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The Rundown: Things to Do Thursday, September 6 – Monday, September 11

By: Shawn D. Allison, II

Peace brothers and sisters! This is the most important weekend of the year—it is The Black Ferris Bueller’s born day! What better way to celebrate with all of you in a wide variety of goodies to get into! Of course you know I’ll be hitting the QC streets hard, but if you want to join me as I rock out another revolution around the Sun, just peep what I have lined up on my “Hot List” for this weekend!


  • THURSDAY — Band in the Van — An Intimate Experience at Studio 1212
  • THURSDAY – “Eat the Runt” at The Gantt Center
  • THURSDAY-SATURDAY – Rory D. Sherriff’s adaptation of August Wilson’s “Jitney” at The Duke Energy Theater
  • FRIDAY – Screening of “Purple Dreams” at The Halton Theater at CPCC Main Campus
  • FRIDAY – Bea Quiet & Dance Party at Mosaic Village
  • SATURDAY – 4th Annual Charlotte International Jerk Festival
  • SATURDAY – AfroPop Charlotte Vol. 15 at The Morehead Tavern
  • SUNDAY – Social Sundays at Kanvas Gallery & Lounge
  • SUNDAY – Classic Black Cinema Series screening of Dirty Gertie From Harlem U.S.A.” at The Gantt Center
  • SUNDAY – Digger’s Delight Pop-Up Record Swap at Tip Top Daily Market
  • MONDAY – SayWord Open Mic Night at Petra’s

If you would like your event to be listed in “The Rundown” please send a detailed e-mail to me at: sdallison85@yahoo.com


——-THURSDAY 9/7——-

Get an eyeful of Asian culture at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens and experience the Chinese Lantern Festival! Enter a world of illuminated pandas, lions, flamingos and hundreds of other wondrous animals from around the world’s seven continents. Each of the lanterns is made by masters of the craft in Zigong, China’s center of lantern heritage. Others are made of small glass medicine bottles filled with colored liquid. Arranged in the shape of dragons, peacocks, and giant pearls, they glimmer like crystal rainbows. Tickets can be purchased here: https://54078.blackbaudhosting.com/54078/page.aspx?pid=196&tab=2&txobjid=8e94053a-eec5-4953-b1ef-588bb863267b. The festival will begin at 5:30 p.m. The Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens is located at 6500 S. New Hope Rd. in Belmont.

PBS Charlotte invites you out for a free preview screening of Ken Burns’ much-anticipated new documentary, “The Vietnam War” and PBS Charlotte’s companion piece, “Vietnam in the Carolinas.” In an immersive narrative, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. The Vietnam War features testimony from nearly 80 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides. Admission is FREE to attend but you must RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pbs-charlotte-presents-ken-burns-the-vietnam-war-free-preview-screening-tickets-36592850200. Doors open at 6 and the screening will begin at 6:30 p.m. The film will be screened at The Halton Theatre at CPCC Main Campus. 1206 Elizabeth Ave. in Uptown.

Join The Plug at Tresata for the #BlkTechClt September Master Class this evening. #BlkTechClt, Charlotte’s only interactive tech experience is dedicated to the advancement of diverse founders and technologists. So for all of you developers, software engineers, startup founders, tech employees, gamers, business professionals, marketing and communications consultants, graphic designers, web designers, incubator program managers, coworking space owners and tech enthusiasts, this is the joint for you! There will be refreshments, live music, giveaways, tech swag bags and more! Your feature speaker for the evening is Leslie Miley—an outspoken engineer champion diversity in tech in emerging markets. Plus, discussions with leaders at Airbnb and The Path on excelling in entrepreneurship. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blktechclt-september-master-class-tickets-35027970603. The event will begin at 6 p.m. Tresata is located at 1616 Camden Rd., Suite #300 in Historic South End.

Get your laugh on at The Morehead Tavern and come out for another edition of “Laff It Up Thursdays.” For tonight’s special Teacher’s Edition show, join host Tone-X and nationally renowned comedian Hank Denson as he takes you to school with his wild, erudite brand of comedy which he calls #PayTeachersMoreMoney! You’ll be laughing so hard, you’ll kick your own self out of class! Also, be sure to stick around and boogie as Tab the Million Dolla DJ rocks the speakers with some of today’s and yesteryear’s hits! Tickets can be purchased here: http://www.moreheadtavern.com/event/laff-it-up-thursdays-hosted-by-tone-x/. Doors open at 7 and the show will begin at 8 p.m. The Morehead Tavern is located at 300 E. Morehead St. in Uptown.

