There’s always something to do in Philly! Check out my curated event list for Black professionals in Philadelphia this week!
1. POETRY OPEN MIC
Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 7:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Nothing to do on a Tuesday night? Come out, relax and enjoy a night of poetry and music while partaking the many flavors of hookah and treats available. This establishment is BYOB, so no need to spend a ton of money on drinks as well. This poetry night takes place every Tuesday at Sphinx Café. Learn more here.
2. WORD WARRIOR POET’S REUNION
Friday, January 13, 2017, 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
A night set aside to celebrate the artists, culture, venues, media outlets and patrons that encompass the Spoken Word community. This event is hosted by radio personality Tiffany Bacon and spoken word artist Sam I Am. This will be a night to remember to celebrate the lyrical and scribal talents that make up the spoken word community. Learn more here.
3. MLK WEEKEND OF SERVICE
Friday, January 13 thru Monday, January 16, 2017, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Start your New Year on a charitable note and participate in the MLK Day of service, the largest day of national service in the country. Every year, hundreds of thousands of Americans come together to honor the legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by giving back to others. There will be various opportunities to engage with other members of your community all weekend long. Learn more here.
4. MLK WEEKEND CELEBRATION AT AAMP
Friday, January 13 thru Monday, January 16, 2017, Various Times
The African American Museum and Citizens Bank invites you to enjoy a full weekend of fun, inspirational, family-friendly activities in celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.! The weekend kicks off with a special screening of Ava DuVernay’s Netflix special screening, 13th, presented in partnership with Reelblack. The weekend continues from Saturday to Monday with interactive and enlightening arts activities, performances and workshops. All the while, guests can also explore the core exhibit, Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia, 1776-1876. Thanks to the generosity of Citizens Bank, the museum’s admission will be reduced to $2 for all guests during the MLK Weekend. Learn more here.
5. THE WEEKEND LAUGHTER SERIES
Friday, January 13, thru Sunday, January 15, 2017, Various Times.
Check out the beautifully hilarious B-Phlat, as seen on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam and the Green-Eyed-Bandit Gerald Kelly, also seen on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam and Apollo Live. They will be gracing the SoulComedy at Warmdaddys Stage for six shows throughout the weekend. Learn more here.
6. NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE: BREAKING THE SYSTEM
Saturday, January 14, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m..
The Institute of Contemporary Art and Philadelphia Printworks co-present the latest in the new Gather programming of partnerships with area community and campus groups. Join them for an evening of music, performance art, and a panel discussion regarding the current state of police brutality, prison abolition, and critical resistance. Philadelphia Printworks will be offering free screen-printing throughout the event; BYO t-shirt or tote, or Philadelphia Printworks will have some for sale. Learn more here.
7. BUT FIRST, BRUNCH!
Sunday, January 15, 2017, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
A weekend isn’t complete without brunch, so come out for a day of fellowship, food and exceptional vibes for the R&B Edition of But First, Brunch. The iconic Ms. Tootsie’s has partnered with 6IX 8IGHT & BCB to bring you bottomless signature mimosas and an a la carte brunch menu to enjoy as you congregate with Philadelphia area’s cultured and classy. After brunch the party continues as the dance floor opens up and the kitchen continues service with their regular menu. Learn more here.
8. GIVE US THIS DAY: TARDY BRUNCH PARTY
Sunday, January 15, 2017, 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
The Lifestyle Ambassadors and Klub 1911 presents a special edition of the weekly event, “Give Us This Day”: Tardy Brunch Party from 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. B-Side Hookah Lounge will be offering $10 Chicken and Waffles, $100 bottles of Belaire and $150 bottle of Moet Rose, and $7 Mimosas from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Make sure to RSVP to get complimentary admission until 6:00 p.m. Learn more here.
9. TURNTABLES & ALCOHOL
Sunday, January 15, 2017, 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
6IX 8IGHT and Rec Philly have enlisted internationally known, Philadelphia residents Matthew Law and DJ Aktive to serve you raw and unabashed recreation. Matthew Law, a master track selector with eclectic taste specializing in blending pop, house, dance, and alternative music. Official Bad Boy Reunion Tour DJ, official Budweiser DJ, Kanye West, Janet Jackson, Common, and Nas tour DJ, DJ Aktive, a world renown turntablist and an expert of scratching and cutting the best of today’s and yesteryear’s hip-hop and R&B club bangers. Together, they are taking it back for a classic night of just turntables and alcohol. Learn more here.
10. MEET ME MONDAY
Monday, January 16, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Mondays just got better. The popular event Meet Me Monday which started in the DMV area came to New Jersey last January and sold out! They are bringing it back by popular request and looking forward to another amazing Monday evening. Enjoy networking, mixing and mingling live entertainment, comedy, business spotlights, vendors, prizes and more! Learn more here.
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