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October Blerdy Events

October Blerdy Events

Its ya blerds bday month!!!!


AND ITS ABOUT TO GO DOWN ALLLL MONTH LONG.

I am closing out my 30th year around the sun and I am so excited for the different events and outings that await me. Houston is full of culture and things to do and I plan on doing something EVERY weekend counting down to my born day. Here are the blerdy events for the month of October that you should be bringin ya ass to, and maybe I’ll see ya ass out there. J

October 5th – Fall 2019, Art, Food, and Music Aurora Festival

This art show is set to feature many amazing local artists, including the beautiful and talented @Bedroomstrokes. With the purchase of a $12 ticket you can enjoy magnificent and thought-provoking art selections, enjoy a assortment of free food, as well as get decently tipsy at the open bar. For me, they had me at beautiful art and open bar. I am hoping to start my birthday month as artistically as possible.

October 12th – BLCK Market Houston

The BLCK Market Houston brings different vendors of color in all ways, shapes, and forms to one place for patrons to take advantage of. Its environment is filled with creative culture and tons of different forms of products to experience. As opposed to simply going to the new big ass HEB to shop or a colonizer inspired farmers market, you can fill you time staring at vibrantly inspired products.

October 19th – Jamels Top Secret Dance Fitness – Ride, Shake, Sweat Tour

He’s coming back to H-town b*tcheeeessss!! Get ready to shake your ass off…literally!! Jamels dance class is ALWAYS a good time. I love to dance…it’s like a second love to me next to writing and particularly hip-hop. His dance class is as entertaining as you can get, and it is highlighting the most enjoyable section on hip-hop dancing…yes I’m talking about twerkin’, poppin dat ass. And it’s gonna be a lot of ass shaking in this class, trust.

The following weekend….is my birthday weekend!!! AYYYYEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

And idk exactly what I’m going to fall into, but I know it’s going to be fun and have something to do with Halloween! I have the need and deep desire to wear a costume and get very fanciful so you’ll just have to stay tuned to see what ya blerd decides to do. However, the events mentioned above are a perfect way to bring in my new year around the sun. A year that is sure to be filled with adventure, beauty, and all types of good times.

 

 

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A Blerdy View, Event, Outings,

Blerdy Event Review: THE OUTLET PROJECT PRESENTS – It’s Not Baggage, It’s Your Blessings Social Awareness Mixer

TheOutletProject_ held an event meant for expression. A form of expression on a topic that is often times overlooked or unnoticed when in reality it should definitely be considered more.


This was a talk dedicated to mental health and the awareness of suicide. As opposed to this discussion leading to tears of sadness it produced tears of release and acceptance; knowing that whatever feelings you have are ok and can be shared.

Participants at this great event definitely got more than they bargained for with this Social Awareness Mixer. We started the night with an opportunity to greet and connect with one another other. We were able to walk around and marvel at the different vendors with their products displayed, and have a drink or two to prepare ourselves for the conversation. The drinks were crafted by Miss Shayla and her @sophisticated_cocktails, and she made them strong enough for you to feel it after just one cup. The food was catered by the always delicious BreakNBred BBQ. If you are ever lucky enough to have the opportunity to eat this delicious BBQ and BBQ sauce please take it; don’t deny yourself the pleasure.

Speaking of taste-bud pleasure, I cannot forget to mention Mama’s Girl Custom Creations with her artistic treats and cookies. I went home with a bag of her chocolate chip cookie bites, a perfect sweet and savory escape after a night of deep discussion. Of course, more than our tummies were fulfilled at this gathering. Other vendors included, Liberation Natural Skin Care & Aroma Therapy seducing senses and making love to skin, as well as Lonez Scents.

The discussion itself was held by a panel of Black Excellence sharing their own struggles and truths with mental health. The panel included Dr. Thomas J. Galliguez @therealdrthomas, the director of The Outlet Project Adrian, and licensed therapist and personal counselor/sister Dr. Ebony Blue. The panel paved the way for discussion on the deepest parts of our emotions, and gave the audience a chance to let the thoughts that they desperately needed to share out in a safe place. A safe place because everyone was open to everyone sharing their thoughts, asking their questions and most importantly speaking their truth.

It was a room full of African Americans adults, both younger and older, speaking openly about mental health and the importance of us sharing. Sharing our hurts and pains because it is essential for overcoming trauma and getting stronger. We can never hope to move on from pain if we are never able to face it. The most important message of the night was for us to learn how to look forward to therapy. My counselor said it best, making it to therapy is a milestone that ought to be celebrated and glorified. Not something to be ashamed of in any way. I hope that we as a community can have more discussions such as this one, and normalize dealing with trauma as opposed to ignoring it away.