The creative energies of UrbanZüe and Margarita, LLC have combined to bring you Band in the Van — An Intimate Experience. Come and mingle with your community as you scope out some brilliant art, play games, enjoy delicious foods and have lots of fun! UrbanZue is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to empowering our community through art, culture, and connections. They firmly believe that art has the unique ability to inspire, unite and remove boundaries. Their mobile art gallery, VanDaLisa, is a fun and exciting opportunity for your artwork to travel beyond the four walls of a gallery. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/band-in-the-van-tickets-36118400107. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at Studio 1212. 1212 E. 10th St. near Uptown.

The esteemed Rory D. Sherriff of Brand New Sherriff Productions is proud to bring you one of theatre’s most acclaimed pieces—get ready for the adaptation of August Wilson’s “Jitney!” It’s the story of a gang of Black taxi cab drivers in 1970s Pittsburgh who jumble through the jungle of society battling institutional racism, gentrification, forgiveness and definitive manhood. Filled with rousing and emotional performances from some multitalented actors, it’s a story that you do not want to miss! Tickets can be purchased here: http://www.carolinatix.org/events/detail/jitney-1. There are four final performances this weekend: Thursday (9/7) at 7:30 p.m., Friday (9/8) at 8 p.m. and Saturday (9/9) at 2:30 and 8 p.m. All shows will be held at The Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square. 345 N. College St. in Uptown.

Donna Scott Productions, The Gantt Center and Charlotte Art League invite you to experience the new and interactive comedy from Avery Crozier, “Eat the Runt.” Providing a completely novel and participatory theatre experience for Charlotte audiences, “Eat the Runt” requires that all eight actors in the cast learn every role and audition for the audience before each performance. The plot of “Eat the Runt” follows Merritt, a grants manager candidate, through a series of increasingly bizarre interviews for a position at an esteemed art museum. “Eat the Runt” focuses a sharply comedic eye on the themes of political correctness, office politics, sexual harassment, religious persuasions, societal and cultural norms related to gender and race. The result is a unique, hilarious and sometimes surprising performance that will never be the same show twice. Tickets can be purchased here: https://61686.blackbaudhosting.com/61686/Eat-The-Runt—Opening-Night?_ga=2.153637112.113783651.1502208355-1543437041.1481636826. Doors open at 7:30 and the show starts at 8 at The Gantt Center. 551 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.


——-FRIDAY 9/8——-

Put those walking shoes on and get your taste buds ready because it’s time for the 8th Annual Sip N’ Stroll Art & Wine Festival! Artists will set up booths displaying and selling artwork, additionally over 40 wine vineyards will be present allowing for wine tasting and enjoying local live music. Throughout the day guests will also have the opportunity to experience many different and unique wine seminars that are held all throughout the EpiCentre. Ticket purchases and additional info can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/8th-annual-sip-and-stroll-art-wine-festival-at-the-epicentre-tickets-36279745696. The Epicentre is located at 210 E. Trade St. in Uptown.

Set your weekend off the right way and head out to the all-new Loft & Cellar for the Friday After-Work Rendezvous! Hosted by Digital Divas and Talk of the City, come get yourselves weekend ready with an evening full of cocktail specials, mixing and mingling, food and great tunes from a special guest DJ! Admission is FREE to attend. The party starts at 5 p.m. Loft & Cellar is located at 305 W. 4th St. in Uptown.   #DigitalDivas

It is said that food can be a vehicle for social change, and tonight, you will get to experience this live and in living color. Everyone come out and be part of Arts & Science Council’s “Culture Feast 2017!” Share a community table dinner, enjoy unique cultural happenings and dance the night away in Uptown Charlotte and Downtown Cornelius. There will be a delectable, diverse and delightful menu with vegan options in both locations. Single tickets are $35 each; couples are $60 when using promo code “CultureForAll”. Tickets can be purchased here: http://www.carolinatix.org/events/detail/culture-feast-2. The event is outside and will open at 6:15 at both locations.

