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The August Must-Hit List: Made In America, Keyshia Cole, BlackStar Film Festival, Mad Decent Block Party & More

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • August 1, 2014
    • Budweiser Made In America Lineup Announced
      • Budweiser Made In America Lineup Announced
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Kanye West

Featured Events

Friday, August 1 – Keyshia Cole

R&B sensation Keyshia Cole is gearing up for her next album release and is bringing her Point of No Return music tour straight to Philly. Since day one, Cole's music has been layered with plenty of local ties, including tracks written by Philly's own multi-platinum selling, GRAMMY-nominated producers Carvin & Ivan.

Friday, August 1 – PJ Morton

Briclyn Entertainment is back on the scene, bringing Young Money solo artist and Maroon 5 keyboardist PJ Morton to World Cafe Live for an incredible night of live music. Last year, Morton’s acclaimed major label debut New Orleans, which features Stevie Wonder, Adam Levine and Busta Rhymes, hit #1 on the iTunes R&B Albums Chart and Top 5 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart.

Saturday, August 2 – John Legend: The All Of Me Tour

This month, multiple GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter John Legend touches down at The Mann Center, performing hits off his fourth studio album Love in the Future, which features the popular single, All of Me. Legend’s refreshing blend of gospel tunes and rhythmic pop sounds puts him in a musical league of his own.

Saturday, August 2 – The Wayans Brothers

This summer, Keenen Ivory, Damon, Shawn and Marlon Wayans are touring the U.S.—and bringing their signature style of funny our way. You can catch all four brothers on one stage as they hit Tower Theater for a hilarious, one-night-only Philly affair.

Friday, August 8 – Mad Decent Block Party  

No summer is complete without a few classic Philly block parties, right? Right. Mad Decent Block Party is once again taking the summer block party to the next level—actually the next 100 levels. The 2014 lineup features hot acts like Chance The Rapper, Dillon Francis, Diplo, Dirty South Joe, DJ Sega, Flosstradamus, Swizzymack and more.

Thursday, August 14 – Night Market Lancaster Ave @ 35

Philly foodies and festival fans, get your taste buds ready because the city’s premier street food festival returns with its next edition. Night Market Lancaster Ave @ 35th lands in the popular University City neighborhood with delicious bites from some of Philly’s best eateries. Also, be on the lookout for West Philly emcee Chill Moody as he holds it down on the live music stage.

Thursday, August 21 – Drake Vs. Lil Wayne

Round one: Fight! Trading in fast fists for dope beats, hip-hop megastars Drake and Weezy appear at Susquehanna Bank Center for their Capcom-sponsored, Street Fighter-inspired music tour, Drake Vs. Lil Wayne. The two emcees will go toe-to-toe (lyrically speaking) for an epic, arena-rocking rap battle.


Philly 360° Spotlights

    • Rewind: The Winners Circle II (Video)
      • Rewind: The Winners Circle II (Video)
      • Photo Credit: D. Alfaro for Philly 360°

Jay Z’s Made In America

Made In America Festival is set to hit Philly with another two days of nonstop music. Highlights for this year include writer/performer of the hit-song Happy Pharrell, reigning hip-hop star Kanye West, classic rap throwback group De La Soul and hit-making lyricist J. Cole, just to name a few. Get full details and enter our ticket giveaway.

BlackStar Film Festival

BlackStar Film Festival is back for another round of cinematic awesomeness. Hailed as “The Black Sundance” by Ebony magazine, BlackStar runs July 31-August 3. The Philly-based festival highlights independent films from emerging directors, producers and writers about the global black experience. Check out our guide.

Rewind: The Winners Circle II

The next wave of Philly hitmakers, including Good Girl, Brianna Cash, MPrynt and Jeremy Isaac, landed at Underground Arts for The Winners Circle part deux. Of course, Philly 360° went behind the scenes to capture exclusive interviews with the artists and live performance footage. Watch our video recap.

Exclusive With Nick Cannon

Philly 360° was there when entertainer Nick Cannon arrived in Philly for the 2014 Angel Awards at Hotel Monaco. We sat down with the star to talk about his love for Philly soul, charity work and upcoming projects. Watch the video here.


