Weekly Highlights: Roxbury International Film Festival, Anti-Racism Collaborative, Family Film Festival and More!

This week the events still keep coming. Get out and “Find Your Fab!” at some of these great events. Check back for updates. Be sure to tell ’em where you got the info #thefabempire #bostonfab.

RIFF_25x5Monday, June 26

RIFF (Roxbury International Film Festival) and Haley House (12 Dade St, Roxbury) present: Dinner & A Movie which will include Fresh Frozen, Headmaster, One Eightieth of Zang Tianvi and Pineapple Diaries. Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased here. Tickets are currently sold out, but you never know!

simmonsTuesday, June 27

Come to the Conversations Among Women: Women of Color at Work taking place at Simmons College (300 Fenway) in the LeFavour Library Building, L001-L002, Kotzen Meeting Room 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Women of color face unique challenges in achieving professional success. Sometimes it feels like we have to sell out to succeed Join them to share experiences and explore ways to be you and be successful. Appetizers will be served. Spaces are limited. RSVP today. Tickets start at $8.50.

High school students are invited to audition for Roxbury Strong: A Story of Emergence which comes to Hibernian Hall (184 Dudley Street, Roxbury) 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Please contact Ron Jones at 617.828.7491 if interested.

ryan_BollingFerdinand1_artsThursday, June 29

Reclaim Roxbury is excited to invite you to our Roxbury Community Forum in collaboration with ACE at the Dudley Library (65 Warren St, Roxbury) 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The city is currently deciding how to build on public land in Roxbury, land that used to be housing that was destroyed by the city during Urban Renewal in the 1960-70’s. Childcare will be provided, you just need to let them know in advanced.  Free to attend. RSVP here.

If you are looking to understand your role in the dynamics of systemic racism better and are interested in finding the next step in your journey of taking a stance for racial justice beyond talking about racism and social oppression – take this course Confronting Systemic Racism at the Anti-Racism Collaborative (30 JFK Street, Cambridge) 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Tuition is $70 per person. Sliding-scale need-based scholarships are available upon request. Get tickets here.

The Rap Slam takes place at Haley House (12 Dade St, Roxbury) 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30. You can sign up on the open mic or the slam. At 7:15: Slam Starts. 8 People will compete in round 1. 4 minute limit. Time point penalty. Judges will score each song. 4 people move on to round 2. 2 people move on to the final round. Last person standing will be the first rap slam champion. Please note: you need to bring something ready for an aux cable. No USBS or asking them to check YouTube songs. Come ready. This event will happen monthly.

PrudentialSaturday, July 1

Magic 106.7 invites you to the Family Film Festival – July & August with fun, family-friendly movies on Prudential Center’s (800 Boylston St) South Garden. Entertainment, children’s activities and giveaways start at 6:00 p.m. All movies are free and take place on Saturdays* at sundown. Picnic blankets and beach chairs are welcomed. Spend just $10.00 and receive discounted parking in the Prudential Center Garage. This event is free, open to the public and family-friendly.

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Weekly Highlights: Roxbury International Film Festival, Anti-Racism Collaborative, Family Film Festival and More!

Recap: Culture Creators Celebrates Russell Simmons, Charlamagne, Angela Rye During BET Awards Weekend

BET has taken over Los Angeles and those in touch with the culture celebrated their own at the second annual Culture Creators brunch.

The afternoon honored cultural leaders, hosted by a friend of The Fab Joi Pitts, the SVP of Marketing and Brand Partnerships at Atlantic Records.

This year’s honorees included radio and TV personalities, deejays, along with actors and industry executives. Charlamagne Tha God, DJ D Nice, Valeisha Butterfield-Jones, Angela Rye, Kevin Liles  and Tiffany Haddish just to name a few.


BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 24: Culture Creators 2nd Annual Awards Brunch Presented By Motions Hair And Ciroc at Mr. C Beverly Hills on June 24, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Culture Creators )

Yesterday more than 200 industry elites attended the brunch, which also honored Russell Simmons with the Culture Creators Icon Award.

