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Hardbodyy and Lipstickroyalty celebrate Life and Legacy with an exclusive dinner

Lipstickroyalty Agency Inc. and Hardbodyy by Tysean J. Nelson hosted an intimate dinner on November 30, 2022, at the Historic Hampton House to kick off Art Basel Week.

The Hardbodyy Legacy Dinner was curated with the intention of celebrating “legacy” and honoring the lives of victims impacted by gun violence. Sponsored by Uncle Nearest Whiskey, Sorel Liqueur, and TGI Fridays- guests enjoyed a delicious dinner accompanied by hand-crafted cocktails.

The dinner was founded by Shawn Nelson, Co-founder of Hardbodyy By Tysean J. Nelson a legacy brand created by her late brother Tysean Nelson who was killed on June 30th, 2021.

“Often times the cases go unsolved and their families are left to deal with the loss and accept the injustice. My goal with these dinners is to create a safe space for healing, awareness, and strategize for change,” says Nelson.

The loved ones of various victims were in attendance and it was an impactful evening filled with healing, love, and laughter. South, FL dj "DJ D2," provided the "vibe," and guests were surprised with a tour of the Historic Hampton House.

"It was important for us to have the event at the Historic Hampton House because of its history. To know that we had dinner where some of the greats enjoyed a meal and fun times was truly inspiring," says Nelson in regard to the location choice.


Let’s go back in time to dazzling 1960s Miami. Recall icons like Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr. and the rest of The Rat Pack cavorting around Miami Beach’s glittering nightclubs. It was in Miami Beach in 1964 when Muhammad Ali—then still called Cassius Clay—defeated defending heavyweight world champion Sonny Liston and claimed the title for himself for the first time. He made his home in Miami and famously trained at the Fifth Street Gym in South Beach with Angelo Dundee to become “The Greatest of All Time.”

The 1960s were also a tumultuous time in Miami with racial inequality and segregation laws were strictly enforced. While Ali had his star-making win in Miami Beach on February 25,1964, he was not allowed to spend the night in Miami Beach because of Jim Crow’s segregation laws. He went instead to the Hampton House Motel in Miami’s Brownsville neighborhood, a story later shared on the big screen called, One Night In Miami, directed by Regina King. The Historic Hampton House was just outside of Miami’s Brownsville neighborhood on the mainland, where Ali would later celebrate with his friend Malcolm X. It’s said that he enjoyed a bowl of ice cream to mark his big win.

During this time, the Hampton House was the place to see and be seen in Miami’s black community, replacing the former hotspots of Overtown, like the Sir John. Overtown’s community began to fall into disrepair as the more affluent members of the neighborhood migrated to Miami’s Brownsville neighborhood in the 1960s after the opening of Liberty Square apartments.

Photography by Lipstickroyalty Images


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