About Us

Michiel Perry
Founder and Editor-in-Chief

michiel@blacksouthernbelle.com

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Mrs. Michiel Perry, 28, is a South Carolina girl who love all things Southern and stylish. With a little inspiration while planning her wedding in Charleston, S.C. and decorating her first home in Maryland, Mrs. Perry was inspired to develop a lifestyle brand focused on African-American women with a Southern connection called Black Southern Belle.

With her digital lifestyle brand Black Southern Belle, Mrs. Perry wanted to create an online and offline resource of lifestyle inspiration for African-American women in the South. In 2015, Mrs. Perry and her team expanded Black Southern Belle and developed an editorial division, ambassador program, online store, and jobs database for the brand. With major sponsors and partners, plans are underway for the November 2016 launch of The Black Southern Belle Collective™, the first-of-its-kind resource for top, minority-owned vendors in the South.

Before launching her business, Mrs. Perry managed marketing and partnerships at Lillybee, a collegiate and sorority lifestyle brand where she launched a collegiate ambassador program and managed the blogger outreach program. She caught her small business and startup bug while working here and still wears Lillybee products at least twice a week.

And once in her lifetime, she was a political event planner and relationship manager for a small email company called Google, Inc. in Washington, D.C. She occasionally misses the free food.

When she is not planning the next big thing for Black Southern Belle, Mrs. Perry is either shopping for antiques with her husband, watching historical documentaries or rearranging art in her new historic home in the Charleston area.

She has a passion for her alma mater, Howard University and cannot say no to anything with a fleur de lis on it.

Shanel Adams
Content Manager

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Shanel hails from Detroit but her love of crafts, family and books makes her a Black Southern Belle. She is a writer and public relations professional who loves to tell stories through her work whether its a fiction piece or communications campaign. Shanel’s passion of storytelling extends from her love of reading which also inspired her to create Progressionista– a book club program for girls ages 8 to 12. Beyond writing and reading, Shanel loves indulging in art museums, watching quality films and playing in new makeup.

Victoria Williams
Social Media and Marketing Assistant

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Victoria Williams is a freshman attending DePaul University in Chicago, IL majoring in Public Relations/Advertising with a minor in Marketing.  She is a senator on the Residence Hall Council, and serves on the Public Relations committee for DePaul’s Black Student Union. She was also a brand ambassador for the Michigan 2014-2015 Nordstrom BP Fashion Board. Her hometown is Dearborn, Michigan and she enjoys serving the lord, singing, and has also worked as a camp counselor since 2012. Although Victoria was not raised in the south, she closely relates to the values of the Black Southern Belle because of her traditional grandmother Vivian, and great grandmother Ann who was born in Alabama.

Josh Sobczak, PR & Social Media Assistant

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I am 23 years old currently living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  I’m currently going to the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee with a major in Advertising & Public Relations with the goal of hopefully being able to work for a company out in Chicago.  This will now be my second time working for Michiel, and I’ve also done an internship down in Orlando at Walt Disney World.  Besides doing advertising & PR, I am really interested in fashion and would like to say I have a very different and unique style.  I’m a very creative person and I like to express it on myself as well as on paper.  I’m also a huge traveler and have already been so many places, but can’t wait to travel all over the world as I get older.

8 Comments

  1. Featured: Black Southern Belle Blog » Virginia + Destination Wedding Photographer | Terri Baskin Photography
    May 19, 2015 @ 1:56 pm

    […] Michiel Perry of Black Southern Belle about her new blog and it’s purpose, which can be read here, I was honored that she saw value in the work that I putting out and wanted to make others aware of […]

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  2. Isabel
    April 13, 2016 @ 11:37 am

    I just happened upon your blog. It’s a rare gem. I am a Charleston native living in Atlanta and in the process of remodeling our mid century ranch. So keep the design inspiration coming. Black woman love life too, even in the midst of difficult circumstances. Isabel,

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  3. Janice Williams
    May 24, 2016 @ 5:03 pm

    Upscale Resale Finer Consigner
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    Minority owned Upscale Consignment Furniture & Decore
    Looking for opportunity to be featured in your mag or newsletter

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  4. Trinka Polite
    June 26, 2016 @ 12:35 pm

    I am just absolutely intrigued by eveything I’m seeing here, Ms. Perry! Your upcoming event popped up in my feed as a Suggestion about 5 minutes ago. ☺ I was born and raised in Georgia, currently in the Midwest and so ready to return home! Blessings to you and your business! Black Southern Belle! Love it!

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  5. Christina
    August 6, 2016 @ 4:23 am

    I love this site and all of the ads. Born and raised in Savannah, GA and I’d love to advertise with you.

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  6. Vivian Mitchell
    August 13, 2016 @ 11:36 pm

    I love Black Southernbelle!!!!!

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  7. Shelia Cherry
    February 2, 2017 @ 1:34 pm

    I would love more information on weekend trip with my ladies in May to Charleston

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