The People’s Platform: DC Mayoral Forum | Event Recap

Tommy Wells,  Vincent Orange, Rita Jo Lewis, Muriel Bowser, (Incumbent) Vincent C. Gray, Jack Evans, and Andy Shallal
Tommy Wells, Vincent Orange, Rita Jo Lewis, Carlos Allen, Muriel Bowser, (Incumbent) Vincent C. Gray,
Jack Evans, and Andy Shallal

Last Saturday, March 8th, Community Affairs correspondent Carl Holland  attended the DC Mayoral Forum event hosted at the ARC in South East, Washington, DC. The forum was organized to connect the community with the current candidates running to become DC’s next mayor. Carl reported that the event was pretty lively, extremely informative and well moderated by One DC.  Check out more of his recap below.

The DC Mayoral Forum event was an opportunity for each candidate to meet the community and speak on points related to their needs. Upon arrival to the event audience members received two cards; one red and one green. They were instructed to flash the individual colored card when they either agreed or disagreed with any of the candidates statements. The event was moderated by One DC, who did a great job; even when the audience got rambunctious.

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After a round of DC Jeopardy, the floor was opened up to the audience and they got right into the Q&A portion of the program. Everyone, except for the incumbent mayor, (who is running for re-election) had an opportunity to address the audiences questions. Regrettably, the incumbent did not attend the event nor did he have a spokesperson sit in on the his behalf. And the seven other candidates on stage vying for his position wasted no time broadcasting his absence.

Although the forum was meant to give the candidates an opportunity to explain how to solve issues in D.C., many of them focused solely on the problems. The moderator had to keep reminding them, multiple times to focus on the solutions. Candidates who didn’t follow this advice usually received red cards of disapproval from the audience. When candidates did inspire the audience though, they received green cards.


At the end of the day the Mayoral Forum had it’s moments, (awkward, heated, and everything in between), but ultimately turned out to be a great success. The event was necessary and gave the voters of Washington, DC a rare chance to speak with the mayoral candidates face to face. On a side note, the food served by Kitchen Cray was very savory, delicious, and a good compliment to the event. Props to Barry Farms Study Circle, Empower DC, Our DC, DC Working Families, and One DC for putting on such an awesome event!

Photography by: Carl Holland

2 of the Best Viral Beyonce “Drunk in Love” Covers

Emmanuel Houndo is a Pennsylvania, PA High School student of West African descent, who’s violin rendition of Beyoncé’s famous track, “Drunk in Love” went viral earlier this week. His cover was so phenomenal that it even gained the attention of Mrs. Carter’s camp. As seen on her facebook fan page, his rendition was recognized and noted as “Amazing!”. Check it out below.

Fortunate is a Sydney based male singing group consisting of members Joseph Kalepo, Izayah Mariner Fuimaono, Jaye Mariner Fuimaono, and Jakiel Mariner Fuimaono. They have had global success as independent recording artist and continue to keep audience entertained by covering  popular artist tracks like John Legends- “All of Me” and the viral Beyoncé’s “Drunk in love”. Check out their soulful cover here.

Jovial Jaunt: The Portuguese Club Scene

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I have decided to take you all on a little trip down memory lane and discuss a typical night of weekend clubbing in Lisboa, Portugal and the surrounding cities. The night life there is amazing; everyone should experience it and come this time next month I will be packing up and headed back.

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Typically, I start my evening around 8pm in Cascais at one of my favorite places Restaurante Paradigma, they have a nice wine selection and an even better assortment of cocktails. This venue is what my close group of friends (The Plastics) considers “our spot” because every Tuesday and Wednesday you can find us here after work cutting up. With a modern appeal, warm an easy lighting, accompanied with great music the ambiance is just right. Though the selection of music is not always a playlist of well-known or popular artists there is a good mix of indie, acoustic, and European house music; all played at a reasonable decibel that is pleasing to the ear. Resturante Paradigma is a great place to relax and have easy conversations. There is no wonder why I prepare for what can be anywhere from a 9 to 13 hour night, all right there.

Next up is the place you really want to start your drinking festivities: Bairro Alto. This district of the city is as rich in history as it is with the money of tourists looking to enjoy a good night of drinking, haha.  With a diverse and vibrant assortment of clubs, bars, restaurants, and coffee houses you are sure to find something good to drink, eat or listen to.  As soon as we arrive in Bairro Alto, I prefer to hit up my favorite bar Majong  because they make the best Gin & Tonic (I can’t tell you why, just ask for a Hendrick’s & Tonic) and you won’t be disappointed. Not only is this a popular destination for new and returning visitors to Portugal but it is also a favorite among the locals and a great place to network and meet new associates.  Here you can sit and watch the silent cartoons that play on the wall and drift away as you tune out the many conversations that vary from Portuguese; to French, Deutsch, English, and even Flemish (which I love to hear).  After a few drinks, it’s on to more bars where you can have your choice of any drink however I prefer to scout out the first bar with good Sangria (which on the Iberian Peninsula can be difficult since everyone claims to have the best).  After two or three hours of enjoying everything from samba to main stream pop hits at different venues, it’s time for a change of scenery [This is where it gets good].

By any account you can call me a Club Hopper because this is exactly how I measure my night, I hop from one club to the next.  For some reason or another I seem to attract a group of people who are more than happy to invite me along for a good time. Now don’t get it twisted, I tend to have a group with me already but somehow my care free “I just want to dance” persona gets the best of me and I tend to end up partying with total strangers.
By any account you can call me a Club Hopper because this is exactly how I measure my night, I hop from one club to the next. For some reason or another I seem to attract a group of people who are more than happy to invite me along for a good time. Now don’t get it twisted, I tend to have a group with me already but somehow my care free “I just want to dance” persona gets the best of me and I tend to end up partying with total strangers.

