5 Events Featuring Black Women You Don't Want to Miss This Weekend

Check out these upcoming events featuring black women and continue to send events that are centered around black womanhood to events@forharriet.com. Be sure to check back each week for new events!

Date: Thursday May 28, 2015 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Miami, FL

Against the backdrop of surveillance, punishment, and criminalization of youth of color in the United States, #BlackGirlsMIA seeks to increase awareness of the gendered consequences of disciplinary and push-out policies for girls of color, and, in particular, Black girls.

The African American Policy Forum and Columbia Law School’s Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies released a study that shows that Girls of color face much harsher school discipline than their white peers but are excluded from current efforts to address the school-to-prison pipeline.

In Miami Black girls comprise less than 1/4 of the overall girls population, but 1/3 of the number of students receiving in-school suspensions and over half of those receiving out-of-school suspensions. Consistent with the findings of AAPF’s #BlackGirlsMatter Report, these ratios were more disproportionate than those for black boys when compared to their white counterparts.

2. Brown Sugar Yoga & JourneyDance

Date: Saturday May 30, 2015 9:00pm
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Admission: $25

In this JourneyDance™/Brown Sugar Mash-up, we invite people of color and their allies to move, breathe and circle together as we celebrate our diverse community. We will explore yoga postures with awareness, healthy alignment, and a focus on the breath, as we begin to attune to our own and our collective wisdom. In the JourneyDance™ practice, we blend together improv theater and freestyle dance, with myo-fascial and emotional release.

In this practice we celebrate, heal and feel to process and deal with stress, frustration, anger, grieve loss, transforming those emotions and feelings to experience radical self love and boldly embody and express our natural POWER and share our authentic JOY.

We dance love of self first and we connect that love to others sending that power out into the world creating a healing ripple effect...enabling us to deal with the challenges we face in life from the inside out. Open your Heart and set your SOUL FREE!

3. Chaka Khan With Special Guest Stephanie Mills

Date: Sunday June 1, 2015 7:00pm
Location: Newark, NJ
Admission: $55 - $135

Ten-time Grammy Award winner Chaka Khan (“Ain’t Nobody,” “I Feel for You”), who first burst on the music scene with Rufus, is an international icon who has the rare ability to sing in a spectrum of music genres, from classical and pop/rock to R&B and country.

During her 40-year career, Khan has been acclaimed for her powerful voice and show-stopping stage presence. She has released 22 albums and has been honored for her achievements in entertainment by the City of Chicago, BET, the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She has influenced generations of artists and continues to do so. Special guest is Stephanie Mills, Drama Desk Award winner for Broadway’s The Wiz.

4. Soul Factory Presents Carol Riddick feat. Tyrik Ballard & Charisa

Date: Friday May 29, 2015 9:00pm
Location: New York, NY
Admission: $15

This sultry songstress-songwriter has graced stages from her hometown of Philadelphia and across the globe, winning fans and admirers with her extraordinary voice and presence. Highly regarded in the music community for her vocal dexterity, mesmerizing performances and genuinely warm personality, Carol is a unique entertainer whose evolution is ongoing.

Born and raised in South Philadelphia, music has been a part of her life since she was a teenager. It was in her early adulthood that the industry took notice of her vocal talent when she got her start touring with Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff.

Since then, Carol has blessed the tracks of many distinguished artists. She is featured on records by Anthony Hamilton, Jill Scott, Norman Brown, Kindred The Family Soul and a host of others. Most notably, her distinct vocal delivery can be heard on Musiq's "Soulstar", the title track on his multi-platinum album.

5. Ciara - Jackie Tour

Date: Friday May 29, 2015
Location: Riverside, CA
Admission: $40

She’s a global superstar whose infectious tunes have resulted in multi-platinum albums, smash singles and a truckload of awards. Her dazzling dance moves have mesmerized audiences worldwide. Her striking good looks have led to modeling opportunities and her magnetic screen presence has jumpstarted a promising acting career.

The Jackie Tour is the fourth concert tour by Ciara supporting her sixth studio album, Jackie. 

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events:

June 4 - Simply Simone Presented by Hattiloo Theatre, Memphis, TN
June 5 - BrownGirl. Bluegrass, New York, New York
June 6WORD! - A Caribbean Book Fest
June 17 - Floetry Reunion Tour, Northfield, OH
June 18 - Detroit Premier of TREASURE: From Tragedy To Transjustice, Mapping A Detroit Story, Detroit, MI