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5 Upcoming Events to Attend to Help You Celebrate Music, Tech, Literature and More

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Yesterday marked the end of Black Tech Week. 

From July 18 to July 22, tech lovers and professionals were given the opportunity to interact and explore new options in the tech world. 

Offered a variety of programs, attendees were able to attend conferences and panels with speakers like sports superstar Serena Williams, award-winning entrepreneur Felecia Hatcher and Kimberly Bryant, the founder of Black Girls Code, amongst others. Other events included happy hour events and a job fair where companies like Kroger hired interested candidates. 

Although Black Tech Week might be over, there are still many exciting and informing upcoming events to attend. 

Here are five scheduled events to help spend the days in a fun and engaging way. 

  1. Aretha: A Tribute: As part of the 2022 Pasadena Pops Rusnak Summer Concert Series, Broadway performer, actress and singer Capathia Jenkins, will be paying tribute to the Queen of Soul tonight by performing her hits live. At 7:30 p.m. tonight, the concert will take place at the Los Angeles County Arboretum with Larry Blank and Matthew Johnson accompanying Jenkins as conductor and soloist respectively. As a Broadway performer, Jenkins’ is known for her roles in the stage shows like “Caroline, or Change,” “Newsies” and “Fame Becomes Me.”
  1. Everyday People Featuring WurlD: Throughout the summer, the City Parks Foundation has provided free events in partnership with Capital One bank as part of their SummerStage program in New York City. From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, the live music act that’s been dubbed as “the World’s Coolest Day Party” by news outlets such as Vice, Everyday People, is set to perform. On tours spanning across the country, Europe and Africa, Everyday People encourages discourse and honors Black Diaspora with a day party featuring 90s R&B hits as the soundtrack. For their performance, they’ll be joined by Nigerian Afrosoul singer WurlD. 
  1. 2022 State of Wage Inequality in Tech: Close the Gap with Advocacy and Allyship: On July 28, tech nonprofit BiT Foundation is offering a free webinar session to any person in the tech field or anyone that’s looking to enter the industry. With experts from the nonprofit itself, Hired, Ada’s List, Interview Kickstart and Speak_ serving as panelists and speakers, the webinar focuses on exposing the inequalities in the tech world, specifically when it comes to the wage gap. To ensure that everyone’s getting paid equally for the work they put in, the speakers will give tips on what attendees can do to close the wage gap and make sure that they’re getting paid fairly. 
  1. The Clearing: Writers group ConsenSIS is offering all Black women poets in Philadelphia a chance to join them in a private retreat on July 30. Known as “The Clearing,” the event features workshops by local poets and offers breakfast and lunch with other writers. Through the community-building events, they celebrate Black women writers of both the past and future to cultivate creativity. On the same day, ConsenSIS is also offering a public poetry reading honoring Black women poets that are available for everyone to attend.
  1. 2022 AFRO Gala: The Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the founders of Black History Month, is supporting a gala and comedy event that’s scheduled to be held on August 13. Organized by The AFRO News Publication, the gala is a celebration of the publication’s 130-year history and anniversary. With tickets costing $250, the publication’s offering the public the chance to attend the gala and watch a comedy show by Tommy Davidson, an actor and comedian whose credits include “In Living Color” and “The Proud Family.” Musical acts are also scheduled to perform; Grammy Award Winning Dj and Producer, KID CAPRI, and Inspirational Soul singer, Temika Moore, are set to perform their hits.

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