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Welcome to The Influence Crew.

The Influence Crew was birthed out of necessity to create more impacting culture in the city of Jacksonville, Florida. Our goal is to enhance the young professional community and redefine it by displaying African American culture through social gatherings. We plan to facilitate great events, that also spread true awareness to a needed cause. Our focus is not only to impact the community with social events, but also to participate in community events that serve people in need. Whether it is clothing drives, events for the homeless, or back to school activities for the youth, we want to bring action that is not normally seen in the Jacksonville community from young professionals. The definition of influence is the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself. We feel with community support we can be the positive effect everyone wants to see in the city. This is for all cultural individuals who aspire to Influence positive messages. Together #wearetheinfluence

Check out our events on Instagram and Facebook @theinfluencecrew!

View videos and photos from past events below!

The Jetwork: Black Attire Young Professional Mixer!

Special Thanks to everyone that came out to The Jetwork All Black Mixer. It was a great time networking with everybody. Huge thanks to @girlcreatornetwork for partnering to make this event happen. Huge thanks also goes to @marvytv for being an incredible host for the event! Thanks to all the amazing vendors and survey game participants. Go check out the photos now at: https://pompyportraits.pixieset.com/jetwork/ #linkinbio

And last but not least MAJOR thanks to @pompyportraits @pompyportraits_photography for the amazing photos as always!! Check out the Recap Video on the page now!

#wearetheinfluence #thejetwork #youngprofessionalmixer #allblackattire #ypjax #blackexcellence

Brunch-Ish: An All White Affair! 

Special thanks to everyone that came out and showed love at our first installment of brunch•ish!! The next one is around the corner and will be bigger and brighter! Special thanks to @mjbakermusic for her awesome live band performance and to @chefninag for providing us with the great food. Shouts go to @mrofapril for the great photos and the event, and thanks to all the vendors that came out! There is much more to come as we strive to add more life to young professional culture in the city. Video recap coming soon!

#wearetheinfluence #brunchish


ISSA Brunch: Jerk Chicken & Waffles!

Special Thanks to everyone that came out and showed love at ISSA Brunch: Jerk Chicken and Waffles!! There is much more to come and for more updates and new events to be announced go to @issabrunchjax and FOLLOW! Come out TOMORROW 4/20 at the same location for THE MOVE: Jet Life Edition! 1611 E. Church Street.

Stay tuned for more as we strive to be the NUMBER ONE source in Jacksonville for Young Professionals.

#wearetheinfluence #issabrunch #issabrunchjax #rnbmostly #thewavejax


99 & 2000’s Bash!

Thank you to EVERYONE that came out to THE LIVEST throwback party EVER! June 30th, 2018, it went DOWN in Duval County! Shout to @pompyportraits celebrating 1 Year in Business @theinfluencecrew and @thewaveusa! DJ’s (@mralpete @realsmoker904 @djnate617) HELD 🏾 IT 🏾 DOWN 🏾!

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For more recap, info and future dates; follow @99and00s .

: @cvsmuuve & @seanpottersavestheworld 

#99 #2000 #throwback #throwbike #theme #summer #summertime #90s #99andthe2000s #atl #fl #dc #cali #duval #jaxnightlife



JUNETEENTH WEEKEND 2018!!

JUNETEENTH WEEKEND! Let’s never forget to celebrate this forever important holiday. Next year will be even bigger and brighter! Check out the scenes from Juneteenth Art Expo as well as The Juneteenth Sneaker Ball. Huge shouts to @roseproductionco for this incredible video and major shouts go to @thewaveusa jax and @jaxurbantrends for the love and support. Special thanks also goes to ALL the artists and vendors that helped make the events possible. We truly appreciate everyone that came out to celebrate with us and show the power of partying with a purpose. Make sure yall come out and continue the journey with us at Brunch•ish on Saturday August 18th at Riverside North. Much Love!

#wearetheinfluence #juneteenth #juneteenthweekend

The culture brunch 2: small business edition

Special thanks to everyone that came out and showed love at The Culture Brunch 2: Small Business Edition. Thank you to ALL the vendors that showed up and made Small Business Saturday one to remember. It was such a great event showcasing the awesome young professional community we have and there will definitely be more events coming! Shouts go to @pompyportraits for the awesome photo booth and photos of the event. Huge Thanks goes to The Wave Jax and Jax Urban Trendsetters for partnering with us to bring this excellent and much needed event to the Jacksonville community. Stay tuned for what's next! 


experience the vibe!

listen to the Juneteenth playlist parts 1-3 designed by cool be mike

Welcome to an epic mix series. Cool Be Mike designed a playlist of songs, which created the vibe for Juneteenth weekend. The goal is to make you think about the musical landscape created by African Americans in different genres. Its intent is to provide a wave that displays the power of our culture in society. Listen and vibe to Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

Jax Juneteenth Celebration!

thanks to everyone that came out and celebrated Juneteenth Weekend! check out photos from the Black tie affair and the culture brunch!

