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Femme Fetal DC Pop Up Shop is Open!

It’s Pop-Up season! 

What better way to satiate your retail appetite and support up-and-coming small businesses than to visit and shop Pop-Up style. Spring has spring, and so has the new pop-up shop curated by Femme Fetal DC

From the Femme Fetal website:

Come shop from the sweetest up and coming local, womyn owned businesses in DC, including fashion, art, ceramics, up cycle furniture, organic and infused beauty products, and so much more. Oh and we have a pop up photography studio you can rent by the hour, a beauty bar, a lounge area for you to use for free and get your work done, and a whole lot more. FFDC’s store launches May 4 and ends July 30. We will have several events, workshops, exclusive pop ups, and more throughout the three months, so be sure to come by and support.

The launch party:

From queen of the jungle thrones, flowered and adorned attire and palm tree laced murals, Femme Fetal did not skimp on the theme of the evening: Mother Nature. The “womyn” only event was an estrogen-filled good time including little bites, great music, and of course SHOPPING! Everything from hand-made jewelry and fashions, one-of-a kind crochet items to vintage and high-end pieces is represented at this H St pop up. On the night of the launch event, the room was bustling with activity including dancers dressed to theme as well as an interactive photo shoot session. Guests mingled with the individual business owners while trying on and buying items. The weather couldn’t rain on this parade of talented and eclectic individuals.

Supporting up-and-coming small business is vital to the economy of our community, so make sure you head over to the Femme Fetal H St pop up located at 1371 H St, NE. Hours are Thursday and Fridays 4-9pm, Saturday 12-10pm, and Sunday 11am-7pm.they will be there until July 30th with a full calendar of events available on their website: www.femmefetadc.com.  

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Event Recap: Servpal Launch Party

Ever wish you could quickly book your appointment with your barber in advance? Or maybe you have event to attend and would love the celebrity treatment? A full face beat and and stylist to boot? Looking for a place that has all the services you need for your special day? Well, look no further, the solution is here: Servpal. 

Servpal allows clients to easily book and pay for appointments with their favorite personal image and beauty professionals. We currently promote: hair stylists, barbers, makeup artists, personal trainers, tattoo artists, photographers, wedding planners, manicurists, and other beauty professionals. As convenient as one click from the site, booking and paying for you appointments have never been easier.

The launch event was held at The Living Room and hosted by Danni Star. Decked out with vendors, models and even a crowd-favorite photo booth, guest mixed and mingled with personal image professionals around the city. There was a live performance by Melina Canpoverde, DJ Cyd had the crowd grooving, and the fashion show, curated by Harley Morgan of the ROE Agency and designs by King O, had everyone contemplating their next haute couture moment. 

Servpal Founder: Andy Nevers

I spoke with the founder of Servpal, Andy Nevers about the launch and his vision. He mentioned that not only is this an amazing service for customers and service professionals alike, it also is a community based initiative. The launch party held this truth, as it was a great time of networking and engaging with both new and old friends.

So whether you’re a client or a profession, head to www.servpal.com, sign up, and take control of all your personal image needs with Servpal.

(Photos courtesy of Clyde Jones: www.cjvisions.com)

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When Chic Brides Brunch: A Q&A with Michelle Bundu of A4dable Events

Are you newly engaged and don’t know where to start? Are you a bride-to-be ballin’ on a budget? I spoke with Michelle Bundu from A4dable Events about her experience as a wedding and event planner, her upcoming event When Chic Brides Brunch, and why planning a wedding doesn’t have to turn you into a Bridezilla.
RSVP’s for the event are filling up fast, so make sure you click the link to reserve your spot for the When Chic Brides Brunch on April 30 which will be held at Salsa With Silvia. Support Black Women in small business and enjoy a Bridal Brunch, too! I am told the ALL are welcome.

 

How long have you worked in the wedding industry?

I’ve been in the wedding industry for over  4 years, and even though it’s a tough industry, there is no greater feeling than being a part of such a personal day in another persons’s life where you get to feel the real magic of life which is love.

