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2015: The Year Of Progression

Tribe Appeal Welcomes 2015 With A Special Message

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Today is January 20, 2015, It has been about 3 weeks since the new year rung in and about a month since the site was updated! Now before I go on I would like to share a beautiful saying that goes a little something like this…”When you fail to plan, you plan to FAIL!”.I DECLARE FAILURE IS NOT OUR PORTION FOR 2015 OR ANY OTHER YEAR! We here at Tribe Appeal know that this year is a year of progression and in order to solidify this concept we have planned. The past month was a solid month of planning, brainstorming, and gaining clarity for a better year. We suggest everyone does this, take some time out to evaluate your past (don’t dwell on it) , FOCUS on your present and PLAN for your future!

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2015 is a wonderful and exciting year I feel it and I hope you feel it! Thank you all for continuing to visit the site and I wish you all the best this year!

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Throw The Most Epic Christmas Party!

The ultimate guide to throwing an EPIC Christmas party

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This is the time of year when we deck the halls, put up a tree, climb up in the attic or garage and bring out the ornaments and get everything ready for the holidays. This is also the time when everyone you know has a Christmas party and they all decide to hold them on the same night!

Come to think of it, a mobile app that shows when all of your friends are thinking about having a party so that you could schedule YOUR party some other time, would be a great new product. I’ll get on that just as soon as this blog is posted.

Have you ever noticed that some holiday parties are way more fun than others? Why? It’s really pretty simple. Some people are better at entertaining than others. They think creatively about the party experience. Conversely, some people are better at being entertained than others.

If you’re not that great at giving parties, there’s still hope. Like most things in life, all it takes is a good plan and the determination to execute it. Here are some ideas on ways to throw a better Christmas party.

First of all draw up a budget!
December is an expensive month. No-one wants to be broke before they pay bills, do the monthly food shop and buy presents for their loved ones, so know what you can afford and cut your coat according to your size.

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Decide on the venue
You have to consider where you’d like to host the party, in my opinion the home, is more intimate. A Christmas party is a good opportunity to get people to know you better and what better way than to invite them into your personal space! There’s also something really warm about inviting people to your home.

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Guest size/guest list:
After you have decided on the venue you have to consider the capacity and the number of guests. Make sure you don’t invite more people than the space can accommodate. This brings me to your guest list. Now you don’t want “drama” at your party if it is an intimate affair so make sure you invite people that like each other; family, close friends and their dates or spouses.

On the flipside, if you are having a jump-off then the more the merrier, invite everyone you know: Friends, co-workers, your BBM contact list, you decide…once that is clear the list becomes easy.

Personally, we never exclude the children from our gatherings with friends, especially at Christmas, but if you prefer not to, specify on the invitation that it is for adults only. This will give everyone enough time to counsel their nannies or organise the kids to be dropped off at grandma’s.

Alternatively, you could hire an entertainer for the day to take care of all the kids that attend. Again if your budget will not stretch that far then engage them with face painting, a Christmas raffle draw, musical chairs, and a dancing competition. Kids are really easy to please, and your friends will thank you for being so thoughtful.

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Theme/décor:
There is so much inspiration at this time of the year. There are loads of Christmas decorations and accessories out there, and it’s easy to go to the stores and get what you need. But feel free to hire a decorator if you need help.

Set up the table and decorate a day in advance. This will give you time to purchase whatever is missing to make your table and rooms look beautiful. Leave glasses until the last minute so they don’t gather lint and dust particles overnight. After setting the table, check around to make sure everything is clean especially in the areas where guests will be mingling.

Don’t forget to spray your house with insecticide, nobody wants to be having dinner and also serve their ankles as dinner to a swarm of hungry mosquito’s who have strategically positioned themselves under the dining table.

