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Uristocrat Penn Relays featuring DJ RtodaIZZA and Kev Storey

Uristocrat cordially invites you to Ms Tootsies for Uristocrat Relays. For 8 years, we have provided the most exemplary events to celebrate Penn Relays, Spring Fling, UPenn x Temple Homecoming and Philly Greek Weekend.  For the celebration of Penn Relays, we bring you Uristocrat Relays feat. Kev Storey, Uristocrat and Philadelphia’s greatest audio connoisseur, DJ R “ToDA” IZZA
feat. Exclusive access to VIP with Table reservations
@ Ms Tootsies
@ 1312 South St,
Philadelphia, PA 19147
w. Your Most Splendid Sartorial Execution requested.

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The oldest and largest track and field competition in the United States, hosted annually since April 21, 1895 by the University of Pennsylvania at Franklin Field, we take this past history of excellence to the next level and request your presence at Ms. Tootsies Saturday April 26th 2014.

This is for the Urban Aristocrats, those who want the unparalleled experience of celebrating with the original Flap Stars. This for the sartorially inclined, the high achievers, the self motivated, the go getters, the ones who want an experience like no other.

PS: as always, there is no literal dress code; however, your most splendid sartorial execution is required. We reserve to the right to make judgment calls based on style and execution

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Heineken Green Room: Philly Tech Week ’14 Recap

As part of the 4th Annual Philly Tech Week at Sigma Sound Studios, the dynamic night featured interviews and presentations surrounding the theme of “The Future of Music & Technology” with the soundtrack provided by DJ Phsh from Illvibe Collective and DJ MICK who spun sets before in-between, and after the presentations.

Highlights included an insightful interview and audience Q&A with Kyle “KP” Reilly (Dat-Piff) by Philly Radio Station WXPN host and personality Bruce Warren, a presentation from MyChannel – the Philadelphia based content-sharing website on which users can create and share their customized channels and independently promote their brand, and an in-depth discussion hosted by media personality Quincy “Q-Deezy” Harris with Grouchy Greg from - a top internet destination for all things related to Hip-Hop culture.

Be sure to check your inbox because Heineken Green Room has a full slate of entertainment coming up this Spring and Summer.


Stephen Marley Concert @ Trocadero: Free Tickets Contest

Stephen “Ragga” Marley and his nationwide tour makes its next stop right here in Philadelphia this Friday, April 18th at Trocadero Theatre. Opening dancehall talents Jo Mersa and Wayne Marshall will get the night started. magazine is giving away two tickets to a lucky winner +1. Enter your info below and be sure to post @stephenmarley @thetrocadero to your twitter feed… Winner will be notified Thursday via email.

THANKS to all who entered and CONGRATULATIONS to our Stephen Marley tix contest winner Matt Weigand. Enjoy the Show!!


2014 Night Market Dates Announced

The Food Trust has announced its 2014 Night Market dates and locations.  The first night market for 2014 will be on Thursday, May 15th, in Old City. Subsequent Night Markets will be held in June, August and October.

  • Old City- May 15th, 2014
  • West Oak Lane – June 19th, 2014
  • Lancaster Ave @ 35th St – August 21st, 2014
  • Chinatown- October 2nd, 2014

Night Market Philadelphia is the city’s premier street food festival, a roving food event spotlighting Philly’s best ethnic and regional restaurants and food trucks. Inspired by Asia’s lively outdoor markets, our events celebrate up-and-coming neighborhoods and showcase Philadelphia’s diverse food and drinks and vibrant arts and culture scene.

The first Night Market took place in East Passyunk in 2010. Since its debut, The Food Trust has hosted twelve Night Markets, attracting over 200,000 attendees and more than 300 food vendors to neighborhoods across the city, including University City, Northern Liberties, West Oak Lane, Washington Avenue, Mt. Airy, Fairmount, South Street, and Chinatown, and attracting local and national attention to Philadelphia’s food scene.

New York Times: “Best way to experience Philadelphia’s still surging street food scene”

Details: “Top 5 Nighttime Markets in the Nation”

Budget Travel : “The Five Hottest New Foodie Trends in the US: Night Markets”

The Food Trust works with community partners throughout the city – including East Passyunk Business Improvement District, University City District, Mt. Airy USA, Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation, Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corporation, Northern Liberties Neighbors Association, Bella Vista United Civic Association, South Street Headhouse District, and the South 9th Street Business Men’s Association – to host the roving festival.

