The best spots to explore in NOLA during Essence Fest Weekend

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The best spots to explore in NOLA during Essence Fest Weekend

Essence Fest is the hottest ticket of the summer – there’s no better way to celebrate African-American music and culture. While the festival itself will keep you busy, here are a few ways to spend your Essence Festival weekend supporting black-owned businesses around New Orleans

Bayou Nachos at Munch Factory
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BAYOU NACHOS AT MUNCH FACTORY

EAT

Heard Dat Kitchen

It is worth getting off of the beaten path to get some soul food from this eatery. The famous dish, “Dat Superdome”, includes catfish, mash potatoes and onion rings shaped like the Essence Festival headquarters, the New Orleans Superdome.

Morrow’s

This sleek, contemporary space is great for Sunday brunch and offers an abundance of seafood dishes. You also can’t go wrong with their $5 margaritas, mojitos and martinis on Fridays.

Chef D’z Café

In house chef, Donald Smith, won the ACF Best Chefs of Louisiana 2018 award for his comfort food. A short drive from the Superdome, Chef D’z will show you true southern hospitality before heading to the shows.

Neyow’s Creole Café

Inspired by grandmother’s cooking, Neyow’s authentic creole dishes represent all things New Orleans in the Mid-City neighborhood. A fan-favorite dish includes red beans and rice with fried chicken on top.

The Munch Factory

With lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, the Munch Factory is great for any meal. From wings and nachos to oysters and shrimp and grits, everyone can find something to enjoy in this Lower Garden District establishment.

Cocktails at Victory Bar
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COCKTAILS AT VICTORY BAR

DRINK

Victory

The craft cocktail scene is highly noted at this sleek and sophisticated downtown establishment. Choose between specialty drinks or New Orleans classics, but you won’t be disappointed either way by the mixologist’s knowledge for the right ingredients.

Bullet’s Sports Bar

Party with the locals at this neighborhood watering hole. Even if there isn’t a big game on, the live music scene makes its worth the visit. Every Thursday night, Kermit Ruffins plays for the crowd.

Club Caribbean

Live musicians and DJs take over this Bayou Road night club in a reggae style. Dance the night away to the sounds of the islands.

Second Vine Wine

Calling all wine lovers! Located in the Treme and Marigny neighborhood, Second Vine is great for wine tastings or relaxing with friends.

New Orleans Drink Lab

Learn about classic New Orleans cocktails, then shake them up yourself! Grab your friends and enjoy a class about all things alcohol.

SHOP

Motherland African Art

Just steps from the French Market, shop for African masks, art and clothing.

Galerie Cayenne

Internationally renowned artist, Shakor, sells his colorful New Orleans inspired art in the heart of the French Quarter.

Kay’s

Venture Uptown to Magazine Street and find this women’s boutique that sells items for every body-type. Here you can find your perfect outfit for the festival.

Loretta’s Authentic Pralines

Grab a couple of sweet treats to bring home to your family and friends. Loretta was the first African-American woman to have a successful praline company in the city, and now has been in business for over 35 years.

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Backstreet Cultural Museum

With the largest collection of Mardi Gras Indian costumes, the museum is a must visit for jazz enthusiasts and those interested in the African-American culture of New Orleans.

Le Musée de f.p.c.

Educate yourself on the legacy of the free people of color. With an extensive collection of images, memorabilia and art work, Le Musee de f.p.c. reflects on the past in an important manner.

The George and Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art

Featuring the private collection of Dr. Dwight McKenna, the museum is an institution that collects, exhibits, and preserves the visual aesthetic of people of the African Diaspora. Be sure to call ahead to schedule a visit.

Treme’s Petit Jazz Museum

Celebrate all things jazz in the neighborhood where it all started.

Stella Jones Gallery

Located in the heart of the CBD, Stella Jones’ shares African and Caribbean fine art with various exhibits. The contemporary art gallery features paintings, prints and more.

Louis Armstrong Park
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LOUIS ARMSTRONG PARK

Armstrong Park

Dedicated to Louis Armstrong, Armstrong Park is a wonderful place to enjoy the New Orleans weather and reflect on the jazz greats and African American history in the Treme neighborhood.

St. Augustine Catholic Church

The oldest African-American church in New Orleans is beautifully located in the heart of Treme.

Bayou Road

If looking for a way to spend the afternoon, Bayou Road is the perfect spot. With an abundance of restaurants and shops, the street is a wonderful way to support local businesses in a historic setting.

MORE WAYS TO EXPLORE

Looking for even more ways to explore during ESSENCE? Download the free ESSENCE Festival App, available from both Google Play and iTunes.

