We Show Love Around Hair: Grand Rapids Area Natural Hair Meet-Ups & Related Events: Oct. 26 Nov. 9, 2018

What’s up Curlfriends? As always, there are some spectacular events coming up in and around Grand Rapids that you don’t wanna miss, Sistah Queen.

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Today, October 26

The Grand Rapids Soul Club will be at Billie’s Lounge featuring special guest Duke Grip. The GR Soul Club is a band that plays R&B, funk and other music. Duke Grip is a DJ whose spinning ’45’s. That sounds like a fun night. There’s only a $6 cover to get in if you come after 8 PM. The show starts at 9:30 at 1427 Wealthy SE in Grand Rapids’ well-known Eastown Neighborhood.

My homegirls from WOC Creatives are getting together for Karaoke Night Pt. 2 closer to downtown at the Fulton Street Pub. It’s located at 801 Fulton W and the fun starts at 10:30. The menu looks good with a few signature mac ‘n cheese dishes that sound very interesting. Women of Color Creatives is a support for women of color who have innovative ideas and desire a safe place to communicate and collaborate around furthering their careers. That means sometimes, you gotta sing like nobody’s listening to celebrate surviving another work week. Get your party on ladies. You’ve earned it!

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Tomorrow, October 27

Feeling charitable? Head over to Muse GR to assist a group of professionals from Madison Square Church raise money for their trip to Liberia. The To the Motherland Gala will feature music, dance, food and fashion. Tickets for the event are $50 and can be purchased by clicking here. That sounds expensive, doesn’t it? I know, but the price includes vouchers to sample beer/wine and appetizers. Muse GR is located on the north side of town at 727 Leonard NW. It’s a nice, new venue that you may wanna check out.

Who said Halloween is just for the kids. Like I said above, sometimes us grown ups need to get loose. There’s a Grown Folks Halloween Party happening at the Creston Brewery starting at 8 PM. You don’t have to wear a costume but there is a $5 cover for all. There will be live music fro Par-Llo Connection.

If you wanna celebrate the ghouls and goblins on the southeast side of town, go to Reflections Salon & Suites located at 2650 Beltline SE, Suite H. The Sophisticated Costume Party starts at 9 PM. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advanced. You cannot pay at the door for this event. This is a cabaret-style party that requires a costume. There will be free food. Tickets can be purchased at Reflections in Suite 18 or by contacting Cecil Jackson at 616-881-4540.

Tuesday, October 30

The HASU Collaborative is crashing a Facebook live Paparazzi Party from 6 – 8 PM. HASU stands for Hook A Sista Up and that’s what the group does. It’s support and accountability group that allows female entrepreneurs or aspiring entrepreneurs to learn and network. Helen Johnson sells Paparazzi jewelry so HASU members will get to model some pieces to promote her business. That’s how we hook each other up. Support. Support. Support. I love this platform. What am I gonna wear? This is gonna be fun so I’ll figure it out. The party is at an undisclosed location so you have to email Linda Otterbridge for the location. Her email is Hasunetwork@gmail.com.

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Wednesday, October 31

If you don’t wanna go trick-or-treating; but still want some good eating, check this out. A Taste of South Division is going on from 5:30 until 8 PM. Fifteen local restaurants are collaborating to provide FREE samples of food, live music and fun for the entire family. Come to 2009 South Division for this community celebration. The event is sponsored by the South Division Corridor Plan.

Thursday, November 1

Women of Color are invited to attend Ambition Talks, a space for young women of color to come together and fellowship about balancing life. Author Ashantia Collins is the hostess. It is a safe space to talk about dream, fears and receive support from other women, because there aren’t enough safe spaces for us. There is a $10 cover charge. Tickets can be purchased in advance by clicking here. The event will be at Mary Free Bed YWCA, 5500 Burton SE.

Friday, November 2

Do you like the spoken word? I’m talking about poetry. How about some smooth R&B and neo-soul music? Doesn’t it sound nice. Come to the UAW Hall at 1320 Burton SW at 8 PM to enjoy open mic sessions. This is a platform for Michigan artist to display their talents. Maybe I’ll go spit my Angry Black Woman Part I poem? The event is sponsored by She Ent and costs $10.

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Sunday, November 4

Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky and Mike will be at the DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe NW. The tickets start at $55. Click here to get yours from Ticketmaster. I won’t say anymore because I’m not getting any profit for the advertisement. It’s for my people.

Tuesday, November 6

Vote! Vote! Vote!

It’s too important. Everyone needs to let his and her voice be known. We’re voting for Michigan’s next governor, circuit court judges, the secretary of state and some very important proposals. They want you to believe that your vote doesn’t count. It does. Please make it happen. If you don’t know where your precinct is, visit this website.

After you vote, go to an election watch party 40 Acres Soul Food Kitchen and get a bite to eat during their Election Watch Party with Kimberly Williams who is running for the Grand Rapids Public School Board. Whether your candidates win or lose, you can have some pleasing soul food to sooth your soul. It starts at 7 PM. 40 Acres is located in Eastown at 1059 Wealthy SE.

County Commission candidate Monica Sparks is also having a watch party. It will take place at Baboo Studios, a trendy venue located at 4310 Division South in Kentwood. They have art classes, throw paint parties and more. It also has an Asian fusion café called Café Boba that serves deli food and what appears to be some delicious drinks (coffee, smoothies, slushes, etc.

Wednesday, November 7

The monthly Black Lives Matter Vigil is taking place at Rosa Parks Circle from 12:15 – 12:45 PM. Come down because Black Lives Matter. The fight for equity, inclusion and diversity is real. Colin’s still not playing football. Even in Grand Rapids, young children are being handcuffed in primarily black communities. We need to show up for them. Thank you to All Souls Community for persistently holding this vigil every month.

Saturday, November 10

I know I said I’m only posting events through November 9, BUT I gotta show love to my girls Della Levi and Aleka Thrash for pulling off the Kinky Curly Connection Influencer’s Brunch & Meet Up. This is an opportunity for naturals and those thinking about going natural to get some support. You will have an opportunity to learn about techniques, products and people who can support your natural hair journey. The pictures on this post are from this event in previous years. I’m giving one lucky reader two tickets to attend on Nov. 4. Here’s what you gotta do:

  1. Follow my blog via WordPress or email if you don’t have an account
  2. Leave a comment below what you would like to read on my blog
  3. Like my Facebook page
  4. Follow me on Instagram

Otherwise, click here to purchase your tickets.

We have to support events that are relevant to the natural hair community. I’m so proud to be able to highlight so many positive and uplifting events. Get connected. Buy products and network. Let me know if you have an event that I should share with the community by shooting me an email at msleonica@dalovelee1.com.

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Posted by DaLoveLee1

I recently realized I have a passion for natural hair during on my journey toward self-acceptance and love. So much of who I am has always revolves around my hair. It reflects how I feel about myself internally. When I am depressed or stressed, I don't do my hair. If I do look like a million bucks, I feel like a million bucks, even if I'm flat broke. I started documenting my transition on Facebook and it spread to Instagram. I have been amazed at how I have come to love my kinks and curls. I didn't even know how to care for it when a started transitioning. It has been so liberating. I assumed the name LoveLEE around the same time as my transition because I needed to remind myself that I'm worthy of love. The image of women like me is skewed by the media and negative stereotypes. I refuse to confine since of love and beauty to society's standards. I'm starting this blog so other women will know that they don't have to be boxed in either. You are beautiful and flawless just the way you are.

Thanks for joining me.
~Leonica

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