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GoGo Morrow Friends & Lovers Tour Philly, Baltimore, & DC Run

GoGo Morrow has accompanied Marsha Ambrosius on multiple dates of the latter’s Friends & Lovers Tour. The dynamic performer has wowed concertgoers at Philly’s TLA, Washington, D.C.’s Howard Theatre, and Baltimore’s Baltimore Soundstage with her captivating performances and stage presence. Her single, “Private Dancer”, has been a crowd favorite at all the venues GoGo has graced during her time on the tour.

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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 AllHipHop.com - 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.

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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.

two.one.five 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!!

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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.”

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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.

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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

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Concert Review: All She Needed Was Some – Childish Gambino

Words by Blaire Monroe, photos by Daniel Wooden

It was only five minutes before the 8:30 pm starting time when I squeezed my way up to the second floor of the Electric Factory. The first floor was too filled to even attempt to conquer. The Philadelphia stop of the Deep Web Tour was completely sold out.  As I looked for some place, any place, to slither into so that I could get a glimpse of the stage, a chant broke out amongst the antsy crowd: “WOOOORLDSTAAAAR, WOOOORLDSTAAAAR, WOOOORLDSTAAAAR”. There was almost a pleading tone in their unified voice; where was the man of the hour?

I finally found a tiny opening between two girls who were seemingly irritated, but nonetheless, they made some room. Below us, a handful of people, who I correctly assumed were friends of the performer, started filing on stage and sat down in what appeared to be a simulated party scene.

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“Do you want to come up here?” One of them yelled.

Taken aback, I looked around, “Uh, me?”

My confusion turned to bliss with a fraction of panic as they all nodded in unison, “Yeah, you!”

Two minutes later I was escorted on to the stage. As we hastily walked behind a row of instruments, my guide explained that I would be part of a quick party scene, and that afterwards I could watch the rest of the show from behind the stage.

Are you fucking kidding me? I thought. Best Friday ever.

Moments after I found my seat on set, the lights dimmed, the crowd lost their shit and out marched writer/actor/comedian/singer/producer/credited emcee, Donald Glover – stage name, Childish Gambino.

With a quick glance and a smile to the crowd, Gambino instantaneously sat down at the piano to open-up the show with the instrumental interlude “Playing Around Before The Party”.

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“This is about to get crazy, just keep your eye on the screens”, grinned a producer friend of Gambino’s.

He was right. Behind me was a wall-sized screen, which started filling up with imagery varying throughout the show from the backdrop of a mansion, to trippy lasers to a raunchy, silhouetted threesome featuring Gambino as the main event.

As he cut loose on stage he performed winners “I. Crawl”, “II. Worldstar”, “Dial Up” and “I. The Worst Guys” from his astonishingly classic album Because The Internet. It was hard not to be fixated on him. His energy was infectious, and his passion for performing was more than evident. He had a very genuine connection with his band; every now and then I would see him glance back at each one of them and give them a playful smile.

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Moments later as Gambino was winding down the popular head bopper, “I. The Party”, the stage lights shined down on the other “party goers” and myself.

“I invited all these people to my motherfucking house”, Gambino points to us, “get the fuck out of my house!”

We all slink off stage and get politely ushered to the backroom for the next few songs. It’s in that room that I meet a friend of Gambino’s who flew in from the west coast just to see her longtime friend perform. She’s also a performer, a talented poet and a writer. She tells me that she’s known Gambino since their freshman year at NYU and as she talks about what a wonderful dude he is and how incredible it’s been to see him flourish, she radiates pride and admiration.

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Three songs later we’re brought back on stage to watch from a cozy couch set up behind the band. I’m bummed to have missed my favorite boastful banger from the album, “IV. Sweatpants”, along with a few other numbers, but I’m obviously not complaining. I still got to catch “ III. Telegraph Ave.”, “I. Pink Toes” “V. 3005” and “II. Earth: The Oldest Computer”. Gambino performed his entire album, in addition to a few familiar throwbacks.

As he winds down the show with a candid freestyle and the final crowd pleasing compilation of “Bonfire/Freaks and Geeks/Firefly/Yaphet Kotto/Heartbeat”, Gambino croons to the floor seats and then he moves to the left side of the stage to a group of people who were in the top row and regrettably stuck standing behind a giant pillar. As I look up at them they’re grinning uncontrollably, mouthing the lyrics back to Gambino and reaching out as far as they can just to be a little bit closer to him. All corniness aside, the performance is magical – honestly.

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Many of us have seen Donald Glover prosper on screen in the NBC comedy Community, or as Hannah’s Republican boyfriend in season 2 of Girls, or as an indisputably hilarious stand-up comedian but to see him perform as Childish Gambino and to witness him immerse himself in his music live on-stage, you can tell, that’s without a doubt where he truly shines. It’s just something you’ve got to see for yourself, and I was lucky enough to witness it up close.

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Grab tickets to see Childish Gambino on the last couple of stops on the Deep Web tour, here.