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    Recap: Broccoli City Festival 2017

    May 8th, 2017

    Its been five years since Broccoli City Festival first touched the grounds of Washington D.C., a festival curated by Howard University graduate Brandon McEachern to implement the importance of healthy eating and sustainable communities for African Americans. This years festival brought out nearly ten thousand people to a rainy Gateway D.C., where crowd goers hovered under umbrellas, rain coats, plastic bags and anything they could use to cover their heads from the on and off rain to catch the performances.

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    The show which  featured acts like Future, Jhene Aiko, The Internet and more in the past pulled all the stops this year bringing out heavy hitters like  Solange Knowles, Rae Sremmurd and Lil’ Yachty amongst others.

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    There are only a handful of festivals that take place in the D.M.V. area, so every time one takes place it’s a gigantic reunion where attendees look forward to vibing out to good music, eating great food and hanging with friends. Broccoli did everything in their power to make festival goers have an out of the box experience this year including; a 3D Planned Parenthood activation, photo booths, extraordinary vendors who offered a variety of unquie items. However, our favorite activation was from Toyota which concert goers could hop in one of their show cars and create their own music video.

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    This years artist did not disappoint as well, besides the heavy hitters, artist like One Love, Rhapsody, 21 Savage, Chaz French, Rejjie Snow, Sir The Baptist, and Kevin Abstract took the stage. However, Solange certainly stood out with her extremely artistic performance with songs like Cranes In The Sky and T.O.N.Y., she even surprised fans by coming into the crowd to shake hands.

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    And of course it wouldn’t be Broccoli City if it wasn’t some turn up and Rae Sremmurd left it all on the stage. They performed all of their hits including Black Beatles, No Type and several more. They turned Gateway into an unforgettable live party that made Broccoli’s fifth year celebration one to remember. We can’t wait until next year!

     

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    Recap: Ann Taylor Hosts Design Sponge Founder Grace Bonney & Friends for Cocktails & Conversation

    March 15th, 2017

    Last week, womenswear brand Ann Taylor hosted Grace Bonney, the creator of popular lifestyle and design website Design*Sponge, for an evening of cocktails and conversation at the Dupont Circle Ann Taylor location.

    More than 100 women from the District were there, including media, influencers, entrepreneurs and alumni from the HERlead Fellowship program, a groundbreaking partnership between Ann Inc. and Vital Voices aimed at training and empowering the next generation of female leaders,

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    Attendees were treated to a unique networking and panel discussion event moderated by Bonney, featuring a quartet of powerhouse entrepreneurs from the D.C. area: Amanda McClements, owner of Salt & Sundry; Carolyn Misterek, founder of Matine; Jamyla Bennu, co-founder of Oyin Handmade and Ximena Hartsock, co-founder of Phone2Action.

    The four panelists imparted their business expertise and wisdom on modern womanhood during the hour-long discussion about entrepreneurship and social change.

    The discussion concluded with a special Q&A, allowing guests to seek first-hand tips and tricks from the influential women.

    Guests also enjoyed light bites and drinks as they perused Ann Taylor’s Spring 2017 collection and took home signed copies of Bonney’s bestselling new book, In the Company of Women, as a gift with purchase.

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    The event took place just one day after International Women’s Day and Vital Voices’ 20th Anniversary Gala honoring Hillary Rodham Clinton, and helped serve as a sneak peak into the fashion brand’s new monthly discussion series with the author, featuring stories of inspired and inspiring women.

    The series will launch on www.AnnTaylor.com in early Spring.

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    Recap: D’usse Power Couple Brunch At Home Maid

    February 21st, 2017

    This past Sunday afternoon,  D’usse brand ambassador  Azikiwe Deveaux hosted a power couple brunch honoring some of the city’s most notable stand out husband and wives at Baltimore’s newest black owned hot spot Home Maid ( 1400 Key Highway) .

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    The afternoon featured a menu curated by D’usse which included infused french toast, chicken and waffles, shrimp, salmon and grits. Everything was absolutely delicious! Our favorite part of the menu was of course the carefully crafted  D’usse cocktails for the event; LemonMaid (get it? ha) and Lorraine75.

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    Home Maid’s quaint feel, made us literally feel right at home. The restaurant while intimate, is very inviting. It’s obvious that each dish is made with love, especially their grandma style homemade biscuits that we all couldn’t get enough of.  Couples enjoyed fellowshipping with one another and playing games, one of which had us all impersonating our spouses and it was absolutely hilarious! It was inspiring to see that each couple there was helping the Baltimore and surrounding community thrive in some way.

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    Some of our favorite fab couples included; Keisha and Jameel McClain, Nick and Marilyn Mosby, and Ashley and D.J. Quicksilva.

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    “We wanted to honor you all because you set the example willingly,”  brand ambassador Azikiwe Deveaux  expressed. “You all show how it should be done.”