Thank you @TheOutletProject_

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BlerdLife, Event, Outings,

Blerdy Events for the Month of September

It’s ya blerd back again with some events you must attend! (I didn’t mean to rhyme but yea lol). Let us begin our Fine Gurl Fall off right with events garnered to build self-love, pamper ourselves, and have a little fun.

September 8th – Play Reading Delivery by Jelisa Jay Robinson

Usually, I only post events here in my hometown of H-town, however this particular event has so much raw talent that I had to share. My friend and name-twin Jelisa Jay Robinson (@JelisaTheWriter1) is reading one of her original plays, Delivery, at Texas State’s Black and Latino Playwrights festival in San Marcos, TX. It is sure to be a beautifully written play, and a very inspirational read. If you are lucky enough to be in the San Marcos area and can catch this Queen read her play…MAKE SURE YOU DO SO!!

September 14th – Self Love Saturday Mixer

I have definitely been on a devoted Self-Love vibe lately, and this event is going to help me continue that movement. The Self-Love-Saturday Mixer is dedicated to you spending some time with you! Keep your relationship with yourself strong by participating in different activities to promote self-love, efforts that you can repeat from the comforts of your own home to continue loving you. Also, ya blerd will be in the building helping with these activities and helping to promote self-love, so come out and join the love!

September 14th – 15th Houston Ultimate Women’s Expo

This expo is full of #blackgirlmagic and just an all around female power glow! At this outing you will be presented with amazing guest speakers such as the always lively Keke Palmer, the iconic MC Lyte, and the beautiful Toya Wright. This event also gives you a chance to really pamper yourself with shopping, tasty food, and really good conversation. Grab your girls and join in on a really queendom event.

September 21st – Trap Wine Fest

Over 20 different wines and trap music playin in da mix; that definitely sounds like my kind of night! The Trap Wine Fest is combining your love for wine with your love for trap and providing a night full of tipsy fun. There will also be local chefs for sustenance while you drink and fun games and activities to get you through the night. I think this will be a good way to continue the self-love vibe, by treating yourself to some real fun.

So there we have it, a few events for the month of September to keep you occupied while you grind. Nothing too crazy or intense, just a few events to get your juices flowin for Fine Girl Fall. The feeling of “fine” must come from the inside first, that’s where a true lasting glow originates, from the inside and glows so bright that it shines on the out. Hope to see you at each of these events!

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BlerdLife, Event, Outings,

Blerdy Events for June

The city of Houston has SO MANY culture rich activities for us blerdies to enjoy. Check out my list for this month of just a few events H-town has to offer this month.


  1. Cotton &Cornrows – June 7th

Poetry, spoken words of realness, black people magic all around; that is what can be expected from this event. Cotton & Cornrows is featuring an amazing author, poet, and new friend Millicent Campbell with her debut poetry book Cotton & Cornrows. Her performance is guaranteed to be riveting, the art is sure to be breath taking, it is the perfect event to bring in your weekend in an oh so artistic way.

  1. 2019 Houston Reggae Fest – June 8th

I know it is gonna be hot as hell, but I would still be ready to attend Houston’s Reggae Fest and soak in all the culture and good vibes I can. This event will feature artists from all over, vendors to make you spend your coins, and authentic Jamaican and Caribbean food. Sure, it’ll be hot, but you’ll walk away with an amazing experience, happy taste buds, and memories of a good time.

  1. Anime Matsuri 2019 – June 13th – 16th

With the goal of bringing color into the world the Anime Matsuri is the place for all blerds, geeks, dreamers, and creativity seekers alike. This annual Anime and Japanese culture festival is one that is fanciful and family friendly. The entire family can enjoy the culture rich experience and ignite their imaginations for the summer.

  1. Afrobeats Block Party – June 22nd

Artists, vendors, Djs, culture heavy, vibrant glow, and a plentiful amount of black people magic. Diversity overload with this event of dance music and culture. Me, myself unfortunately will not be able to attend because I will be in a wedding. But if I wasn’t I’d be all up in this thang, diving head first into the culture.

So there it is my blerdy events for the month of June. Houston has plenty of culture rich and inspiring events to engage yourself with this month. Grab an artistic soul-mate, friend, lover, or whomever and experience this Htown culture first hand!

Missed Out On:

The month of June is packed with blerdy shit to do! I missed out of these events, but had to shout them out for their awesomeness.

