By Shawn D. Allison, II
What’s the word family? Summer is winding down and school is right around the corner. But before we send our youth back to the classroom, come and get engaged with all sorts of family fun this weekend! There’s lots of giveaways for supplies, haircuts and even some stuff for grownups in store! If you want to know where I’ll be, peek at my “Hot List” and walk through that door!
- THURSDAY – SATURDAY – Brand New Sheriff Productions presents “Eclipsed”
- FRIDAY – Black Food Truck Friday at Recess CLT
- FRIDAY – Free Verse: A Spoken Word Face-Off at The Third Place
- FRIDAY – Jazz N’ Soul Music presents Quentin Talley & The Soul Providers in “A Funky Groovy Soul Thang”
- SATURDAY – E2D Mega Distribution Day at ImaginOn
- SATURDAY – Documentary screening of “The Rape of Recy Taylor” at Wells Fargo Auditorium at Knight Theater
- SATURDAY – Charlotte 48 Hour Film Project at Spirit Square
- SATURDAY – Area 704 at Camp North End
- SATURDAY – Su Casa – The August Edition w/ DJ Justice, DJ Steel Wheel and Sweetestscape at Petra’s
- SUNDAY – Visionary Vibes presents #SundayBrunchTrivia at 7th Restaurant & Lounge
- SUNDAY – 3RD Annual “The BIG Cut” Community Social at McCrorey Family YMCA
- SUNDAY — Jessica Lá Rel presents “The Sit In” at The Harvest Center Charlotte
- MONDAY –
- TUESDAY – Girls Who Code Kick Off at Hygge Coworking – Camp North End
- TUESDAY – Documentary screening of “The American South as We Know It” at The Gantt Center
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——-THURSDAY, AUGUST 23——-
Join Tech Talent South at Advent Coworking for the finale of a special course entitled TTS CLT: Intro To Programming Part 3. Want to know what this programming stuff is all about? Do you have developers that use crazy jargon? Need to understand what tools you should be using? Come out for the last part of this enriching series as it promises to give you a snapshot of the world of programming. Admission is FREE but please be sure to RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/Tech-Talent-South-Charlotte/events/251952150/. The event will begin at 6 p.m. Advent Coworking is located at 933 Louise Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District.
For all my art lovers, head down to the New Gallery of Modern Art for special evening of creative dialogue with Jen Edwards in Conversation with Stacy Lynn Waddell. Jennifer Sudul Edwards, Ph.D. Curator of the Bechtler Museum, talks with BLACK BLOODED artist, Stacy Lynn Waddell about her inspiration for her creations, her artistry as it relates to social tangents and much more. Admission is FREE and the discussion will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. 435 S. Tryon St., Suite #110 in Uptown.
One of Charlotte’s hardest working theatre companies is back for a Summertime smash at Spirit Square – get ready as Brand New Sheriff Productions presents Eclipsed! Written by star of Black Panther and Walking Dead Danai Gurira, “Eclipsed” takes place in 2003 and tells the story of five Liberian women and their tale of survival near the end of the Second Liberian Civil War. It became the first play with an all-black and female creative cast and team to premiere on Broadway. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.carolinatix.org/events/detail/eclipsed. There will be four performances this weekend: Thursday (8/23) at 7:30 p.m., Friday (8/24) at 8 p.m. and Saturday (8/25) at 2 and 8 p.m. All shows will be held at the Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square. 345 N. College St. in Uptown.
This weekend, stand tall in your seat and feel the power of Pride Rock for the grand return of the Tony Award-winning Broadway spectacle, Disney’s “The Lion King!” The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before in this all-new cornucopia of awe-inspiring visual artistry, with unforgettable music, and the uniquely theatrical storytelling in one of the most breathtaking and beloved productions ever to grace the stage. Performance schedule and tickets can be found here: 1 https://www.blumenthalarts.org/events/detail/the-lion-king-1. Tonight’s show will begin at 7:30 p.m. All shows will be held at the Belk Theater. 130 N. Tryon St. in Uptown.
