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8515 plans original events so that attendees leave feeling inspired, empowered, informed, and entertained. We believe that events offer an opportunity to invite social media savvy consumers, influencers, and tastemakers to experience a brand as well as its products and services. Furthermore, we understand that events bring people together.

Therefore our goal is to help event attendees cultivate new friendships, network to gain new business connections, and reunite with their peers. Simultaneously, our mission with each event is to highlight what makes the brand special and give attendees an exclusive experience. In essence, we focus on creating unique events to maximize engagement, media coverage, and social media buzz. Since 2010, we have produced over 15 events including Pensgiving and Flavor’s Night Out

Please see below to learn more about upcoming and previous events. 

Events

Pen’s Flicks: The Lion King

Pen’s Flicks is a collection of movie meetups, film screenings, and panel discussions curated by 8515. Inspired by the film section of de la Pen, Pen’s Flicks is about creating a unique experience for film lovers. Pen’s Flicks features unique and original films that chronicle as well as depict the multicultural experience.

Whether it’s a major Hollywood release, an independent film, or a classic 80s or 90s movie, each film we select tells a story that captures the essence of the multicultural lifestyle. The films we choose will be from the following genres: Comedy, Drama, Action, Documentary, and Romance. Pen’s Flicks will focus on highlighting the work of multicultural creatives in the film industry.

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Pen’s Flicks is about creating a unique experience for multicultural millennials who love film. In essence, every film we select captures the essence of the multicultural lifestyle as well as depicting the multicultural experience. We do this so that during each event, Pennies & Pens can see films that they can relate to and identify with. Furthermore, Pen’s Flicks is about supporting the work of multicultural creatives in the film industry. By spotlighting the work of multicultural creatives, Pen’s Flicks creates a platform to increase the amount of films made about multicultural people and their experiences. 

Lastly, Pen’s Flicks is about connecting multicultural millennials whom we call Pennies & Pens. Pennies & Pens are African American & Hispanic creatives. Pennies & Pens are a unique mix of bloggers, writers, influencers, photographers, stylists, and designers; in essence, Pennies & Pens are influencers in their own write. Pen’s Flicks helps multicultural creatives connect and network to gain new business contacts as well as make new friends. 

The next Pen’s Flicks will feature The Lion King which stars Donald Glover, Beyonce, and Seth Rogen. To learn more about Lion King, please see the film description below. 

Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny on the plains of Africa. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother — and former heir to the throne — has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is soon ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. Now, with help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba must figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

Pen’s Flicks: The Lion King will be on Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm. Pen’s Flicks: Lion King will begin with Pennies & Pens meeting at AMC NorthPark to see the film; after the movie, we’ll head to Blue Sushi Saki Grill in Preston Hollow for Happy Hour and a movie discussion. 

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Chillin in Chi-Town: Brunching with Bloggers

Chillin in Chi-Town: Brunching with Bloggers is a blogger brunch designed to introduce local Chicago bloggers to ISLP + 8515. Chillin in Chi-Town: Brunching with Bloggers is also about helping ISLP + 8515 connect with local Chicago bloggers to get their insight on all things Chicago. We recognize the power and influence that bloggers have as well as their ability to discover restaurants, travel destinations, fashion brands, beauty products, movies, and TV shows, and more. That said, we want to sit down and chop it up with Chicago’s dopest bloggers over brunch.

During Chillin in Chi-Town: Brunching with Bloggers, attendees will have the chance to learn more about ISLP + 8515, network with fellow attendees, get free blogging tips and advice. Lastly, attendees will be able to purchase signed copies of #MakeUrPenLoud: How To Be A Lifestyle Blogger. Chillin in Chi-Town: Brunching with Bloggers will be hosted by Lifestyle Entrepreneur, LoudPen, who is CEO of ISLP + Co-Owner of 8515.

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As far as ISLP, Penny is a Lifestyle Blogger, Influencer, Writer, Editor, Photographer, Designer, Producer, Director, and Author of two books #MakeUrPenLoud: How To Be A Lifestyle Blogger and The Loudest Pen Ever. In regards to 8515, Pen is a Publicist, Event Planner, Creative Director, Casting Director, Stylist, and Makeup Artist. Basically, LoudPen uses many different pens to ink the page.