 

Friday June 16th, 2017

Juneteenth: A summer Black Tie Affair

 

Saturday june 17th, 2017

The culture brunch

Special thanks to senator bill nelson for acknowledging our Juneteenth celebration!

Thanks so very much to Senator Bill Nelson who took the time out to write a letter in appreciation for our Juneteenth weekend celebration. We are grateful and extremely honored to be recognized for the work and dedication we've put into impacting the culture of our community. #wearetheinfluence

huge thanks to those that were involved in making Juneteenth possible!

What is Jax Juneteenth Celebration?

We are glad you asked. Our cause is to create different ideas of events that are not only fun, but also spreads awareness of African American culture. We feel that a great way is by celebrating Juneteenth this year with a formal black tie celebration. 

Juneteenth is an annual observance on June 19 to remember when Union soldiers enforced the Emancipation Proclamation and freed all remaining slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865. This day is an opportunity for people to celebrate freedom and equal rights in the United States.

What Do People Do?

A range of public, community and private events are held to celebrate Juneteenth, often on a weekend close to June 19. These include:

  • Community events.

  • Pot luck outdoor cookouts, barbecues or picnics.

  • Black tie galas.

  • Parades and music festivals.

  • Neighborhood block parties.

  • Community flag raising ceremonies.

  • Juneteenth displays in city halls, libraries, schools and post offices.

  • Essay or artwork competitions for young people.

  • Presentations of community service awards.

  • The distribution of Juneteenth buttons, t-shirts, mugs and bags.

Some people also decorate conference rooms or corridors at their workplace, their neighborhood and yards with Juneteenth banners, yard signs and flags to raise awareness of the event.

Public Life

Juneteenth is a partial or full state holiday, or an official observance in at least 42 US states and the District of Columbia.

In some states, people employed by the state have a day off work. Stores, post offices and other organizations and businesses are likely to be open as usual, but some may be closed or have restricted opening hours in some areas. Many public transit services operate to their usual schedule, but there may be some changes. There may be some local disruption to traffic around large scale public events.

Background

Slavery in the United States can be traced back to the 16th century when Spanish explorers brought African slaves with them to the New World. It lasted until the Emancipation Proclamation came into effect on January 1, 1863. On that date Texas was largely controlled by forces fighting for the Confederate States, which opposed the abolition of slavery. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers arrived to take control of Texas and enforce the emancipation of slaves in the state. In Galveston, Texas, the newly freed slaves held large public celebrations and so laid the base for future Juneteenth activities. The word 'Juneteenth' resulted from the words 'June Nineteenth' being slurred together in speech.

After 1865, Juneteenth was mainly celebrated in Texas. Parks have been established on land bought by former slaves to hold Juneteenth celebrations in the Texan cities of Austin, Houston and Mexia. However, it is now a state holiday or observance in more than half of the US states and there is a campaign for Juneteenth to become a national holiday or observance throughout the nation.  Juneteenth celebrations are also held in other countries around the world, including Ghana, Honduras, Japan, Taiwan and Trinidad and Tobago.

Symbols

The Juneteenth flag consists of a rectangle. The lower part of the rectangle is red and the upper part is blue and it has a solid white, five-pointed star at its center. The star is surrounded by a white outline of a 12-pointed star. The Juneteenth flag is often displayed with the United States flag to symbolize that slavery is illegal.

In Texas and some other southern states, the traditional drink on Juneteenth is Big Red soda. This variety of cream soda is a sweet, soft drink flavored with orange and lemon oils and vanilla. It is available in different flavors and with or without caffeine and sugar.

 

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The Influence Crew  The Influence Crew was birthed out of necessity to create more impacting culture in the city of Jacksonville, Florida. Our goal is to enhance the young professional community and redefine it by displaying African American culture through social gatherings. We plan to facilitate great events, that also spread true awareness to a needed cause. Our focus is not only to impact the community with social events, but also to participate in community events that serve people in need. Whether it is clothing drives, events for the homeless, or back to school activities for the youth, we want to bring action that is not normally seen in the Jacksonville community from young professionals. The definition of influence is the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself. We feel with community support we can be the positive effect everyone wants to see in the city. This is for all cultural individuals who aspire to Influence positive messages. Together #wearetheinfluence

The Influence Crew

The Influence Crew was birthed out of necessity to create more impacting culture in the city of Jacksonville, Florida. Our goal is to enhance the young professional community and redefine it by displaying African American culture through social gatherings. We plan to facilitate great events, that also spread true awareness to a needed cause. Our focus is not only to impact the community with social events, but also to participate in community events that serve people in need. Whether it is clothing drives, events for the homeless, or back to school activities for the youth, we want to bring action that is not normally seen in the Jacksonville community from young professionals. The definition of influence is the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself. We feel with community support we can be the positive effect everyone wants to see in the city. This is for all cultural individuals who aspire to Influence positive messages. Together #wearetheinfluence