You could hear the buzz before the news broke on the return of hometown hero and rap megastar Nelly’s, Black and White Ball. Talk of, who will style who, and thoughts of “what shall I wear” passed through the minds of St. Louisans across the region hoping they would make their way into the premier invite-only black tie celebrity gala event of the year.

Black Royalty on the Red Carpet

Nelly’s Black and White Ball 2023

Nelly’s decision to bring back the Black and White Charity Ball to St. Louis is more than just a glamorous event; it’s a testament to the bond between an artist and his roots. There’s a collective sense of pride and excitement, knowing that this celebration not only brings joy but also contributes to the greater good of the St. Louis community.

Nelly’s Black and White Ball 2023 benefits the Make-a-Wish Foundation and also raises money for scholarships to Harris-Stowe State University. Three full-ride scholarships and Apple Macbook Airs were provided to the gracious students.

DeWarren Smith