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Off to the Races...AKA Kentucky Derby Soiree || May 3, 2014

On Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 Central Florida will be decked to the nines for the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.’s Kentucky Derby Soiree. The ladies of the Nu Iota Omega chapter have been putting on the finishing touches to what is going to be an event to remember. From entertainment, food and atmosphere to the best dressed and best hat competitions, folks around town have been searching for weeks for the best ensemble to step onto the Pink Carpet.  The I.W. Phillips House at the Courtyard at Lake Lucerne definitely sets the tone of a very swanky daytime event where we watch the most exciting 2 minutes in sports. Here are some of the details for the Soiree:

Dress Code:

            Women- Express your inner Southern Belle! Hats not required but highly encouraged.

Men- The Derby is one of the few times that gentlemen can stand out more than the ladies.


Early Bird (until April 21, 2014)- Turf Club $50 (open seating on a first come basis)/ Trophy Club $75 (reserved seating, one (1) complimentary cocktail, & valet parking)

Regular Pricing (after April 21, 2014)- Turf Club $65/ Trophy Club $85

**All tickets include complimentary beer & wine and lunch buffet**

The Nu Iota Omega Chapter, in conjunction with Ivy Tea Rose, Inc. hosts this highly anticipated event for their scholarship fund where they give scholarships to deserving high school senior girls entering college or women pursuing their law degree at The Florida State University in honor of their beloved chapter members Connie Joyce Davis & Robin Lynn Young. 

Purchase your tickets here:  http://www.ivytearoseinc.org/kd_tickets.html

Get ready, get ready, GET READY! The K’s are headed to the races! 

In Case You Missed It…9th Annual Jazz in the Gardens RECAP

BER took Miami by storm this past weekend as we attended the 9th Annual Jazz in the Gardens in Miami Gardens, FL at the Sun Life Stadium.

First of all, you couldn't ask for better weather. It was in the high 70s/low 80s and just cool enough in the evening to jam the night away comfortably.  Attendees were dressed in their springtime fashions, from sundresses to the urban sophisticate ensembles to the all-white linen sets, these folks were dressed for a good time! Guests were greeted by friendly vendors selling everything from custom pieces of jewelry to signing people up for high education. You can’t forget about the row of food vendors which gave off aromas of BBQ to Caribbean and soul food.

So here are some highlights from this weekend’s music festival:

·         Surprising special guests like Gabrielle Union, Dwayne Wade, Kevin Hart came on stage to introduce headliners such as LL Cool J and Trey Songz

·         Artists like Tank, Doug E Fresh and Nelly made appearances on stage for duets and unexpected performances

·         Our award for the “I Am Impressed” Award goes to Mr Trey Songz…now the last time we saw him was a few years back at the Essence Music Festival. We were passing by the main stage while he was on to see Chrisette Michele in the Super Lounge.  This weekend truly reminded us that 1) He is a pretty decent performer and 2) He has some hits under his belt. Not to mention that he started doing some remixes to some current songs and you would have thought that they were his songs to begin with. We are going to need to keep an eye out on Mr Steal Your Girl!

·         Top 3 performances: LL Cool J (DUH!), Mint Condition (tears up the stage every time), and Anthony Hamilton (overall performance was great, background singers can SANG, band was amazing); Honorable mention: Maze featuring Frankie Beverly (BECAUSE WE HAVE TO & THEY ARE LEGENDS!)

 Our personal favorite moment was when LL Cool J invited the media photographers to get on stage with him and take some awesome pictures of him and the 25,000 festival goers. OF COURSE we were the first photographers to get on stage and even though we remained professional and jammed with him on the stage, we (well Karen) was screaming “L L!!!!” inside! J


This was definitely an #BERApproved event and if this was any indication on what #JITG10 is going to look like, I need to book my hotel NOW! Good job City of Miami Gardens & the rest of the Jazz in the Gardens team! Check out photos from this years show:

Miami Gardens host 9th Annual Jazz in the Gardens presented by Music Choice


As you know, BecauseEventsRock.com loves a good concert! We can’t even explain how excited we are to travel to Miami Gardens this weekend for the 3rd year in a row to experience the 9th annual Jazz in the Gardens. One of the most anticipated music festivals in the South, Music Choice brings to you the hottest artists in Jazz, R&B/Soul, and Hip Hop. 

So as we expected, they constructed a unique lineup that anyone who likes music period would enjoy. From old school to new school, Jazz in the Gardens did it again! From LL Cool J, Jamie Foxx, Trey Songz & Kelly Rowland to Mint Condition, Boney James, Anthony Hamilton, Rachelle Ferell and you can NOT forget Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly…tell us you are not hype to be there!!! (We Dare You!)

The amazing atmosphere, the beautiful Florida weather (temperatures will be in the high 70s, low 80s this weekend), the food vendors, attendees is their spring ensembles and I am sure on Sunday night there will be a plethora of folks in their white linen as Maze closes out the weekend of events!

There is still time to pack your weekend bag and head on down to Miami Gardens for an eventful 2 days at the Sun Life Stadium. Visit www.jazzinthegardens.com for more information and to purchase tickets. Don’t just meet us there, beat us there!


#BERApproved #CuzEventsRock

In Case You Missed It...Unity Networking Mixer [Orlando]

In the past couple weeks, I have had the opportunity to see entities partner up in Central Florida and put on some well constructed and connected networking events. BecauseEventsRock.com and Raise Your Glass Promotions joined forces and produced the Unity Networking Mixer.


Thank you to everyone who supported our Unity Networking Mixer. Special thank you's to our presenting sponsors PepsiCo and BB&T and Unity Partners, African American & Caribbean American Chambers of Commerce. Looking forward to upcoming events in the future!

