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Philly’s own fashion champion Dom Streater stopped by her alma mater to receive an honor from some of the city’s most fashionable and diplomatic individuals.
In case you didn’t know, the West Philly girl pushed through season 12 of cable television's most competitive fashion competition—Project Runway—with her quirky designs and love of color-blocking.
When she stepped foot at the Moore College of Art & Design, where she graduated from in 2010, she was honored by Mayor Michael Nutter in front of students, teachers, fashion designer Nicole Miller, PR extraordinaire Rakia Reynolds and many more.
While accepting her award, Streater made a few lighthearted jabs at the city’s sports teams, and professed her love of Philly.
“I was born and raised in West Philadelphia, so this is my city, so I wanted to rep Philly well. So I’m glad I brought us home a win. Somebody had to,” said Streater, according to CBS Philly.
Besides this honor, Streater will be racking up on a few more goods thanks to Project Runway. She is expected to walk away with a half a million dollars, $150,000 from GoBank, a fashion spread in Marie Claire, and a chance to sell an exclusive collection at Belk.
In addition to being honored by Mayor Nutter, Streater was also given a personalized With Love Philadelphia XOXO letter from our friends over at Visit Philly.
Well the wait is over for a new single from BASSic Black Entertainment/Ingrooves Fontana artist Aaron Camper. Although traveling the world as a background singer with artists like Justin Timberlake has to be cool to say the least, we’re sure that Camper is excited to release a new original.
“Breaking My Heart” featuring Mack Maine of YMCMB exhibits a classic “back then you didn’t want me” sentiment. We are not sure if Karen Jones is a real person or not, but the song boldly starts “Karen Jones this song is for you/You never told me that you loved me 'til I told you we were through.” From the first line, you’re interested in what else he has to say.
But whether the song is about an actual relationship or a culmination of many experiences over the years, it’s definitely a relatable topic for many. He flows seamlessly between rap flows and singing. The production hits hard and has a catchy sample that plays throughout its entirety.
It’s effortless for Camper. Sharpening his chops over the years between writing and performing with many of the greats, it’s great to see him continue to grow in his own artistry. There won’t be a place for Camper in the background long; the forefront is his for the taking.
Take a listen to the new single below! Tell us what you think about it in the comments section.
Starting next week, The 12th Annual First Person Arts Festival kicks off with over 20 events—all celebrating the power of the personal story. This year, First Person Arts has taken their festival events to new heights, presenting an incredible line-up that includes notable artists like Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, Philly-based breakdance pioneer Raphael Xavier, author of the newly released book (1)ne Drop Dr. Yaba Blay, Philly's own Poet Laureate Sonia Sanchez, author and civil rights activist Angela Davis, and many more.
With a lineup this serious, tickets are moving fast. But, don't worry—we're giving one reader a chance to win the Philly 360° Ticket Package, which includes tickets to three great festival events at one low price.
The Philly 360° Ticket Package includes:
Conversation & Song: Walking The Laureate Road - Wednesday, November 6, 7:30 p.m.
The Unofficial Guide To Audience Watching Performance - Wednesday, November 13, or Thursday, November 14, 8 p.m.
(1)ne Drop Project Live - Sunday, November 10, 5 p.m.
Enter for a chance to win below. Click here for the official rules.
The Latino scene in Philly is heating up this weekend with events around Day of the Dead aka Día de los Muertos, a Mexican tradition that celebrates life through music, dance, art and more. Here are a few of our picks for the weekend.
Day of the Dead First Friday Party
When: Friday, November 1,
Where: Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street
More Info: Facebook invitation
Stop through this Day of the Dead party at Underground Arts for a night filled with music, art and culture.
El Rey Celebrates Day of the Dead
When: Through Sunday, November 3
Where: El Rey, 2013 Chestnut Street
More Info: www.elrayrestaurant.com
El Rey is getting into the Day of the Dead spirit with a host of dead-themed bites that will send chills down your spine, in a good way of course.
Distrito Celebrates Day of the Dead
When: Through Sunday, November 3
Where: Distrito, 3845 Chestnut Street
More Info: www.distritorestaurant.com
Iron Chef Jose Garces will be going in this weekend with Day of the Dead-themed happenings at Distrito, including a Friday night DJ, Saturday cocktail specials and a “you made it out alive brunch” on Sunday.
