There’s always something to do in The City of Brotherly Love! Check out my curated event list for Black professionals in Philadelphia this week!
1. POETRY IN CONTEXT
Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Check out Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse for this “encuentro” (encounter/finding) with the powerful writer and scholar, Dr. Eve L. Ewing. More than just a poetry performance or an academic lecture, Dr. Ewing will read several poems from her book Electric Arches, as well as other works, but she will also draw on her knowledge and work as a sociologist to make connections to topics in race, history, gender, and contemporary events. Learn more HERE.
2. PLASTIC CUP BOYZ
Thursday, February 22, 2018, Multiple Show Times
Joey Wells, Will “Spank” Horton and Na’im Lynn make up the Plastic Cup Boyz, who have opened for Kevin Hart for years and are now ready to step into the spotlight. They will have multiple shows this weekend for you to attend. Learn more HERE.
3. THURSDAY 4 LOVE
Thursday, February 22, 2018, 10:00 p.m. – 200 a.m.
For music-heads and mixxy-20 somethings who have considered staying home. Friends & Fam once a month isn’t enough. Come out to the tried-and-true, Saint Lazarus bar for the weekly dance party by Matthew Law. This week will feature a special guest, DJ Lean Wit It. Learn more HERE..
4. A BEAUTIFUL THANG: BLACK ARTS SALON
Friday, February 23, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
You’re invited to the African American Museum in Philadelphia for a can’t-miss Black music and poetry salon. Inspired by the artistic spirit and salons of the Harlem Renaissance, A Beautiful Thang brings together some of the city’s most exciting jazz and performance artists on one stage, for one night only. Learn more HERE.
5. DVSN: MORNING AFTER WORLD TOUR
Friday, February 23, 2018, 9:00 p.m.
The lust-mongering R&B duo dvsn will be gracing our presence with their melodic vocals and bringing the feels with their old-school R&B sound this Friday at the TLA. As if you haven’t heard it already, every online ticket purchase includes one copy of their latest album. Learn more HERE.
Friday, February 23, 2018, 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
DJ Aktive, Kanye’s former tour DJ, would know a thing or two about Yeezy himself. Ever been to Drake night? Well, take that, add in Silk City’s drink specials, acclaimed DJ Aktive, hosted by Richard Issa, and a whole lot of Kanye, and you’ve got the equation for a great night. Learn more HERE..
7. CELEBRATION OF AFRICAN CULTURES
Saturday, February 24, 2018, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
What better way to end your Black History Month than at the 29th annual Celebration of African Cultures hosted by Penn Museum. There is a whole schedule of events during the day: an African marketplace, a mancala game station, local storytellers and artists leading guests in an interactive exploration of traditions from across the African continent, and more. The celebration is free with museum general admission. Learn more HERE..
8. AMANDA SEALES
Monday, February 26, 2018, 8:00 p.m.
Our favorite character to hate from the hit HBO tv-show Insecure, Amanda Seales is coming to bless Philly with some laughs. Just to know what she’s been up to, she’s performed stand up across the globe and toured colleges doing comedic lectures on everything from sexism and diversity to black popular culture. You’d want to be there to see what Amanda has to say. Learn more HERE..
Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 8:30 p.m
Kelela can’t get enough of Philly, it seems, as she returns for another show. If you didn’t catch her the first time or if you did, and you just love her that much, check her out at the TLA. Maybe, this time, she’ll take it back for the OG fans and perform some of her older material. Learn more HERE.
10. A$AP FERG: MAD MAN TOUR
Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 8:00 p.m.
A$AP Ferg and the rest of the A$AP Mob wrapped their collective tour just last month. Now, Ferg has set himself up with a nationwide tour of his own. He’s kicking the tour off in the best city, Philly, and taking Denzel Curry and IDK along for the ride, a journey, they’re calling the Mad Man Tour. Learn more HERE.
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