Miami Soul – your ultimate source for places to go, people to see, and things to do in the Black social scene. Check out this week’s weekend guide from Miami Soul. For a list of weekly reoccurring events, check out miami.com/miami-soul.
It’s the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend. So in addition to your social life, be sure to also feed your service life and participate in any of the MLK Day of Service events happening throughout South Florida. Check out Miami Soul’s list of service events at Miami.com/martin-luther-king-jr-day-celebration-events-and-day-service-projects-throughout-south-florida-article
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West African Soukous at Dance Band Night
Thursday, January 14, 7PM – North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
Every second Thursday, get a little more Afrocentric with traditional African dance, which is presented by the Rhythm Foundation. The January edition features Congolese soukous group Nkumu Katalay and the Life Long Project Band led by Katalay, an artist and orator born in Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and now living in New York City. For the past two decades, he has worked as an ensemble musician, choreographer, dancer, and speaker. Dance lessons are presented by Delou Africa at 7pm with the live concert at 8pm. Free with suggested donation of $5 or more. Family friendly.
Big Night in Little Haiti
Friday, January 15, 6PM – 10PM – Little Haiti Marketplace,
Big Night in Little Haiti returns in 2016 with the best in Haitian compas music, art, culture, and entertainment every 3rd Friday of the month. This month’s event features Shoogar Combo in concert with an opening set by Prinsip. In the gallery is the final opportunity to view the Art Basel-sanctioned exhibition, Borderless Caribbean, presented by the Haitian Cultural Alliance. Food will be available for sale with hands-on art activities for kids. The after party continues at the Caribbean Marketplace. Free event for the entire family with a suggested donation of $5 or more.
Zo’s Winter Groove
Friday, January 15 – Monday, January 18
The Mourning Family Foundation presents it’s second annual Zo’s Winter Groove with a full weekend line up of events to include a Youth Summit on Friday at Florida Memorial University featuring political activist Kevin Powell and Natasha Eubanks of Young, Black & Fabulous. The 5K Run/Walk and Family Fun Day and Health & Wellness Fair is Saturday at Miramar Regional Park and also includes a free sports clinics and activities throughout the day. Sunday is the Zo’s Winter Groove Comedy Show at the J.W. Marriott Marriott downtown hosted by Alonzo Mourning and Cedric the Entertainer, and Monday is the Zo’s Hall of Fame Golf Groove at the Turnberry Isle Resort. More info is available at ZosWinterGroove.com.
The Pink & Green Empire
Saturday, January 16, 2PM – 7PM – Martini Bar at Gulfstream Park, 601 Silks Run, Hallandale
The ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. of the Zeta Rho Omega Chapter celebrates their 108th Founders’ Day. Admission $25. Tickets available online at pinkandgreenempire.eventbrite.com
African de Luxe Afrobeats Party
Saturday, January 16, 10PM – 4AM – Grand Cafe, 12389 Pembroke Rd, Pembroke Pines
An all new African experience starts up featuring Afrobeats, coupe decade, dancehall, chomp, soca, and hip hop music. Free RSVP online before January 15 and $10 discounted admission with online RSVP if you arrive after midnight. $20 door cover when RSVPs close. RSVP online at eventbrite.com/e/african-de-luxe-mlk-weekend-africandeluxe-tickets-20434304555
West Palm Beach Sigmas Presents: Blazers and Blue Jeans
Saturday, January 16, 7PM – 11PM – Commons Park, 11600 Poinciana Blvd, Royal Palm Beach
The gentlemen of the Gamma Zeta Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. hosts a BYON event with proceeds helping to fund the Sigma Beta Youth Club. Admission $20. Tickets available online at eventbrite.com/e/blazers-and-blue-jeans-tickets-19555836032
Wine & Reggae Festival
Sunday, January 17, 5PM – 10PM – The Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29th St
Sipping Socials presents a laid back kind of Sunday vibe with live reggae, food, and of course, wine. Taste up to ten different wines with select food trucks preparing Caribbean inspired dishes. There will also be face and body painting, nail art, and wine raffles. Admission $5 and free for kids 15 and under.
#TrustDiVibes: Good Vibes Online
Sunday, January 17, 4PM – 12AM – Majestical Lips, 4320 NW 2nd Ave, Design District
Enjoy the sounds of reggae, a chill Sunday afternoon Caribbean vibe, food, and drink specials with music by LLCoolBlaze & Friends. Free admission.