Weekly Gems Guide: 10 Events in South Florida This Week

There’s always something to do in South Florida! Check out my curated event list for the curious explorer in Miami this week!

**This weekly guide features—Gems for Gems—people who love to expose themselves to new experiences.

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1. WHAT IS BLACK? PANEL DISCUSSIONS
Monday, February 12, 2018, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The South Florida People of Color (SFPoC) and Barry University in Miami Shore are sponsoring a unique panel discussion called “What is Black?” as part of SFPoC’s celebration of Black History Month in February. The panel will provide an intergenerational lens on Blackness in South Florida with a discussion featuring Haitian-Americans, Afro-Cuban Americans, African-Americans, Africans, Jamaicans and other speakers from the African diaspora. Learn more here.

2. GENIUS BEHIND THE LENS: A GATHERING OF MIAMI’S PHOTOGRAPHERS
Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Casa TropiSoul welcomes Miami's community of photographers to convene over coffee. Hosted by Jay Pegg and special guest Simply Lively, enjoy a conversation surrounding the topic of being a photographer here in Miami. Learn more here.

3. CIVIL RIGHTS THROUGH THE LENS OF HIP HOP: JAY-Z’S “4:44”
Thursday, February 15, 2018, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Join the ACLU of Florida on Thursday, February 15 for an intimate conversation on civil rights, criminal justice reform, LGBT rights, and other issues impacting the African American community through the lens of Jay-Z's iconic album, "4:44."  Free admission, but seating is limited. Food and drinks provided! Learn more here.

4. BLCK SMOKE SIGNALS MOVIE NIGHT
Thursday, February 15, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Meet Smoke Signals Studio and The BLCK Family  at Regal Cinema on South Beach your tickets for the 7pm showing of Black Panther. Learn more here.

5. BLACK LOUNGE FILM SERIES PRESENTS “ SAMMY DAVIS JR; I’VE GOTTA BE ME”
Friday, February 16, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Black Lounge Film Series is a monthly film showcase bringing award-winning Black films and its directors to Historic Overtown, Miami. On Friday, February, 16th  join BLFS with a special screening of Sammy Davis Jr. : I've Gotta Be Me. Learn more here.

6. THE LINK UP
Friday, February 16, 2018, 6:00 p.m. –  1:00 a.m.
Come out to a Special Black History Month Edition of The Link Up at the Macaya Gallery in Wynwood. Musical sounds by DJ Bre and DJ Vybz. Sponsored By: CORE Water
No Cover charge and a $20 Open Bar From 6-8pm Learn more here.

7. THE MIAMI RECORD FAIR  
Saturday, February 17, 2018, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
In collaboration with Gramps and Technique Records, Terrestrial Funk presents The Miami Record Fair. The event features tens of thousands of records to dig through from private sellers and local shops, Gramps' delicious cocktails and Live music! There will be limited 1 hour DJ slots for you to spin your favorite records. Learn more here.

8. ROOTS COLLECTIVE MARKETPLACE
Saturday, February 17, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
The Roots Collective team has created the Black Marketplace as a three-tiered platform to promote, educate and grow a solid economic body based on love and community. Our aim is to strengthen the relationships between consumer and merchant in an effort to build self-sustainable environments. Learn more here.

9. ART & SOUL CELEBRATION OF THE PAMM FUND FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN ART
Saturday, February 17, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Come join the Ambassadors and the Miami community as they celebrate the Fifth Anniversary of the PAMM Fund for African American Art with great art, cocktails, food, music and people! The Fund’s founding supporter of this annual gathering, the Knight Foundation, is matching every dollar raised this year in an effort to help  create an incredible collection of African American Art. Learn more here.

****10. A SEAT AT THE TABLE  
Sunday, February 18, 2018, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Join The Gem Collective for the February 2018 installment of A Seat at The Table: The Art of Collaboration. A Seat at The Table is an intimate gathering for change makers looking to connect with like-minded individuals. Prepare for an evening of great food, fellowship, and connection. Come-Camera-Ready as the first 20 guests will receive a complimentary headshot! Hosted by The Gem Within + Simmi of The KGN. Vibes curated by the one and only DJ Bre! Learn more here.


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