Day of the Dead Celebration at the Penn Museum
When: Saturday, November 2, 1-4 p.m.
Where: Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Cost: Museum admission
More Info: www.penn.museum
The Penn Museum is also taking in Day of the Dead activities. You can expect a day packed with music, dance, demos and more. Stop in and get your culture fix.
Friday, November 1 — Red Bull Sound Select Presents Jessie Ware & Mikky Ekko
Red Bull Sound Select is back with another can’t-miss concert at the Theatre of Living Arts (TLA). Next up on the bill of this Philly-fave music showcase will be the sizzlin’ sound of UK pop/soul diva Jessie Ware and singer/songwriter Mikky Ekko. These artists have been making big noise on the international music scene, and they’re ready for Philly.
Wednesday, November 6-Saturday, November 16 — The 12th Annual First Person Arts Festival
The First Person Arts Festival returns with more than 20 innovative and entertaining events—all inspired by true-life stories. The impressive lineup includes Toni Morrison, Raphael Xavier, Angela Davis and Philly’s own Poet Laureate Sonia Sanchez. Deal: Choose the Philly 360° ticket package to get three events at one low price.
Thursday, November 7 — PAFA After Dark: KAWS
You’ve never seen the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts quite like this. Celebrating the opening of its latest exhibit, KAWS @ PAFA, it’s taking the popular PAFA After Dark series to a whole new level—music by a guest DJ, pop-up dance battles by the Repstyles crew and a special Instagram contest.
Sunday, November 17 — Res
After a decade of making feel-good music around the globe, indie music star Res is home and ready to rock the mic at World Cafe Live. Since the release of her first hit single, Golden Boys, Res’ bold lyrics and genre-defying sound have made her stand out from the rest. Don’t miss this one!
Sunday, November 24 — Chill Moody: Girls Like Nicethings
Philly, stand up. Hometown MC Chill Moody is back on the scene with another hit concept. This time, Chill is mixing his always-tight stage show with some carnival flavor for Girls Like Nicethings at Union Transfer. Roc Nation’s Bridget Kelly, GoGo Morrow, Mylah and Brianna Cash will perform.
Saturday, November 30 — Joey Bada$$ & Ab-Soul
This month, MCs Ab-Soul and Joey Bada$$ are set to return to Philly, bringing their 29-city national tour to the Theatre of Living Arts (TLA). The show’s lineup looks blazin’ hot: The Underachievers, Pro Era and Taylor Gang’s Chevy Woods.
Philly 360° went behind the scenes with some of Philly’s freshest talent as they stepped to the mic during The Starr Island Group’s R&B showcase, a.k.a. The Winners Circle. With performances by Motown’s MPrynt, Dreamchasers’ Guordan Banks, Leah Smith and Jeremy Isaac, Sigma Sound was packed with tons of Philly talent. Check out the video recap.
There’s no better example of Philly’s deep roots in the arts than the Tiberino family. Celebrate their artistic legacy at The African American Museum in Philadelphia, hosting the exciting exhibition The Unflinching Eye: Works of the Tiberino Family Circle. It’s a family affair.
Last month, the Arden Theatre opened its latest soul-stirring production, Stick Fly, to rave reviews. We have you covered on the talented African-American cast directed by Philly’s own Walter Dallas. Take a look at our post.
Philly 360° caught up with international art sensation KAWS for an exclusive interview during the opening of his groundbreaking exhibit at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Wondering what inspires KAWS’ attention-grabbing work? Find out by watching our video.
Patrons should expect to mix and mingle while indulging in free wine and hors d'oeuvres, and check out some of the city’s most interesting and talented individuals.
The fashion showcase will feature local designers Tay Modisch, Dashnistry, Shavonne DeAnn and stylist Tash Banks.
Come meet the tastemakers and creatives who help give Philadelphia its shine.
The Philadelphia Wine Mixer
When: Friday, November 1, 7-11 p.m.
Where: The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
More Information: Facebook event invitation
The rhythms, moves and traditions of the Motherland are headed to the city as the Community Education Center in partnership with Drexel University welcome the first-ever DanceAfrica Philadelphia festival. The 4-day event features African dance, music, visual art, shopping and wellness. Since 1977, the festival series has been going down in New York and other cities across the country, and now it's finally made its way to Philly. The mission is not only to entertain, but to spread awareness of African culture.