Why did you feel the need to create this experience? Our Bridal brunch is to connect great local vendors, mostly small business, to brides that will be needing their services for their special day. It is so important that we support local business because we work extremely hard, and our goal is, and always will be, to exceed our client’s expectations.

What should brides-to-be expect when the walk into the venue? As they walk into the fully decorated venue, they will feel like there are attending a wedding. We created a relaxed atmosphere and program where brides will see and experience everything bridal from cake tasting, decor, bridal fashion and they will even get the chance to win a bridal gown!

What made you decide to throw this type of event? I’ve been to bridal trade shows and my fair share of wedding related events and spaces, was doing something different your goal? Bridal shows can be very overwhelming, and most vendors are overly eager to make a sale. Also planning a wedding can be very stressful, but brides need to know that we are here for them: you can still have the wedding of your dreams on a budget, all you need is a great planner and local vendors that will be able to assist you on your special day. Our brunch gives you the chance to see the vendors in action, learn valuable information about the wedding industry, and meet great people.

This Chic Brides Brunch is new, will this be a yearly event for A4dable Events? We had a bridal brunch last year but decided to change the name to When Chic Brides Brunch after receiving so much positive feedback from everyone that attended last year. We are certainly going to stick to the name When Chic Brides Brunch.

How will this brunch be different than other brunches? This is unlike any other brunch because it’s a very intimate setting, and there will be no pressure from the vendors. You will feel like you are actually attending a wedding; we will have a cake tasting, we’ll view a bridal fashion exhibit, and you will leave with an amazing swag bag!

Will this be a one stop destination for soon to be brides?

Are men welcome to come? This brunch will be a one-stop-shop for brides that are in need of help with their upcoming wedding. Everyone is welcome to come and mingle and learn everything about weddings.

Vendors: how many? Who? 

List of participating vendors:

A4dable eventsSalsa with Silvia  O’real BakeryAjenae Media,  Y Pose ImagesConset FloralsRevelations PhotographyModernly Beautiful MakeupRescue Event PlanningMemkohLe PapiyonEnhance MomentsPut it on paper stationaryFloyds DJ Services St. Anthony’s Bridal The Modest Catering Co. Creme De La Crème

When you sat down to envision this event, how important were the vendors to you and what made you decide on the ones attending?

It is very important to have great vendors because we really care about our brides and want to make sure they have the best. We select our vendors very carefully and make sure that they understand the scope of the event which is to build relationships, not sell, sell, sell.

Have they done this before? Most of our vendors have participated in other bridal shows but none like our own.

What do you hope brides-to-be get out of this event? To build relationships with vendors that can be able to help them recreate the wedding of their dreams.

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6 Must See Shows in DC This May

May feels like just a taste of what the DMV will have to offer this summer for music. Get it in early: based on these six upcoming shows, the next few months will be something to remember!

Broccoli City Festival V at the Gateway Pavilion

BROCCOLI CITY FESTIVAL V HEADLINED BY RAE SREMMURD & SOLANGE with 21 Savage, Alunageorge, Lil Yachty, Kevin Abstract, Rapsody, Smino, Chaz French, Nick Grant, Rejjie Snow, Sir the Baptist, and NAO.

The mission is simple: to “redefine the cool” towards people being active and engaged participants in their community. Every year this festival gets bigger and better, and this fifth installment is NO exception. Aside from the incredible line up and exceptional host of vendors on Saturday May 6, the Broccoli City team has a full week of amazing activities planned including a 5k run, a two day interactive conference and an all night art escape. This week is one not to be missed. For more information and tickets, head to the Broccoli City website A.S.A.P. https://www.bcfestival.com. 

Justine Skye at A.I.

Justine Skye is relative new comer on the scene, but don’t let purple hair fool you: she has the chops and the swagger to back it up. The RocNation songstress will support her latest project, “8 Ounces“, with a headlining tour kicking off right here in our Nation’s Capitol. The show, presented by Nu Androids Music and Mitch Mathis, will be held at the unique and intimate A.i. on May 11. For tickets, head to http://justineskye.com/tour/.