NOLA Chic’s Hot Picks: Essence Daytime Parties & Events for July 5th

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Event Information
Master P, Romeo, and Team HOPE NOLA host the hottest celeb bball game in the South, Essence Weekend. Get your tickets to attend a fun-filled afternoon with some of the biggest stars in Sports and Entertainment. The only place where celebs and pro athletes meet to ball out for the fans!

Proceeds to benefit New Orleans youth!

VIP Courtside- (1st row)- $500.00

Courtside- Under The Basket (Baseline)- $250.00

Courtside- 2nd Row- $100.00

General Admission $25.00

Doors Open @ 4:00pm

Xavier University of Louisiana Convocation Center

7910 Stroelitz Street

New Orleans, LA 70125

When?
Thursday, July 5, 2018 6:00 PM CT
Where?
XULA Convocation Center
Contact Information
For more info visit www.teamhopenola.org
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DATE AND TIME

Thu, Jul 5, 2018, 10:00 AM –

Fri, Jul 6, 2018, 4:00 PM CDT

Location

LOCATION

New Orleans Board of Trade- Downtown

316 Magazine St.

New Orleans, LA 70130

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REFUND POLICY

No Refunds

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DESCRIPTION

NOLAVATE Black, an initiative of Short Speaks Creative, presents Black Tech New Orleans during Essence Festival Weekend, July 5th-6th, 2018 downtown at the New Orleans Board of Trade. Black Tech New Orleans will connect Black tech professionals and entrepreneurs of color in the technology industry with the objective of strengthening the Black tech ecosystem in the Greater New Orleans Region.

Black Tech New Orleans main stage presented by DXC will include topics and discussions around Diversity and Inclusion, Building Black Tech Ecosystems, Education and Tech, Funding for Start-Ups, Recruitment and Retention, Digital Media and Content Creation and a special Women In Tech roundtable discussion on Friday morning.

Start-ups and minority owned businesses are encouraged to stop by the pop-up Innovation Lab each day offering an on-site learning space and business center, including free headshots and LinkedIn workshops sponsored by Microsoft.

July 5th – Morning 10:00am-1:00pm

Theme: Inclusion Innovation

Building Black Tech Ecosystems – Identifying the who, what and where of Black Tech. How do those elements fit together to create an environment conducive to continued black tech growth in the region and beyond.

Inclusion Policy & Advocacy (Keynote) Terrell Boynton, DXC Technology

Inclusion Policy & Advocacy Panel & Q&A – Moderator – Rachel Graham – WBOK 1230 Panel – Jonee Love -DXC Technology, Terrell Boynton- DXC Technology, Quentin Messer-New Orleans Business Alliance

Public-Private Partnership Panel & Q&A – Moderator – Kelisha Garrett, New Orleans Regional Black Chamber Panel – Monique Maxmillion – GE Digital, Jean Dervil – GE Digital

July 5th – Afternoon 2:30pm-4:00pm

Theme: Money Moves

Funding Minority Startups – Developing a solid plan and communicating the vision that will secure funding to launch your big idea.

Funders Circle & Q&A – Moderator – Desiree Young, Venture Walk Panel – Sevetri Williams -ExemptMeNow, Nadiyah Morris – CamelBack Ventures, Daniel Applewhite, Propeller


Pitch Competition 4:00pm-5:00pm

Minority-Owned Start-Ups (Keynote) Jaia Thomas – Jaia Thomas Law, Entreprenuer Magazine


July 6th – Morning 10:00am-12:00pm

Theme: Diversity and Inclusion

Women In Tech – Sharing employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for women in tech, while celebrating the progress toward gender equality and diversity in leadership.

Women In Tech Panel & Q&A – Moderator – Netta Jenkins, Daily Burn Panel – Ms. Rosalin Hicks, NASA – Dr. Rene Horton – NASA

July 6th – Afternoon 1:30pm-5:00pm

Theme: The Creative Collective

Beyond Words: Bringing our unique storytelling perspectives as people of color to a global stage.

Diversity Media and Content Panel & Q&A – Moderator – TBD – Panel – Brandon “B Mike” Odum – Studio Be, Joshua King- Foot Knowledge

Education in Tech – Bridging the technology gap through entrepreunuership, education and STEAM exploration.

Education in Tech Panel & Q&A – Moderator – TBD


Thanks To Our Partners and Sponsors!

Main stage sponsor DXC Technology!

