Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Atlanta Greek Picnic 2016

Over the past decade (since 2004) Atlanta Greek Picnic (AGP) has grown to become the largest event in the United States for of the Divine 9 to convene annually. The picnic started out with a couple hundred people has turned into the mecca for Black Greek Lettered Organizations across the United States. *Sparknote over*

Personally, AGP is all about reconnecting. It is the homecoming of all D9 homecomings. The influence, the network, and culture of the week long event has become a favorite reason for me to return to Atlanta

For the Greeks who still don't know Pt.2 (5 years later)... here is the run down for the Atlanta Greek Picnic Weekend 2016.
Every event  and host hotel can be found on ATLGreek Picnic's website.  Their Twitter page is @ATLGreekPicnic and their CEO's is @TiwaWorks. Follow the new AGP Instagram - the last one was shutdown unfortunately. If you're D9 join the Facebook groups both private and public. If you need tickets to AGP, please click here.

AGP events are designed for D9 Greeks by D9 Greeks. Atlanta will always have some event claiming to be official, but if you don't see the orange AGP seal plus TiwaWorks and the official sponsors just know that event isn't official. Please support Official AGP events only.

More to come. :-)

- Dominic
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Friday, July 10, 2015

Blu & White Weekend Atlanta 2015


A few "Men in Blue" have decided to do something that has already been done. Wow -- congrats, right? Rather than try to reinvent the wheel, these men have come together to improve the wheel. What's the big deal? Well according them, their wheel is the big deal. July 9, 2015 marked the first day of the inaugural Blu & White Weekend Atlanta.

"Blu & White Weekend Atlanta (BNWWATL) was [just a concept formed] in 2014 by 6 young men from the Alpha Pi, Alpha Beta Theta, Gamma Zeta, Kappa Delta, and Pi Rho Chapters of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated. Keeping true to their roots, the men formed Blue N White Atlanta, LLC and aim to bring together the many chapters of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. Rather than choosing an area that was solely dedicated to college and university campuses, the group chose the city of Atlanta, Georgia, because of the many academic affiliations and the vast business services that would available to attendants of Blue and White Weekend Atlanta." -

These guys didn't just come up with a picnic, they carefully thought about the economic and network impacts that would be applicable from such an event.  These men have partnered with various businesses and non-profits in the metro Atlanta area to put on an event that's truly fun and worthy of cause. From discount codes at hotels, theme parks, restaurants, upscale lounges, to real community service -- the team at Blue N White Atlanta, LLC are bringing back the legacy of such weekends.

You can your RSVP free tickets and purchased Block Party tickets from their EventBrite Site.

Check out the weekend schedule:

Thursday July 9, 2015Blu N White Karaoke Mixer @ Do Restaurant 6:30p -10:30p Address: 955 West Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 Phone:(404) 541-9060

This event is open to the public and all Greek Councils are invited!                          

Friday Jul 10, 2015
Blu N White Invasion: Six Flags Over Georgia 6:30p - 10:00p. Tickets can be purchased online! 1/2 off with Promo Code: BNWATL Address: 275 Riverside Pkwy, Austell, GA 30168 Phone: (770) 739-3400

This event is open to the public and all Greek Councils are invited!

Sutra Lounge: 21+ 10:00p - 2:00am Address: 1136 Crescent Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 Phone:(404) 607-1160 Free before 12AM                        

Saturday July 11, 2015
WET @ White Waters -11:00am -4:00pm Tickets can be purchased online! 1/2 off with Promo Code: BNWATL Address: 250 Cobb Pkwy N #100 Marietta, GA Phone: (770) 590-4067                         

The Block is Hot: Block Party/Cookout – Brownwood Park - 5:00pm -9:00pm Tickets can be purchased online at Address: 602 Brownwood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 Phone:(404) 624-0747 Only $10.00

Plates, Blu JooSe, & Ooze in cover charge

This event is open to the public and all Greek Councils are invited!                                               

Xkluziv Affairs: Xkluziv Magazine Launch - Time Lounge Blue Carpet - 9:00pm -10:00pm Main Event -10:00pm – 3:00am Free all night
Address: 793 Juniper St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308 Phone:(404) 474-9892                          

Sunday July 12, 2015
Bleu Royalty Production and Will Rap 4 Food, INC Present. #BreakingBreadATL: Community Service & Day Party: Erosol Atlanta aka Department Store 10am-3pm Address: 476 Edgewood Avenue Contact:

This event is open to the public and all Greek Councils are invited!

