The Analog Underground has partnered with the DC Office of Motion Picture & Television Development (MPTD) and the Ward 8 Arts & Culture Council to bring forth the Gateway DC Summer Film Series.
Beginning June 25th patrons can enjoy 8 weeks of free outdoor film screenings at the St. Elizabeths Gateway Pavilion.
The eight week film showcase, will feature commercial and independent films across a variety of genres paired with special programming and community events that support each week’s theme. In addition to the film screenings, pre-screening programming and festivities will include live music, contests, special giveaways, performances, and special media demonstrations.
There will also be informational booths set up to promote community non-profit and government programs and initiatives. Food trucks and a variety of vendors will be onsite. However, attendees are welcome to bring their own food and beverages.
Empower Magazine hosted their Inaugural EmPower Players Awards Ceremony, last Monday at the US Naval Memorial Museum. The event honored various individuals and organizations dedicated to making an impact within the community.
Eunique Jones Gibson
Among the crowd of noted influencers were Unique Jones Gibson, photographer and curator of the popular cultural awareness and empowerment campaign (Because of Them We Can); Gilbert Campbell, co-founder of Volt Energy (a renewable energy development firm specializing in creating and maintaining renewable energy systems); and Salim Adofo, National Vice Chair of NBUF (National Black United Front) and creator of the DC Feed the Hood initiative. Upon arrival, guests and honorees were treated to a mini reception that allowed them to network and partake in a variety of beverages and hors d’oeuvres.Throughout the evening, award recipients and supporters were entertained by several talented individuals including Poet, Tony Keith and vocalists duet, Eden Gem (just to name a few).
A vision crafted by founder DeShuna Spencer nearly 5 years ago, Empower magazine has been dedicated to shining a light on pioneers and agents of change; as well as providing insight on civic engagement, volunteerism and community cohesiveness. The 2014 Empower Awards was a culmination of their yearly efforts; the celebration of unsung heroes displayed just how powerful the execution of an idea can be. All of the night’s award recipients were not only dreamers and believers… but doers! They identified a need within their community and met it with unrelenting fervor. Whether it was engaging the community through advocacy, sustainability, mentorship or education; you can see by their efforts exactly why they were donned as one of Empower Magazine’s 2014 Empower Players. Congrats to them all!
For a closer look at each awardee, be sure to visit and read more at Empower Magazine.
Chaz French might be the next one stand out for the DMV. For the lead single from his forthcoming debut mixtape, Happy Belated, which can be expected this summer, “Came Down” is a song about the pursuit of a better life while battling addiction, inner-turmoil, and financial hardship. The video is directed by long-time Kendrick Lamar and TDE collaborator Jerome D.
ASPIRATIONS: I aspire to be strong enough to follow GOD’s plan for my life… whatever that may be. I want to be a Style Icon for my generation; we need to bring back Queens because we have enough Badd B**8#es.
HOBBIES: I have a passion for styling so in my spare time I enjoy making Mood & Style boards. I also enjoy modeling, shopping for trends, volunteering and creating new concepts. Oh and of course burning my fingers gluing and cutting old stuff, LOL.
STYLE INSPIRATION: Mira Durma, NiNi Nguyen and Music. If I wake up listening to Lil’ Boosie I’ll most likely leave out the house Tom Boy Chic. If I start my day with Beyoncé I’ll give the people Glam Goddess for the day, LOL.
FAVORITE ACCESSORY: Gaudy Necklaces. I only purchase statement pieces, that spruce up simple looks.
DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE: Unconventional; I dress for the occasion or the mood I’m in. I take no more than 10 minutes to put a look together. Style is second nature for me. To me style is simple, not hard. Some people make it hard by trying to keep up with designer labels. I dress by the motto “Less Fashion, More Style!”
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FASHION SEASON?
Fall only because “The September Issue” told me so, LOL. Fall is the challenge season. You get a chance to play with layers; pairing leather with hints of fur; skirts and shorts with tights and boots. I live for the chilly nights; long sleeves, boots, leather jackets, and bold lipstick… YES!
NAME ONE CELEBRITY CLOSET YOU WISH YOU COULD RAID:
That’s a no brainer: RIHANNA! Her style is unconventional and daring; you never know what you will find in her closet.
SHARE ONE FASHION BRAND YOU SIMPLY CAN NOT GET ENOUGH OF:
Currently digging Jeremy Scott’s work with Moschino, If you follow the brand you’ll know why.
WHAT’S YOUR STREET INTELL:
I am currently finding my way while expressing myself through my passion for styling, fashion and creativity. My faith in God will lead me to my destiny; I am building a brand that will launch spring 2015. Whatever I plan to do with my life God will be first; with him all things are possible. I will be the example to the next generation that you do not have to have it all figured out. You can be whatever you put time into being. You don’t have to be a product of your upbringing, you can beat the odds. I know I have a gift, once I nurture and invest in it my name will speak VOLUMES. I will then use it to give back and help save a life, because someone saved mine.
The DC Black Theatre Festival is back this year to feature moving plays, stage battles and workshops all for the DMV community. Patrons can enjoy a week long celebration of theatre by attending live plays in any of the featured categories of Urban, Traditional or Gospel Stage play. On top of that patrons have the option of taking part in the ‘One Act Battle’, in which they are allowed to be the judges of a 5 day long competition for the championship title. Along with loads of entertainment, patrons also have the chance to participate in workshops to learn a bit of the history of theatre and get hands-on acting experience as well as tips and instructions on how to improve or gain new skills as an artist.
