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#WhereToBe — 1.20.17-1.26.17

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Each Friday, Epicenter features a special “where to be” post on their blog to make sure every day of the week has some sort of cultural event to check out. We hope that you all can come out into the community, learn, and commemorate some influential people and events around Boston! Have something coming up that you’d like to see here? Tweet us @epicentercom #WhereToBe

Friday 1.20.17

The BLACK Cotton Club (Jam Session/ Open Mic)

Hosted by: Priscilla Azaglo

Black Cotton Club is back at it again with the JAM SESSION. We are opening the year up with dope features captured by Boston’s own photographer Jourdan Christopher. New year, still BLACK edition. The last event was amazing and you definately do not want to miss this event. Black Cotton Club is starting the year bigger and better and we want to share it with you. Meet us at the Frugal Bookstore Inc.

Our very own band “SOUL Tre-LA” will carress your ears. Trust me, you don’t want to miss them kill it! (Odion Charles Isoza Rich Jed) And you definitely do not want to miss these features, a couple of Boston’s favorites including Oomp Will, Edward D Ruff Bryant, Vladimir Antoine.

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Frugal Bookstore, 57 Warren St., Roxbury

For more information, visit: www.facebook.com/events/1125130850941143/

Saturday 1.21.17

Us Darkskins Launch Party

Hosted by: Us Darkskins

Come and enjoy melanin as we officially launch Us Darkskins. We are an organization focused on showcasing the beauty of dark-skinned Black men, women and children in order to combat colorism, denounce skin bleaching and promote self love. As we expand our brand from Instagram to Facebook, Twitter, a website and local events, we hope to create exciting, bold content necessary to tell the stories of more than 40,000 supporters. This event is to launch not only our platforms, but the offline aspect of Us Darkskins, to bring the beauty to reality.

DJ, event schedule, press and surprises TBA! No cover fee. Parking available.

When: 4 p.m.

Where: City Pop Egleston, 3195 Washington St., Boston

For more information, visit: www.facebook.com/events/376409519376789/

Sunday 1.22.17

Mind Spray ft. Joe Grizzly, Ambro & Du-Karan

Hosted by: Mind Spray, The Brain Trust & Wonderbar

Mind Spray is back on Jan. 22 with a great lineup featuring Joe Grizzly, Ambro and last month’s winner, Du-Karan.

Mind Spray is a hip-hop showcase and open mic, hosted by Mr. PSA, which allows aspiring MCs to perform for a chance to win $100 cash prize in addition to two hours of free recording time at The Bridge Sound & Stage and a showcase slot on the next month’s event.

Open mic sign-up starts at 8 p.m. sharp and is first-come, first-served. The list fills up quickly, so make sure to get there early! NO REFUNDS.

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Wonder Bar, 186 Harvard Ave., Allston

For tickets, visit: http://wonderbarboston.tunestub.com/event.cfm?cart&id=254945

Monday 1.23.17

Meet The Author: Samantha Casseus

Hosted by: City Pop Egleston

“Intrepid (Fearless)” by Samantha Casseus was published on Oct. 11, 2016. This book of poetry explores the journey of a black woman in love, church, society, family, friendship and in community. Samantha Casseus has a strong love for community and unifying through the understandings that she has come to terms with. These testimonies ring true in the illustrations that are shared in her chapbook.

Join us on Jan. 23, 2016, for a Q&A and meet-and-greet with the author as she will be distributing books and personally signing the physical copies. This is a free event, open to the public.

Check out more information about the author here: https://medium.com/@EpiCenterCommunity/wcw-sam-casseus-5e143840e70c#.vnn1isgbw

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: City Pop Egleston, 3195 Washington St., Boston

For more information, visit: www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-the-author-samantha-casseus-tickets-30989436238

Tuesday 1.24.17

4th Annual Healthy Visions

Hosted by: Sister 2 Sister

Sister 2 Sister is a program of ABCD Health Services. Funded by the Boston Public Health Commission, Sister 2 Sister is a HIV/STD risk-reduction intervention for young women (ages 15-25) who are living in the city of Boston. Individual and community vision boards, wellness topics. Set your goals and make your vision boards for 2017!

When: 3:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.

Where: Thelma Burns Building, 575 Warren St., Roxbury

To RSVP, visit: www.eventbrite.com/e/healthy-visions-2017-tickets-30910354703

Wednesday 1.25.17

The Pull-Up

Hosted by: NEONE

See Boston’s best at this lyrical and musical throwdown at the Middle East! Featuring Jefe Replay, Rosewood Bape, Plad Finess, DJ Real P & more! Come out and support Boston’s thriving hip-hop platform.

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Middle East Downstairs, 472-480 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge

Get your tickets now at: https://thepullup.splash-that.com

Thursday 1.26.17

IamBecuzWeAre: The Co11ective Presents “The Living Room”

Hosted by: BlessedYou Clothing

All Boston creatives, designers, videographers, and visual artists are all welcome! IAmBecuzWeAre The Co11ective presents “The Living Room.” Join us for an in-depth, intimate view of some of Boston’s most talented creators. “The Living Room” series allows creatives to come together in solidarity, while highlighting their specific talents and giving them an opportunity to delve deeper into the message behind their creations. This event will capture the voice, the creative eye and the cinematic view of what Boston’s best has to offer.

Sounds by DJ RadicalOne & Set Bros.

When: 10 p.m.

Where: ZuZu, 474 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge

For tickets, visit: www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=7117665&pl=mideastclub&REFID=elink