Having the right look for the house is important in order to get your guests in the mood to be merry. While it’s not necessary to transform your home into a winter wonderland, tasteful Christmas decorations on a real tree will go a long way towards building ambiance. You don’t need a full-sized train that runs through the house carrying guests from room-to-room, but any cool, old toys add to the feeling of Christmas.

A few years ago, as couple that were known to give the best parties invited us for the Christmas shindig and they did a couple of things that were very cool. First, they had the classic black and white movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life” (with the volume down) running on their big screen TV in one room and “A Christmas Carol” (again, volume down) running on another TV. This was an immediate conversation starter because everyone has a story associated with either these stories or Christmases that they have had in the past.

The other thing they did was tie their party to a kid’s charity. Every guest was asked to bring an unwrapped gift for a specific age range of kids and all of these gifts were taken to the charity for kids that would have otherwise not had a great Christmas. Having all of these toys sitting under the tree was a very cool effect for the party.

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Save the date/ Invitation
Invite guests in advance. There’ll be lots of parties around this time, the Christmas engagement calendar fills up fast and you want to get your party on the roster. Send the ‘save the date’ well in advance so your party takes priority.

Africans by nature do not RSVP, so if everyone hasn’t responded a week from the date, contact them with a quick message. Make sure you prepare a few extras as people tend to bring friends along sometimes and if you’d rather they didn’t, please indicate it in the invitation in the best possible polite way. For sit-down formal dinners, having an accurate head count is necessary to be sure there is enough seating for everyone.

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Catering:
Decide what kind of meal and the style of service, is it buffet? Sit down meal? Whatever you decide you have to plan for it in advance. Your budget will determine whether to cook or cater. Feel free to hire a catering company or get a friend or family member if you feel you need help with the cooking. Some people work till the last days of the holidays and may not have time to shop or cook, or let’s face it; you may not necessarily be able to cook everything on your menu, so get real!

If you chose to do the cooking yourself make sure you plan your menu in advance so when your guests arrive, everything is set. Keep the menu simple and opt for a buffet presentation instead of table service, allowing guests to “help” you this way.

To make your life simpler and make your guests comfortable, prepare a table with a beautiful tray with glasses, napkins and the drinks you’ll be serving. Serve your guests’ first glass to welcome them and let them know they can help themselves at any time.

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Fun

More often than not, Christmas parties are just “meet and greet” events with very little fun. Think about the birthday parties you went to as a kid. Would any mom or dad in their right mind throw a birthday party without planning some fun stuff to do? Of course not. OK, here are three ideas to get your holiday party started.

#1 Hire a Santa with a BIG personality. Encourage your guests to sit on his knee and tell him (a) if they’ve been naughty or nice (have him insist that they tell him why), (b) what they want for Christmas this year and why. Be sure that there is a microphone nearby so that everyone can hear everything that’s being said and set up a video camera on a tripod to tape every encounter. Then post the best of these videos on your Facebook page for all your friends to remember the party. Not surprisingly, the comments are often outrageous and always hysterical and they get better as the hour gets later!

#2 Have a contest for the ugliest Christmas sweater, tie or other apparel and be sure to include reference to the contest on the invitation. This will ensure that you will have plenty of contestants because everyone has a tasteless, but FESTIVE sweater, tie or shirt. This will also provide some great Facebook postings after the party.

#3 Give every guest their own stocking stuffed with party favors as they are leaving the party. You can find inexpensive Christmas stockings at any party store and the goodies can be anything from fruit, candy, little toys, pocketknives for the guys and diaries for the girls.

Holiday parties can be a blast and with digital cameras, the fun can keep going for days on your social networks. Let us know if you used any of these ideas and how your guests responded.

Ice breakers
Introduce your guests when they arrive, especially if you feel they don’t know each other “Shade meet Ngozi, you remember when you said you needed someone to bake your daughter’s cake? She bakes delicious cakes!” That usually helps to break the ice and encourages your shy guests to mingle.

Finally, get yourself ready a good hour before your guests are set to arrive. The last thing you want after so much preparation is to look stressed out when welcoming your friends and colleagues in.

