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THE SKIN I'M IN CELEBRATIONS LOVE
COCOA SUMMER Juneteenth Celebrations Afropunk
Capital Jazz Fest
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Detroit Jazz Festival
Roots Picnic Long Beach Jazz Fest
ONE Musicfest Cape May, NJ
Newark Film Festival
Myrtle Beach, SC Family Reunions
Oaks Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard
Tom Joyner One More Time Experience Fun In the Parks & Love Picnic
Essence Music Festival
Tybee Island, GA Central Park Summer Stage
Outer Banks, NC
American Beach Jacksonville, FL
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LOVE SHINING THOUGH It's taken 40 days and 40 nights to get this first installment of information and pouring of love out to you all.Â I really hope you enjoy this Summer Guide and continue walking with me on this journey in pushing us forward collectively. Providing you with essential tools, maps, and guidance necessary for our development and advancement is my life's passion. In an era of unrest in our nation, we are asking constantly "Where Is the Love?" and my answer is always, "Within". Deep within our spirits, within our souls; Love lives. Even when crushed, bruised and forsaken, Love lives. Use the summer warmth to refuel and recharge after the long winter. To get out and remind yourself of the things that bring joy to your heart. I look forward to meeting you and serving you tidbits of things that add to your world. All and all, I hope you feel the love shining through.
"We love because it is the only true adventure."Â
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Nikki Giovanni COCOASAVVY
One of the dopest, most informative, on all levels guides, to some of the most on-point happenings this summer...produced with you in mind.
SUMMER, SUMMER, SUMMERTIME MAKE IT DO WHAT IT DO. CREATE, LOVE AND CHILL OUT...AND SAVE MONEY You've waited for this moment, and now that it's here, you're filling your calendar with events trying to figure out how to pay for all the activities you have planned. In truth, keeping it simple and reasonable is best.
You can't see it, but Back-to-School, tuition and even Christmas is around the corner. Consider doing some local low-key, day-trip type stuff and develope a summer saving plan - by putting yourself on a budget now. You'll be much happier later. Believe that.
THE SKIN I'M IN
A startling 65% of melanated people don't use, nor have they ever, used sunscreen to protect against UV Rays. Consider climate change and the ozone layer and all that jazz, if you're gonna be out cutting grass, lounging by the pool, golfing or just sitting out in the backyard. Things done changed. As the saying goes, "Black Don't Crack" as melanin people, you should know, it will burn though. You may have inherited the greatest genes of Kings and Queens, but it's been generations, so to be on the safe side, consider wearing a UV with at least 15 SPF or higher. When at the beach or in the pool, you must reapply to maintain protection. Don't sleep, skin cancer is a real thing and applies to everyone. Try to avoid sunscreen with retinyl palmitate and look for those with zinc and titanium dioxide.
Look into the type of protection you need or consider the following brands.
unSUN SPF 30 Farmacy Green Screen Daily Environmental Protection Black Girl Sunscreen SPF 30 Aveeno Protect & Hydrate SPF 30
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IT'S A BEAUTIFUL THING
STAYING ACTIVE PARKS & REC If you're traveling and you want to take a hiatus from the gym, most parks today have additional exercise stations that allow park goers to incorporate a variety of workouts. Whether taking a run or hitting a couple tennis balls, the park is it.
POOLS If you're lucky enough to have access to a pool, you are blessed. Being able to keep cool while getting a few laps in, is a great way to get a total-body workout. Look for aqua classes like water aerobics and instructors who make it fun. COCOASAVVY
BIKE PATHS Most cities feature designated bike paths to accommodate the growing number of people trading in their cars for bicycles. A popular means of transporation around the world is a great way to exercise and sightsee.
The beautiful thing about the sun is our opportunity to get outside and be more mobile than usual. Even when that January fitness plan at the top of the year hits a bump around April, we still have the chance to restart what was interrupted.
KNOW YOUR LIMITS Common Sense Hydrate - Drink Water SPF Protection Light Clothing
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CAMPING GLAMPING What a wonderful time to enjoy the stars at night than with a camping trip. For those who love the outdoors, the exercise is in the work from setting up tents and canoeing along. For those who need more comfort, "Glamping" is the way to go.
Float On The public pool is just that...PUBLIC. So you will have to watch your belongings, get a locker, hear conversations and chatter not necessarily your vibe. So come with the proper attitude of just enjoying the water and sun. Turn on your music and float on.
