What’s Poppington: Get Out

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Beloved Jordan Peele, the other half of comedy show Key and Peele (you may remember him from MadTV as well!) takes a break from his usual comedy and shows us that he’s capable of much, much more. This time Peele tries his hand at horror and suspense and seems to have done it extremely well.

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If you haven’t seen the promotions yet, “Get out” is based on Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), who goes with his white girlfriend Rose (Alison Williams) to meet her parents. Rose’s parents have no idea that Chris is black, which makes him reluctant about the whole trip to begin with. Upon arrival, it becomes immediately obvious that something is off about Rose’s parents and the other townspeople. The trailer draws attention to hypnosis, missing citizens, racial issues, and a town where all the black people seem to act like disturbed psychos which enhances the fun of trying to guess what the heck you’re about to watch.

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The movie even received a rare 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Despite the intriguing plot itself, this accomplishment alone makes me want to see the movie. The critics on Rotten Tomatoes can be pretty tough so a perfect score means it has GOTTA be good. Get Out debuts Friday February 24th. Check out the trailer below!

What’s Poppington: Author Lataryn Rainey Perry

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Believe it or not, I’m not a huge reader for entertainment purposes. I read articles, magazines, and I surf the net for interesting finds from time to time. So, for me to actually pick up a book that doesn’t have anything to do with higher education or involves me obtaining the next steps needed to become a certified psychologist is pretty hard for me to do. Needless to say I have done just that. I have picked up a book to read solely for enjoyment purposes and I would like to take this time to say thank you, to Lataryn Rainey Perry, Author of a sizzling page turner and a fantastic read called Starting All OverIf you love suspense, sex, love, drama, and characters to adore and hate, I highly suggest that you log on to Amazon for your copy.

“After a horrible breakup Shanae begins to believe that finding an honest and faithful man is impossible. That is until she meets sweet and charismatic Troy Johnson who sweeps her off her feet with his charming ways. Life is becoming better for Shanae as her relationship with Troy begins to blossom until she realizes that lighting a candle to new love isn’t always paradise when an old flame is still burning.” 
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When ever I come across a new author I am always intrigued about the how’s, what’s, and why’s of they’re career and start. I interviewed Rainey and got all the details about when she decided to become an author, and I was able to get and inside scoop on what to expect from part 2 of her book, Starting All Over… Again.

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Jenifer: How long have you had your publishing company and What is the name of it?

Rainey: I launched my business Penwork Publishing, LLC in 2013 when I self-published my first novel. In the last day of 2015 is when I officially registered my business name with the State of South Carolina.

Jenifer: When did you decide that you wanted to be an author?
Rainey: I have always been in love with writing, but I realized that I wanted to be an author when I read my first novel by my favorite author in the world Eric Jerome Dickey. The book that kick started this hunger was called “Sister, Sister”.

Jenifer: What gave you your inspiration for your books and is there a part two?
Rainey: The first draft of my novel ‘Starting All Over’ was written when I was 16 years old. That story line was inspired by the relationships that I witnessed my sisters, cousins and friends go through. One of the main characters (that everyone just loves) Troy was created as an example of what I, as well as any other woman, wanted in a man/husband. Someone who would love them unconditionally despite what anyone else felt or thought. I wanted to depict a man that loved a woman so much that she was able to stop giving so much to her own flaws and be receptive of something that she needed most. Love.

Jenifer: What can you tell us about part two?
Rainey: Oh my goodness, ‘Starting All Over…Again’ will bring about many emotions. In this continuation, you’ll get to see the growth of some of the characters. You will be introduced to a few new characters and witness how each one of them deal with the different issues in their lives.

Jenifer: How does it feel to be an author and what do you want to do to better your craft?

Rainey: It feels great to be able to live out my dream. Nothing is more satisfying than the excitement of a person you encounter after they’ve learned what you do for a living. “I’ve never met an actual author before” those words never gets old to me. My goal is continue to enhance my gift of writing and inspire other aspiring writers or just people period, to pursue their dreams too.

