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The R&B Collective Lands At Warmdaddy's Featuring Corey Kelly, Kyleen Shaw, Keever West & More - Sunday, September 21

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • September 19, 2014
    • Kyleen Shaw
      • Kyleen Shaw
      • Photo Credit: R. Zakat

This weekend, Philly acts Corey Kelly and Kyleen Shaw, along with a few other Philadelphia artists are set to take over the next edition of The R&B Collective. This Philly-fresh music showcase goes down on Sunday, September 21 at the one of our favorite soul food joints, Warmdaddy’s.

Trust us, this show is going to be the ultimate send off to your weekend fun!

The R&B Collective series presented by Lyn Brown Music Group and J Allen Productions has featured a phenomenal  amount of talented artists over the past few months — and this weekend will be no different! If great soul food and heartfelt music filling in the air sounds like a good time to you, then this is the show for you.

Each artists has their own exciting flair. Take a look at the full lineup below!

    • Philly Music Scene
      • Philly Music Scene
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for Philly 360°/ Visit Philly

Corey Kelly - A Singer/Songwriter that was born into a musical family. Kelly began writing poetry at the age of nine, and it was onward and upward since then. He cultivated his talent in church and through classical training while attending college. Finding his stride in R&B, Kelly is working on his debut EP, Nothing Even Matters.

Kyleen Shaw - A vocalist with a distinctive style, Shaw’s music is upbeat and often encouraging. Shaw has developed her songwriting and live performance skills right here on the Philly music scene. She's throughout the city and beyond including Wawa Welcome America, Sigma Sound Stage, and World Café Live. Her voice is pure, heartfelt, and genuine.

Keever West – A native of the South, West is a producer and vocalist that has worked with both Keke Wyatt and Jaguar Wright. He’s made numerous appearances on R&B Divas Atlanta and was recently signed to AKATEK Entertainment Music where he is working on his debut project. His mixtape While You Were Gone will be released in November of 2014.

Noel Scales – A spoken word artist, singer and songwriter, Scales has had her work featured through radio, documentary, and at various performances around Philadelphia including the West Oak Lane Jazz Festival, Wawa Welcome America and The Black Golf Legends Luncheon. She is a product of the Girard Academic Program for Music and went on to study music at Temple University as well.

Raqi - An artist that prides herself on obliterating the box, Raqi has an eclectic style that pulls her various influences growing up. Her music is a twist of world fusion with an “urban contemporary twist.” It will make you dance but also challenge you with lyrics of lesser told stories and great rhythms. Her mixtape The Audiobook: Volume 1 was released this spring.


This show is surely for the music lovers, be sure to grab your ticket!


The R&B Collective
When: Sunday September, 21 Doors at 7PM, Show 8:30 PM
Where: Warm Daddy’s, 1400 S. Columbus Blvd.
Cost: $20
More Info: Click here.  


CONTEST: Tweet @Philly360 To Win A Pair Of VIP Tickets To Foxtail Festival on Saturday, September 20

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • September 12, 2014
    • Foxtail Fest
      • Foxtail Fest
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Foxtail Fest

This month, music festival producers, What Scene?, will again present Foxtail Fest here in Philadelphia. Along with Top Dawg Entertainment's SZA as the headliner, the Foxtail lineup includes performances by a diverse list of hip-hop/alternative/electronic artists and DJ's, including A$AP Ant, A$AP Nast, DJ Diamond Kuts, Noah Breakfast, ASAAD, Theodore Grams, DJ SYLO and others.

The day-long mystical forest-themed, music festival, hosted by Cory Townes, will also feature an outdoor fire show, aerial stunts, LED lighting hoops, and acrobatic/contortionist visuals by Mystical Circus Acts, as well as 3D projections of graphic art to go along with the listening experience.

Want to be one of the 1,000+ festival-goers expected to attend Foxtail next week? Yeah, we thought so. Well, here's your chance enter to win!

Tweet To Win

Just follow @Philly360 and @FoxtailFest, then tweet the below phrase. Just make sure you add in the special somebody who you'd bring along with you.   

"If I win free tix to #FoxtailFest from @Philly360, I want to take @[fill in the blank]!"