T.I. Hustle Gang Tour. T.I. Presents: The Hustle Gang Tour at the Howard Theater

D.C’s not really The North, not really The South, so it is totally appropriate to enjoy them both and everything in between. GRAMMY award-winning TIP is coming to D.C. with The Hustle Gang featuring Yung Booke, London Jae, Shauntrell Pender, RaRa, Translee & Young Dro. Atlanta’s Trap Music is sure to be represented on May 4th at the Howard Theater (pronounced Thee-A-tur). “What You Know” about that? Get your tickets now right here

Capleton at the Howard Theater 

For the Caribbean Massive, Capleton is sure to bring a piece of Jamaica to our doorsteps. Live and direct, Jamaica’s son will be sure to light the place up with classics like “Who Dem” and “Jah Jah City”. If you’ve ever been to the Howard Theater and you know Reggae and Dancehall music, you also know that this night will be full of culture and vibes. Do what you gotta do beforehand, but don’t forget your flag. Tickets are available for the May 23 show here.

The Weeknd at the Verizon Center 

Perhaps you feel like you’ve “Earned It” and want to splurge. The “Starboy” himself, The Weeknd, is coming to Verizon Center on May 18. On the heels of his critically claimed album, The Weeknd will descend upon the DMV for the Starboy: Legend of the Fall 2017 World Tour. The two-time GRAMMY award winner will be joined by Belly and 6lack for what promises to be an unforgettable show. Tickets are still available from Ticketmaster here.

Trey Songz at the Warner Theater

The DMV’s own Trey Songz presents the Tremaine Tour on May 14. Prepare for a good time, with old classics like “Neighbors Know My Name” and “Can’t Be Friends” along with a set filled with new songs off of his newly released album Tremaine The Album. The GRAMMY nominated R&B powerhouse is sure to have the ladies feeling like a “#1Fan” and have the guys feeling like a “Playboy”. Tickets for the show are available from Live Nation here.

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Esosa E. Brings Hatshepsut Back To Life In “The Woman Who Would Be King”

On March 25th,  The Woman Who Would Be King is making its way from South Africa all the way to Washington, DC. This one woman fictional play is inspired by the life of Hatshepsut, who is known as one of the greatest women in history. In this play, the audience will be able to step into the shoes of a woman who strategically mastered her adversities to emerge as the first female ruler of ancient Egypt.

“I’m very excited to bring my one woman show to the DMV-area,” Esosa E., Creator of The Woman Who Would Be King said, “Although I am from here, this is the first time I’ve had the privilege to share my work with the community. Hatshepsut’s story really resonates with me and I am honored to share it for Women’s History month. She’s a woman who defied the traditions of her time, took power, and ruled peacefully for over twenty years. Right now our world needs more stories and examples of female leadership.”

Esosa E. is an award winning producer, writer, actress, health expert and fashion designer. She has been named an “Afro-Renaissance Woman” by the Weekend Argus and a “Young African Visionary,” by Obaasema Magazine. She has been included in Applause Africa’s list of “30 Most Intriguing Africans in New York,” and featured in The Roots list of “10 African Artists and Entrepreneurs You Should Know.” Currently she plays the role of Ngozi on the hit international TV and web series An African City, which has been featured by the New York Times, BBC, NPR, CNN, Vogue, Ebony, ELLE Magazine and the list goes on. She is a woman with many talents and is constantly adding accolades to her resume.  If you want to learn more about Esosa E, you can visit her website www.esosae.com.

We asked Esosa E. about her inspiration for creating this one woman play as well as how she hopes the audience will feel after the experience and what we can all do as a community to have a better grasp of our true history.

What inspired you to to create this one woman play?