Make sure you check your restroom and include a small candle or flower arrangement in there. Place a small basket with items that guest may need  – from personal care to over-the-counter pain relievers.

A Christmas party is a nice way to relax with family and friends you don’t see much of during the year. Everyone has a chance to show off their best holiday clothes and share good laughs.

Have fun, take lots of pictures, and enjoy the party!

Celebrity Stylist Jason Boateng Debuts Resort 2015 Collection!

We see you Jason!

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Ghanaian celebrity stylist Jason Boateng has ventured into creating his own collection. The UK based stylist has styled names like Will I Am, Nicki Minaj, Iyanya, Yvonne Nelson & more.. His Resort 2015 collection named “Power Of a Woman”  is inspired by red carpet looks throughout the ages. A place that he is no stranger to!

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It pays homage to beauty and the power of sex appeal and simplicity. Using fabrics like brocades, silk, Russian lace and stretched mesh, he incorporated soft, feminine allure that slip onto the female form with the pieces.

The shades of nudes and whites signify purity, while the cobalt blues, gold and black show off strength and resilience. The structured masculine cuts on the long lined blazers evoke a sense of power as the jackets are lined inside with yellow piping that is signature Jason Boateng.

This collection is for the strong willed and confident woman. A woman who is not afraid of taking risks will absolutely love this colection. The silhouettes are absolutely gorgeous and speak to his classic sense of style.

Check out the collection below:

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More information can be found at Jason’s site!

“Hit The Floor” Star Stephanie Moseley and “TMT” Member Dead In Apparent Murder Suicide

What a tragedy all around…sending love and prayers to all involved

Fans of VH1’s Hit The Floor are mourning the tragic loss of one of the show’s actresses, Stephanie Moseley aka Hasel Star.

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According to TMZ, the dancer, who’s worked with Beyoncé, Ne-Yo, Chris Brown and more, was found dead inside an apartment in a high-end residential complex near The Grove in Los Angeles early Monday morning.

Police say they were called in to the Palazzo East around 7:30am by a person who claimed they heard a woman screaming and as many as 10 gunshots. When officers arrived to the apartment, they heard two more gunshots as they were making their way to a closed bedroom. Inside, they found Stephanie and her husband rapper Earl Hayes, dead. Police believe Hayes shot and killed Stephanie before turning the gun on himself.

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Hayes was a very close friend of Floyd Mayweather’s and was once signed to his record label. Floyd Mayweather unfortunately witnessed the gruesome murder-suicide as Hayes Face timed the boxer during his rage. It is alleged that Hayes accused Mosely of infidelity with a famous singer and went into a jealous rage selfishly ending both of their lives.

According to TMZ’s  sources, Earl Hayes had said he was going to kill his wife and the boxing champ was pleading with him to get a grip. Floyd will not say how much he saw, but he acknowledges he was a witness and heard everything. He is currently in shock and is having extreme difficulty dealing with the fact that he witnessed a horrifying murder/suicide.

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Stephanie Mosely was a promising actress, dancer, singer and all around entertainer who was adored by many. A number of celebrities took to their twitter and instagram accounts to share their condolences including “Hit The Floor” cast mates Taylour Paige, Kimberly Elise, Lance Gross, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, 50 Cent, Rihanna and many more.  Her light of a spirit touched so many and we hope that she will be remembered by her beautiful light and vibrant life than her unfortunate and untimely death.

Now this tragedy has brought a wider awareness to depression, domestic violence and gun control. Unfortunately in the black community depression and suicide is not addressed properly in many cases.

a 2008 study revealed:

Among Blacks who were already mental health consumers, over a third felt that mild depression or anxiety would be considered “crazy” in their social circles. Talking about problems with an outsider (i.e., therapist) may be viewed as airing one’s “dirty laundry,” and even more telling is the fact that over a quarter of those consumers felt that discussions about mental illness would not be appropriate even among family.

