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Google and the National Museum of African American History and Culture rounded out this year’s Congressional Black Caucus week with an impressive invite-only celebration at the Howard Theatre (620 T St NW, Washington, DC 20001).
The co-sponsored event meshed 21st century technology with the colorful and historic elements of African American culture to celebrate the newest, and highly-anticipated, addition to the Smithsonian family.
D.C.’s famous soul-food supper club was furnished in true Google fashion, with innovative tech destinations and demonstrations including a 360 photo activation where guests posed for interactive pics; virtual reality stations where attendees explored the remarkable streets of New Orleans; and a 3D Tile Exhibit where guests interacted with artifacts featured in the museum. Event attendees also got to take home NMAAHC branded versions of the low-cost virtual reality headsets offered by Google.
The buffet and passed h’ors d’oeuvres provided a sneak preview of the regional dish concept featured at the NMAAHC’s Sweet Home Café. Guests enjoyed flavorful dishes – my favorite being the collard greens and bacon flatbread pizza – in between sips of wine and specialty cocktails from the open bar. Other crowd-pleasing dishes included fried oysters, sweet potato fries with garlic aioli sauce, BBQ chicken sliders, crab cakes, creole style shrimp po’boys, and avocado & crab rolls.
The evening effortlessly and intentionally transitioned from a laid-back smooth jazz climate to a sophisticated turn-up with live orchestra performances and soulful renditions of today’s hip-hop, funk and soul hits from D.C. based band Black Alley.
Google didn’t only celebrate the museum during CBC Week. In fact, the technology behemoth gave a $1 million grant and 3D exhibit to the museum.
The weekend long celebration surrounding the opening of the museum will include a Freedom Sounds Festival with performances from The Roots, Living Colour and Public Enemy.
Tomorrow, President Barack Obama is scheduled to cut the ribbon at the dedication and grand opening of the African American Museum of History and Culture. What a time to be alive!
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Washington Redskins’ wide receiver Pierre Garçon hosted his 4th Annual All White Charity Event benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington D.C. (BGCGW) last Thursday.
“I’ve been fortunate to call the D.C. area home for the past four years and to see how much the All-White Charity Event has grown in that time is astonishing,” he said in a statement. “Along with the Boys & Girls Clubs, we are helping to improve our community one kid at a time and I couldn’t be prouder to be part of that change.”
The all-white soiree brought an abundance of Redskins players including Kirk Cousins, Ryan Kerrigan, Trent Williams, Chris Baker, Niles Paul, Kedric Golston and Bashaud Breeland to the Millennium Building (1909 K Street NW) in Northwest D.C.
Athletes, socialites, and District influencers were not the only VIPs in attendance — hip hop icon Doug E. Fresh graced the crowd with a surprise performance.
Event attendees posed for pictures on the blue carpet, enjoying complimentary champagne, gambling tables and a live band before heading to the scenic rooftop for the main event. Partygoers – and there was plenty of them – mingled and danced to throwback tunes courtesy of DJ Pablo Paco while sipping event-themed cocktails provided by Tito’s Handmade Vodka and D’USSÉ.
This year, Pierre sold a variety of live auction items. The event helped raise nearly $100,000 for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington.
The fun didn’t stop once the charity event ended. The party continued down the block as many trekked to Shadow Room (2131 K St NW).
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L8 (727 15th Street NW, DC), the district’s newest hot spot, proved to be the perfect addition to D.C.’s lounge scene at their grand opening on Wednesday night. Situated in the heart of the capital, the accessible location makes the venue an easy choice for socialites looking to take full advantage of D.C. nightlife.
More than 200 guests gathered at the chic venue — which used to the same space our beloved Recess Lounge occupied — to partake in the L8 grand opening experience. Lounge employees supplied guests with tasty hor d’oeuvres from popular D.C. restaurant Barcode. Cucumber tuna ceviche and bacon wrapped scallops were two of my favorite items featured on the menu of delicious bite-sized treats.
Attendees also enjoyed the complimentary open bar as DJ Ri5e and DJ Dirty Hands kept the crowd engaged with a diverse mix of classic and current music.