The Prize

One lucky winner will win a pair of VIP tickets. VIP amenities include:

Access to VIP viewing area with open bar
Limited edition Foxtail Fest VIP wristband
Foxtail Food Truck Pass
Entry to Exclusive After Party
Limited Edition Foxtail Fest Poster by DISTORTED + More!

So, get to tweeting and we'll see you at Foxtail 2014! Let's go. 

Click here for the official rules.


Foxtail Fest
When: Saturday, September 20, 
Where: District N9NE, 460 N 9th Street
Cost: $25-150
More info: Click here.


Swing Into The Weekend With A French Cabaret Inspired First Friday At The Barnes - Friday, September 5

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • September 5, 2014
    • With Art Philadelphia Tour With Danny Simmons - Barnes Foundation
      • With Art Philadelphia Tour With Danny Simmons - Barnes Foundation
      • Photo Credit: L. Whitaker for GPTMC

This weekend, The Barnes Foundation returns with another fresh First Friday lineup.

Located along Philly's world famous Benjamin Franklin Parkway, The Barnes is best known for its impressive collection of art, which includes 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes (more than all the museums in Paris) and 59 Matisses, along with works by Manet, Van Gogh, Degas, and Picasso.

In addition to works by these well-known artists, the collection also includes an amazing selection of African Art, period furniture and antique brassware—all painstakingly curated over six decades ago by the museum's founder Dr. Albert C. Barnes.

For First Friday, The Barnes invites you to escape to Paris at a cabaret-inspired fête––a sensual feast for your eyes and ears! Dive into the Parisian and Golden Age listening to sounds of the Avalon Jazz Band featuring dances that recall classic jazz halls, flappers, and dandies dancing in a whirlwind to soulful rhymes and rhythms. Activities also include a short talk on the exhibition The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne

No Paris trip is complete without the French bistro experience. So, sip apéritifs, and savor mini baguette sandwiches, pommes frites, and macarons available for purchase in the The Barnes' main courtyard — or make an evening of it with an intimate dinner at the Garden Café.

With an uncomparable collection of art, and an amazing line-up of artists—First Friday at The Barnes Foundation is a must-hit event for the weekend.


FIRST FRIDAY! FRENCH CABARET
When: Friday, August 1, 6 - 9 p.m.
Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: $25, members free, Use discount code PHILLY360 for a special $20 ticket. 
More Info: Click here


BASSic Black Entertainment & Kontraband 215 Present PhillyMade At Voltage Lounge Featuring Common, DJ Aktive, Chill Moody, Aaron Camper, Laiya St.Clair, Deelishis & More - Friday, August 29

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • August 22, 2014
    • PhillyMade Party
      • PhillyMade Party
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Live Nation

Philly, Labor Day weekend is quickly approaching. And, trust us — it's going to be a truly dope weekend for Philly and our music scene. In addition to Jay Z's bi-coastal Made in America (MIA) festival, BASSic Black Entertainment (BBE) and Kontraband 215 are teaming up to present PhillyMade

On Friday, August 29, the night before MIA hits the Parkway with headliners like Pharrell, Kanye West and De La Soul, a concert/party of epic proportions will go down at Voltage Lounge

The event masterminds, Adam Blackstone, founder of BBE and musical director for Pharrell, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and more, and Darrell Robinson, musical director for K Michelle, N.E.R.D and Kontraband 215, have joined forces and pooled their collective industry influence to show the world exactly what it means to be PhillyMade.

As you might expect, the PhillyMade lineup features an incredible roster of talent including West Philly emcee Chill Moody, BBE recording artist Aaron Camper, and Kontraband 215 frontman Scoop. Holding down the turntables this night will be DJ Aktive and DJ Dummy, while Hot 107.9 on-air personality Laiya St.Clair and  winner of VH1's hit reality TV show Flavor of Love 2, Deelishis will take centerstage as hosts. 

The big news? Kontraband and BBE just announced that hip-hop great turned entertainer extraordinaire, Common, just signed on to make an appearance. And, we all know Common's got mad love for Philly.  

