Today is the last day for Open Enrollment in @ObamaCare

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For all uninsured Americans today is the last call for open enrollment in Obama’s new healthcare marketplace. Every American must be insured and if not they are subject to pay some major penalties. Make sure you’re covered!

Visit HealthCare.gov to enroll now.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Credit: [AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais]

Blurred Lines: Filmmaker Nadia Sasso explores the challenges of being African and American in her new film ‘AM I’

DMV native of West African origin, Nadia Sasso is an independent filmmaker, writer, director, social entrepreneur, and award winning community leader. This 24-year-old luminary is currently a graduate student at LeHigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; pursuing a master’s degree in American Studies with a concentration in African Studies and a certification in Documentary Film .

As apart of her thesis documentary she has crafted a phenomenal film (alongside cinematographer, Corey Packer) highlighting the struggle of truly being an African and American. In the film ‘Am I’, Sasso and Packer embark on a journey to bring the African diaspora to the forefront, by sharing the stories of 6 different women treading the thin lines between their American ethnicity and African cultures.

We’re looking forward to the official release coming soon later this spring [or summer] and will keep you all updated on the dates and screening locations. In the meantime preview the ‘AM I’ trailer below:

In a brief phone interview with this emerging filmmaker we received a bit of insight on what impact she feels the film will leave with her audiences. Sasso expressed that she hopes the film will enlighten people by shining light on the complexities of being caught between two different worlds. Through this film she also hopes to build more understanding of African cultures in Americans and migrating immigrants by opening up the dialogue. No matter if you’re from West Africa or Washington, DC Sasso wants to cultivate better African relations. Everyone will take away something different but Sasso hopes that her film will leave a lasting impression and impact the lives of Africans in a positive and inspiring way. If you wish to support Nadia’s efforts you can contribute to the film’s campaign by donating here.

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The DC metro area welcomes a new unisex salon & spa: The Ivy Lounge

On January 18th, we had the pleasure of attending an exclusive VIP and Media preview for the new unisex salon and spa.  The Ivy lounge is a full service multicultural establishment that welcomes the diversity of clientele it is sure to receive being nestled in the heart of downtown Hyattsville, Maryland. As a welcomed addition to the PG county corridor you can see the vivacity that this upscale salon and spa has already brought to the area.

The event was hosted by WPGC 95.5’s Guy Lambert and CBS Big Brother season 15 contestant, Candice Stewart.

Upon arrival guests were greeted and checked in by event curators from Dash Coordinating & Marketing, LLC. The afternoons’ affairs were beautifully orchestrated as everyone mixed and mingled taking in the ambiance of the luxurious space. Throughout the event guest were treated to passed hour’derves from Paris Catering company; they were also welcomed to partake in wine from the complimentary open wine bar.

In addition to beautiful wood bamboo-style painted cabinets; framing an assortment of top of the line hair care products, the Ivy lounge is equipped with state of the art appliances and furnishings housed in the manicure bar, message lounge, and dryer saloon.  The spa offers reasonably priced services including salon styling, facial grooming, waxing, nail care, Deep Tissue and Swedish massage therapy [just to name a few]. As mentioned at the event, in the near future Ivy Lounge plans to offer additional medi-spa services to include body sculpting and Botox.

Ivy Lounge’s team of talented stylists treated guest to an amazing hair show featuring signature salon styles.

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Ivy Lounge owner Dr. Fadayomi hosted a series of giveaways and door prizes during the evening including his most noteworthy giveaway to a mother and daughter who were  victims of a second homicide. He gifted Mrs. Weathers and her daughter (China) a complimentary makeover including hair, makeup and nail spa services. He also made a special charitable contribution by donating hair care products and other items to the Enchanting Women Foundation in support of their mission to help disadvantaged teens, battered women, homeless women and women-owned businesses.

The Media preview and VIP reception was a fun-filled event with many beautiful people in attendance including a few local and national beauty queens. If you’re looking for a one stop shop in the heart of the Hyattsville community Ivy Lounge is the place to go!

IVY Lounge  | 6205 Baltimore Avenue , Hyattsville, MD

www.IvyLoungeSalon.com

The ‘Natural Hair’ revival has made its way to the DMV

For decades, African-Americans (and other races) have struggled with the unanswered questions and frustration of managing their natural textured tresses. From the days of hot combs and texturizers to modern Dominican blow outs and harsh chemical relaxers the challenge of taming the curl has been something sought after by many people. In the past 6 or 7 years there has been a growing desire for many African-Americans in becoming more conscious and self-aware. The beauty that blossomed from that is the push to learn how to take better care and maintain basic beauty and health regimens in organic and holistic manners. Out of that birthed what many know as the “Natural Hair movement” or what we refer to it as the “Natural Hair revival.” Spreading  across the US, in major cities like New York, Philadelphia, Houston and Atlanta, natural hair enthusiasts have been popping up all over the place. Coincidentally, it is certainly nice to see that the natural hair revival has made its way back into the nations capital..

Just about every where you go now you can see aisles and shelves of hair care products lined in stores dedicated to helping grow, enhance or straighten natural hair. Now the importance of having these products is good but knowing how to use them is the real challenge. However not to worry there are certified brave souls (natural hair bloggers/vloggers) that are kind enough to test out these products and provide a review. That however can be tricky but to take it a step further there are certified natural hair stylists, yes we said it, stylists that specialize in treating your kinky, coiled, and curly tresses. What a beautiful thing to have options!

Speaking of options it is nice to see more people taking note to the importance of hair and health education for people of color who choose to wear their hair in its natural state. The District’s Natural hair community is budding, with tons of different natural hair shows, expos, and events popping up; it is easily becoming a black woman’s [and man’s] dream. Being born with kinky, coiled, or even curly hair doesn’t come with an instruction manual so it’s comforting to know that many people are committed to writing up that Draft.

Current Vibes: Love Hate Thing

DMV’s own Wale is at it again giving off what some might classify as a hip-hip love ballad. LOL nah we’re playing. But he certainly is serving us major rhythm and blues on the track featuring Sam Dew. We see and feel young Folarin’s plight. As seen countless times there’s an adverse reaction to artist that have “made it” out the city. There seems to be no love found when one returns from the quest for success. But that’s fame for you. Over here we’re still rocking with Wale and it’s nice to see a little BOA love from his tour mate, Black Cobain. We respect the movement and support the DMV’s own.

Living HERstory: Carla Renée

Here at Street Intell we like to spotlight people doing extraordinary things in and around the DMV area. We want to encourage you all to support Mademoiselle Phenomenal as she makes her way to the big screen. She has a tremendous story of overcoming and conquering cancer 3 times and it is refreshing to see how she has made it to this point. Join us as we help her and the rest of the cast members celebrate the release of Carlos Roman’s Sci-fi action thriller, Signals 2. Click the image below to connect with Carla Renée.

Carla Renée

Air force veteran, entrepreneur, teacher, performance poet and actress; a true renaissance woman.

We will see you all this Saturday at the Movie Premiere. Line for tickets forms at 9:30 and the film viewing is at 10:00 am.

Current Vibes: Like Water

It’s been a minute since we’ve hit you with some new music.
The Pro Era crew put together some visuals for the Like Water track off the “Peep the Apocalypse” mixtape. A track modeled after common’s noteworthy album “Like Water for Chocolate”. The track pays homage to one of the generals of the beast coast movement, the late Jamal “Jay Steez” Dewar aka Capital Steez.
Steelo was the true mastermind behind the ProEra and Beast Coast front.