Afro*Disco 3: A Dancer's Paradise



It was my first time attending the event known as Afro Disco but it will not be my last. In fact, I’ll never miss another one again. It was everything people said it was and more.  AFRO*DISCO is one of those rare moments that have all the elements of a fantastic party.  Walking inside Estate on Elston, I immediately knew I was in for a treat.  Beautifully decorated by hosts, Louis Lazu and Jose Amaro, I immediately smiled at the care that went into the festive décor.  As they say, “Love is in the Details” and Louis and Jose made sure every patron in attendance felt the love.  I felt welcomed from the moment I arrived. 

The Room was filled with dancing bodies, smiling faces, laughter and incredible music. The vibe was so refreshing.  I arrived alone but I was immediately amongst friends. Whether grooving on the dancefloor, enjoying a cocktail at the bar or enjoying the beautiful breeze from the riverfront patio, I felt nothing but positivity from the packed club.  DJs, Steve Maxwell, Duane Powell and birthday boys, DJs Vick Lavender and Ron Carroll blessed the tables and gave the audience nothing but their very best. Each set was played with intention, catering to the dancers and they seamlessly transitioned from one set to another.  We couldn’t get enough. Shouts and screams of agreement echoed throughout the crowd all night long. I even overheard one dancer in the crowd say,

“I want to stop and rest but the music is so damn good!”

She didn’t lie.  It was truly a non-stop celebration.  When you thought it couldn’t get any better, we were treated to a special live performance by dance legend, Robin S, who sang her chart topping hit, “Show Me Love” along with a special birthday song for Ron Carroll and Vick Lavender.  Afro*Disco 3 was a dancers paradise.  Held in a space big enough to move, nonstop music by outstanding sound selectors that kept the groove going all night long and hosts who cared enough about the patrons experience to cover the room in festive details and a crowd dripping in positivity, it was perfect combination for an outstanding night. 

Photos courtesy of photographer, Victor Price

Afro*Disco is definitely one of the premier events in Chicago and I cannot wait to experience the next one!

Until Next Time,

See ya on a Dance Floor,

-Black Widow


Black Widow

D.Sanders, a Chicago native, is a devoted mother, blogger and writer who is passionate about her family, friends, women's rights, living authentically and telling her story.   She is also a spoken word recording artist under the name, Black Widow. She has been writing and blogging for over 15 years providing commentary and expressing thought on life, love and relationships. Her artistry can be heard on two house music singles, “Rough”, and “Gruv Me” released by Grammy Nominated Producer and CEO of T’s Box Records & T’s Crates, Terry Hunter under the production of Mike Dunn and Dee Jay Alicia. . Both singles reached #1 on Traxsource’s Afrohouse and charted top ten overall as well reaching the top ten in their year of release.  She splits her time blogging about the Chicago Dance Music Scene on and on her book’s website,  She is excited about her debut book, The Sum of Many Things, scheduled for release in June 2017.   She wears many hats but refuses to be placed in a box.  She believes that women are "The Sum of Many Things".  Embracing all of her roles as a woman, she firmly believes in breaking free of preconceived notions of womanhood.   She believes it is her mission to define her own life experience, femininity and sexuality and not have it defined by society.  She openly shares her story with hopes that women understand their worth, power and place in this world.