6 Events Featuring Black Women You Don't Want to Miss This Weekend and More!

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!

1. Pumps & Brunch III

Date: Saturday May 23, 2015 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Silver Spring, MD
Admission: $25

Pumps & Brunch hosted by A Woman's Worth Conference & Celebration, is a women-only event that uses goal-centered, interactive and inspiring activities that put women in the driver’s seat of their goals. They're teaching women how to earn more money, get a better position at their job and start or grow a business without compromising their personality, values or integrity. They're bringing it back for a THIRD year because our attendees get results after attending this event.

Pumps & Brunch is all about increasing the likelihood of a woman’s professional success and removing the obstacles standing between her and that success. It’s not a mixer, networking event, pep rally or a pep talk, workshop or a seminar. It's a day filled with games, unique assignments, chats and opportunities.

2. All Together Now: Women Fighting State Violence

Date: Saturday May 23, 2015 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Location: New York City
Admission: Sliding Scale $8-15

"All Together Now: Women Fighting State Violence" held by Yeah, That’s What She Said, is a panel bringing together women who are on the frontlines of justice and liberation movements to resist state violence in their communities. Panelists include Erica Garner (Garner Way Foundation, daughter of Eric Garner), Constance Malcolm (mother of Ramarley Graham), Denise Guadalupe Romero (undocumented Mexican immigrant rights community organizer), Uruj Ehsan Sheikh (Muslim anti-war/anti-torture organizer) and Thenmozhi Soundararajan (Transmedia Artist and Activist), with the Dalit Women's Collective visiting here from India. The panel will be moderated by Verna Myers, diversity consultant and public speaker. 

The panel will bring these powerful women into conversation around their experience as women organizing against state violence, from police brutality, discrimination against migrants, state neglect of survivors of sexual assault, white supremacy and islamophobia. The women will discuss their work on the frontlines, the current environment of organizing, and how we can build bridges as women across movements to work for freedom, dignity and safety for all our people.

3. En Vogue in Concert

Date: Saturday May 23, 2015 9:00 pm
Location: Beverly Hills, CA
Admission: $50-100

Formed in the mold of the legendary girl groups of the '50s and '60s, En Vogue's throwback sound resonated with audiences, propelling their 1990 debut Born to Sing to No. 3 on the Top R&B Albums chart. 1992 follow-up Funky Divas would prove an even bigger success, earning the band a host of awards and five Grammy nominations with ubiquitous No. 1's "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)" and "Giving Him Something He Can Feel." The group's sophisticated image, benefitting from several stylish videos in heavy rotation on MTV, added to their appeal, earning them more MTV Video Music Awards than any other female group in history.

4. Self-Care Sundays at MoCADA curated by Molicia Crichton

Date: Sunday May 24, 2015 10:45 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Admission: $15-20

This Spring, MoCADA transforms its gallery into a wellness sanctuary! Through affordable weekly programming, guests will become more engaged in individual self-care and community healing that promotes a more balanced lifestyle. The year-long Self-Care Sundays series kicked off on March 22nd, 2015 in celebration of the Spring Equinox and continues weekly on Sundays. The series will include one hour of open flow yoga starting at 10:45AM, followed by one hour of meditation at 12PM. Special guests facilitators and additional wellness services will also be offered as the series evolves. Stay tuned for event updates!

Event Curated by Molicia Crichton.

Dates: May 22-24, 2015, Friday and Saturday 8:00pm Sunday matinee 3:00pm
Location: New Orleans, LA
Admission: $25

The Color Purple is coming to Anthony Bean Community Theater. Be moved and inspired by this new musical adaptation of the groundbreaking novel and movie adapted by Marsha Norman from the Classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Aliee Willis and Stephen Bray! Directed by Anthony Bean and choreographed by Giselle Nakhid. Vocals by Steve Burke and Musical directions by Emanuel Burke. THE COLOR PURPLE features over 30 extremely talented, singers and dancers throughout the New Orleans area; among them: Asia Nelson as Celie. Damien A. Moses as Mister. DC PauL as Harpo, Giselle Nakhid as Netti, Tomeka L. Williams as Shug and Jade Hillery as Sofia - ABCT will stage the first local production of this smash Broadway hit. From the moving film by Steven Spielberg, The Color Purple is an inspiring family saga that tells the unforgettable story of a woman who--through love--finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world. Set to a joyous score featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel, and blues, The Color Purple is a story of hope, a testament to the healing power of love, and a celebration of life.

Date: May 20-24, 2015, Thursday 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday 8:00pm, Saturday and Sundays 3:00pm
Location: Chicago, IL
Admission: $55

Written and directed by Associate Director of the Black Ensemble Theater, Rueben D. Echoles'"Sounds So Sweet" (Featuring music from the Girl Groups Yesterday to Today) is a musical journey spanning several decades. The girl groups featured include Destiny Child, En Vogue, The Chiffons, The Shirelles, The Supremes and the Andrews Sisters - and many, many more. The music is delivered through the Harris family as they come together to reminisce and prepare for the final celebration of their beloved Grandstine. This is a story true to the Black Ensemble Theater style full of hope, love and a reminder of the great contributions that girl groups have made to the American Song Book of Soul.

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events:

May 26 Leikeli47 in Concert, New York, NY
June 5 - BrownGirl. Bluegrass, New York, New York
June 17Floetry Reunion Tour, Northfield, OH 
Alexis Jackson is a visual artist, writer, and editorial assistant at For Harriet. Contact her at alexis.jackson@forharriet.com. You can also follow her on twitter @_alexisjacks.