The Weekend Turn Up: BlackStar Film Festival, First Friday At The Barnes, Keyshia Cole, PJ Morton, John Legend, Reggae In The Park & More - August 1 - 3, 2014

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • August 1, 2014
    • Roots Picnic
      • Roots Picnic
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for Philly 360°/ Visit Philly

First Fridays in Philly are always a fun time, but this weekend things are looking extra fresh. From BlackStar Film Festival, Keyshia Cole and John Legend to Reggae in the Park at The Mann Center, Philly is doing it up big this weekend. Check out our top picks below.


Philly 360° Weekend Picks:

    • BlackStar Film Festival
      • BlackStar Film Festival
      • Photo Credit: Marisa Fischetti for Philly 360 / Visit Philadlephia

BlackStar Film Festival

When: July 31 through August 3
Where: International House, 3701 Chestnut Street; See website for additional venues.
Cost: $10, general admission; $125 all-festival pass
More info: www.blackstarfest.org

Hailed as “the black Sundance” by Ebony magazine, the 2014 BlackStar Film Festival makes its return to Philly next week for a third round of cinematic awesomeness. This year the festival theme is "Music is the Weapon," and the BlackStar buzz is definitely building. The festival continues to gain attention, and accolades, from movie lovers, industry creatives, and press in Philly, around the country, and beyond.


First Friday! Cézanne as Muse At The Barnes

When: Friday, August 1, 6 - 9 p.m.
Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: $25, members free
More Info: Click here

Summer is sizzling with Cézanne at the Barnes! Check out their new exhibition The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne with art, cocktails, music, and conversation this First Friday!

Enjoy live performances by Relâche Ensemble and Peter Price as they interpret Cézanne’s still lifes musically. Or head to the terrace to experience world beats by DJ Hiding Place and DJ Bloodfaceman

 

Keyshia Cole: Point of No Return Tour

When: Friday, August 1 | 8pm
Where: The TLA | 334 South Street
Cost: $28-40
More: Click here for more. 

Keyshia Cole is about to land in Philly! That's right, the "She" singer is gearing up for her next album release and will be stopping through Philly for her Point of No Return tour, named after her upcoming project. And, check out the after party at Voyuer

    • Keyshia Cole
      • Keyshia Cole
      • Photo Credit: D. Blanks / Courtesy of the artist

PJ Morton 

When: Friday, August 1 | 8 p.m. 
Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
Cost: $25
More Info: Click here to buy tickets. 

Briclyn Entertainment, 2 PM Music and TMP Management &Promotions are back on the scene and teaming up for another dope show. On August 1, Bricyln returns to polished Philly music venue World Cafe Live for an incredible night of music with Young Money solo artist, Maroon 5 keyboardist, PJ Morton

 

Levels Art Exhibit Opening Reception

When: Saturday, August 2, 6-9 p.m. 
Where: Urban Art Galler, 262 S. 52nd Street
Cost: Free
More Info: Click here

Sharp with Art Group presents a group exhibition of new works featuring some the best up and coming artists in the new contemporary art movement. “LEVELS” will run from August 2-31, 2014 with an opening reception Saturday, August 2nd, which includes FREE ENTRY, drinks and music. Six amazing artists will be featured in the show: Natalie Flor Negron, Jae Martin, Nebulus Flair, Seven X, Noni Red and Vinson Houston. 

    • The 3rd Annual Roots Picnic in Philly
      • The 3rd Annual Roots Picnic in Philly
      • Photo Credit: Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC

John Legend: The All of Me Tour

When: Saturday, August 2, 7 p.m.
Where: The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Avenue
Cost: $33-99
More Info: Purchase tickets online here.

Multiple GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter John Legend will be returning to Philly with his highly-anticipated The All of Me Tour. On August 2, Legend will touch down at The Mann Center to perform hits off his fourth studio album “Love in the Future,” which features the hit single, "All of Me." 

 

The Wayans Brothers

When: Saturday, August 2, 8 p.m. 
Where: Tower Theater, 69th & Market Street
Cost: $50 - 84
More Info: Click here to purchase tickets online. 

This summer, writer-director-actor-producers Keenen Ivory Wayans, Damon Wayans, Shawn Wayons and Marlon Wayans, are touring the US — and they're bringing signature style of funny our way. On August 2, the Wayans land at Tower Theater for a one-night-only family affair.