First of all I’ve always been fascinated with ancient Egypt, but at the same time very disturbed by media portrayals of Egyptians that overall deny or imply that Egyptians were not of African descent. The other thing is that as an actress I have seen a ton of one woman and one man shows that inspired me. I think the first one I saw that made me say “I want to do that!” was Whoopi Goldberg’s “The Spook Show.” I actually found the play and read it first and then somehow got my hands on the footage. Whoopi is so brilliant in it. I love Anna Deavere Smith, I’ve seen every single one of Roger Guenveur Smith’s one man shows including “Rodney King” which I hear is coming to Netflix soon, and Sarah Jones “Bridge & Tunnel” on Broadway was the most spectacular character work I’d ever seen. As an actress I haven’t yet been represented by an agent to audition for consistent work and so I’ve focused my career on creating my own opportunities. An Egyptian Queen was a role I knew I could play, so rather than waiting for someone to find me and cast me in it, I started writing.

When you initially envisioned “The Woman Who Would Be King”, what was the driving force?

I was driven by wanting to do justice to this woman, Hatshepsut’s story. I found it incredibly fascinating that she declared herself Pharaoh and ruled successfully for over twenty years only to have an attempt to completely erase her from history. We all know about Nefertiti, Cleopatra, but Hatshepsut is just as if not more important, because she was trailblazer for women in power.

How was showing the play in South Africa? Has there been/Do you expect a different response/reaction here in the states? In what ways are they similar or different?

Having the opportunity to premiere the play in South Africa was incredible. I hadn’t exactly planned it, but I ended up there, fell in love with South Africa, and it made sense to have a play about an African woman, an African story premiere in Africa. I got an overwhelmingly positive response, so I am really grateful about that. I was scared when a group came to see the play from the Egyptian Society in South Africa, but they really loved it, and so I felt confident that I’d done the research I need to do, while of course taking creative license. South Africa and the U.S. are very similar in a lot of ways in that South Africa is the “U.S. of Africa.” People come from all over the continent to make a better life there, and so I met incredible people from everywhere: Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Angola, and more. They do still have underlying racial tensions that you can feel from apartheid, just as America still does from slavery and segregation. We unfortunately also now share something else in common with South Africa, as the President who has been holding onto power is extremely corrupt, abuses government funds, and is a misogynist.

What do you hope to accomplish/inspire with “The Woman Who Would Be King” play in the future?

After this production I’d love to continue touring it wherever people will have me! I’d love to perform at the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, take it to Richmond to the Black History Museum, and also take it over to Los Angeles. The big dream of all dreams is The Public Theater in New York City and maybe also The West End in London. I studied Shakespeare at the Public Theater and have been in deep love with that theater and the work I have seen there ever since.

How do you want the audience to feel after seeing this play?

I hope they feel compelled to do more research on Hatshepsut, and hope they feel inspired to empower and encourage their daughters, sisters, or female friends to go for whatever it is they want. But above all it’s a story that at its core is about having a dream and manifesting it against all odds; I think anyone can be inspired by that.

Are there themes in “The Woman Who Would Be King” that may draw parallels to our current political climate? How so?

It’s funny because I thought that when my play debuted in America we may have a sitting female president, but that’s not the case. Regardless the play is about power, and the maneuvering one may undertake to achieve power even if it requires “alternative facts.” I think that mirrors our political climate for sure. The other aspect is that it is about a woman who since her youth had to deny her talent and clear ability to lead just because her society deemed it unacceptable. Hatshepsut had to create a persona and she even told the lie that her family lineage was Divine. In essence to take power and make people more comfortable with a woman ruling she said she was the spawn of a God.

We know that our true history has been hidden from us in the past. How do you think we as a culture can make it more of a priority to learn and teach the facts of our heritage as opposed to the narrative that’s been drilled into our American school system?

It’s so important that we start teaching our kids to not take as fact everything they read, and that we acknowledge that “history” can change depending on the perspective the story is told from. It’s dangerous to have history told in our school systems that only comes from one perspective. In order to achieve a diverse narrative we all have to step up and do our part to work to introduce new curriculums and information. We also have to take the time to do our own self-study and teach our young ones what they need to know. One of the things I would love to do with this play given the funding is to create a curriculum around African rulers and ancient African empires and take it into more schools. It is not fair or healthy to begin Black history in schools with the slave narrative. Children need to know that they are the descendants of Kings and Queens as well. For now, I will be visiting Bell Multicultural High School in Columbia Heights this month to perform the play, and I look forward to having the opportunity to share with the kids.