Accelerator Partners GE Digital, Camelback Ventures, New Orleans Business Alliance, Daily Burn, UTSI

Business Partners Robertson Wealth Builders

Community Partners AT&T, Idea Village, New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce, Propeller, Urban League of Greater New Orleans

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Jack Daniel’s & myblu present…The 11th Annual Festival Weekend TakeOver -> July 5th through July 8th @ The METROpolitan

DATE AND TIME

Thu, Jul 5, 2018, 10:30 PM –

Mon, Jul 9, 2018, 4:00 AM CDT

Location

LOCATION

METROpolitan Nightclub (Generations Hall)

310 Andrew Higgins Boulevard

New Orleans, LA 70130

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Refund Policy

REFUND POLICY

No Refunds

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DESCRIPTION

JACK DANIEL’S HONEY, GENTLEMEN JACK, BIG STAN PRODUCTIONS & HEREWEGO ENTERTAINMENT
present the 11th Annual…Festival Weekend
“TAKEOVER”

JULY 5TH – JULY 8TH

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@ Nola’s Largest & Most Upscale Venue…
The METROpolitan Nightclub aka Generations Hall
(310 Andrew Higgins Drive in NOLA’s Downtown Warehouse District)

For Tickets and Sections, Please Visit www.FestivalWeekendTakeover.com

This is hands down the best event to start your weekend as it annually attracts over 3000 urban professionals to the world-famous Metropolitan to mix, mingle & groove with politicians, business owners, professional athletes, entertainers and other trendsetting tastemakers from across the United States.

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Thu, Jul 5, 2018, 10:00 PM –

Fri, Jul 6, 2018, 4:00 AM CDT

Location

LOCATION

Bourbon Heat

711 Bourbon Street

New Orleans, LA 70116

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Refund Policy

REFUND POLICY

No Refunds

SOLD OUT!

EARLY ARRIVAL SUGGESTED. WILL BE WALL TO WALL PACKED.

2 LEVELS!

Early Arrival is strongly recommended, ticket does NOT guarantee entry once venue gets to capacity. Individuals will be let in the venue on a one in one out basis once the club reaches capacity.

Welcome to New Orleans

The EMF Kick-Off

featuring

Kid Capri

Hosted by: LHH, Karlie Redd. Performing Live, Pleasure P.

Special Guest Dj’s: DJ Boogie (Lil Kims Official DJ) & DJ Tayrock (Atlanta’s Hottest DJ)

MC: Al Boogie

Color Dress code: All White

Darron Wheeler Ent. in conjunction with Empire Dynasty Travel presents “The 5th Annual “Welcome to New Orleans” Official EMF Kickoff Party” @ Bourbon Heat, 711 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA. July 5th, 2018 from 10 pm to July 6th, 2018, 4 am. The kitchen will be open until 1 am. There will be drink specials throughout the night with Bottle Service available.

First 3 years were strictly parties, last year we kicked it up a notch by having H-Town, this year we turned it all the way up by having the one and only, Kid Capri, LHH, Karlie Redd, and R&B artist, Pleasure P.

Come Kickoff EMF’18 with Darron Wheeler Entertainment as we bring you a great night of mixing, mingling, drinking and dancing as you connect with new friends and re-connect with old friends.

VIP (Starting at midnight) includes a reserved section by stage, 2-hours open bar & appetizers for $85.00.
Second Level Seating for 6, includes one bottle of MOET Champagne, one premium bottle of your choice, a dedicated server with tax and gratuity included for $660.00.

2017 sold-out & we anticipate 2018 to sell-out! Get your tickets now!

All sales are final…NO REFUNDS.

Various DJ’s throughout the night will be going in on the 1s and 2s.

Doors open 10 PM
21 and over
For VIP and bottle reservations contact 816.476.7805.

VIP Table Reservations
$100 Deposit/$560 Due At Door

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Thu, July 5, 2018

6:30 PM – 9:30 PM CDT

Location

LOCATION

New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana

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REFUND POLICY

No Refunds

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Questions about Trademarks for Your Business & Brand!!!

Come learn from TheBizLawyer what a trademark is and why they are important to your business and brand. Come with all your trademark questions! TheBizLawyer will answer all trademark questions for attendees in this small intimate setting. Learn how to protect your business, your brands, and your investments via trademarks. You want to be the first to protect your trademarks before someone else does! If someone beats you to registration they could demand you, cease usage or limit and/or restrict how you use your brand.

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Limited Seats!!! Hurry and Grab Your Ticket. These Tickets Will Not Be Around Long!!!

Light Bites included!!! Dinner and Drinks to be Ordered and Paid for Separately by Attendees!!!

Location Will Be Provided Upon Ticket Purchase!!!

