What To Do This Weekend In NYC – African Dance with PHILADANCO. Pool Parties At The Ravel Hotel. Rethinking Barbie With HULU!By Delaina Dixon | June 15, 2018 | Gal Approved
SEE. The legendary African American-led Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO) has returned to the Big Apple! Under the direction of Founder and Executive/Artistic Director Joan Myers Brown, PHILADANCO is premiering three of its four new works in NYC for its 48th season. Known as a company that champions African-American traditions in dance as well as using the art form to tackle social issues which impact African-Americans, PHILADANCO has curated a program that shines light on the current social climate that affects all people of color. Get your tickets and catch its Friday and weekend performances at the Joyce Theater.
SWIM. It’s gonna be hot in NYC this year – why not spend some time at the pool! New York’s largest rooftop pool, The Profundo Day Club at The Ravel Hotel, kicked off their summer 2018 season with an appearance and DJ set by Chantel Jeffries – who was spotted getting up close and personal with NBA star Kyrie Irving. Guests were treated to an open bar highlighting Profundo Day Club’s signature cocktail and delicious bites courtesy of the hotel’s executive chef Seth Levine. This seven-day rooftop party will feature more celeb hosts with The Profundo Day Club Summer Friday appearances. Open to the public for $50/a day passes that include access as well as a complimentary pool bag with a velour pool towel and other goodies.
WATCH. It’s hot outside so there’s nothing wrong with staying in with the air conditioning blasting. While your cooling off on the couch – tune in for HULU’s engaging documentary Tiny Shoulders, Rethinking Barbie. The 60-year-old toy phenom has gone through quite a few changes in her tiny world, but none so big as the one taken in 2016 when Mattel launched its iconic dolls in new sizes that include Tall, Petite and Curvy. Written, produced and directed by executive team/Diva besties Andrea Nevins and Cristan Crocker, the documentary reveals those who adore Barbie – and her haters. “It was very important to truly show a balanced view. People have very strong feelings about [Barbie]. We wanted people to be represented in her discomfort for her and for people to feel represented in her passion for her, ” the team shared in an exclusive interview. In the end, we think Barbie lives to stand for female empowerment, pride and beauty – now as it can be defined in every sector. Diva gal pal and feminist activist Roxanne Gay is featured in the cast. Catch it on HULU now.