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Badass Art Man: Original Artwork of Danny Simmons - April 21 to May 31

  • April 24th 2015 — May 31st 2015
    • Artist & Philanthropist Danny Simmons comes to Philly!
      • Artist & Philanthropist Danny Simmons comes to Philly!
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

Badass Art Man: Original Artwork of Danny Simmons

When: April 24 through May 31
Where: The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
Cost: Included with admission
More Info: Click here.

In 2012, just in time for the release of his book Deep In Your Best Reflection, Philly 360° took poet, painter and Chairman/Co-Founder of Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, Danny Simmons on an art tour of Philadelphia. Needless to say, the trip left a great impression on Danny. You can watch our video recap of Danny's tour, below.

Fast forward to today, and Simmons — now a Philadelphia resident — and The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) have joined forces on an exciting new ehxibition called Badass Art Man: Original Work of Danny Simmons.

The ground-breaking exhibit featuring the original art work of Danny Simmons, coupled with objects from his eclectic collection of African and African American art and historic objects opens this weekend and runs through the end of May. The exhibit will offer visitors a unique perspective on Simmons who has been identified by the International Review of African American Art as one of the “top ten players in the Black art market.” And, we certainly agree!

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The 31st Annual Celebration of Black Writing - May 1 - 31, 2015

  • May 1st 2015 — May 31st 2015
    • Join Art Sanctuary for the 31st Annual Celebration of Black Writing
      • Join Art Sanctuary for the 31st Annual Celebration of Black Writing
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The 31st Annual Celebration of Black Writing

When: May 1 - 31
Where: Various Locations
Cost: See website for details.
More Info: Click here.

Art Sanctuary is back on the scene with The 31st Annual Celebration of Black Writing — and this year, they are definitely doing it big.

Along with weekly author readings, weekend workshops and the stunning photography exhibit Barkley L. Hendricks: Oh, Snap!, CBW 2015 will also honor Philadelphia soul duo Kindred The Family Soul during its signature event, The Lifetime Achievement Awards at Temple Performing Arts Center.

Don't miss the CBW edition of Sanctuary LIVE! featuring an intimate acoustic concert with singer/songwriter Kriss Mincey. Stay tuned for more details! 

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The 8th Annual Roots Picnic - Saturday, May 30

    • The Roots Picnic
      • The Roots Picnic
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The 8th Annual Roots Picnic

When: Saturday, May 30
Where: Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, Columbus Boulevard & Spring Garden Street
Cost: $99
More Info: rootspicnic.com or buy tickets here

Philly, it's that time again! The Roots are bringing back their signature music festival—aka Roots Picnic—to their hometown. 

The hip-hop icons are taking a break from their regular gig as the houseband for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to kickoff summer by taking over Festival Pier in Philadelphia for the 8th annual Roots Picnic. So, when's it going down? Philly, lock in the date: Saturday, May 30. 

The Legendary Roots Crew always deliver on a day and night packed with some of the illest performances and collabs. Year after year, The Roots handpick a major lineup of artists hitting multiple music genres. Who made the cut this year?

We spotted several industry heavyweights on this year's lineup, including The Weeknd, Erykah Badu, A$AP Rocky, Phantogram, DJ Mustard, Rae Sremmurd and more. And, always down to represent their hometown, The Roots have once again added in a few Philly talents to the lineup. 

You can check out the full lineup here.

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The Roots Picnic Afterparty With Questlove, Cosmo Baker, Matthew Law & Friends - Saturday, May 30

    • ?uestlove of The Roots
      • ?uestlove of The Roots
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Kimmel Center

The Roots Picnic Afterparty

When: Saturday, May 30, 10 p.m.
Where: Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street
Cost: $12
More Info: Buy tickets online here.

The wait is almost over. Roots Picnic 2015 is about to go down—bringing another dope lineup of artists to the Philly waterfront.

After partying all day with acts like The Weeknd, Erykah Badu and DJ Mustard, the party moves to Underground Arts for round two. On deck for The Roots Picnic Afterparty will be Questlove, Cosmo Baker, Matthew Law and more.