On a day to day basis, Pen is usually writing content, developing products, shooting/editing photos or videos, producing, directing, creating a marketing or PR campaign, meeting with clients, planning events, posting on social media, etc. Originally from Cincinnati, OH, Penny is based in Dallas. Follow Penny’s Ink on Instagram & Twitter: @LoudPen @ISLPDTX @8515Agency @PenniesandPens

Chillin in Chi-Town: Brunching with Bloggers will be at True Food Kitchen on Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 12-2pm. Chillin in Chi-Town: Brunching with Bloggers is free to attend however attendees must RSVP by Thursday, February 21, 2019.

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Pen’s Flicks: What Men Want

Pen’s Flicks is a collection of movie meetups, film screenings, and panel discussions curated by 8515. Inspired by the film section of de la Pen, Pen’s Flicks is about creating a unique experience for film lovers. Pen’s Flicks features unique and original films that chronicle as well as depict the multicultural experience.

Whether it’s a major Hollywood release, an independent film, or a classic 80s or 90s movie, each film we select tells a story that captures the essence of the multicultural lifestyle. The films we choose will be from the following genres: Comedy, Drama, Action, Documentary, and Romance. Pen’s Flicks will focus on highlighting the work of multicultural creatives in the film industry.

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Pen’s Flicks was launched in 2017 with the release of long overdue film, Hidden Figures. Although that event was branded under a different name, it was the unofficial launch of Pen’s Flicks. The first official Pen’s Flicks took place in February 2018 with the release of Black Panther, a film about Marvel’s first Black superhero. Later in 2018, Pen’s Flicks took place once again and this time it was for Tyler Perry’s Nobody’s Fool. Now, Pen’s Flicks is back and this time What Men Want takes center stage. To learn more about What Men Want, please see the film description below.

Passed up for a well-deserved promotion, sports agent Ali Davis wonders what else she needs to do to succeed in a man’s world. Hoping to find answers from a psychic, Ali drinks a weird concoction that suddenly allows her to hear what men are thinking. Using her newfound ability, Ali starts to turn the tables on her obnoxious male colleagues while racing to sign the next basketball superstar.

Pen’s Flicks: What Men Want will be on Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 1:55pm – 6:30pm. Pen’s Flicks: What Men Want will begin with Pennies & Pens meeting at Cinemark to see the film; after the movie, we’ll head to Blue Sushi Saki Grill in Preston Hollow for Happy Hour and a movie discussion.  

Pen’s Flicks is about creating a unique experience for multicultural millennials who love film. In essence, every film we select captures the essence of the multicultural lifestyle as well as depicting the multicultural experience. We do this so that during each event, Pennies & Pens can see films that they can relate to and identify with. Furthermore, Pen’s Flicks is about supporting the work of multicultural creatives in the film industry. By spotlighting the work of multicultural creatives, Pen’s Flicks creates a platform to increase the amount of films made about multicultural people and their experiences.

Lastly, Pen’s Flicks is about connecting multicultural millennials whom we call Pennies & Pens. Pennies & Pens are African American & Hispanic creatives. Pennies & Pens are a unique mix of bloggers, writers, influencers, photographers, stylists, and designers; in essence, Pennies & Pens are influencers in their own write. Pen’s Flicks helps multicultural creatives connect and network to gain new business contacts as well as make new friends.

Join us for Pen’s Flicks: What Men Want on Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 1:55pm – 3:55PM to see the film What Men Want at Cinemark 17 IMAX and Happy Hour + Movie Discussion at Blue Sushi Saki Grill from 4:30pm – 6:30pm.

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Pen’s Flicks: Black Panther

Pen’s Flicks is a collection of movie meetups, film screenings, and panel discussions curated by 8515. Inspired by the film section of de la Pen, Pen’s Flicks is about creating a unique experience for film lovers. Pen’s Flicks features unique and original films that chronicle the multicultural experience.

Whether it’s a major Hollywood release, an independent film, or a classic 80s or 90s movie, each film we select tells a story that captures the essence of the multicultural lifestyle. The films we choose will be from the following genres: Comedy, Drama, Action, Documentary, and Romance. Pen’s Flicks will focus on highlighting the work of multicultural creatives in the film industry.

