Derrick Henry has become the second black mayor of Daytona Beach. Henry snagged 58 percent of the vote defeating Edith Shelley. Republican Shelley lost despite backing from several corporate sponsors including the International Speedway Corporation and outgoing Mayor, Glenn Ritchey. Shelley reportedly spent $93,000 on her campaign, while Henry a modest $53,000. Henry credits his victory to connecting with voters directly by going door-to-door.
Mayor Henry plans to run Daytona from “the ground up, not the top down.” Focusing on the “core of the city that’s been most neglected.”
Daytona’s recent mayors have all discouraged college students from visiting the city during spring break. Henry would like to see young visitors welcomed back, rather than just appealing only to families.
“I am also going to do whatever is necessary to make African-Americans feel welcome in the city and that includes the students.”
“If someone wants to promote events geared to Black students and spring break events, I want to help create an environment to make it happen.”
“My point is it is not my job to set the agenda to say who comes to the city. We should be big enough to welcome everyone.”
“I am not throwing out things that made us successful.” – Mayor Derrick Henry
All encouraging words to college students and those who loved attending Black College Reunion in the past.
Black Bike Week held in Myrtle Beach, SC will be held from May 27, 2011 to May 30, 2011. Seeing as though the Helmet law is no long in effect the organizers are hoping for larger crowds.
Break out your workout clothes, your copy of P90x and get crackin’. Memorial Day Miami is coming!!!!! The official dates will be May 27, 2011 to May 30, 2011. Same dates as Black Bike Week in Myrtle Beach.
When: April 15-17, 2011
Where: All over Downtown Atlanta
Just as I posted last year about Freaknic Atlanta 2010, the hype has begun again. I emphasize “hype” because last year’s turnout was anemic. This year’s events are little more diverse. Smart move by the promoter to take a little different angle on the infamous (fun) event that had the local government shook. Now its more of a get together vibe, but ladies are encouraged to wear their sexiest bikini. I can see how that alone could draw a nice crowd. In a few days we will know how this turns out.
Calendar of Events:
Official 72 hour block party (Near Downtown Aquarium)
Freaknic Nation 100,000 Strong (Downtown Atlanta)
Peachtree Street Car & Bike Show (Underground)
Greek Picnic (All day Grant Park)
Block Part Continues (Near Downtown Aquarium)
Memorial Day Weekend just got a little bigger. This year the Best of crew have teamed up with the SpringFest promoters to combined the event. So this year’s concert will feature hip hop, R&B and reggae artists.
Where: Bicentennial Park (Downtown Miami)
When: May 28th & 29th
Tickets: $42 General Admission, $110 VIP
Gates open at 5pm
Day One: ( Hip-ho / R&B )
Day Two: ( Hip-hop & Reggae )
Kickoff Party – Friday, May 27th at Mansion (South Beach)
After Party – Saturday, May 28th at Cameo (South Beach)
In its glory years, BCR commanded crowds of up to 450,000 black spring breakers. In 2011, there were no signs that this event ever existed. The beach areas had its usually weekend visitors and streets were eerily empty. The large crowds drawn in by BET, gone. Bumper to bumper traffic of tricked out cars, gone. Students on spring break spending millions of dollars, gone. Daytona Beach is an older beach town, which relies heavily on tourism. Right now, the only visitors the city has are non-US vacationers from Europe. There are NO attractions in Daytona besides the Daytona 500. The hotels are decrepit and the nightlife is non-existent. The city can not improve its image without funds. Funds that the college crowds of the 90’s and early 2000’s provided. So to the local residents that cheered BCR’s demise… Enjoy your falling property values and higher property taxes.
R.I.P. BCR, we had fun.
Its about that time again. Time to start planning for your summer vacations! Site updates will being shortly, so stay tuned.
The Essence Music Festival 2010 will be held in New Orleans, LA – July 2 -4, 2010. This year’s line up of performers will included:
Mary J. Blige
Earth, Wind and Fire
LL Cool J
DJ Soul Sister
De La Soul
In one word, WOW! The year’s Memorial Day Weekend in Miami was one of the best I have experienced since its inception. From cruises to clubs, from cars to stars, there was literally something for everyone. I was especially impressed with the amount of women that were in attendance. Although I did not do a survey, there sure seemed like more women than men on the strip this year. There were several club events that delivered a good show, but the hottest event this year had to be Miami Nice’s All White Party Cruise. There were not as many celebrities walking around, but we did spot Shawty Lo, Fabolous, D. Wade and Waka Flocka Flame.
The average temperature was 92 degrees, so you know the beach was full of action. The sand was full of young black people from 7th to 12th and Ocean Drive. I met quite a few beautiful women from Atlanta, Virginia, Houston, Philly, New York, San Francisco and Tennessee. Smiles, laughter, bbq, football in the sand, jet skis, beautiful people and even occasional nudity was all to be seen and heard.
I have to commend Miami Beach police department for the way they handled their duties. Other cities could learn something from their approach to crowd control. There was no ‘show of force’ to give the impression that the City was under siege. Just patrolling men and women with pleasant demeanors walking through the crowd or on bicycles. There is no need to come across as angry because the visitors pick up on that vibe and then it becomes an unpleasant experience for everyone.
Thanks to all my friends who I hung out with this weekend. I have not stayed awake for 24 hours in a few years, but it was worth it. I had a blast.
See you next year!!
Bicentennial Park, Miami Fl
Sunday MAY 30th, 2010
It’s right around the corner
Get your tickets now!!!
Make sure you waste no time in getting your tickets at the
Early Bird Price there is only 10 DAYS til the CONCERT
$54 before May 29th 2010 more after!!
Best of the Best events will start early this year:
Friday, May 28 2010- Official Welcome Party @ Opium Hardrock
Saturday, May 29, 2010- B.O.T.B All White Pool Party @ the Deauville Beach Resort
Sunday, May 30, 2010- The party doesn’t end after B.O.T.B!
Official B.O.T.B After Party @ MIA
Monday, May 31, 2010- New York VS Miami @ Mansion