Lipstick N Laughter

Thursday Jul 5, 2018
$25 – $70
Joy Theater

Doors: 7:00 PM
Show: 7:30 PM

21 and over

Ready for night of laughs? Get your tickets to Lipstick ‘N Laughter, a special night of comedy hosted by Sherri Shepherd and featuring Kym Whitley and David A. Arnold’s “He Said, She Said” take on male/female relationships, plus emerging comedians Ms. Pretty Ricki, Maija DiGiorgio and local talent Geneva Joy. Share a laugh with your girlfriends during the Essence Festival. Buy your tickets now! Lipstick ‘N Laughter T-shirts and tote bags available here www.thepoweroflipstick.com

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DATE AND TIME

Thu, July 5, 2018

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM CDT

Location

LOCATION

New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

New Orleans, LA 70113

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Black Restaurant Week cordially invites you to NOSH, our inaugural culinary showcase featuring New Orleans premiere Black chefs, caterers and bartenders! Dive into the African diaspora and tantalize your taste buds with flavors of African, African-American, and Caribbean cuisine.

From spicy and savory, to sweet and subtle, we will have an array of options suited for every taste. Vegetarian or Vegan? No problem! Take the guess work out of finding your next event caterer, wedding-cake vendor, or meal-prep service. All we need you to do is have a great time! Oh, and don’t forget to vote your favorite for the People’s Choice Award. We can’t wait to see you there!

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Participant & Vendor Spaces available

Interested in participating in Nosh? We have spaces available for caterers, Executive Chefs, culinary students, and vendors. Visit nolabrw.com for more information.

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Thu, July 5, 2018

5:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT

Location

LOCATION

The Revolution Nola

1840 Thalia Street

New Orleans, LA 70113

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Refund Policy

REFUND POLICY

No Refunds

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Kick off your Essence Fest weekend with The Inn Crowd at The Pink Code Happy Hour! We’ll be taking over the courtyard of The Revolution, NOLA’s Hottest New Happy Hour!

Join us for Great Vibes, Great Cocktails & Great People!

Ladies grab your Bestie & Fellas come meet your new #Bae!

The Revolution is the only place to be Thursday, July 5, 2018!

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SOUL BOOGIE BLUES W/THE RED AFRO QUEEN MS. SILKY SOL AND THE REAL PLAYERS

Thu, Jul 5, 2018, 10:00 PM –

Fri, Jul 6, 2018, 1:00 AM CDT

Location

LOCATION

Bamboula’s

516 Frenchmen Street

New Orleans, LA 70116

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IF YOU LOVE ARETHA FRANKLIN, CHAKA KAHN, ETTA JAMES AND JILL SCOTT, , YOU’LL LOVE THE SOUNDS OF THE RED AFRO QUEEN MS. SILKY SOL AND THE REAL PLAYERS BAND. GOOGLE “RED AFRO QUEEN” TO HEAR THE SOUNDS OF THIS ENTERNATIONAL SOUL BOOGIE BLUES DIVA. FROM ITALY, SPAIN, AFRICA, FRANCE AND THE USA, MS. SILKY SOL WILL GIVE YOU A MUSICAL EXPERIENCE TO REMEMBER.

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Move Ya Brass FREE Fitness Classes

Hip Hop Ya Brass fitness class hosted by Move Ya Brass is a free dance fitness class under the Mandeville Shed every Tuesday from 5:45 pm – 6:45 pm. This class is all about getting out and having fun and is open to all fitness levels!

Twerk Ya Brass is a free dance fitness class under the Mandeville Shed every Saturday from 10:00 am – 11:00 am. This class is all about getting out and having fun and is open to all fitness levels!

Stretch Ya Brass is a sunrise yoga series on Piety Wharf every Thursday from 6:15 am – 7:15 am. This class is open to participants of all levels. Bring your own mat!

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Multiple Dates

Location

LOCATION

The Rooster Club, Barbers of New Orleans

925 Common Street Suite B

New Orleans, La 70112

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Medusa MADE:Muses, Mavens & Masters Beauty Team

Lead by: Getmade Monique; Makeup Artist + Male Groomer &New Orleans Hair Witch, Kathryn Lane; loc technician & hair stylist

Generously Hosted by : The Rooster Club, Barbers of New Orleans

@ 925 Common Street Suite B New Orleans LA 70112

Date: July 5 12p- 6pm Date: July 6-7 10-6pm

Join New Orleans own, Muses Mavens and Masters Across the street from Hotel Wyndam Garden Baronne Plaza, just a short Pedi-Cab Ride (click for info) from The Convention Center… for Lashes, Locks & Lagniappe, Refreshen Reset Reflect Pop Up. Enjoy relaxing massage, have your Tarot Cards read or Natal & Love Charts divined, get bronzed and blushed for the night out, fresh line up or a “re-curl that girl” touch ups…all while supporting locally owned and managed business efforts. –


RSVP Registration is FREE

Beauty & Grooming Services booked & prepaid via Square (book now).

