The Melanin Mixer

connect. create. curate.

The Melanin Mixer is a global collective of immersive, art, music, tech and cultural events - connecting melaninated millennial communities across the African diaspora. 

Each event is specially curated to celebrate and uplift people of African descent through movement, sound and words that connect our past, present and future.

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Black Pearl Collective Presents: Collectively Serene
Oct
20
12:00 PM12:00

Black Pearl Collective Presents: Collectively Serene

Join Black Pearl Collective for their Collectively Conversation Series. The series encompasses conversations with female founders on how they started, scaled and financed their businesses. Not to mention all of the complexities in between. 

Each founder will discuss their successes, missed opportunities, challenges, and future vision of their companies.

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Ronald Draper Presents: NOTxNORMAL | Drugs in Black America
Apr
21
6:00 PM18:00

Ronald Draper Presents: NOTxNORMAL | Drugs in Black America

People of color in the United States of America have a shared experience that is seldom acknowledged within our individualized thinking spaces. Black has and will always be synonymous with strength.

Strength that often internalizes suffering because this is just the way things have always been, the way that you’ve been taught, the way that feels NORMAL. The real strength comes from liberating ourselves from this not-so-very-normal sense of normality. The hope is that this series of artwork sparks the necessary conversation to inspirre change. 

Join Ronald Draper in his new reimagined Showroom. We look forward to seeing you there.

This event is free with RSVP.

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The Black Legacy Dinner
Feb
28
to Mar 1

The Black Legacy Dinner

Join our sisters at Black Girl Magic and By Us For Us this Wednesday from 9:30pm - 12am at Eyebeam for The Black Legacy Dinner. You're invited to experience an elevating and ennobling potluck dinner in celebration of Black History Month.

We ask that you bring a dish, a loved one and a Black ancestor to honor. There are two forms of entry for the dinner.

We look forward to seeing you there. Happy Black History Year from The Melanin Mixer & Black Girl Magik.

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The Culture LP Presents: Futura Noir
Feb
27
6:30 PM18:30

The Culture LP Presents: Futura Noir

Join The Culture LP and Oscar Health's Black ERG Melanin for “Futura Noir”, an immersive panel experience that delves into the history, challenges, and future of Black contemporary art. Following a live performance by singer-songwriter Samira Gibson, guests will enjoy complimentary cocktails and conversation with emerging black creatives and curators. Guests will also have the opportunity to experience a walking tour of the curated Black History Month art collection at Oscar. 

Space is limited, this event is free with RSVP

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House Party Entertainment Presents: You Don't Know Black
Feb
15
7:00 PM19:00

House Party Entertainment Presents: You Don't Know Black

Join the creators of House Party The Game for You Don't Know Black. You Don't Know Black is a first-of-its-kind game show that celebrates and educates on our rich history and culture in a fun and interactive format. This 21+ event includes seating for two live tapings, adult beverages and light bites, and live entertainment.

Join the movement on February 15th!

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The Courage to Show Up: A Conversation with Brené Brown & DeRay McKesson
Feb
1
7:00 PM19:00

The Courage to Show Up: A Conversation with Brené Brown & DeRay McKesson

What can a research professor and a Black Lives Matter activist teach us about how to have hard conversations? What does talking about courage, shame, and vulnerability have to do with race and privilege? 

Following their viral twitter exchange, bestselling author Brené Brown and community activist DeRay McKesson come together for a live conversation on how we summon the courage to show up for those moments that can make a real difference in our lives and our world.

General Admission: $20
Student/Activist rate: $10 

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Lemons to Lemonade Mixer
Jan
31
5:30 PM17:30

Lemons to Lemonade Mixer

Finding a job is hard, but finding a job while being a person of color is down right challenging for many of us.

The job search is different for people of color. The recent Fast Company article, This Is What It’s Like To Search For A Job As A Black Woman, explored the challenges black women face while looking for jobs. Dive deeper into the conversation of what it’s like to job search and navigate Corporate America as a person of color. We’ll explore topics on cultural fit, salary, the notion of “working twice as hard and being twice as good” and unconventional ways to get the job you want. You’ll leave with advice and tactics to navigating the job search and making it work for you in 2018 and beyond.

Join this impactful discussion moderated by Minda Harts, founder of The Memo and nibble on some pizza provided by &Pizza.

