Washington, D.C.'s annual celebration of all things melanated returns this weekend. The Black Love Experience, created by Nubian Hueman Boutique Lounge founder Anika Hobbs, is back for its fifth year on Saturday, March 17th. The event is one of the largest gatherings of Black artists and creatives in the D.C. area, showcasing everything from fashion, art, food and, of course, music. This year the event welcomes rapper Tabi Bonney, SoulBounce fave Aaron Abernathy, hip-hop artist Sa-Roc, African percussionist and consultant on Marvel's Black Panther Jabari Exum and sounds by DJ Underdog.
Inspired by the billion-dollar blockbuster film and cultural sensation Black Panther, The Black Love Experience's theme for 2018 is #PassportToWakanda. Expect to see the most Kente cloth and Ankara fabric outfits this side of the Atlantic and do the Wakanda salute throughout the night. While you're there, there's also the added value of supporting women-owned businesses and benefiting a local charity. "This anniversary is significant not only as a business owner, but also as a member of the Anacostia community," Hobbs said in a press release. "Nubian Hueman was one of the first businesses to open in the Anacostia Arts Center, and it continues to serve as a model and example of a sustainable business East of the River while building the global creative economy for people of color. And as [a] woman business owner, I am proud that we are celebrating our 5-year anniversary during Women’s History Month."
If you're ready to get a stamp on your #PassportToWakanda and buy, support and celebrate black, then The Black Love Experience is the only place you need to be in D.C. on Saturday, March 17th from 7 p.m. to 12 midnight. The event will take place at Nubian Hueman Boutique Lounge and numerous locations throughout the Anacostia Arts Center. Tickets to attend The Black Love Experience are still on sale, but based on past years that have sold out, it would be a good idea to secure yours now via BlackLoveExperience.com to guarantee entry. The good folks on The Black Love Experience team have also been dope enough to give SoulBounce a pair of tickets to giveaway to one of our DMV Bouncers. Enter this quick giveaway to win these hot tickets right now on the next page.
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