It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!!
Nah, f* Christmas, I’m talking about MoCADA’s “Soul of Brooklyn festival. If you aren’t familiar, Soul of Brooklyn is essentially all of black Brooklyn flexin’ obnoxiously for seven straight days. It’s honestly overwhelming to be surrounded by so many beautiful, well-greased, and smiling black folk, but in the very best way.
I’ll be at every event, so if you see me, come say hi. I will hug you, so don’t get freaked out, k??
Saturday, Opening Day
Start your afternoon with some jazz, diy, and sliding scale healing services. Wind down with NoName Gypsy, Tunde Olaniran, Nappy Nina and the Sons, and DJ NativeSUN. Weep into the night when headliner, Bilal, hits the stage.
Sunday, Self Care Sunday w/ Black Girl in OM
MoCADA’s #SelfCareSunday series has been a popular new initiative and they are making it extra special by collabing with the ladies of Black Girl in Om. Spaces are completely sold out, but be sure to check MoCADA’s site for the next dates.
niv costa has been captivating nyc with his performances and I’m so geeked that MoCADA added him to the week of events. If you’re familiar with the #VeryBlack movement (click here, if you ain’t), Andre will be performing as well!
Tuesday, Harriet’s Apothecary Freedom School
I’m all for homegrown self-care potions and practices and that can all be found easily in Brooklyn thanks to the ladies of Harriet’s Apothecary. They offer everything from a hug to a reiki session. They will be also be at opening day, but Tuesday will be a truly special and transformative night.
Wednesday, Black Radical Imagination | Film Screening
I missed Philly’s BlackStar Film Fest, so I am super excited about Black Radical Imagination. The homie Ja’Tovia will have work featured, so shoutout to finally getting to see her magic.
Thursday, MoCADA Makers TRUNK SHOW
Ya’ll know folk in Brooklyn forever makin’ ang slangin’ their wares. If you missed the vendors at Dance Africa, here’s your chance to rack up on the best handcrafted fashions you’ll find stateside.
Friday, The 16th Annual KIDflix Film Festival
Every Friday in August is a party for the kids of my neighborhood, Bed-Stuy. KidFlix Film Fest always screens classic black kids films that make you relive those golden days before NYC rent and responsibility. The series ends every year with “The Wiz”. You ain’t seen that movie until you’ve seen it at KidFlix!
Saturday, Catch the Wave | Closing Party
You know the week couldn’t end without a party, right??? I already had to cuss Iman Omari out for playing all my jams during Moruf’s “Be Water” tour stop in Brooklyn, so I’m scared about what he’s gonna do this time. Meet me on the danceflo!
This year’s theme is “Black August” in honor of the annual time of reflection for the african diaspora living here in america. the last 365 days have been more than tense and traumatic, so Soul of Brooklyn week will be a welcome rest. If you want to learn more about Black August, click here.