For some cinematic action, join Back Alley Film Series at C3 Lab as they proudly present a special screening of “The Ranger.” Following an unfortunate encounter with the police, a group of punks hides out in a cabin in the woods, where an inexplicably murderous park ranger hunts them down one by one. Tickets can be purchased here: https://squareup.com/store/charlotte-film-society/item/the-ranger. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. C3 Lab is located at 2525 Distribution St. in Historic South End.
——-FRIDAY, AUGUST 24——-
Get ready for some more community fun as Black Business Owners of Charlotte (BBOC) invites you out to another installment of Black Food Truck Friday! Bring all your friends and family out for an evening of fun as you dine from some of the city’s finest and most delicious Chocolate culinary chariots, scoop up some cool fashions and trinkets from local vendors, have chances to win cool prizes and get down on the good foot to the sounds of DJ Steel Wheel! Admission is FREE and the event will begin at 6 p.m. at Recess CLT. 832 Seigle Ave. in the Belmont Neighborhood. #BBOCLT
This evening, join Create Amazing, LLC at Apostrophe Lounge as they proudly present The Comic Strip, Vol. 3! Get ready to lose yourself in laughter as you witness ten lady comediennes battle out in a witty war of words among some classic Apollo Theater-style audience judging! In addition to the comedy, enjoy some complimentary cupcakes, massages, vacation vouchers, swag bags, raffle tickets and much more! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-comic-strip-vol-3-tickets-47242361174. 6 p.m. 1440 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.
Get ready for a different war of words unlike any other as State of the Art proudly presents Free Verse: A Spoken Word Face Off! This new innovative, exciting poetry battle that challenges the norm of the standard poetry slam. Free Verse is a topic-based round by round competition that showcases poetic versatility, style and performance. Come witness artistic creativity as the opening match feature Porsha the Poet vs. Keiosha and then stick around for the main event as Sir Abstraxxx takes on A Poet Named Superman! Who will be the Free Verse champions? Be in the place to find out! Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-verse-sir-abstraxxx-vs-apoetnamedsuperman-spoken-word-face-off-tickets-48810564713. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at The Third Place. 1609 E. 5th St. in Uptown.
Calling all middle and high school students – join Firm Foundations Youth & Family Outreach, Inc. as they host Teens TOGETHER Back to School Game Night! The Summer is officially coming to an end and tonight come and be part of one last event to close it out. This will be a night full of endless fun, games, food and of course some motivation as you head back to school. Teens are all encouraged to bring their friends. Admission is FREE but please be sure to RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/teens-together-back-to-school-game-night-tickets-48786816682. The fun will start at 7:30 p.m. at Firm Foundations: IMPACT Center. 210 E. Arrowhead Rd., Suite “O3”.
Jazz N’ Soul Music is ready to set your weekend off in style as they present Quentin Talley & the Soul Providers in a special live show entitled, “A Funky Groovy Soul Thang!” One of Charlotte’s finest Renaissance men and his band of blisteringly brilliant brethren wants to add some spice with a rousing round of Soul and Funk joints destined to get all your joints moving! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/quentin-talley-and-the-soul-providers-play-the-red-diamond-a-funky-groovy-soul-jazz-experience-tickets-49120166741. The event will begin at 9 p.m. at Red Diamond Event Hall. 11021 Downs Rd. in Pineville. #JazzNSoulMusic
——-SATURDAY, AUGUST 25——-
Bring the family out for a day of fun at the 3rd Annual Charlotte Area Kids Expo! This event is a celebration of the best products, services, and resources for families featuring local organizations focusing on education, health & wellness, safety, special needs, child care, entertainment and other important topics. Activities include canvas painting classes, costume characters, glitter tattoos, reptile zoo, bounce houses, face painting, demos, balloon art, photo booth, and much more. Admission is FREE to attend. The event will begin at 10 a.m. at Carolina Courts. 240 Chestnut Pkwy. In Indian Trail.
