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July 24 2014

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tracy reese and friends celebrate big night, new day

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Designer Tracy Reese festooned her Hudson Street store—and her tailored blazer—with red, white, and blue ribbons last night to welcome, as she said, “friends and acquaintances to come over and watch it all happen together.” Her election-night party drew an ecstatic group of Obama supporters, including Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Robin Givhan and model and actress Veronica Webb, who was there with husband George Robb. Early in the ballot counting, with Obama taking a dramatic lead, Reese was asked what she’d do first thing after the president-elect was named. “Probably talk to my parents,” said the Detroit native about her father, who lives in Huntsville, Alabama, and her mom, who’s back in Detroit. “For our parents’ generation, this is really, I don’t think, a day they thought they would live to see come.” Webb, who also hails from Detroit, answered the same question with utter resolve: “I’m not going to do anything differently tomorrow. The nation will be different. And I think that things that have really been plaguing our nation, ulcerating our nation, like illiteracy, incarceration, intolerance, and indifference, will no longer be tolerated, will no longer be just accepted as being a fundamental part of our culture. That day is over.”

Photo: Nicholas Boston

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