It’s time to help those in need of mental counseling and not shame them. Many people go through depression without realizing they are suffering from the illness. Depression can lead to suicide and other tragic events. This murder-suicide is a form of domestic violence and with the right tools it is possible to seperate from an abusive partner unharmed. Below are links to resources and hotlines to aid in all of these situations. Please if you are suffering from any of the above or know of anyone suffering from these please use the resources provided below. You are all loved and very appreciated, your beating heart deems you have a beautiful and magical purpose dont ever give up on life! Tribe Appeal LOVES YOU ALL!

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline– 1-800-273-8255
National Domestic Violence Hotline – 1-800-799-7233 & 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

Recognizing Depression : The Symptoms

Finding A Therapist To Help You Heal

Low Cost Treatment For Depression

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Rest in Perfect Peace Stephanie Moseley, Heaven Gained A Beautiful Angel

The Perfect Thanksgiving Menu For the Woman On the Move!

Pepper Turkey and Jollof getting a little boring?

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My African sisters all know that when the Thanksgiving holiday comes around in African household Pepper Turkey and Jollof Rice are must haves on the dinner table. It does not matter what else is offered in the buffet, if those two items do not make an appearance the Thanksgiving meal is ruined, well in African’s eyes it is. Many of us who belong to the diaspora have friends and significant others that are not familiar with the food and would like other options at the Thanksgiving table. Well Tribe Appeal has compiled together the perfect Thanksgiving dinner menu for the woman who does not have time to slave in the kitchen the whole day. The options we have provided also give your fixed African table menu some variety.

1. Turkey

2.Cornbread Stuffing

3.Dinner Rolls

4. Mac & Cheese

5.Stuffed Green Peppers

6. Green Beans

7. Potato Salad

8. Candy Yams

9. Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake

10. Sparkling Thanksgiving Punch

There you have it, a full Thanksgiving menu put together for your from us and Divas Can Cook. To access full written recipes and ingredient lists visit the cooking site.

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Your Super Guide To Art Basel Miami!

what you need to know about  Art Basel Miami

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Art Basel stages the world’s premier Modern and contemporary art shows, held annually in Basel, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong. Founded by gallerists in 1970, Art Basel has been a driving force in supporting the role that galleries play in the nurturing of artists, and the development and promotion of visual arts.

In addition to showing exciting works by world-renowned artists, Art Basel is always innovating, thus expanding its platform for new artists who represent the vanguard of the visual arts. Its worldwide reputation – earned over the last forty years – for showing work of the highest merit, and attracting the world’s leading gallerists and collectors, has made Art Basel the place where the artworld meets. With miles of sandy beaches dotted with classic Art Deco architecture, world-class art museums, and a glittering nightlife, Miami Beach ranks among America’s most iconic cities. During Art Basel, it embraces the artworld with special exhibitions at museums and galleries across the city, transforming the week into a dense and dynamic cultural event.

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This year’s event is going to be held December 4-7 at at nearby beaches, Collins Park and SoundScape Park in Miami. For 2014, ABMB launches a new sector called Survey, featuring “art-historical projects” from thirteen galleries including two rare “Tir-Assemblages” by Niki de Saint Phalle, outsider art by Henry Darger, mid-twentieth century works by the Brazilian artist Alfredo Volpe and more.  The original “sectors” will also return, including Nova, Positions and Kabinet, Miami Beach Convention Center ; plus all the big outdoor, public art projects in Collins Park and the films in SoundScape Park and at the Colony Theatre on Lincoln Road.

Due to an on-going fight between two factions of Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art (770 NE 125th Street, North Miami) several members of the museum’s board resigned and started a new museum called the Institute of Contemporary Art in the Moore Building (4040 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami) in the Design District.  MOCA is still alive, and they’re having an opening reception for an exhibition called “Shifting the Paradigm: The Art of George Edozie” featuring works by the Nigerian artist on December 2nd at 7 p.m.