H-Town Pancakes & Booze Art Show – June 1st:

The Pancakes & Booze Art Show bring vibrant art choices around the country, and this year celebrating 10 years of artistic magic featuring several Houston artists including @ucantdrawjohnny and @bedroomstrokes just to name a couple.

WriteFest Houston – WriteSpace – May 27th – June 2nd:

Every year WriteFest takes place in Houston and features so much inspiration for up and coming writers. I will definitely try my best to make it to next year’s festival; it’s a great opportunity to build writing knowledge and meet fellow writers.

Make your inner blerd happy by participating in at least one of these events, and be sure to check out my page next month for more events to take advantage of.

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Thanks for reading! Live well, prosper, and all dat sh*t!

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BlerdWerd, Outings, Queendom,

NOLA Darling.

WooooW…the one word I can use to describe all the vibes from this past Memorial Day Weekend/Bachelorette Celebration for one of the heauxs in New Orleans, LA.


I always love coming to this city, and this trip just made me fall even more in love. It was the energy of the wonderful people we encountered, the ambiance of the live music down virtually every block; it was the delicious food and stiff drinks, and the laughter that filled every single minute that made this trip so special.  We celebrated and walked around that city in the full glory of who we are, black and beautiful Queens.

This trip to NOLA had so much glow it was ridiculous, just outrageous for us to shine the way we were. Visiting this magical city with this group of Queens was an experience like no other; it was as if we discovered our own secret dimension of joy and queendom. On the first night of our trip we decided to live it up at The Hangover Bar, and really bring in our trip with full NOLA vibes. We listened to bounce music, shook a little something, and ate some really delicious lemon pepper wings. The next day we continued our cuisine experience with a trip to Oceana’s on Bourbon and Conti. Let me tell you, EVERYTHING about this Oceana’s visit was on point. Our food was scrumptious and flavorful, our waitress Bree was nice and knowledgeable, and we even got free crab cakes as a bonus! We were so full we had no choice but to walk on Bourbon St. for a hand grenade and a brief dance intermission at Razzoo’s. That evening we went back on Bourbon St. and partied until 4am, the full details of that night not to be discussed on this blog lol. On our last night, we experienced a beautiful surprise by eating dinner at Morrow’s a petite restaurant with full R&B vibes; before ending the night real chill on Frenchman St. Of course, before we left the next morning we had to hit up Café Du Monde for some strong ass coffee and deliciously sweet beignets.

All of the adventures from the trip were oozing with a good time, however the best part of our journey wasn’t even the activities we partook in. It was more than the good food and drinks, it was the laughter shared between four sister-friends and the freedom of being nothing else other than ourselves. We didn’t dress according to anyone else’s dress code, we didn’t speak in the politically correct manner that we would at the workplace, and we sure as hell didn’t give any fucks to how much we laughed and joked no matter what public place we were in. We were simply OURSELVES, and nothing could be grander and more freeing than living your life with no filters. Zero limitations, and no one around to judge, just a handful of like-minded individuals who pride themselves on their ability to let you be you. That is what was so amazing about this trip, to live and be accepted for exactly who we are.

Now that the trip is over, and the work hats are placed back on, I struggle to figure out a plan of action. I am uneasy because I have lived with no barriers and I want to experience that life more often and more completely. I want to live with no filters daily and not only on vacations or time away from work. To live my as completely me full time is the new goal. Now all I have to do is figure out how to get there…

 

Memories....

 

 

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A Blerdy View, Movies, Outings,

A Blerdy View: Us

Jordan Peele has done it again! He has succeeded in creating a truly unique and suspenseful thriller that will leave you full of thoughts after seeing it.


After turning heads and opening eyes with his first film Peele returns to be even more thought provoking than before; while also providing an excellent display of black magic in the process.

Peele definitely did a great job following up Get Out with releasing Us. Us is a movie with similar suspense and horror, but a completely different vibe than its predecessor. Us took me places I had no idea the movie was going to go, which is so refreshing because I was not forced to sit through a predictable story line. The movie made you jump in your seat, yell out at the screen, and look at your neighbor with the “aw hell naw” face whenever the antagonists in the film made a creepy move. In addition to the unpredictable storyline, as a viewer you could not help but to notice the amazing acting throughout the film.

“There’s a family in our driveway” *looks at neighbor aw hell naw face applies*

And it was in fact the actors playing nice family and evil family simultaneously throughout the film with an equal amount of innocence and creepiness. Lupita shinned in her leading role! The black girl magic was so real! Absolutely motherly, and absolutely terrifying and crazy; she acted her ass off in this film and really made you see how messed up it would be to fight your evil self.

