Wknd Scene: American Black Film Festival 2018

Wknd Scene: American Black Film Festival 2018

6. 2. 18

Last post for today. I’m glad that I found this and I wish I could go, well maybe next year! The American Black  Film Festival 2018 will be held in Miami Florida. Got the short detailed description and ticket information below…

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JUNE 13 – 17, 2018


Overview of the festival…


The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) is an annual event dedicated to showcasing quality film and television content by and about people of African descent. Founded by Jeff Friday, it supports emerging artists to foster a wider range of images, stories, and storytellers represented in the entertainment industry. The ABFF is committed to the belief that Black artists deserve the same opportunities as their mainstream counterparts, and is recognized as a vital pipeline for Black talent in front of and behind the camera. Annually held during the month of June, the festival is comprised of five action-packed days of films, engaging panels, networking events and more…from the star-studded opening night screening to the inspirational closing filmmaker ceremony.

Since its inception in 1997, the festival has been held in several locations — from Acapulco, Mexico, to Miami, Florida. The festival is today the nation’s largest gathering of Black film and TV enthusiasts, with approximately 10,000 attendees. The 22nd annual ABFF will take place in Miami Beach, June 13-17, 2018. The Founding and Presenting Sponsor is HBO®.


Films Screening at the Festival:
















Events such as Master Classes, ABFF Talks, Business of Entertainment Seminars, and others will be featured during the festival.


Tickets and Passes: Splash Pass and Sobe Pass + Patron Circle Membership are SOLD OUT. The only available one is the Sobe Pass, which is $675, yes that how much it is. If you can afford it, you still have a chance to buy it now!

To know more about tickets passes, and other information, go to Enjoy the rest of your weekend, be blessed!




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Wknd Update: 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

Wknd Update: 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

6. 2. 18

It’s going to be a busy Saturday! The Sony World Photography Awards are back! For those of you who are professional or amateur photographers, this is right for you. Here is a short detailed information about the competition.

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2019 Sony World Photography Awards

A 12-year partnership
with Sony bringing you one of the world’s leading
photography competitions


The Sony World Photography Awards is one of the most celebrated and diverse photography competitions in the world. Now in its 12th year, our goal is to showcase the best contemporary photography worldwide. 

The Awards are free to enter and open to all levels of photographer, from emerging 12-19-year-olds, enthusiastic hobbyists, and students, to established professionals. There is a competition and a category for everyone, from Architecture, Documentary, Landscape, Portraiture, Sports, Street Photography, Wildlife, Travel, Culture, and more.

All images are judged by leading industry experts, who come together each year in London to decide the best images. A total prize fund of $30,000 (USD) plus the latest Sony digital imaging equipment is shared between winning photographers.

With the power to kick-start and shape careers, photographers are provided with an unprecedented stage to showcase their work, powered by a series of tailored global press and media campaigns. Previous winners and shortlisted photographers have gone on to be represented by renowned galleries and institutions, and their work has been featured in major publications around the world.

Equally, each year we recognise one of the world’s most influential photographers through the Outstanding Contribution to Photography award; previous recipients have included Martin Parr, William Eggleston and Candida Höfer.

The Sony World Photography Awards has four competitions:

  • Professional – Recognising outstanding bodies of work​

  • Open – Rewarding the world’s best single images ​

  • Youth – Best single images by photographers aged 12-19

  • Student – For photography students worldwide

Please note: You can only enter one of the following competitions: Professional, Open or Youth. 

To know even more About the competition, Exposure & Benefits and Success Stories go to the link:

Again this is a great opportunity to get your work out there and a little prayer to those who enter and win!



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Wknd Scene: Writing Contest…

May 12 / 18

Don’t get mad, but this just came into my radar. Are you able to write a short story in let’s say in two days?  The Writer has another contest for those who can throw down a short story. Read below for details…

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Write a 2,000-word fictional short story using any nuance, definition, or understanding of the word “change.”

Deadline: May 15th, 2018

Grand prize: $1,000 and publication in our magazine

Word count: 2,000 words or less

Other prizes: Our second-place winner will receive $500 and publication on our website,; our third-place winner will receive $250 and publication on as well.

I know, I know…it’s short notice, but if you can write 2,000 words with the understanding of the word “change”, you may want to enter!