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The inaugural Pen’s Flicks will feature “Black Panther”, the highly anticipated Marvel film. To learn more about Black Panther see the film description below.

After the death of his father, T’Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and as Black Panther — gets tested when he’s drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.

Pen’s Flicks: Black Panther will be on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson, Texas.

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#MP3

#MP3 is about celebrating the 3rd Anniversary of my book, #MakeUrPenLoud: How To Be A Lifestyle Blogger. During #MP3, Pennies & Pens (attendees) will have the chance to eat some delicious breakfast tacos, sip on a Mimosa, have a glass of wine, and drink an ice-cold beer.

Not to mention, connect with their fellow Pennies & Pens who are some of the dopest cats in Dallas. The guest list includes bloggers, social media influencers, photographers, stylists, designers, creative entrepreneurs, and more.

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As far as the main attraction, that will be Ms. LoudPen. That said, during #MP3 Pen will be doing standup comedy as well as telling stories about her life and businesses, 8515 + ISLP.

Pen decided to do standup because she truly loves making people laugh and I believe that laughter is the best medicine. Lastly, Pen will be introducing her new book, The Loudest Pen Ever.

#MP3 will be on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 12-3pm in Dallas.

Pensgiving

Pensgiving is the “Pennies & Pens” version of Friendsgiving. In essence, it’s about bringing multicultural millennials together to nibble on some tasty eats, sip on good dranks, and meet cool peeps. Basically, we’re going to kick off our shoes, relax our feet, and party on down to this Xscape beat. Because a party ain’t a party until it’s ran all through it.

Pensgiving is committed to helping attendees connect with genuine people and build lifelong friendships. Why? Because adulting is basically impossible unless you have good friends around you. Good friends are people who will give you a ride to work when your car breaks down, let you come over and do laundry, as well as listening to you bitch and complain about the same thing over and over again.

Pensgiving was created by 8515 because we believe that good people are hard to come by these days. Like people who are humble, say please and thank you seem to be few and far between. So we wanted to create an event that celebrates humility and authenticity. In essence, we chose to do this event the Saturday before Thanksgiving because that’s exactly what the holiday is all about…being thankful and connecting with friends and family.

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Each year, we’re going to honor one Penny or Pen that we believe embodies the spirit of the event. Meaning we’ll be putting the spotlight on one person who is humble, kind, talented, and intelligent. This person will receive a special gift as well as our recognition. The 2017 honoree was Sarah Ranola, a Dallas based Chef and Entrepreneur. We’re honoring Sarah because she is truly the definition of a good friend. Sarah is the type of friend who is always there for you, the kind of person who will make you laugh and teach you to enjoy life.

The inaugural Pensgiving theme was the 90s. Therefore, we played 90s Hip-hop and R&B music; additionally, we played a 90s trivia game as well as 90s games like Monopoly, Uno, and Sorry. As far as the agenda, we started with appetizers and drinks, then had dinner and dessert.

Pensgiving is 8515’s signature annual event. Pensgiving takes place on the third Thursday of November, right before Thanksgiving. Stay tuned for Pensgiving 2019 on Saturday, November 16, 2019. 

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Flavor’s Night Out

Flavor’s Night Out is an event created to celebrate diversity and multiculturalism by showcasing art and fashion by multicultural artists. Flavor’s Night Out is a unique event that seeks to inspire, entertain, and educate attendees.

Flavor’s Night Out featured:

  • An introduction and preview of Jewels By Cacha` presented by Cacha` Lopez
  • An introduction and preview of ISLP and #MakeUrPenLOUD presented by LoudPen
  • Guest Speaker Rumal Rackley, son of Gil Scott-Heron will be discussing his late father’s memoir The Last Holiday

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Flavor’s Night Out was sponsored by:

  • de la Soul Sister
  • Durrah Jewellery
  • Mixtina
  • Middle Sister Wine
  • Tipsy Scoop
  • Quinque Inc

Flavor’s Night Out is an exclusive event for multicultural bloggers, influencers, public relations and marketing professionals, entrepreneurs, designers, stylists, artists, etc.

Flavor’s Night Out was held on April 23, 2015 at Y-Clad’s Hidden Gem in NYC.

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