 

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Ladies in The Industry Networking Conference

No two women are created alike, and it’s our differences that will allow us to create our version of success in our lives. That was my major take-away after attending the Ladies in the Industry Networking Conference curated by Serene MGMT (https://www.serenemgmt.com/) and held at the Sheraton in Silver Spring.

Hosted and moderated by Deja Perez of 93.9 WKYS (http://dejaperez.com/), the networking conference centered around women in the media, whether it be music, radio, television or any other type of media outlet and how to navigate these mostly male-dominated industries. Not only were we treated to 3 dynamic panels with renowned guest speakers, we also were given the VIP treatment including access to vendors, a delicious lunch and swag bags. 

On the Sexism and Power panel we had PR powerhouse Candice Nicole (www.candicenicolepr.com), Ashleigh Demi of TV ONE and WPGC 95.5 (http://instagram.com/iamashleighdemi), and Raro Lae, and owner of the international media outlet “Raro Lae” (www.raralae.com). Not everyone compromises themselves to get to the top, and these women are proof!

The Relationship Panel dropped several jewels on how to maintain a satisfying and lasting relationship while developing and sustaining an unconventional career in media. Raven Paris of DTLR Radio and Love The Culture Radio (http://instagram.com/raven_paris), DJ and radio personality for Lit Radio DJ Mim (http://www.djmimdc.com/) and Lush of Lush Radio (http://www.lushradioonline.com/) provided valuable advice and lively and hilarious discussion. 

Something that we often overlook is how motherhood can affect the way one is able to thrive in the media industry. The Motherhood in Media panel provided numerous real-life stories that any working mother could relate to whether it was tips on work-life balance, how and when to expose our kids to our careers and how to do it all with grace and style. News coordinator for Fox 5 Michelline Bowman (http://instagram.com/michelinebowman), CEO of FSCo Agency Farrah Shanel (www.fscoagency.com), Kierra of Kmwexclusive.com and DTLR Radio(www.kmwexclusive.com), and WHIM Radio Personality, Blogger and Momager Lady J (http://instagram.com/ladyjapproved) all shared their experiences in a relatable, genuine and motivational way.

Thank you Nia and Megan of Serene Management and Ladies in the Industry for the invitation. I could tell that I wasn’t the only one that left with more information than I walked in with. Make sure you follow Serene MGMT on Instagram (https://instagram.com/p/BJOJaOaBzu_/) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SereneMGMT/) to stay up to date with their future events. It was #LITI2017!

Photos courtesy of Ladies in the Industry (www.instagram.com/ladiesintheindustry)

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Do It #ForTheCulture Event Recap

 

“Do it for the culture (culture)/They gon’ bite like vultures (vultures)” – Migos

 

 

 

In the midst of Black History Month (or is it African American History Month?), the city celebrated with numerous activities and events that applauded the achievements and accomplishments of many distinguished members of the community. We are also lucky to be in an area that abounds with cultural creativity and excellence. The event #forthecuture made sure to highlight some of the DMV’s massive amount of talent.

Held at the Congress Heights Arts and Culture Center and curated by Distinctly Creative, attendees were treated to art, music, spoken word and genuine culture. Distinctly Creative is an art collective whose mission is to give a diverse, holistic, and collaborative representation of the DMV creative scene through a wide array of social and professional development opportunities. Their goal is to re-define how people think about DMV creatives while presenting their work to the community in a welcoming and fun environment. This month they presented 6 events as a part of their month-long celebration dubbed Black Renaissance.

 

The largely young, Afro-Bohemian crowd energetically mixed and mingled amidst a backdrop of artistic expression from artist murals, paintings, handmade jewelry, scarves and other pieces while enjoying the rhythms and sounds provided by Little Bacon Bear on the 1’s and 2’s. Hosted by Yasmine Arrington, performances included keyboardist and musician Drew Keys, poetry and spoken word by Whiskey Girl, Droopy the Broke Baller with Crochet Kingpin, with performances by Rodney Johnson me Ras Blesson. Each with their own distinctive flair, the performers delivered their messages in the crowded space with ease and excellence.