Check out the CocoaSavvy Summer Playlist by D-rex on page 29
The beach is ALWAYS the move, but the preparation to relax by the oceans waves can be exhausting in and of itself. Remembering to pack the beach chair, umbrellas, towels, sunscreen, water shoes, and lets not forget what we need to pack for the cooler becomes a job. The ice, drinks, sandwiches, fruit; you name it, but once we feel the sand between our toes and the breeze off the water...we know it was all worth it. Keep a few things in mind before heading to beach. Although salt water
Check Beach Advisory Warnings & Updates
Bring Sun Protection and Drink Plenty Water
Protect Your Phone In a ZipLock Bag From
is a natural healer, bacteria is real, so
Sand and Debris
you may want to check the state advisory for any water conditions that may impact the day. COCOASAVVY
"LIKE A WELCOME SUMMER RAIN, HUMOR MAY SUDDENLY CLEANSE, AND COOL THE EARTH, THE AIR AND YOU."
IT'S HOT OUT THERE!!!!! You better believe it. We beg for the heat, but when it comes, we're looking for cooling cover.
ALOE VERA CUBES For sunburn and sun protection, freeze fresh or bottled aloe vera ice cubes to have on hand.
COOL DAMP TOWELS Take a couple damp hand towels folded in a Ziplock freezer bag and then remove when needed.
ICE, ICE, BABY! Use the kiddie pool as a way to keep everything cold. The beverages and ice pops for the big and little kids. Saves energy and keeps everyone out of the refrigerator.
NO COOKING Take previously cook items and place inside glass or tin pans with covers - let sit in the sun until ready to serve.
MINT CONDITIONING Take a spray bottle and fill with spring water. Add fresh mint or a couple drops of peppermint oil. Keep cold and use when needed.
SOUL SESSIONS "WHETHER BY BLOOD OR BY BOND, OUR FAMILY TIME IS IMPORTANT FOR THE VITALITY OF OUR SPIRITS"
PICNIC & CHILL
The summer can be expensive. Period. It's definitely a great time to also sit still and read a book, take a class, learn a lesson online and all of this can be done in a park, library, food court at the mall or coffee shop from any electronic device. But everyone knows the real money saving option is a picnic. Get that blanket, pack some cool foods like salads, sandwiches or items that don't require refrigeration and you're good to go. The park is FREE!
VITAMIN "F" Family & Friends The idea of people not needing anyone is false. The summer allows for each of us to do better in checking on people we know are having a hard time, the elderly or someone that may need to just see your lovely face. Get a load of Vitamin "F" by connecting, refueling and recharging with the ones you love.
TRAVEL TIPS & TRICKS
ROAD TRIP the tip the trick
Chart your gas and rest stops to save time and get to your destination faster. Schedule stops in between rush hour. Stay ahead of traffic. Leave on time.
BY TRAIN the tip
Spend a little more on business class for leg room and beverage perks.
Book ticket 14-21 days in advance for best savings. Stay aware of promotions.
When you know where you're going to, go ahead and secure all your tickets.
Buy the lower priced one-way ticket and shop around for a return on another airline.
Aye Yo! Hotep!
NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY, MASSACHUSETTS, PENNSYLVANIA, CONNETICUT, RHODE ISLAND, DELAWARE ROCHESTER, NY THE ROCHESTER SUMMER SOUL MUSIC FESTIVAL August 23-24, 2019 Frontier Field Stadium Lineup: Keke Wyatt, Bell Biv Divoe, Guy #rocsumsoul BROOKLYN, NY AFROPUNK August 24th – August 25th Commodore Barry Park Lineup: Jill Scott, FKA twigs, Leon Bridges, Gary Clark Jr., Death Grips, Kamasi Washington, Tierra Whack, and Red Arkade
PHILADELPHIA, PA ODUNE DAY Sunday, June 9, 2019 South 23rd Street and South Street The East Coast’s largest AfricanAmerican street festival, now in its 44th year, begins with a week of events and culminates with a spiritual procession to the Schuylkill River to ring in the Yoruba New Year, followed by music, dance and vendors along South Street.
DOVER, DE FIREFLY MUSIC FESTIVAL June 21st – June 23rd , 2019 The Woodlands TLC, Travis Scott, Tank and the Bangas, Gucci Maine, Gunna, Tyler the Creator WATKINS GLEN, NY WOODSTOCK 50 August 16th – August 18th Watkins Glen, New York Lineup: Jay-Z, The Killers, Chance the Rapper, Santana, The Black Keys, Janelle Monae and Earl Sweatshirt.
