If you missed the Pepsi Half Time show during Super Bowl XLVIII, then visit the link below to see Bruno Mars perform!
Nothing to do this weekend? Then head over to the Urban Art Gallery, located in Philly (Philadelphia, PA) to check out some fresh art from their new exhibitors. The art will be on display throughout the month of February, however the opening reception will take place on this Saturday, February 1, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. It’s a fine time to hang out with friends and meet new ones while enjoying complimentary wine and cheese at this free event!
The Urban Art Gallery is an intimate gallery where creative professionals gather to network and host events. Stay up to date on what’s happening at the gallery by visiting their site or contacting them. Various creatives throughout the city host events that showcase upcoming artistic, musical, vocal talents and/ or events where creative professionals can network and come together to give back to the community. Be sure to make your way to this free event to learn more about one of Philly’s hottest spots. If you can’t make it tomorrow, then contact the gallery to find out when they are open to check out an event and/ or check out the amazing art work on display.
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(L to R) Me, Qira, and Charelle.
Recently, I was able to link up with my girls from college and hang out for a day. We hit up Hush Philly for their day party…at a secret location…you had to rsvp for details. On Saturday, January 18, 2014, on the eve of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day…Hush Philly hosted their event at Red Sky, located in the Old City section of Center City Philadelphia. Me and my girls had a good time, ran into some familiar faces and enjoyed the music by DJ Aye Boogie and DJ RTodaizza. Pictures are worth a thousand words…so for this post…here are the recap pics!
There was definitely a great turnout! Packed house!
Red Sky was packed all night, the party was from 3-9 pm, and free before 5pm to enter. I think the party kept going on past 9pm, the place was packed all night!
It was nice to catch up with an old college buddy, Taurean, definitely had a good time.
Last but not least…me in my outfit for the day…
Black and faux leather blazer: Target
Black tank: Old Navy
Tribal print tights: Burlington Coat Factory
I’m so mad because I had on a cute robot necklace that I got from Macy’s smh…but I popped it! lol.
As you can see, me and my girls had a good time at Hush Philly as well as everybody else who was in the building! We talked, laughed, ate some really good food, danced, and met new people. It doesn’t get any better—> Next Hush Philly event will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2014…keep your eyes peeled and stay tuned to the website to send in your rsvp for details when it gets closer to the event!
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(from the Seattle Times newspaper- google)
Today was the National Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, a day of community involvement and growth. While I was a college student, I faithfully participated in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of service while on campus. However, once I graduated from college I believe that I lost sight about how powerful this day is. It is a day when people from different backgrounds in the community come together in an effort to improve and empower from within using service and other community building exercises. Once I graduated from college, I lost sight of that purpose and focus and used this day of service as a day to serve myself and sleep in.
Fast forward a couple of years and I’m now a mom and I want to teach my child the importance and value of community and what the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood for. Lost are those days of complete selfishness laying up in my bed. However even on this particular day, I did not have the opportunity to take my daughter out to participate in any of the wonderful community service activities that were happening, because I had to work. To be honest, the bills need to paid and I have an extra mouth to feed. I felt so bad while I was at work today, because I truly wanted to be out performing some community service.
When I was a college student I was heavily into serving the community. My friends and I would go downtown with Bibles and food to hand out to the homeless, we would volunteer at Chosen 300 homeless ministries, anytime a homeless person asked for food- I would buy it or give them my pre-packaged food- whatever. I was also a Sunday School and VBS teacher for two years while I worked full time as an elementary level teacher. I also went to local nursing homes alone and with friends to sing hymns with the elderly, talk with them, and read God’s Word. All of this…and what happened?
I got caught up in my own self serving ways and failed to continue to recognize the need in the community for volunteers. In my opinion this is sad and I failed myself and my community, however it isn’t too late to pick up where I’ve left off. I haven’t made a New Year’s Resolution in years, but if there’s one worth making, it’s to find a location to volunteer at and take my daughter with me to teach her at this tender age how important it is to give back. I just feel as though I’ve been taking all of these years and haven’t been giving back and it’s time for me to change that, because change begins within.
If there’s anything that I need to remember it is to remember the path that was paved for me by my forefathers and what their insight was into what the future could be for us all. If anything, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood for the community and building, and if he said anything, he didn’t say to disregard other races, but rather to embrace them because we cannot categorize everyone in a single race to the hatred that some carry. As Dr. King stated in his famous “I Have A Dream” speech “We cannot walk alone.” He surely did not want me or anyone of us to carry that hatred or bitterness in our hearts. Although I did not have the opportunity to participate in today’s beautiful community service events due to work obligations….I won’t let that stop me from serving. You can hold me to it, I will find a place for baby girl and I to volunteer and support a charitable organization this year! If you know of any great organizations, please share them with me in the comments section below.
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “I Have a Dream Speech”
Happy New Year’s everyone! It’s 2014 already and I’m pretty sure that we’ve all made our New Year’s resolutions for the upcoming year and have probably broken them by now. When 2014 came this year…I failed to make any New Year’s resolutions because I know that I will not keep them. I break them every year along with everyone else, so I’ve given up on making those resolutions.
