News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:15:29 -0400 en <![CDATA[CONTEST: Enter The Create Your Own Phillyosophy Summer Photo Contest For A Chance To Win A Spot On An I-95 Billboard & More]]> Attention Philly Selfie Fanatics: Here's your chance to turn that camera around and win big! Our friends at VISIT PHILADELPHIA just  launched the Create Your Own Phillyosophy Contest to give photo-happy fans of Philadelphia the chance to show off the city they love.

From July 22 through August 3, just capture a great photo of Philadelphia and go to to pair the shot with one of six Phillyosophy lines and then upload the photo that goes best with the line of choice.

An evolution of the With Love, Philadelphia XOXO® campaign, Phillyosophy allows Philadelphians and Philly-lovers alike to channel their inner philospher, and showcase everything they love about our town. The contest not only gives you a chance to show off Philadelphia, but you could also be selected to be featured on an I-95 billboard, and receive a trip to Philadelphia!

To select the finalists, VISIT PHILADELPHIA will choose the most compelling photos that pair best with the lines, and meet the technical requirements (300DPI). The photos will then appear on the Visit Philly Facebook page and, where the public can view the photos and vote for their favorite August 11-17.

After the voting period, the winning photo will be featured on a VISIT PHILADELPHIA™ billboard on I-95 in the fall of 2014.

In addition to bragging rights, the winner receives a free weekend getaway in Philadelphia, including a two-night stay at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel!

Click here to read the complete rules and regulations.

Get snapping and enter daily here through August 3.

Create Your Own Phillyosophy Contest

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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:15:29 -0400
<![CDATA[The Verbal Connections: The Conversations Party - Saturday, July 26]]> 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. 

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Philly 360° Guide: BlackStar Film Festival Returns to Philadelphia For Year Three — July 31 - August 3, 2014]]> 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:

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.

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. 

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:16:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Philly 360° Rewind: Brianna Cash, Good Girl, Jeremy Isaac & MPrynt Take Over The Stage At Underground Arts For The Winners Circle II]]> It's time for another Philly 360° Rewind. Next up: The Winners Circle II. Presented by Starr Island Group, Winners Circle part deux featured some of Philly's top talents including Jeremy Isaac, Brianna Cash, Good Girl and MPryntPhilly 360° was in the building to capture the onstage magic and provide our fans with a look at some exclusive backstage footage. 

Wondering what makes these rising Philadelphia stars winners? Well, it depends on who you ask. But, it’s safe to say that The Winners Circle stage is the definitive place where hard work and talent meet, and stars shine bright. Each of these acts have been carving out their own lane and making some major moves in the industry!

Before the show, fans and supporters of the artists lined up outside of the Underground Artswhich has quickly become an go-to performance venue and incubator for Philly talent.  

Quickly becoming one of the most mentioned names in the Philly music arena, Brianna Cash prides herself on defying genre. Her soulful voice,  folk influences, and lyrical prowess make her stand out in the crowd ‚ along with her ability to play both piano and guitar.

As always, Good Girl and MPrynt tore down the stage. From covers to original music, the crowd could not seem to get enough. MPrynt made certain to represent in their hometown, fresh off the Friends & Lovers tour with Philly transplant Marsha Ambrosius. There is no denying the talent of these two groups as they seamlessly blended their extraordinary voices and of course had harmonies to die for.

The very smooth Jeremy Isaac closed out the show with his band The Hangover, crooning the crowd with his great tone and undeniable stage presence. Jeremy always brings his A-game — honesty in his music draws you in and his vocal ability keeps you wanting more. 

This showcase is great look at what the Philly music scene has to offer, we definitely are on the lookout for the Winners Circle III. Take a look at our exclusive video below.

Did you make it out? Tell us what you thought about the show in the comments. 

Check out our exclusive recap of The Winners Circle II starring Jeremy Isaac, Brianna Cash, Good Girl and MPrynt. 

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Philly 360° Playlist: Rapper Dunson and Philly Producers The Phatboiz Team Up For New Summer Banger]]> For this week's Philly 360° Playlist, The Philly Phatboiz hand delivered the latest single from emcee DunsonBroke... Dope...Rapper.” It’s easy to see why it has been posted all over the net and nearing 15,000 plays on Soundcloud! So, you know we had to show this song some special love — like only Philly can do!

Dunson took one of the biggest chances of his life when he quit his job as a financial advisor to pursue rap.  But clearly, this is right where he belongs. His flows are catchy and his songwriting tells great stories.

The new single talks about the challenges and politics of pursuing a rap career and was produced by Dunson, and Allen “Bizkit” Arthur and Keith “Butta” Justice of the Philly Phatboiz. Without sounding preaching, the song pushes an important lyrical agenda — and it definitely keeps you moving. The video was also recently released and features a few familiar faces including singer/songwriter Dyshon Penn and R&B girl group Good Girl.

Dunson first began garnering attention for his mixtape series Creative Destruction. And, in July 2012 he released The Investment, which really propelled him to the forefront. The rapper has been featured in popular urban magazine XXL, and has collaborated with soul stars John Legend and Chrisette Michele, appearing as the featuring artists on Chrisette's song “Can the Cool be Loved?" off her latest album, Better

His versatility as a multi-instrumentalist and lyricist has opened up multiple avenues in his career. Dunson also produced Yo Gotti’s “Respect That You Earn” featuring Neyo and Wale.

As his single suggests, the road ahead isn't always easy, but it doesn’t look like Dunson will be stopping anytime soon. His latest project Outliers will be released in September. So, keep your eye out for music from this talented artist. We’re pretty sure that we’ll see more Dunson tracks produced by The Phatboiz.

Let us know what you think about this week's playlist pick. 

Click here to listen to the track on SoundCloud and check out the official video below. 

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:25:41 -0400
<![CDATA[Up Next On Our EDM Radar: Sublime Electronic Producer Rustie Playing The Dolphin Tavern - Wednesday, July 29]]> 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

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[TOMORROW: Red Bull Sound Select Presents Spank Rock With Prowler & Mumblr - Saturday, July 19]]> 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 

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:28:09 -0400
<![CDATA[Contest: Win Tickets To See Keyshia Cole Live At The TLA - Saturday, August 1]]> Philly 360° loves to hook you up with contests for tickets to some of the hottest shows going down in Philadelphia — and we've got another one for you! That's right. We're hooking a few lucky fans up with tickets to see R&B songstress Keyshia Cole. #holla

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. 

Cole's music has always been layered with Philly ties, including some bangers from Philly's own multiplatinum selling, GRAMMY-nominated producers - Carvin & Ivan. And we're sure she'll be resurfacing some of her Philly-infused songs during her upcoming Philly show. 

Want to be there? Philly, here's your chance to see Keyshia Cole live at The TLA. Enter to win a pair of tickets below. 


Event Details

Keyshia Cole: Point of No Return Tour
When: Friday, August 1 | 8pm
Where: The TLA | 334 South Street
More: Click here for more. 

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Contest: Win Tickets To See The Wayans Brothers Live at Tower Theater - Saturday, August 2]]> 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. 

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:13:22 -0400
<![CDATA[Philly 360° Exclusive: Behind The Scenes At The Angel Awards With Nick Cannon & Kharisma McIlwaine (Video)]]> 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.

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  

Check out Kharisma's exlcusive interview with Nick Cannon! 

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:07:11 -0400