News Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:00:00 -0400 en <![CDATA[Opening: The African American Museum In Philadelphia Presents 'Badass Art Man: Original Artwork of Danny Simmons']]>

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!

Brother to hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons and co-founder of the culture changing show HBO Def Poetry Jam, Simmons’ artistic talents and interests are broad and varied. He is a published poet as well as a visual artist whose abstract-expressionist work has been displayed nationally. 
He is also an avid collector whose private collection includes an extensive collection of traditional African works, contemporary works by Mickalene Thomas, Kara Walker, Derrick Adams, Sol Sax, and historic art and artifacts, including works by James Van Der Zee and the first Negro comic book (c. 1941).
Now, audiences in Philadelphia, and beyond, will get the opportunity to go inside the mind of this cultural giant — experiencing what exactly makes Danny Simmon an undeniably brilliant "Badass Art Man."

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.

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Philly 360° Playlist: Center City Jazz Festival Founder Ernest Stuart Returns With A New EP 'Same Walking Animals']]> A Philly native,  versatile musician, trombonist and founder of the Center City Jazz Festival, Ernest Stuart drops his brand new EP on Tuesday, April 21. Same Walking Animals is Stuart’s latest effort and follow up to his 2014 release, Love/Loss — and, we’re giving you a first listen on this week’s Philly 360° Playlist!

Same Walking Animal

Architect Jan Gehl coined the term “same walking animals” in reference to creating public spaces all around the world that were essential used by the same people regardless of location. From the title of the EP to the individual tracks, every corner of his latest project has special meaning to Stuart.

The EP begins with “British Girl,” an upbeat track that is an infusion of different genres from rock to jazz. The record is inspired by a young woman who introduced the trombonist to new styles of music — some of which would  eventually become his favorite, go-to genres.The project digs deep with standout tracks like “We Can’t Breathe” and “Reluctant American Mascot.” Both songs take on the implications of race relations in America and abroad.

Stuart’s new project is energetic, introspective and packed with emotion. Same Walking Animals was recorded right here in Philadelphia at Turtle Studios and features an array of talented musicians including Lionel Forrester Jr. (drums), Alex Claffy (bass) and Ben Karp (guitar).

Center City Jazz Festival

This weekend, the Temple alum returns with Philly’s Center City Jazz Festival which will take place on Saturday, April 25. This year’s festival again coincides with Jazz Appreciation Month, and includes more than a dozen performers at fives downtown music venues, including Milkboy, Time and Chris’ Jazz Cafe. Performers includes the West Philadelphia Orchestra, Dena Underwood, Tomas Fujiwara and the Hook Up, and other must-see jazz acts, including Stuart.  

Take a listen to "British Girl" below and let us know what you think in the comments. Also, grab your tickets for Center City Jazz Festival now.

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Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:48:00 -0400
<![CDATA[King Britt & HPrizm Hit Johnny Brenda's With The Second Installment Of The Buddy System - Monday, April 20]]> Philly! Next Tuesday, two of Philly's finest will team up at Johnny Brenda’s in Fishtown for the next edition of The Buddy System

This new monthly music series curated by Philadelphia musician, DJ and producer King Britt and New York City-based composer, producer and performer HPrizm returns to the JBs for part deux. Together, they’ll produce a monthly night of forward-thinking music featuring artists from around the world playing experimental music and “having fun with sound.”

The catch? All of the artists will be a surprise.

The live series is an extension of a label by the same name, which you can check out here for an idea of the experimental vibe of the shows. But, anyone curious to find out who is performing each month just has to show up.

Tickets, $8, are available online. Remember, though, you won’t know who’s in the lineup beforehand. You’ll just have to trust in King Britt and HPrizm. #easy

The Buddy System
When: Monday, April 20, 8 p.m.
Where: Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Avenue
Cost: $8
More Info: Buy tickets online here.

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:24:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Get Your Favorite Dr. Martens Customized In-Store By Philly Designers Jeantrix - Sunday, April 19]]>

This weekend, Philly-based designers, Jeantrix, return with another dope collab with international footwear brand, Dr. Martens.

The go-to choice for hipsters, rockster, bad-boys and b-girls alike, Dr. Martens signature footwear is a recognized symbol for freedom and trendsetting style. This is the exact reason why the brand decided to setup shop in the Philly famous neighborhood of Rittenhouse. Yes, Philly cretives definitely have mad love for their Dr. Martens.

On Sunday, April 19, Jeantrix and Dr. Martens will host their second customization event, which is open to the general public from1 to 6 p.m. Dr. Marten customers that spend $50+ will get a chance to have their newly or previously purchased boots customized by the Jeantrix team with eye-popping graphics specifically designed for this event.

