There’s always something to do in Nola! Check out my curated event list for Black professionals in New Orleans this week.

Monday, January 22, 2018, 7:00 a.m. – Sunday, January 28, 2018, 1:00 p.m.
National Urban League Young Professional chapters across the country are having their Join Weeks this week. The Urban League of Louisiana Young Professionals – Greater New Orleans Chapter is using this time to provide young professionals with an introduction to our organization. They are offering volunteer opportunities, an open house, and discussion session with other cultural groups. Learn more HERE.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
The Jam w/CoolNasty takes place EVERY Wednesday night at NOJM. If you are an aspiring musician, poet, comedian, etc. this is the event for you! Mingle with the local creative community at the open mic jam and enjoy hand crafted cocktails. Arrive early to sign up as the list fills up quickly! Hosted by DC Paul. Learn more HERE.

Thursday, January 25, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
OffBeat Music & Cultural Arts Foundation presents the Best of the Beat Awards 2017 ceremony featuring live performances by The Soul Rebels, Jamaican Me Breakfast Club and more! You read the magazine and now you can witness some of the city’s best talent be honored and awarded. Lifetime Achievement Award in Music honoree Big Chief Monk Boudreaux graces the magazine’s January 2018 issue. Learn more HERE.

Friday, January 26, 2018, 10:30 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
Both Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. celebrated their Founders Day this month. Now the ladies of the local New Orleans chapters of these organizations want to invite you all to their third annual collaborative event. Hosted by Geaux Hard Entertainment, all Greek letter organization members get to enter the event at a discounted rate. Learn more HERE.

Friday, January 26, 2018, 11:00 p.m. 
Created by DJ RQ Away it began with the idea of giving those seeking a good time an alternative to what he and his cohorts had come to know as a “regular” night out. With no lines, no cover, no enforced dress code, and a laid-back vibe The Tipping Point has become a “to do” for Good People looking for Good Music on Friday nights. With the emotionally driven music selections of RQ Away, Good Vibes are always guaranteed at The Tipping Point. Learn more HERE.

Saturday, January 27, 2018, 8:00 p.m. 
NBA star DeMarcus Cousins is a big fan of stand up comedy so much he created his own show. So this year, he will be hosting his 2nd Annual “Boogie’s Comedy Slam” featuring Rickey Smiley from the Rickey Smiley Morning Show, Red Grant from Shaq’s All-Star Comedy Jam, Tony Roberts from BET Comic View, Robert Powell , 3x Louisiana’s Comedian of Year, DC Young Fly of MTV Wild’N Out, HaHa Davis, an Instagram Superstar and more. This roster of stand up talent will have you gasping for air and in tears from laughter. Learn more HERE.

Saturday, January 27, 2018, 10:00 p.m.
“Lagniappe” is a quarterly old school party, hosted by #Awayteam and DJ RQ Away, originally intended as “something extra” for supporters of the #Awayteam brand. After the success of DJ RQ Away’s “Lagniappe” mix series, the event transformed into an extraordinary night of new memories being made with an eclectic and soulful soundtrack, packed out venues, and sweat soaked shirts and blouses. Learn more HERE.

Saturday, January 27, 2018, 11:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
Every Saturday night the most exclusive venue in New Orleans, Eiffel Society, hosts “Beauty Kills” for Hip-Hop and R&B lovers. A chivalrous event catered to ladies who drink free til midnight with dancing and music mixed with an upscale lounge experience. Learn more HERE.

Sunday, January 28, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
King Cake Festival is an annual event where bakeries and New Orleans vendors come together to participate in a slice of history to help raise money for Ochsner Hospitals for Children. Held in Champions Square, taste king cakes from the finest bakeries, enjoy live music and support pediatric programs. With Mardi Gras a few weeks away, choose some cakes to send to friends and family out of state to spread the carnival season spirit while giving back to a good cause. Learn more HERE.

Monday, January 29, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
CUFFING SEASON is a monthly soulful speed dating event. Sign up for an evening of conversation, laughter, tasty food and possibly love! This is all taking place at 14 Parishes, the hottest new restaurant in the Crescent City! 14 Parishes features a Caribbean inspired menu, served in an upscale atmosphere! Learn more HERE.

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