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Northside Festival Block Party

This past week was Northside Festival. A week long festival in the heart of Williamsburg , BK. Think SXSW Brooklyn style. There's innovation events, panels, speakers , workshops , concerts, music , film, networking, food and fun. 

This year they added in a Block Fest for a 5 block stretch on Bedford Ave. With varying neighborhood participants and sponsors. Bars and restaurants offered specials, frozen to go drinks, solo cups of beer or lemonade, jewelry stores designed custom free pieces, car2go had a 360 photo booth, non profits advocated for their programs and stances, live performances, games, water balloons and water guns. But our favorite was Sweet Chick's set up with a DJ spinning all throwbacks and a surprise performance by none other than MOBB DEEP! 

We at CVG especially loved the atmosphere and the vibe it generated and created. It was a good representation on how gentrification should be. Young creative diverse minds enjoying each other's company in a laid back environment engaging with innovative brands. It brought back a feeling of nostalgia and unity. We always talk about how in fashion & history repetition is key and everything always comes "back in style". What we want to focus on being back in style is forward thinking, and sense of community. One of our biggest values and mission. We thank Northside for inviting and having us there and being able to enjoy and support the community of small business and great company. Definitely sparked some amazing inspiration and ideas. We know I we have taken a little bit of a hiatus getting things situated and with some temporary relocation. However , we want to thank everyone for the support as well as expressed interest and are excited to be able to share with you what we have planned for rest of the year as we kick off in full gear.

 

Learn more about the block party and Northside Festival festivities here: http://northsidefestival.com/northside-2017/block-party/

CVG at Daze Summit

This past weekend the Curated Vibes Group was invited to attend Daze Summit Spring Break 2017. No not girls gone wild and raging undergraduates binge drinking. But a 7 day stretch filled with panels, business expos and performances in various locations touching Brooklyn and Midtown Manhattan.

Daze Summit was created by Scott Morris as an effort to not only showcase music artist but to also raise funds to provide scholarships for high school students who would like to attend college.

By partnering with The Future Project, Daze Music Summit along with the Deans List Tour was able to provide funds to selected students who showed exemplary leadership and academic skills throughout the year to their teachers, peers and faculty members.

It was amazing to be surrounding by melanin within the media industry sharing insight and experiences that not only inspire but inform attendees. Here are some of our key takes away to share:

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Art of Networking - Curated by Multi Artistry Entertainment  

 

Discussion Highlights:

  • “It’s not about networking, it’s about building relationships”

  • Have a goal when attending networking events - focus on quality over quantity when connecting with others

  • Networking can oftentimes be difficult but if  done successfully, those people are signed up for your journey

  • Embrace the connections that you make, you never know where they will take you !

  • Be persistent and know your value

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Don't ever doubt that you are not qualified to be in a room with powerful people or that you are too young or inexperienced to mingle and hold a discussion with someone you aspire to be

  • Be prepared before you even get there

  • Always keep in touch, even if they cannot be of service to you now.

  • Can’t bring everyone with you, you need to know what their goal is for attending the event and what is your goal s and that the two connect or else someone has to stay behind


Do It For the Culture - Curated by
Power Respect ENT

 

Discussion Highlights:

  • Hip Hop has shaped social media

    • Has hip hop helped or hurt social media and vice versa?

  • Rapid change and release of music, changes the hip hop standard and has become more business forward, than producing quality art.

  • Turnover of music is about 3 months and on to the next one

    • Get it? Jay-Z & Swizz song? Yes we are corny and proud

  • Using the ways of the hip hop culture to educate children , think of it as Hip Hop nation's Principal

Key Takeaways:

  • Respect the history of hip hop and its origins and use it as a learning tool for new emerging artists and regarding the culture

  • Social media has helped hip hop engagement as well as hip hop has boosted social media greatly

Like A Boss - Curated by Asia Golden

 

Discussion Highlights:

  • Defining the definition of a girl boss and what it means individually

  • How can you be a boss & maintain a romantic relationship?  

  • 3 words to tell someone starting off and/or words that hone true to your hustle
     

Key Takeaways:

  • Three Words:

    • I am A Savage  

    • Energy, Endurance, Consistency

    • Dependable , Passion, Driven

  • Knowing how to keep your friend group separate from a core support group. Needing people in your life that are going to understand that we aren’t going to be able to shoot the shit all day but if we need to vent or if we need someone to assist with a specific skill to make sure you have those key people within your network.

  • The possibility of love and profession are possible, as women we do not need to sacrifice one of the two but it is a matter of not settling and finding a partner who is compatible and supports either emotionally, creatively or both

  • As soon as we think of females doing what men have been doing for years, which is being a boss, we are quick to label them as bitch instead of a boss or a respected hustler

  • The biggest takeaway and similar language amongst the six panelist is the feeling of connection and support amongst other females. It isn’t competition it’s community.
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“Hear My Voice”  - Curated by: Who Did You Meet?

 

Discussion Highlights:

  • The ins & outs of developing a successful podcast

  • Pros and Cons of  independent vs a network

  • What goes into being a good host, co-host and having guests

 

Key Takeaways:

  • It’s about what people want to hear and what you are talking about.  Keeping it genuine.

  • Podcasts are becoming a saturated market, especially since this is an outlet for the underdogs to have a platform be able to reach the masses. However, if everyone is producing the same material why should a listener give you 45-60 minutes of my time?

  • Energy Attracts Energy, you will find your tribe, you will find your listeners

  • Develop and perfect your thirty Second Elevator Pitch

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“My Writing My Website" - Curated by: Who Did You Meet?

 

Discussion Highlights:

  • How to stay relevant and up to date with the latest news

  • Make sure your source of information is correct

  • Follow the publicists and marketing for the field you are writing about and they will reach out to you to release information

  • Be consistent and organized

  • It is important to put a face to the brand and network , not just sit behind the screen.

  • When getting started, sometimes, you have to invest to be at the best event, to get the worthy perspective.

Key Takeaways:

  • Be Persistent and Tenacious when trying to make a connection. Be strategic email reach out, slide in DM’s (professionally! No BM’s) Respond 24-48 hours

  • Important to Market Yourself, Search hashtags, Use hashtags, Advertise, Publicity Opportunities

  • Dont Claim Negativity - Whose to say you are not qualified? Never put negative thoughts in your head, who is to say you’re not disciplined? You teach yourself all the qualities you need to stay focused and driven  

  • Reach out to the right person and perfect your pitch to the point that they can’t say no

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Although we were unable to attend all of the events or the panels, we still enjoyed the energy around us and overall the mission of the Summit. If you have the chance and opportunity to attend their events or at least donate. Donations and proceed go to assisting a High School Student with dreams of going to college, but does not have the funds to permit it.