BLACK TIE MAGAZINE
“Experience The Elegance.”
Black Tie Magazine was founded by Clarence “Khalil” Neely the current CEO of CSVentures Consulting 57 LLC on April 19, 1996 two months before Clarence retired from the U.S. Coast Guard. Black Tie Magazine was Clarence’s first business venture as an entrepreneur. He was told by friends and family he couldn’t do it. Susan Taylor the Editor and Chief of the world famous Essence Magazine inspired Clarence’s vision. She told him, “Never let reality get in the way of your dreams.” That statement alone was enough for Clarence to get started on publishing one of the most powerful independent Lifestyle magazine in the industry.
The first issue circulated in the Hampton Roads area which included, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Hampton and Newport News Virginia. The Magazine grew to circulating through the entire East Coast Region. From Philadelphia to Atlanta, everyone was talking about Black Tie Magazine. The first cover was shot by the World Renowned Photographer, Keith Cephus on a cold December day on the Streets of Philadelphia, PA
Keith Cephus is now considered the leading Fashions, Sports and Destination Wedding Photographer in the world.
The Magazine caught the attention of a Big Business owner in Atlanta, GA in 1998 and an offer was made to purchase the Magazine. Due to the large profit margin in the deal, Clarence sold the Magazine and went on to start a Public Relations, Marketing and Promotions Company, The Rockwell Entertainment Group.
Due to an unfortunate situation the new Owner of Black Tie Magazine was never able to successfully republish the magazine. In July of 2017, shortly after the Grand opening of a new FIVE Star Hotel, Hilton, Norfolk, The Main, Clarence made and offer to repurchase the magazine. Clarence quickly caught on the Elegant vision of the Owner of the most Luxurious Hotel in Virginia, Bruce Thompson and felt this would be perfect timing to reintroduce Black Tie Magazine to the world, this time an all digital version.
The new Black Tie Magazine is on course to be the most read Upscale Lifestyle Magazine in the Country and eventually the World. Its video interviews, motivational, inspirational and Health articles as well as covering exclusive Private VIP Events around the country is bound to be the most talked about digital publication in the media industry. Get ready for an exciting journey into the world of ELEGANCE.
“EXPERIENCE THE ELEGANCE”