The Charlotte Film Festival invites you out to CPCC Main Campus for a special preview screening of the new film “Purple Dreams.” This inspirational documentary shadows six at-risk black high school students on an emotionally powerful three-year journey of transformation in a racially biased city. With access to the Arts and academic mentors, our at-risk youth have the potential to break the cycle of poverty in a single generation. These students struggle with homelessness, low-income neighborhoods, gang-related violence and single parent households as they further their education with a triumphant musical production that propels them into a world of opportunity they never expected. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here: https://events.ticketprinting.com/event/24454. Doors open at 7 and the screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. The film will be screened at The Halton Theatre at CPCC Main Campus. 1206 Elizabeth Ave. in Uptown.

For some more lights, cameras and action this evening, head over to Regal Cinemas Phillips Place for a special screening of the Sundance Audience Award-winning film “Crown Heights.” In the spring of 1980, a teenager is gunned down in the streets of Flatbush, Brooklyn. The police pressure a child witness to identify a suspect. As a result, Colin Warner, an 18-year-old kid from nearby Crown Heights, is wrongfully convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Colin’s childhood friend Carl “KC” King devotes his life to fighting for Colin’s freedom. He works on appeals, takes loans for lawyer fees and becomes a legal courier to learn the court system. This film is based on a true story. Admission is FREE but please be sure to RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/crown-heights-opens-in-clt-september-8th-tickets-37498629410. Doors open at 7 p.m. Regal Cinemas Phillips Place is located at 6911 Phillips Place Ct. in the South Park Area.

Start your Labor Day weekend off in silence—well, kind of. Head down to the Mosaic Village and get ready for the first-ever Bea Quiet & Dance Party! Hosted by the lovely Brandi “Bea” Williams and Historic West End Partners, come get your musical fix in as 92.7 The Block’s DJ TO, Old School 105.3’s DJ Stacey Blackman and Crooklyn Clan artist DJ Soden fixes your earholes with a hot mix through some special-channeled headphones! Search your station with a variety of Hip Hop, R&B, EDM/House mixes and get down on the good foot like no one is watching! Admission is FREE to attend but please be sure to RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bea-quiet-and-dance-a-silent-party-experience-tickets-37377399809. The fun starts at 8 p.m. The Mosaic Village is located at 1601 W. Trade St. near JCSU.

This evening, The Morehead Tavern is ready to rock your soul to the moon as they present “Ladies Night Out!” Come and get an earful of vibrant energy and music from some of the area’s most talented and beautiful ladies—Jemini June, Tre Jae, Joi James and GiGi Mack! Also, you and your friends are encouraged to enhance your experience with some delicious food and drink specials from the kitchen! Tickets can be purchased here: https://tempocharlotte.primetix.com/Tickets/?perfid=1008. Doors open at 8 and the show starts at 9 p.m. 300 E. Morehead St. in Uptown.

Get ready to stone cold jam with the Groovemasters Band at Sydney’s Martini & Wine Bar this Friday night as they proudly present “The Weekend Turn Up!” Enjoy an evening with your friends as you experience this brilliant band of Brothers with fine-tuned musicianship, impeccable instrumentation and a whole lot of soul! Relive your favorite Funk, Soul and Jazz classics and some other treats in their musical medley. Admission is FREE to attend and the band strikes at 9 p.m., sharp. Sydney’s is located at 401 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.

Everyone hop in your Chevy, Cadillac or Pontiac and head down to Snug Harbor for another Southern-fried edition of PLAYER MADE! This is the jam session that celebrates Southern Hip Hop from all eras ranging from The Geto Boys, The Hot Boys, UGK, Nappy Roots, Little Brother, DJ Screw, T.I., The Dungeon Family and a lot more! Your hosts for the evening are Elevator Jay, Jaboi B Rab and DJ A-Huf. Admission is FREE and the tunes get rockin’ at 10 p.m. Snug Harbor is located at 1228 Gordon St. in the Plaza-Midwood District.

——-SATURDAY 9/9——-

The Sickle Cell Partners of The Carolinas proudly presents the, “Sickle Cell Disease…Let’s Talk About It” day conference. This informative health forum is geared towards education and open dialogue about one of our community’s biggest health threats—Sickle Cell Anemia. Morning and afternoon meals will be provided, as well as health sessions for all age groups, info on health care benefits and more! Admission is $5 and can be paid here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sickle-cell-diseaselets-talk-about-it-tickets-34771508518. This forum will begin at 8 a.m. at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. 3400 Beatties Ford Rd.

