Hey Loves so, I decided since I'm doing a two part Blog about events I should do a two part Recap, starting with November 10th-12th.
Last weekend was so Memphis! It was filled with love, support, food, great events and amazing people. We had different forms of artistry being displayed throughout the city and the beautiful minds behind them being acknowledged. I had the pleasure of attending some of the events I blogged about and I watched snaps of my friends living their best lives at other events I didn’t have a chance to visit. There was so much positivity and fun being had; it was a testament to there being more to Memphis than just violence and negativity. It showed that we have events to attend, opportunities, and extremely talented people here in our city. However, if you’re not willing to find things to do or you don’t want to be here then nothing would ever be enough for you.
Two of the events that I was able to attend were My City 4 Ways, which highlighted four Memphians in their areas of artistry and Cameron Bethany’s Album release party for his album You Make Me Nervous. It was a blessing to hear people talk about their dreams, why they started, and display their talents.
My City 4 Ways was a free event brought to you by Essence. At the event they had celebrity appearances such as Loni Love from the talk show The Real, Creative Director/Stylist June Ambrose, the beautiful singer/songwriter Chef Kelis, and R&B Recording Star RO James. I watched people dance, laugh, have free adult beverages, sample great food and support their family and friends. It was a good time and the meaning behind it made the experience even better. It was an event that brought Memphis out to celebrate and support Memphians. I unfortunately had to leave the event early to head to my part time job but once I was free I headed Downtown to my next outing for the night. Cameron’s show, which by the way had one of the best setup I’ve ever seen for an album release, was at Loflin Yard. We had music under the stars, bonfires, and s’mores. I watched Cameron give the best of himself and continue to push through even when technology had a different plan. The audio kept giving out, leaving Cameron with no other option but to end his last song with only his gift being heard, giving us the raw passion behind his music. Can you imagine being outside while it wasn’t the warmest, during your event, with the lights and audio continuously going out, but still singing for the crowd that was watching?? It was an incredible and emotional sight!
Events like these or just being in the mix of things is inspirational. Writing about events of this nature and trying to change the negative mentality of the city are my main reasons for blogging. Being that positive outlet of support and showing people the Memphis that is often publicized is not the Memphis we know and love.
Memphis has this enormous negative cloud hovering over it and negativity from the residence is a huge contribution as well as a lack of support. As someone who doesn’t mind living and being settled here it often confuses me to see or hear people being so negative about somewhere they lay their heads every night. I’m not saying we don’t have a long way to go but there is more to Memphis than what is often discussed. I feel like it’s my responsibility to show the city that I see, know, and love. I hope that as I write I change views and make a difference to how the city is labeled. I also hope that you continue to follow me on my journey to show the world who Memphis really is and assist in creating the change that I believe we all want to see. There is nothing like the Grit and Grind, Support, and Love of a Memphian. I pray that we continue to work over time to show that love, support, and pride!
Happy Friday Eve! The week is almost over and I can feel the vibes of the weekend near!
Last weekend had some amazing events, energy, and people all over the city, let's see if this weekend can top it!
Thursday, November 16th
Drunk Spelling Bee 7:00pm-9:00pm
Location: Rec Room 3000 Broad Ave, Memphis, TN 38112
Now, Thursday isn't technically the weekend but I had to share my findings of this event!
Join Rec Room as they host their first ever Drunk Spelling Bee with word inspired cocktails and craft beers. I've already asked some of my friends to attend because I can't miss the sight of them intoxicated and struggling to figure out how to spell words. One of my friends has already informed me of her being a spelling bee champ but we shall see just how far she gets after a few adult beverages!
Entry is free!
Friday, November 17th
Carnival at Crosstown 4:00pm-7:00pm
Location: 1350 Concourse Ave, Memphis, TN 38104
Take the kids to Crosstown for a fun filled day of music, clowns, and other carnival adventures or go just to enjoy all Crosstown has to offer. Crosstown is an experience so, regardless of what events are there it is still worth the visit.
