11th Annual Queen City Awards
The Queen City Awards made its way back to Charlotte, North Carolina on December 16th. We got a chance to walk the red carpet and interview guests and award nominees. This year Grammy nominated singer and songwriter Anthony Hamilton was honored. Click here for the highlights!
Colors Presents: R&B Only
The traveling music experience known as R& B Only made its way to the Queen City over the weekend. The event presented by Colors was held at The Fillmore in Charlotte. This was our first time attending so we didn’t really know what to expect. Click here for the highlights!
Charlotte Black Film Festival
The 7th annual Charlotte Black Film Festival was held last week in the Queen City! Filmmakers, directors, actors, writers, and film lovers gathered for a weekend of festivities that took place March 30th- April 2nd. The festival was founded by Tommy Nichols with the purpose of promoting African American cinema as an art form. We were able to attend the event and cover the red carpet on the opening night. Read more about the event here.
Dear Sister Charlotte
Two weeks ago I attended “Dear Sister Charlotte,” an event curated by Jamie Miller (founder of The 518 Group). Dear Sister Charlotte was a midday-brunch which featured several successful female entrepreneurs from the city and other surrounding areas. There were also local business vendors and spoken word entertainment at the brunch. The exciting event was hosted by Ms. Jessica of WPEG Power 98 at Draught in Charlotte. Read more about Dear Sister here.
Almost Christmas Movie Premiere
Last weekend I covered the Almost Christmas movie premiere in Charlotte, North Carolina which was held at the Studio Movie Grill. The premiere was a celebration of local actor Keon Mitchell who made his film debut in the movie. Read more about the premiere here.
Queen City Urban Art Showcase
Two weeks ago I covered the “Queen City Urban Art Showcase” event which was held at the Music Factory in Charlotte, North Carolina. The monthly event curated by Michael Calloway and Leqyan Wilson features diverse artists from all across the Queen City. Read details about the event here.
Speak Life Tour
Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend the “Speak Life Tour” in Charlotte, North Carolina. Speak Life is a performing/visual arts tour consisting of youth and young adults. In order to be selected for the tour participants must undergo an audition process. The tour was founded in 2013 by Catherine Trotter, who is also the founder of the non-profit organizations “House of New Beginnings” and “New Beginnings Youth Academy”. Some of the performers included dancers, singers, poets, visual artists and rappers. Read more details about the show and see event footage here.
3rd Eye Ascension
Two weeks ago 3rd Eye Ascension made its way to the growing culture venue in Jackson, Mississippi known as Offbeat. The Double Scoop and 3rd Eye Booking Company collaborated to bring the concert into fruition.
The hip hop shows put on by 3rd Eye Booking are dope but I was interested in showcasing other genres of music so I was excited to to add Mississippi native and USM student Briar Lunar to the lineup as well as Shreveport, Louisiana native Daryl Mcday. The two singers along with rap artists Quavius Black, Kage Laney, and Ray Kincaid gave the show a nice blend of hip hop and smooth melodies.
Read more details about the show here.
MS Left Me Out Premiere
Last month I had the opportunity to attend the premiere of the documentary film short MS Left Me Out. The documentary shows how strongly policy affects the lives of people, and it also gives viewers an inside look into the lives of people who were directly affected by the decision of legislators not to expand Medicaid in Mississippi. Check out the event highlights and my interview with the producer and director of the film here.
Dessert and Discussions
What do you get when you combine a room full of men and women with music, delicious desserts, alcohol, and engaging conversations about relationships, sex and dating? You get the event Dessert and Discussions curated by Alex Merritt. Dessert and Discussions is a relationship discussion tour that has been hitting different cities over the past several months. The purpose of the tour is to get men and women talking about relationships so they can learn different perspectives from the opposite sex. Amy Nicole of The Double Scoop was one of the featured bloggers for the tour in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Get the details about her experience here.
The vibe in Offbeat this past Sunday was chill yet energetic at the “Wicked City” hip hop showcase presented by 3rd Eye Booking Company. Me and Amy got a chance to host the show and the crowd was pretty thick for a Sunday night. Local artists Ray “Kincaid” and Cymone, Mildred Noor, Talia Sade, and Tira D shared the stage with headliners LV Baby and Sir Flywalker.
Check out the highlights here.
Mobile Suit: Alfred Banks
Hip Hop is alive and well in the city of Jackson, Mississippi. Last week 3rd Eye Booking Company put on a hip hop show that was headlined by New Orleans artist Alfred Banks. The show also featured local Jackson artists T-lo Da Champ, Death II Society, Eig21ht, and Alexander Fre$co. The event took place at Offbeat, a culture store and hidden gem off of Wesley Street in Jackson.
Check out highlights from the show here.
Blaktastik Film Festival
The Blaktastik Film Festival is a 3 day festival held in Columbia, SC celebrating black culture through film, art, education and music. This was the first year for the event which was held on 07/24/2015- 07/26/2015. Read more about the event here.
Coils and Couture
When you combine an afternoon of natural hair and fashion, you get an amazingly well put together event called Coils and Couture. My sister and I had the pleasure of attending the event last weekend which was held at Unwine Paint and Sip Art Studio in Columbia, SC. The walls in the venue were adorned with colorful and vibrant artwork making it the perfect setting to host such a fab event.
Get the highlights here.