Grab your tickets now, because you don't want to be left out when this dope Philly party goes down. 

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#BrunchJawn - Saturday, May 30

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#BrunchJawn

When: Saturday, May 30, 12 - 3 p.m.
Where: Warmdaddy's, 1400 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:  $20
More Info: http://bit.ly/bjawn

Celebrate at the official Roots Picnic pregame with three of Philly's finest ladies — Stacey Flygirrl Wilson, Laiya Stclair and Jae Afrodjiak El.

Before you spend the day partying with the likes of Questlove, Black Thought, Erykah Badu and the weekend, get your mind and stomach right on the gorgeous Roofdeck of Warmdaddy's for #BrunchJawn. Enjoy a delicious soul food meal steps from the Philadelphia waterfront at Warmdaddy's, plus, there'll guest will also be treated to a special 2 hour complimentary Hennessy tasting, along with  other reduced Hennessy specials. #winning

One of Philly's finest DJs, Afrodjiak will hold down the #BrunchJawn playlist, dishing out delicious tunes to compliment the gorgeous afternoon and to get your hype for Roots Picnic 2015. Don't wait to have regrets on the Gram the next day, purchase your  tickets today for #BrunchJawn. We'll definitely see you there.

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Roots, Rock, Run - Saturday, May 30

    • Roots Rock Run 2015
      • Roots Rock Run 2015
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of GrassROOTS Foundation

Roots, Rock, Run (R3) 5k Community Walk/Run

When: Saturday, May 30 | 9 a.m.
Where: Race starts at Anna Lane Lingelbach Elementary School (Wayne Avenue & Johnson Street)
Cost: Pre-registration is $25 at brynmawracing.com or race-day registration will be $30.
More Info: http://grassrootscommunityfoundation.org/events/event/2015-roots-rock-run/

Encouraging healthy lifestyles for girls and communities is cornerstone of GrassROOTS Community Foundation, which for a third year will host the Roots, Rock, Run (R3) 5k Walk and Run.

This year, the race will be in Philadelphia's historic Germantown neighborhood. Participants will again meet for the 5k at Anna Lane Lingelbach Elementary School, where they will break off to continue on designated routes. Pre-registration is $25 at brynmawracing.com or race-day registration will be $30.

GrassROOTS is currently active in 10 cities in the United States and was co-founded by sociologist and organization president Dr. Janice Johnson Dias along with Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, also MC of the hip hop group The Roots.

GrassROOTS provides educational services and special programs that focus on issues that affect disadvantaged women and girls such as obesity, exercise, breast cancer, HIV/AIDS, and suicide. Through is initiatives, GrassROOTS aims to instill positive and healthy habits for women and girls to help them become healthy adults.

So, before you head down to Festival Pier at Penn's Landing for the Roots Picnic, stop by this awesome community event to run, or cheer on runners, in the name of a better, brighter Philly.


Femi Kuti - Tuesday, June 9

    • Afrobeat Superstar Femi Kuti returns to the World Cafe Live!
      • Afrobeat Superstar Femi Kuti returns to the World Cafe Live!
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Femi Kuti & The Positive Force 

When: Tuesday, June 9
Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
Cost: $25-38
More Info: Click here.

Where the Kuti name is mentioned, greatness follows and Femi Kuti is no exception to the rule. Son of Afrobeat founder Fela Kuti, Femi struck out on his on long ago to continue in his father’s legacy of preserving his music while producing socially-conscious, hip-moving, funky-infused songs that move audiences all over the world. Don't miss it as Femi returns to World Café Live in June

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Fall Out Boy & Wiz Khalifa - Wednesday, June 10

    • Wiz Khalifa
      • Wiz Khalifa
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Fall Out Boy & Wiz Khalifa

When: Wednesday, June 10
Where: Susquehanna Bank Center
Cost: $37-85
More Info: Click here to buy tickets.