Source: Night Market



Black Thought announces new Mural Arts project honoring Dr. Shawn L. White

he City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, of the Grammy Award-winning band The Roots, today announced ASpire, a brand new mural project celebrating the life of Shawn L. White, Ph.D. Dr. White was a community leader, father, and educator who created educational health initiatives on HIV/AIDS as well as sexually-transmitted diseases aimed at young African American men in Philadelphia, before he passed away suddenly in April 2013. A series of workshops, programs, and community paint days will accompany the creation of the mural. ASpire will be installed at 2059 Dickenson Street in the Point Breeze neighborhood of Philadelphia.

The workshop topics will include Personal Responsibility (Awareness of HIV/AIDS and Sexually-Transmitted Diseases, as well as Conflict Resolution and Anti-Violence); Wellness (Holistic Health Promotion), and Refuge (Affirming Oneself Positively, Defining Personal Goals, Thoughtful Decision-Making). The mural will be created in spring and summer 2014 and is scheduled to be dedicated in October 2014, during Mural Arts Month.

“Shawn was a long-time friend, and we feel his loss tremendously,” stated Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, MC of the Grammy Award-winning band, The Roots. “After the Mural Arts Program created the beautiful mural honoring The Roots, I decided to join their Board of Directors and help them tell more stories of great Philadelphians.”

“Tariq recently joined our Board of Directors, and he implored us to pay tribute to his friend Shawn L. White,” said Jane Golden, Executive Director of the Mural Arts Program. “The Mural Arts Program is pleased to work with so many people who are passionate about changing the community, and to use public art to continue the spread of important messages.”



About Shawn L. White, Ph.D.

Shawn L. White, Ph.D. passed away suddenly on April 6, 2013, from hypertension. Dr. White was born and raised in South Philadelphia and stayed true to his neighborhood roots, becoming a fixture in the Point Breeze section of the area. Sports and music were his early callings, earning him both a collegiate football scholarship and a record deal as an MC and producer with the hip hop group, Divine Beings in 1994. Throughout his musical career, he worked with artists such as Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter of The Roots, super producer and musician Larry Gold, Kenny Whitehead, Beanie Sigel (helping to launch his career), and more.shawnwhite

In 2004, Dr. White earned a Master of Human Services (MHS) from Lincoln University and in 2011, his Ph.D. from Cappella University where his studies focused on analyzing and evaluating HIV and sexually-transmitted diseases risk among young African American men. Concurrent with his studies, he worked in social service with the Youth Outreach Community Awareness Program (YOACAP) as a cast member, peer educator, and youth trainer for HIV/AIDS awareness. His sixteen-year affiliation with the organization kept him face-to-face with at-risk communities who were fighting the battle against HIV and AIDS.

In 2009, Dr. White began his work with the University of Pennsylvania as co-chair of the HIV prevention research division’s community advisory board and the HIV vaccine study-working group. Shawn led SHAPE UP: Barbers Building Better Brothers. This health promotions program targeted young African-American men who socialized in barbershop settings, often a community gathering and ‘safe’ space in urban communities.

While juggling full-time commitments to health awareness programs, Shawn continued to work on his love of music, partnering with friend and musician JaRon Burnett, to form the PHREMEN Music Group. PHREMEN produces music for various uses in the music industry and is also home to the PHREMEN Audio Studio Academy, which gives young people access to state-of-the-art facilities, instruction, field trips, mentorship, and more. Intertwined with the fun-learning model is the promotion of HIV/STI awareness and conflict resolution.


In his mid-thirties, Shawn was diagnosed with hypertension.  His friends and family knew of his condition but no one, not even Shawn, knew how severe his condition was.  On April 6, 2013, despite his healthy appearance, Shawn L. White succumbed to his condition and passed away.


Mad Decent Block Party 2014 featuring Chance the Rapper, Diplo and more…

The Mad Decent Block Party is back for 2014 and its bigger and better than ever. The Philly date is on August 8 and features the likes of Chance the Rapper, Dillon Francis, Diplo, Dirty South Joe, DJ Sega, DJ Snake, Flosstradamus and Swizzymack. Now it is a little disappointing that Philly doesn’t get Outkast (see here) but its still a strong line up.

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Philadelphia, PA
ALL AGES • Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing 2pm-11pm



HHS87 Talks with GoGo Morrow on Touring With Lady Gaga, Meeting Patti LaBelle, Debut Album & More

Here is HHS1987′s interview with Gogo Morrow at the ‘Friends & Lovers Tour’ with Marsha Ambrosius. The lovely songstress spoke to HHS1987′s EMoney about touring with Lady Gaga, meeting her idol Patti LaBelle, and her forthcoming debut album.

Gogo also spoke on her collaboration with Chill Moody, which is featured on the soundtrack to the new major motion picture ‘McCanick’, Hip-Hop artists she’d like to work with in the future, how she prepares for performances & more.