Particularly impressive were the displays of Afro-inspired artwork by some of the city’s most talented and tenacious artist. From depictions of our favorite hip-hop icons to novel portrayals of anything from black body to black love, there was a piece of art to suit any taste and aesthetic. Featured artists included Artifex Jay, Antwon Maxwell Photography, and Ebony Harris.

The vendors also added their standout pieces to the mix, while a portion of the proceeds received that night were donated to the Congress Heights Arts & Culture Center. You could find anything from handmade jewelry, intricately designed athletic wear, vintage couture, head wraps and scarves. Some of the vendors included Furthermore…, LLC, Andrew Williams, Ryann Kelly, Crochet Kingpin, Ruby Sampson, Uzo Njoku, CustomTaylorred, Yung Osiris, Dez Carter, WashingtonCuts, Tiger Swan Style, FemmeUSA, Cvlismv, Kyra the Bohemith, Sheetal D., and Kaylee P. For more information on the artists and vendors, head to Distinctly Creatives’ Instagram page (@distinctlycreative) or their website (www.distinctlydc.com).

Make sure you follow them on all platforms so that you can stay informed on future events and continue to do it #fortheculture!

 

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The Love Jones Cafe: A Welcomed Departure From Typical DC Nightlife

The Love Jones Cafe returned and if you weren’t in the building, then you missed out on a special evening. Presented by DCWKLY and the DCNIGHTS App, held at the swanky SAX Lounge, the Love Jones Cafe was a sophisticated soirée and a welcome departure from the typical nightlife scene here in DC.

The night began with El Lambert and The Band crooning guest with a variety of throwback and current R&B jams while guests were also treated to complimentary DeLeón Tequila and MtnDew Black Label cocktails and excellent service and bites by the SAX crew. Elegantly lit, the vibe in the house was palpable. Once the panel discussion began, let’s just say no topic was off limits.

Moderated and hosted by “The Massive Host” King Flexxa, the panel comprised of author and activist Tony Lewis, Jr, relationship blogger Diamond Mitchell, and the Duncan’s, Alfred and Sherrell, who were famously engaged and married all within 24 hours (Forever Duncan). Their insight was particularly insightful, engaging, and at times, hilarious. From the idea that reality TV has set unrealistic expectations for relationships to the “Netflix and chill”/”Hulu and Do You” generation, each panelist was able to provide personal stories as a backdrop for each topic discussed. And just like the movie, poet and spoken word artist Mr. Poetic Rock Star treated the crowd to his brand of word play.

I even gained some valuable information on love and relationships that I hadn’t even considered before. The predominantly female crowd laughed, cheered and at times added their own input for a lively and unforgettable evening. Fellas, you need to make sure you are in the building for the next Love Jones Cafe: not only was an ample amount of knowledge dropped, you could not deny the ladies showed out and filled the room with their beauty and radiance.

 

I leave you with some gems from the evening. Be sure to keep a look out for the next installment of the Love Jones Cafe, February 28th. Be there.

On trust:

We should grow together, but you shouldn’t want your spouse to change your whole vibe for you –Tony Lewis, Jr.

There are certain thing you are not going to do if your intentions are pure. –Diamond Mitchell

If I tell you and you don’t do it, then we have issues.– Alfred Duncan

On Social Media:

I was in a relationship with my husband before we were in a relationship, so when he posted that picture I knew we were in a relationship.– Sherrell Duncan

It serves as validation because we are going public. — Diamond Mitchell

On moving on from past relationships:

In relationships and in life we are the sum of our experiences. You’ve got to learn from what you’ve been through.–Tony Lewis, Jr.

The hardest thing to do is self reflect and to own up to the thing that you did in the relationship.–Sherrell Duncan

Medicate each other with love.– Alfred Duncan

If you don’t feel confident in your decision making, you won’t feel confident in the one you picked.–Diamond Mitchell

On falling in love with potential:

If we are not speaking to the potential (of the other person) then we are really doing a disservice.–Tony Lewis, Jr.