Whats Poppington: Caroline Amine

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I don’t know if you all have seen the video for Caroline or have heard of musical artist Amine, but he’s pretty dope. That’s a passive description, so lets say he’s flippin awesome. The song has a very cool twist to it, instead of the typical woman bashing lyrics, Caroline talks about a female that’s very attractive who Amine want’s to have all to himself. Although the track is a bit explicit, it’s endearing at the same time and it is jammed pack with millenial swagg. Basically this is new music, by a new artist that has only put out two mix tapes in his entire music career. Don’t hate because he has the goods. Just sit back press play and enjoy

“Cause gray scenes might be gray But I love your bloopers
And perfect is for the urgent Baby I want forever” -Amine-

 

What’s Poppington: Toy Story Vans Collection With Fashion Tips

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Malibu Dollface is one of my all time favorite YouTube vloggers. Every video he does is slayed and done to perfection. While searching online for the new Toy Story Vans I ran across his Toy Story Look book that features the new Vans, Forever 21, and JoyRich pieces. If you are a sneaker head and you love unique fashion this post is for you. So, press play and enjoy.

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JoyRich Toy Story Collection

If you are interested in purchasing shoes from the Toy Story Van Collection I highly urge you to visit the Vans website. Most common sizes are sold out however, if you do a thorough search you may be able to find your size from other retailers online. If they are not available on the official Vans website try shopping on eBay for genitally used or untouched items. I ordered mine from an eBay seller. Good Luck!

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Toy Story Woody Denims Purchased from Ebay Midi Legnth Camel Brown T shirt Dress – www.bellabrownplus.com

What’s Poppington: Trinity The Ballerina and Hiplet A New Type of Balet

I have never had the opportunity to attend the ballet. However, I still can and I plan on seeing a performance soon. One question that constantly sticks out for me when I think of the ballet is, where are all the black ballerinas? Before doing this post I was a bit hesitant because I didn’t know if I would be able to find a black ballerina that I could interview and pick her brain about how she feels about the classical dance, and where she may see herself in years to come.

Well, I found one, or I should say I stumbled upon the cutest little ballerina by the name of Trinity Frost (her name is cute too).

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Trinity and I got first had information on how a young black women feels as a ballerina. I could only imagine how it feel to not see your own image in something that you love or even enjoy doing. It has to be discouraging at times. The more black people embrace the art of ballet the more common it will be. Living in the south, in Charleston SC a black ballerina is extremely uncommon, yet highly intriguing and a sight for sore eyes.

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Trinity Frost “The Ballerina”

Jenifer: How long have you been a ballerina?

Trinity: I’ve been dancing since I was 6 or 7 but I started ballet in 2nd grade.

Jenifer: What made you choose ballet?

Trinity: At first I wasn’t really interested, but then I was watching a movie with my mama called Save The Last Dance that’s when I became interested, but I didn’t know how I was going to do because my mama didn’t know where I could learn it, but then one day my principal at my school offered me an application to free ballet classes at Burke High School and that was in 2nd grade and thats how I started and chose ballet.

Jenifer: Are you going to continue to pursue your career as a ballet dancer until your adulthood?

Trinity: I don’t know yet, but most likely I am but if I don’t I would like to be a doctor or a psychiatrist.

Jenifer: Do you feel like young black girls are afraid to do ballet?

Trinity: I think they are afraid because if they do embrace it they would probably feel judged because of our culture being based mostly off hip hop and because it is a predominantly white genre of dance.

I came across a video on on Facebook that showed ballet dancers dancing a style of dance that resembled hip hop. Then I came to find out that the dance is called Hiplett, a mixture of ballet and hip hop. This form of dance was founded by Homer Hans Bryant a St, Thomas native and founder and creative director of The Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center. Enjoy the videos below to learn more.