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Meanwhile, the Design District is rapidly morphing into “the luxury fashion district” with an incredible transformation of the entire area still underway.  Lots of stores are already open including Prada, Marni, Rick Owens, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Louboutin, Cartier, Celine, Pucci, Dior etc. and many more are on the way.  And there’s a new “Palm Court” featuring a Buckminster Fuller dome, an enormous underground parking garage and plans for a condominium building to be designed by Chicago starchitect Jeanne Gang. You can follow the progress HERE.

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To take advantage of all the “luxury” in town for ABMB, The New York Times is hosting an “International Luxury Conference” at the Mandarian Oriental Hotel from December 1st to 3rd with guest speakers including Francois-Henri Pinault, Diane Von Furstenberg, Frida Giannini, Tom Sachs, Diego Della Valle and many more. Tickets are $4250.

The third edition of the SELECT art fair is making a bold move up to North Miami Beach where they plan to set up a 40,000 square-foot tent to hold over 50 galleries on the beach at 72nd Street. They’ll also use the art deco amphitheater already on the site for installations, performances and exhibitions. Just a few blocks south at 67th Street and Collins Avenue, the NADA fair is back in the Deauville Beach Resort. The whole strip of Miami Beach from the W Hotel on 23rd Street up to the SoHo Beach House on 43rd Street is the hottest new, high-end real estate in town.  This year should see the opening of Ian Schrager’sMiami Beach Edition  hotel (rooms are over $1,000 a night during ABMB) on 29th Street; and construction is also well under way at Alan Faena’s massive $1 billion hotel, condo and art museum complex at 32nd Street with buildings designed by Rem Koolhaas/OMA and Norman Foster.  If your budget won’t cover any of these mid-beach, mega resorts, we suggest the super-cool and trendyFreehand Miami on 27th Street were a co-ed dorm room goes for around $115 per person a night.

The Bass Museum of Art (2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach) will be celebrating their 50th anniversary with a big gala on November 1st and, during ABMB, they’re planning an exhibition called “One Way: Peter Marino” curated by Jerome Sans.  Marino is a renowned American architect and designer and this show will include art from his private collection plus site-specific installations, an opera collaboration and a series of his bronze boxes.  The opening VIP reception is the evening of December 3rd and it will be open to the public from the 4th until March 29, 2015.

Fridge Art Fair returns for second year, this time at The 3rd Street Garage (300 SW 12th Avenue, Miami) from December 4 to 9. Their “Mega Mango Miami: The Great Opening” preview is on Thursday, December 4, from 2 to 8 p.m., with an afterparty at the infamous “den of iniquity,” The Ball & Chain(1513 SW 8th Street, Miami) in Little Havana starting at 9 p.m. This fair started in NYC’s LES in 2013 and founder Eric Ginsburg has the right attitude: “People should not be afraid to go and see art, and it should not cost a fortune.”

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A new fair called Concept will be held aboard the Seafair mega-yacht, docked downtown at Bayfront Park (100 Chopin Plaza, Miami) from December 3 to 7 with VIP previews on the 2nd from 6 to 10 p.m. Over 35 international galleries are expected.

The Gale Hotel (1690 Collins Avenue, South Beach) — that’s the spot that hosted PAPER’s “Tiki Disco” pop-up last year — will open a special “rooftop” edition of the Disaronno Terrace from 7 to 10 p.m. on December 4th. DJs are TBA.

As we mentioned two weeks ago, the SELECT art fair is moving to a tent on the beach at 72nd Street and they’ve enlisted Solange to curate a bunch of performances — including one by herself — nightly from Wednesday thru Saturday, starting at 7 p.m. She’s expected to book several acts from her label, Saint Heron Records, that will appear in the on-site, deco amphitheater.  The shows are open to the public and admission is FREE.  When we hear who’s playing (and when), we’ll fill you in.

