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Circle City Classic

Don’t miss the Circle City Classic®
Football & Cheerleader Clinic
Sunday, September 10, 2017.
Registration is now open to youth ages 8-14 to register for the Annual Circle City Classic® Football & Cheerleader Clinic.  Local area football players will have a chance to learn offense, defense, proper technique, throwing, catching and much more form the Indianapolis Colts coaching staff, while college and profession teach the fundamentals  of cheer and dance, including conditioning, sideline cheers,
stunting and more.

Saturday, September 10, 2017

3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Indianapolis Colts Complex

7001 W. 56th Street

Indianapolis Colts Practice Facility

We are happy to partner with the Indianapolis Colt’s again this year.  Participants will practice at a state of the art practice facility.  Giving attendees an experience of a lifetime.

Buy One Get One Free $10.00 Tickets!

Don’t Miss the opportunity to purchase  tickets, buy one get one free (BOGO), for $10.00 each  day of the Clinic only. Your child MUST participate in the clinic to be eligible for the BOGO. Your final opportunity to purchase the BOGO ticket will be on the day of the clinic!

We look forward to seeing you!
Call 317.923.3051  for more information or register by using the link below.
Indiana Black Expo Inc. | 3145 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208
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Circle City Classic All Black Affair

Indiana Black Expo’s All Black Affair is the OFFICIAL after party for CIRCLE CITY CLASSIC®.  Make your way to the Pavilion at Pan Am Plaza and party with celebrities in town for CIRCLE CITY CLASSIC®.  Live performance by Hip Hop Rapper Juvenile.
Saturday, September 23, 2017
10:00 pm to 3:00 am
The Pavilion at Pan Am Plaza
201 S. Capital Ave.
Indianapolis, Indiana 46225
Tickets are $30.00 (limited quantity)
no refunds
Indiana Black Expo Inc. | 3145 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208
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Summer Celebration Highlight – Purchase your Tickets Today!

Johnny Gill honors Babyface at his Induction into Songwriters’ Hall of Fame
Both Will Perform During Music Heritage Festival Series
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Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds
inducted into the Songwriters
Hall of Fame
Congrats to Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds on being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame last week.  Babyface along with the brilliant singer Fantasia will perform for Indiana Black Expo’s Music Heritage Festival II on July 15th at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.  Chante Moore rounds out the line up to what will be a soulful night. Doors open at 6:30 pm.
Johnny Gill (pictured upper right with Babyface) was on hand to honor “Babyface” because he worked with all him on his debut album Rub You the Right Way.
Johnny Gill headlines our Music Heritage Festival I FREE Concert at American Legion Mall, July 14th at  6:00 pm.  Gill will be joined by Atlantic Starr and Zapp Band

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Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds singing My My My
Indiana Black Expo Inc. | 3145 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208

PBS Presents Songs of The Summer..A Historical Mixtape

 
In 1958, Billboard launched its Hot 100. Almost sixty years on, how we listen to music and how we track a song’s success may have changed, but music remains a powerful force in our culture.

Every Friday this summer, American Experience will reveal a new addition to their historical mixtape. Listen and read along.  And take a peek at this week’s line-up from 1963. Do you recognize a few names?

IBE Summer Celebration 2017…Music Heritage Festival

MUSIC HERITAGE FESTIVAL I
Music Heritage Festival I free outdoor concert features Johnny Gill along with Atlantic Starr and Zapp Band. Bring your friends and family out for a good time at American Legion Mall on Friday, July 14th.  Kick off your Summer Celebration Weekend right.   Showtime 6:00 pm.  VIP seating is available for $40.
MUSIC HERITAGE FESTIVAL II
Enjoy Indy’s own Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Fantasia along with special guest Chante Moore for Music Heritage Festival II.  Make your way to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday, July 15th for the hottest concert of the summer.
Doors open 6:30 pm
Showtime 7:30 pm

IBE’S ALL WHITE AFFAIR
THE OFFICIAL AFTER PARTY for
MUSIC HERITAGE FESTIVAL II

IBE’s All White Affair on Saturday, July 15th at 9:00 PM features DJ Kid Capri and Hip Hop artist Mystikal.  Come party with celebrities in town for Summer Celebration weekend.  Tickets are $25 (limited amount).