In support of their latest projects, American Beauty/American Pyscho and Blacc Hollywood respectively, Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa head out on summer tour that touches down in over 40 cities across the U.S. Catch the Boyz of the Zummer Tour at Susquehanna Bank Center with opening performances by Hoodie Allen and DJ Drama on Wednesday, June 10.

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Odunde - Sunday, June 14

    • Odunde Festival 2013
      • Odunde Festival 2013
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Odunde
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      • Odunde Festival 2013
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40th Annual Odunde Festival

When: Sunday, June 14, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. 
Where: 23rd & South Streets
Cost: FREE
For info: Click here for full festival details.

Philly, It's time to celebrate the African New Year and our city's rich culture and heritage with the 40th Annual Odunde Festival.  Meaning “ Happy New Year” in Yoruba, Odunde was created in the likeness of African celebrations of the Yoruba people in Nigeria.

Held every second Sunday in June since 1975, this massive event brings South Street West to life, drawing thousands of visitors from around the country to shop its African marketplace, take in lively performances, and enjoy all of the other Odunde festivities.

Each year, the festival begins with a group procession from South 23rd and South Streets to the Schuylkill River to make offerings to Oshun, the Yoruba goddess of the river. Then the crowd returns to 23rd and South for the official start of the festival, which stretches over twelve city blocks. In the African marketplace, vendors from around the globe offer great food, art, clothing, jewelry, and other black and African-influenced wares.  

In addition to great shopping and eats, Odunde features two stages that will explode with some of Philly and the country's most entertaining performers. Be on the look out for great R&B, soul and gospel music, African dancing and Odunde's signature drum circle.

This year’s performance highlights include Philadanco, Rennie Harris, Philly Youth Poetry Movement and a special throwback hip-hop concert feaeturing Kurt Blow, Special Ed, Chubb Rock and Kwame.

Click here to get the full deets on this year's Odunde festival.  

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Sittin' In Hosted By Koyaki - Wednesday, June 17

    • Sittin' In at The Kimmel Center
      • Sittin' In at The Kimmel Center
      • Photo Credit: Stratagem for Philly 360

Sittin' In

When: Wednesday, June 17
Where: The Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Streets
Cost: FREE
More Info: Click here for details.

Once a month on Wednesdays, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts opens its doors and stages to some of the city's hottest musicals talents for the popular Philadelphia music showcase, Sittin' In.

Now in its third year, this free concert/party/jam session mashup is Philadelphia's go-to event for emerging talent, locally-based touring musicians — and the music lovers that can't get enough of their soulful sounds. 

From stellar featured acts to the Sittin' In house band and resident DJs, this signature Philly jam attracts the best and brightest performers and musicians from Philadelphia, and beyond. This month's show is hosted by the indie Grammy-nominated emcee and producers, Kokayi with performances by Emcee Ciara and DJ Danophonic.

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The 31st Annual Celebration of Black Writing - May 1 - 31, 2015

The 31st Annual Celebration of Black Writing When: May 1 - 31 Where: Various Locations Cost: See website for details. More Info: Click here. Art Sanctuary is back on the scene with The 31st Annual Celebration of Black Writing…

The 8th Annual Roots Picnic - Saturday, May 30

The 8th Annual Roots Picnic When: Saturday, May 30 Where: Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, Columbus Boulevard & Spring Garden Street Cost: $99 More Info: rootspicnic.com or buy tickets here Philly, it's that time again! The Roots are bringing…

The Roots Picnic Afterparty With Questlove, Cosmo Baker, Matthew Law & Friends - Saturday, May 30

The Roots Picnic Afterparty When: Saturday, May 30, 10 p.m. Where: Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street Cost: $12 More Info: Buy tickets online here. The wait is almost over. Roots Picnic 2015 is about to go down—bringing another dope…

#BrunchJawn - Saturday, May 30

#BrunchJawn When: Saturday, May 30, 12 - 3 p.m. Where: Warmdaddy's, 1400 S. Columbus Boulevard Cost: $20 More Info: http://bit.ly/bjawn Celebrate at the official Roots Picnic pregame with three of Philly's finest ladies — Stacey Flygirrl Wilson, Laiya Stclair…