Indie Love: George Tandy Jr

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Friends, a belle has been away for a minute. Tamika and I are both going through major changes with moving and such. PLEASE bear with a belle as we get back to some sense of normalcy.

I don’t know if y’all have heard of this cat by the name of George Tandy Jr, who sings this beautiful love song March. No worries, because ya fave belles have you covered. I got word that he was performing at the House of Blues in Dallas, so I did what any other music loving fashionista would do…purchase a ticket!

Tandy perfomed selections from his forthcoming album, The Foundation, which hits the streets tomorrow! You already know who will be on iTunes bright and early! Check out our Instagram to hear Tandy in action honey.

Tandy has the ability to fuse different musical styles together–r&b, jazz, soul, reggae, to create his own unique sound. When I tell y’all this cat is talented I mean it!

All in all, the one hour set was DOPE! Tandy has actual talent and knows how to work a crowd. He took it to the old school by even singing a lil Temptations, My Girl.

To make things better, Tandy is also VERY NICE, which is always a plus. He spelled my name incorrectly when he autographed a picture; once I pointed it out, he apologized ever so sweetly and signed a NEW picture for me.


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Support REAL music friends. Are  there any indie musicians you enjoy? Do tell a belle!

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Vacation!

A belle is currently taking some much needed vacation AND we are in the process of moving.

We have some GREAT POSTS in store for you….

See you

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Atlanta Food & Wine Festival Brings the Fun Out!

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Give a girl booze and good food and she is bound to have a great time! Friends, y’all know that a belle loves some good food and wine. When you couple these things with southern delicacies and a festival, you most certainly have our attention! Unfortunately, Tamika couldn’t make it, but I brought along our new intern, Khalia. We had so much fun at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival (AF&WF), which brings together happy people, great food and wine.

The AF&WF celebrates southern culture, food, and drink. It is an awesome event to attend to try new foods/spirits you haven’t had before. The festival welcomes other cultural influences such as Indian, Chilean, African, etc. with its various foods and wines. In addition to the tasting tents, there are also culinary experiences, where you can see star chefs and mixologists display their unique talents.

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Held in Midtown, the festival was replete with tasting tents, classes, dinners, AND more! If you’re really into food and wine, then this is the festival for you…right in the heart of Atlanta.

I had the opportunity to try spirits I do not normally drink; this included moonshine, whiskey, and rum. The kind of stuff that puts hair on your chest…haha. Some of a belle’s standout favorites at AF&WF were barbeque chicken with Big Green Egg barbeque sauce, grit frittatas (who knew?!), sea-salt caramel gelato, and an AWESOME salad by Lumiere French Kitchen. Chef Tom Condron knew what he was doing with that salad babyyy!

Have a gander at my Watermelon Lime Patron popsicle…yes Patron! It was a King of Pops popsicle at that! This festival is not froo froo at all because as you can see…cotton candy was there!

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Whisper Creek had this yummy strawberry rye whiskey. I don’t even drink whiskey, so if I say it’s good, please trust my tastebuds.

afwf142Look at us being silly! Coke had this photo machine where we took a variety of cute shots. We got our Top Model on! Coke had this uber cool lounging section where a local musician played some smooth music, and patrons were given Coke floats. Y’all, that Coke float gave me life! It took me back to my childhood when we ate root beer floats at home!

I’d definitely suggest saving for AF&WF because the tickets can get pricey if you want to enjoy the FULL experience like a true VIP! However, the price is definitely worth it. Until next festival friends!

Disclosure: We received tickets to AF&W, but it does not affect a belle’s opinion.

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Let’s Jam: 5th and York’s All In

I remember the first time I heard about 5th and York. We’d just started ArtBLT and a belle was looking for some fresh talent to feature. Ever a fan of jazz music, the sis approached me one day and our convo went like this:

Tamika: You gotta check out this jazz group I found on Twitter.

Me: Really? Are they solid?

Tamika: These cats are tight!

Me: Lemme check out their website.

This was my introduction to 5th and York. The musicians latest album, All In, definitely goes all in. It has a smooth jazz feel that will take you back to drinking lemonade under the shade of a tree. This is not your typical jazz album. The group breaks up the monotony by having dialogue interwoven within the cd, adding a fresh touch to its signature contemporary style. I did regret that the dialogue could be too long at times though, as in “The Casino.” However, 5th and York does a splendid job of merging jazz, rock, and traditional r&b to create a style that’s distinctly their own.

One of my favorite tunes is “Key of G (Ea).” I want you to listen to it and you’ll know exactly what I mean.

If you’re ready to open your ears and explore the world in a smooth sultry musical ride, then check out 5th and York’s All In. You can buy the album on iTunes.

Disclosure: The cd was sent to us for review. It does not affect a belle’s opinion. 

