Monthly Archives: August 2014

Mischka Velasco Presents Secret Sun Day Her Fifth NYFW Show

c99d4d6230dd0e53d4ebda8952bb4ba1At last season’s NYFW in February 2014, designer Mischka Velasco showcased her newest fashion collection to a capacity fashion audience in NYC. The collections were well received by all and she is now back to unveil a range of new creations at her show on Sunday 7th September.

For this season, Mischka Velasco’s latest collection is inspired by two American concepts: NY State’s well-known Hamptons beaches and the burning man festival in Nevada’s black rock desert.

The Hamptons are all about the fetish and worship of banality, the quest for a normal retreat, a place that is odd in that it longs sorrowfully for that innocent wonder of a yard and the serenity of a white picket fence. At Burning Man in contrast, devotees create realities from their childlike imagination and people commune in costume, art, fantasy and eventually burn everything created as a symbolic ritual of letting go. Burning Man lasts for a week, the Hamptons much longer but is a heavily populated world only in the summer. The Hamptons and Burning Man both create strong impressions of prejudice or awe. It is the risk of visiting and either belonging or longing. Yet somewhere is her longing for Santa Monica that blends with everyone’s All American dream.

Velasco aims to consider the question of what is a simple kind of life and hopes she can find an answer to this challenge, using nude draped jersey, denim, feathers and the 50’s allure of something so American and so deep in our hearts.
Velasco was born in Panama, grew up in New York and the Pacific Northwest and has done a lot of traveling to Europe and Asia. Each collection is inspired by music and her observations of current events.

Velasco makes a quick croqui (strong intense sketches to evoke the feeling of fashion in general). She and her colleagues work as a team as they create sometimes a sketch, sometimes a drape and always a lot of excitement in the workspace. There is a passion for skipping the muslin and working directly with the cloth in the dresses. For menswear she enjoys adding clever little pockets in a handsome subtle way, such as welted pockets on dress shirts in fine cotton. Velasco’s label is funny, elegant, and always surprising.

According to Velasco she states, “My main goal is to always refine the journey of being true to myself, a part of which is to manufacture all of my clothes here in New York.”

Join Mischka Velasco on Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 7pm at the Last Rites Tattoo Theatre at 325 W 38th Street New York, NY 10018 (between 8th/9th avenues). Prepare to be wowed and dazzled at the same time by this one of a kind designer.

The Apollo Theater Present the 2nd Annual Harlem Healthy Soul Festival

3ebe58a0a4bf2fb006721c9055f16055Along with all of the other great events held throughout the year, the world famous Apollo Theater wants to make sure you are able to enjoy events and be healthy. As a result, the Apollo Theater will present its second annual community initiative focused on family wellness—Harlem Healthy Soul Festival, on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 12pm – 6pm. Building on the Apollo Theater’s role as a community resource and gathering place, Harlem Healthy Soul Festival is designed to serve as a platform for Harlem families to learn about the numerous community health resources to live active and vibrant lives. This daylong, free event will transform the Apollo building and 126th Street behind the Theater into a fairground filled with health and educational resources, live music, and family fun. The Festival will be hosted by celebrity health expert Dr. Ian Smith, who will provide tips on healthy living, lead discussions on the health challenges prevalent in the Harlem community, and interview other health experts and celebrity artists. In addition to being a New York Times bestselling author, Dr. Smith is a co-host of The Doctors TV show, a medical contributor to The Rachael Ray Show and host of the nationally syndicated radio show Health Watch.

On 126th Street, there will be a host of offerings for the whole family including health screenings, sports activities with the NY Knicks, fitness and nutrition-based cooking demonstrations, health services, a Children’s Pavilion and other interactive programming. The Festival will offer screenings testing blood pressure, BMI, HIV, hepatitis, and other health issues. There will also be health education resources addressing some of Harlem’s most critical health concerns, including obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, childhood asthma and more. Clinical Psychologist and the Director of Community Affairs and Diversity at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. John M. Palmer, serves as the health advisor for the Festival.

Harlem Healthy Soul Festival will also include live entertainment under the Apollo’s iconic marquee, health presentations by celebrities, doctors, and experts as well as a special performance by muti-platinum Grammy Award winning R&B singer Faith Evans, on the Apollo mainstage. Faith will also talk to the audience about her own health challenges and how she has managed to overcome them.

The Harlem Healthy Soul Festival, which launched in July 2013, is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company, with additional support from EmblemHealth.

For Health Screenings & Information:

Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement; Harlem Hospital Center; Harlem United; Iris House; Ki Energy Wellness Center; District 620 of Alcoholics Anonymous; Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine; William F. Ryan Community Health Center, and others.

For Family Fun Activities & Information:

“Asking for More”/Eric Lockley; Abada-Capoeira NYC; Apollo Education Instrument Making; Dance Theatre of Harlem; Double Dutch Empire; Fabulous Face Painting; Fort Washington Collegiate Church Step; Harlem Children’s Zone; Harlem Seeds; Harlem YMCA; Harriet Tubman Zumba Fitness/Wendy Meija ; Kenny J Line Dancing; Sparkle Tiger Face Painting; Watch Your Mouth-Susie Q Fitness, and others. Additional space provided by: Harriet Tubman Learning Center- C.S.154.