Do you need a balance in life? Join Soul Liberation Yoga & Wellness for Kemetic Yoga 101 this morning. Based on the culture and hieroglyphics of Egypt (originally named Kemet), Kemetic Yoga renews mind, body, and soul through controlled breathing and conscious movements. Rooted in the YogaSkills School of Kemetic Yoga system, this 101 beginner class explores principles, poses, and sequences of Kemetic Yoga grounded in African-Egyptian mythology and history. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kemetic-yoga-101-registration-48168466179. The class starts at 10 a.m. at Queen City Yoga Studio. 8514 McAlpine Dr., Suite #125.
Parents, do you have a student in a CMS high school who needs a laptop? Join Project LIFT and E2D – Eliminate the Digital Divide this morning as they host E2D Mega Distribution Day! Families participating in the E2D Program will pay $60 to receive a refurbished laptop computer with Windows OS and Microsoft Productivity Software, basic digital literacy training and 6 months of tech support. This is a great way to keep your student updated with their schoolwork in today’s rapidly changing and tech-savvy society. You child must prove and present their CMS ID number in order to participate. This is a first come, first served event with limited quantities. The $60 fee can be paid with only cash, debit/credit or money order. The event will begin at 10 a.m. at ImaginOn. 300 E. 7th St. in Uptown.
If you want to experience some calmness away from the hustle and bustle of the Queen City, hit the road and head to WoodMill Winery in the nearby town of Vale and come out for the Annual Grape Stomp Festival! Enjoy a full day of wine tastings, winery tours, a multitude of vendors and of course – some good ol’ grape stomping! Admission is FREE to attend. WoodMill Winery is located at 1350 John Beam Rd. in Vale, NC. Please call (704)-276-9911 for additional info.
Ladies, join the beautiful My Darling Doula this morning at Baby + Co. for the second annual “Queen’s Milk: Celebrating Black Breastfeeders in the Queen City.” Whether you’re a seasoned mother, expectant mother or a community mother, come and get engaged with other women to discuss various topics around breastfeeding. Learn about nutritional value for your child and your own health, cultural/economic benefits and lots more! There will be local lactation experts, peer counselors, breastfeeding advocacy supporters and more. Admission is FREE and there will be light refreshments, nursing bra giveaways, resources and lots of other goodies. If you’re interested in sponsoring, donating or volunteering, please email MyDarlingDoula@gmail.com or donate here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/queens-milk-a-celebration-of-black-breasteeders-in-the-queen-city-tickets-48682266971. The event will begin promptly at 11 a.m. Baby + Co. is located at 131 Providence Rd. near Uptown.
Join Create Amazing, LLC as they cordially invite you out to the 2018 Queen City Women’s Equality Festival! This educational, inspirational and interactive day celebrates and honors the strength, power and persistence of women in America. Come and get engaged with vendors, entertainment, food, games, FREE makeovers, kids’ activities and much more! Admission is FREE but please be sure to RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-queen-city-womens-equality-festival-tickets-47960860224. The event will begin at 1 p.m. at the Carole A. Hoefener Center. 615 E. 6th St. in Uptown.
The captivating curvy queens of 4Thirty-Two are back in action and this morning, they invite you out for a special Body Werk – Back to School dance aerobics session! Ladies, join 4Thirty-Two founder and leader Charity Holloway and crew for a hi-octane morning of fun, music and dance guaranteed to lift your spirits! This hour-long class is both fun and challenging so please encourage your girlfriends to come and “werk” up a sweat! Instead of cash admissions, everyone is to bring at least 2-3 school supplies that will be then be donated to students. The session will begin at 1 p.m. at Noda@28th Creative Arts Studios. 2424 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.
