Saturday, January 31, 2015

NWA Weekend of Events 1/30 to 2/1

What's Going Down?? What's Going Down?!

The weekend has already started of course and for African Americans in the Northwest Arkansas, there are plenty of things to do and places to go, including tonight at the Miss Black & Gold Pageant hosted by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, or come to see The Mountaintop play at the UA and if you like poetry and music, please come to the Verbal Tapestries Poetry Showcase in Bentonville. 

Also, put on your NFL Jersey and cheer for the Seahawks or Patriots tomorrow at the Super Bowl Watch Party at The Grubs in Rogers hosted by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity in support of St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

There is fun and variety for everyone!


Saturday, Jan 31st, 7:30pm, Sunday, February 1st, 2:00pm, Sunday, February 1st, 7:30pm

All performances are in Kimpel Hall 404. Ticket prices are $10 for adults; $8 for seniors and faculty/staff; and $5 for students. No free student tickets are available for the Studio Series. Due to high demand and limited seating, it is strongly recommended that patrons make reservations in advance.

Saturday, January 31, Miss Black & Gold Pageant 8pm, Afterparty 10pm 


Saturday, January 31, 7PM-12AM

The Grubs, Rogers AR, 4:30 pm

This is a FREE event with food and drink specials and there will be many raffles given out throughout the game!!

Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Verbal Tapestries Event Saturday January 31, 2015

What are you doing Saturday in NWA?

Why don't you come out and get your ears tingling with the..

. . . sounds of poetry by Abel Perry,

. . . . .the rhythm of soul by Taitano

. . . .spiritual vibes by Ben Krum

. . . . and listen to lovely lyrics by Perla

Words from tEcH:

We have an excellent line up of artists this season. Some fan favorites and some new artists for the fans to embrace and enjoy. What are your plans for Saturday Jan 31st from 7p-12a? Novel idea for you, Verbal Tapestries Poetry Showcase. See the link to the upcoming event below and by all means hit GOING. Allow us to welcome you to the VerbalTap family personally. tEcH

Click Here to Join the Poetry Showcase:
Verbal Tapestries Poetry Showcase Event

Morpheus: I know *exactly* what you mean. Let me tell you why you're here. You're here because you know something. What you know you can't explain, but you feel it. You've felt it your entire life, that there's something right with Verbal Tapestries. You don't know what it is, but it's there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad. It is this feeling that has brought you to this calendar event. Do you know what I'm talking about?

There is something profound about this realization and even Morpheus recognized it. Welcome to Verbal Tapestries....

 Come out and listen to Wordsmiths and Artists as they grace the stage at Executive Escape Lounge, 1120 S. Walton Blvd, Suite 148 Bentonville, AR 72712
Also stay informed real time and follow the movement on FACEBOOK by becoming a fan at the Verbal Tapestries fan page. Hit the LIKE button. You will find updates concerning events, pictures and videos etc. Follow Verbal Tapestries on Twitter @VerbalTap1.

If you are an artist and interested in performing, e-mail
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Little Rock Super Bowl Weekend Jan 30 to Feb 1

It's A Party in the Rock!

There are lots of things going on in Little Rock and surrounding areas. 

Check out some local promotions in the area and get your group for a Carpool to Little Rock, Arkansas for some fun and exciting happenings this weekend, including. . .


Little Rock, Ark

Hot Springs, Ark

Hot Springs, Ark

Events photos courtesy of Shiree Lawson

A Month of Compassion & Black History Month

Month of Compassion and Black History Month.

 A Press Conference will be held today and Mayor Lioneld Jordan will proclaim February 2015 as Black History Month as Fayetteville prepares to celebrate a Month of Compassion.

Come to Dwelling Place Church at 11:00 am as the Proclamation is read to declare Black History Month. Pastor Marcus Carruthers of the Dwelling Place Church, will be on hand to give words as well. Refreshments will be served.

 For more information please contact D'Andre Jones or Pattie Williams .

Have a Compassionate Month!

Go here to see a better link of the flyer.  Month of Compassion Flyer

Compassion Fayetteville & Northwest Arkansas

Please send your stories, photos, events or Black History Month activities to and we would love to publish them for you.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Let's Go to TULSA! Upcoming Events at Black Wallstreet Jan-Feb

Upcoming Events in Tulsa!

Get your Friends and Carpool to the 
Black WallStreet City!!
A City Full of Culture!

