LA EVENTS: NYE 2013 Alternatives

LA Babies, usually at this time of year there is one incomparable body rock going down that we help promote, but this year our favorites are taking a break. Furthermore, with so much tragedy in recent weeks it seems like most people are keeping celebrations close to home with family and friends. Finally, we are having a true winter for Angelenos – rain whenever and wherever – and most of us are trying to stave off colds or get over one. With that said, consider these alternative New Year’s celebration ideas:

Top Chef (in the family): Invite family and friends over with each bringing their “signature” dish for the holidays. Lay out dishes anonymously and let guests vote for their favorites. This event can be themed (i.e. mac and cheese battle, desserts only, etc.). Hand out candy cane awards to all participants!

Hot Toddy Party: This event might require folks to bring sleeping bags. Have family and friends brew up their special warm drink concoctions of the holidays including spiked cider, adult hot chocolate, coffee-based cocktails, etc. Serve with small bites and sweet treats!

Movie Marathon: Didn’t make it to the theater as much as you intended to this year? Work together with family and friends to get the 2012 blockbusters that are now on DVD (or streaming) and host a movie marathon! Break out that Xmas tin of three-flavored popcorn, or have a selection of the microwave variety on hand! Take advantage of Christmas candy on sale and have your own concession stand going. Got kids? Play family-friendly films early in the day and save the adult content for the evening!

Happy Holidays!




LA EVENTS: Labor Day Weekend

LA Babies, if you aren’t heading out of town there are a myriad of events taking place in our city this weekend, and these are just a few that caught our eye. Grab your family, good friends, or your snuggle buddy and hit the streets to check these out!

The Black Music & Art Festival

We dedicated and entire post to this three-day event in Rancho Park. Check it out. 

LA County Fair

The 2012 Annual County Fair is back for it’s 90th year and opens its gates, starting Friday, August 31st. Prices and hours of operation vary by day. There are various attractions, including a traveling circus, a farm, and a concert series that includes Chaka Khan, George Benson, Babyface, Boyz II Men and Earth, Wind, and Fire.

The Taste

For all the foodies, the Los Angeles Times presents The Taste, a five-event experience spanning over the three-day weekend, showcasing some of LA’s best culinary delights. Daytime and evening events hosted by special guest celebrity chefs are $65 each, although the price will rise to $75 on September 1st.

Jim Kelly

This is only for the grown and sexy. BI buddy Garth Trinidad and Mateo Senolia are back with one of our favorite body rock events known as Jim Kelly this Sunday, September 2nd at The Virgil in Hollywood. What we love most about this event (aside from Garth on the ones and twos) is that no top 40 music is played – only the best in house, NYC garage, funk, disco, hip-hop and world music will be played. With no school on Monday, the BI crew will be shutting this event down.

FYF Festival

In Downtown Los Angeles in the L.A. State Historic Park, the FYF Festival – a combination of music and comedy acts, will take place September 1st and 2nd of this weekend. Some of the acts scheduled to appear are Beirut, Aesop Rock, James Black, and BI fav DaM-FunK! This events runs from 12 noon – midnight and weekend passes will cost you $89.

Enjoy the last bit of summer sunshine this weekend! See you on the streets of LA!


Attention all HBCU alums! This week in Los Angeles is dedicated to you, and filled to the brim with events for you to reconnect and mingle with former classmates! Details for events this week are as follows:


Sunday August 5, 2012

Sunday Best Alumni & Current Student Brunch at NOLA’s 11am to 3pm

HBCU Karaoke Night Sushi Sunday at YEN Sushi Lounge 6pm to 2am
Monday August 6, 2012 
Greeks vs Alumn Bowling Meet Up at Lucky Strike Hollywood 7pm to 10pm

HBCU Week Kick off Party at EDEN Night Club Hollywood Hosted by Angela Simmons & Dawn Richard 10pm to 2am