Hear from HR professionals and young professionals including:

Marvin Hamilton, Vice President of HR, CondeNast

Scheron Brown, Director of HR and Inclusion, 360i

Darnell Gilet, Talent Acquisition Manager, Scripps Networks

Francine Tamakloe, Associate AMP Development Program, Spotify

Partners: The Life Currency & WeWork

Tickets: $10

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SLIM CINEMA :: VFF III
Dec
2
to Dec 3

SLIM CINEMA :: VFF III

It’s goin down on December 2nd as the Slim Cinema Vertical Film Festival returns for its third installment in Brooklyn, NY.

Get ready for our biggest event yet! Expect a night seeing original vertical short films, local artist's work, and meeting new people.  We also partnered up with Brooklyn's very own NVR SLEEP as they will be soundtracking the night and taking the reigns for the after party. There will be open bar and bites to keep the good vibes going and built in experiences for creative exploration. 

Ticket Price: $20

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The Culture LP Presents: NVR Sleep 90z RnB
Oct
11
to Oct 12

The Culture LP Presents: NVR Sleep 90z RnB

Pull up to the October installment of #nvrsleep. Link up at ceremony, this wednesday for an evening of down south bangers blended with contemporary hits. They're teaming up with @nyc4htx to raise funds for the victims of hurricane harvey. cash donations will be accepted and #nvrsleep t-shirts will be available at a steep discount. 

Powered By Berto will keep the party moving while guests enjoy music by Rodney Hazard, ClassicNewWave, DeCarte, and DJ Mike Nasty. 

A music platform + party for today's creative class. no cover. no dress code. no bullshxt. drink specials by Old Blue Last.

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55 And Still Alive
Sep
24
4:00 PM16:00

55 And Still Alive

  • 1103 Fulton Street Brooklyn, NY, 11238 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join our friends at Culture LP as they celebrate the life and artistic legacy of Founder Michael Tonge's father Daniel Tonge. 

Before transitioning May 15th of this year, Daniel Tonge had returned to the canvas.

Working primarily in pencils, charcoals, and most recently experimenting with watercolors, Tonge's work captured the animated and captivating expressions of his subjects. Models ranged from family and friends to unidentified characters on the internet. 

Guests are invited to view new works, enjoy the indoor-outdoor gallery, and adult refreshments sponsored by Old Blue Last. 

Proceeds from prints and merchandise will go to the Eagle Academy School for Young Men's art program, overseen by artist Ronald Draper. 

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Melanin at Oscar Presents: Black Trivia
Sep
21
7:00 PM19:00

Melanin at Oscar Presents: Black Trivia

Issa Trivia Night for the Culture! Join our friends at House Party Games for Black Trivia Night, Presented by Oscar Insurance's Black Employee Resource Group - Melanin.

Enjoy complimentary food, libations, music by Spotify and prizes courtesy of the NY Knicks and House Party Games.

Space is limited, hit the link below to RSVP to this exclusive event!

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The Melanin Mixer Presents: Just Kickin' It
Sep
1
7:00 PM19:00

The Melanin Mixer Presents: Just Kickin' It

Join The Melanin Mixer and FilmIndie Cinema for a backyard kickback in celebration of the first annual Brooklyn Music Week!

Enjoy a screening of the cult classic, Poetic Justice, light bites and movie snacks. The grill will be going, the Spades and dominoes tables will be out, and the playlist will be on point!

Doors open at 7PM and the movie starts at dusk (around 8:30PM). 

Tickets: $15. Includes admission to screening, food and movie snacks, and complimentary beer (with suggested donations), courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery – all proceeds go to support our event host, The City Reliquary, a non-profit museum that traces the history of NYC's boroughs. (21+)

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Encounter Mountain Retreat for Black Creatives: Presented by Kareem Taylor Communications, Inc
Aug
25
to Aug 27

Encounter Mountain Retreat for Black Creatives: Presented by Kareem Taylor Communications, Inc

Self-care for the creative soul. Enjoy yoga, inspiring keynote speakers, dancing, honesty hour, s’mores night by the campfire, mastermind sessions, set against a picturesque mountain backdrop. See all details at EncounterCamp.com.

Don't miss this one-of-a-kind weekend full of connection with fellow black geniuses.

We’re taking creative entrepreneurs, ruckus-makers and professionals ninety minutes away from LA for one weekend to soak in creative inspiration and, at the same time, unplug.

Whether you work for a big corporate giant, run your own small business or freelance, you'll find that Encounter is the right mix of fun and growth-minded activities.

Official sponsors include KIND, 1987 Juices, Rise Brewing Co., SCOUT BOOKS, The Tea Spot, Health-Ade Kombucha, General Assembly and Skillshare.