The dynamic and delightful Davita Galloway aka “Sincerely Swat” of #TeamBlkGrlFly is proud to present to you “The Beauty Standard!” For many years, the value of a Black woman’s beauty was based off skin complexion and quality of hair. This skewed idea of beauty resulted in a sense of division that has reverberated throughout decades and is the experience of countless Black women. Today’s magic emporium will feature several multisensory, thought-provoking workshops covering several topics pertaining to the well-being and the exuberant existence of Black women. Topics include: weight management, economic empowerment, hair/beauty maintenance, individuality acceptance and much more! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/teamblkgrlfly-presents-the-beauty-standard-iamthestandard-tickets-28565344715. The event will begin at 10 a.m. and will be held at Warehouse 242. 2307 Wilkinson Blvd.

Create your own dessert “feast-ival” at the Love Desserts Crawl through NoDa this afternoon! It’s like a bar crawl, but with some delectable desserts–eat whatever desserts you want, in what order you want! Ice cream, brownies, cookies, cupcakes and whatever else satisfies your sweet tooth. If you purchase a dessert from each participating location you will receive a puzzle piece. Collect all 5 puzzle pieces, present them at the end point beside the King of Pops cart in front of Revolution Pizza and win a prize. 5 puzzle pieces equal one prize. Participating locations include Joe’s Doughs, Popbar, Haberdish, Growlers Pourhouse, and King of Pops. Admission is FREE to attend but please be sure to RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/love-desserts-noda-dessert-crawl-tickets-37124073102. The fun starts at 12 noon. Be sure to visit this link to see the location of all participating establishments:   http://www.lovedessertsclt.com/.

The India Association of Charlotte invites you and your entire family to experience the 2017 Festival of India! Come and take in all of the sights, sounds and tastes of this country’s vibrant culture! Filled with two days full of performances, vendors, fellowship, activities and some of the most delicious foods you’ll ever eat in your life, it’s definitely a festival that you do not want to miss! The festival will begin at 12 noon and will run through Sunday (9/10). The festival will be in Center City along Tryon Street in Uptown.

Everyone get up, stand up and head over to the 4th Annual Charlotte International Jerk Festival! Presented by Youth Hope International, get ready for a full day of food and fruit vendors, music, fellowship, dancing, live performers and lots of nonstop fun! Performers include Tanto Metro & Devonte, jazz band Affectual, R&B songstress Queen Essence, The Dynamic DJ Kato, DJ Scorpion and more musical energies to get you moving! Admission for children 10 and under is FREE. General admission tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-annual-charlotte-international-jerk-fest-tickets-36656590850. The festival will begin at 12 noon. The address of the event is 626 Char Meck Ln. near the intersection of Monroe Rd. and Wendover Rd.   #YesYesYes

Join Charlotte Uprising, The Tribe and Action NC for a special and informative workshop entitled, People’s Power Assembly: Housing Justice. A people’s power assembly is a gathering of people to make decisions for collective action and power. It is a convergence point for organizations and people to build shared vision for our community. Join the discussion of housing justice in Charlotte and learn about the issues facing our community and some of the ways these and other local grassroots organizations are working to address it. Topics include: “What is a Community Land Trust?”, “Know Your Rights: Housing”, “Shifting Policy”, “Home Maintenance” and more. This workshop is FREE and open to people of all ages and food will be provided. The event will begin at 1 p.m. at West Charlotte High School. 2219 Senior Dr.

Hannah Hasan Productions invites you out to The Third Place for a special, interactive electoral political art showcase entitled, “Plot To Politics.” Through the art of storytellling, we see the truth of people. We see how their life experiences shape who they are. This unique event will give voters and constituents an opportunity to hear the personal stories of those running for Charlotte City Council district seats and those running for School Board. Various legislative personnel will be in attendance. Come and network, have your voice heard and hear why these candidates want to make a difference. Admission is FREE to attend. The event will begin at 7 p.m. The Third Place is located at 1609 E. 5th St. in Uptown.

