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Love Life and the 411 for August 2014

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song. ..” Maya Angelou

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You could hear it in the greetings of “Hello my sister. Well, good day, my brother” and see it in the smiles of children playing fearlessly, that indeed the city had a song at the kickoff of the 1st Annual Overtown Music and Arts Festival. Headliner Marketing Group and House of Wings along with Commissioner Keon Hardemon spearheaded the daylong concert and Kids Zone along NW 3rd Ave. in Historic Overtown featuring Grammy nominated artists like Raheem DeVaughn, Keke Wyatt, Jaguar Wright, Case and newcomer Sebastian Mikael.

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Local favorites The Deep Fried Funk Band and comedian Larry Dogg headlined the show. The Youth Zone was presented by The Green Family Foundation and produced by T.E.E.S – Teens Exercising Extraordinary Success, The Norwood Consulting Group and The Brown Girls. Nikki Kancey, Founder of T.E.E., says “it was important that an area be created to serve the youngest festival goers and engage them with a full slate of activities ranging from Arts & Crafts, fitness, literacy, and dancing.” More info at


Lifestyle, Music, Brands and Culture…In The Mix!

Ms. Vanessa James never disappoints and VJMedia Mixology III was an experiential event combining lifestyle, music and the brands that matter all powered by Steady Image media. This year Cadillac was the premiere brand partner and featured the 2015 ELR and Escalade. It was a great opportunity for a variety of brands like Monster Headphones, KIND Snacks, Remy Martin, Mount Gay Rum, Barefoot Wine, Bai Drinks, Coca-Cola, Emagination Group, and more to educate local media, bloggers, radio, print and TV personalities. In addition, VJ Media and Cadillac honored five media leaders for their contributions to the industry. Awards were given to:

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From L to R: Manny Ruiz – CEO of Hispanicize; Cessie Cerrato – PR Director of Palace Resorts Global; Simon Gomez – Contributor (Influencer of the Year); Vanessa James; Jill Strada – Program Director of WFLC-Miami- CoxMedia Group; John Yearwood – World Editor for the Miami Herald.

Prom Night Revisited…

The GirlFessional Network recently held their 2nd time Around Prom. I remember hearing about it and thinking ‘Why would I want to re-live that?’ But surprisingly it was a fantastically fun event and a great opportunity for couples to act like teens in love again with contests for King and Queen, Battle of the Sexes, Best Dressed and more. The really sweet event raised over $2,000 in scholarship funds for young girls headed to college this fall. Director Cherolyn Thompson said “Our goals are to have a great time and to give inspiration and render love one girl at a time.”

All The Way LIVE!

First Friday Linen and Sundress edition

Friday, Aug. 1 – 9 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Join Carlos Tejera, William Clark and the entire crew at the new location for First Friday at the Miramar Cultural Arts Center. This beautiful indoor/outdoor venue hosts one of South Florida’s longest running monthly adult social affairs with a live band and DJ playing the best in R&B and Old School. Every month there is a theme for the evening and August is the Linen and Sundress affair. This month also celebrates the Leos in the house with free birthday parties booked in advance. For more info and reservations call 305 905-4129.

Miramar Cultural Center Artspark, 2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar

Back to School Extravaganza

Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014

The Trayvon Martin Foundation’s annual Back to School Extravaganza at 10 a.m. at Hanan’s Academic Development Center (13250 NW 28th Ave., Opa-locka). Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, parents of Trayvon Martin, will be on hand to give out hundreds of book bags filled with supplies to Miami-Dade and Broward students from pre-kindergarten through high school. For more information, call Executive Director Kim McCray at 305-600-8810.

Hallelauh! Soul food @ ArtWalk!

Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014

Hosted by Starex Smith and Ernisha Randolph, REVIVAL at ArtWalk brings live music and old fashion soul food to Wynwood. Feast on delicious fried chicken, fish, shrimp, conch, mac and cheese, and fried chicken biscuits. Local artists and a surprise musical guests will perform, and wash it all down with some Freedom Punch. Glory! REVIVAL at ArtWalk is located at 266 NW 26th St., Miami – in the heart Wynwood and Midtown. For more information call 404-997-3272.

The Recording Academy® In The Mixx

Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014; 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Join music community members for a casual networker hosted by Florida Chapter Board Governor Leesa Richards. Free admission for Recording Academy members and anyone who would like to learn about or join The Recording Academy. RSVP to Sponsored by Piano Hollywood, SAE Institute, SESAC, and the Tampa Hillsborough Film & Digital Media Commission. Hosted at Piano Bar, 5805 Seminole Way, Hollywood, FL 33314

Back 2 School Chocolate Voyage (School Supply Drive) w/ The Brown Girls

Saturday August 16, 2014

Party with a Purpose and the purpose is to Pay It Forward! It’s the 2nd Annual Back 2 School Supply Drive onboard the South Beach Lady. TBG will be collecting school supplies for Elementary and Middle school students: book bags, paper, pencils, composition books, etc. The evening will also recognize the educators, administrators and supporting staff alumni of Florida Memorial University. Attire: Shades of Brown.

Event starts at 9 p.m. at Bayside Marina, 401 Biscayne Blvd. For tickets and table reservations call 754-422-3873.


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The new single ‘Bang Bang’ featuring Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj is set to be the Girl Power anthem of the summer! Typically I’m not a big fan of any of the above but together they are fire on this track. No doubt about to blow the roof off the end of the summer! Of course there will be the comparisons to Li’l Kim, Christina Aguilera, Pink and Mya’s ‘Lady Marmalade’ and more appropriately Li’l Kim’s ‘Ladies Night’ with Queen Latifah, Angie Martinez , Mary J Blige, Missy Elliot and Da Brat. Regardless, the song stands on its own as a banger – no pun intended, Miley Cyrus. Available on iTunes or listen to it here.


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“Ain’t got no time for Bird Sex!”

That will make sense once you’ve seen the show. LMAO funny! I watched this trailer four times laughing my butt off! It debuted last week and it’s the first from Adult Swim 2014-2015 new shows. The “Mike Tyson Mysteries,” is a half-hour animated adult comedy series featuring a cartoon Mike Tyson who solves mysteries, with his Mystery Team – a ghost named the Marquess of Queensbury, Mike’s adopted Korean daughter Yee and a pigeon who used to be a man. Crazy enough for ya? It debuted at this year’s Comic-Con and Mike Tyson actually voices his character and it’s hilarious. Click here to check out the promo.