Customers can also bring their own ideas to the Jeantrix table — no design is off limits, everything goes! Did we mention that this customization is 100% free? #winning

Check out the recap video and visual gallery from their February collab, below.

Dr. Martens X Jeantrix
When: Sunday, April 19, 1 - 6 p.m.
Where: Dr. Marten's store, 1710 Walnut Street
Cost: Free customization with purchase.
More Info: RSVP to

Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:44:55 -0400
<![CDATA[The Recording Academy Philadelphia Chapter Returns With GRAMMY FutureNOW - Saturday, May 2]]> So, you’ve spent months of hard work putting together your album. It’s recorded, mixed, master — and now, you’re wondering how to get your music out to the masses. The Recording Academy® Philadelphia Chapter is back with an event that can help you figure out the next steps to success.  

On May 2, The Recording Academy® Philadelphia Chapter brings back its all-day music conference GRAMMY® futureNOW. And, you definitely won’t want to miss it!

GRAMMY futureNOW is the ultimate music conference for music professionals. The Chapter is bringing out heavyweight industry executives to The Hub at Cira Center to talk about marketing on a budget, why hit songs go viral, the power of publicity and more.

A full day event, the conference will kick off with a keynote interview with Allen Kovac the CEO of Tenth Street Entertainment/Eleven Seven Music Group. Kovac has guided the careers of bands like Papa Roach, Motley Crue, Drowning Pool and more. Following the first keynote address from Kovac, there will be three information packed panels.

You can take a look at the GRAMMY futureNOW panels, below.

Why It Catches On: Learn How Viral Hits Happen.

Inge Colsen - Director of Media and Marketing, Girlie Action Media (Pussy Riot, Tourist, MS)
Michael Fiebach - Founder/CEO, Fame House (Eminem, Tiesto, Pearl Jam, others)
Elizabeth Lutz - Director of Publicity, Shore Fire Media

Marketing On A Budget: What You Need, Where To Find It & How To Use It.

Jeff Moskow - Partner/General Manager, Label Logic
Tom Sarig - President, Ester Creative (Gaslight Anthem, She Wants Revenge, Lou Reed)
Taylor Winum - Marketing Coordinator-US,  Communion Group

Power of Publicity: How To Keep An Artist Relevant & In The Conversation

Aliya Crawford - Sr Vice President, W&W

The second keynote of the day will be Benjy Greenberg, President of indie label Rostrum Records which helped launch the careers of both Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller. Greenberg was also named one of Billboard’s Top 40 under 40 in 2012. A networking reception will follow.

This is not your usual music conference. If you are looking to take your music to the next level, don’t wait to register. Early bird tickets available through April 15.

When: Saturday, May 2, 12 p.m.
Where: The Hub at Cira Center, 2929 Arch Street
Cost: Early Bird Ticketing, $40 for Members, $60 for Non-Members
More Info: Click here.

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 13:12:51 -0400
<![CDATA[Philly 360° Playlist: Philly Emcee Mic Stew Drops New Track "Black Chucks"]]> National Red Bull Freestyle champ, Mic Stew is taking over this week’s Philly 360° Playlist with his hot single, “Black Chucks.” Undeniably, Stew is one of the sickest lyricists in Philly right now and he’s showing us exactly why he's one of the city's reigning emcees with this new track.

“Black Chucks” and its boom bap production gives you the opportunity to tune all the way in to Stew’s bars. Known for his rapid-fire freestyles, Stew's lyrical approach can leave listeners scrambling for a rewind button — hoping to catch every second his perfectly delivered lines. But, with this track, the emcee slows it down a bit, so we can hear every word of Stew staking his claim as one of the hottest rappers around.

“Hi haters, how my records get more plays when I take a hiatus, than yours ever get?”

Raised right outside of Philadelphia, Mic Stew moved into the city while studying at Temple University. It was there at Temple that Stew began cultivating his own freestyle scene with his “Freestyle Friday” events on campus. Emcees would come out and sharpen their skills off the dome in an outdoor, fun environment. Quickly rising to the top as one of the most lethal emcees off the top, Stew began drawing serious buzz from fans and the industry notables, alike.

By 2011, Stew was opening for the likes of Raekwon, Big K.R.I.T, Philly’s own Black Thought and more. His ridiculous skill with words and dynamic performance also led him to the Red Bull Freestyle Championship the following year where he won the title from judges that included DJ Premier, David Banner and K.R.I.T.

Releasing his first independent LP, PEACEWORLD in 2013, it was onward and upward from the momentum of the battle win. Stew rocked stages all over including an outdoor event in his hometown of Philly. The album yielded the popular single “I’m Not From Brooklyn,” which received much acclaim.   

Stew has been relatively quiet in the city while touring and promoting his music — but we know why. He’s been working on the follow-up project tentatively entitled Elsewhere. We are definitely excited to hear more about the LP, but  in the meantime, we're enjoying the free new music Stew has been dropping for fans to enjoy.