     The African-American Experience:  Visions of the Past and Present


Contact Event Promoter Shannon Hill at (405) 370 4090 for more information about the location and other info regarding the events.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Reclaiming the Dream: MLK Day in Northwest Arkansas by Tony E. Boyd

It was a nice, sunny morning in Fayetteville, Arkansas on Monday January 19, 2015. It was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the people of Fayetteville were gathering to honor him through the Annual MLK march, and other activities scheduled for the day.

It was being staged in the Walton Arts Center parking lot. This year, I chose to document the march for my own edification, to spur my creativity, and to create a record. A record to say, "We were here. We remember. We made a statement. We stood for something." I watched as the various individuals, families, groups milled around and eventually became one . . . big  . . . burgeoning . . .mass.

 I wandered through the mass, watching as friends spotting each other in the crowd, gathered with hugs and shouts of delight, kids running in and out between adults, and old heads laughing and talking together. 

The mass included a wide variety of races, creeds and ethnicities. There was a lot of mingling between groups, but there were also some very distinct separations. At first, I admit, I was a little concerned about it. However, I realized I had to take into account the social psychology theory of public gatherings. We as human beings are more comfortable with the familiar. So we tend to gravitate toward people who are more like us. And that’s what I think happened with the groupings. 

The entire crowd was lively and cheerful. They all came to attention when the organizers got up to do their opening remarks and to introduce the mayor. Mayor Lioneld Jordan addressed the crowd emphasizing the beauty of cooperation and working together to make Fayetteville the best place it can be for all of its citizens. After the speech and pleasantries, it was time to head out on the march. With police escort leading the way, the crowd ambled forward. 

I walked along beside the crowd, snapping shot after shot. After a few shots of the marchers coming out of the Walton Arts Center parking lot, I began to get a better since of the size of the overall group. I am glad to say the size was larger than I anticipated. It helped that the weather was good. There were old and young, men and women, black and white, Asian and Hispanic, Marshallese and others, bicycles and baby carriages, banner carriers and protest signs. 

An ode to recent events, there was a Black Lives Matters sign. One fervent marcher/protester held aloft a "CIA killed MLK" sign. He also had a book with him and he said held the proof. The crowd walked along with the lively cadence, songs and chants from the lead vehicles.

 As we rounded the last turn going to the Arkansas Union, I watched as the lifted spirits made their way to their destination. I could see the smiles gleaming from a sense of accomplishment and from being a part of something significant and bigger than themselves.

Dr. King, the Dream continues . . .!

 Story by Tony Boyd

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Uplift You Today by John Bell


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Saturday, January 17, 2015

A New Year, New Networking

A New Year and New Networking

January 16, 2015

By Leora Jackson, Editor, Blogger

Over 25 people showed up for a Social Networking Event at Theo’s  in Rogers Thursday night with the emphasis on professional  and social  networking and to help new residents with getting to know others in the community.

Shurla Jobe, Coordinator of the Social Networking event said, “It was a great turnout. I had invited more, but a few couldn’t come due to other engagements.”

Many people were part of Wal-Mart working class, and a few were from other professions. One lady was in between jobs and came to network to help with possible job leads.

“I am enjoying this networking event and have met some people tonight that would help me to get my resume to the right hands, I hope,” said Hannah Spivey.

The atmosphere of Theo’s allowed for the group to sit and mingle, enjoy beverages and appetizers while other individuals had a chance to walk around and share stories with people who come from different locations.

“I am from Savannah, GA.” said Ebony, “and I have been here for 2 years and I enjoy these networking opportunities.”  

“I have been here 6 years and I know we need more networking opportunities like this, said Nequa from Louisiana. 

Some people, who were singles in the area, were also scouting the crowd for other singles in hopes of establishing new friendships which could lead to new relationships. 

Out of the 25 people that showed up, 6 were male and 19 were female, which is a 1 to 25 ratio according to Leora Jackson, Single Life of NWA Blogger. 

“Statistics shows that for every 1 Professional Black Male, there are 25 Black Professional females, 50 white females and 10 gay men, all fighting for his attention. Black Professional Males are becoming an Endangered Species and Black Professional women are usually left alone,” she said.

 Jobe and other volunteers for the Social Networking Event recognized the disparity, but the plan is for social networking only, and singles events would be created at a later time. A survey will be conducted and shared with the attendees from Thursday night’s event. 

When asked when the next Social Networking event would be, Jobe said she is working on making some connections soon and will let people know.  She understands that social networking is a much needed event and more is to come.

For more information on the next social networking event, please contact