Get in the groove with performances from Illstyle and Peace Productions, Kùlú Mèlé African Dance and Drum Ensemble, Farafina Kan and more.
Things kick off Wednesday, November 6 with a lecture entitled “African Dance in America: Reclaiming, Embodying, and Dialoguing with Traditions” at CEC. Don't miss the “Honoring Ancestors of Rhythm, Movement and Place” exhibit on display November 7 at Philadelphia Folklore Project or the Afro Beauty, Health and Wellness Marketplace taking place November 8 - 9 at Drexel University's main building.
Check out the full schedule of events and ticket information here.
When: Wednesday November 6 - Saturday, November 9 (times vary)
Where: Locations vary
More info: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/428884
Enter to win a pair of tickets to one of the shows. Follow @philly360 on Twitter and Tweet this before noon on Thursday, November 7:
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Yes, it's true—the weather is starting to cool down, but luckily for us Philly's fall arts season is only getting hotter and hotter. After a successful spring run of Loraine Hansberry's classic play A Raisin in the Sun, The Arden Theatre Company is back on the scene with another exciting African-American Broadway hit play, Stick Fly. The production originally opened on Broadway in 2011 to rave reviews, and was even executive produced by R&B diva Alicia Keys.
Written by celebrated playwright Lydia R. Diamond, this heart-tugging, and often hilarious, dramedy chronicles the ups and downs of the LeVays, an affluent African American family, during a weekend get-a-way at the family's vacation home in Martha's Vineyard. Between seemingly normal family moments like breakfast, arguments and board games, a web of secrets emerges that forces each of the play's characters to come face-to-face with themselves, and those around them.
The Stick Fly cast includes an impressive line-up of actors and actresses, all under the direction of Philadelphia's own Walter Dallas, who also directed the Arden's spring run of A Raisin in the Sun. Along with Diamond's captivating storyline and a stellar cast of talent, the play also boasts a beautiful and amazingly detailed set that effortlessly transforms the Arden's second-floor theater space into the family's swanky vacation home in Martha's Vineyard. It's a must-see peice of African-American theater across the board.
Stick Fly is currently in a short run of preview shows, and officially opens to the public on October 30. And, if the 2011 Broadway run of this production is any indicator, you'll want to get your tickets today before the shows start selling out fast.
When: Show runs through December 22, 2013
Where: Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2nd Street
Cost: $39 adults, $34 students/seniors, $15 children/teens
More info: www.ardentheatre.org
AXE chose four cities in the U.S. for an exclusive, intimate party series called "One Night Only". They teamed up with some of the hottest names in hip-hop for the shows, including J. Cole, Wale, French Montana, Meek Mill and more. Each city got a secret, underground party, and party goers didn't know who would perform until they got to the locations.
AXE brought the party to Philly last Friday night, and you know we weren't going to miss it. We even hooked up some of our fans with tickets to the show.
Weren't there for the show, or want to relive it again? We've got you.
Day of show, AXE revealed where the party would be. The show was at Underground Arts, a newer, intimate venue at 1200 Callowhill Street. Underground Arts is literally underground. It sits in the Callowhill neighborhood, also known as the Loft District. The space has a cool, gritty vibe with a stage that makes you feel like you are right there with the performers.
When we walked into Underground Arts, the room was packed, and the energy of the crowd was on fire - especially since Philly's own Meek Mill was just hitting the stage. The Maybach Music Group (MMG) artist and hometown favorite welcomed everyone in the room to his house party, and Meek surprised fans with a few of his hits, like "Levels", "I'm A Boss" and "House Party".
DJ Spinking was on the ones and twos in between artist sets. Island Def Jam artist Kaptn was next to hit the stage. The "Ricky Ricardo" MC treated Philly to a high energy performance.
The final suprise MC of the night was another favorite in Philly - Wale. The MMG artist kept the crowd hype for the rest of the night, hitting fans with songs like "Bad, "Rotation", "600 Benz" and more.
AXE's "One Night Only" underground concert was on another level. And, we're definitely down for AXE to make it more than just a one night thing in Philly.
Under The Influence of Music Tour: Wiz Khalifa & Young Jeezy When: Friday, July 25, 6 p.m Where: Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ Cost: $38 - 102 More Info: Click here to buy tickets. One of hip-hop's reigning MCs,…
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, mix and mingle with a sophisticated crowd, as The Verbal…