Lupita’s performance did not outshine her costars however they were also equally as relatable and terrifying. The daughter played by Shahadi Wright…was just fucking creepy no other way to put it. She portrayed the typical teenage girl and the beastly villain all in one. Evan Alex who played the son also did an amazing job in the film portraying himself and his crazed doppelganger. Also, Winston Duke showing off his acting chops, being hilarious in one scene and showing up all big and mean on another. They played both sides and played them very well. Neither character was exactly the same as the other nor did they share any creepy traits. The characters and their doppelgangers were individuals and acted out perfectly.

All in all it was a great movie, one that I definitely want to watch again because it did leave me scratching my head. I still might like Get Out better than Us even with how great Us is. The ending might have fucked with me a little too much, but isn’t that what horror is supposed to do to you?

Us is definitely blerdy approved for your viewing, and recommended to see in theaters with friends. This is a movie I am actually grateful to have seen in theaters and want to see it on the big screen at least one more time.

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Art, Event, Outings,

RAW Artist Awesomeness

The RAW Artists of Houston presented the REFLECT show at the House of Blues this past Wednesday and it was truly a paradise for all forms of artistry.


So much amazing talent floating around in the room from artists, to jewelry makers, musicians, dancers, writers, all types of creative magic. This was my first year attending, but it will definitely not be my last.

I was invited to this artist utopia from a good friend and fellow writer Jelisa Jay Robinson @JelisaTheWriter. Even though she was performing and the artist that I came to see, even she was shocked at the magnitude of people that showed up to support and take in the awe of all the magnificent displays of artistic treasures. JelisaTheWriter specializes in writing plays, poetry, as well as spoken word. She blessed the stage with one of her spoken word pieces and eluded black girl magic with every word. She joined a host of other performers including a rapper, singing duo, and a dance team just to name a few. The performances were truly inspiring and kept the crowd engaged and moving as we took in each of the different display booths.

Black girl magic was a reoccurring theme throughout the show, not just limited to on stage performances, but to artists on the ground as well. I fell in love with the work of one artist in particular, Ms. La Monica Robinson, with Creative Minds AL you can follow her work on her Instagram @2hip_hurrayyy. Her work is vibrant, and grabs your attention from first glance.  She displayed multiple paintings as well as prints and different items she had imprinted with her paintings (including a pillow that I’m praying the universe will send my way as a prize for her raffle).  Also adding to the collection of black girl magic was the jewelry guru and beautiful Queen @Locnesshippie. She had different pieces of jewelry and gems that were simply breathtaking. There were enough treasures on her table to make you feel and shine like the queen that you are. So many different booths, so many different artists, and each one had something amazing and unique to offer on their table.

REFLECT was definitely a show filled with beautiful artistic hidden treasures and budding talent. Each performance and each booth contained something special that you will not find anywhere else. RAW Artists Houston and The House of Blues created an ambiance that promoted underground artistry at the most beautiful level. Make sure you attend their next show!

Thanks for reading! Live well, prosper, and all that sh*t!

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Art, Event, Outings,

Night of The Incredible Art Gallery

This past weekend The Incredible Art Gallery showcased the paintings of an amazing artist Christopher Clark #christopherclarkart.


A free Harry Potter art and exhibit show in Houston is not likely to be overlooked by such a potterhead as myself, but this art show also satisfied wide range of character appreciation from a number of different stories. Attendees were able to see beautiful paintings dedicated to the Harry Potter family and Hogwarts, but we were also astonished by paintings embodying many favorite characters from Star Wars, Marvel, DC comics, and even Disney.

I attended the art show with a fellow blerd and heaux @sleeping_beauty_21, and we were excited from the moment we saw the Facebook post promoting the art show all the way to its completion. The event was held at the Holiday Inn & Suites Houston Westway Park, and the hotel staff was welcoming and joyful throughout the duration of the event. The Incredible Art Gallery was a three day long event and we had the pleasure of viewing the art show on its opening night Friday. There was a great turn out for this event, a large number of nerds, blerds, and geeks showed up to view the amazing art. We received a complimentary painting just for attending and we were also offered themed alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages including Butterbeer! Of course, the heaux and I opted for the alcoholic beverages to carry us through the display of art work.

The artwork itself was absolutely breathtaking; so many people were walking around making the same comment, “Oh how I wish I could buy one of every painting!” So much detail was displayed in these paintings with prints valued at $40 each and canvases ranging from $125 to over $1,000, and they were worth every penny. The man of the hour Christopher Clark was also in attendance personalizing artwork for fans before they left the event.