This afternoon, join the Charlotte Film Lab and Charlotte Film Society as they present a special screening of the riveting documentary “The Rape of Recy Taylor.” Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. Common in Jim Crow South, few women spoke up in fear for their lives. Not Recy Taylor, who bravely identified her rapists. The NAACP sent its chief rape investigator Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice. The film’s director, Nancy Buirski will also be in attendance for a post-screening discussion and Q&A. Tickets can be purchased here: https://squareup.com/store/charlotte-film-society/item/the-rape-of-recy-taylor-1. The screening will begin promptly at 2 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Auditorium in the Knight Theater. 430 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.
Come and witness a collection of art which will define the QC’s cinematic flavor at the Charlotte 48 Hour Film Project! This initiative is an international platform which gives one of our local filmmakers a shot at their work being showcased at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival! Come and witness the entire collection of films that were completed in only 48 hours. This event is the culmination of more than 500 local creatives working together to cultivate a collection of more than 25 short films. These local artists come together to form teams which are assigned a genre, a character’s name, a prop and a line of dialogue. They then get 48 hour to create a seven minute short film. If you are looking to learn what Charlotte is made of creatively then this is the event for you! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.carolinatix.org/events/detail/the-charlotte-48-hour-film-project-general-screenings. The event will be held at the Knight Gallery at Spirit Square at 2:30 and 6:45 p.m. 345 N. College St. in Uptown
This afternoon, join Shop Personal in collaboration with Girls Who Hustle CLT and Three Seven Productions as the bring you one of the hottest interactive networking platforms this Summer – Area 704! Filled with futuristic themed art, music, branding and fashion, Area 704 is an infused experience that blends the eclectic culture of Charlotte with the imagination of the cities quickly rising talent. This festival is sure is to bring together these amazing organizations, artists, vendors, tastemakers, influencers, and foodies for this one of a kind event. Don’t miss this fun and exciting networking mixer showcasing local Charlotte brands and chances to connect with other small business owners and raise awareness for your own flavor. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/area-704-tickets-47881165856. The event will begin at 3 p.m. at Camp North End. 1824 Statesville Ave.
Ladies, it’s time to swerve those curves and swing those hips down to Renaissance Suites Charlotte Hotel for the “2018 Rock The Curves Fashion Show!” This lively affair will feature some lovely models with some extra beauty strutting and showcasing some fly threads from various plus-sized fashion designers. Also, during the flyness of the flair, gear your ears and eyes to the stage and witness the live talents of Poison Ivy, Sunshine, dancer Ife Michelle with additional tunes provided by DJ Ceazar. The event is presented by Curvaceous Closet, Beautiez & Bikez and will be hosted by Lakesshia Slaughter. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rock-the-curves-fashion-show-tickets-45551609089. The event will begin at 7 p.m. Renaissance Suites Charlotte Hotel is located at 2800 Coliseum Centre Dr.
Attention fathers, spend the evening with your little princesses at Google Fiber Charlotte and join Digi-Bridge for the Back to School Daddy Daughter Code-In! This evening is an opportunity for dads and daughters aged K-8th to connect and explore technology. Much like a traditional “Daddy Daughter” dance, the Code-In will be an event filled with dinner, music, and fresh tech-centric activities. Digi-Bridge knows that girls code, too, and looks forward to supporting and encouraging the next generation of female leaders in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math). Tickets can be purchased here: http://digi-bridge.org/events/daddy-daughter-code-back-school-saturday-august-25th/. The event will begin at 7 p.m. Google Fiber Charlotte is located at 301 E. 7th St. in Uptown.
It’s all melodies, magic and music at Stats Restaurant & Bar as The Ratpack hosts Hip Hop legend The Diabolical Biz Markie spinning R&B Saturdays! Come travel on this musical journey with some of the most definitive and seminal Rhythm & Blues sounds as Biz rocks some major hits, the forgotten joints and a few surprises in between! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rb-saturdays-ft-biz-markie-tickets-48646380634. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. Stats Restaurant & Bar is located at 3425 David Cox Rd.
