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This Brunch for Black Women is Now International

This brunch for Black women is now international!

Motivated to create a community of professional minority women who desired to expand their personal and professional circles, minus the awkwardness of traditional networking events, friends and business partners Melissa Mason and Lillian Jackson did just that by creating Brown Skin Brunchin’. Founded in 2018, Brown Skin Brunchin’ is a social group bringing together women of color in a fun yet unconventional way over brunch. The online platform, app, and physical events are designed to foster connections and relationships.

Let’s learn more about the event and the ladies behind it below.


Fancy: What is Brown Skin Brunchin’, and what inspired it?

BSB: Brown Skin Brunchin’ is a founder-funded global technology and social group founded in 2018 around a simple idea – brunch. Brown Skin Brunchin’ created a space for minority women to come together over a good meal and drink, meet other amazing minority women, and expand their personal and professional circles. 

We met in the second grade at Blackwell Elementary School located in Richmond, VA and became inseparable.  We’ve built a lifelong friendship that would face its first challenge when Lillian moved away for a job opportunity. Through that distance, we realized that finding genuine friendships during adulthood was not an easy feat, and thus Brown Skin Brunchin’ was born.

Fancy: What’s the one thing you hear the most about your events?

BSB: We hear a lot about how unexpected the concept and structure are. People walk in not knowing anyone but feel comfortable within minutes of engaging with others and leave feeling like they’ve met their new best friend. We receive a ton of feedback from women about how much they’ve needed something like this and how grateful they are that something like this exists in their community. Using this platform to build their sister circle has changed their lives.

Fancy: You all opted not to have speakers at the brunch. Why is that?

BSB: We wanted to create a community of professional minority women who desired to expand their personal and professional circles, minus the awkwardness of traditional networking events. We wanted to bring together women in a casual setting, which makes making a new connection organic, simple, and fun. We intentionally chose not to create a structured setting so that attendees would be able to come as they are and, most of all, as who they naturally are.

Fancy: How would you describe the ideal member?

BSB: Brown Skin Brunchin’ is geared towards women of color, and participants must be 21 or over. We don’t necessarily have an ideal description because none of us are “ideal.” We are all unique and have something to bring to the table no matter where we are, which makes this so much fun. 

Fancy: How does one bring the brunch to their city?

BSB: Cities may be requested via our website or our app. Each city has its own Ambassador, so once there is enough interest in a particular area, and we have received applications for the ambassador role, we can move forward with starting a chapter in the area.

Fancy: How does one become an ambassador? 

BSB: If someone is interested in becoming an ambassador, they would need to complete an application for the region they are interested in. Duties and the application may be found on our website at

Fancy: Is there a dress code? 

BSB: We do not have a dress code. There are occasionally themes for brunch, but participation is completely optional.

Fancy: What type of places do you dine in? 

BSB: We have dined everywhere, from your local mom-and-pop hotspot to large chain restaurants to vineyards. The local ambassador makes all venue arrangements.

Fancy: Do the two of you live in the same city now? 

BSB: We do not live in the same city anymore. Melissa lives in Richmond, VA, and Lillian lives in Las Vegas, NV.

Brown Skin Brunchin'

Fancy: What tips would you share for making friends as an adult? 

BSB: Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone, have an open mind, and know what you are looking for in a friendship with someone. We often have friendships that exist simply because of familiarity, not because the friendship is beneficial to either party. Be willing to reevaluate who you want in your circle in order for you to be your best self.

Fancy: Where can readers find and connect with you?

BSB: You may connect with us via our website,, via our app Brown Skin Brunchin’ in the App and Google Play stores, via social media, at Brown Skin Brunchin’ on Facebook, @brownskinbrunchin on IG, and @brownskinbrunchin on Tik Tok.         

Fancy: How would you each describe your swagher? What makes Lillian, Lillian, and Melissa, Melissa?

BSB: Melissa is smart, funny, down-to-earth, honest, and fearless. Her demeanor is welcoming and at ease, and no-nonsense at the same time. She is confident in herself and loves to help others become the same, recognizing what they are capable of. Her vibe is chill.

Lillian is strategic, fun, level-headed, passionate, and ready to take on the world. She is classic, creative, and confident. Her personality is lively and upbeat, and she is always positive. She loves to help push people to the next level. Her vibe is go with the flow.

Brown Skin Brunchin will launch in London, England, and Negril, Jamaica, on January 21, 2023. Connect with them further with their outlets above.


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Francheska Felder
Francheska Felder
Francheska “Fancy” Felder is an award-winning editor, publisher, publicist, and quiet Southern media mogul. In 2010, she launched SwagHer Magazine, an empowerment and lifestyle publication for the Black woman who likes to keep it real, which also doubles as a PR boutique. SwagHer Magazine uses positive media and storytelling to create new narratives and mindsets around Black women, their communities, and the businesses and organizations they lead, while the boutique strategically executes press and brand campaigns. The proud SU alum is also the publicist for Power Influence Radio and hostess of the CEO Chatter LIVE Podcast. Because she battles with bipolar disorder, Fancy is a proud mental health advocate.

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