NYC Young Black Professionals- Weekly Listings

23 November 2009

The Good Life Pre-Thanksgiving Celebration

When: Wednesday, November 25, 2009 9pm
Where: KAMASUTRA aka K-LOUNGE 30 West 52nd Street between 5th & 6th Aves
Damage: Admission is free with RSVP. Email me.


Pre-Thanksgiving Bash @ Suzy Wong

When: Wednesday, November 25,2009 7pm....venue opens @ 5pm
Where: Suzy Wong 27th Street between 10th and 11th
Damage: $20 Advance Tickets while supplies last (more at the door, depending on available). I have 20 tickets for now, on a first come, first served basis. Once you have made payment, I can meet you in Midtown or Uptown anytime afterwork to deliver your tickets, or you can pick them up from me at the venue on Wednesday.

Come join us and Bent Entertainment, as we party hard on Wednesday November 25th for an early Pre-Thanksgiving Party at Suzy Wong!

****Suzy Wong is a very posh and sexy venue. Come out and drink, dance and mingle with other fellow professionals in the city!!!****

Music: DJ Jinx Paul & DJ Blaze spinning the latest in Hip Hop, Reggae, Salsa, Reggaeton, Merengue and Classics.

Straight Talk for Straight Men

When: Monday, December 7, 2009 7:45pm – 10:15pm
Where: Call the New York Open Center for more info & location: 212.219.2527
Damage: $18 (Code 09FPX11P; No Member Discount)
NOTE: This workshop is designed for adult hetrosexual men

To contact Mo Beasley:
A Workshop: Redefining Erotika for the 21st Century
Straight Talk for Straight Men in the New Millennium

This workshop is an exploration into redefining male sexuality for modern men. This journey will examine radical, traditional, popular, and mythical ideas of male sexuality. Popular forms of media such as music videos, pornography, erotic poetry/literature, and TV will be used as catalysts for open and honest discussions on what fosters a sexually smart and happy heterosexual man. This workshop will be highly interactive with the use of non-traditional techniques including acting to explore real-life situations. A small ensemble of "Mo Beasley's UrbanErotika ™ performers will engage in poetry, music and dance. After taking this workshop you will have a working definition you can take with you into every aspect of life as a sexually confident and secure man.

Mo Beasley is a workshop facilitator, author and speaker in the fields of sexuality, race and arts advocacy with over 20 years of experience. He curates a highly successful monthly performance series celebrating erotic love through poetry, spoken word, music, dance, and theater called Mo Beasley's UrbanErotika™ .

To learn more, visit

17 November 2009

Omega Psi Phi Hosts The Purple Affair

When: Sunday, November 22, 2009 8-11 pm
after parties galore to be announced at the venue
Where: William Paterson's Ballrooms A, B, C
300 Pompton Rd, Wayne, NJ
Damage: $15
As is the custom during founders week for Omega Psi Phi, the exclusive group EBONEE hosts The Purple Affair. A semi formal event that is always fly. From newbies to old heads, the Q's always know how to have a good time. Suits a must for the gents, tuxedos are optional. After 5 dresses for the ladies. This event is hosted by the Omicron Delta Chapter out of Jersey.

12 November 2009

Caribbean Cocktails Afterwork Hump Day

When: Wednesday November 18th 6:30pm
Where: RHUM Lounge inside
Negril Village
70 W 3rd St btw Thompson and LaGuardia
New York, NY 10012
(212) 807-6411
Damage: Admission is FREE!!! doors open @ 6

Come join us for Caribbean Cocktails Afterwork-Fall Edition in the RHUM LOUNGE inside Negril Village

Grab a drink and enjoy some good conversation with your fellow Meetup members!

In addition to the other urban professionals from Prolinks Inc, Rockstone Ent. and the Caribbean PS Network, we will be joined by the members of the Black Singles Magazine Meetup Group, and their organizer, Mark Anthony. A great extended Meetup afterwork event indeed!!!

Enjoy the music, as the DJ spins the latest in Reggae, R&B, Soca and Classics, mingle with group members as well as the many visiting professionals at the hotel and enjoy your drink while either networking or just unwinding for the day!

If you missed the 2 Summer Editions, check out the feedback below. The drinks were great, music was good, and the venue was real cool. You do not want to miss it! :)

FYI, we will again have 2 tables set up as a "home base", close to the bar, so you can find me when you arrive, but feel free to grab a seat anywhere within the venue, and get your mingle, dance, drink and eat on with your fellow urban professionals!

For those that may want to dine, Negril Village has an excellent menu.

Negril Village is conveniently located near the West 4th Subway Station (trains A,B, C, D, E & F).

Hudson Hot Hotel w/famous DJ Spinna!(Spike Lee)

When: Monday November 16 6:30 pm
Where:Hudson Hotel
356 W 58th St
New York, NY 10019
Damage: Free with RSVP. You MUST RSVP with giant step. See link below

I'm soo darn excited about DJ Spinna playing @ the Hudson Hotel!!!!