Saturday, November 18th
Yoga Breathing and Meditation 10:45am-11:45am
Location: Shelby Farms Park 6903 Great View Drive North, Memphis, TN 38134
Come to Shelby Farms for a day of relaxation and peace as Yoga instructors assist you in exploring the nature of mind, the impact of stress and learning different techniques to manage your stress. This is something I need to get into myself. I had a friend tell me that after only like 15 minutes of Yoga she felt relaxed and peaceful.
This event is free however, I'm not sure if Yoga mats will be provided for you.
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas in 2D 1:00pm-2:00pm
Location: Pink Palace Family of Museums 3050 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38111
I love the story of How The Grinch Stole Christmas and can't wait to catch the movie with Jim Carey for the 25 days of Christmas special. Until then, catch the grumpy green hermit in 2D at the Pink Palace Museum. The viewings for the movie will be November 18th-24th and Dec. 20th-22nd.
Regular CTI ticket prices apply and can be purchased at the museum.
Ladies' Day Out: From Pain to Purpose 4:00pm-6:00pm
Location: Painting With a Twist Germantown 3116 Village Shops Dr., Ste22, Germantown, TN 38138
This is a private paint night presented to you by Perfectly Me and Proud LLC. Bring your girls for a night of food, music, drinks, and fellowship amongst other inspirational women. Hear stories of overcoming adversity, be inspired, make connections, and maybe even begin the healing process for yourself. Start your journey on how to turn pain into purpose.
Tickets are $35 and may be purchased at www.piantingwithatwist.com
Downtown Memphis- Annual Holiday Tree Lighting 5:00pm-7:00pm
Location: Corner of Peabody and Main Street
If you're in the Christmas spirit as much as I am then you can't wait for this event. This will be my first year actually being able to catch the Tree lighting and I'm excited to be in an environment full of Christmas spirit! There will be holiday carolers, holiday arts & crafts, Letters to Santa Station and Mailing, Hot Cocoa, S'mores, ornaments, and magic light wands for sale. Take the family downtown for some holiday cheer or grab your friends for something simple yet fun, and free before your regular turn-up.
Trap Jazz 7:00pm-12:00am
Location: The Den 656 Marshall Ave, Memphis, TN 38103
Are you a fan of Jazz?? What about Trap Music?? Well, Trap Jazz is definitely something you should check out!
Join Marque Boyd and friends from October 21st-December 17th for their fusion of classic Jazz and your favorite trap music. You may even hear a blend of Cardi B with Miles Davis!
Tickets may be purchased at trapjazzlive.eventbrite.com
Sunday, November 19th
BRUNCH SO HARD SERIES: Memphis AF Edition 11:00am-2:00pm
Location: The Vault 124 GE Patterson Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103
I'm not sure if you all have read my previous blog on the City Tasting Tours but this event will be presented to you by the same individual. Mrs. Cristina McCarter, the creator of The City Tasting Tours, has created a brunch to bring you lituations, conversations about the current state of Memphis, networking, discussion on jobs, and more! Tickets may be purchased through Eventbrite by searching Brunch So Hard.
The New Black Wallstreet: Ujamaa Pop-Up Shop and Brunch 2:00pm-6:00pm
Location: 6135 Mt. Moriah Road Extended, Memphis, TN
I love the way that both of these brunches have a purpose behind them, the times do not conflict, and the setup of them make it easy for you to attend both! For the Ujamaa Pop-Up Shop the purpose is to build support and wealth amongst local owned black businesses. Entrance into the event is free but brunch entrees are available for sale. Those interested in being a vendor during the event should pay the $35 vendor fee and submit their application to http://thenewblackwallstreet.splashthat.com/. Vendors should arrive no later than 1:15pm.
OH and Don't forget November 13th-19th is downtown dining week!
Enjoy your weekend!