The good people of Africana Connections, DRC ApeParel and Nappy Luv want to close out your Summer Solstice season with a serious bang as they invite you out for “AfroPop Charlotte Vol. 15 – Goodbye Summer!” After you party all day at the Charlotte International Jerk Festival, The Dynamic DJ Kato and DJ Steel Wheel have an all-new, hot line up of music ready to rock!   Just because the warmth in our atmosphere is fading away, don’t expect these two maestros to turn down the heat! Come and get 360 degrees of the best Afrobeat, Soca, Reggae, Dancehall, AfroHouse, Calypso, Soul, live drumming and much more musical goodness! Also, come early and catch up on some Kizomba dance lessons provided by Kizomba Charlotte and be sure to scoop some cool arts & crafts, jewelry and other products from local vendors. Tickets can be purchased at the door or here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/afropop-charlotte-vol15-goodbye-summer-tickets-37256230388. The party starts at 9 p.m. and will be held at The Morehead Tavern. 300 E. Morehead St. in Uptown.   #AfricanaConnections #WelcomeToTheTribe

Trouble doesn’t last always and the good will always survive. Charlotte, come celebrate the return of one of the city’s most beloved hangout joints, Crown Station! Same crew, same vibe, different location! Mix and mingle with your friends, meet someone new, enjoy a new and fully stocked bar and get down on the dance floor with the sounds of DJ Dan on the 1s and 2s. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/crown-station-grand-reopening-dj-dan-in-stereo-tickets-37242579558. The party jumps off at 9 p.m. Crown Station is located at 3629 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.

Get ready to get your body jacked this Friday night at Soul Gastrolounge as DJ Gary ‘Jackmaster’ Wallace proudly presents the September edition of “House Beatz & Eatz!” Enjoy fine, eclectic cuisine as the best of Classic, Soulful and Deep House tunes groove your body into the night. Admission is FREE and the funk begins at 9 p.m. Soul Gastrolounge is located at 1500 Central Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District.  #HouseMusicLives #TheHitAgency

——-SUNDAY 9/10——-

Get energized, lifted and free this morning at the #IssaVibeHike! Join your hosts Ali Steele, Charles Gbenyon and the lovely Lisa Colvin out for a fellowship hike up South Mountain with some likeminded people. Keep each other encouraged as you feel the burn up the trail, release your inhibitions, work up a sweat and give new reason to overcome your obstacles as your overtop the mountain! After you finish, there will be a special fellowship lunch for all to enjoy. Please be sure to bring a packed lunch, trail mix, water, a chair, blanket and positive energy. You will meet at Target (9841 Northlake Centre Pkwy) at 8 a.m. and will depart no later than 8:15 a.m. If you are unable to make it to the meeting place, South Mountain is located at 3001 S. Mountain Park in Connelly Springs.

This morning at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, come out another installment of the Civics 101—A Roadmap to Voter Empowerment course. For today’s session, Mr. Michael Dickerson and Mr. Torre Jessup will speak about the Presidential Election: the Electoral College vs. the Popular Vote & Apportionment. There will be two sessions today: 11:30 a.m. in room #359 and 3:30 p.m. in the Conference Center. Friendship Missionary Baptist Church is located at 3400 Beatties Ford Rd.

Hip Hop Caucus is back to set the mood for your after-service groove with Social Sundays! This month, HHC will host a special Candidates Forum fused with the flavor of Hip Hop. They will have rap lyrics for the candidates to respond to and we may even challenge them to a rap battle. Politics and punchlines—it doesn’t get any better than this! As always, be sure to engaged with other likeminded, progressive and eclectic folks as you partake in a bevy of brunch dishes, play some fun games, boogie to some great music and share the knowledge with some thought provoking conversations! Admission is FREE but please be sure to RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hip-hop-caucus-presents-social-sundays-tickets-35358618580. The event will begin at 12 noon at Kanvas Gallery & Lounge. 525 E. 6th St., Suite #117 in Uptown.

If you love music like I love music, spin yourselves over to Tip Top Daily Market for another rotation of the Diggers Delight Pop-Up Record Swap! Whether you’re fiending for some Funk, Jazz, Soul or some totally outer-worldly sonic frequencies, local cultural enthusiasts and activists Flock & UNTAMD are ready to rock the spot and deal out some dynamite dopeness! Also, be sure to check out the crates from Premium Sound with more musical madness for your minds and grab a bite to eat from a fresh batch of Pepperbox Doughnuts. Admission is FREE to attend and the event starts at 2 p.m. Tip Top Daily Market is located at 2902 The Plaza Rd. in the Plaza-Midwood District.

