September 11-13: funk and 90s parties + Fashion Week

Friday, September 11, 2015– Gee Fource and Bang the Party


$10 before midnight/ $15 after

Lower East Side

For one night only, the folks behind the deep house and funk parties “Gee Fource” and “Bang the Party” reunite. Catch the live paintings, art exhibit, and the funky, funky jams.

Saturday, September 12, 2015- Party like it’s 1999 at the Bellhouse



Every genre of music was banging in the 90s, so get your dance moves ready as Bellhouse hosts DJs who will grace your ears with everything from hip hop, rock, pop, and R&B from the best. decade. ever.

Sunday, September 13, 2015- Harlem’s Fashion Row: Shop, Brunch, and Be Social


Lower Manhattan

Your front row invite for the Givenchy show got lost in the mail? Maybe it slipped through the internet somehow. While you wait for it to materialize, come can get a taste of Fashion Week festivities at HFR’s fashion experience this weekend. Check out the womens’ and men’s threads, get your drink on, and hob nob with the multicultural designers featured at the beautiful Norwood Club.

R&B Ain’t Dead vol. IV: SZA/Miguel/Little Dragon

SZA, “HiiiJack”–  Fresh off a “showstopping” performance at AfroPunk, SZA’s latest project illustrates why she’s built a steadily growing, loyal fan base. Like she does in much of her EP, the red-haired maven blends soul, electro, and hip-hop effortlessly in the mesmerizing “HiiiJack.” Upon a closer listen, you can hear the background vocals of Toro y Moi, who lent his production on this standout track.

Miguel, “the valley”– Miguel wrangles his usual sultriness and pushes it into overdrive in “the valley.” While the soulful crooner’s latest album, Wildheart, is a subtle nod to the free love hippie culture of the late 60s and 70s–replete with electric guitar riffs and sexual themes– “the valley”drops any pretense of romance. Miguel straightforwardly lists all the places he will pleasure his partner like they’re “filming in the valley.” For the totally innocent, virgin-eared among us, that refers to California’s unofficial capital of the porn industry, San Fernando Valley.

Little Dragon, “Pretty Girls”– While they are not categorically R&B, the Swedish based electro-pop group Little Dragon does not shy away from infusing other genres into their projects. The Erykah Badu-esque vocals of lead singer Yukimi Nagano and rhythmic melodies of “Pretty Girls” warrant inclusion on this week’s list.

Have we Reached Peak Eyebrow?

Have we Reached Peak_____? is a series, which may not be a series at all actually and could very well be this one story, in which I provide wisdom about whether we have reached the peak of any given cultural phenomenon. By wisdom, I mean Google charts.

Snatched eyebrows.

Laid eyebrows.

“Eyebrows on fleek.”

“Don’t worry about me, worry about your eyebrows.”

We have progressively grown more interested in the minuscule, dead strands of protein that decorate our foreheads. I once wrote a rather heartfelt story about them. This story even led to conversations amongst my friends about the benefits of socialized medicine and castigations of the weaknesses of America’s private-sector health care system. That’s how deep eyebrows can go.

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It infuriates me that witnesses reported that Dr. Dre’s bodyguard held the crowd back as Dee received multiple blows to her womanhood. I find it intolerable when brothers ask, “So what did Dee do?” I will be outraged to learn that Dr. Dre is not underneath jail when this is published. Historically, Black women have been reluctant and intimidated to confront their abuse because of the “division” it would cause within the race and because of the racist, classist institutionalization of the judicial system and the white women’s liberation movement.

Violence against Black women by Black men did not begin with rap music. Sexism did not begin with the black community. These minor revelations are not enough. Sexism exists in the hip-hop generation. Manifestation of sexist behavior is first verbal and mental abuse (BBD, Big Daddy Kane, Too Short, HWA)—it evolves into its inevitable counterpart, physical violence (Dee Barnes, [the mother of three of Flavor Flav’s children] Karen Ross, one out of every four Black women between 18 and 25). Hip-hop music must take responsibility for eliminating the perpetuation of the destruction of the Black community, i.e. the abuse of the Black women. It has no place in revolutionary music.

Dream Hampton in The Source, 1991


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