Daily Raffle : MedusaMADE Mystical Magic Gift Bag. Paid Services Registers you for our Daily Raffle

Lagniappe [Free] Experience

  • Registered attendees receives Paul Mitchell Sponsored Gift Bag
    • Includes [digital] transferable Gift Certificates, from ALL service providers.
  • WiFi access and Charging station

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All of our Beauty and Grooming services are designed to hold up in the heat and humidity of New Orleans.

M5 Beauty & Grooming Applications include Color Matched & Complexion/Skin Type Appropriate Products that are:

  • heat and water resistant/proof & longwearing
  • Melanin Compatible & Friendly
  • SPF Protection
  • cruelty free

Prepaid/Booked Service :paid service registers you for 1 entry in our MedusaMADE Mystical Magic Gift Bag Raffle

Paul Mitchell Retail SALE, Special Summer Prices

  • Paul Mitchell hair products, hair curling wands and flatirons ARE available for purchase. Speak with The New Orleans Hair Witch about getting YOUR “new new” tools at our Special Summer Sale Prices

Daily Raffle of MedusaMADE Mystical Magical Gift Bags

Walk-ins are welcomed. RSVP Registration is HIGHLY suggested and recommended so that the Medusa Made Team may address your Beauty, Grooming and Other Worldly Mystical needs.



New Orleans’s Own,

MedusaMADE : Hair Team Sponsored by Paul Mitchell, Lead by New Orleans Hair Witch, Conjuring Coiffures from Curls Coils Kinks

MedusaMADE : Makeup Team,Sponsored by Vieux Carre Hair Store, established in 1877 Lead by Getmade,Getting you ready and Getting you Right with Makeup & Grooming services to Slay The Summer at 2018 Essence Music Festival



Please be advised that photographs may be taken at and around the event by other attendees. By entering this event, you consent to other attendees and/orMedusaMADE-M5 possibly photographing you. Respect and recognition for personal space will be employed at all times.

#ReFreshenUpPopUp #PartywithaPurpose #refreshenuppopup #MedusaMADEM5 #neworleanshairwitch #medusamade #ugetmade

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Black Nurses Rock Out at Fusion Gallery ~ Paint Taste Spa ~ NOLA

DATE AND TIME

Thu, July 5, 2018

6:30 PM – 9:30 PM CDT

LOCATION

Freeport McMoRan Building

1615 Poydras Street

1615 Poydras Street Suite 900

New Orleans, LA 70112

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Refund Policy

REFUND POLICY

No Refunds

Event description

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Can you say Private Chef, Complimentary Food and Beverages! All while you enjoy the view of the worlds largest iconic landmark Mercedes Benz Superdome! Toast to the Big Easy while watching the beautiful sunset from our corner office view of the skyline. You eat, drink, paint, enjoy the ambiance of music and art. Don’t forget the SPA options. Yes the package comes with some SPA options and add-ons are available. Take home your masterpiece in our Tote Bag exclusive gift to all of the earlybirds. Reserve your seat by May 31, 2018 and you get that Fusion Gallery Paint Taste Spa Tote. Perfect for your stroll through the Essence Festivities and the French Quarters! Seats are limited for each event. Enjoy this exclusive 40% off for Black Nurses Rock guest in NOLA!

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DATE AND TIME

Thu, July 5, 2018

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT

Location

LOCATION

Catahoula Hotel

914 Union St.

New Orleans, LA 70112

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*****Ladies*****

We’re bringing ENVISION Empowerment Experience™ to New Orleans!

Join Dr. Bahby Banks and friends on the rooftop of Catahoula Hotel on Thursday, July 5th from 6:00 – 9:00pm for a complimentary evening of fellowship, food and music with the intentional purpose of reminding you to take care of yourself before you take on the town!

Culinary sampling prepared by Tiara’s Taste | Soundtrack curated by MPA Financials

Videography by Zoës Pictures

This event is supported by the American Heart Association, Greater Southeast Affiliate.

NOLA Chic’s Hot Picks: Essence Daytime Parties & Events for July 6th

Tipitina’s Foundation Presents: Foundation Free Fridays Featuring Maggie Koerner + Miss Mojo

** THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO PATRONS AGES 21+
** NO TICKETS ARE NECESSARY
** Every dollar earned supports protecting & preserving Louisiana???s musical culture***
??? Ages 21+
??? Must Have Valid Government-Issued ID to Enter
??? General Admission / Standing Room Only
** The Box Office is open 10am to 5pm Mon-Fri **
??? No Professional Cameras or Rigs (Cameras with Removable Lenses)
??? All Sales Are Final**********

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Black Girl Giggles Comedy Festival Presents THE COMEDY SHAKEDOWN

Fri, Jul 6 – Sat, Jul 7 at 10:00 PM–2:00 AM
225 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Black Girl Giggles Comedy Festival Presents:

The Comedy Shakedown & Dance Party hosted by Camille Roane

Starring Queen Aishah

Featuring Carissa Cropper, Geneva Joy and more

After all the laughs, DJ KIDDLOVE will take over and the party will continue on the dance floor!