Get a taste of some local Hip Hop juice as PNC proudly presents, The Show this evening! Local Hip Hop collective PNC invites you to kick it and experience their energy as they perform songs off their debut album The Show EP alongside special featured guest artists VvG, Manny Beats Chi and Taylor M.A.D.E. Additional music selection by D-Hurl. Admission is FREE. The party starts at 9 p.m. at New Era Music House. 5814 Old Concord Rd.
Join Poco Ent. along with Five Star Ent. as they invite you to Bakadi Lounge for Dashiki Party Phase 3! Get in the the groove with DJs Unique, Quee & Squidly bringing you the best of art, fashion, food all set to a soundtrack of Afrobeats, Reggae and Hip Hop all night long! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dashiki-party-phase-3-tickets-48845498200. The party starts at 10 p.m. at Bakadi Lounge. 4205 Monroe Rd.
Get ready to get on the good foot at Petra’s this evening and join the lovely Jasiatic as she hosts Su Casa – The August Edition! Step into a world of Afrofuturistic funk and dance your way into the glory of Summer as resident spin doctors DJ Justice, DJ Steel Wheel and special guest Sweetestscape free your mind, body and soul with a prescribed eclectic dosage of House, Afrobeat, Soul, Funk, Reggae, Dancehall, Afro-House, Jazz, Soca and much more! Also, be sure to cop some fly trinkets and threads from the vendors and get your face dazzled with colorful creativity from Catherine. Admission is $10 all night long. The party starts at 10 p.m. 1919 Commonwealth Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District.
——-SUNDAY, AUGUST 26——-
Calling all moms – join the alluring Mrs. Diamond Nurse as she hosts Mom Talk: Coffee & Conversations this morning! This intimate platform is opportunity for moms and their little ones to fellowship with other local moms and share stories of motherhood. This will be a space for women to connect, recharge, and share stories about raising children, self-care, life hacks, and more. Diamond will be joined with special guest moms Alena Conley and Krissy Coggins. Admission is FREE but please be sure to RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mom-talk-coffee-conversations-charlotte-edition-tickets-2613296440. The event will begin at 11 a.m. at Hygge Coworking – Camp North End. 1776 Statesville Ave.
If you’re looking for something dope on the Uptown scene, gather your friends and head over to 7th St. Restaurant & Lounge and come out for another round of #SundayBrunchTrivia! Join Visionary Vibes for an afternoon of throwback fun as you and your squad try your hand at 90s trivia and testing your knowledge of classic 90s flicks — “Love Jones”, “Boyz N Da Hood”, “Friday”, “Poetic Justice” and much more! Also, while the competition works up the appetite, be sure and grab some tasty treats from the kitchen and soothe your soul with some cool cocktails from the bar and stick around for some cool giveaways and prizes! Admission is FREE to attend. The event will begin at 12 noon. 321 N. Caldwell St. in Uptown.
Everyone join hands and make a communal joyful noise as Restoration Christian Fellowship invites you to their Praise in the Park Back to School Block Party! Bring the family out to Mosaic Village for a day of prayer, fun, a word of encouragement from Pastor Terrance Bridges, bounce houses, games, refreshments and school supply giveaways! Admission is FREE but supplies and food rations are limited. The event will begin at 11 a.m. Mosaic Village is located at 1636 W. Trade St. near JCSU.
Ladies, gather your crew and come out for an afternoon of conversational and cultural delight at the August installment of the Beautiful Brown Girls Brunch! Enjoy this time of fellowship, sisterhood and community building as you feast on a delicious Sunday brunch at the Rogue Irish Pub & Kitchen. This will be a great opportunity to make new friends, plant new seeds and of course – revel in all of your glorious Black Girl Magic! Tickets can be purchased here: https://beautifulbrowngirls.com/product/charlotte-august-brunch-2/. The event will begin at 12 noon at The Rogue Irish Pub & Kitchen. 1315 East Blvd. in the Dilworth Neighborhood.
