I’m so excited about my Black History Month festivities so far. Best believe I’m starting it out super black and it feels so good!
NAACP ‘Vote Freedom Fund 2019 Dinner’ at the Hilton Tampa with Keynotote Speaker Andrew Gillum. I can’t put into words how excited I am for this dinner. I’ll be catching footage for you all, so just wait!
On February 2nd, I’ll be traveling down to Eatonville, FL for the 30th Annual Zora Neale Hurston: Festival of the Arts and Humanities. As a little background, Eatonville, Florida is “is the oldest black-incorporated municipality in the United States. Incorporated in 1887, it is the first town successfully established by African American freedmen. “ Many of us don’t know that but I think it’s super pertinent for us, as as Africana Americans and Black people, to know this powerful history. Eatonville is also the hometown of legendary author, Zora Neale Hurston. Her strides to portray a realistic picture of the African American experience is an important thread of history that we should cherish and challenge ourselves to dive into.
The Festival began on January 26 and concludes on February 3rd with a closing Banquet featuring the amazing novelist and activist, Alice Walker.
The african symbol of Sankofa, ‘“it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind.” is what we should focus on not only in February but all the time. In order for us to know where we are going, we must first understand our past. We have to read these works of literature to better understand who our ancestors were so that we better understand who we are. Like one of my fav Frankie Beverly and Maze song, We are One. Speaking of….
I’m going to the Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly Tour at the Yuengling Center in Tampa on February 22nd! Check out their tour!
Ok so a little background on my music taste…I’m really a 55 year old at heart. My mom is 55 and went to college in the 80s. She also has older siblings, one of which was in a funk band. At our family parties, I was the designated party Dj, assembling a mean Youtube ensemble of hits from back in the day. This ranged from Funkadelic, Frankie Beverly to Betty Wright, Luther Vandross and Switch. So I’m ready for this concert. (literally chuckled)
I’m going to Tyler Perry’s “Madea’s Farewell” on February 7th with my mom, step dad and amazing friend, Howard at the Straz Center in Tampa.
First of all, bitch, Madea was a part of my childhood so I’m a bit sad. If you didn’t watch every Madea Play on bootleg back in the day, I’m afraid to say that you are not an OG. My mom actually never watched them. But whenever I went to my fourth grade best friend’s house, they had all of them. Do y’all remember this song?
Or do you remember Sonny and his fine ass? Maybe you remember Mr. Brown’s knees. Or maybe even “Nacho-cheese!” or “CLINK CLINK!” Nah, even better is when you could see the mics on the actors/actresses and they’d look like a fly on their face. Or what about when you could hear people in the background of the bootleg? I am honestly screaming. Sigh, childhood. But it was time to lay our gangsta granny, Madea, to rest.
I’m going to be blogging each of these experiences so stay tuned! And cop your tickets to these tours while you have the chance! Happy Black History Month! XOXO
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