All in all The Amazing Art Gallery succeeded in a creating a wonderful art show. Attendees were greeted with creations from a talented artist, tasty beverages to enjoy, and a welcoming venue. The next art show is sure to be just as satisfying as this one and I cannot wait to see what creations will be displayed next.

Thanks for reading! Live well, prosper, and all that sh*t!

*every postcard also has the option for purchase in larger print or canvas! 🙂

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Comicbook, Outings,

The Indie Con

Artists, writers, wand-makers, gadget creators, comic enthusiast, and dream chasers alike gathered in Houston this past weekend for the Comic Indie Con 2018.


This amazing event where sci-fi and magic roamed free was more than just a way to showcase local talent. It served as an inspiration to future masterminds out there that you too can create something truly exceptional.

When you first walk into the Emancipation Center nestled in downtown Houston that hosted the Indie Con you are greeted by booths of artists, comic book illustrators, and writers all ready to show you the fanciful work they have created. I was happy to see an artist whose work I had previously fell in love with at the Harry Potter Art Show earlier in the year, Gabby Ramirez (@gbbyrmrz).  Her booth showed off her skills for capturing a multitude of characters from Star Wars, to storybook characters, and even anime favorites such as Goku. I also met the creators of the comic Speak No Evil and they completely captivated me with their outrageous story line; bringing comedy and action sci-fi together effortlessly.  It was impossible not to stop at each booth and geek out over what they had created, and this was just the intro section.

Walking through the double doors of the Culture Center at the Emancipation Center you are presented with even more artists to experience, items to droll over, and speakers on stage sharing their knowledge. There was so much talent and creativity in the room you could feel the energy of inspiration all around you. Before making my exit I met the creator and illustrator of the comic Translytown Isaiah Broussard (@iBroussardArt) who has been drawing “ever since [he] could hold a pencil” and it shows as he was able to sketch a drawing on the back of the comic book I had just purchased right in front of me in minutes.

It was a really good event to allow local artists to stand out all on their own and we have such amazing talent flowing through the streets of H-Town. The Comic Indie Con was a connection to brewing talent and a reminder to anyone out there with a dream that success is possible with enough hard work and faith. Can’t wait for Comic Indie Con 2019, We are LOCAL, We are INDIE, We are PROUD!

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Outings, Queendom,

The Pajama Jam

Every now a then every strong woman gets the urge to take off the work hat, put down the kids, take a break from household chores, and spend a night with the girls.


We desire one glorious night, with the promises of laughter n drinks, and sometimes a moderate little twerk session. We try not to do this too often, don’t wanna seem like we’re gettin ghost on our families or nothing, but at least every other month or so, the craving sets in, especially around someone’s burfday.

A strong Yaaaaassssss is appropriate whenever we are celebrating a Queen’s day of birth, but on this weekend we were celebrating two. Two Queens, two sisters, two birthdays, two reasons to get together and turn TF up. Now, just to be clear, the “turn-up” doesn’t have to be in the form of a lavish party, or wild adventure. This time the turn up was to be in the form of a nice pajama party for the ladies. Now these weren’t just any pajamas, we wanna do the silk, satin or lace; and in specific colors, black, rose gold, and cream (none of us can do pure white, we grown ass women dawg). The party itself wouldn’t be held at anyone’s home, no, we’re gonna go a little fancy and stay at Hotel Zaza near downtown Houston, make it look seeeexxy *in my Kendrick Lamar voice*.  There would be a crew of beautiful black women, some of which had never met each other, coming together for dinner and a little pajama like fun. Luckily I was blessed to have a few of my day ones at this event with me, my sister in law, her cousin (whom I call cousin as well), and my ace…And while others may have thought we were coming to the pajama jam just to take pictures, they were proven to be very wrong. We came to look good, but we also came to put some music on, play some games, make someone laugh, and shake a lil sumthin sumthin one time for da one time.

The party showed me just how lucky I am to have these beautiful women in my life. They are strong women, caring mothers, loving and committed to their partners, but also funny as hell party people who love to have a good time, and make sure others have fun as well. We are all different, all of us have different lives, but we all respect each other and appreciate those differences. The ladies I have in my life are uplifting never wanting to put another woman down, and they are cool as fuck. They can engage in any type of conversation with absolutely anyone; they can give book smart intelligence and street wise perceptions to boot. I realized there’s nothing out there like my crew, and it’s a true blessings to have a group of women you can grow with, cry with, laugh with, and never tire of meeting up for a good time.  So if you have girlfriends like mine, if you know no crew is as koo as yours, cherish them! Tell those amazing women how wonderful and blessed you are to have them, because when it’s all said and done your friends are one of a kind.

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