Category: So Much To Do: Events (Page 1 of 9)

You Should: 5 Things to Do This Weekend

Engage your inner entrepreneur with the Founders of Miss Jessie’s hair line, Miko and Titi Branch

Miss Jessie’s: Creating a Successful Business from Scratch—Naturally, $19, Barnes& Noble

Train and run a Race


God help me, but I am running my first half marathon on Sunday. I started running in December of last year, and though it’s been a tough road, there is nothing like the feeling of wrapping a medal around my neck after crossing the finish line. 

Black Thought from the Roots is hosting his own 5k in Philly on May 30 before The Roots Picnic concert, and it’s for a great cause.

Purchase a stock


For as little as $10 you can own a full or split share. Loyal 3, and its subsequent app make buying stocks as easy as pie.

It’s the merry month of May! Smile and throw on a bright shade of lipstick. I like the Rouge Volute Shine by Yves Saint Laurent.


If it’s in a local theater, see the independent movie Blackbird, a tale of a gay male living in the deep South

3 Cool Things To Do This weekend in NYC

1. Visit the Kara Walker exhibit, “A Subtlety or The Marvelous Sugar Baby”, at the Domino Sugar Factory in Williamsburg. 316 Kent Avenue at South 1st Street, Brooklyn NYC;
2. Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Spike Lee’s iconic film, Do The Right Thing, with a block party on one of the main streets it was filmed. Saturday, June 28, 2014, 12pm Stuyvesant Avenue between Lexington and Quincy Ave., Brooklyn, NY; A or C train to Utica

3. Go uptown for the Harlem Arts Festival. Ton’s of local artists selling their work, with fun arts activities for the kids, like screen-printing and shakers-making! Marcus Garvey Park and 124th St. Harlem, NYC, 3pm;

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Monday Inspiration: Audra McDonald Wins her 6th Tony, Makes History

“I want to thank my mom and my dad up in heaven, for not medicating their hyperactive little girl and finding out what she was into instead.”
 Actress Audra McDonald just made history by winning her 6th Tony Award, topping Angela Lansbury and Julie Harrie’s five trophy record. McDonald was honored for her starring role currently stars in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, a one person stage play highlighting the jazz singers life through her songs. 
The musical has been on my to-see list ever since I saw the commercial for it a month ago. Watch the clips below, and get your tickets at the box office, or here. 

So Much To Do: The Odunde Festival in Philly

 This looks like fun, and it’s a quick day trip from New York City. The Odunde Festival is like a sister to Dance Africa in New York City, with food, vendors and cultural entertainment from The Continent. And to cap it off, Rakim will hit the stage at 7pm. What: Odunde Festival When: Sunday June 8, 2014, 10am – 8pm Where: 23rd & South St. Philadelphia, PA For more info visit:

You Should: Learn to Sew, Milan Fashion Week + Graffiti Art + More!

Do This: Learn How to SewYou’ve always told yourself that you wanted to start making your own fashions, or thought, “hey, I could do that? Well, why not go ahead and do it by registering for a FREE class on Craftsy. Enrollment is ongoing and you can watch classes whenever you want. 
  Visit:The Museum of the City of New York City as Canvas – Graffiti Art Through August 24 Info:

See: The Legend of Yauna Experience the mind-bending fantasy and unique musical experience of The Legend of Yauna, created by Grammy Award-winning composer Chris Berry, reinvented by director/choreographer Maija Garcia (creative director of the Tony Award-winning Broadway production FELA!), and starring Afro-European vocalist Marie Daulne (Zap Mama) as the black panther queen. 
 In a desperate quest to save his ailing father and rejoin his wife and daughters, the fictional Yauna is faced with seemingly impossible challenges at every turn, the power of non-violence, self-sovereignty, and forgiveness.” 
 For more information, visit 
  PLUS:Batchery is hosting an artisan-run pop-up market in Brooklyn. Come out to taste a bunch of vegan and non-vegan treats from several artesian makers. 
When: Sat, Feb. 22, 204, 12-6pm 
 Where: Bat Haus Brooklyn; 279 Starr St. Brooklyn, NY 11237 
 Milan Fashion Week: Catch up with all you missed from my Runway Rundowns to the celebrities at the shows.

You Should: A Haiti Cinematic Benefit

Go to: Haiti Optimiste, A Benefit Celebrating New Haitian film 
Join Arcade Fire, Donna Karan, Jamie Hector, David Belle, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Vincent Morisset for an evening of film, food (I personally know the caterer, Nadege, and she is the bomb!), and music to Benefit the Ciné Institute. This organization helps film students in Haiti realize their dream as filmmakers by funding classes that teach technique, as well as provide necessary equipment and distribution. I have gone to a benefit and have seen the money put to work, affecting real lives. 
When: Thursday, February 20, 2014, 7PM 

Where: Florence Gould Hall Theater, 55 E. 59th St. NYC 
Tickets here.

You Should: Willie Cole, About Last Night + A Tasty Treat

1. Take in some art and chat with artist Willie Cole 
Artists in Dialogue: A Conversation with Willie Cole 
Sunday, February 16, 2-3 pm 
Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark, New Jersey 07102  

Willie Cole, The Sole Sitter, 2013.
2. Support Black actors and see About Last Night 

3. Head over to Ovenly in Brooklyn for a slice of Brooklyn Blackout cake, or try your hand at making one yourself. Why? You’re snowed in, you have nothing else to do.

You Should: Fashion Week + TV Musts

1. Check out this documentary –  Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth. TONIGHT (Feb 7, 9PM on PBS) Chronicles the life of the famed activist and author of The Color Purple.

2. Indulge in Fashion Week – Be sure to check in here, Twitter, and Facebook, for the latest snaps and New York Fashion Week Recaps…
3. Lose your high-minded, intellectual self, and have some junk food. The Atlanta Housewives (Bravo) AND The Walking Dead (AMC) are back. Guess who’ll be playing TV tag.

The Summer Concerts are Coming…

The 80 degree weather here in NYC got me all excited about the summer and the plethora of free concerts in the parks of New York City. A helpful little notice popped up in my inbox with a calendar of all that is good in music. I’ve made some selections and put them into the Lavish Calendar, but you can get the full list here.

Happy Summer!

You Should: NYCxDesign Festival

I’m excited to hear about New York City’s first-ever design exhibition, NYCxDesign, knowing the wealth of talent constantly heralded around the city. It’s fitting that the city would feature the best of their own considering that other design cities around the world – namely Milan, of which I attended their design week last year- give so much spotlight and accolades to their own designers. Here is your chance to see and appreciate the best of graphics, furniture and product design, landscaping and architectural innovation around the city. The event takes place in May and ends with the Frieze Art Fair on Randalls Island. Come, be inspired, and if you want, be a part of the exhibition by registering at

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