There’s always something to do in The Triangle! Check out my curated event list for Black professionals in Raleigh-Durham this week.
1. RAPSODY: WISDOM IS POWER TOUR
Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Get excited, because Grammy-Award nominated emcee Rapsody is dropping by Motorco to perform her latest project “Laila’s Wisdom.” Signed with super producer, 9th Wonder for Jamla Records, and most recently JAY-Z’s Roc Nation, her latest project focuses on love, confidence and living by passed-down wisdom. Tickets are selling fast so, make moves. Learn more HERE.
2. NIGHT MARKET AT THE DURHAM
Wednesday December 6, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Head to The Durham Hotel for festive drinks and last-minute gift shopping with local businesses. Co-produced by Vert & Vogue, more than 20 small businesses from the Durham area will be onsite including Liberation Threads, Carolina Soul, NC Made, Wine Authorities and more! Learn more HERE.
3. FANTASIA: CHRISTMAS AFTER MIDNIGHT
Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 7:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Join Grammy-Award winning artist, N.C. homegirl and soulful songstress, Fantasia at the DPAC as she debuts melodies from her first holiday album, Christmas After Midnight. The 12-track project includes holiday favorites from “Silent Night” to “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” which features vocals from CeeLo Green. Actress and singer Demetria McKinney will open the performance. Learn more HERE.
4. SIP AND SHOP EVENT: UGLY SWEATER EDITION
Friday, December 8, 2017, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
While prioritizing self-care is important, it can be difficult. Learn how the Solitude Scents candle experience can help improve your self-care routine. Don’t miss this night of fellowship with music, wine and giveaways. The event is free to attend but an RSVP is required to be added to the guest list. Don’t forget to wear your ugly sweater! Learn more HERE.
5. #BLACKTRIVIA NIGHT: UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER EDITION
Friday, December 8, 2017, 9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Grab your ugly Christmas Sweater and team for another fun night of testing your knowledge of all things black with the First Class Lifestyle crew. This event is free so roll through early to claim your spot. Doors open at 8 p.m. Learn more HERE.
6. BLACK AND OLD GOLD BALL
Saturday, December 9, 2017, 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Join the Raleigh Area Alphas as they celebrate 91 years of service. The funds generated from the Black and Old Gold Ball will support the Phi Lambda Educational Foundation and educational programming for the youth in Wake and Johnston counties and throughout the state of North Carolina. Black tie is preferred, but not required. Learn more HERE.
7. MIDNIGHT BRUNCH
Saturday, December 9, 2017, 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Enjoy the return of this exclusive dining experience with a three-course meal, complementary wine and champagne, live entertainment and fun! The location of the event will not be disclosed until ticket is purchased. Learn more HERE.
8. KOOLEY HIGH AT KINGS!
Saturday, December 9, 2017, 10:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Catch lyricists Kooley High at Kings in Raleigh with special guests Ace Henderson and Danny Blaze. Kooley High’s latest EP, The Summer Sessions, was produced in part by Grammy-award winner 9th Wonder. DJ Ill Digitz will spin all night. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the show starts at 10 p.m. Learn more HERE.
9. THE MAGIC OF AFRICAN RHYTHMS: BALANKORA – A HARVEST OF MEMORIES
Sunday, December 10, 2017, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Experience the beauty and spirit of Kwanzaa through music and stories at the North Carolina Museum of History. The sounds of the balan and kora, griot instruments from West Africa reconnect audiences to distant traditions. The event is free and open to the public. Learn more HERE.
10. UPTOWN POETRY LOUNGE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY
Sunday, December 10, 2017, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Join Uptown Lounge in celebrating its one-year anniversary of creating a space for poets, singers and spoken word artists to share their talent. Hosted by Church DaPoet and Dasan Ahanu, this special open-mic edition will feature special guests, drink specials and soulful sounds by DJ Vespertine. Learn more HERE.