Fun. Community. Philanthropy. That’s the plan behind the first-ever Houston #blkcreatives Happy Hour.

You could say Melissa Kimble knows a thing or two about bringing people together.

She’s the founder of the Black Creatives Network (“#blkcreatives,” as it’s often tagged on Twitter), established in 2012 with one clear mission in mind: “to shift the culture from the inside out… (by) doing the (inner) work.” It’s because of Kimble that on a bi-monthly basis, Twitter followers contribute to the “blkcreatives chat,” adapting the panel discussion format to social media where people can “tag” their answers to questions and directly network with and hear out other creatives, both burgeoning and well-established. If you’re fortunate enough to follow the “#blkcreatives” Twitter account, you’ll almost always find a motivational message to start the week to come, encouraging people to set goals to be better.

This Friday, October 14th, Melissa Kimble is bringing her Black creative movement to the Houston area: the city will play host to the first “#blkcreatives Happy Hour.” Hosted by two hometown creatives who certainly need no introduction themselves – Mike “Mike Mogul” Barnes of the Mogul Marketing Agency; and our own Monica Jones, by way of her Born Identity Project endeavor – the #blkcreatives Happy Hour presents an opportunity for Black professionals to mingle, network, and connect with other local (and visiting) creative folks. Consider it a good time with a purpose – “Not only are we gathering around great drinks,” the event insists, “(but) we also want to use this opportunity to share the challenges we’re facing as we wrap up 2016.”¬†Admission¬†is free, though generous creatives can contribute a donation in any amount to #blkcreatives’ future initiatives and operating costs.

The Houston #BlkCreatives Happy Hour goes down at Bar 5015, 5015 Almeda Rd, on October 14, from 5-7 PM. Reserve your spot by RSVPing here.