2 yr Ann. Afrobeat Party Recap!

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Photos by Reiana Essex-Simmons
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Special thanks to DJ CHRIS STYLES and NATTY BOOM for the Afrobeat vibes

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Abstract NOLA | Africans in the Diaspora | Artist Journey Allen Studios | Atypical | CMHstyle | Noor | Verve Collective

DON’T FORGET TO JOIN US FOR OUR NEXT AFROBEAT PARTY…a BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FOR FELA!

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AFROBEAT DANCE COMPETITION

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Chef Serigne clearly has skills outside the kitchen!

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PARTY PHOTOS!

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BEST DRESSED COMPETITION

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We had some amazing entries to the ‘best dressed’ competition…

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Cowry shell braids? OK sis…

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I hope this tattoo was there before the competition…

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Keeping it simple yet fierce

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Such a cute cut to this skirt and the pattern and matched top is A-1

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Bonus points for the hand panted leather bag

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My man worked the runway like it was his job. Honorable mention

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Pants speak for themselves.

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Art.

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I’m not sure what’s going on here, but I ain’t mad at it

And after all of the entries, the crowd favorite and the winner of the 2017 Noirlinians Best Dressed Contest is…

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Can’t go wrong with a cape -Mwendeism

CATCH UP WITH OUR COSPONSORS!

ABSTRACT NOLA is a creative agency that specializes in creating unique experiences + helping other creatives manifest + materialize ideas. They are best known for the Abstract NOLA Art Party which features an array of displays of Visual + Performance Arts (check out their events page here). The duo also offers services that range from Art Direction, Brand Identity, Production Design, to Special Event Curation, Pop-Ups + Trade Activations, Campaign Integration, Strategic Media Relations, & Product Launches!
CONTACT
website: http://www.abstractnola.com/
Africans in the Diaspora (AiD), is a program within Thousand Currents, an organization that funds grassroots groups led by women, youth, and Indigenous Peoples in the Global South. Stephanie de Wolfe, Director of Diaspora Partnerships and Solome Lemma, Deputy Director of Thousand Currents both co-founded AiD. Africans in the Diaspora (AiD), builds diaspora community and pushes for diaspora African participation in social justice giving. We connect diasporans to Thousand Currents’ grassroots partners, social justice giving platforms, and multimedia resources to build the diaspora’s philanthropic prowess. We learn from our partners and indigenous values to unleash our collective resources and philanthropic impact. 
CONTACT:
Twitter: @aidinnovations


Atypical
 is a social collective with interests in curating environments for the artistic & progressive minds of today & tomorrow. Atypical connect creators with clients and friends with new faces while consistently bringing the city of New Orleans new experiences and is run by Sherard Briscoe, Kendall Cousin, Jonuel Hernandez,  Damon Landry, and Tyree Worthy.

CONTACT:
website: http://www.soatypical.com/

Artist Journey Allen Gallery-Studio is a local artist gallery and PAINT & SIP VENUE that also seeks to serve as a platform for various visual & performing art based events as well as community outreach initiatives. With childhood roots in the historic 7th Ward Community, owner and visual artist Journey Allen is committed to bringing creative opportunities to the neighborhood in a way that will cultivate a strong sense of unity, life long inspiration and ultimately produce long-term motions of peace, growth, and positive change. Every Third Thursday of the month AJA Gallery Studio hosts an open mic event that highlights a featured artist and various local entrepreneurs. No Cover. Donations made to featured creatives. Open to the public. If you are an entrepreneur, visual or performing artist seeking a platform to express creative ideas, AJA Gallery-Studio is interested in hearing from YOU! Also, if you’re interested in hosting a paint and sip party or renting the space for a special occasion contact Artist Journey Allen at (504)400-7224 or by email at artistjourneyallen@gmail.com.


CONTACT:
     IG: ajagallerystudio
CMHstyle is a fashion/lifestyle brand encouraging self expression and identity through developing personal style. Visit her website, store and check out her services
 CONTACT:
Instagram: @cmhstyle, Facebook: facebook.com/cmhstyle, Twitter: twitter.com/cmhsyle1

Noor is a locally-owned, family-run small business dedicated to sharing the culture of Morocco to the people of New Orleans. Noor provides a wide variety of Moroccan handbags, belts, fabrics, poufs, clothing, shoes, jewelry, home decor, and other accessories. All of our goods are handmade in Morocco using all natural products. All of the designs reflect the traditional Amazigh (also know as Berber) styles that have been translated into modern Moroccan style and are made of genuine leather, fabrics, and stones native to Morocco. Noor is run by Fatiha Khanboubi, Hassan Khanboubi, Damia Khanboubi.

 CONTACT:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/NoorNewOrleans
Instagram: noor_nola

The Verve Collective, a partnership between two African American New Orleans natives, Damia Khanboubi & Frederick “Hollywood” Delahoussaye,  is a manifestation of the expression “party with a purpose.” The Verve Collective seeks to encourage fellowship, economic growth, and cultural preservation within the African American community in New Orleans through celebration, uplifting our spirit, our vigor, our vitality – our “verve.”

 CONTACT:
Facebook: The Verve Collective 

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The Author

Noirlinians is an AfroFashion blog exploring the complex relationship between culture, clothing & identity in the diaspora. Featuring Liberian artist and designer Denisio Truitt of DOPEciety and poet and organizer Mwende “FreeQuency” Katwiwa, the idea for the blog emerged after a fast friendship developed between the two based on their African heritage and artistic interests.

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