Arts & Entertainment

East Orange Teen Designer Kyemah McEntyre Launches Summer Line at Curlpalooza™ A Natural Hair Block Party

Kyemah McEntyre

Kim Coles & Marina Franklin Headline Powerhouse Comedy Show & Day of Female Empowerment

RAHWAY, NJ - East Orange native Kyemah McEntyre recently designed an African-Inspired prom dress that set the stage for her amazing career; and now this New Jersey based phenom is launching her summer capsule at Curlpalooza™. 

The event takes place at Union County Performing Arts Center- Hamilton Stage, on Saturday July 15, 2017. The day includes natural hair workshops, a comedy show, greek steppers, an Artisan’s Markeplace, zumba, a live DJ, natural hair books, spoken word artists and more.  

Sign Up for E-News

The 19 year old McEntyre has designed pieces for Tyra Banks, Naturi Naughton and other celebrities have lined up to put in their orders. When she takes the stage at Curlpalooza™, she says the collection emphasizes natural fabrics and dyes that have worldwide appeal. “Whether someone sees it in Senegal or Chile I am making sure to take up different perspectives. The creations are also a mixture of me staying true to myself.” Her artwork will also be on display.

This star studded day also brings some top comedians to the stage. “Female comedians are often overlooked, just look at the late night line-up. We are bringing these powerhouses to people who are thirsty to see them,” says the show’s co-producer Gilda Rogers.  

Comedian Kim Coles (Living Single, Frasier) is headlining.  Kim, who wears her hair naturally curly in Hollywood, has connected with women around the world through her appearances, videos and other social networking platforms. Comedian Marina Franklin (Trainwreck, Chapelle's Show, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore) is also taking the stage. 

Dawn Fitch, the award winning CEO of Pooka, Pure & Simple, has graced the cover of Black Enterprise and has garnered attention with her appearances on The Today Show, CBS Evening News, Essence Magazine, and Michael Baisden Radio. She is headlining and co-producing the event. The mixologist is getting to her roots with  a dynamic mixing demo and will lead The “S” Factor (Social Media) workshop. “I'm so proud and excited to be a part of this day and to bring so much positivity,  education and fun to curlies everywhere!, said Fitch. 

Internationally known celebrity natural hair artist Tameeka McNeil-Johnson and event co-producer, aka The Curl Whisperer, will also lead a masterclass focusing on styling and product use. “It’s an honor to be working with such powerful women in the industry. I look forward to touching women, men and children's hair and hearts with my hands and humor.”

Curlpalooza™Co-producer Gilda Rogers says the name Curlpalooza™: A Block Party, elicits an exciting day of fun for everyone and it’s also a time where attendees can learn. “We have pros that will show you how to brand your business and natural hair workshops that will keep your crown rockin’.” 

Exhibitors, workshops and entertainment will take place between Noon and 5pm. Tickets are $10 ($15 at the door) and be purchased at  Tickets for the comedy show can be purchased separately through the Union County Performing Arts Center.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

East Orange/Orange

Essex County Freeholders Designate March 2018 as “American Red Cross Month”

March 18, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - The Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders honored the American Red Cross during a presentation held at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) in South Orange, New Jersey.

District 4 Freeholder Leonard M. Luciano and President of the Board, Freeholder At-Large Brendan W. Gill, presented a Commendation to Jocelyn Gilman, Executive Director of American Red Cross Northern ...

PSE&G to Upgrade Aging Gas Pipes in East Orange

March 15, 2018

EAST ORANGE, NJ – Public Service Electric & Gas Company (PSE&G) will be working in East Orange to replace a little over 2 miles of old gas pipes with new piping – ensuring a continued safe, clean and reliable gas system well into the future. Beginning in mid-March work will take place Monday through Friday between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., and some Saturdays weather ...

Mindsets that Lead to Low Self-Confidence and How to Change Them

If you suffer from low self-confidence, you might be stuck in some negative mindsets that are affecting the way you think about yourself and, ultimately, your self-esteem. Negative mindsets tend to have a lot of "always" or "never" talk, creating a sense of entrapment and hopelessness. Here are some examples of negative mindsets that can lead to low confidence.

"I will ...

Types and Formats of Content You Need

We’ve talked about the buyer’s journey through awareness, consideration, and decision making, as well as the types of content you need to accomplish your goals. But, let’s go over it again to make sure that everything is really clear.

Buyer’s Journey and Content Needed:


This is the stage where the buyer knows they have a problem and a need that needs to ...

Types of Content Buyers Need to Make a Buying Decision

The third stage of the buyer’s journey is decision-making time. This is when they make their choice and act on that choice to buy your product or service. 

Often this type of content will consist of case studies, product comparisons, product literature, vendor comparisons, trial subscriptions or downloads, and live demonstrations. You might include pros and cons, product reviews, ...

Upcoming Events


Tue, March 20, 12:30 PM

East Orange Senior Center, East Orange

East Orange Senior Center Hosts Indoor Golf ...

Health & Wellness


Tue, March 20, 2:00 PM

East Orange City Hall, East Orange

Put Your Best FORK Forward

Health & Wellness


Tue, March 20, 6:00 PM

K-Kakes Cakery, South Orange

CASA for Children of Essex County Free ...

Giving Back Law & Justice

Susan G. Komen's Annual Pink Tie Event Raises Funds, Awareness

March 20, 2018

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Every two minutes, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer. And every 13 minutes, a woman will lose her battle with the disease. These are mothers, sisters, wives, and friends. 

Susan G. Komen was one of them. After the Texas native passed away from breast cancer, her sister founded the Susan G. Komen Foundation and it blossomed into a ...