Black Girls Hack

My friend, kat calvin, (I call her Kelley) is hosting an awesome, new event in Atlanta this weekend!  If you’re in the tech or non-profit industries and you’re near the A, it would be awesome if you could attend!  You get free food and libations, networking opportunities, and awesome swag!  All sponsor proceeds from the event go to Black Girls Code, which is a non-profit focused on introducing computer science, technology, and the STEM community to young girls of color.  The two great things about this event is that you get 24 hours to come be a part of all of this fabulousness, and it’s FREE!  That’s right, if you are a designer, coder, or you just want to see what this whole tech thing is about, you get all of this great stuff for free!  How often does THAT happen???  So go here to sign up.  And if you can’t make it until midnight on Friday, that’s fine, because they will still be there! 

So, go support my friend, take advantage of meeting new people, and enjoy food, drinks, music, and the opportunity to win free stuff! 🙂  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

* To find out more about Black Girls Code and Black Girls Hack, visit them on the web at and

What’s Hot in the Streets

For some reason, I always find out about things that are going on in the city (and elsewhere), but I don’t do a great job of sharing that with you guys.  Mainly because I’m selfish, hate crowds, and like to keep the good stuff to myself.  But I realized it’s not right to be selfish (most of the time), so today I’m sharing some events with you guys that will be going on in the DMV.  And most of them are FREE!

In case you didn’t know, my birthday is next month, and to start Birthday Month off right, tomorrow will be the commencement!  First, Ryan Leslie, one of my favorite singers and an awesome live performer, will be at The Park.  The event will is free; you just have to register here.   The Park can get crowded pretty quickly, so make sure you arrive early!  The next stop on my tour will be the Gentleman Jack-Arts, Beats, and Lyrics event.  Blending hip-hop, paintings, and photography, this is sure to be a pretty cool event, and I’m excited to attend.  When you register, you can bring a guest, but all attendees have to be at least 21. 

Lastly, just so you can get ready, for my friends in Atlanta, Benevole, Inc. is taking their successful fundraiser on the road.  Walk-A-Mile (in Someone Else’s Shoes)-Atlanta will be taking place on Saturday, April 30 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza.  To find out more information you can check out my previous post here and you can find out more about Benevole, Inc. on their site.  If you or your business are interested in serving as a sponsor, feel free to send me an e-mail. 🙂

That’s it for today!  What events are going on in your city?  Or what events did I miss that are happening in the DMV?  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

One of my favorite Ryan Leslie songs!

Benevole Takes Fundraiser on the Road

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!!!  Despite having to work, I had a great weekend! I was able to catch up with some of my linesisters, enjoyed a great dinner, and did a little club hopping!

You all have seen a few posts about Benevole, an organization based in DC that is dear to my heart.  We have had two successful events so far, and now we’re taking our show on the road!  Check out the below press release.  If you live in the ATL or are close by, I highly suggest you come and take part.  And you already know your favorite Southern Girl will be in the building!  🙂

Contact: LaToya Grant                                             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



Atlanta, GA (March 01, 2011)  – Join Washington, DC based Benevole, Inc. as it host its Walk-a-Mile in Someone’s Shoes Fundraiser and Cocktail Social on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Atlanta, located at 210 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA from 7-11 pm.  The donation per person is $25, and the evening includes heavy hors d’ouvre and an open bar.  In keeping true with the organizations mission of supporting existing non-profits, proceeds from this event will go to Families First, a non-profit in the Metro Atlanta area that has been in existence for over 120 years. Families First, originally an orphanage for homeless girls, has continued to evolve with each decade to respond to the changing needs of family.  Today, Families First provides solutions to over 40,000 Georgia residents; these children and families face some of life’s greatest challenges.  Benevole president, George L. Slaughter, stated that he hopes “to raise both awareness and funds for this great non-profit” and “desires to become the bridge between the benefactor and the beneficiary”. Slaughter and CEO/Executive Director Jason Smith* created Benevole to advance human rights by meeting immediate needs and building lasting partnerships with community organizations operating on the front-lines.  Benevole has three pillars on which they focus-education, health and hunger.  Tickets can be purchased online at and must be secured no later than April 15.  High heel shoes are mandatory for men and women.  No photography will be allowed.

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If you would like more information regarding Benevole, Inc. or the aforementioned fundraiser, please contact LaToya Grant, Director of Communications, at

*Name has been changed.

Rare Honey Trunk Show

Yes, I know I am based in DC, but I have friends all over!   One of my favorite people, my linesister Ihsaana, a fellow natural girl, FAMUan, Delta, and all-around great person, asked me for a favor, and I had to oblige.  If you are in the Atlanta area, or know some people in the Atlanta area, I strongly encourage you to attend this trunk show on Sunday, August 15.  I may have to ask a few of you to pick up some items for your favorite Southern girl!  See below for details!

For all my Earth Sisters, bohomeian Chicas and Funky Fashionistas…..

Bombay Gal Butik Presents………Rare Honey, Inc. Designer Trunk Show!

Come and Experience the amazing Afro Chic Designer S.I.A. Mona Lewa!!! Her designs are the essence of femininity….an unique, sensual healing catalyst for the body as well as the soul. Rare Honey honors the ancestors of colourful women…..makes you feel good from the inside out….and creates a knowing that beauty lies beyond the reflection.

Enjoy our complimentary refreshments and take in the sweet sounds. See you there!

What: Rare Honey Trunk Show
When: Sunday, August 15, 2010 from 11am-7pm
Where: Bombay Gal Butik
674 A N. Highlands Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 941-8230

*Visit Rare Honey’s page on Facebook*