Reggae in the Park

When: Sunday, August 2, 2 p.m.
Where: The Mann Center for Performing Arts, 52nd Street and Parkside Avenue
Cost: Tickets, $40-$95
More info: www.manncenter.org

Philly, jam out to the cool sounds of live reggae music as The Mann Center's annual Reggae in the Park summer festival comes our way on Sunday, August 3.

Headliners of this all-day event include some of today’s biggest and brightest reggae performers such as Matisyahu, Steel Pulse, Morgan Heritage, The Expendables, Movadao, Inner Circle and more. So, get all of your Caribbean flavor — right here in Philly. And, experience it all under the gorgeous Philadelphia summer sky.  


Philly 360° Playlist: Philly Trombonist Ernest Stuart Releases New EP Love/Loss Featuring Hit Single "BMJ"

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • July 28, 2014
    • Ernest Stuart
      • Ernest Stuart
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Ernest Stuart

Trombonist, and founder of Center City Jazz Festival, Ernest Stuart is treating fans to some new music with his new EP Love/Loss. From playing with other notable musicians, to starting a CC Jazz Fest, and producing his own solo projects, Stuart's creativity pushes music lovers to think outside the box. And, this week Stuart's latest project has landed him a spot on Philly 360° Playlist.

The first single “BMJ” aka Big Mamma Jamma is an expressive piece that fuses together elements of rock with a big brassy sound. The track is inspired by Stuart's childhood memories of a character his mother would assume when playfully chasing him and his sister around the house.

Love/Loss is the follow up to Stuart’s critically acclaimed LP entitled Solitary Walker which he released in 2011. After traveling extensively across the world playing with bhangra band Red Baraat, Stuart felt he had something important to express in his music. Moving outside of the constraints of genre, he just wanted to be able to tell stories through music.

Stuart’s love for music began early at the age of 12. Although he fell in love with the saxophone first, his beginner’s music class only left him the choice of tuba, baritone horn, or the trombone. Clearly settling with trombone, Stuart has been working since then to refine his craft, including obtaining a Jazz performance degree from Temple University.

Coming into his own as a solo artist and songwriter, Stuart also continues to play well with others. He has shared stages with highly-noted musicians including The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Brandford Marsalis, The O’ Jays and even The Legendary Roots crew.

The new project is available on iTunes as well as Amazon. So, make sure you grab this project — it's sure to push your musical boundaries and paletta, expanding your definition of jazz music. Check out “BMJ” below!


The Verbal Connections: The Conversations Party - Saturday, July 26

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • July 23, 2014
    • Verbal Connections
      • Verbal Connections
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Verbal Connections

Philly, mix and mingle with a sophisticated crowd, as The Verbal Connections Conversations Party returns to the International House in University City for the next edition of this popular mixer.

Verbal Connection is presented by Communication Connections World Wide, a business founded by Philly-based journalist and activist Corey Carter that focuses on relationship strengthening and community building through media and open communication.

The initial Conversation Party started as a quarterly gathering for couples and singles, but has since grown into a popular — and packed — networking platform to promote effective communication within a variety of relationships.

For this event, guests are invited to step out in style and engage in meaningful discussion around love, sex and relationships — of all types. Each guest can bring at least one question, written anonymously, and the collected questions will then be selected by the host, and discussed amongst group.

This event features an open bar, light fare, vendors and live entertainment. Check it out!

 

The Verbal Connections: The Conversations Party
When: Saturday, July 26, 7 - 11 p.m.
Where: International House, 3701 Chestnut Street
Cost: $12
More Info: Click here to RSVP. 


Philly 360° Guide: BlackStar Film Festival Returns to Philadelphia For Year Three — July 31 - August 3, 2014

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • July 22, 2014
    • BlackStar Film Festival
      • BlackStar Film Festival
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of BlackStar

Hailed as “the black Sundance” by Ebony magazine, the 2014 BlackStar Film Festival makes its return to Philly next week for a third round of cinematic awesomeness. This year the festival theme is "Music is the Weapon," and the BlackStar buzz is definitely building. The festival continues to gain attention, and accolades, from movie lovers, industry creatives, and press in Philly, around the country, and beyond.

World premieres, interviews with filmmakers, in-depth workshops, mixers and more — BlackStar 2014 has got it all. So, to get you started, we've pulled together a few of our top picks. But, seriously — with a lineup like this, you'll want, and need, to see it all. 