The Poppington Life: Work Hard Play Harder: Darryl Robinson Rio 2016 Olympics

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Darryl Robinson, an Air Force veteran, a graduate of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, has a ten year stretch in real estate making dreams come true in the greater Charleston Tri County area, and now he’s a broker with a successful company called Elite Palmetto Real Estate. With all that accomplished I’m sure Mr. Robinson stays busy, but not so busy that a trip to Rio for the 2016 Olympics is out of reach. He works hard, plays harder.

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While watching the 2016 Olympic games this year and wondering if people were getting infected with the Zika virus in record breaking numbers, Darryl and his friends (the trio) were enjoying boxing and  basketball along with other sporting events live and in person.

“We saw 2 days of boxing 10 bouts each and 2 basketball games. One of the basketball games was Team USA’s blowout win vs. Venezuela.” -Darryl Robinson-

 

Darryl explains that he “stayed in Rio for six days with a childhood friend Terrell Dunmeyer and another that he met while working in Iraq.”

“We found our condo Air BnB… Stayed on Copacabana beach which was the site of beach volleyball…. Saw no mosquitoes and no criminal activity.”  -Darryl Robinson-

That goes to show that you cant believe and hold true to everything you hear on the news. Meanwhile the 2016 Rio Olympics trio enjoyed Brazil, and added another experience of a lifetime to their resumes and another stamp to their passports.
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From drinking Cachaca, sugar cane sweetened rum, locally sold on the beach, to experiencing Rio’s night life with a Sao Paulo native, the trio experienced all sides of Rio.

“Night life was lit and we went to clubs outside of the tourist areas.  Even went in the hood to the Favela.”  

“The girl that took us up there was from Sao Paulo a few hours away and spoke Portuguese, but was also fluent in English and had one rule…”On the way down don’t speak because they will know that you’re not from here.”…We caught an uber on the way up.”

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I live for the Olympics and faithfully watch the Olympics every time it airs, but to actually experience it and bask in the ambiance of it all takes things to another level. I enjoyed living vicariously through pictures and Darryl’s descriptions of Rio 2016 Olympics. Who knows, in the next four years I may be posting from Tokyo for 2020 Olympics, or next month maybe we will be posting from the beaches of Trinidad and Tobago. Stay tuned and remember to get up and get out to live the poppington life.

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What’s Poppington: Tika Sumpter Plays FLOTUS: Southside With You

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Our favorite devious The Have And Have Nots vixen is in demand. Tika Sumpter (playing Michelle Obama) has a lead role opposite of male lead, Parker Sawyers (playing Barack Obama) in the film Southside With You. If you haven’t seen the trailers for the new late Summer film you can check it out below.

Along with Tika playing FLOTUS, she will be staring in another life altering role that will change her world forever. Tika Sumpter will become a mommy. Yes, the beautiful actress has the blessing and joys of being a mom. This came as a surprise to me because I am a fan of Tika Sumter, but I had no idea she was pregers. To be honest, I’m glad she kept it a secret. I feel that It’s nice to see celebrities keep some things personal. They’re already in the lime light. A little privacy just make them seem real and more intriguing. Read Tika’s interview with Rolling Out Magazine as she explains why she has kept her pregnancy hush hush and how much the role of playing a young Michelle Obama means to her.

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I’m really selfish with my life. You want to share some aspects of your life. But, for me, I can’t give everything because then I have nothing to come home to and to have for myself and my family. And I need to store up on that love and all that stuff, in order to create, in order to act.”

“Sometimes when you let everybody in your business, I think it makes relationships harder than they need to be. Relationships are already tough. Raising kids is already tough. And then having somebody say something crazy or spread a rumor or say something that’s not nice and hurts your spirit — that I can’t deal with. And that’s why I’m very protective of my peace. I’m protective of my private life. Even getting pregnant, people are just now finding out, but it’s something that I wanted to keep for me and enjoy it for a while.” 

Tika continues and speaks about the importance of her playing Michelle Obama, and how it will impact her baby in the future…Is it a girl or boy? Continue reading to find out. 