Donation list: bottled water, bread, mayo, mustard, lunch meat,sliced cheese , peanut butter, jelly, INDIVIDUALLY PACKED snacks, fruits, sandwich bags, brown lunch bags, gloves.
Looks like these guys are doing good for the 'hood while having fun.

 - Dominic
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Men's Attire - Shirts, Shoes, and Accessories for your Suit

You know that in order to execute the suave "grown and sexy" look you'll need a suit. That means you've already read about the man's suit attire for winter. Let's say that you have that suit, or those suits already. Now you may be wondering how to make your presence stronger and more valued with just your appearance. The first step is choosing the right shirt. As I wrote in the last post, fashion gurus and stylists were pushing hard for the jewel colored shirts last winter to accompany your suit. For the professional man, I do not recommend following the trend. Classic colors like crisp white, pale baby blue, lavender, and light pink will make your black, blue, and grey suits stand out. Also, the classic thin pinstriped shirt, or gingham patterned shirt with conservative light colors will pair well with your suit.

If you're into the classic looks provided by Brooks Brothers, you may want to try shirts by Thomas Pink, or Charles Tyrwhitt. Considering economic factors, those choices may not always be suitable for the up and coming professional. Stores like Macy's, JCPenney, and Belk - while being department stores - often times sell materials that are high quality and well fitting to most men sizes when it comes to dress shirts. There's always the professional men's stores like Jos A. Banks and Men's Wearhouse. Last, if you have a personal tailor, work with him/her to see what fits you best. To the right is one classic example that you may want to try with your suit.

Now that we've put together the basic concept of the suit and dress shirt, lets build from there. Depending on your personal preference, you may consider adding more than just a tie to your suit. However, before you do that, you may also consider checking your suit to see if it has any patterns in the stitching. If so, solid ties are marvelous additions for your patterned suit. If your suit is a solid color and stitch, try seeking a tie that has a pattern like paisley, argyle, houndstooth, pinstripe, or cross stitch. Check out the example to the left.

With mention of the example to the left; notice the other accessories accompanying the suit. There's a tie, tie clip, a lapel pin, and a pocket square. For the average business man, all of those items may not be needed. However, I can assure you dapper individuals that two items are. You''ll want to purchase tie clips, or tie pins to keep your tie from flapping around in the wind and becoming tangled. The business professional should always have a hankerchief, or pocket square in his outer chest pocket. Suits tend to look incomplete without them. However, never confuse the two. The pocket square is generally more expensive and is usually made of silk. Modern pocket squares are starting to be made of cotton like hankerchiefs. Hankerchiefs are usually white, or pale in color and have multi-purpose uses besides style.     

Lapel pins come in many different shapes and sizes. Most pins come from organizations and men wear those pins to show their affiliations to such organizations. Increasingly over the last few years men have started to flaunt the lapel pin which may make you think of the boutonniere that you wore during prom in high school. While the current trend suggests the floral look, the professional man may want to stick the lapel pin the look more like a button, or is a button.

If you're stuck gazing at the picture with the socks, then you have come to the fun part of this post - socks and watches. A suit generally isn't complete without either.  A watch says that you're a professional person who is accountable for every minute of the day and that you like to have a complete polished look when dressed. Socks on the hand, say much more. You could wear black socks and be somber all year, or you could add a splash of design and color to compliment your other accessories. Last, you'll want to make sure your belt and shoes match. Grey and blue suits can dance on the line of brown and black accessories. However, black suits should never be seen with brown belts or shoes - that's a faux pas when it comes to dressing as a man. Don't be that guy. lol Check out the post picture below which demonstrates everything you read above, or didn't read.


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