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The Lincoln Park Music Festival in Newark, NJ on July 24, 2014

2d3ccaeb2d20ff8e06463a5bb662d2f9Lincoln Park Music Festival recently welcomed, for the first time ever, and its very popular Breeding Ground emerging artist series to the Hip Hop Day stage on Sunday, July 27th, 2014. Hip Hop Day is one of LPMF’s most highly attended days and now, LPMF’s taking it to the next level with AllHipHop’s Breeding Ground.

The Breeding Ground section of was created to provide exposure for emerging or unsigned Hip-Hop artists. Featured artists have typically offered a number of aspects of excellence in the music game – quality music, buzz, and overall appeal and they have the potential to get signed to a major deal or have enough to garner national attention. The Breeding Ground Alumni includes Wiz Khailfa, Nicki Minaj, Skyzoo and many, many others all over the world. Performing at this year’s festival are Soul Khan, Audible Doctor, Jasiri X, and more!

For over 15 years, has become a valuable resource for Hip-Hop on the Internet, featuring daily news, interviews, reviews, multimedia, a vibrant community and other interesting content. “AllHipHop is straight up hype to be a part of the Lincoln Park Music Festival by bringing the Breeding Ground live to Newark for the first time” says Chuck Creekmur, CEO of “We’re going to serve up some of the best and brightest rising stars Hip-Hop has to offer. Buckle up!” The Breeding Ground will begin at 2:30pm and be hosted by Chuck Creekmur and SkyyHook, Breeding Ground editor.

Hip Hop Day’s late afternoon main stage will follow the Breeding Ground and is produced by Du Kelly (Lords of the Underground’s Do-It-All) of Newark based 211 Media Group, and will be hosted by hip hop icon Ed Lover and Sah B, with performances by DJ Cheese, Kazzie Pop and legends Brand Nubian among others while Hot 97’s DJ Wallah will keep the crowd jumping. More surprises to be announced!

Lincoln Park Music Festival is also proud to announce that, keeping in line with its community gardening, green jobs training and overall sustainability initiatives, the new Sustainability Village/Health & Wellness at LPMF. Village participants include Newark Beth Israel Hospital (Blood Pressure Testing, Glucose Screenings), City of Newark Child and Family Wellbeing (Mobile Unit onsite to do physical exams), St. Michael’s Hospital (Mobile Unit to do HIV Screening and Prevention Education), and others. Panasonic will be offering incentives to those attendees who check in at various points in the Village and participate in a Healthy Lifestyle activity.

One partner, Covanta, will serve as our Official “Clean Team” Sponsor. Covanta is a world leader in providing sustainable waste and energy solutions. The Company’s 45 Energy-from-Waste facilities provide communities and businesses around the world with environmentally sound solid waste disposal by using waste to generate clean, renewable energy. Covanta will work closely with Lincoln Park Cultural Coast District ensuring the park stays clean post-festival. “The primary focus of the Sustainable/Health and Wellness Village is to provide tools for empowerment through exposure, education, and integration,” says Keith DaCosta, organizer of Sustainability Village/ Health & Wellness. DaCosta continues “Attendees who complete 
the program can expect to leave with a basic appraisal of their health status. This provides an important building block in the foundation of adopting positive life style practices that lead to improved health outcomes. When we treat ourselves well, we are more confident, positive, and self-assured. Walk Tall!”

Sponsors on board include the City of Newark New Jersey, County of Essex, Greater Newark Convention Visitors Bureau (GNCVB), Panasonic, United Way of Essex and West Hudson, New Jersey State Council on the Arts (NJSCA), United Airlines, Island Records, Fedway, SEIU, NJPAC, Red Bull, PNC Bank, Investors Bank, City National Bank, Essex County College, Downtown Newark District, Hunt, Hamlin and Ridley Law Offices, Law Offices of Raymond Armour, Benefit Providers, Option One Realty, 211 Media Group, YOPAT, Brand Whisperer, FEMWORKS, LLC, Nestle Nutrition, Union Wear, Prestige Tours, 58 Park Place, Robert Treat Hotel, C.P Rising, LLC, and PSE&G. Sustainability/Health & Wellness Village partners include Panasonic, CP Rising, LLC, FEMWORKS, LLC, Newark Beth Israel Hospital, City of Newark Child and Family Wellbeing, Lucky VIII Films, St. Michael’s Hospital, University Hospital, East Orange General Hospital, Covanta, Planned Parenthood of New Jersey, Health Republic Insurance Company, MZM Construction & Management, Mokojumbie Designs, Newark SAS, Independence, A Family of Services, NJ Clean Communities, Washington Park Commons, Glocally Newark, Newark Sustainability Office, City of Newark, Gridlink Systems, Essex County College Communications, City of Newark Recycling, Rutgers School of Nursing, Partnership for Children of Essex, Broadway House, Integrity House, Northfield Podiatry, and CityPlex 12.

Joining this year’s festival as media partners were WBLS, the Star-Ledger, Cablevision, Bleu Magazine and