Kevin Liles, Joi Pitts with Russell Simmons



BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 24: Tiffany Haddish speaks at Culture Creators 2nd Annual Awards Brunch Presented By Motions Hair And Ciroc at Mr. C Beverly Hills on June 24, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Culture Creators )

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 24: Music Mogul Russell Simmons speaks at the Culture Creators 2nd Annual Awards Brunch Presented By Motions Hair And Ciroc at Mr. C Beverly Hills on June 24, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Culture Creators )

Photo credit: Getty Images

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Recap: Culture Creators Celebrates Russell Simmons, Charlamagne, Angela Rye During BET Awards Weekend

Recap: John Singleton Brings ‘Snowfall’ to Atlanta

FX Networks hosted an advance screening of the highly anticipated new drama series “Snowfall” in Atlanta.

After the screening, Yung Joc of Streetz 94.5 moderated a Q&A with co-creators John Singleton and Dave Andron along with cast members Damson IdrisCarter HudsonIsaiah John and Angela Lewis.

Carter Hudson, Damson Idris, John Singleton, Isaiah John, Angela Lewis, Dave Andron (2)

Attendees included Jovita Moore (WSB-TV), Judge Terrinee Gundy (Municipal Court of Atlanta), Marlo Hampton (Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta”), Mary HoneyB Morrison (NY Times Best-Selling Author), Reece Odum (Bounce TV’s “Saints & Sinners”) and Reg Rob (actor).



“Snowfall”  premieres Wednesday, July 5 at 10/9c on FX.

Photo Credit: James Pray for FX Networks

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Recap: John Singleton Brings ‘Snowfall’ to Atlanta

Recap: New York Socialites Celebrate Sun at JBL Poolside Casino Party

It’s rooftop weather in New York City, and some lucky socialites got their fill last week at the JBL Poolside Casino party, held on the rooftop of Life Time Sky (605 West 42nd at 11th Avenue) in midtown Manhattan.



DJ Wonder and New York’s own Jus-Ske kept the music flowing as VIPs, influencers, tastemakers and music enthusiasts enjoyed the luxe rooftop, offering scenic views of the NYC skyline.

We spotted tons of celebrities, including host Shanina Shaik, Angela Simmons, Sue Tsai and former Bravolebrity Arzo Anwar.

We sipped on light cocktails thanks to Tequila Avión & Martell and snacked on small bites — that looked too healthy for my palette (I like foods that will clog my arteries! Don’t judge.).

The fun part of the evening, aside from getting to take home a JBL speaker, was playing casino with faux casino chips at blackjack, poker and roulette tables. I won a pretty penny before pinching myself and realizing it was fake. Womp!



Still, the best part of the evening was getting to take home a water-friendly JBL speaker.

I went home and tested it out immediately and was pleasantly surprised at the upgrade from the JBL 2 to the JBL 3. (Yes, I had the 2 and the difference is amazing!) Not only does the JBL 3 offer bass that I just didn’t have, but the sound quality is definitely improved. Kudos for making a good product great!
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Photo Credit: Dorothy Hong/Nicole Sweet/Team Epiphany

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Recap: New York Socialites Celebrate Sun at JBL Poolside Casino Party

Weekly Highlights: Juneteenth at the MFA, Roxbury International Film Festival, John Legend and More!

This week marks the official start of summer! Hopefully the temperatures will comply. Here are some great events to get out and enjoy the season. Don’t forget to tell ’em where you got the info and check back for updates! #bostonfab #thefabempire

The Hip Hop Inaugural Ball II Sponsored By Heineken USAMonday, June 19

From 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the City Hall Plaza, they will be raising the Red, Black & Green Flag (RBG) in honor of Juneteenth which is commonly known as African American Independence Day.

Network “al fresco” at Battery Park Patio (33 Batterymarch Street) 6:00 p.m.  – 10:00 p.m. No cover but please RSVP here.

The John Legend Darkness & Light Tour stops by the Blue Hills Bank of America Pavillion (290 Northern Ave). It will start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $58.00. Get tickets here.

Tuesday, June 20

Tonight is Creative Economy Café Night at the Roxbury Innovation Center (2300 Washington Street 2nd Floor) 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. All budding entrepreneurs are welcome!