Take a listen to “Black Chucks” below and let us know what you think in the comments!

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 15:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Philly Black Pride Returns With A Full Weekend Of Mixers, Parties, Pagaents & More — April 22 - 26, 2015]]>

From April 22 to 26, Philadelphia Black Gay Pride will commemorate its 16th anniversary with a weekend of celebration of parties and poetry slam to pageants, youth events and more.

Philadelphia Black Pride was first created in 1999 by the COLOURS Organization, the only LBGTQ service organization in Philadelphia primarily by and for people of color. COLOURS served as the official host of the festival until it received its own official standing as a non-profit organization in April 2004.

Philadelphia Black Pride is dedicated to raising public awareness for health issues such as HIV/AIDS, shining light on issues that affect the LGBTQ community, providing positive youth leadership opportunities, and networking with queer communities along the northeast. Though PBGP targets its festival to people of African-descent who are members of the LGBTQ community, it welcomes any and all allies to the community.

This year, celebration kicks off with a open mic at Ladder 15 on Wednesday Night and features tons of can't-miss events, including receptions and brunch at Ms. Tootsies, a mini-ball at First District Plaza, and a Sunday social at The Kimmel Center

Come out and show your Philly pride, while mixing and mingling with the finest, flyest crowd our city has to offer. #phillyblackpride2k15

Philadelphia Black Pride
When: April 22 - 26
Where: Various locations
More Info: For a full list of anniversary events, click here.

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 15:02:24 -0400
<![CDATA[Top Picks: Eight Can't-Miss Events For Philly Tech Week 2015 — April 17 - 25]]>

Techies, this one’s for you. From April 17 to 25, Philly Tech Week returns for another round of innovative, tech-driven action. Now in its fifth year, PTW is firmly planted as the city's go-to event for Philly creatives working across the tech and design communities.

Fresher than your average tech conference, the week-long celebration kicks off with Arcade @ The Dilworth featuring an app arcade, makers corner and community programming courtesy of a few local partners.

Post-kickoff, PTW 2015 goes into overdrive withmore than 100 events taking place across the city. Only Philly could make geekin' out look this good.  

We know that trying to navigate this many events in just a week can appear to be a little daunting. But don't worry—Philly 360° has got you covered. We've pulled together an itinerary of a few can't-miss events.

You can check the official Philly 360° guide to Philly Tech Week, below. Or, click here to browse the full PTW 2015 schedule.

Philly 360° Guide to Philly Tech Week:

Tech Cocktail's Philadelphia Mixer & Startup Showcase

Thursday, April 16
Tech Cocktail’s bread and butter. Events held in 30+ cities across the country. We bring together your region’s 8-15 hottest startups, press, investors, entrepreneurs, job seekers, and hustlers, to join together for an evening of cocktails, networking, and informal startup showcasing. Each Mixer also features a one minute pitch from each startup which will determine that city’s Hottest Showcasing Startup.


Fuel Up for Philly Tech Week at La Columbe Torrefaction - Fishtown

Friday, April 17
Join PTW for a coffee-fueled networking session: It's a great chance to meet each other, talk about upcoming events, and make plans for the week. Share your passions over a cup of the best coffee drinks in Philly.


Arcade @ Dilworth

***NEW DATE: Saturday, April 17***
Celebrate technology and innovation at the Philly Tech Week Kickoff event at Dilworth Park. Check out the App Arcade, Maker Corner, live music, performances and more!


Philadelphia Independent Film Festival #8

April 17 - 25
With the City of Philadelphia as its pallet, this festival is an eigh day live and virtual gathering that includes screenings, discussions, and parties with filmmakers and creatives you most likely never met before. During this time, local and international independent artists and business community members meet, screen and discuss the innovation, technology, creativity, and diversity of the filmmaker ecosystem.


Experiencing Dust: Dancing with infra-red sensors

Saturday, April 18
Peter Price's video design for "Dust" uses infra-red sensors to "see" the dancers as they move about the stage, projecting color fields that change in hue and saturation based on the dancers' location in space and the intensity of their movement. Before the show on Saturday, April 18, ticket holders are invited to arrive at 7pm to "dance" with our technology and learn about how it works.


Digital Equality For All: Navigating Net Neutrality and the Impact on Communities of Color

Tuesday, April 21
In the wake of the recent FCC rulings on the preservation of Net Neutrality and the Reclassification of the internet as a utility, this 2015 Philly Tech Week WILCO / WURD Panel will explore the complexities of net neutrality, the recently passed FCC legislation, and the impact net neutrality legislation will have on people of color technology innovation, the cultivation of small businesses, and the engagement of community activism.