Black Girl Giggles is a New Orleans collective of African-American female comediennes building and fostering a diverse and growing stand-up comedy community for comediennes of color.

The Foundation Room VIP Club is the premier lounge in the French Quarter. Come dressed to impressed as there is a Business Casual dress code enforced. This event is 21+. $20

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Foundation Room is 21+ Venue. Business Casual Dress Code enforced. There are no refunds if denied entry due to Dress Code Violations. Seating is limited and provided on a first come first serve basis. Standing Room only venue.

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Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold Take Over Essence with 90s Party

DATE AND TIME

Fri, Jul 6, 2018, 9:00 PM –

Sat, Jul 7, 2018, 1:00 AM CDT

Location

LOCATION

The Revolution

1840 Thalia Street

New Orleans, LA 70113

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Refund Policy

REFUND POLICY

No Refunds

Event description

DESCRIPTION

THE REVOLUTION IS BRINGING THE 90’S TO ESSENCE FESTIVAL!!!

TISHA “GINA CAMPBELL & TICHINA “PAM” ARNOLA will be bringing the 90s Back to NOLA !!

FRIDAY JULY 6, 2018 AT THE REVOLUTION

TIME: 9PM-UNTIL

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DATE AND TIME

Fri, July 6, 2018

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM CDT

Location

LOCATION

Hotel Indigo New Orleans Garden District

2203 Saint Charles Avenue

New Orleans, LA 70130

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Entertainment AND Empowerment! Join other Educators in the Crescent City on the LIVEST weekend of the year! The Essence Fest Weekend Education Empowerment Brunch is a chance for professionals to Mix, Mingle & Mobilize. Enjoy Live Music, Spoken Word, Delicious Food and- of course, MIMOSAS!

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Attendees must be 21+ years of age.

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ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL – ALL WHITE PARTY

Must-do New Orleans list: Sno-balls, beignets, Treme and 12 more delights

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While the Crescent City is never entirely predictable — and a good dose of whimsy is always the best preparation for a trip to New Orleans — the following must-do list could serve as a guide for visitors.
While I could write an encyclopedia on the city’s food and music options alone, these 15 suggestions will help you start to experience the heart of this low, lovely, lyrical place.

1. Eat with your hands.

Among the benefits of dining in a shellfish culture is that silverware is frequently optional.
Eating with your hands is the only way to get through a bowl of buttery, pepper-spiked BBQ shrimp at Pascal’s Manale Restaurant, where the iconic dish was first conceived.
Boiled crawfish is the seasonal delicacy from roughly January through May, and it’s arguably best eaten on a park bench with a cold one. Big Fisherman in Uptown and KJean in Mid-City are reliable crawfish takeout spots.
And locals tend to tip oysters on the half-shell up to their lips rather than mess with those awkward, tiny forks. At Bourbon House Restaurant in the French Quarter and Casamento’s Restaurant in Uptown, no one expects you to use those forks for anything besides squeezing the juice from lemon wedges over your catch.
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2. Browse a supermarket.

Especially at locally owned grocery stores like Rouses Supermarkets and Langenstein’s, you can stock your suitcase — and, later, your pantry — with Louisiana dry goods staples like Camilla red beans, Cajun Country rice, Zapp’s Potato Chips (try the Cajun Crawtator), Creole-style coffee, crab boil and boxed jambalaya mix.
Even if you can’t find room among your boas and beads for smuggling food products home, it’s worth a wander down the spice aisle to observe in what amazing quantities New Orleanians stock up on bay leaves and cayenne pepper.

3. Cool off with a sno-ball

New Orleans’ best ammunition against the subtropical heat of its eight-or-so summer months is, perhaps counter-intuitively, not alcoholic.
Sno-balls (not snow cones) are simple but culturally important treats of finely shaved ice drenched in sugary syrups. They come served in cups or Chinese take-out containers and are generally sold from trucks, takeaway windows and small sweet shops.
Your favorite sno-ball vendor is generally the closest sno-ball vendor, though our pick is Uptown’s Hansen’s Sno-Bliz, where the syrup flavors range from the traditional (nectar, chocolate, cream of strawberry) to the uber-contemporary (satsuma, cardamom, ginger).
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4. Get your bounce on.