“I just want her to see images of strength out there and of women who are doing something with themselves. I want to be able to dictate something about the images that my daughter will see and also [for her to] look up to me as a great mom and a great woman that she would want to one day hopefully be like”

“For me to play a woman like [Michelle Obama], someone that when I see her, I see myself. I see my future kids. What you can be, the greatness you can get to, it was an honor. And hopefully I do her justice and I pray to God that [fans] love this movie. Because I put everything into it so I give it to the world and hopefully you guys like it.

Tika continues and talks about intimidation, feeling overwhelmed and how she used those feelings to get into character while playing Michelle Obama. 

“[It’s] intimidating. Because you want to sound smart, you want to be smart. But you know, there were times as well where she felt overwhelmed by intimidation of certain things. There were people who told her that she couldn’t do things. She couldn’t get into Yale. She couldn’t get into her magnet school that she got into.

So I took the things that I was intimidated by and injected that [into my role] and said, ‘You know what? She had these same feelings at one point’ So I try to use that within there to get into character.”

What’s Poppington: Dope & Rare’s Bae Trippen

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 Dope & Rare launched there new app/game Bae Trippin earlier this month (Aug 2 2016). This is a fresh spin on a game app in my opinion and in some cases real life to those guys that have experienced having their belongings thrown outside by “bae”. Bae Trippin is a witty spin on what could be a frustrating situation. It’s a fun way to pass time while bobbing your head to a Mossberg Montana produced beat.

“When Mossberg released the ‘Chicken Chicken’ back in May, the internet went crazy. It was truly a proud moment for [Charleston],” Wages added. Moments after it was released on Soundcloud, we called ThatLevel. The [‘Chicken Chicken’] trend became the official instrumental for our game.” ~Justin Wages~

The game was developed by ThatLevel with the concept of collecting yo shit after its been thrown out. No, you don’t have to be a master mind to know how to play this game. All you have to do is jump and grab.

Jenifer Vanderhorst Plays Bae Trippin from Pretty-N-Poppington TV on Vimeo.

Along with dropping an innovative pass time, Dope & Rare’s founder Justin Wages knows the value of supporting his followers and giving back to show gratitude.

“Our followers are dope, “said Wages. “The iMac Giveaway was a way to express our gratitude, and share our very first project. Not too many people, companies or organizations would giveaway items with such high value…for free.  But we live by the motto ‘that it’s better to give than to receive’.” ~Justin Wages~

Bae Trippin is now available at the Google Play Store as well as iTunes.

 

What’s Poppington: Who Will Snag The Host Spot On The Real

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I hope by now that everyone has heard about Tamra Braxton and The Real’s feud. If not here’s a quick rundown. Tamar was released from her duties (fired) as one of the host of the daytime talk show The Real, and it wasn’t a very amicable separation. Now there’s an open slot and one out of these four beauties will be the new face of The Real. Will it be Ashanti, Mel B, Monica or Eve?

Who will be chosen as the new host? Who do you want to be chosen? Do you think the show will be able to survive without Tamar’s outgoing personality? Questions, questions, let me know and leave your comments.

What’s Poppington: Tawana T The Best Publicist In Charleston

 

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Last week I listed 5 ways to become a boss, well, I have another way you could explore your boss dreams and that is to be like Tawana T. A few days ago I had the pleasure of interviewing the best publicist in Charleston SC, Tawana Tolbert. As Tawana and I spoke over brunch,  we discussed her business as a publicist. She touched on how she has to exert herself as a boss in the male dominated hip hop industry, and in true boss fashion when representing others in the public eye, Tawana spoke more about her clients then herself. She is a professional, she knows her craft, and her clientele list is extremely impressive. Conducting this interview was a pleasure and I’m sure this is just the beginning of interviews to come.

PrettynPoppington Presents TawanaT from Pretty-N-Poppington TV on Vimeo.

What’s Poppington: 10 Black Owned Fashion Companies To Shop

If you haven’t been watching the news lately or surfing informative content on the web, then you may have missed H&M’s little apology in regards to their marketing/advertising and who they feel delivers a more positive message: H&M apologized last week for a comment on Twitter that said white models portray a more “positive image” for the brand,according to Eyewitness News.

