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Some of the top personalties and executives in the music and entertainment industry gathered at The Joule Hotel in Dallas for The Beauty and the Beats Panel and Private Luncheon. Put together by Sarah “Yaya” Yazdanpanah (@yaya.in.the.city) of Affiliated Clientele (@affiliatedclientele). It was an afternoon of networking, great food (compliments of the hotel) and entrepreneurial empowerment.

Panelists included, Eric Parler – VP of mixshow/lifestyle promotions for Def Jam Records, Dallas’ own, DJ Duffey (@iwantdjduffey) – Tour DJ for Curren$y of Jet Life, Bryan Michael Cox (@bryanmichaelcox) – 9x Grammy Award winner and Karen Civil (@karencivil) – media maven and content creator. Each panelist engaged in an open floor Q + A, hosted by Christian Yazdanpanah (@christianyaz), a community activist and creative strategist at United Entertainment Group.

During their live interviews, panelists gave their insights as to how they made it in the industry, what it takes to keep going and shed a more intimate perspective of their personal and professional journeys.

This event didn’t just benefit its’ direct audience – partial proceeds went to a beneficial cause founded by Ms. Karen Civil, herself. The Live Civil Project was created in 2007 to enrich the lives and uplift the spirits of the underprivileged children of Haiti. The foundation is currently developing the first Live Civil Playground offering kids a fun and playful way to come together and live out their youth as opposed to the conflicted lifestyle they’re often thrown into as adolescents.

All 4 panelists dropped some helpful gems for us in the audience. Event sounds were provided by DJ Sober (@soberone) and some to-go monster marshmallows (that the little, fat kid inside of me loved) were provided from Stumpy’s 512 (@stumpys512) based in Austin, Texas. If you’re interested in donating to Karen’s foundation visit, LivingCivil.com today.

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