The Black Girl's Guide: 8 Things to Do, See and Hear This Week

We've got you covered on what to see, listen to and support this week. From Nona Hendryx's art show and Awesomely Luvvie's "Empire" watch party in Houston to the Afrikcan Festival, New York City's exciting new African music festival.

Imani Brammer Sep, 16, 2015

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Legendary singer Nona Hendryx is having her first visual art show opening at The Sol Studio in Harlem where she will debut a series of 10 sculptures and assemblages as well as a series of collages she calls 'Transformations.' Hendryx transforms recent Serena Williams, Misty Copeland, and Caitlyn Jenner magazine covers into whimsical sculptures. Her show is open until October 18. 

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It's Black-Owned Restaurant Month in NYC and Genese Jamilah, Founder and Editor-In-Chief of I Don’t Do Clubs has curated a long list of the participating black-owned restaurants. From The Crabby Shack, Therapy Wine Bar and BLVD Bistro to Chocolat Restaurant Lounge, you won't be disappointed. New York's Black-Owned Restaurant Month ends September 30th and moves on to other cities.

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AfrikCan is a new annual celebration of Africa’s unlimited supply of creative inspiration. The new festival will kick off in New York City this weekend with performances from the likes of Jidenna, Wizkid (Nigeria), Lira (South Africa), Les Nubians, Young Paris, Ayo, and many more.

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If you are in or around the Sacramento, California area, love quality music, delicious food and wonderful people, this festival is for you. Monica will be joined by Bobby Brown, Freddie Jackson and more.

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Former reality star, and sanger Nicci Gilbert has a new EDM-influenced single called "Phoenix" from her new album. Listen in and take in the inspiration.

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I have never seen or read anything quite like Under the Udala Trees (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26). Debut novelist Chinelo Okparanta (remember that name) blends traditional storytelling with a knockout plot. Heroine Ijeoma is only 11 when a civil war breaks out in her homeland, the nascent republic of Nigeria. Soon, Ijeoma finds herself squired to safety, where she forms a love connection with a fellow displaced child, who happens to be another young girl."

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Season 2 of Empire premieres September 23rd and obviously, we can't wait. Lucky for you, blogger Awesomely Luvvie teamed up with Rosa Regale for an Empire Takeover Watch Party! If you are in the Houston area, then grab your friends, head on over Washington Avenue and enjoy a night of music, red wine cocktails and best of all, Empire

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The Grammy-nominated songstress addresses men who are afraid to commit and women who ask the wrong questions. You better sang!