*DJ Spinna rocked the hot MJ remixes @ this summer's HUGE "Spike Lee celebrates Micheal Jackson" party in Prospect Park!

*His weekly Santo Funhouse parties in Soho (spinnin' old school hip hop -Wu Tang, Nas, Mos Def, Talib Kweli) along w/ soul classics "re-mixed")

*His annual world famous Stevie Wonder "remix" parties(now in Atlanta and LA)

*His annual 4th of July parties @ his backyard in Fort Greene....I'll just stop right there. :-)

Umm yeah...I'm a big fan!:) I can definitely co-sign on this event! And... if you never experience dancin' up a storm inside The Hudson Hotel's midtown luxurious "white room" w/ the [i]glowing dance floors (think MJ's "Billy Jean's" video) You're truly missing something special!

I advise you to rsvp fast - It will be sold out!

A cornerstone of Hip-Hop's late 90's indie-uprise, DJ Spinna made much of his first impression on listeners as the musical background of his group The Jigmastas (having released an impressive slew of 12" singles on his then self-run label Beyond Real during this time) as well as providing the canvas for an array of that era’s lyrical giants. As an emcee in New York City, if you didn’t have a Spinna production under your belt, well, you just hadn’t accomplished all there was to accomplish. Everyone from Mos Def, Talib Kweli to Pharaohe Monch boasted Spinna beats to prove their worth to the scene. At the height of indie-kingpin Rawkus Records heyday, Spinna was in demand, also churning out timeless classics of the era from the likes of J-Live, Mr. Complex and The Polyrhythm Addicts (his all-too-brief collabo-group with Apani B., Shaabam Sadeeq and Complex).

As New York City's premier Monday night event for the last two years, the Hudson has consistently seen a curated roster of DJ legends and pioneering artists as wide-ranging as Louie Vega, Afrika Bambaataa, Jazzanova, Bobbito and Danny Krivit, playing styles from soulful house, Latin, hip hop, jazz, funk and more. Mark your calendars for quality music and dancing at Hudson.

Men's Night at Lucky Strike Bowling Lanes & Lounge

When: Saturday November 21, 6pm
Lucky Strikes Bowlng Lanes & Lounge
42nd St & 12th Ave
624-660 W 42nd Street
Manhattan, NY 10036
Phone: 646.829.0170
Damage: Pay to Play and drink

The Ultimate Bachelors Club of New York are hosting their second monthly Bachelors meet up for a night bowling, and drinks Lucky Strikes Bowlng Lanes & Lounge.

Women are welcome and encouraged to attend and give these guys a run for their money!!!!

26 Lanes
10 Billiard Tables
Bottle Service Available

Age policy
21+ After 5:30PM Mon-Fri
21+ After 7PM Sat & Sun

Afterwork Dinner, Drinks @ Dancing Meetup at Fashion 40 in the heart of Midtown!

When: Friday November 13th 6pm
Where: Fashion 40, Midtown
Damage: Admission is free with RSVP until 10pm

Come join us afterwork on Friday November 13th, for the Afterwork Dinner, Drinks @ Dancing Meetup at Fashion 40 in the heart of Midtown!

Come enjoy half priced drinks from 6pm-7pm, while DJ Kaos spins the latest and we mingle and dance in our VIP section on the 2nd floor!

Note, the Meetup starts at 6pm, but if you are in the area earlier, you can drink downstairs beginning at 5pm for the same 2 for 1 drink specials until we set up at 6pm upstairs!

For those who didn't make it there for the Holiday Events or past afterwork Meetups, Fashion 40 is a very cool lounge, laid back music in the beginning, before the DJ starts playing music to get you on your feet! The service is very good, and there is a full menu as well, in case you are hungry between conversations with the group and dancing!

We will have the entire upstairs section of the venue for the Meetup. Just tell the doorman that you are there for the Meetup on the Black/Latino Meetup list.

And we will have at least 1 or 2 dedicated servers taking our drink orders as well, so no need to go downstairs to the bar and wait on line. Just relax and vibe with your fellow Meetup members upstairs in VIP!

Due to space restrictions, no MAYBE rsvp's are available for this Meetup.

Also, if you plan on attending, I recommend that you arrive EARLY at the start of the event. Our VIP section will fill up VERY quickly, and once we reach capacity, I cannot guarantee that you will be able to gain access to the area upstairs.

Additionally, if you RSVP YES and cannot attend, please be sure to change your RSVP by 12 noon the day of the Meetup to give another group member the chance to attend. If you RSVP through me and don't show up, please note your future RSVP's will not be given priority in future events.

