Welcome to Dallas: IG Starters
Imagine you just moved to Dallas.
You don’t know anyone.
You tried connecting with a few people off of a dating app but none of them are people you’d actually hang out with.
You aren’t really vibing with your coworkers or you know you don’t want to make your coworkers your outside of work friends. (I ain’t tryna see yall ALL day!)
This really turns into an issue!
Last resort, you get on IG and just start following folks!
You really don’t know where to start so you just start scrolling through the #Dallas hashtag. This can be really boring and unproductive, so I made a quick resource for you!
Here are the first 10 people you should follow when you move to DFW:
Netwerk and chill is a networking group created by Lauren McMillan. When people are throwing events in Dallas, Netwerk and Chill is one of the places people go to submit their events. Also, they periodically do an event called, “Shoot your Shot,” that allows a chance to meet some of Dallas, dopest influencers face-to-face. The last one I went to was my first time meeting about half the influencers I know in Dallas. This was a really high value engagement.
I’ve said on here a few times that I love Syd. Really one of the coolest people I’ve met since moving out here. She runs The Baddie Brunch Series, a women’s empowerment brunch in Dallas. The Baddie Brunch After Party was one of the first events I went when I got to DFW. She also does other events such as The Baddie Brunch Disco Ball she threw for her birthday this year. I highly recommend you pulling up to any event she throws.
I’ve written about The Connect a few times, too. This was the first GroupMe I joined when I moved to Dallas, and it made a huge impact. Having a group of people who are always active in some kind of conversation is sometimes needed to keep you sane. They also have a blog that pushes out a lot of user submitted content, so if you’re a writer or just need more content to consume, I’d definitely get “connected.” See what I did there?
“From Oak Cliff to the World” sums them up perfectly. Kenny Reeves, T-Lee, and the aforementioned Sydney are Dallas natives that not only have some really dope insights on their podcast, but also some really cool people to be around. My first introduction to Kenny and T-Lee was at Trappiest Hour, a weekly event put together as a collaboration between Good Culture and Attah. This event, has become a staple for me when it comes to the young black Dallas crowd. Kenny and T-Lee are also involved with Attah and Sobe on Hip Hop Book Club. This is another really dope function I’d recommend you checking out when it comes back for their next season.
Attah is behind a lot of events. He’s the founder of Wingsday at Gator’s, a founding member of Trappiest Hour at OT Tavern and Adult Game Night at Union Park. He does more, but those are the events I’m definitely sure of. More than anything, he makes himself really accessible to everyone. If you need help with something, he’s always down to either help you out or point you in the right direction. No matter what day it is, Attah usually has something on his page for you to pull up to.
As you can probably tell from the name, Debonair Society is mainly about pulling together the sophisticated young professional type of scene. They do a great job hosting Mingling over Martinis and Mingling over Mimosas. All their events have bottomless drinks and it’s always a welcoming, family-function type of vibe. The music selection is always A1 thanks to Black Spadez Media!
Cosign Magazine is a Dallas staple. KG has put a lot of hard work into building this brand and it shows. What started as a magazine is now one of the most recognized media outlets in the Dallas culture. His yearly Cosign Awards bring together Dallas’s brightest and recognize them.
Bam is a unique pick here only because he isn’t going to be like everyone else where you can find events or things to do from him. You’ll get some of that, but this pick is more for my vegan friends. If you just moved to Dallas and you’re vegan, Bam is going to be the ultimate plug. I’m always seeing him collaborating with other people in the Dallas Vegan community like when he collaborated with Peace Love & Eatz to do their Thanksgiving menu.
Now, there are plenty of other dope pages I didn’t mention, but these are few you should follow.
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