There’s always something to do in The Triangle! Check out my curated event list for Black professionals in Raleigh-Durham this week.
1. BLACK ENTREPRENEURSHIP WEEK 2017
Monday, July 10, 2017 – Friday, July 14, 2017
Get inspired to start your new business with this full week of thought-provoking talks, panels and community building events that spur innovation and promote entrepreneurship. The free event is hosted by the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center. Registration is required. Learn more here.
2.THE TOTAL PACKAGE TOUR: NKOTB, PAULA ABDUL, BOYZ II MEN
Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Your favorite “Hangin’ Tough” boy band, “Straight Up” now tell me girl and “Motownphilly” crew are coming to the Triangle! Floor seats are selling fast so purchase a pair today. You do not want to miss this experience. Learn more here.
3. TIPS & NEEDLES GRAND OPENING
Thursday, July 13, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Celebrate Durham’s first tattoo and nail studio with Dutchess, star of VH1’s “Black Ink Crew.” Want to get inked during the party? No problem. Walk-ins are available with a ticket purchase. Learn more here.
4. YO NC RAPS: SUMMER EDITION
Thursday, July 13, 2017, 8:00p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Support this amazing platform that helps MCs’ lyricism and skills shine. The star line-up includes Mosca Flux, Maestra Emcees, Chyna Vonne and Lena Jackson. Durham’s own Gemynii will spin on the 1s and 2s. Learn more here.
5. HOOPLA: PARTY IN THE PARK
Friday, July 14, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Hoopla returns with a Carolina luau! Experience fire dancers, ukulele music and art in the park. Food trucks will be onsite, and spirits will be available for purchase. Stay after the party ends to see my favorite Disney film Moana ($6 ticket is required) at 9 p.m. Learn more here.
6. KEHLANI AT THE RITZ
Saturday, July 15, 2017, 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
In need of a good distraction this weekend? Then you don’t want to miss Kehlani’s performance at the Ritz. General admission tickets are available and the venue is standing room only, so keep it cute and comfortable. Learn more here.
7. REBIRTH OF PROTEST CINEMA: ART EXHIBIT AND FILM SCREENING
Saturday, July 15, 2017, 7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Raleigh Film Underground presents “The Rebirth of Protest Cinema,” an art exhibit and film screening of the 2002 cult classic “As an Act of Protest.” The film follows Cairo Medina, an African-American actor, who goes through a station-of-the-cross journey to find the meaning of his life and eradicate the racism and police brutality that continues to plague the world. The event will also include a Q&A with and performance by director Dennis Leroy Kangalee. 100% of sales go toward remastering the film, which can’t be re-released to theaters in its current state. Learn more here.
8. BLACK GENIUS BRUNCH AND DAY PARTY
Sunday, July 16, 2017, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Brunch and party at Beyù Caffè in celebration of Black Genius’ summer apparel line. With DJ Rem.E spinning and the Lux Blog NC on the scene, you’ll be sure to have a great time mixing, mingling and sharing stories about protecting our black genius. Learn more here.
9. SUNDAY IN THE PARK
Sunday, July 16, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Host a picnic with your crew at Dorothea Dix Park while listening to the sounds of the Raleigh Jazz Orchestra. The ensemble is known to perform music from the entire history of big band jazz with custom arrangements and original tunes. Food trucks will be available, offering dinner and desserts. Learn more here.
10. #THEWAVE2K17 DAY PARTY/FIELD DAY EDITION
Sunday, July 16, 2017, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Three DJs, water games, and food/drinks? Sounds like a fun time to beat this heat wave to me. Although food and drinks will be provided, you are welcomed to bring your own grill (which may be a good idea, because you can never guarantee how long food will last). Swim attire is also encouraged. Learn more here.
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