PHILADELPHIA, PA MADE IN AMERICA August 31st & Sept. 1 Ben Franklin Parkway in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia Created & curated by Jay-Z and sponsored by Anheuser-Busch, this annual music festival is a massive musical celebration. Lineup: Travis Scott, James Blake, Cardi B, Kodak Black, Kaskade, Anderson. Paak, Jorja Smith Kaytranada, Juice WRLD, Madeintyo
film festivals MARTH'S VINEYARD, MA MARTHA'S VINEYARD AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL August 5th - 10th www.mvaaff.com NEWARK, NJ THE NEWARK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL September 4th - 8th www,newarkiff.com
COLUMBIA, MD 27th ANNUAL CAPITAL JAZZ FEST June 7-9, 2019 Merriweather Post Pavilion Gladys Knight, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Greogry Porter, India.Arie, Gerald Albright, Regina Belle, Brian McKnight, Marsha Ambrosius, Nick Colionne, Kindred the Family Soul, Kenny Lattimore, Leela James, Daley, Kem, Patti Austin, Black Violin, Norman Brown, Phil Perry, The Baylor Project, Isaiah Sharley, George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic, Joe, Stephanie Mills, Chrisette Michele, Raheem DeVaughn, Tweet
Baltimore Annapolis Bowie - Ft. Washington Silver Springs Wash, D.C. Alexandria Hampton Richmond Virginia Beach Norfolk
Capital Jazz – Indie/Soul Jazz Festival (late night) Eric Roberson, Julie Dexter, Carmen Rodgers & Zo, K.Avett, SUCH
WASHINGTON, DC DC JAZZ FESTIVAL - dcjazzfest.org/ June 7-16, 2019 Location: Multiple Venues Lineup: Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Snarky Puppy, Joshua Redman Quartet, Cecile Mclorin, Salvant, Michael Franks, Stefon Harris, & Blackout, Patti Austin, Joey Alexander, Terri Lyne Carrington, Lean On Me: Jose James Celebrates Bill Wither BALTIMORE, MD AFRAM a.k.a. AFRICAN AMERICAN FESTIVAL August 10th - 11th Druid Hill Park www.aframbaltimore.com
food festivals CHESAPEAKE, VA MUSICAL SOUL FOOD FESTIVAL June 21st – June 22 Chesapeake City Park Fred Hammond, Kurt Carr, Joshua Rodgers, The Group Fire BALTIMORE, MD VEGAN SOULFEST August 3, 2019 Clifton Park www.vegansoulfest.com
CHICAGO, IL TASTE OF CHICAGO July 10th - July 14th Food: Grant Park Music: Petrillo Music Shell Lineup: India.Arie, De La Soul, Meshell Ndegeocello, Bilal www.chicago.gov INDIANAPOLIS, IN SUMMER CELEBRATION July 11th – July 20th Music Stages American Legion Mall – Guy, Con Funk Shun, Angela Winbush Exhibition Hall, Indiana Convention Center – Carl Thomas & Chubb Rock Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Jaheim, Jazmine Sullivan and Stokley of Mint Condition The Pavilion at Pan Am Plaza – DJ Kid Capri and Lyfe Jennings https://summercelebration.net COLUMBUS, OH JAZZ & RIB FEST July 19th – July 21st Genoa Park Stage Lineup: Norman Brown, Brian Culbertson, The Soul Rebels featuring GZA, Robert Randolph & The Family Band
CLEVELAND, OH WZAK STONE SOUL FESTIVAL July 21st Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica Lineup: Monica, Dru Hill & Jagged Edge CINCINNATI, OH CINCINNATI MUSIC FESTIVAL July 25-27, 2019 Paul Brown Stadium Maxwell, Mary J. Blige, Earth, Wind & Fire, RBRM (Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, Mike of New Edition), Tamia, Raheem DeVaughn, Slick Rick, EPMD, Blackstreet featuring Teddy Riley and Dave Hollister DETROIT, MI 40th ANNUAL DETROIT JAZZ FESTIVAL August 30th – September 2nd Lineup: Stanley Clark, Cameron Graves Quartet, Chucho Valdés – Jazz Batá, Dee Dee Bridgewater and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Danilo Pérez’s Global Messengers, Elew, Dr. Valade’s Brass Band led by New Orleans legend, Shannon Powell ST. LOUIS, MO TOM JOYNER ONE MORE TIME EXPERIENCE July 13th Chaifetz Areana Lineup: Frankie Beverly & Maze, KEM
CHICAGO, DETROIT, CLEVELAND, COLUMBUS, ST.LOUIS, INDIANAPOLIS, KANSAS CITY, MILWAUKEE, MINNEAPOLIS
beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes.... you name it!