Check out the 2014 program online for a look at the full schedule. 

Now, grab a friend (or three), spread the world and get out this experience this Philly treasure firsthand. #ByIndieMeansNecessary Let's go! 


BlackStar Film Festival
When: Thursday, July 31 through Sunday, August 3
Where: International House, 3701 Chestnut Street; See website for additional venues.
Cost: $10, general admission; $125 all-festival pass
More info: www.blackstarfest.org


Check out the Philly 360° Top Picks and the official trailer for BlackStar 2014! 

Thursday, July 31 

Arthur Jafa: In Process
12 p.m. | Scribe Video Center, 4212 Chestnut Street | $20 

Filmmaker, cinematographer, intellectual, and visual artist Arthur Jafa will talk about the creation of his latest film, Dreams Are Colder Than Death, a project that has al­lowed him to test his theories of optics, frame rates, motion capture and sensor resolution as technologies that can be shaped to be part of uniquely Black mode of expression.

Dreams Are Colder Than Death
6:30 p.m | International House, 3701 Chestnut Street | $10

What does it mean to be Black in America today? Director and legendary cinematographer Arthur Jafa tears at the root of this question with hypnotic imagery, lyrical grace and an epic narration by a host of artistic visionaries, thought leaders and uncommon folks, including Kara Walker, Hortense Spillers, Fred Moten,Wangechi Mutu and Melvin Gibbs.

Opening Night Reception
7 p.m. | ICA, 118 S. 36th Street | Free

Kick off your BlackStar experience with a special opening night reception at the Institute of Contemporary Art in University City.  View Kara Walker's RUFFNECK CONSTRUCTIVISTS exhibit late into the evening and mix and mingle with festival goers. Mr. Sonny James of Illvibe Collective will be the sonic guide for the evening. Cocktails and light fare will be served.

    • In Conversation: Terence Nance & Kahlil Joseph
      • In Conversation: Terence Nance & Kahlil Joseph
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of BlackStar

Friday, August 1 

Short Screenplay Competition Reading
12 p.m. | International House, 3701 Chestnut Street | Free with RSVP

Join us for a staged reading with professional actors of the Short Screenplay Competition finalists! Entrance is free, but you must RSVP. This year’s finalists will have their short screenplays read by professional actors in front of a live audience. The jurors will select a winner whose film will be produced by BlackStar and directed by award-winning director Terence Nance.

BlackStar Presents Khalil Joseph
5:30 p.m | International House, 3701 Chestnut Street | Free 

Kahlil Joseph is an award-winning LA based filmmaker, and In this special program, in conjunction with the Kara Walker-curated exhibit Ruffneck Constructivists at ICA Philadelphia, Joseph will screen WildcatUntil The Quiet ComesBlack Up, andM.A.A.D., a new unreleased project featuring Kendrick Lamar.

Terence Nance & Khalil Joseph: In Conversation
7 p.m. | International House, 3701 Chestnut Street | Free 

Join award-winning filmmakers Khali Joseph and Terence Nance, as the two artists discuss their practices, their collectives, and the source of their creative output.

Til Infinity: Souls of Mischief 
8:30 p.m. | International House, 3701 Chestnut Street | $10

Til Infinity is a full-length documentary celebrating the twenty-year anniversary of the critically acclaimed Souls of Mischief’s album, 93 Til Infinity. With over 50 interviews with notable emcees, producers, and DJs, Til Infinity offers a retrospective, in-depth look at the famed Hieroglyphics crew’s landmark 1993 debut album.

Watch the trailer for Til Infinity: Souls of Mischief below! 

Saturday, August 2 

Forever Young: Coming of Age Shorts
11:30 a.m. | International House, 3701 Chestnut Street | $10 

Check out five short films exploring the lessons learned with age, including Deluge, Painted Lady, Perfect Day, Seventh Grade, and The Summer of God

Planet Rock: Hip Hop Shorts 
1:40 p.m | International House, 3701 Chestnut Street | $10 

BlackStar presents five short films exploriing stories centered around hip-hop, including Cakes Da Killa: No Homo, Jamaica House, Underexposed: Indie Hip-Hop in Atlanta, Words by Rakim, and Yrak de Doble Filo & Darwin de Golpe Seko (Hip Hop Cubano).