 

21 and over.

Pavilion at Pan Am Plaza

INDIANA BLACK EXPO, INC. | 317-925-2702|  http://www.IndianaBlackExpo.com
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Community Corner…Upon This Rock Pre Sale

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UPON THIS ROCK PASSION PLAY 2017

“CALVARY: GROUND ZERO” EASTER WEEKEND:

Good Friday, April 14, 7pm  .  Saturday, April 15, 11am & 7pm

Tickets:  $40 – $30

PRE-SALE DISCOUNT (Ends 2/15/17):  ALL TICKETS $25 (Any Seat)

USE COUPON CODE:  rock2017

Order online and print tickets or Call (317) 285-0551 ext. 3 Group Discounts Available Pike Performing Arts Center 6701 Zionsville Road . Indianapolis, Indiana

Advertise in our 2017 Souvenir Program

 

UPON THIS ROCK PRODUCTIONS, 777 E. 86th Street, Indianapol is, IN 46240

Community Corner….Art & Soul Kickoff Celebration

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Join us for the 2017 Art & Soul Kickoff Celebration January 28, 12:15 pm Indianapolis Artsgarden

Art & Soul 2017 at the Indianapolis Artsgarden
In 2017, the Arts Council of Indianapolis is pleased to partner with Asante Children’s Theatre, Indy Jazz Fest, Kenyettá Dance Company, and the Madame Walker Theatre Center to present the 21st Annual Art & Soul: A Celebration of African American Art & Artists in Indiana at the Indianapolis Artsgarden. #ArtSoul

2017 Performance Schedule
The Indianapolis Artsgarden is located above the intersection of Washington and Illinois Streets.
Events are free and open to the public. Events start at 12:15 pm.

Click here to download the full calendar of events.

Art & Soul celebrates empowerment through the arts. Lift your voice and take part in the kickoff celebration featuring:

  • A lively procession of African drumming by Griot Drum Ensemble, the 2017 Featured Artists, and Indianapolis arts leaders
  • Audience members singing the Black National Anthem
  • A jazz tribute to President Obama
  • An inspirational dance performance by Krash Krew Dance
  • Engaging activities by local arts and cultural organizations
  • Art exhibition by Featured Artist Tiffany Marie Parker

You will also be able to meet the 2017 Art & Soul Featured Artists: Carrington Clinton (Music), Devon Ginn (Literary/Theatre), Taylar Green (Dance), and Tiffany Marie Parker (Visual).

 

Music Mixx…Denitia + Sene

Denitia + Sene

Denitia + Sene
Ryan Mikail

Sounds Like: Entering a coffee shop on another planet and ordering the most chilled-out cold press ever conceived. Futuristic R&B and soul on a cloud of its own.

For Fans of: Rhye, the Internet, Zero 7-era Sia

Why You Should Pay Attention: After a chance meeting at a party a few years back, Denitia Odigie and Brian “Sene” Marc plotted to combine her ice-cutting vocal skills with his serrated, beat-driven synthesizer experiments. Their partnership flourished naturally at the Clubhouse, a four-story Victorian home reimagined as a creative space deep in Brooklyn’s Ditmas Park neighborhood. (“It’s like if the Royal Tenenbaums had all played instruments and made music,” Sene offers.) Following the genre-hopping Blah, Blah, Blah EP, and last year’s His and Hers LP — which hit Number 11 on the iTunes R&B chart — they’ve returned with a focused digital slice, the side fx. EP, coming out via Red Bull Sound Select. Each song coalesces Nashville-seasoned Denitia’s evocative range of emotion with Sene’s pixelated tones (and some harmonizing) for a FaceTime-era transmission of the joys and challenges of modern love.