Video Credit: RLPJProductions.com 


B.E.R. & Raise Your Glass Promotions collaborate to commemorate Black History Month

 Raise Your Glass Promotions & Because Events Rock!

present the inaugural UNITY Networking Mixer

sponsored by PEPSICO and BB&T.

The event will cater to professionals who want to expand their network and create new business opportunities.  

Join us as we UNITE  members of local civic & professional organizations, corporate diversity programs and community leaders. 

UNITY Networking Mixer will promote and encourage collaborate and diverse relationship cultivation and business development.

Central Florida is a region on the move for minority entrepreneurs and business leaders but there is great opportunity for everyone to combine resources and make a true impact on the economy and in the community. 

Members of Partner Organizations will receive a discounted rate of $10 per ticket - advance purchase only.

Email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you want us to consider your group for discounted pricing. 

Business attire is required || Purchase Tickets Here

MIAMI: Bob Marley Messenger Exhibition thru January 5, 2014

 Curated by the GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE, endorsed by the Marley family, HistoryMiami hosts the exhibition through January 5, 2014

HistoryMiami is proud to host the Bob Marley Messenger exhibition until January 5, 2014. Miami is the last stop of the traveling exhibition before it travels to the birthplace of Bob Marley, Nine Mile in Jamaica. This unique exhibition was curated by the prestigious GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE.

The exhibition brings together diverse artifacts, rare photographs and more from the private collection of the Marley family. On display, visitors will see a broad array of items, including:

  •  Marley’s famous Les Paul guitar;
  • Photographs of Marley both on and off stage;
  • Ticket stubs, concert posters,  tour books and fan memorabilia; and,
  • Interactives such as a drumming station that allows visitors to learn how to play reggae beat.

 Here are the deets for this exhibition:

What: Bob Marley Messenger exhibition visits Miami until January 5, 2014 on its last stop before it travels to Jamaica forever

Dates: Now through January 5, 2014

Venue: HistoryMiami 101 W. Flagler St., Miami, Fla. 33130, 305-375-1492

Cost: General admission for adults is $8, seniors and students with ID are $7, children ages six – 12 are $5 and children under six free

BER's Top Florida Classic 2013 Events

Central Florida is gearing up for one of the most eventful weekends this time of year! The 2013 Florida Classic is just days away and with all of the invites we have received, we have chosen our top events to attend this weekend. Although you may not be able to make everything, you have a variety of places to go.  Here are our #BERApproved events:


Downtown Orlando Fashion Week November 3-9

It's fashion season here in Central Florida and I am super excited! There is an abundance of local and regional talent here and Downtown Orlando Fashion Week is the venue to showcase young talent in the area.  Downtown Orlando Fashion Week, in it's 2nd year, is definitely creating a buzz around town thanks to Ready Inc Branding and the DOFW team. The week kicked off with Ready Orlando's Press Party at the Crowne Plaza Orlando-Downtown (the official DOFW Hotel) with media outlets, business owners, fashion designers, a selection of VIP fashionistas and a sneak peak from fashion designer Russian Roulette .  Now here is the schedule for the rest of the week:

11/5: Taste of Fashion Week || Time: 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. || Venue: Taste Lounge (717 W. Smith St, Orlando, FL 32804)

**NO COVER** || Networking Event, Cocktail Hour, Jazz, Poetry, Open Mic

11/6: Fashion Night Out || Time: 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. || Venue: Russian Academy of Ballet (618 N. Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32806)

Ballet Performance || Fashion Showcase with Zou Zou Boutique || Live Music || *All proceeds benefit the Harbor House of Orlando*

11/8: Young National Beauty, Health & Art Shopping Expo || Time: 12:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. || Venue: Orange Studio (1121 W. Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803)

Enjoy this FREE lavishly fun luxury shopping extravaganza that features an array of premier luxury goods. There will be unique shopping, beauty tips, accessories, trendy fashion, luxury jewelry, handbags and more. Booths may also include mini makeover specials, and product demonstrations.

11/9: House of Me'Ja Fashion Show || Time: 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. || Venue: Orange Studio (1121 W. Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803)

Showcasing various Fashion Designers from all over the Nation.  This show will display the latest collections and trends!  Don’t miss out on this opportunity to “live your fashion”!

PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS HERE: http://downtownorlandofashionweek.com/tickets/

#BERApproved #DOFW #ReadyInc

"Ain't No Mountain High Enough"

 Diana Ross Graces the Hard Rock Live Orlando Stage

Let's be honest...when you have Living Legends that STILL take it on the road and graces fans with their unforgettable music, you kinda have to make it a point to attend their shows.  

Miss Diana Ross, YES THE DIANA ROSS, came to Orlando on September 3rd at the Hard Rock Live Orlando and to my surprise put on one heck of a show. Fans came with Diana Ross posters, sequins and sparkles to show love and pay homage to THE DIVA and wanted more when the show was over. 

With her 6 costume changes and her chart topping hits such as "Aint No Mountain High Enough", "Upside Down", "Ease on Down the Road", "I'm Coming Out" and a slew of others she did not disappoint her 40 Somethings crowd! She rocked her full length, body hugging sequins dresses with ruffles and feathers in red, blue, orange and one unforgettable black number with sheer paneling on the sides that didnt hide anything! This diva gave me life! 

Miss Ross is touring through the beginning of November so if she is coming to a city near you, purchase your tickets and enjoy the show. I know I did!

Check out Hard Rock Live Orlando's upcoming shows: CLICK HERE

Diana Ross 2013 Summer Tour Tickets: CLICK HERE

#cuzeventsrock #BERApporved