#KingsofHipHop – Borbay

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I first became acquainted with Jason Borbay’s work when he was painting live at the “We Love Japan” fundraiser curated by The Influence Series, I even snapped a pic-> nwc365 blog. The artwork that Borbay created during the event was auctioned off and the proceeds were given to the american red cross to help the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan.

At Publicis Modem to a capacity crowd I was fascinated with the many layers of the #KingsOfHipHop pieces on display, be it words or images.  It was like a rap song but instead of listening for quick wit, analogy and metaphors I was looking for them. I found myself discussing the art with total strangers, one of which is the young lady pictured blowing a kiss to Kanye’s likeness. I asked Borbay what was the concept for this series – “As a collage artist, the concept of standing amidst, alongside, in front and behind your words is captivating; who better to explore than rap artists?” Looking at his website he showcases his work, gives you a glimpse into his process and thoughts.  I snapped a few quick photos of some of the pieces and the artist himself. The #KingsOfHipHop series included Snoop Dog, Dr. Dre, Diddy, Eminem, Kanye, Jay-Z and Lil Wayne, some of which are still up for sale. To find out more about this artist check his website Borbay.com

KJ Rose

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KJ Rose has performed on The Monique Show, and BET Music Matters, to name a few places you might have already seen her. She has also worked with a host of other talented singers, check her website KJRose.com. These photos are from her performance at the Royalton Hotel where she was accompanied by an awesome live band . This was the second time I’ve seen her perform and as always it was a dancing good time. She performed a few songs from her current album “All Heart, No Regrets” as well as a few cover songs.

A Belle in Brooklyn

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As long time reader of the blog  A Belle in Brooklyn.com I was very excited when I learned that Demetria L. Lucas ” A Belle in Brooklyn” was writing a book. I stopped by one of the locations on her multi-city book tour to get my pre-ordered book signed by ABIB herself. In the packed section of Hue-man Bookstore she read an excerpt from her book ” A Belle in Brooklyn: The Go-to Girl for Advice on Living Your Best Single Life“, answered questions and doled out advice in a heartfelt-down to earth manner. Check out her book for yourself , catch her on the next stop of her book tour,  as the relationships editor in essence magazine or her column “Real Talk” on Essence.com.

Suit Dreams School Supply Drive

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Suit Dreams’ primary mission is to address the educational and social disparities plaguing young urban males in Brooklyn, New York. We recognize that many students from low income backgrounds do not possess the resources required to purchase basic school supplies.

To answer the call, the Suit Dreams: Back to School Supply Drive was born….

Suit Dreams has partnered with the Mott Hill Academy in Brownsville, Brooklyn NYC for this effort. This Middle School, lead by Principal Nadia Lopez, is doing an amazing job cultivating our youths for success, but they need our help! This school supply drive will lighten the load placed on both the school and parents, ensuring that every student is equip with the tools necessary for academic advancement.”-Jerrell Horton

This year’s School Supply Drive benefited:

The Mott Hill Academy (Brooklyn NY)
Freebrook Academy (Brooklyn NY)
Infinite Family (South Africa)

There was a silent auction, giveaways and Music my DJ Commish and DJ Trouble

Polish Bar of Brooklyn’s FAB 5 Anniversary

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On Thursday, August 11th Brooklyn’s hottest beauty bar brought together clients, beauty industry tastemakers, and New York City’s flyest movers and shakers to celebrate five years of “fab.” The Polish Bar of Brooklyn-home to the borough’s prettiest pedicures and must-have manicures-commemorated five years in business with an invite-only rooftop soiree.

“I wanted Polish Bar of Brooklyn to be a place where local gals could indulge in beauty and trend in a cozy environment,” said owner and self-proclaimed beauty junkie, Tricia Lee. We have recreated the ‘salon’ service experience for BK’s best and are happy to celebrate our amazing clients and growth over the years.

“With “what’s next” plans in mind, Tricia Lee, owner of Polish Bar of Brooklyn, took time out to say “thank you, Brooklyn!”

On The Rise Artist Showcase

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Velour Media Group presented “On The Rise Artist Showcase NYC Edition” – Hosted by Frendy Lemorin  at the Gallery Bar.

Featured artist: Choclatt Jared , Mic El , Bo Raps , StarBred’s Bentley B & Coupe , KDotForbes , Lee How and Music by Sonic Relief

Fight the Malaria Fight for World Malaria Day

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“Fight the Malaria Fight” was a networking mixer that was In honor of World Malaria Day. It was Hosted by: Osas Ighodaro the reigning Miss Black USA 2010 and presented by ÔmÔ Naija! Magazine, Broadway Nite Out & Jon Quick Select Events. We were entrained by performances from Kotchunga Dance Group & Bones