Panel: The Crossover
5 p.m. | International House, 3701 Chestnut Street | Free 

This panel will explore the intersection between the film and music industries from music videos, television programming, advertising, and artists/executives whose careers span both worlds. Panelists include: Sherwood Herndon (Wu-Tang manager & film executive producer), Angela Northington (Revolt TV), Jeymes Samuel (They Die By Dawn and musical artist The Bullitts), and others. 

They Die by Dawn
6:50 p.m | International House, 3701 Chestnut Street | $10 

They Die By Dawn is a film based on the true life African American Cowboys of the old west. With an all star cast including Giancarlo Esposito, Michael K Williams, Nate Parker, Jesse Williams, Rosario Dawson, Isaiah Washington, Erykah Badu, Bokeem Woodbine and Harry Lennix, the film sets out to tell the story of a showdown between the real life characters.

Half of a Yellow Sun 
8:30 p.m. | International House, 3701 Chestnut Street | $10 

Olanna (Thandie Newton) and Kainene (Anika Noni Rose) are glamorous twins from a wealthy Nigerian family. Upon returning to a privileged city life in newly independent 1960s Nigeria after their expensive English education, the two women make very different choices. A sweeping romantic drama, HALF OF A YELLOW SUN takes the sisters and their lovers on a journey through the war which is powerful, intensely emotional and, as the response of readers around the world has shown, it is a story which can touch everyone’s heart.

Watch the trailer for Half of a Yellow Sun below!

Sunday, August 3 

Panel: Composing for Film 
3 p.m. | International House, 3701 Chestnut Street | Free 

Though we might think of film as an essentially visual experience it would be remiss to underestimate the importance of a soundtrack. This panel will focus on exploring the musical elements while providing insights on composition through professional growth and development. Panelists include Amatus, King Britt, Zakee Kuduro and Paul “DJ Spooky” Miller. Moderated by Rodney Whittenberg.

Time is Illmatic 
5 p.m | International House, 3701 Chestnut Street | $10 

Time Is Illmatic is a feature-length documentary that delves deep into the making of Nas’ 1994 debut album, Illmatic, and the social conditions that influenced its creation. Twenty years after its release, Illmatic has become a hip-hop benchmark that encapsulates the socio-political outlook, enduring spirit, and collective angst of a generation of young black men searching for their voice in America.

Closing Awards Ceremony
7:30 p.m | World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street | Invite / Passes Only 

The BlackStar Awards will be the highly anticipated finale to the 3rd Annual BlackStar Film Festival, concluding four days of genre-defying, thought-provoking independent films. Hosted by Laiya St. Clair, the awards show will feature special guest presenters who will recognize the best of the fest. Bilal will anchor an all star bill of international, independent musical performances to include Shabazz Palaces, Zakee Kuduro, Ursula Rucker, and RadhaMUSprime backed by Luke O’Reilly and DJ Matthew Law.

Check out the Time is Illmatic trailer below. 


Up Next On Our EDM Radar: Sublime Electronic Producer Rustie Playing The Dolphin Tavern - Wednesday, July 29

  • Posted By: Devon Darrow
  • July 21, 2014
    • Up Next On Our EDM Radar: Sublime Electronic Producer - Rustie — Playing The Dolphin Tavern, July 29
      • Up Next On Our EDM Radar: Sublime Electronic Producer - Rustie — Playing The Dolphin Tavern, July 29
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rustie

Some artists are extroverts, but some artists let their craft do the talking for them. This is what Russell Whyte (a.k.a “Rustie”) might say if you asked the fast and furious, genre-busting, electronic beatsmith how he expresses himself through music.

The Scottish musician, hailing from Glasgow, is headed our way on July 23 to the go-to Philly dance spot: The Dolphin Tavern. If you’re looking for an all-out dance party experience with music and sound coming at you from every angle, Rustie is your man.

Rustie’s music is characterized as leading the new wave of “maximalism” in electronic music—a tapestry of musical sounds that won’t sit still — but his music has serious depth and feeling despite the chaos. When you listen to his tracks, rather than just a cacophony of sounds, the devil is in the details with rich layers that can take a few spins to digest. But, trust us — his tunes are a musical feast for the ears.