Potential expires very quickly. — Diamond Mitchell

He’s pouring into me and I’m pouring into him.– Sherrell Duncan

Check out the rest of the pictures from 1.24.17 edition of The Love Jones Cafe here!

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Things To Do This Weekend: The MLK Edition

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Our President is STILL black, so we shall turn up one last time in his honor this MLK weekend. There is plenty to do, so check out a handful of your options below.

1 Up Tour at the Howard Theater Join the wave and catch Retch at the Howard Theater for the 1 Up Tour. The DMV’s own Dope Music Village will also be performing and it’s sure to be a memorable experience. Gaining considerable traction in the hip-hop game, including appearing at the A3C Music Conference and Festival, as well as being one of Karen Civil’s “Civil’s Picks”. Tickets are $15

SoL Day Party and Clothing Drive Who doesn’t appreciate a good day party? This Saturday head to Cities for the return of the SoL Day Party. In honor of Martin Luther King weekend, ForWard Vision Group is doing their part by giving back. They will have a representative from We Feed Our People on site collecting NEW Underwear and warm winter clothing (including skull caps, gloves, and/ or blankets). Another party for a cause! RSVP here (soldaypartyatcities.eventbrite.com)


It Was All a Dream Day Party at Gryphon Set your Sunday off right for the It Was All A Dream Day Party at Gryphon. Hosted by King Flexxa with music by DJ Quicksilva and DJ Stevo. To RSVP, hit the DCNIGHTS app for your complimentary passes for Gryphon Sundays or hit this link.


Fetty Wap at Echostage You know you don’t have to work on Monday, so come Fetty Wap’s way to Echostage to see him live in concert. Tickets are still available if you head to Ticketmaster now.


Founders Day at Rosebar Join The Network DC on Sunday for a special edition of Rosebar Sunday’s as they celebrate the Founders Day of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Long weekends were made for nights like this. RSVP here


While long weekends are great for a good time, don’t forget to take time to reflect on what this weekend is truly about. Head to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall to remember that we are all a part of his dream. The last weekend before we bid a final farewell to our President, let’s not forget MLK’s message; “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

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Chopped Bartender Competition Powered by (BELVEDERE)RED

4 Mystery Ingredients, 3 Bartenders, 1 Great Cause.

What better way to kick off the holidays than a party for a cause. The Chopped Bartender Competition powered by (BELVEDERE)RED was held at the luxurious SAX Restaurant and Lounge. Organized by Candice Nicole PR, the event was filled to the brim with light bites, beautiful people, and of course cocktails provided by Belvedere.

Party goers kicked back with their drinks, enjoyed party favors, and mingled as the competition began. Finalists Frank Mills of Jack Rose, Tyler Hartman of Joe’s Seafood, and Crystal Altizer of Soundcheck not only mixed their best cocktails with the provided ingredients, but also put on quite the show. The DJ kept the energy going as the bartenders did their thing. It was super entertaining to watch these three finalists in their element; it was easy to see that they take pride in their craft.

When it was time to announce the winners, all eyes were on center stage. You could feel the anticipation in the air as everyone gathered around with their drinks and their smartphones to capture the winning moment. Frank Mills of Jack Rose was crowned the undisputed winner on the night. The panel of three judges praised the way he used the ingredients, and it was apparent he had quite a support system in the house. Apparently this isn’t the first time Frank has won a bartending competition, either. Check him out this past summer at CÎROC’s Drink Of Summer Mixology Contest.

If you are still looking for a way to give back before the year ends, gather your friends, grab a bottle of (BELVEDERE)RED, and have your own bartender battle. As members of the DC community, the battle against AIDS is one that should be close to all of our hearts. Join the likes of Bono and John Legend to lend your helping hand in a unique and fun way.

Belvedere proudly donates 50% of their profits from each bottle of (BELVEDERE)RED to the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa. Belvedere continues their partnership for (RED), the organization founded in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shriver to engage people in the fight against AIDS through collaborations with the world’s most iconic brands. Visit their website for more information.

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