Juneteenth MFAWednesday, June 21

Come together to celebrate creativity, community, and freedom at the fifth-annual Juneteenth event at the MFA (465 Huntington Ave, Roxbury)—presented in partnership with Epicenter Community. The free event is from 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Which will include a host of events throughout the museum. This event also marks the beginning of the Roxbury International Film Festival which will run through July 1st at the MFA. Opening films are Paris Noir and When We Rise. See complete details here

The doors to the Boston Children’s Museum (308 Congress St) are opening to all those who are young at heart and 21+ from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. The theme of the night is  Summer Camp so you can get ready to earn an Archery badge in our camp challenge, make a Friendship Bracelet in the Art Studio and participate in many more fun camp activities! You’ll enjoy a full cash-bar and tasty treats for purchase. Bring friends and meet new ones as you explore interactive exhibits. Tickets are $25.00. Advance tickets are required.

Paint and SmokeThursday, June 22

Enjoy another Paint & Smoke event at The White Haus (10 Seaverns Avenue, Jamaica Plain) 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Donate to RSVP – Minimum $5. FREE canvas & paint. They will be re-creating a Frandy Suero Art original “A Bob Marley Tribute”. You may bring your own marijuana to smoke. Purchase a painting seat for $45.00. You do not have to paint to join the event. Get tickets here.

Posing to Snap a Photo
Posing to Snap a Photo

Friday, June 23

Celebration Of Summer lV: Donna Summer Roller Disco Party takes place at Boston City Hall Plaza from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. This event features: a roller skating rink with free skate rental, performance by Mary Gaines Bernard ( Donna Summer’s sister, and background singer ), DJ Roy Barboza, Food trucks and water stations, Live art and interactive exhibits, The Boston Roller Derby and appearances from O’Mega Red and other members of the Summer family. The event is free and open to the public.

The Rum & Brew Tasting kicks off their annual 2-day festival celebrating jerk hot foods at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (41 Berkeley St, South End) 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. VIP tickets available with entry at 6:00 p.m. Tickets start at $50.00, and you can get yours here. Please note that the price of the ticket does not include food.

The Floor Lords
The Floor Lords

Saturday, June 24

The Black Market (2136 Washington St, Roxbury) retail pop-up market in Dudley Square established by local entrepreneurs for local entrepreneurs driven by the mission to revitalize Boston’s Black Creative Economy. It is open today and tomorrow 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Free admission.

Today The Floor Lords kick off their 36th Annual anniversary presented by Pro Breakin Tour and sanctioned by UDEF  at 10 Brookline Street, Cambridge with hosts El Nino and Xcel. There will be break battles with prizes of up to $1,000. Entrance fee is $20.00.

lawnd2Sunday, June 25

Join WELL Summit’s Selfcare Sunday at Lawn on D (420 D Street) 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.. Enjoy  a fun morning of barre & yoga from some of our favorite Boston wellness professionals. Take one class or stay for all three! Bring Your Own Yoga Mat. The event is free and open to the public. Get the information here.

Boston Business Builder event takes place at Bruce C. Boiling Municipal Building (2300 Washington St, Roxbury) 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. The event is crafted for the entrepreneur spirit that is in need of an aggressive guideline of direction. They are going to have a live panel discussion with Atlanta’s Professor Devin of what are the 3 key elements that are preventing our businesses from building into empires and the solutions. This event is free and open to the public. 

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Weekly Highlights: Juneteenth at the MFA, Roxbury International Film Festival, John Legend and More!

Recap: Cassius Launches in Atlanta, Bringing Out Reality Stars

Earlier this week,  CASSIUS — your new digital hotspot — launched by throwing a fete at The Gathering Spot in Atlanta.

The party brought out Atlanta’s socialites, including reality stars Karlie Redd, Mimi Faust, Ariane DavisDerek J and Miss Lawrence. We also spotted “Cutting It in the ATL” star Maja Sly; model Africa Miranda and Janee Bolden.

They mingled with Cassius’ editorial team, who announced what the new site is all about.


