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After successful events in both LA and Chicago, the Can _____ Kick It? brand is headed to New Orleans for Essence Fest. The traveling day party is a celebration of Black millennials: from traditional 9-5ers to artists. Regardless or your background, education or income, their is no hierarchy, but rather a community of us. Can NOLA Kick It? will make its first appearance this Sunday, July 3rd at Handsome Willy’s, closing out Essence Fest weekend.

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While Chicago and LA have included bottomless mimosas, we’ve decided to switch it up in NOLA. If you’ve ever been to Handsome Willy’s in New Orleans, you know them for their infamous Handsome Juice. The party starts at 4pm and goes until we get tired of dancing. Advanced tickets are $10 online and we’ve got $5 handsome juice, margaritas and $8 chicken & waffles. If you’re still not sold, below is just a small taste of Chicago.

For more information you can RSVP HERE.

Mike “Orie” Mosley is a freelance writer/photographer and cultural advocate from St. Louis. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management from Columbia College Chicago and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from LSU. He is also the co-founder of music and culture website In his spare time, he’s probably listening to hip hop & neo soul music, hitting up brunch or caught up in deep conversations about Black music. You can follow him on Twitter @mike_orie or on Instagram @mikeorie.