Join Ms. Kimberly Lachelle this afternoon at Coco and the Director as she hosts Out Dream Yourself. As we near the last quarter of 2018, many of us have fallen short and lost sight of our goals. This afternoon, come and revamp your confidence as you create a vision board with pictures, scribed affirmations, pictures and whatever you feel is necessary to motivate you. All supplies will be provided and please feel free to bring any extra magazines to use to construct your vision board. Admission is FREE but please be sure to RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/out-dream-yourself-tickets-48114646202. The event will begin at 3 p.m. Coco and the Director is located at 100 W. Trade St. in Uptown.
Parents, bring the young ones out to ImaginOn as the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte proudly presents a special presentation of “The Lion and the Little Red Bird” this afternoon! This delightful play tells the story of an inquisitive bird and a compassionate lion, an unlikely friendship to say the least. Why does Lion’s tail keep changing colors? Little Red Bird’s curiosity is piqued, and she sets out to unravel the mystery! Preschoolers will love this charming story, told with a mix of actors and puppets — perfect for this young age. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.ctcharlotte.org/Online/default.asp?doWork::WScontent::loadArticle=Load&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=6A044467-49D6-4DE7-B04A-D561434FC552. The performances for today will be at 2 and 4 p.m. ImaginOn is located at 300 E. 7th St. in Uptown.
Parents, as you all know, school starts on Monday and to cap off the Summer, have your children arrive in style as Ms. Jessica Williams aka “The Girl Next Door” and the McCrorey Family YMCA proudly presents the 3rd Annual “The BIG Cut” Community Social! Bring the family out for FREE haircuts for school age boys and FREE bookbags for the first 200 kids! Haircuts and bookbags will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. Power 98 FM’s very own DJ Buttafingaz will be rockin’ the 1s & 2s. The event will begin at 2 p.m. The McCrorey Family YMCA is located at 3801 Beatties Ford Rd.
Put some soul in your Sunday and head over to Little Rock Cultural Center for the August installment of the 2018 Straight-Ahead Jazz Series! Hosted and played by A Sign of the Times, come celebrate jazz—the “gift” our culture gave to America. This event will include a free jazz workshop where they explain the basics of playing the ‘Blues and Rhythm’ changes and a special interactive performance featuring some notable straight-ahead jazz classics from jazz masters of yesteryear! Admission is $5 per person and tickets can be purchased at the door or here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-straight-ahead-jazz-series-april-thru-oct-by-a-sign-of-the-times-tickets-45283774990. The event begins promptly at 3 p.m. Little Rock Cultural Center is located at 401 N. Myers St. in Uptown.
OutenLove Events and Black Singles in CLT wants to turn up the relaxation thermometer this evening at Peculiar Rabbit as they proudly present Reign – The Sunset Rooftop Party! Enjoy a delightful sunset across the gorgeous backdrop of the QC skyline with a special blend of cocktail and meal specials and fellowship all set to a energetically soothing soundtrack from a special guest DJ! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reign-sunset-rooftop-party-tickets-48850718815. The jump off is at 6 p.m. The Peculiar Rabbit is located at 1212 Pecan Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District. #OutenLoveEvents #BlackSinglesCLT
The Harvest Center of Charlotte is proud to present the live musical stylings of the beautiful Jessica Lá Rel for a one night only intimate concert as part of her tour, “The Sit In.” The Sit In is a national concert series in line with the historic sit in demonstrations of the Civil Rights Movement, using music and storytelling to take up necessary space, confront injustice, and forge radical love. Following the rise of her latest ep f(lux), Jessica Lá Rel is touring the country with her powerhouse vocals and soulful music about love, life, and justice. Jessica Lá Rel is a recording artist, songwriter, and storyteller from Chicago by way of the Bay Area. Her “cinematic soul” sound likens her music to an orchestra traveling from the south side of Chicago to Ghana. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-sit-in-featuring-jessica-la-rel-tickets-47715660826. The event will begin at 7 p.m. The Harvest Center is located at 2225 Freedom Dr.
