10 Nashville Events for Black Professionals This Week

There’s always something to do in The Ville! Check out my curated event list for Black professionals in Nashville this week.

1. MASCULINITY, MENTAL HEALTH & HIP-HOP
Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Chicago-based, Dr. Obari Adéye Cartman puts in work identifying and addressing the messages, issues, and challenges which young, Black men face throughout their lives and how it affects their mental health. Meet him here in Nashville at Alkebu-Lan Images Bookstore on Jefferson Street as he leads a lively, multimedia presentation and discussion about manhood, maintaining optimal mental health, and decoding the messages that we take in from various channels. Admission is free. Learn more HERE.

2. MAN | WOMAN PRESENTS: THE NASHVILLE HOT OPEN JAM
Thursday, December 14, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
Many of Nashville’s professionals are creatives and musicians. Man | Woman is hosting a live jam at Radio Cafe, and this will be an evening of live art, both spontaneous and organized. There will be artists featured performing sets throughout the evening, and all other artists are welcome to jam as well. It’s an open jam session. So bring your instruments, play theirs, or just bring yourself and jam out. All artists are welcome. Learn more HERE.

3. EVERY WEEKEND AT WKND
Friday, December 15, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Leave that 9-to-5 up on the shelf, and just enjoy yourself. Start off your weekend on a good note with happy hour at WKND Hang Suite. They have drink specials starting with $1 drinks during the first hour. There is also food and hookah for your enjoyment. Simply stop by, or you can even make complimentary table reservations on their website. Learn more HERE.

4. WINE & GRIND: HAPPY HOUR MIXER AND NETWORKING
Friday, December 15, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
End your work week the right way at TheLAB Nashville, a co-working space in the heart of the city, every Friday evening for a mixer and networking happy hour. You will have the opportunity to network with other Black professionals, entrepreneurs, and creatives based here in Nashville and surrounding areas. TheLAB Nashville provides the bridge, and you make the connection. Do not miss the drink specials. Learn more HERE.

5. SOMMORE AT ZANIES
Friday – Sunday, December 15 – 17, 2017, various show times
You may have seen this comedienne on Def Comedy Jam, Showtime at the Apollo, and most notably, Queens of Comedy, and now you can see her right here in Nashville at Zanies. I am talking about none other than Sommore who was the first woman to host BET’s Comic View. She is hilarious, and she is bringing her stand-up show here, so do not miss it. There are five showtimes from which to choose. Learn more HERE.

6. WINE & SPIRITS: HOLIDAY WINE TASTING & ART
Friday, December 15, 2017, 8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
MashUp! Nashville wants to say Happy Holidays by inviting you to join them for a free, special holiday wine tasting and art event. Valid ID is required for wine tasting, and the event will be held at OutCentral on Church Street. MashUp! Nashville is a nonprofit and is the first and only research organization committed to addressing the needs of Black gay and bisexual men in Middle Tennessee. Learn more HERE.

7. UGLY SWEATER: DAYTUATION HOLIDAY PARTY
Saturday, December 16, 2017, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Grab your ugly Christmas sweater, get festive, and head over to 9Bar\Lounge for the Christmas day-party hosted by the Love Jones Duo. Ladies and gents, this is a holiday “single mingle,” so if you are not bringing a boo, then you might have the chance to find one there. DeeJay Q will be providing the sounds, and tickets are available now for $5. Learn more HERE.

8. BELLS & BRUSHES, THE HOLIDAY EDITION!
Saturday, December 16, 2017, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Nashville’s favorite live, canvas painting event is back! Beats & Brushes presents the holiday edition: “Bells & Brushes.” Kickoff the holidays with painting, cocktails, good vibes, and Christmas cheer. You will even create your own painted masterpiece that you can take home with you. Seating is limited, so reserve your seat now. It is strongly suggested that you arrive no later than 2:45 p.m. Learn more HERE.

9. THE VANGUARD ART SHOW FEAT. PRESTON MITCHELL
Saturday, December 16, 2017, 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
The Vanguard Nashville and the Paragon Social Club present the Vanguard Art Show which is a showcase of fine arts and will be hosted at WELD Nashville. Visual artists will have their work on display while poets, vocalists, and musicians will have the opportunity to participate in the open mic. DeeJay Q will set the mood with jazz, hip-hop, and soul music throughout the night, and Preston Mitchell is the featured artist on exhibit. Embody your Black girl magic & Black boy joy, and be a part of the Vanguard. Learn more HERE

10. A JAZZY CHRISTMAS ON THE CUMBERLAND
Sunday, December 17, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
If you are looking for an elegant evening with other professionals, then this all-inclusive concert, dinner, and cruise event aboard the General Jackson is just for you. Enjoy a delicious full course dinner, salad, dessert, beverages, and a cash bar. There will be a plethora of live performances by jazz musicians. Boarding on the General Jackson is from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and then you will experience the scenic 3-hour cruise down the Cumberland River from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. You must bring printed tickets for boarding. Learn more HERE.

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