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Pete Escovedo Orchestra. Photo Courtesy: Yoshi’s

SAT 2.13


DOORS: 9:45 PM / SHOW: 10:00 PM

Legendary Percussionist Pete Escovedo is an artist who broke down the barriers between Smooth Jazz, Salsa, Latin Jazz and contemporary music. His name has been synonymous in the music industry for more than 50 years.

Pete’s versatility as a Percussionist has been featured in performances and recordings by a wide range of Artists such as Carlos Santana, Tito Puente, Herbie Hancock, Mongo Santamaria, Bobby McFerrin, Cal Tjader, Woody Herman, Stephen Stills, Billy Cobham, Anita Baker, George Duke, Boz Scaggs, Andy Narell, Al Jarreau, Ray Obiedo, Dionne Warwick, Marlena Shaw, Barry White, Angela Bofill, Arturo Sandoval, Poncho Sanchez, Chick Corea, Dave Valentine, Najee, Gerald Albright, Prince, and the list goes on.  READ MORE.

SOURCE:  Concord Music Group

83-atlgMON 2.15

Love Forever After


DOORS: 7:30 PM / SHOW: 8:00 PM

Ms. Monét returns to Yoshi’s to present the 4th installment of her “Soul of A Diva” show making it the perfect extended Valentine’s Day treat. Last year, Ms. Monét’s sold out show was a huge success and this daughter of the Bay Area, with a 5 octave range, promises not to disappoint.

With musical influences that range from jazz, gospel, blues, R&B, rock and country, the soul of a diva show has a little something for everyone. Fans from around the globe have consistently praised her energetic stage shows likening her to the best entertainers of the past with her own brand of sass and class that makes her the artist of the future. ”  READ MORE

SOURCE:   Lisa Taylor

 Oprah Book Club 2.0

Man Holding Distress Flare In Forest.  Photo Courtesy:  Oprah Book Club 2.0 / OWN Mag.

Man Holding Distress Flare In Forest. Photo Courtesy: Oprah Book Club 2.0 / OWN Mag.

Read This to Help You Deal
Finally! A practical way to keep from losing control with out-of-control friends, bosses and family members. From the author of Talking to Crazy.



Los Angeles, CA — African-American Designer and Owner and Creative Director of The Write Fit, LLC, Joshlyn Turner, launches Black Girls Got The Juice in celebration of Black History Month. The Black Girls Got The Juice collection empowers women of color and reminds them that their supernatural power is golden. The statement piece was created to enlighten, promote and appreciate the essence of Black women in the African-American community and around the world. The Black Girls Got The Juice collection comes in three styles: crop tee, fitted tee and crewneck sweatshirt in sizes S-3XL and is available on The Write Fit website.

The Write Fit is an ingenious online apparel company for men and women specializing in graphic apparel that relates the lives of individuals around the world

Black Girls Got The Juice" is a statement piece created to enlighten, promote and appreciate the essence of Black women.  Photo Courtesy:

Black Girls Got The Juice” is a statement piece created to enlighten, promote and appreciate the essence of Black women. Photo Courtesy:

and was established in June of 2013. The apparel is uniquely separated into eccentric themes like: “Soundtrack to Life,” “Its a Mans World” and “Love Me Write”. The request for children’s apparel sparked The Write Fit Kids, a collection that promotes education, positive self-image and inspires kids to achieve their goals.

Black Girls Got The Juice is important to me because it is me. It is the presence, power and prestige of excellence. With so much emphasis placed on the perfection of image, I constantly look in the mirror and remind myself that I am enough. I sit back and look at the images portrayed on television and social media and I dont want our Black girls thinking they have to shake their ass to have The Juice. Our ancestors gave us The Juice. We are the driving force of society, the leaders in entertainment, music and fashion. Everything we touch is golden. I want Black women young and old never to forget… Black Girls Got The Juice.

Joshlyn doesnt just talk about being a Black Girl with The Juice; she is a Black Girl with The Juice. Joshlyn holds the title of Youth Program Coordinator at a non-profit organization in San Diego, which offers a work readiness program for youth involved in the Juvenile Justice System. She graduated from Hampton University and then received her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. Joshlyn and long time friend, and Spelman graduate, Roberta Moore created the TurnMoore Dreams Scholarship, given to students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher attending a Historically Black College or University.

Brandi Walters, Owner of B Swank Hair Studio stated, To be a Black Girl with The Juice is to realize how beautiful and powerful you are and to utilize your full potential every single day.



Heritage Box teaches children about Black history year-round.  Photo Courtesy:

Heritage Box teaches children about Black history year-round. Photo Courtesy:

NationwideHeritage Box provides families a tool that will keep children engaged YEAR ROUND, not just in February during Black History Month. Each box is designed to build self-pride and enhance children’s understanding of their heritage.

The monthly boxes are specially curated for your child to ensure they receive age appropriate books and activities. Each month is an exciting cultural adventure that your child will love!

The starter box comes with:

* An authentic Masaai Box made in Kenya to store future African souvenirs
* A world map
* A journal to record their thoughts
* A postcard album to store postcards from the different countries/places families will visit together virtually
* A book with an overview of African-American history a bookmark
* For the second month, they will receive a Travel package. This box will focus on one country in Africa and provide a souvenir, games, a book and other fun surprises!
* The third month will feature a theme/ person in Black history.
* After the third month, they will alternate the box contents with Black History content and African geography content. Each box will come with a relevant book!

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