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Wknd Scene: The Dean Collection 20 St(art)ups

May 12 / 18

Hey everybody! It’s been quiet for the past few days since Wednesday, but today is different. I found this on Shadowboxerinc’s Instagram feed Thursday and this is an incredible opportunity for those who are willing to make it in the art world. Hip-hop recording artist, producer, and husband of Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz is giving out $5,000…yes you read right…$5,000 to 20 different artists so they can put their own art shows. Here are the details…

Credit source: The Dean Collection


Swizz Beatz announced on his Instagram account Thursday that he’s giving $5,000 to 20 different artists to put their own art show.


We want to give 20 artists around the world $5,000each, to throw their own art show, and let them keep 100% of the sales. Any medium. Any theme.

The Dean Collection, founded by Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean and Alicia Keys, is a contemporary, family art collection focused on the support of living artists. In addition to being custodians of great artworks, TDC develops platforms that encourage progress in all facets of artistic practice. Following the success of No Commission, the art and music fair held in three continents worldwide, TDC presents The Dean Collection 20 St(art)ups #TDC20.

Do you want to throw an art show?

We want to hear about it. Any medium. Any theme. We understand the struggle of the artist and want to give you $5,000 to make it happen.


Keep 100% of the sales

 You keep what you sell so you can use this startup to be sustainable.

We’re thinking GLOBAL

Open to all artists around the world.

Go to for the details. Deadline is May 31, 2018. All you have to do is fill out the application below and follow through. Like I said, a perfect opportunity to showcase your work!


Image source:  Blavity & courtesy of Patrick McMullan



Wknd Scene: Santa Barbara Writers Conference

April 28 / 18

Hello! The final weekend of April has come. The Santa Barbara Writers Conference is coming in June of this year. For those of you who may find this interesting, you still have a chance of registering. Here are the details from their website…

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Santa Barbara Writers Conference June 17-22, 2018

Improve your craft • Find your tribe • Make lifelong connections

Since 1972 writers from around the world have gathered each June at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference to rub elbows with fellow storytellers, celebrate well-known authors, and network with publishing professionals. 

Join us beachside for an intensive, weeklong experience dedicated to the craft of writing. Workshops cover literary fiction, mystery, sci-fi, memoir, creative nonfiction, travel writing, poetry, screenwriting, and marketing.

The June 17-22, 2018 conference includes:

  • 5 full days of workshops led by 36 talented teachers

  • 5 keynote presentations by successful authors

  • Afternoon speakers and panel discussions

  • Book signings with author-speakers

  • Opening Night Banquet

  • Poolside Cocktail Reception

  • Awards Banquet

  • Optional one-on-one manuscript consultations

  • Registration for appointments with agents

  • A week of networking, support, and camaraderie

Go to to register, and to know more about speakers, panels, and scheduling.


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Weeknd Scene: Coachella 2018

April 14 / 18

Hello all! The weekend is here and Coachella has returned. The music and arts festival just started yesterday and you have until April 22. If you live in the area and want to hear some great music, Coachella is the place. Beyonce, Lion Babe, Eminem, and more are performing. Below are just some small details…

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If you’re not able to attend, you can follow up on their live YouTube channel. You can also follow up on their Instagram, Tumblr, and Snapchat account also on their site. There is also an app, yes an app.

Location is Indio, California. The dates are April 13-15, 2018 and April 20-22, 2018. To get even more information about passes and other great stuff, go to For those who are going, be safe and have a great time!


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Weeknd Scene: Swann Auction Galleries

Weeknd Scene: Swann Auction Galleries

March 31 / 18

Hello…Remember when I mentioned deep pockets? Well for those who have a lot of money to burn, then maybe you would like to spend money on some great African-American art! The Swann Auction Galleries are being held in the next few days. Previews have started today. Here is a detailed look…

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Apr 5, 2018, at 2:30 pm

Preview Dates

  • Sat, Mar 31, 12-5

  • Mon, Apr 2, 10-6

  • Tue, Apr 3, 10-6

  • Wed, Apr 4, 10-6

  • Thu, Apr 5, 10-12

To view the catalog, click here. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, be blessed. Happy Easter!



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Weeknd Scene: Future AWP Conference Dates

Weeknd Scene: Future AWP Conference Dates

March 24 / 18

Hello…the AWP or (Association of Writers & Writing Programs) Conference & Bookfair  2018 has passed, but don’t worry, found future dates and places for the next few events.

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Future Conferences

Portland, Oregon

  • March 27–30, 2019 | Oregon Convention Center

San Antonio, Texas

  • March 4–7, 2020 | Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

Kansas City, Missouri

  • March 3–6, 2021 | Kansas City Convention Center

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • March 23–26, 2022 | Pennsylvania Convention Center


Conference Queries


Conference Events

There will be more to add soon. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Be blessed always.

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