——-MONDAY, AUGUST 27——-
Ladies, swing those hips and move those curvaceous honey dips down to NoDa @ 28th Creative Arts Studios for Curvy Jam Dance Fitness this evening! Get your groove on, get in shape and shake what ya’ mama gave ya’ as your host and motivator Ms. Tee guides you along a fun and funky workout routine set to a fly soundtrack of your favorite jams of today and yesteryear! Call your crew, co-workers and older cousins and come get in shape in rhythm! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.curvyjam.com/register. The class will begin at 6:30 p.m. 2424 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.
——-TUESDAY, AUGUST 28——–
Put some health in your hearts, a smile on your face and fresh food on your table at the Rosa Parks Farmers Market this afternoon! Food brings health and health brings happiness to you, your family and community – come and choose some fresh and organic fruits & vegetables from local farmers for MUCH CHEAPER rates than what you’d pay at a local grocery store. The market will open at 3 p.m. and will be held at 1600 W. Trade St. near JCSU and across from No Grease! Barbershop.
This evening, join my friend, the lovely Nakisa “Sista Sol” Glover of Sol Nation, Inc. at Camp North End for the Girls Who Code Kick Off! This initiative will present the opportunity to provide girls in our community with resources that train them to #OwnOurOwnSOLutions especially those in the areas of environmental, climate, and social justice. If you’re interested in attending this event, please be sure to RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sol-nation-presents-girls-who-code-kick-off-tickets-49272492351. Also, if you’d like your school-aged girl to participate in this program, please fill out this form: https://www.solnation.org/girls-who-code. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at Hygge Coworking – Camp North End. 1776 Statesville Ave.
Head down to The Gantt Center this evening for a very special documentary screening of “The American South As We Know It.” August 28 is a day of historical significance in Black America – from the murder of Emmett Till in 1955 to the March on Washington in 1963 to the day that President Barack Obama became the first African-American to accept the Democratic nomination in 2008. The film explores the lives and experiences of African-Americans during the Jim Crow era and depicts a time when racial tensions were at their peak. Educators, historians and brave “everyday” people share their stories and create a comprehensive narrative of what life was like for African- Americans in the south. Filmmaker Frederick Murphy will host a talkback with the audience following the film and discuss how this work can be used to address historical trauma. Donations can be made and tickets can be purchased here: https://www.giveffect.com/checkout/7666. The event will begin at 6 p.m. The Gantt Center is located at 551 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.
Ms. Aisha Dew invites you out to Heist Brewery for a special dissection of our community’s image through the viewpoint of those who live it at the Media Matters: Let’s Talk discussion. Join hosts Ms. Jessica aka “The Girl Next Door” of Power98 and Jermaine Nakia Lee as they moderate a panel discussion of the media in our community and what the Black image conveys to the world through their perception. Panelists include Carolyn Mints – WBTV, Tonya Rivens – WBCC News, Abby Flander – WBTV/WTVI and Ruth Sloane – WTVI. Admission is FREE and open to the public. 6 p.m. 2909 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.
8/29 – Unified Souls presents Center City House
9/1 – Bearden Birthday Bash
9/1 – Off The Wall: Best of the 80s V.15
9/2 – Natural Hair Fest
9/3 – Jazz Under The Stars w/ Althea Rene
9/7 – Art After Five Preview Party
9/7 – Radio Rehab Carolinas presents “California Love – A Tupac Tribute”
9/8 — Revealed: Where Art Meets Activism – Community Opening
9/14 – 9/15 – 3rd Annual Soul Junction Music Festival
9/15 – HIT Agency & Release presents Chosen Life CLT
9/22 – The Black Mecca
9/28 – Mosaic at the Lake
9/29 – Radio Rehab Carolinas presents “Justice 4 All”
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” –Nelson Mandela
I pray that everyone has a great weekend and that all students and teachers have a fantastic new school year! God Bless You!
Live. Laugh. Love. Learn. Listen. Give.
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