In light of H&M getting exposed (and many others will follow) I felt that it was most necessary to provide my dear readers my top ten list of black owned fashion companies to shop. I picked ten companies to feature that has an array of selections in the fashion arena. if you don’t like my selections please feel free to pick your own and spend your money with a smile and pride while knowing that your not being viewed as a negative influence.

Bôhten’s mission is to establish an eyewear manufacturing supply chain on the African Continent. Through this we inspire to change the face of Africa with a vision that advocates education, sustainable employment, social responsibility and environmental awareness in fashion globally. -Bohten-

Bohten is high quality online shopping from the mother land its self. If you like the finer things in life and like being asked that ego stroking question, “where did you get that”,  exclusive eye wear shopping is one click away. Bohten.com

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Established in 2011, CanDid Art Accessories is inspired infinitely by research and affinity with African visual culture, indigenous design vernacular, and cosmic geometry.  Each piece is handcrafted and is created for the fearless fashion enthusiast who desires to make a statement without saying a word. CanDid Art designs are known for their use of various chains, assortment of metals, semi-precious stones and recycled materials. -Candid Art-

Candid Art has sensual body jewelry and accessories made by hand and obviously designed with taste as well as technique. These statement pieces should be added to your collection. Don’t wait shop now. Candid Art

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Fly Jane is one of my all time favorite online retailers to shop from. Can you say fashion, fashion, fashion! While typing that I was smiling the whole time. So imagine how elated I was to find out that they are black owned. Do not wait on this one guys, check out what they have immediately. Fly Jane

The top three companies are my three favorite picks out of the ten. I’m more then sure you will find your top three or maybe you will fall in love with them all. Enjoy shopping for your new black owned fashion company to support. This list will help you on your journey.

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What’s Poppington: Dick Gregory Say’s “Give Them Something To Lose”

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While watching Dick Gregory speak in an interview by Comedy Hype, I swear to you it felt like I was sitting down patiently listening to my grand dad speak wisdom mixed with a touch of cra cra. Gregory spoke on the current issue of killings by the hands of police officers that blacks face in America. He gives his thoughts on how to correct the problem and what will bring the shootings to a drastic halt. Dick Gregory say’s, “give them something to lose.”

While watching the clip below please be prepared for rough language. Although Dick Gregory expresses himself in a colorful way, the message behind his words can change Americas police brutality issues for lifetimes to come.

How do you make a cop change? It’s simple.. you pass legislation and say every cop has to be insured… Everybody carrying a gun has to be insured. The first time you violate that, you lose your license…. Now do you hate niggas more than you like feeding your family?… Give them something that they can’t afford to lose.. -Dick Gregory-

What’s Poppington: Love And Hip-Hop Hot Summer Reveal

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Tonight was the night for the hot Summer reveal of Tammy Rivera’s swimwear line on Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta. Tammy Rivera is the wife of rapper Waka Flocka. Tammy has now stepped into the fashion designer lane making an even bigger name for herself and making a loyal customer out of me.

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With celebs like NeNe Leaks and gal pal Bambi rocking her line fans all around will have these suits flying off the shelves. If your shy on showing skin, this line of swimwear may not be for you. Lets just say these suits are more for wear and stare instead of fun in the sun. When you attend your next pool side event that doesn’t really require a fun dive into water, grab your hottest pair of stilettos and Tammy Rivera Swimwear.

What’s Poppington: The Black Cultural Smudge

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Do you all ever wonder where the originators of hip -hop dancing went? I’m talking about the original you got served style of dance. The Omarion and Marcus Huston type dancers before things, “changed”. What about the beginners of authentic rap music and  hip hop before it became “mainstream” and replicated by the “masses”. How about the authentic ethnic beauty features of a black woman like the beautiful and cornbread fed Porche Williams, full lips, full hips, and plump derrieres, before the Kim K’s, and Kylie’s bought and attached those features to their bodies and made it “a thing.” Do you ever wonder what happened to these people, the originators of black culture? Well, we’re still here living and still having our culture smudged. Is it okay to become obsolete in specific areas while other people adopt, and/or steal our culture? Does it affect our identities? What do we do about the black culture smudge?

