filled with press, fans, and socialites. But, when Coco walked in, the mayhem really started. Cameras and phones flashed while everyone rushed to the front to get photos and video clips from the rising star. Her song “Caliber,” a sultry grown and sexy vibe, blasted through the speakers giving everyone a taste of her musical ability.
The excitement of the red carpet wasn’t the only memorable moment. There was an open bar, appetizers, celebrity sightings, and a 360-photo booth. People spent the next hour and a half networking, mingling, and sharing in the special experience. Finally, the event concluded with a Q&A where Coco discussed her passion for playing Hilary who she described as “always getting to the bag, classy, and funny.” She also mentioned her plans to work in film and hopefully alongside her favorite artists and creatives like Megan thee Stallion, Issa Rae, and more.
Coco is talented, and music is her passion. While we may know her from the screen, there’s a lot more coming. The event was put on by Media Girls Network and Def Jam (her new record label) and it looks like this time, she’s gonna get the push she needs. You might want to get hip now, because she’s coming… soon. To see a few more clips of the event check it out on Black Girls Do.
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