Enjoy a delightful afternoon with Mr. Felix Curtis of Classic Black Cinema Series as he hosts a special screening of the 1946 classic, “Dirty Gertie From Harlem U.S.A.” Gertie LaRue, played by the late Francine Everett, is a nightclub entertainer from the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. She arrives on the Caribbean island of Trinidad to perform as the headliner in a revue at the Paradise Hotel. Gertie has earned the nickname “Dirty Gertie” for the casual nature in which she entices and then humiliates men. On the island she attracts the attention of two US military officers who enjoy sharing Gertie’s affections. However, Diamond Joe, the owner of the hotel, finds himself falling for Gertie and begins to shower her with gifts, leading to an interesting course of events. Come view the film and see what lies in Gertie’s future! The film screening is FREE with museum admission. The film will start promptly at 2 p.m. at The Gantt Center. 551 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.

Discussing race and racism can be intense, but it’s an issue most of us would like to understand better. This afternoon, join community organizer Wendy McConnell at McGill Baptist Church for a special discussion entitled, “Race Together.” This is an engaging and informative series for those that would like to learn more on the topic of race in the U.S. For six consecutive weeks, this conversational series will shed light on historical and social context leading to our current racial situation. Meetings will include media screenings, guided discussions, moments of reflection, impactful activities and resources all in a community safe space. Each weekly session varies in content and progressively builds on information as you go. The room environment will be one of learning, discovery, and sharing. Each session will open with some specialized “Agreed Upon Ground Rules” that will make discussions a safe place for all as we examine these sometimes difficult topics. Admission is FREE but please be sure to RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/race-together-registration-37256001704. The session begins at 3 p.m. McGill Baptist Church is located at 5300 Poplar Tent Rd. in Concord.

Experience some sonic smoothness at The Morehead Tavern and come hear the vibrant sounds of the Charlotte Jazz Orchestra! Join the finest classically trained, innovative, jazz musicians in the QC playing upbeat traditional Jazz, Bossa Nova, Big Band and Swing grooves! Admission is FREE and be sure to arrive early for dance lessons. The music starts at 4 p.m. 300 E. Morehead St. in Uptown.

Nu Sound invites you out to a special concert fundraiser this evening at Petra’s for the Texas SPCA assisting displaced animals in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Acts include Lala Specific, Sparkman, Railz the Principle and Black Linen. Come experience some great music and help a worthy cause! Admission is $5 for entry and 10% of bar profits will go towards the Texas SPCA. The event will begin at 4 p.m. Petra’s is located at 1919 Commonwealth Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District.

Ladies and gentlemen, step out and feel the au naturel aura at the inaugural Miss All-Natural Pageant 2017 this evening! This event will showcase 7 young ladies who were selected to be a part of a special program and have spent the past 12 weeks shifting their focus from external beauty to internal beauty. Filled with performances, guest speakers, and a high level competition, come and celebrate these glorious and gorgeous pageant contestants as they pour out all the have one stage without any physical beautification enhancements. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-worlds-first-miss-all-natural-pageant-2017-tickets-32344063966. Doors open at 6 and the event will begin at 6:30 p.m. The pageant will be held at The Cone Center, McKnight Hall at UNCC. 9201 University City Blvd.

——-MONDAY 9/11——-

Stanzas, rhymes and words that shine come together at Petra’s for another open-minded edition of SayWord Open Mic Night! Join host, Jst Jah of Grannae’s Boyz and Guerilla Poets for an evening full of mind-bending poetry from special features, live art and music from DJ Phassad. It’s one of my favorite spoken word events in the QC and I suggest that you lend your senses for this experience! Admission is $5 and the event will begin at 7 p.m. 1919 Commonwealth Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District.



9/15 – DJ Prince Paul and Dirty Art Club

9/15 – 9/16 – 2nd Annual Soul Junction

9/16 – History of Hip Hop with Professor Griff & Terminator X of Public Enemy

9/16 – Charlotte’s Big Block Party

9/23 – 2017 Dr. Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon

9/24 – Ballet Manden presents “Sewaba”

9/30 – Energy Hero Community Festival

10/7 – 6th Annual Literary Festival of Charlotte

10/13 – 10/15 – Breakin’ Convention CLT 2017

10/16-10/22 – Charlotte Black Restaurant Week

10/21 – Off The Wall: Native Tongues Tribute Edition V.5


Everyone be filled with joy and jubilation this weekend and if you see me out and about, don’t hesitate so extend some birthday love to yours truly! Peace!


Live. Laugh. Love. Learn. Listen. Give.


#WeekendWarrior   #TheBlackFerrisBueller   #CommunityFirst


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