Karlie Redd-Dr. Berry-Mimi Faust-Ariane Davis (1)


After a cocktail hour with music provided by DJ Geronimo and Bryan Michael Cox, iOne Digital president Detavio Samuels welcomed the guests, followed by a video presentation and remarks from Kierna Mayo, SVP of Content and Brands.

Africa Miranda

Janee Bolden

BCox as DJ

Congrats CassiusLife.com!!!!

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Recap: Cassius Launches in Atlanta, Bringing Out Reality Stars

Weekly Highlights: Juneteenth Celebrations, CeCe Winanas with the Boston Pops, The Isley Brothers, Lizzo and More!

Salsa in the ParkMonday, June 12

Salsa In The Park (SITP) kicks off its 10th summer season at the Blackstone Community Center (50 W. Brookline St, South End) 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Join them for a fun, free and family friendly outdoor dancing experience to promote health and wellness. This event takes place every Monday throughout the summer.

Open MicTuesday, June 13

Show your skills at an Open Mic Series that works to highlight local performing artists and poets, visual artists in the City of Boston at La Fábrica Central (450 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge) 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Featuring artists – Anson Frazier, Pharess and Mike Conroy. This is an open Mic Event. All ages are welcome to attend.

IsleyBrothersThursday, June 15

Women of Color Conference takes place at Harvard University Austin Hall, Harvard Law School (1515 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge) The all day conference invites you to experience leadership development, inspiration, and connections. Speakers include: Heather C. White (Trillfit), Lisa Coleman (Harvard University), Carole Copeland-Thomas (C. Thomas and Associates). The event will be emceed by Amaka Ubaka (7 News). The event is currently sold out, but you can get on the waitlist here. For complete details click here.

The Isley Brothers perform at the Lynn Memorial Auditorium (3 City Hall Sq. Lynn)  at 7:00 p.m. Tickets start at $37.00. Get yours here.

Friday, June 16

Join the Museum of African American History (46 Joy St, Beacon Hill) in celebrating Juneteenth! Juneteenth 1865 is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. There will be a Fashion Expose by Iam Kreyol, Sounds by April Stanford and Debo Ray,Tastings by Zaz Restaurant and Delectable Desires Pastries. You can also experience the Exhibit of “Picturing Frederick Douglass: The Most Photographed American of the Nineteenth Century”.  Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased here.

CeCeSaturday, June 17

It’s the annual Roxbury Homecoming in Franklin Park. Be sure to bring your own lawn chair, blankets, and cookout gear (including the food!) This is a great annual event where everyone feels like family. People start to arrive around 10:00 a.m.

Learn basic techniques for gardening in raised-bed gardens and other small spaces with The Food Project at Dudley Green House (9 Brook Ave, Roxbury) 10:00 a.m.. Participants create a garden map, use the square-foot method, and learn from demonstrations of planting techniques. Registration is requested, but not required.

Hike 4 Life invites you to enjoy a peaceful afternoon walking through Franklin Park complete with mediation and sounds with Michelle of Operation B Fit and Stephanie, The Singing Bowl lady. Water, light snacks and mats will be provided.Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased here. 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Famous gospel artist (still living) CeCe Winians is performing at the Boston Pops Annual Gospel Night at Symphony Hall (301 Massachusetts Ave) 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Tickets start at $32.00. Use the discount code gospel50 and use this website for a 50% discount. (Thanks Tonya!)

Lizzo performs at Paradise Rock Club (967 Commonwealth Ave, Brighton) 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $18.00. Get yours here.

Francois Soulignac - Photographs from Massachusetts
Francois Soulignac – Photographs from Massachusetts

Sunday, June 18

Experience The Charles by kayak with the Young Black Professionals group at The Charles River Canoe and Kayak Kendall Square location (15 Broad Canal Way, Cambridge) starting at 5:00 p.m. Kayak rental rates start at $15.00. They’ll kayak for about an hour before heading to drinks at a nearby watering hole.

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Weekly Highlights: Juneteenth Celebrations, CeCe Winanas with the Boston Pops, The Isley Brothers, Lizzo and More!