Beyond the Blog: Leveraging Your Digital Profile

Tuesday, April 21
Come learn how to take your blog and digital pursuits to the next level. This panel is an interactive discussion with area bloggers on how to leverage your digital profile for branding, business opportunities, and making steps to becoming a digital entrepreneur.Panelist include Sabir M. Peele, Founder of Men’s Style Pro and Independent Brand Consultant; Swabreen Bakr, Communications Strategist and Digital Consultant; and Christina Brown, Founder of fashion and lifestyle blog, LoveBrownSugar. The conversation will be moderated by Jared Michael Lowe, Lifestyle Writer and Founder of


Let Me Explain LIVE

Thursday, April 23
Let Me Explain is a series focused on real entrepreneurial stories told Live. Hosted by Jamila Payne, every show is unique with a new line up of guest entrepreneurs that have compelling stories they’re yearning to share. Each show starts with a theme that the storyteller uses as starting point to explain the untold truths of what it really means to build a business.The Tech Week show theme is "My Money is Funny."


Wed, 08 Apr 2015 15:07:26 -0400
<![CDATA[Philly 360° Playlist: Listen To Lydia Rene's Sultry Single "True Love"]]> For this week's Philly 360° Playlist, we're bringing you a new track by an extremely talented vocalist and all-around musician, Lydia Rene. As a singer, songwriter, musician and composer, René’s versatility gives her music an undeniable rich sound. Her single “True Love” is keeping the latest edition of our playlist sultry, sexy and soulful. Check it out!

Rene sings of desire and love in her new tune produced by Rene herself and Rick Carlos. The hypnotizing guitar, played by Phillip Pearce brings a raw edge to the song and creates the perfect juxtaposition to Rene’s smooth tone. Rene’s vocals showcase her power and vulnerability all at the same time. Her richness and range show the undeniable soul in the voices of singers that have cultivated their talents in the city of brotherly love and sisterly affection.

The soulful singer was raised right outside of Philly and cites Jill Scott as one of her influences in creating her expressive sound. She was raised in a musical family where the bare minimum was learning piano. Outside of her solo efforts, Rene has also been able to work with some talented artists in their own right.

She really began writing songs for others after a chance opportunity with producers Tejumold and Johari Newton who were a part of the classic Miseducation of Lauryn Hill project. She has worked and performed with artists like Eric Roberson, Jaguar Wright, Jean Baylor and more.

Rene explains that the album talks a lot about love as the new single suggest. The title of the project “Vintage Heart” was thrown around between Rene and her mother and morphed into a great message representative of the music. “Vintage means something that is used but still in good condition,” Rene described in a recent interview.

Take a listen to “True Love” below and let us know that you think in the comments!    

Tue, 07 Apr 2015 15:38:49 -0400
<![CDATA[BlackStar Film Festival & ReelBlack Present Nefertite Nguvu’s Film 'In The Morning' - Tuesday, April 14]]>

On Tuesday, April 14, two of Philly's finest, BlackStar Film Festival and Reelblack, team up to present the Philadelphia debut of Nefertite Nguvu's film, In The Morning at International House.

Winner of the Audience Award for Best Feature at the 2014 Urbanworld Film Festival, this film is a fresh take on the bonds of love, friendship, and marriage in contemporary life among a group of beautiful well-heeled friends in Brooklyn.

The film's director, Nefertite Nguvu, is a graduate of New York’s School of Visual Arts. With her company Hollywood Africans LLC, Nefertite has written, produced, and directed two short films, including a uniquely stylized black and white romance entitled I Want You and The End of Winter, which is an emotional meditation on loss. Both films have screened at numerous film festivals.

Amongst other web-based programming, Nefertite has also directed a ten-part series entitled The Road to U.N.I.T.Y., which chronicled the life of five aspiring female emcees hand-picked by and featuring Queen Latifah for Cover Girl and Flavor Unit Entertainment. In The Morning is her feature film debut.

In the Morning has an ensemble cast of emerging talent: Jacky Ido (Taxi Brooklyn) Emayatzy Corinealdi (Middle of Nowhere), Numa Perrier (The Couple), Kim Hill (original lead singer of The Black Eyed Peas), De’adre Aziza (Passing Strange) Hoji Fortuna (Viva Riva) and JoNell Kennedy (Me And You And Everyone We Know). And, making their film debuts are Alzo Slade and CJ Lindsey.

Director Nefertite Nguvu and star Kim Hill will be present for a Q&A after the screening. So, get your black film fix with this Philadelphia debut. Tickets are on sale now.

In The Morning
When: Tuesday April 14, 2015 at 7:00pm
Where: International House, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Cost: $10 Adults, $8 Students & Seniors, $5 Reelblack & IHP Members
More Info: Buy tickets online here.

Mon, 06 Apr 2015 15:13:00 -0400