Rustie is well on his way to a successful career after releasing just two singles in 2007 and 2008. With innovative tracks infused with 80s pop, new-millenium R&B, and hip-hop, Rustie’s 2011 album, “Glass Swords,” won him The Guardian’s prestigious ‘First Album Award’ just a year later. The producer signed with Warp Records for the 2010 release of his EP “Sunburst,” and continues to produce from the label.

Look out for Rustie’s hotly anticipated LP, “Green Language,” the follow-up to “Glass Swords.” The album’s single “Raptor,” was named best new music by Pitchfork.

See you out on the dance floor!


The Dolphin Tavern Presents: Rustie
When: Wednesday, July 23, 9:00 p.m
Where: The Dolphin Tavern, 1539 S. Broad Street
Cost: $10.00 General Admission
More Info: Tickets can be purchased here. For more info on the show, visit: The Dolphin Tavern


TOMORROW: Red Bull Sound Select Presents Spank Rock With Prowler & Mumblr - Saturday, July 19

  • Posted By: Blaire Monroe
  • July 18, 2014
    • Spank Rock
      • Spank Rock
      • Photo Credit: Ryan Muir / Red Bull

Red Bull Sound Select (RBSS) has quickly become a front-runner for top-notch entertainment events in Philadelphia, and their next feature totally attests to that.  

Get hype for rapper Spank Rock, as he headlines the next edition of Red Bull Sound Select at one of the freshest performance spaces in town, Underground Arts. Joining Spank for the show are RBSS artists Prowler and Mumblr, who will be opening acts.

For those of you who don’t know, RBSS is a long-term music initiative that connects artists and fans with one another while giving love to local music scenes. Past Philly curators have been Making Time, JUMP Magazine, Veteran Freshman and Little Giant Creative.

The coolest part is that you can RSVP for an entrance fee of $3! Tickets can still be purchased at the door for $10. But, c’mon now, when will you ever get to see Spank Rock for $3 again?

Doors open at 8 p.m., and we suggest you get there on time because these events have been known to draw a large crowd very quickly. So go ahead, RSVP now!


Red Bull Sound Select Presents Spank Rock w/ Prowler & Mumblr
When: Saturday, July 19, 8 p.m. 
Where:Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street
Cost: $3 with RSVP in advance, or or $10 day of show.
More Info: RSVP now 


Contest: Win Tickets To See The Wayans Brothers Live at Tower Theater - Saturday, August 2

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • July 17, 2014
    • The Wayan Brothers
      • The Wayan Brothers
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Wayans

Looking for a serious night of comedy? We hope so, because one of the industry's most hilarious families is taking their show on the road. 

This summer, writer-director-actor-producers Keenen Ivory Wayans, Damon Wayans, Shawn Wayons and Marlon Wayans, are touring the US — and they're bringing signature style of comedic antic our way. On August 2, the Wayans land at Tower Theater for a one-night-only family affair. 

This sketch comedy/stand-up tour featuring The Wayan Brothers has been years in the making, and will bring the four talents together on one stage for the first time in years. Fans of the the Wayans will be treated to extremely funny set that showcases the versatile, multi-faceted acting skills of each of these phenomenally talented comedians. 

Want in on the laughs? We know you do! That's why Philly 360° will be hooking a few lucky fans up with a pair tickets for this show, courtesy of our friends at Live Nation. Just fill out the below form for your chance to win. 

Click here for the official rules. 


The Wayans Brothers
When: Saturday, August 2, 8 p.m. 
Where: Tower Theater, 69th & Market Street
Cost: $50 - 84
More Info: Click here to purchase tickerts online. 


Philly 360° Exclusive: Behind The Scenes At The Angel Awards With Nick Cannon & Kharisma McIlwaine (Video)

  • Posted By: Kharisma McIlwaine
  • July 16, 2014
    • Behind-the-scenes at The Angel Awards With Nick Cannon & Kharisma McIlwaine
      • Behind-the-scenes at The Angel Awards With Nick Cannon & Kharisma McIlwaine
      • Photo Credit: S. Metzger For Philly 360°
    • Behind-the-scenes at The Angel Awards With Nick Cannon & Kharisma McIlwaine
      • Behind-the-scenes at The Angel Awards With Nick Cannon & Kharisma McIlwaine
      • Photo Credit: S. Metzger For Philly 360°
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In Philly, there are a countless number of non-profits that give back to their community — many directly impacting the lives of young people. One such organization, that is near and dear to my heart is The Community Angel Foundation.