MANCHESTER, TN BONNAROO MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL June 13th – June 16th Manchester, TN Phish, Childish Gambino, Solage, Cardi B
NEW ORLEANS, LA ESSENCE FESTIVAL July 4th – July 7th Mercedes-Benz Superdome Lineup: Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige, Nas, H.E.R., City Girls, Big Freedia, Pharrell, Snoop Dogg and RBRM (Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky and Mike from New Edition) NASHVILLE, TN NASHVILLE SOUL MUSIC FESTIVAL 2019 July 6th Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville KANNAPOLIS, NC HEAVY-HITTERS OF SOUL MUSIC FESTIVAL July 27th Intimidator Stadium Black Diamond, BIG ROBB, Lacee, Lenny Williams. Evelyn Champagne King, Sir Charles Jones, Big Pokey, Glenn Jones, Calvin Richardson, Sunshine Anderson, Theodis Ealey WINSTON-SALEM, NC NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE FESTIVAL July 29th - August 3rd www.nbtf.org
Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas HIGH POINT, NC JOHN COLTRANE INTERNATIONAL JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL Aug 31st Oak Hollow Lisa Fisher, Brian Culbertson, Nenna Freelon, Michelle Coltrane, Joey DeGrancesco and Pharaoh Sanders, Spanish Harlem Orchestra ATLANTA, GA ONE MUSICFEST 2019 September 8th & 9th, Central Park Last Year'sLineup: Nas, Cardi B, Miguel, 2 Chainz, T.I. George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic…. Stay Tuned...June 4th Announcement www.onemusicfest.com
Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles Seattle, San Diego,Â Phoenix, Las Vegas
SEATTLE, WA FESTIVAL SUNDIATA June 15th - June 16th Seattle Center www.festivalsundiata.org
LOS ANGELES, CA BET EXPERIENCE June 20th - June 23rd www.bet.com/bet-awards
SAN FRANCISCO, CA CLUSTERFEST 2019 presented by Comedy Central June 21st – June 23rd Comedy, Fun and Food Civic Center Plaza & Bill Graham Civic Auditorium Extensive Lineup…just to name a few: Issa Rae, The Roots, Sinbad, Leslie Jones, Cipha Sounds, Black Thought presents: Delirious, Small Doses with Amanda Seales
LAS VEGAS, NV 19TH ANNUAL LAS VEGAS JUN9TEENTH CELEBRATION June 19th Kianga Isoke Pala https://june19lv.com/
LONG BEACH, CA ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE LBC July 27th Queen Mary Park Snoop Dogg. YG, The Game, DMX, Bone Thugs N-Harmony, Keith Sweat, Too Short, Ginuwine, O.T. Genasis, Mary Jane Girls, Lisa Lisa, and more
SAN FRANCISCO, CA OUTSIDE LANDS August 9th – August 11th Golden Gate Park Lineup: Childish Gambino, Paul Simon, Flying Lotus 3D, Ella Mai, Mavis Staples, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals and Lil Wayne. LONG BEACH, CA 32 ANNUAL LONG BEACH JAZZ FESTIVAL August 9th – August 11th Rainbow Lagoon Park Lineup: Eric Benet, Norman Brown, Poncho Sanchez, Willie Bradley, Arturo Sandoval, Brian Culbertson and more
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ST. KITTS, WI St. Kitts Music Festival June 26th – June 30, 2019 Lineup: Davido, French Montana, Buju Banton, Smokey Robinson, Ella Mai, Popcaan
QUEBEC CITY, QUÉBEC, CANADA FESTIVAL D’ETE DE QUEBEC July 4th – July 14th, 2019 Lineup: The Weeknd, Anderson Paak, and Alessia Cara DUBLIN, IRELAND LONGITUDE July 5th - July 7th Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin Lineup: A$AP Rocky, Chance the Rapper, Lil Uzi Vert plus Cardi B and Future MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA Reggae SumFest 2019 July 14-20, 2019 Lineup: Beres Hammond, Buju Banton, Spice, Spragga Benz, Elephant Man, Chronizz, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Christopher Martin, and many more TORONTO, CANADA CARIBANA TORONTO August 1st - 4th Various Locations www.caribanatoronto.com
TORONTO, CANADA DRAKE'S 8TH ANNUAL OVO FESTIVAL August 7th Budweiser Stage Lineup: PartyNextDoor, DVSN, Majid Jordan, Roywoods
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6. "Passin' Me By" by Pharcyde 7. "Low Rider" by War 8. "Paradise" by LL Cool J
9. "Paradise" by Change 10. " Fool's Paradise by Meli'sa Morgan 11. "Wind Parade" by Donald Byrd 12. "Lovely Day" by Bill Withers
13. "Killing Me Softly" by The Fugees 14. "Award Tour" by A Tribe Called Quest 15. "Champagne Life" (Remix) by NeYo ft. Rick Ross 16. "Int'l Players Anthem by UGK 17. "Let's Groove" by Earth, Wind and Fire 18. "This Place Hotel" by The Jacksons 19. "Lifestyle" by Rich Gang ft. Young Thug & Rich Homie Quan
20. "Is This Love" by Bob Marley & The Wailers
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