Tuesday August 7, 2012

HBCU Community Outreach & Informational Night for Prospective Students Hosted by SouthLA- Southern Girl Desserts at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza 5:00pm to 8pm

Creative Collision Rooftop LIVE ART Event at PERCH in Downtown LA – Spotlighting HBCU sytlist designer “YOMEGZ” 9pm to 2am

Wednesday August 8, 2012

HBCU Young Alumni Mixer & School Supplies Drive for KIPP
Academy Hosted by Barack The Vote 7pm to 11p Location: CAFE ENTOURAGE Hollywood

Thursday August 9, 2012

NOTE: Email to request BOURNE LEGACY Screening Passes

“Movie Night” Exclusive Screening of Bourne Legacy Howard Hughes -RAVE 7pm to 10pm

DJ B.Hen Cherry Poppin’ Westside “I Love The 90’s” – ar BAR COPA Santa Monica Sponsored by Hennessy 10pm to 2am

Friday August 10, 2012

The Alumni Bash @ Mansion Hollywood Night Club w/ Special Celebrity Guest Host (TBD) 10pm – 2am

Saturday August 11, 2012

4th Annual SoCal HBCU Beach Party at Mother’s Beach in Marina Del Rey 12noon to 5pm

The HBCU Alumni Ball at The Mark for Events 8pm to 1am

LA EVENTS: Women, Protest and Song

Celebrating Women’s History Month, Dawn Norfleet will present musical interpretations of songs of protest and freedom made famous by Nina Simone, Tracy Chapman, Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin and others. This event is free and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Details are as follows:

Women, Protest and Song – A Performance by Dawn Norfleet

Saturday, March 24th at 2pm

California Afro-American Museum

600 State Drive, Exposition Park

Los Angeles, CA 90037

LA EVENTS: Fela! On Tour

The house band for the hit musical Fela! is playing at the Troubadour in West Hollywood this Friday, January 13th. This event, Fela! On Tour features the Fela! band, members of the Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra and members of the three-time Tony Award winning musical! This event is for all ages. You may click here to purchase advance tickets. Details are as follows:

Fela! On Tour

Friday, January 13th at 9 pm

Advance tickets: $18 ($20 at the door)

9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90069


Fall season is here and our good friend and brother DJ A-ski is back with two after work events in Downtown LA to get your week off to the right start: EatDrinkListen on Mondays and  Choice: A Weekly After Work Excursion on Tuesdays.


The details of these events are soon to come, but we wanted BI readers to know ahead of time what’s in store this fall! There is no Unique74 event that is complete without good food, good drinks and most importantly good music! Start making plans with your people now for after work good times, and as always booth reservations can be made by emailing



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LA EVENTS: Beats Rhymes & Life Doc in LA!!!!

The eagerly anticipated documentary Beats Rhymes & Life : The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest will be showing this weekend at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood. The documentary, directed by Michael Rapaport, i about one of the most influential and groundbreaking musical groups in hip-hop history. Having released five gold and platinum selling albums within eight years, A Tribe Called Quest has been one of the most commercially successful and artistically significant musical groups in recent history, and regarded as iconic pioneers of hip hop. The band’s sudden break-up in 1998 shocked the industry and saddened the scores of fans, whose appetite for the group’s innovative musical stylings never seems to diminish. A hard-core fan himself, Rapaport sets out on tour with A Tribe Called Quest in 2008, when they reunited to perform sold-out concerts across the country, almost ten years after the release of their last album, The Love Movement. As he travels with the band members (Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White), Rapaport captures the story of how tenuous their relationship has become; how their personal differences and unresolved conflicts continue to be a threat to their creative cohesion. When mounting tensions erupt backstage during a show in San Francisco, we get a behind-the-scenes look at their journey and contributions as a band and what currently is at stake for these long-time friends and collaborators. Check out the trailer here and get a glimpse into the journey of one of the most legendary groups in hip hop.