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AB/MB and Performa are hosting an immersive performance by artist Ryan McNamara called “MEEM 4 Miami: A Story Ballet About the Internet” on December 3rd and 4th at 8 and 10:30 p.m. at the Miami Grand Theater at Castle Beach Resort (5445 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach). RoseLee Goldberg, Performa’s founder and director, describes the work by the Brooklyn-based artist: “This piece is far more complex than it first appears, because it unfolds as one surprise after another. The viewer is both totally in the moment and yet spends hours thinking about it afterward.”
$30, tickets are available HERE. Note to VIPs: There’s also an “invitation only” preview on Tuesday.

The NADA art fair at the Deauville Beach Resort (6701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) will host their “invite only” opening preview on Thursday, December 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. After that, admission is free and it’s open to the public daily through December 7th from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.  You can also preview the fair onArtsy. This year, they’ve partnered with Contemporary Art Daily, Print All Over Me and the 15th Artadia Award. Print All Over Me will be doing special “artist editions” of clothing using images created by Jose Lerma, Amy Yao and Sarah Braman.

The PULSE fair is moving to Indian Beach Park (4601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) up by the Eden Roc Hotel for their 10th year in Miami. Their private preview brunch is on Thursday, December 4, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and then it’s open daily through the 7th. As part of their PULSE Projects, they are featuring a work by the Ontario-based artist Shayne Dark called “Tangle Wood” and also an audio installation by Jenna Spevack called “Birds of Brooklyn.” Their new media and video art section, PULSE Play, will be presented by Tumblr and curated by Lindsay Howard. Tickets are available HERE.

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Meanwhile over in the Design District, Miami’s new “luxury shopping” destination, a hybrid fashion store/design exhibition/art installation called “The World of Mr. Somebody & Mr. Nobody” featuringWalter Van Beirdendonck and Bernhard Willhelm will be open from December 1st to 15th, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily at 91 NE 40th Street. Fashion from the Belgian “mavericks” will be juxtaposed with photography by Miles Ladin, graphic works by Peet Pienaar and clothes by Superella in an extravaganza hosted by Craig Robins, Sharon Lombard and Cathy Leff. The VIP opening is on December 4th with music by Dirk Bonn and drinks by Chris Adamo.

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Tim Burton’s new film Big Eyes headlines the AB/MB film program with a special screening on December 5th, 8:30 p.m., at the Colony Theatre on Lincoln Road.  It’s the story of Walter Keane, the mysterious painter of waifs with “big eyes,” who’s works turned out to have actually been made by his wife Margaret (played by Amy Adams). The screening is free, but get there super early.  Many other films submitted by participating galleries will be shown in a new, specially-designed screening room inside the convention center and nightly in SoundScape Park outside the New World Symphony (500 17th Street, South Beach).  The complete schedule is HERE.

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Russell and Danny Simmons celebrate the 5th anniversary of their “Artisan Series” with a big party for the 2014 finalists and winner — and a special performance by Miguel — at Soho Beach House (4385 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) on Thursday, December 4th.  Since 2010, they’ve searched for and helped emerging artists by showcasing their work during AB/MB.  This year’s big winner will also receive a solo show during SCOPE NYC in March 2015.  Bombay Sapphire has collab’d and sponsored since the inception.

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Ian Schrager (and Marriott) launch their latest Edition hotel (2901 Collins Avenue at 29th Street) with parties from top to bottom.  On December 3rd, there’s a private dance party with London’s Horse Meat Disco DJs in the basement in honor of the hotel’s designers George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg.  And in the penthouse, Absolut Elyx will create an private, pop-up club called Casa Elyx with cocktail parties, book launches etc. happening all week.  We can’t wait to check out this new hotel and are happy to hear that Ben Pundole is involved. Supposedly there’s a bowling alley in the basement.