Like a true club nomad I carry myself to the first place I can think of right off the Marginal because at 2am the bars are just closing and it’s time to get it in.  Main and/or Music Box are normally my first choices to kick off my night of dancing.  Both play an eclectic assortment of music and are culturally diverse enough to where I can let loose.  I normally cannot go in these spots sober because the amount of life surging through the place requires you to already be on that level, if you catch my drift.  Heavy with Techno and House Music these places are where I imagine my European Experience to truly have started. I envision when I am close to death the flashing lights and crazy memories  of these places will play in my head like a movie reel  with “One day we’ll be old” or “We are Young” as the soundtrack playing in the background.

After an hour or so I am off to find my final destination just on the other side of the bridge in Amora. If I have had too much to drink I stay on the Lisboa side of the bridge and go to Docks which is hands down (if I plan my night right) the best spot for me.  Nevertheless, across the bridge is a whole street dedicated to discotecas. My top pick is Discoteca Ondeando which is solely an Africana Discoteca…  I get every bit of my multicultural life in there.  The enjoyment I get from the experience always feels like a new thrill, this is probably because at this point my learning curve is limited to grooving to a new song or learning a new dance. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy learning new words but my elementary Portuguese makes dancing the only form of communication that matters and this is a language I know all too well!

On the nights that I prefer to frequent the clubs in Lisboa there is an array of Angolan music and I enjoy every bit of it, the beats and rhythm are similar to music heard in the West Indies.  On Friday or Saturday I go to Docks and on Sundays I hit up BBC (but this is if I am up to it, because a brother has to work on Monday). At Docks rich vibes blare from the speakers with the sounds of Kudoro, Sembas, and Kizomba music along with a few Hip-Hop tunes remixed to fit the style of the local clientele.  I normally sweat like a hooker in church as I dance, but I get the best photos and after working up an appetite and releasing every bit of stress from the weeks prior; I like to take in one last look of the amazing view that Docks has to offer.  As I the “Americano” affectionately says “Ciao Ciao” giving the typical double kiss on the cheeks to the ladies and a solid hand shake/half hug to the fellas, I kiki one last time as we part ways and look to find jackets, bags, or our friends we came with.  The feeling of soberness settles in as the sunrises in the back drop over the mouth of the Tagus River and the Cristo Rei over looks us.  At this point I am tired and it is time to head to a café for a quick pastry and coffee before I go home to crash and burn.  Around 8 or 9AM the next day, I pour my favorite local red wine or vinho tinto and settle in.

A night full of culture and music is by my standard a good one.  Almost all of my Portuguese friends I have met randomly, through some concert or a night of clubbing.  Every time I leave the house for a night of clubbing I say to myself “Try something new, do something different” and this is why everyone says “If you go with Taz just be ready to come back in the afternoon” it has and does happen.  I play hard and work even harder. Look out for a few more exciting posts in April when I am back in full party mode.

Here is a link to some music, if you want to experience some of the more common sounds heard in the Portuguese clubs, I frequent.  There are multiple mixes so go through and see if you like it, I promise it’s so worth it. Drop a comment below and tell me your thoughts.


Jovial Jaunts is a personal blogger series hosted by Tazeem Rumal. Taz will document his travels, share his experiences living abroad, offer his opinions on topics and venture out to ask thought provoking questions.

Attention, all entrepreneurs: Entrepreneur Magazine’s 6th Annual Growth Conference will be held in New Orleans, LA

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Common (@Common)- War


Common releases the first single “War” off his forthcoming No I.D.-produced album, Nobody Smiling. It is a concept album about the violence and hopelessness in the worst neighborhoods of Common’s Chicago hometown. “War,” digs deep into Chicago’s recent “Chiraq” nickname, meditating on the idea that the kids getting killed on the street have something in common with child soldiers in other parts of the world.

Israel’s strick new immigration policy against migrant Africans ignites wide spread protests. |#StreetIntell #WorldNews

Increased arrests and aggressive measures towards African migrants have been going on for weeks now since the issuance of the December 10th  law by Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. The law allows for the detention of migrants without trail for up to one year. Many migrants or “infiltrators” as the government calls them are illegal residents seeking asylum due to conflict in their homelands. Majority of the migrants are said to come from Sudan, South Sudan, and Eritrea.

At the Tel Aviv rally. January 5, 2013.
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The Israeli government has been rounding up illegal immigrants and requesting that they report to various holding camps such as Holot, an open detention facility in the Negev.  The new aggressive response to the influx of African migrants is said to be border control but is beginning to look a lot like ethnic discrimination by the Israeli government. Many of the migrants are simply demanding the right to live and work in the country as they await their asylum bids to be processed. I presume that the Israeli government must feel that migrants pose a threat to their demographic identity because the nature of the state of Israel was formed solely for Jewish nationalists.  However, it appears to me that the migrants simply want just treatment and for the government to understand that they don’t wish to stay they simply need a safe place to live and work until order is restored in their homeland.

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In response to Israel’s actions thousands of migrants all across the state have staged multiple peaceful protests demanding recognition of their basic human rights.  Many of which are also participating in a 3 day strike from work which has attributed to the temporary shutdown of some local hotels, stores and cafes.  According to the Sydney Morning Herald this is reported to be one of the largest rallies ever staged by migrants in the Jewish state.