Philly 360° will be on-site to capture behind-the-scene footage and artists interviews, so be on the lookout for us. For now, grab your tickets, spread the word, and let's show 'em exactly how PhillyMade people get down. Let's go! 


PhillyMade Party
When: Friday, August 29
Where: Voltage Lounge, 421 N. 7th Street 
Cost: $10
More Info: Purchase tickets online here


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
    • Philly 360° Guide To Made In America
      • Philly 360° Guide To Made In America
      • 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 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.  


Young Money Solo Artist & Maroon 5 Keyboardist PJ Morton Performs At World Cafe Live - Friday, August 1

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • July 31, 2014
    • PJ Morton
      • PJ Morton
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of PJ Morton

Briclyn Entertainment, 2 PM Music and TMP Management &Promotions are back on the scene and teaming up for another dope show. On August 1, Briclyn and crew 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

The GRAMMY, Dove and Stellar Award-winning producer/songwriter's ability to effortlessly cross just about any genre of music from, soul to pop, gospel and rock, has secured his position in the industry. Last year, his acclaimed major label debut New Orleans, which features Stevie Wonder, Adam Levine and Busta Rhymes, hit #1 on iTunes R&B Albums Chart and Top 5 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. 

PJ Morton has written and produced for many artists including Musiq Soulchild, Dewayne Woods, Ruben Studdard, Monica, Men of Standard, India Arie, Jeff Bradshaw and more.

This is definitely a can't-miss production. #bethere  


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. 


CONTEST: Enter The Made In America Weekend Giveaway Sweepstakes To Win A Pair Of Two-Day Passes And A Two-Night Hotel Stay In Philly

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • July 31, 2014
    • Win Tickets To Jay Z's Made In America
      • Win Tickets To Jay Z's Made In America
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360°

Jay Z's Budweiser Made In America festival will once again land in Philly, hitting The Parkway with two epic days of unstoppable music. Again this year, Jay has hand-selected another incredible, genre-defying lineup of artists, including Kayne West, Kings of Leon, Pharrell, The National, De La Soul, Girl Talk, Chromeo, J. Cole, De La Soul, Spoon and more. Click here to see the full lineup.

We're guessing that you want in on the action, right? We know you do. That's why we've joined forces with visitphilly.com and uwishunu.com for our Made In America Weekend Giveaway Sweepstakes.

Together, we're hooking up three lucky music fans with a pair of two-day MIA passes — and one contestant will even score a two-night hotel stay in Center City Philly. #winning Check out more details below and enter now for your chance to win big. 

Sweepstakes Details

One Grand Prize winner will receive one pair of two-day passes and a two night stay at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel. Two First Prize winners will receive a pair of two-day passes. Enter on any of our sites daily for your chance to win. 

You can find contest rules here

Event Details

Tickets are on sale now. So, if you don't want to leave it up to chance, then you can buy your tickets online today.  

Jay Z's Budweiser Made in America Festival - Philadelphia
When: Saturday, August 30 - Sunday, August 31
Where: The Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: $117 for 2-day pass, $526 for 2-day VIP
More Info: Buy tickets here.

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CONTEST: Win A Chance To Perform Live At The TLA For The Philly Made Concert & Party On Labor Day Weekend

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • July 29, 2014
    • Philly Made Concert & Party 2014
      • Philly Made Concert & Party 2014

On the eve of the Jay Z's Made In America festival, Kontraband 215 and BASSic Black Entertainment (BBE) will join forces to present Philly MadeHeld at The TLA on South Street, Philly Made will present our city's hottest emerging musical talents — live and on one stage. 

The event masterminds, Adam Blackstone, founder of BBE and musical director for Pharrell, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and more, and Darrell Robinson, musical director for K Michelle, N.E.R.D and Kontraband 215, have teamed up with ReverbNation to offer one up-and-coming Philly talent the chance to be added to the show's lineup. 

Say what? Yes, one local act will win a chance to perform alongside the all-star lineup of our city's freshest talents, showing the world exactly what it means to be Philly Made. 

You can click here to get more details on the contest — just make sure to enter by the August 5 deadline. And, stay tuned into Philly 360° for more details on this show.

Trust us, it's definitely going to be a dope show.


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. 


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