I can tell you this, this year I plan to live and follow my dreams. Whether success comes my way or if I’m hit with an immediate failure, I’m going to get back up and live out the dreams that I’ve had for so long. 2013 was a year of major changes for me. My daughter and I went through so many rough transitions, but with the love and help from God, family, and friends, we are stronger than we once were. 2014 is a year of untapped opportunities that I plan to take part in full force!
Everyday I am changing, re-evaluating, refocusing, and evolving myself. If anything, 2014 is my year of opportunities. As opportunities for growth present themselves, I am willing to take on the challenge and pursue them. There’s no reason for me to be in the same place in 2015. 2014….I am looking forward to you….and although I do not have a definite resolution in place….I am declaring that this is my year of growth and taking advantage of opportunities as they arise without fear. And that is something that I’m working on everyday!
How I spent my New Year’s: Low key, with a cold and plenty of treats to hold me over….
This yummy chicken penne pasta from a local Italian grocer…yummmmmmmm!!!!!!!
This was my only glass…it’s sweet but strong…lasted me about two weeks!
That’s how I spent my New Year’s this year, in the house and cozy under a blanket while watching New Year’s Rockin’ Eve and more on T.V. How did you spend New Year’s? Drop a line below and let me know!
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Recently, I had the opportunity to catch up with the busy and very popular DJ Ricochet to ask him a few questions. Besides being the “Untouchable Technician”, one of Philly’s hottest DJ’s, and the official DJ for hip hop artist Chill Moody, he’s building a brand and a campaign that is catching on to his fans and followers. “Move In Silence”, I noticed the campaign not too long ago and I was somewhat inspired by it before completely understanding what it stood for…but after catching up DJ Ricochet, I admire the brand and I’ve noticed that it’s definitely catching on in the city.
(Pictured above, DJ Ricochet’s Move in Silence sweatshirt)
Janets Journee: What inspired you to create the “move in silence” campaign?
DJ Ricochet: The Move in Silence campaign was started in late 2012. The premise of the campaign was to achieve major accomplishments in life without having to boast or brag; essentially to move in silence. I wanted to create and invest in a brand that actually meant something to me; I felt like I was always investing in everyone else and this was my way of investing in myself.
JJ: What does it mean to you personally?
DJ: For me personally, it’s somewhat a representation of who I am as a person; outside of d’jing I’m a very reserved. So coming up with the concept of ‘Move in Silence’ was a fairly easy task. But it means everything to me, working hard and remaining humble. Move in Silence that’s what it’s all about.
JJ: How effective has it been for your overall brand?
DJ: It’s actually been pretty good. The public is very receptive of it and I’ve found that a lot of people agree with what it stands for; I guess they like humility. As far as the brand, that’s been working out well too. It’s gotten to the point that soon as someone sees the ‘Move in Silence’ logo they immediately think of DJ Ricochet. And that’s the ultimate goal.
JJ: How does it tie into your brand as a dj?
DJ: Like i said earlier, I’m very reserved outside of d’jing. And what most people don’t know is that with the exceptions of weddings, I have been promoting, financing, preparing (top to bottom) my own shows since 2011. And I’ve had major success in the city; my latest two accomplishments are (Mikeys 8/11-07/13 ) & (Han Dynasty 07/13 – Present). But all in all I don’t look for any glory for the things I do behind the scenes to make things happen, nor do I feel the need to boast about what’s going on. I’m just doing what makes me happy, but I’m also living out what I promote.
JJ: Where do you envision the “move in silence” campaign in the future?
DJ: Good question I just want the brand to continue to be successful and as long as I like it that’s all that really matters to me.
JJ: Will you go further then using t-shirts?
DJ: I currently have t-shirts, tanks, and hoodies. By spring 2014 I will also have hats and pajama pants.
It was definitely great catching up with DJ Ricochet, he’s a man with a plan and making progressive moves in Philly. I look forward to seeing where his brand and career as a DJ takes him in the future, he has accomplished so much with a humble attitude and he’s definitely going farther. You can follow DJ Ricochet on Instagram and Twitter@djricochet03 for upcoming news on events and to contact him for bookings.
DJ Ricochet’s upcoming events in Philadelphia, PA:1/19/2014- J Allen presents the R&B Collective Up Close & Personal with Suzanne Christine & Friends at Warm Daddy’s
2/8/2014- Roses & Rose, Han Dynasty, 10pm until 3am (Ladies free until 11pm)
Hello everyone! I just wanted to take this time to say thank you for all of your support and a special thank you to all of my subscribers! As the new year approaches, I am planning for something bigger in 2014! Happy New Year’s to all you wonderful people and I will have new posts for you on the blog starting Monday, January 6, 2014!
I’ll be taking this to plan and spend time with family! Again, Happy New Year’s and thank you for your support….this blog has grown because of you 😉