What’s Poppington: 25 Summer Getaways For The Black Professional

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Are you ready for that much needed Summer vacation? Are these two plaguing questions, where to go and what to do, stopping you from figuring out where the black professionals go to cut loose and have a good time. Well, worry no more. I have found a list of 25 top getaways provided by www.idontdoclubs.com . This top 25 list of festivals, parties, solo getaways, and conferences will satisfy your need to “duck off” for summer vacation is one you should bookmark.

Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival in Martha’s Vineyard, MA

August 8 – 13, 2016, add to your calendar
Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival 2016Founded by North Carolina-based Floyd and Stephanie Rance of Run and Shoot Filmworks, MVAAFF will present films by African-American directors from around the world.
mvaaff.com, @mvaaff

NABJ Convention & Career Fair in Washington, DC

August 3 – 7, 2016, add to your calendar
NABJ Convention 2016National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) annually holds the nation’s largest journalism convention and career fair each summer with plenary sessions and workshops for career and professional development. This year they’re partnering with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
nabj.org/event/nabjregistration2016, @nabjofficial

National Urban League Conference in Baltimore, MD

August 3 – 6, 2016, add to your calendar
National Urban League Conference 2016An inspiring and empowering conference that will provide you with unmatched professional, civic engagement, business development, and networking opportunities.
The National Urban League Young Professionals (NULYP), is a National Urban League volunteer, member, auxiliary that targets professionals ages 21 – 40 to empower their communities and change lives through the Urban League Movement.
nul.iamempowered.com, @naturbanleague

Oakland Art and Soul Festival in Oakland, CA

August 20 – 21, 2016, add to your calendar
Oakland Art and Soul Festival 2016Two sensational days of music, food, fun and art in beautiful downtown Oakland.
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Odunde Festival in Philadelphia, PA

June 2016 (official dates have not been released yet)
Odunde Festival 2016The largest African American street festival on the east coast with 500,000 people, over 12 city blocks, and two stages of live entertainment.
odundefestival.org, @odundefestival

One Music Fest in Atlanta, GA

September 2016 (official dates have not been released yet)
One Music Fest 2016One Musicfest brings together different artists to perform on their own terms, setting the stage for music genres to bleed into one another. One MusicFest creates the magic of a unique urban music experience inspired by alternative culture, sound and thought.
onemusicfest.com, @onemusicfest

Parlour Magazine’s #TravelFly Solo Weekend in the U.S. Virgin Islands

June 9 – 13, 2016, add to your calendar
TravelFly Solo Weekend 2016The #TravelFly Solo Weekend is a 5 day/4 night self-care inspired trip that is dedicated to whatever your heart desires. Designed as a “solo trip,” there is no large crew required, just you (and a bestie if you wish!), our “solo” guide to the islands and no group-think or pre=planned itineraries.
parlourmagazine.com/2015/12/the-travelfly-solo-weekend, @parlourmagazine

The Roots Picnic in Philadelphia, PA

June 4, 2016, add to your calendar
the roots picnic 2016The Roots want to “break you off” at their annual event in it’s 9th year.
rootspicnic.com, @rootspicnic

Sweetlife Festival in Columbia, MD

May 2016 (official dates have not been released yet)
Sweetlife Festival 2016A two-day festival featuring over 22 hours of music and more than 25 of our favorite artists. “Sweetlife” is about meaningful living and authentic relationships.
sweetlifefestival.com

UPTOWN Uncorked Food & Wine Festival in Napa Valley, CA

July 2016 (official dates have not been released yet)
UPTOWN Uncorked Food & Wine Festival 2016Enjoy a uniquely curated, 5-star immersion into Napa Valley culture with private vineyard tours, wine tasting, golf, yoga, live music, spa, comedy and culinary delights prepared by renowned chefs.

For the rest of the list please visit www.idontdoclubs.com