They Say: “The micro storyline of Denitia and myself is comedic — always me trying to sing less, and her trying to make me sing more,” Sene says. “On the song ‘Call U’ on His and Hers, we kind of broke off on the electronic influence to it [for side fx.]. We latched onto the ‘Call U’ sound, even though it’s not one of our most popular songs, as far as the singles and all that. Every time we do that live, the way people respond is special.”

“Pretty much we could just be anywhere at this point,” says Denitia. “With some recording gear, and something cool would probably happen. I don’t say that in a way that, ‘We’re so great.’ At this point, whatever we’ve done at the Clubhouse, it developed us. We take that vibe with us wherever we work.”

Hear for Yourself: “Runnin.” from side fx. sounds like a cyborg singing along with the XX. By Reed Fischer

R&B ARTIST RO JAMES NAMED GRAND MARSHAL OF 2016 CIRCLE CITY CLASSIC® PARADE

 

For Immediate Release
Contact Dian Foreman
317.923.3112
R&B ARTIST RO JAMES NAMED GRAND MARSHAL OF 2016 CIRCLE CITY CLASSIC® PARADE
INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Black Expo, Inc. has named up and coming R&B sensation Ro James as the grand marshal of this year’s Circle City Classic Parade®. This year’s parade will take place on Saturday, September 24 at 10 AM beginning at North and Pennsylvania Streets. It will be broadcast on a videotape delay on local station Channel 40, from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM later that day before the Classic game.
“Indiana Black Expo is pleased to welcome Ro James to Indianapolis and we are looking forward to having him as our Grand Marshal,” said IBE President and CEO Tanya Bell.
Influenced by his aunt, a former singer for Prince, Ro James’ love for the album Purple Rain landed him in the studio at the age of 19. His skills as a songwriter began with the song “Portrait,” leading up to a credit on the single “Use Me” by R&B singer Miguel after forming a bond with him on MySpace.
James has performed in and around New York with artists such as Luke James and Wynter Gordon. He signed with ByStorm Entertainment/RCA Records in 2015 and subsequently released “Permission,” his first single from a major record label. His debut album, Eldorado was released May 27, 2016. It debuted at number eight on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.
The 33rd Annual Circle City Classic® Game featuring the Central State University Mauraders and the Kentucky State University Thorobreds will take place on Saturday, September 24 at 3 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium. For more information or to purchase tickets to the 33rd Annual Circle City Classic®, you can visit the Indiana Black Expo Box Office at 3145 North Meridian or go online to www.circlecityclassic.com.
Indiana Black Expo Inc., 3145 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208

Music Mixx…Dej Loaf

Dej Loaf

Dej Loaf
Dej Loaf / Jerry Johnson

Sounds Like: True versatility. One minute the Detroit-bred vocalist is a deceptively sweet-sounding, throwback R&B devotee and the next she’s an in-your-face, fire-spitting madwoman.

For Fans of: Jeremih, Aaliyah, Drake if he manned up and became a woman

Why You Should Pay Attention: The 23-year-old Detroit rapper seemingly came from nowhere when she released the darkly twinkling “Try Me,” but she’s been on a rollercoaster ever since. After getting the coveted Drake co-sign (he put some of her lyrics on his Instagram), Dej saw her song reimagined by Wiz Khalifa and E-40, appeared on a track with Eminem and got a deal with Columbia — becoming one of the few female rap artists with a major label contract. Her latest mixtape, Sell Sole, shows her ability to embody whatever corner of the genre she chooses, with a confidence and a writing ability well beyond her years. “My style is free, I do whatever I feel at the moment,” she says. “If I feel like singing, I sing, if I feel like rapping, I rap. I used to be too shy to sing on my earlier songs when I first started out, recording now is more comfortable. So I let loose and do what I want. Swanging!”

She Says: “Nowadays I feel like women rappers come into the game with the same mentality from way back. They think, ‘It’s hard to be a female in the industry.’ They come in using that and it gets them nowhere. My mentality is just to create. No rules. No old-school remedies. What’s next for me is to stamp my name everywhere and become one of the best to ever do it.”

Hear for Yourself: Listen to where it all started with “Try Me” — 13 million plays and counting! By Cady Drell