May is here and the official first day of summer is right around the corner. That means lots of great opportunities to explore the city.
One local attraction to take advantage of is the 2014 Jazz in the Garden summer series, which hosts free jazz performances in the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture garden.
Each an every Friday beginning on May 23rd enjoy the sound of an array of Jazz artist while basking in the summer sun.
Visitors are welcome to bring blankets and lounge out or take part in cocktails and food from the outdoor café.
This summer series is a popular attraction for the after work crews and families so be sure to arrive early to clam your spot.
Every Friday, May 23 to August 29, 2014 5:00-8:30PM
Sculpture Garden | 7th and Constitution NW, Washington, DC
The nearest Metro stations are Archives/Navy Memorial, Smithsonian and Judiciary Square.
Summer Line Up
May 23 Elikeh Roots (Afropop)
May 30 Bruce Ewan (Blues)
June 6 Juanita Williams (Blues)
June 13 Deanna Bogart Band “Blusion,” (Blues Fusion)
June 20 Speakers of the House (Baltimore Boogaloo)
June 27 DC Jazz Festival (Various Genres)
July 11 Rick Whitehead Trio w/ Chris Vadala (Sax) Jazz Trio
July 18 Tom Williams (Electroacoustic Music and Composition)
July 15 Incendio (Latin Guitar World Fusion Jazz)
August 1 Miles Stiebel (Contemporary Jazz Violinist)
August 8 Origem (Brazilian Jazz)
August 15 Swingtopia (Big-Band Swing)
August 22 Seth Kibel (Woodwind Jazz)
August 29 Dixie Power Trio (Zydeco, Cajun, and Louisiana Funk)
Adeea has been a corporate event planner for 14 years and has also managed to plan other exclusive events but INHMD is her biggest endeavor yet. She is currently employed at East Carolina University as the Assistant Director of Marketing for Student Involvement and Leadership.
We had the pleasure of sitting down and speaking with Adeea as she shared a bit of her personal journey and provided some details on the wonderful things ahead for this year’s event.
Adeea first got the idea for INHMD after attending the 2011 World Natural Hair Show held in Atlanta, Georgia. While there she stated being “over-whelmed, inspired and excited all at the same time.” Although she didn’t know much of anyone there, she shared how the atmosphere emitted a sense of familiarity that made the environment so welcoming. Upon leaving the hair show she took that feeling with her and decided that events like that need to happen in her area. Upon returning home she immediately got to work on providing that experience. She hosted her first couple events and began connecting with other natural hair organizers across the country. It was then she realized that many of them weren’t having the same experience like she had at the World Natural Hair Show. She also recognized that there were many emerging natural hair brands that needed more exposure within her community. So she thought “everyone has meet-ups all throughout the year but how impactful would it be as a community to have them all happening at the same time throughout various cities?” This idea is what birthed the International Natural Hair Day.
International Natural Hair Meet-up Day (INHMD) is an annual one-day event where women from across the world come together to collaborate, connect and celebrate the beauty and versatility of natural hair. The INHMD platform was created to provide women —and men, with the opportunity to join together in solidarity to uplift one another through the exchange of information and networking. Communicating virtually through a variety of events held around the world, INHMD provides a unique experience for the entire natural hair community and any healthy skin or hair enthusiast to join in.
This year’s events will take place worldwide in 60 US cities and 5 international destinations to include Paris, France; Amsterdam, Holland; Toronto, Canada; Tokyo, Japan and Saint George’s, Grenada. All events are happening on Saturday, May 17th , 2014 at separate times or simultaneously. Each city’s host will provide a select experience that they would like to bring to the community.
Adeea has dedicated much of her time to teaching and training city hosts on providing more than just another “typical” natural hair meet-up she wants everyone to receive a full bodied experience. Therefore, attendees can look forward to creative events that reach beyond the standard natural hair meet-up. Some of this years events will be fashioned as social mixers with refreshments, Natural Hair fashion shows, and even an outdoor festival. You can visit INHMD and check out what exciting event will be happening near you.
This year’s returning title sponsor is Koils By Nature, which is led by the amazing Pamela Jenkins. Attendees of the DMV area event will have the opportunity to meet Pamela as well as Adeea, but not to worry no one will miss out on the excitement because there will be live Tweeting and Facebooking using the hashtag #INHMD throughout the day’s events.
Tickets are still on Sale but moving fast! You can purchase yours here today.
Adeea has also dedicated this year’s events to a special initiative called INHMD Cares, which is a call to action that challenges participants to think outside the box and give back a small portion of what they have received as a result of being a part of INHMD. For the main initiative Adeea is asking attendees to bring one NEW Natural hair care product of their choice to be donated to either a nursing home, women’s shelter, service member overseas or extended care facility.
Domineque Banks transitioned at 27 from complications due to Lupus.
For Brown Girls Founder Karyn Washington, transitioned at 22 years of age.
The second initiative is as a result of the recent passing of two amazing young women within the natural hair community. Just last month Blogger, Karyn Washington of For Brown Girls and Natural Hair Vlogger, Domineque Banks of Long Hair Don’t Care, passed away at only 22 and 27 years of age. Adeea made it her mission to raise awareness and has instructed every event host to have some sort of informational session with speakers or pamphlets on mental health, suicide prevention and lupus awareness.
Adeea’s Street Intell:
“We really want people to know we are concerned about your health. Your mental health, your physical health; we’re concerned about your soul and your mind. You’re more than just a body at an event. I’m really privileged that I’ve been given this platform to show some people the love of God in this tangible way.”
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