Miley Cyrus might have brought twerking — a dance move that involves shaking one’s rump at the speed of a hummingbird’s wings — to a popular audience at MTV’s Video Music Awards in 2013, but New Orleans dancers have been “popping” since the late 1980s.
In a NOLA.com/Times-Picayune article, local music writer Allison Fensterstock even presented evidence that Miley learned to twerk to New Orleans bounce music while filming a movie here in 2010 and 2011.
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5. Take a literary tour.

New Orleans collects literary ghosts, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote and Eudora Welty among them.
Besides reading works penned while writers were encamped in the city, the best way to channel the city’s literary life is by touring the French Quarter’s numerous and wonderfully atmospheric used and new book stores. Call it antiquing for the mind.
Our favorites include Crescent City Books, Librairie Book Shop and Kitchen Witch, a store specializing in used cookbooks. Local author Susan Larsen’s book, “The Booklover’s Guide to New Orleans,” is a great resource for unpacking the city’s literary dimension.

6. Eat beignets.

The centenarian, open-air coffee and beignet spot Café du Monde might be the most obvious tourist attraction in the French Quarter, if not the entire city.
As we’re in the business of steering visitors to New Orleans’ more genuine experiences, you might expect us to avoid such clichés.
On the contrary. A beignet-free trip to New Orleans would be a travesty of the first order, and Café du Monde has a high batting average for serving a consistently hot and well-sugared product.
The queue can be excruciating, though, so keep the nearby Café Beignet, as well as the City Park location of Morning Call Coffee Stand, in your back pocket.
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7. Marvel at the Mississippi.

In a city surrounded by water — the Great River, Lake Pontchartrain, the ever-encroaching Gulf of Mexico — it’s sometimes surprising how infrequently you encounter water views.
Woldenberg Park, adjacent to the French Quarter, is an exception; it’s also a wonderful place to pass a breezy hour or two. But for a birds-eye view of the winding Mississippi and its workings, take the elevator at Canal Place (located at the foot of Canal Street) skyward.
Alternately, “The Fly” at Audubon Park, just behind the Audubon Zoo in Uptown, is an expanse of ball fields and green space from which you can watch magnificent barges push down the river at eye level — and practically at arm’s length.

8. See Treme off-screen.

Experience the real-life companion to David Simon’s HBO series “Treme” by exploring what is sometimes referred to as America’s oldest African-American neighborhood.
You could begin just across Rampart Street from the French Quarter at Armstrong Park. Then make your way to Backstreet Cultural Museum for a Mardi Gras Indian history lesson, worship at a jazz-filled Mass at St. Augustine Catholic Church and lunch on Creole gumbo, seafood platters and po-boys at Li’l Dizzy’s Café.

9. Take a Katrina tour.

Katrina tours are touchy, and with good reason. Cruising in air-conditioned buses or vans through previously flooded neighborhoods where the worst possible scenario occurred — and where, more than a decade later, life is hardly back to normal — is inherently controversial.
But seeing the altered neighborhoods with a knowledgeable guide is also the best way to unpack the natural and human-wrought causes behind Hurricane Katrina’s remarkable losses of life, land and property.

10. Drink a Sazerac.

New Orleans had a cocktail culture long before “mixologist” entered the popular lexicon and specialty cocktail bars augmented the nation’s bar topography. Though it’s also drunk in other cities, New Orleans has laid claim to the Sazerac, a stiff drink of rye whiskey, bitters, sugar, absinthe or pastis and a twist of lemon.
Mixologists make reputable versions in their cocktail bars around town, but the best places to drink Sazeracs are where they’ve always done well — in historic hotel bars like the Carousel Bar in the Hotel Monteleone or the Sazerac Bar in The Roosevelt New Orleans; and in the city’s oldest restaurants, like Tujague’s and Galatoire’s.

11. Go to Mardi Gras.

If you can’t make it down for the actual holiday, you can still peek at the pageantry.
Tours at Mardi Gras World offer spectacular behind-the-scenes looks at float production and costumes, as well as off-season tastes of king cake.

12. Lunch on fried chicken in the Seventh Ward, twice.

Just two blocks apart, the kitchens at Willie Mae’s Scotch House and Dooky Chase’s Restaurant arguably put out the city’s most consistently fine fried chicken, though only at lunch.
The restaurants and their 90-plus-year-old matriarchs are not at war, but instead coexist peacefully, with differences in ambiance and chicken-frying styles. Willie Mae’s is a more casual restaurant with chicken cooked to order, while Dooky Chase is a white-tablecloth establishment with a lunch buffet.
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13. Turn on the radio.