Hey Loves! I'm always looking for things to do and events to attend in the city so, I wanted to share a list of things that I think would be dope to do for the next two weekends. The first weekend up will be
Friday, November 10th
Wine Down: Wines To Be Thankful For 6:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Dixon Gallery and Gardens 4339 Park Ave, Memphis, TN 38117
Calling all wine lovers! Tonight join the Dixon Gallery for sampling wines that would pair wonderfully with your Thanksgiving feast! The price for members is $25 and for non-members $40 . This event is 21 and up, ID will be required. Tickets may be purchased at http://ow.ly/VAKx30g6hHS
Silent Party-Memphis 8:00pm
Location: The Bradford at the Deluxe Arcade 10 N 2nd St., Memphis, TN 38103
Looking for a different party experience?? Then you definitely should checkout tonight's silent party at the Bradford. Go out with your friends to Party with music but with your own personal headphones.
Tickets may be purchased at eventbrite.com by searching Silent Party.
Women must be 21+ to enter and Men must be 25+
Saturday, November 11th
Binghampton International Festival 12:00pm-5:00pm
Location: The Commons on Merton 258 N. Merton, Memphis, TN 38112
Binghampton is having it's first ever FREE International Festival to celebrate its diversity. Go enjoy food, art, performances, and people all while checking out the latest developments in the area. Be sure to stay aware of what is changing and how it affects you! This is an opportunity to celebrate and be involved.
My City Four Way, Memphis 12:00pm-5:00pm
Location: Prop Cellar 2585 Summer Ave, Memphis, TN 38112
This FREE event brought to you by Essence will be an afternoon full of food, music, art, and style! You can even grab a few samples of delicious things from Memphis' own Chef D. Arthur.
You may RSVP at https://www.essence.com/mycity4ways/memphis
Suit Gifting Event 2:00pm
Location: 3611 Midland Ave, Memphis, TN 38111
Join STS Enterprise as they gift suits to some of the organizations mentees and college students. Come to learn more about the organization and how it contributes to the growth and success of the City of Memphis. This event is Free and open to the public. Any suits you may have to donate will be given to the Memphis Suit Project.
Cameron Bethany- You Make Me Nervous Release Party 7:00pm-11:00pm
Location: Loflin Yard 7 W Carolina Ave, Memphis, TN 38103
Memphis' own Cameron Bethany is having an album release part for his 8 song EP, that will be available at the show. I've been to a couple of Cameron's shows and they have all been amazing. His voice is incredible and will send you into a creative frenzy. You can check out some of his music at unapologetic store.com
Sunday, November 12th
Rock Your Crown Beauty and Empowerment Brunch 11:00am-3:30pm
Location: The Great Hall & Conference Center 1900 S Germantown Rd, Germantown, TN 38138
This hands on beauty brunch and empowerment workshop is hoping to create an environment of goal planning, relationship building, and development. Partake in an opportunity to motivate or be motivated by amazing women in your community.
Tickets may be purchased at www.rycmemphis2017.eventbrite.com
Art/Race/Violence: A Collaborative Response 2:00pm-5:00pm
Crosstown Arts 1350 Concourse Ave, Suite 280, Memphis, TN 38104
An event that will allow local artist to showcase their views on race and systematic violence through their own creative outlets. Enjoy art, spoken word, a story booth workshop, and more. Join the conversations that the media and Judicial System often tries to dismiss.
The Goods Experience 7:30pm
Location: Madison Dance Studio 1555 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104
If you're looking for a fun way to spend your Sunday, get some exercise in, or even learn some new moves check out Memphis' Trinica Goods intermediate heels dance class. This class isn't for experienced dancers but for those who are willing to enjoy themselves in Good company. The tickets are $10 and can be purchased via PayPal at paypal.me/TheGoodsExperience or at the door. Paying via PayPal does reserve your spot!
I hope you all have an eventful, fun weekend and let me know if you stop by any of the events I mentioned!