There is always something to do in O-town! Check out my curated event list for Black Professionals in Orlando this week.
1. I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
Thursday, March 16, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
This is adocumentary film about a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It envisions the manuscript that James Baldwin left behind after his death, with personal accounts of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. Attendees are welcomed to stay after the film for an interactive discussion on key themes and issues that drove the life of civil rights activist. Admission tickets are $11. Learn more here.
2. TRADITION SQUARE- FOOD TRUCK INVASION
Friday, March 17, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Get ready to bring your folding chairs or blankets for a huge outdoor picnic on the lawn at Tradition Town Hall. Food trucks of different origins, cuisines, and menus will be all over the place. This popular event has moved all along the coast of Florida and is an invasion worth experiencing. All foodies are welcomed. Learn more here.
3. SAY IT LOUD- A TRUTH TELLER EXPERIENCE
Friday, March 17, 2017, 6:30 p.m.– 10:30 p.m.
Showcasing the Harlem Renaissance come to life is, “Say It Loud.” An exclusive literary exposé at the Henao Contemporary Center. This event will breathe energy into a platform from literary greats, artists, and intellectuals that shaped the identity of the African American culture during the 1920’s and 1930’s. There will be special guest performances by neo-soul and jazz musicians, cultural dance troupes, and more of Central Florida’s favorite performers. Learn more here.
4. SERANI AND RUPEE LIVE
Saturday, March 18, 2017, 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m.
Enjoy the best of Reggae, Soca, Kompa and Dancehall by some of Orlando’s most talented DJs. Also expect live performances by Rupee, Serani, and many other local sensations. With big hits such as “Tempting to Touch” by Rupee and “No Games” by Serani, this music festival will be a packed event. Early admission tickets are $20 before 12 a.m and $30 after, so make sure to come out early. Learn more here.
5. EMPOWHERMENT BRUNCH
Saturday, March 18, 2017, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
This is a brunch that empowers women, featuring speakers who’ll discuss education, finance, and goal planning in hopes of making your dreams turn into your reality. Danielle Joseph, Human Resources Manager and founder of La Belle Vie Essentials, will be the keynote speaker at this event with awesome vendors in attendance and giveaways. Your admission ticket includes a complimentary entree and mimosas. This event will be hosted in downtown’s new American cuisine restaurant, 310 Lakeside. Learn more here.
6. BHAD LAUNCH PARTY
Saturday, March 18, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Who wouldn’t love an event to that embraces the strength in feminism and women empowerment. Get excited and learn about the BHAD movement, an initiative to propel women forward and promote their stories. Join like-minded individuals and come meet the team at Stardust Video & Coffee for their launch party. Learn more here.
7. KATT WILLIAMS: GREAT AMERICAN TOUR
Saturday, March 18, 2017, 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Legendary stand-up comedian and world-renowned actor Katt Williams is coming to Orlando! He has developed a career seeded with thousands of stage shows in sold-out arenas and he is approaching his 20th anniversary in the business. Join the audience as he returns to the stage to bring you guaranteed laughs and an experience that will encourage further conversation after his curtain closes. The CFE arena will have Katt Williams along with other comedians. Learn more here.
8. ORLANDO CARIBBEAN FESTIVAL
Saturday, March 18, 2017, 3:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
This is a huge, unforgettable festival that you do not want to miss this year. With carnival rides, helicopter rides, horseback riding, and the best bands in Soca, Kompa, and Reggae, you will have an experience that keeps you dancing all night. You’ll also get to eat delicious food from all over the Caribbean Islands. Expect an experience full of culture, family, food, and music. Learn more here.
9. THIRSTY ENCOUNTER
Saturday, March 18, 2017, 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
4 Jesus Entertainment’s looks to carry out the essence of Christs’ mission by going out into the world and bringing Jesus to the lost. Prepare yourself for ministry from Dr.Cindy Trimm and international recording artist The Walls Group, with a “prophetic encounter” experience with Prophet Garelle Solomon. This day of events includes a morning breakfast, empowerment workshops, and nightly praises for many saints that have a serious appetite for God. Learn more here.
10. BLANKETS & BASKETS “JAZZ AND R&B” FESTIVAL
Sunday, March 19, 2017, 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Think: a grown and sophisticated picnic with a touch of funk love. Come and listen to the live sounds of vocalists, saxophonists, and more. They call it a sundress and linen affair so bring your lawn chairs or pick the perfect spot to set up your picnic area for relaxing musical vibes brought to you by Jazz, Neo Soul, and smooth R&B. There will be multiple vendors providing food, sweets, and other services. Learn more here.
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