In its 40th year, the Newark Black Film Festival (NBFF) has shown over 800 films to audience of 180,000. Since its inception in 1974, the Newark Black Film Festival has become known among its peers as the longest running black film festival in the United States. The festival also features the Paul Robeson awards, a biennial competition which will be held in 2014 and again in 2016.The Festival…
lunch date w/ @laudymissclaudy. Shrimp & Crab Stuffed flounder Moscato wings & Red Velvet Waffles #nj #irvington #31daysofME #foodie
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Summer is officially here. It is by far my favorite season. Being from New Jersey there are plenty of carnivals and festivals to make your summer. While looking at the NJ Family website, I found a good list of events taking place throughout the summer. These events offer fun and can allow you to take a mini tour on New Jersey.
- June 16–21: St. Gregory the Great Parish Carnival, Hamilton
Held at the Bowery Poetry Club as part of Haiti Cultural Exchange Selebrayson! Lirik Ayiti: Rasin/Chemin : Lyric Haiti: Roots/Routes was a night of spoken word, storytelling, and poetry highlighting the Haitian and Haitian-American experience in New York. The event was hosted by poet Ayinde Jean-Baptiste and featured performances by Lenelle Moïse & Patrick Sylvain.
Lenelle shared a poem about being a lesbian, a subject matter that I have not seen touch on much in the Haitian community. Patrick Sylvain shared numerous poems from his collection including a love poem in Haitian Creole “to prove that a love poem in creole could be done”.Poems were recited in English and Haitian Creole. Patrick touched on how words in the creole language were disappearing. Many of those words are of African origin.
Check the photos from the night’s event.Selebrayson! Lirik Ayiti: Rasin/Chemin :: Lyric Haiti: Roots/Routes Held at the Bowery Poetry Club as part of Haiti Cultural Exchange Selebrayson! Lirik Ayiti: Rasin/Chemin : Lyric Haiti: Roots/Routes was a night of spoken word, storytelling, and poetry highlighting the Haitian and Haitian-American experience in New York.
Karen Tappin creator of Karen’s Body Beautiful celebrated her 10th anniversary with a two fold event. The day time was used for a fashion show vendors and Q&A. The evening was an all white party.
I had a chance to interview Karen regarding her 10 years in the natural hair and skin care business. From humble beginning of making her products at home by hand to now being in Target store all over the country. I remember when I first started my natural hair journey and learned about Karen. Its great to see the progress that she has made and is still able to deliver quality products.
She talked about how happy she was about the natural hair movement and the positives that have come from women embracing relaxer free hair. She also hit on how positive reinforcement in the natural hair community, Though the media and other may depict black in a not so nice light. In the natural hair community you are able to ask questions, engage, and feel welcomed. We talked about her favorite moments including the opening of her spa in Brooklyn.
It was great to speak with Karen and attend her event. Wishing her continued success.
Check out the photos in the gallery.Karen’s Body Beautiful Celebrates 10 year Anniversary @karensbeautiful #naturalhair Karen Tappin creator of Karen’s Body Beautiful celebrated her 10th anniversary with a two fold event. The day time was used for a fashion show vendors and Q&A.
Newark Black Film Festival: Screening of 20 Feet from Stardom w/Speaker Ednah Holt and Host Leon Denmark (at Newark Museum)
My favorite month. Leo season. Summer Baby. Trying to make this the best month yet. 🌞☀#31daysofME
Great Summer weather. Check. Music. Check. Vendors. Check. A bevy of natural hair beauties. Check. Curly Girl Collectives inaugural Curlfest took place at Prospect Park in Brooklyn. This was BYO picnic but there were food trucks around to some food. Vita Coco was also on hand to supply the masses with coconut water. Each picnic goer left with a swag bag filled with hair goodies from the events sponsors. My bag had products from Eden BodyWorks, Shea Moisture, Ouidad, Curls and Loreal. As with any CGC event there was a scavenger hunt that allowed picnic goers to win prizes.
Curlfest also offered the opportunity to see the trends in the natural community.
African and tribal inspired prints
Hi-low dresses and shirts
Colored hair patches i.e. purple, blue, red (some were made using makeup)
Browse the gallery for highlights#Curlfest takes over Prospect Park @ILoveCGC Great Summer weather. Check. Music. Check. Vendors. Check. A bevy of natural hair beauties. Check. Curly Girl Collectives inaugural Curlfest took place at Prospect Park in Brooklyn.
Taking in some poetry at @haiticulturalX Selebrasyon event (at bowery poetry club )