charles-ogletree_web.jpgFriday, April 9
What Obligation does President Obama Owe the Black Community
: Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree will host a forum on the question from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the University of Miami’s School of Law, Storer Auditorium. Information: 305-284-4210.

Flow Fridays: B Side Entertainment presents weekly “Open Mic Poetry Night” at The Literary Café, 933 NE 125th Street, North Miami. Doors Open @ 8p.m. Cost: $10 Information:

Saturday, April 10

‘Cloak + Love’ Fashion Show: CLOAK Apparel, Inc. presents their new collection, dubbed "CLOAK+LOVE," benefiting the earthquake victims in Haiti in a multi-faceted fashion event. The event, a celebration of the beauty of Haitian culture, aims to raise funds for Peacemakers' Peace for Haiti — Earthquake Relief humanitarian effort. The collaboration of several organizations provides urgent aid for Haiti. 7 p.m. at the Moore Building in the Design District, 4040 N.E. 2nd Ave. Ste. 103 in Miami.  Cost: $10. Information: 786-871-4820.

Miami, I Love You: Check out the work of Miami Dade College’s film students with the free screening of the school’s first cinema al-fresco of Miami, I Love You, a collection of short films directed by MDC students. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the north campus’ Science Complex Outdoor Plaza, 11380 N.W. 27th Avenue, Miami. Information: 305-237-1696.

Omega’s Mardi Gras: Th­­e Sigma Alpha chapter of Omega Psi Phi presents Mardi Gras, Omega style. Join the “bruhs” at the Omega Activity Center at 15600 NW 42nd Ave. in Miami Gardens from 8 p.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $20. Information: 305-620-5533.

Sunday, April 11
The Soulcial at BED
: Every Sunday night, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., BED hosts The Soulcial, a live music experience and dinner party hosted by Ingrid B. Must be 21 or over. 929 Washington Ave, Miami Beach. Information: 305-532-9070 or

Wednesday, April 14
2010 African-American Achievers
: To be reminded of the best South Florida has to offer, come to the 2010 African-American Achievers awards. The free event will honor four outstanding community leaders at 6:15 p.m. in the Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. RSVP or for information: 866-516-2497, or log onto

South Florida Jazz Divas & Gold Coast Jazz Society Band: Join local jazz "divas," Brenda Alford, Rose Max, Wendy Pedersen and Nicole Yarling as they jazz it up a notch with members of the Gold Coast Jazz Society band! The show starts at 7:45 p.m. at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.  Cost: $30 and $45. Information: 954-462-0222.

Thursday, April 15
Save the Dream (of Homeownership) Tour
: The Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA) is sponsoring its “Save the Dream” event, a literally 24-hour-a-day, Home Ownership Save-A-thon. The event will be from 9 a.m. on April 15 through 8 p.m. on April 19, at the Miami Beach Convention Center, 1701 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach: Pre-register at 888-499-6222 or log onto 

Friday, April 16
Soul Funny Comedy Show
: Who says good comedy has to come wrapped in a vulgar, expletive laden routine? The Soul Funny comedy show is for youth and adults looking for clean entertainment.  A reception with food and live entertainment begins at 7 p.m. and the comedy show starts at 8 p.m. Cost: $15 in advance and $20 at the door at the Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center, 1770 Monroe St., Hollywood. Information: 407-256-4555.

Saturday, April 17
Grand Opening of Deco Lounge
: This and every third Saturday, 606 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd, Hallandale (next to Gulf Stream Race Track). Ladies free all night with invite and drink free until midnight. Complimentary hors d’oeurves and exotic wine samples and $99 premium bottle specials. Attire:  Sexy, chic, trendy, upscale. Deco reserves the right to deny entry. Music by Dutty Dex, Killa Mike, HMV mixing the best in Hip Hop, Reggae, Disco and Dance. Information: 305-766-0353.

Sunday, April 18
Free Gospel Sundays
: The latest incarnation of the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Free Gospel Sundays features Vanessa Bell Armstrong, a multiple Grammy Award nominee and Stellar Award winner.  She will be joined by New Shiloh Missionary Baptist Choir and the Free Gospel Sunday's Mass Choir at 4 p.m. at the Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Boulevard in Miami. Seats are available on a  first-come basis, so arrive early for the best seats! Information: 305-949-6722 or

Photo: Charles Ogletree