In summary, please note the details below:

You have to tell the doorman that you are on the Black/Latino Afterwork Drinks Meetup Guestlist to get in free to the venue, and also to the VIP area upstairs
Free admission until the end of the Meetup at 10pm
Half Priced drinks until 7pm
Free drink ticket for all members and any of their guests who have birthdays the week of the event.
We will be sitting in the VIP section upstairs. This will be our "home base" for the evening, but we are free to mingle downstairs as well throughout the rest of the venue.
As always. this meetup event is definitely more geared toward those members that need to unwind and have a great time, while still mingling with fellow urban professionals.
Feel free to invite a co-worker, friend or potential business client along to the social as well, and be sure to RSVP.

06 November 2009

FELA the Musical!!

When: Thursday, Nov 12 8pm
Eugene O'Neill Theater
230 West 49th Street
(bet Broadway and 8th Avenue
Damage: $35/seat but act fast!
So...we have a confirmed date to see Fela - The Musical!

Limited amount of tickets for an unbelievable price of $35! Tickets are 1st come - 1st serve basis so please pay via paypal today!

1) Go into your paypal account. If you do not have a paypal account - you will need to set up a new paypal account-it's free.
2) Click on the "send money" option
3) Type in "" then proceed to make your ticket payment (name on account "Leatrice")

Only 5 tixs left so make your purchase today.

Check out Fela's famous director Bill T. Jonesdiscussing the making of Fela...

Ruth & Stephen Hendel and Roy Gabay present the world premiere of Fela!, a new musical based on the life of groundbreaking African composer, performer and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Directed and choreographed by Tony® Award winner Bill T. Jones (Spring Awakening) with a book by Jim Lewis and Bill T. Jones, Fela!will feature Kuti’s rousing music performed live onstage by Antibalas and other members of the New York Afrobeat community.

In this new musical, directed and choreographed by Tony® Award winner Bill T. Jones with a book by Jim Lewis, audiences are welcomed into the extravagant, decadent and rebellious world of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Using his pioneering music (a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies), Fela! exploresKuti's controversial life as artist, political activist and revolutionary musician. Featuring many of Fela Kuti's most captivating songs and Bill T. Jones’s imaginative staging, this new show is a provocative hybrid of concert, dance and musical theater.

Black Professionals in the City Networking Mixer- November

When: Thursday, Nov 12 @ 6pm
Where: Katra Lounge 217 Bowery NYC
Damage: Free Admission

Black Professionals In The City networking mixer will be at Katra Lounge!

BRING YOUR BUSINESS CARDS (if you don't have business cards bring whatever medium works best for you).

Come on out lets meet, mingle, share info, discuss the economy, new business / personal ventures over a few cocktails! First timers are encourage to come out and meet the other members. You won't want to miss this event! Very nice venue!
Katra is: A Morrocan lounge serving Middle-Eastern fusion style tapas and cocktails. The decor at Katra is Moroccan styled with all the furnishings brought back from Morocco. Pillow-strewn couches and intimate nooks dot the lounge. The mood is laid back with a distinct Middle-Eastern vibe.

This should be a good meetup, so we encourage everyone to attend and make some new connections. Spread the word, bring a smile and enough business cards.

Take J, M to Bowery
or F, V to 2nd Ave-Houston Street
or 6 to Spring Street - Lafayette Street

Dress Code
below are some of the clothing items not permitted for men:
Construction/ Timberland Boots
Baggy Jeans, ripped jeans
Headgear (baseball hats, bandanas, durags, etc...)
Sportswear (sweat pants, jerseys, etc...)
Sleeveless Shirts, Tank tops
Denim Shorts


ANF Short Film Collective Presents: Sexy Stories

When: Tuesday, Nov 10 @ 6:30 pm
Where: Perks Brooklyn 193 Smith Street
Damage: Free


Directed by Francesca Andre
A woman on a quest to find love in sex and pleasure

Ordinary People
Directed by Jj Flats
The perils of a relationship between two estranged lovers and their child.

morally Speaking
Directed by Lawrence Coke
It's Sheila's birthday and Sam has been planning this evening for weeks. After an expensive evening out, it's back home for a night of unbridled passion. But all goes wrong when Sam refuses to go “south”.

I Want You
Directed by Nefertite Nguvu
A whimsical romance ensues, but falls short when high expectations meet discontent. Eventually, time apart forces them to decide whether or not their love was meant to last.

Mix & Mingle 6:30pm to 7:30pm ( 2 for 1 Happy Hour)
Showtime: 7:30pm

Admission Free

Take the F or G Trains to Bergen Street

ActNow is a Not-For-Profit / Film & Theater Company

An Evening with Maya Angelou

When: Nov 8, 2009 8pm
Where: Riverside Church NYC
490 Riverside Drive, 10027
Damage: Buy tickets at: they are $150 for the front and $10-20 for students and regular seating.

The evening program titled, “Saving the Race: The Human Race” features the words and wisdom of Dr. Angelou; an extraordinary talent who is often described as one of the great voices of contemporary literature.
Common, Tom Joyner, and Freddie Jackson will also be there along with a few surprise guests

Doors open at 7:30pm, Event starts at 8PM