Ticket Prices: $349 – $1,495

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Cultural Crawl NYC
Jul
29
2:00 PM14:00

Cultural Crawl NYC

Join the Cultural Crawl movement as they enhance your bar crawl experience! Cultural Crawl links art, food, and libations and melanated millennials in various cities across the country. Enjoy access to a number of bars and restaurants hosting unbeatable drink and food specials.

In addition to that, Cultural Crawl will provide our participants with maps to gain access to spectacular street art that is unique to each city we serve. Cultural Crawl ensures that no matter your ethnicity, race, gender, religion, etc. you will have a place here!

Take 50% off general admission tickets with code MM50CC

Ticket Prices: $20 -$25

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pH-iltered Pool Party: Presented by Camp Ryan
Jul
23
4:30 PM16:30

pH-iltered Pool Party: Presented by Camp Ryan

Join Camp Ryan for their first ever pH-iltered POOL PARTY at the Grace Hotel. They’ll be pulling out the floatables, beach balls, and litness for a melanated summer pool party to remember. Also as part of the pH-iltered POOL PARTY, Camp Ryan is asking everyone that attends to support Camp Ryan's pH-iltered initiative in getting 400 bottles of water.

Stop by your local bodega or nearby convenient store by Grace hotel and bring as many bottles of water as you wish because on Saturday, July 29th, we will hit the streets and pass out the bottles of water! (Location and Time will be sent out at a later date).

Ticket Prices: $15 - $20

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Gif It For The Culture: Presented by 20/20 Shift
Jul
19
6:30 PM18:30

Gif It For The Culture: Presented by 20/20 Shift

In this immersive workshop, GIPHY's Culture Editor Jasmyn Lawson will show you how to turn your content skills into a sustainable career. Jasmyn will discuss her professional journey, what she does daily to create content for the culture, and how to use GIPHY's tools to create engaging content.  

Ticket Price: $75

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Tap The Future: Presented by Miller Lite
Jul
18
6:00 PM18:00

Tap The Future: Presented by Miller Lite

Join Co-Founder of Fubu and serial entrepreneur Daymond John in his search for the next great business. Watch entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas for their chance to win $100,000. Miller Lite Tap the Future connects entrepreneurs with VC's, giving them the opportunity to pitch their businesses for the grand prize of over $100K. This event is free with RSVP.

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Outdoor Movie Night with Majah Hype: Presented by CARIBBEING
Jul
13
6:00 PM18:00

Outdoor Movie Night with Majah Hype: Presented by CARIBBEING

Join CARIBBEING and Brooklyn Museum for happy hour drinks and a free screening of the Brooklyn-based Caribbean American comedy Foreign Minds Think Alike (Majah Hype, 2016, 115 min.), starring Majah Hype. It begins when Di Rass (aka Derval Fletcher), who dreams of a new life in America, travels to the strange land of New York City, where many cultures come together as one and seek the American Dream. Guaranteed to leave you in stitches! Includes a cash bar.

Arrive early (6-8pm) for Happy Hour and Caribbean DJ set by Libation Party's Ian Friday. 

Based in Brooklyn, NY aka Little Caribbean, CARIBBEING spans contemporary culture and is a hub for creativity and collaborations with some of the Caribbean’s most visionary talent and innovative brands. Now in its 5th year, CARIBBEING has grown into a global movement.

Free with Museum admission

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The Culture LP Presents: NVR Sleep
Jul
12
to Jul 13

The Culture LP Presents: NVR Sleep

After the "Independence" day shenanigans, link with The Culture LP and Rodney Hazard at Kinfolk for a mix of tropical house, international, dancehall, and hip-hop tunes. 
 
Meet beautiful people, sip something (Old Blue Last preferably), and shake something until 2am on a school night. 
 
This month they've got Trax and Field, Rodney Hazard, and special guests on the set. No Cover. Just Vibes.

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13th Annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival: Presented by Brooklyn Bodega
Jul
10
to Jul 15

13th Annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival: Presented by Brooklyn Bodega

  • Various Locations in Brooklyn (map)
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Established in 2005, The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival is New York City’s largest Hip-Hop cultural event that showcases the positive aspects of Hip-Hop culture by highlighting Hip-Hop’s legacy as an agent of artistic progression, community building and social change.

In addition to musical performances, the Festival offers a number of activities for its audience, including: panel discussions, exhibitions, parties, an award show and a family-friendly block party. The Festival is more than a concert or outdoor fair. It is a family reunion for lovers of this great culture.

