So tonight I’m jump on the
Chinatown Jewishtown white man’s bus to NYC. Yes, I know that the Hip-Hop Honors thing happened last night, but Viacom didn’t deem me worthy enough to get a ticket. (That’s the third time Viacom! No love for the MTV Awards or the BET Awards this summer! And to think I watched all the episodes of Flavor of Love!)
Anyway, as a consolation prize I will be getting access to some ultra fly events in the city this weekend. VH1, Brooklyn Bodega, New Yorker magazine, and others are putting on events all weekend, many of which are free. Check out the full schedule here.
Here are all the events I’m attending. So if you want to get up, hit me up at articleonline [at] gmail (I’ll be checking it on my phone).
New Yorker Party with Diplo @ Hiro Ballroom
363 West 16th Street, Manhattan
This party is being co-sponsored by VH1 and The New Yorker Magazine. I’m not getting into NYC until at least 10, then I have to roll up to Harlem and drop off my stuff, so I won’t be getting into this party until at least midnight. But it’s Diplo with Catchdubs as an opener so it should be a good look. And this Hiro place looks straight outta Kill Bill.
Panel Discussions @ Power House Arena
37 Main Street, Brooklyn
Hopefully I will be up in time to head down to the Powerhouse Arena for their panel discussion entitled, “The Birth of a Legend: A discussion of VH1 Hip Hop Honoree A Tribe Called Quest.” Problem is that it starts at 12 noon so I won’t roll in there until at least 1.
Exhibition: Jamel Shabazz: Seconds of My Life
Power House Arena
37 Main Street, Brooklyn
I’ve been wanting to see a Jamel Shabazz exhibition for what seems like ages now. I’m really hyped for this one. Seconds of My Life is the new book. More info about the exhibition can be found here.
Audio/Visual Presentation: What Isn’t Hip-Hop
by Sasha Free-Jones
405 West 55th Street
This is a presentation for the New Yorker Festival and basically I have this one “in reserve” in case I oversleep for the Tribe Called Quest panel discussion.
Awards Ceremony: The 2007 Black Girls Rock! Awards
Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center
Broadway at 60th Street, Manhattan
From the Description:
The Black Girls Rock! Awards celebrate the accomplishments of exceptional women of color who have made outstanding contributions in their careers, and who stand as inspirational and positive role models in their communities – from the industry’s most accomplished icons to lesser known women whose creative contributions often go unnoticed in mainstream media. Celebrity guests and honorees include Gabrielle Union (host), Missy Elliott, Susan Taylor, Common, Cassie, designer Tracy Reese, DJ Diamond Kuts, chef Marcus Samuelsson, actress Sonja Sohn, and other surprise guests!
I highly doubt if I can get into this event, which is a shame because it would be amazing to be in the presence of such great Black women. Oh well. Next year??
InStore Event: The Official VH1 ThrowBack Party with MC Lyte
136 Wooster Street
I’m hoping to roll through this event for a least an hour. However, I will be wearing Nike Dunks 🙂 (Apologies to Lady Glock)