The Community Angel Foundation began when founder Veneice Newton saw a lack of outreach to the children in Philadelphia — specifically children in poor communities, who are often overlooked. Veneice began her efforts to give back by answering letters addressed to Santa Claus with toy drives and personal toy deliveries.  Since then, The Community Angel Foundation has continued to blossom with their mission to “empower, encourage, and educate underprivileged youth.”

The Angel Awards

Each year, The Community Angel Foundation honors individuals that have made contributions that impact our youth at The Angel Awards, and this year I had the honor of attending. This year’s Angel Award ceremony was held at Hotel Monacoone of the city's newer hotels located in the center of the Philadelphia historic district. BTW — if you haven’t visited the rooftop at Hotel Monaco, do yourself a favor and go! You’ll thank me later.

The 2014 Honorees for the Angel Awards included Jeri Lynn Johnson of The Black Pearl Chamber OrchestraDr. Steve Perry, and Ed Snider of The Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation, and actor, rapper, philanthropist, and America’s Got Talent host, Nick Cannon.

    • Behind-the-scenes at The Angel Awards With Nick Cannon & Kharisma McIlwaine
      • Behind-the-scenes at The Angel Awards With Nick Cannon & Kharisma McIlwaine
      • Photo Credit: S. Metzger For Philly 360°
    • Behind-the-scenes at The Angel Awards With Nick Cannon & Kharisma McIlwaine
      • Behind-the-scenes at The Angel Awards With Nick Cannon & Kharisma McIlwaine
      • Photo Credit: S. Metzger For Philly 360°
    • Behind-the-scenes at The Angel Awards With Nick Cannon & Kharisma McIlwaine
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I had the opportunity to speak with Jeri Lynne Johnson about why she is so committed to helping young people. “What I realized in working with young people is that there’s a hunger out there for mentorship, for guidance, and to be nurtured by people who come from their community… people that can kind of show them the ropes and walk them through it." She went on to say, “It’s important that they see people giving back who look like them.”  

Exclusive with Nick Cannon 

We also had the pleasure of sitting down to chat with Nick Cannon about his philanthropy, history with our awesome city, and upcoming projects. Be sure to check out our Philly 360° video recap below. 

My hopes are that The Community Angel Foundation and The Angel Awards continue to bloom, and helps the young people of Philadelphia thrive. To find out more about The Community Angels Foundation visit Communityangelfoundation.org.  

Check out Kharisma's exlcusive interview with Nick Cannon! 


Sincerely Syreeta Presents Sincerely Chosen: The Live Interview Series Featuring Ebony Editor Melanie Yvette Martin - Thursday, July 17

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • July 15, 2014
    • Sincerely Syreeta - The Live Interview Series
      • Sincerely Syreeta - The Live Interview Series
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sincerely Syreeta

Sincerely Syreeta is back on the scene with another must-hit event. This time the popular Philadelphia blogger and lifestyle influencer is presenting the second edition of her new, provocative series, Sincerely Chosen: The Live Interview Series.

On Thursday, July 17 at East Eden Vegan Restaurant, the second Sincerely Chosen show will feature special guest Melanie Yvette Martin, Associate Beauty and Style Editor of Ebony.com. Melanie has local ties to Philadelphia by way of Temple University where she earned a B.A. in Communications.

Melanie has always been in love with beauty, style, and female empowerment which was manifested early in her college career as the host of her own radio show, Fabulously Focused.  Her devotion to female empowerment continues to be seen and felt as the written voice behind Beautifully Brown, a weekly column where Black women of all hues are celebrated and beauty is adored from the brown girl’s perspective.

Melanie will be interviewed about her personal journey, trends in beauty and style, being a brown girl in the media industry, building a beauty/style based media brand, and her thoughts on other hot topics.

Definitey check this one out!


Sincerely Chosen: The Live Interview Series 
When: Thursday, July 17 | 7-9 p.m. 
Where: East Eden Vegan Restaurant, 5600 Germantown Avenue
Cost: $10 
More Info: Register here.  


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