Visit www.bkhiphopfestival.com to check out the full schedule of events!

Ticket Prices: $0 - $180

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The Melanin Mixer Presents: Misappropriation Protecting Your Brand in The Digital Space
Jun
28
6:30 PM18:30

The Melanin Mixer Presents: Misappropriation Protecting Your Brand in The Digital Space

Join The Melanin Mixer for an engaging discussion on how to protect your company from the pitfalls of brand infringement in the digital space and beyond.
 
From trademarks to LLCs, to copyrights hear from legal professionals, entrepreneurs and creators on how they got their start. Including tips on how to grow your online presence while protecting your brand in an ever shifting digital environment.

Light refreshments will be served. This is event is free with RSVP.

Panelists Include:

Nakia D. Hansen, ESQ | Of Counsel, Odegard Law

Kaine J. Hampton, ESQ | Of Counsel, Viacom

Ronald Draper | Artist and Director of Contemporary Arts and Culture at Harlem Hospital Center

Ashley Sutton | Entertainment Marketing Professional & Author

Alyssa Menard & Darnell Gilet | Owners and Creators of House Party Games

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The Culture LP Presents: Summer Soulstice
Jun
24
2:00 PM14:00

The Culture LP Presents: Summer Soulstice

The Culture LP launched in June 2012 as a collective dedicated to uniting creators online and offline. Since then, we've had the privilege of working with countless artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs that we'd like to consider family.

DJ sets by ClassicNewWave, Anna Collecta, The Letter "C", SilkyBlack, and Rodney Hazard. 

Join the Culture LP at Ode to Babel on Saturday, June 24th to celebrate the last five years, and whatever the future has in store. 

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The Reserve: Presented by Driven Society
Jun
24
2:00 PM14:00

The Reserve: Presented by Driven Society

Co-produced by Driven Society and Denayja Reese, The Reserve is a showcase and creative marketplace for brands, products and services. The Reserve brings some of Brooklyn and NYC's most creative minds in fashion, marketing, business and tech together to support Millennial owned businesses.

Ticket Price: $7

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Unruly Presents: Hairties Pop-Up Exhibit
Jun
24
to Jun 25

Unruly Presents: Hairties Pop-Up Exhibit

  • 237 Eldridge St New York, NY 10002 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

#Hairties, created in partnership with Smooth 'N Shine, is a message from this generation to the next as now more than ever Women of Color in a position to define what’s beautiful and shape how the next generation feels about their hair. In this context, a #hairtie is anyone, be it a friend, sister, stylist or blogger, that has influenced the way you do or view your hair.

In a seven-part video series, #Hairties shares the stories of six women across three generations, the individuals that influenced their hairstyles over the years, and the message they want to pass down to the next generation. But the message is bigger than only their stories, so we’re also asking women everywhere to add their voice.

Admission is Free with RSVP

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Practice Pop-Up Brooklyn: Presented by BlkCreatives & 20/20 Shift
Jun
24
10:00 AM10:00

Practice Pop-Up Brooklyn: Presented by BlkCreatives & 20/20 Shift

The Practice Pop-Up is a new way for creatives, entrepreneurs, and professionals to get things done. 20/20 Shift’s co-founders Ariel Lopez and Janel Martinez will serve as our ‘Mentors of the Day’  and be on hand answer your questions and provide support as your work on your respective projects. 

Ticket Price: $22.85

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Doing Dope Things The Official Summer Launch Party For Makadréz
Jun
23
6:00 PM18:00

Doing Dope Things The Official Summer Launch Party For Makadréz

Come out to party, network with young black professionals, and dig into savory catered BBQ food at with Makadréz, LLC during our official Launch party. Leave the drama of work, running your business, life, friends and family home, and lets Celebrate Dopeness with Makadréz and friends!

Network with progressive professionals and individuals making dope moves, or just come out to party, enjoy the ON site BBQ food, dance to music that will make your waistline keep moving and your head keep bopping, and also vibe with dope people. LET'S START SUMMER OFF THE RIGHT WAY.... DOING DOPE THINGS, CELEBRATING DOPENESS!!!!

Dresscode: Casual
Age: Must be 21 and older to enter event
Ticket Price: $10

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Black Wealth Collective
Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

Black Wealth Collective

If you are interested in being a part of this EXCLUSIVE Black Collective focused on building wealth via collective investments, then join us. We are coming together, not to talk some more about what is wrong in our communities, but to take action in building collective wealth, one investment at a time.  

Registration cost is $35 before APRIL 30th, $65 before MAY 30TH and $100 thereafter

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