From the plush wall decor and sparkling chandeliers to the polished chrome bars and exposed brick, L8’s interior exudes a sophisticated, extravagant and exclusive vibe.
Following the lead of sister club Soundcheck (1420 K Street NW), L8 is a guaranteed good time for party-goers seeking a high-quality experience.
Be sure to check out Privilege Mondays, #L8Tuesdays, or NGHTLF Wednesdays at L8 this summer. Don’t be L8!
Photo Credit: Joy Asico
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Marlon Wayans stopped into D.C. last week. He’s hot on the promo tour, pushing his latest film comedy, “Fifty Shades of Black.”
The actor spoke with DC Fab! about his new film, in which he’s spoofing the blockbuster movie “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
Marlon told us that in his film he made Christian Black “more of a stalker” and “a worse lover.”
DC Fab!: Why “Fifty Shades of Grey?” There’s plenty of romantic movies that have come out?
Marlon Wayans: Here’s why: For me, anytime I can do sex and comedy — my two favorite things — it’s a no brainer. Since “Don’t Be a Menace,” [I’ve done] sex and comedy. It’s just what I do. I’ve always been that kid that humped stuffed animals. …Sex, we all do it. If you haven’t done it, you’re curious about it. It’s fun to explore that and add different elements to it. What’s a Black girl’s take on it? What’s a white girl’s take on it? What’s an Asian girl’s take on it? And we have a montage of that. For me, it’s just discovering the world of sex and here’s the reason to do it with this character and it’s a lot of fun.
I heard this may be your last parody film for a while. Is that true?
It’s my last one for a while. I’m taking a break. I’m going to do other comedies. I just want to do comedy, period. I want to an action comedy, a magical comedy like a “Liar, Liar.” I want to do like a family film. I want to explore. …I’ve been a part of such a great legacy being a Wayans, but now these last three years I’ve departed and I’ve been working on Marlon.
People have read the book and have seen “Fifty Shades of Gray.” So what type of sex scenes or crazy sex scenes did you take from the movie?
We took all of the scenes from the movie. We did our own play and our own take, but we added a couple. …It’s kind of how I see the world [in] a twisted way. I go to funerals and everyone’s crying, and I’m sitting there like, ‘Yo, do you see those shoes? He ain’t going to heaven with them shoes.’ I always got jokes.
When it’s all said and done, what is Marlon Wayans’ legacy?
I don’t know. I know I’m not going to change the world. Not yet. The world’s too big to try and change. All I can do is change the mood. I just want to make people smile. I’ve wanted to make people smile since the first time my mother laughed when I was one-and-a-half. And she laughed. To see a woman smile, it’s everything.
Going back to your professional future and career, do you plan to make any movies with the next generation of Wayans?
I always infuse them. I always put a Wayans inside. I got nieces and nephews….I put Greg in there. I put Shauntee in there. I always try and find someway and somehow to weave in a Wayans.
How is it working with Mike Epps?
It’s a lot of fun. I was scared at first. You [hear] all these [rumors like], ‘Mike is crazy. Mike is crazy.’ It was fun. …If you watch a lot of my movies, when I got like Cedric [the Entertainer] or like a Mike Epps in my movie, what I do is play the straight man. I allow those guys to get off, because I know I’ll have my moments within the movie. For me, I want the team to work. I like people to score. There’s nothing better for me than watching somebody score. I just throw them the basket like BOW!
How do you keep it real without coming off wack?
I do my movies. Me and my producer, Rick Alvarez, we write our movies. We produce our movies. I star in our movies. Director Mike Titus; he works closely with us. At the end of the day I got final cut, and I get to choose what I want to do, what I want to put in, what I want to take out, good bad and different. You learn all the way.
Where do you like to stop by when you go to DC?
I go to Howard [University]. I usually always stop by there. I went to school there. Blue Duck Tavern (1201 24th Street NW).
“Fifty Shades of Black” hits theaters Jan. 29.
Editor’s Note: This interview has been edited for clarity. Top image credit: IG.
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