Image via 5th & York 

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Wells Fargo Presents: The Kinsey Collection at the AHC

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How was your weekend, friends? The sis & I had one filled with friends, culture, history, laughs, & much more. On Friday/Saturday afternoon we tip-toed over to our beloved Atlanta History Center (AHC) and met the beautiful Kinsey family who has impacted us more than they’ll ever know. We keep telling y’all that the AHC is a place that you’ll visit over & over again. The movie The Hunger Games: Catching Fire filmed recently at the Swan House which makes them cooler than your average history center! So. Go. SOON!!!

Wells Fargo is presenting a traveling exhibition: The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, Where Art and History Intersect, that should be on your spring travel must-see list. If it isn’t–be sure to pencil it in right now. ‘Kay? ‘Kay! This is basically a collection of everything you DID NOT learn in high school about some phenomenal African Americans.

“I stand a lil firmer & walk a lil taller because of this collection. I’ve grown & continue to grow… …[African American] history is told as if it’s separate, but it IS American history.”Khalil Kinsey

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The sis & I taking a selfie with Mrs. Kinsey!

Who are the Kinsey’s you might be

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pondering? A belle did too to be quite honest. I remember Shermika vaguely telling me about them after reading an article about the Kinsey’s in a mag a few months back. Those friends who know us personally know that when Shermika is passionate about something she doesn’t stop talking about it. My ears could tell you some stories, honey. LOL!

“Everywhere you go, you make change. Make change for positive.”–Bernard W. Kinsey

To see how their journey of discovery started which ultimately led to this exhibit, have a quick gander at the Kinsey family (husband/wife Bernard & Shirley along with their son, Khalil) in this short video before you continue reading. What are you waiting on? It’s waiting for you! http://youtu.be/uC3KK0eSunI

We were elated to preview the Kinsey Collection before it opened to the public.

In short, the Kinsey Collection is the personal art collection/artifacts of Bernard & Shirley Kinsey, a husband & wife duo of 47 years. This collection has been viewed by almost 4 million peeps from The Smithsonian to now Atlanta. Their son, Khalil, has been an instrumental part in helping with the collection for the last 5 years.

To describe this family in 3 words: vibrant, selfless, & inspiring

We had a ball conversing with the Kinsey’s. Mrs. Kinsey is such an elegant bright light full of fun & energy. I immensely enjoyed gabbing with her for over 20 minutes about how to start our own family journey of discovery as they did (don’t worry I’ll let you know what we discover). This is one of the reasons Wells Fargo is presenting this exhibit. Did you know that back in the 1800’s Wells Fargo made it known that they wanted all of their customers treated equally? Yep! And in the words of Bernard Kinsey, this is a bank who’s DNA entails equality for all.

Within the collection there are artifacts that have NEVER been seen before including a first edition of 12 Years a Slave. You will see actual books, letters, art, and more that will blow your mind. Moreover, you will see the accomplishments of African-Americans!

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“I collect the living artists & my husband collects the deceased ones!”– Shirley Kinsey

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Struggle–Progress–Achievement–Identity

On Friday, we viewed the collection & talked to the family. The next day, we went to their lecture at the AHC where the Kinsey’s shared wisdom & interesting history to everyone in attendance. Mr. Kinsey shared facts about American History, and gave life lessons. One tidbit he shared sticks with me:

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The Kinsey’s with Well Fargo’s Lisa Frison as the moderator

3 things for a successful life (a Buddish Monk told the Kinsey’s this while traveling in ’82)

1. Something to do 2. Someone to love 3. Something to look foward to

We really want you to go see this exhibit for yourself, but until then check out a few of our grainy iPhone pics (bless our hearts, honey!!!). I left the DSLR charging 🙂

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A pic of a family taking a pic with the Kinsey’s!
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Interesting document that shows slave insurance. What caught my eye was the last name on this document. Beyoncé fans wondering what I’m wondering?
 
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Slave shackles for a female

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Check out Wells Fargo’s #KinseyUntold playlist featuring Lance Gross (our loyal readers know we adore him!), Jordin Sparks, Talib Kweli, & MORE on YouTube now!!!

Before I forget to tell you–don’t forget to mark your calender & plan a trip to see the Kinsey Collection. Wells Fargo is giving each of you fab peeps a chance to see this magnificent collection for free during these weekends here. What’s more awesome than a free day at the lovely AHC? We can’t think of much either, honey!! Make sure you follow us for more Kinsey/AHC news in the coming weeks! Until next time. xoxo

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***We would like to extend a H-U-G-E thank you to our always friendly/sweet friends at the AHC for gifting us a Kinsey Collection book. Also, we would like to thank Wells Fargo {Lisa Frison} for gifting us a book as well.

We enjoyed chatting and meeting each & everyone one of you. Everyone from Brandon (The Kinsey fam photographer) to Freddie the social media analyst at Wells Fargo. Best wishes & safe travels to you all. Thank you!!!

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