Wherever you listen to 90.7 WWOZ community-supported radio (you can stream online from anyplace), it sounds like Louisiana. Horns. Accordions. Carnival tunes. Listen long enough and you’ll find your favorite DJs and shows — for us, it’s Bill DeTurk’s New Orleans Music Show on Fridays and the back-to-back Gospel and bluegrass programs on Sunday mornings.
Local food media personality Tom Fitzmorris hosts a three-hour radio show about New Orleans food every weekday afternoon on 1350 AM. It also airs on 105.3 FM on Saturdays. And the local NPR station, WWNO 89.9 FM, is rife with local programming.

14. Find some brass.

Especially in the spring, around Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest, it’s nearly impossible to walk down a New Orleans sidewalk without eavesdropping on some school kid practicing his trumpet or her trombone. Music begins in the schools and in the neighborhoods.
Second line parades, which include brass bands, roll every Sunday during the cooler months. And in-between the beads and masks in Carnival parades are junior high and high school marching bands high-stepping and getting the crowds moving.
For nighttime brass sounds year-round, you can count on clubs like Blue Nile, Hi Ho Lounge and Maple Leaf Bar, where the Rebirth Brass Band raises the roof every Tuesday night.
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15. See some art, and eat some too.

New Orleans has a centrally located arts district, commonly called the Warehouse District, which is a little-known relative to the city’s more historic and heavily toured neighborhoods. The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) is the district’s anchor, though it’s no longer the only attraction.
Additionally, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the National World War II Museum, the Louisiana Children’s Museum and numerous galleries and art spaces have built a neighborhood where you could easily spend a couple of days.
To sweeten the pot, the Warehouse District happens to be a culinary hotbed, with top-tier restaurants like the Link Restaurant Group‘s Cochon and Peche, Emeril Lagasse’s flagship restaurant Emeril’s New Orleans, Adolfo Garcia’s steakhouse La Boca and American Sector at the World War II Museum.
New Orleans transplant Sara Roahen is the author of “Gumbo Tales: Finding My Place at the New Orleans Table.” This story was first published in 2014 and updated in February 2015.

NOLA Chic’s Hot Picks: Essence Daytime Parties & Events for July 6th

Tipitina’s Foundation Presents: Foundation Free Fridays Featuring Maggie Koerner + Miss Mojo

** THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO PATRONS AGES 21+
** NO TICKETS ARE NECESSARY
** Every dollar earned supports protecting & preserving Louisiana???s musical culture***
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Black Girl Giggles Comedy Festival Presents THE COMEDY SHAKEDOWN

Fri, Jul 6 – Sat, Jul 7 at 10:00 PM–2:00 AM
225 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Black Girl Giggles Comedy Festival Presents:

The Comedy Shakedown & Dance Party hosted by Camille Roane

Starring Queen Aishah

Featuring Carissa Cropper, Geneva Joy and more

After all the laughs, DJ KIDDLOVE will take over and the party will continue on the dance floor!

Black Girl Giggles is a New Orleans collective of African-American female comediennes building and fostering a diverse and growing stand-up comedy community for comediennes of color.

The Foundation Room VIP Club is the premier lounge in the French Quarter. Come dressed to impressed as there is a Business Casual dress code enforced. This event is 21+. $20

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Foundation Room is 21+ Venue. Business Casual Dress Code enforced. There are no refunds if denied entry due to Dress Code Violations. Seating is limited and provided on a first come first serve basis. Standing Room only venue.

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Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold Take Over Essence with 90s Party

DATE AND TIME

Fri, Jul 6, 2018, 9:00 PM –

Sat, Jul 7, 2018, 1:00 AM CDT

Location

LOCATION

The Revolution

1840 Thalia Street

New Orleans, LA 70113

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Refund Policy

REFUND POLICY

No Refunds

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THE REVOLUTION IS BRINGING THE 90’S TO ESSENCE FESTIVAL!!!

TISHA “GINA CAMPBELL & TICHINA “PAM” ARNOLA will be bringing the 90s Back to NOLA !!

FRIDAY JULY 6, 2018 AT THE REVOLUTION

TIME: 9PM-UNTIL

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DATE AND TIME

Fri, July 6, 2018

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM CDT

Location

LOCATION

Hotel Indigo New Orleans Garden District

2203 Saint Charles Avenue

New Orleans, LA 70130

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Entertainment AND Empowerment! Join other Educators in the Crescent City on the LIVEST weekend of the year! The Essence Fest Weekend Education Empowerment Brunch is a chance for professionals to Mix, Mingle & Mobilize. Enjoy Live Music, Spoken Word, Delicious Food and- of course, MIMOSAS!

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Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Attendees must be 21+ years of age.

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