Christie’s and the Marriott hotel group are hosting a pop-up gallery featuring original works by Andy Warhol on December 3rd and 4th in the JW Marriott Marquis Miami (255 Biscayne Blvd., Miami).  All the works — including paintings, photos, prints and works on paper —  are from the Andy Warhol Foundation, with proceeds benefiting their grant-making program.  Stop by the hotel’s fifth floor and have a look between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. both days.  There’s also a private VIP lunch and panel discussion on Tuesday.

If you’re heading down to Miami early in the week, LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) plus FLAUNT and Paddle8 are having their big gala on Monday, December 1st, 7 p.m., at the Raleigh Hotel (1775 Collins Avenue, South Beach). They’ll be celebrating “innovative women in arts and culture” with dinner and dancing and a big auction of works by artists including Hernan Bas, Sam Falls, Brendan Fowler, Rashid Johnson, Raymond Pettibon and others.  Tickets are available HERE.

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The fab FREEHAND Miami (2727 Indian Creek Drive, Mid Beach, Miami) hotel has an action-packed schedule for the week, including cool installations from Bushwick’s Signal Gallery and the LA project space Metro PCS presented by UOVO Fine Art Storage and the NEWD Art Show; a party to celebrate the re-launch of the NYC-based streetware company British Knights on Thursday, December 4th from 10 p.m. to midnight; a “Dreamcatcher Workshop” to benefit Free Arts NY on Friday, December 6th, from 4 to 6 p.m. (tickets are HERE) and a big launch party for a new art and culture mag called Nah/No Magazine on Saturday afternoon from 2 to 6 p.m.

Questlove has invited an intimate group of his friends to a private home in Miami on December 6th for a “Food Salon” with three chefs — Daniel Patterson, Dave Beran and Christina Tosi — who will each prepare one dish. The lucky attendees will eat, relax and “discuss art, commerce, and the balance of it all.”

The STANDARD (40 Island Avenue, Miami Beach) hotel and spa launch the latest “artist” beach towels — designed this year by James Rosenquist and Glenn Lignon — with a private garden picnic on December 2nd.  Sales of the towels benefit the Art Production Fund. Pick one up in the hotel’s gift shop, where Sight Unseen and Print All Over Me will also be selling a new collection of “beachy” items designed by various artists.

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The STANDARD also has a bunch of super-private, VIP dinners and parties all week, including parties for Le Baron, Andre Saraiva, Nordstrom, Rosario Dawson and Jose Parla. The annual Lazy Sunday BBQ is poolside on December 7th from 3 to 7 p.m.

The Shore Club (1901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach). hosts a private BBQ with Island Records’ founder Chris Blackwell on Thursday with fresh fish, reggae sounds and rum cocktails.  Also, check out the backgammon boards designed by Daniel Chadwick.

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On Monday night, December 1st, 7 to 9 p.m. the Mayfair Hotel (3000 Florida Avenue, Coconut Grove) hosts a big benefit party for the Sabrina Cohen Foundation for Individuals Living with Paralysis featuring an exhibition of 50 portraits by Miami’s Henry Perez called “La Force de Femmes au Naturel.” It’s FREE and open to the public and a raffle of selected works from the show will benefit SCF.
Jeremy Scott and Moschino are having a party with Barbie on December 4th, 9 p.m. to midnight, at the Thompson Miami Beach (4041 Collins Avenue).  RSVP mandatory.

More Information can be found at http://www.perrierlovesmiami.com http://www.artbasel.com and http://www.papermag.com

Beat Of the Week: Pasuma Feat Tiwa Savage “Ife”

Pasuma and Tiwa Savage give us their beautiful duet “Ife” and really crisp visuals to acompany it. The love song is so catchy and easy to relate to that we had no choice but to dub it beat of the week. Tiwa the diva is rocking a Versace dress and also gives us a look into a very chic closet. Pasuma also shows us his great style with the multiple outfit changes that occur during the video.