    What a fabulous day and we can’t wait for the next event!

     

     

     

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    Recap: UrbanDaddy and INFINITI Host Exclusive Dining Experience with Celebrity Chef Roblé Ali

    February 20th, 2017

    Last Wednesday night at Long View Gallery (1234 9th Street)  an exclusive dining experience was hosted by UrbanDaddy and premium automaker INFINITI. The two joined forces to host a delicious and absolutely fabulous intimate dinner  with celebrity Chef Roblé Ali and we couldn’t get enough!  More than 120 influencers from the fashion & beauty, tech, political, business, media and entertainment worlds gathered for an evening of decadence, featuring a multi-course dinner of elaborate food stations sprinkled throughout the gallery space.

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    While experiencing Chef Roblé’s one-of-a-kind bites and sipping champagne, wine, beer and cocktails, guests — including former First Lady Michelle Obama’s hair stylist and makeup artist Johnny Wright and Carl Ray, Washington Redskins legend Gary Clark, D.C. Film Office Director Angie Gates and many more — enjoyed tunes from DJ Jerome Baker and live performances of Top 40 hits by the Kris Funn Band and pop violinist Michelle Kim.

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    Celebrity Chef Roblé Ali, Infiniti’s Kim Eubank and UrbanDaddy Founder and CEO Lance Broumand at the UrbanDaddy x Infiniti Evening of Decadence dinner

    INFINITI’s display of its new Q60S sports coupe and first-ever QX30 premium active crossover models blended within the elevated scene, which was decked out with chic florals, candlelight, plush seating and inspiring works of art hung throughout the gallery.

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    Celebrity Chef Roblé Ali, Infiniti’s Kim Eubank and UrbanDaddy Founder and CEO Lance Broumand at the UrbanDaddy x Infiniti Evening of Decadence dinner

    “There’s no better destination for an evening of decadence, celebration and just plain old fun than the nation’s capital,” said UrbanDaddy Founder and CEO Lance Broumand of the event. “We are so thankful to our partners INFINITI and Chef Roblé for a night of amazing culinary creativity and thought-provoking conversation with some of the city’s most influential and interesting people. What a night!”

    What a night indeed!

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    Review: Gunther’s & Co. Restaurant

    January 6th, 2017

    Stepping into Gunther’s & Co. (3650 Toone St.) for the first time is a great reminder of why they call Baltimore “Charm City.”

    The relatively new restaurant opened this past summer and it does not disappoint.

    Upon entrance you step into a large exposed brick bar that looks beyond gorgeous in this renovated boiler room turned cocktail hot spot.

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    Although my girlfriends and I could have easily eaten in the bar we went to the dining side of the restaurant which was equally as gorgeous with two levels that include large intimate booths, low lighting and family style rectangular tables. It’s absolutely stunning!

    We indulged in red wine, the mac n’ cheese, french fries, Butternut Squash Ravioli and so much more! Everything was absolutely delicious.

    I highly recommend you try it out! Yummers.

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    Video Recap: Reginald F. Lewis Museum Gala

    January 6th, 2017

    There’s nothing like a fabulous gala and one of our favorite is the annual Reginald F. Lewis Museum gala held every winter. Check out the video recap below and make sure attend this great cause next year!

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    Recap: Philanthropik Brings Out Baltimore Socialities to The Four Seasons

    December 23rd, 2016

    One of our favorite events of the holiday season, “Philanthropik” took place last Thursday evening at the Four Seasons Hotel (200 International Drive). The annual event is held to benefit the Ronald McDonald House and it always brings out many notables from the city.

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    Attendees enjoyed an intimate evening complete with cocktails, hor d’oeuvres, a live band and music by D.J. Lil Mic. Newly elected Mayor Catherine Pugh encouraged the crowd to always give back and do their best to make Baltimore a better place. Former Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake as well as the Nick and Marilyn Mosby were both in attendance. We also spotted Roc-Naton executive Shawn Pecas as well. It was an absolutely fabulous night for a great cause curated by Sonje Productions. We can’t wait until next year!

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    Recap: Raheem DeVaughn, Kelley Price, Wale, Chrisette Michele & More Perform At Howard Theater

    December 23rd, 2016

    The Stars Aligned In Washington, DC in support of the 3rd Annual Raheem DeVaughn and Friends Benefit Charity Concert on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at The Historic Howard Theater (620 T Street). Presented by The LoveLife Foundation and AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), attendees were treated to performances by Grammy Nominated Recording Artists: Raheem DeVaughn, Chrisette Michele, Kelly Price and Tweet; Hit Fox TV’s Empire Breakout Artist, V.Bozeman; DC Fan Favorites: Rare Essence, Black Alley Band, and The CrossRhodes; Actor- Chaz Shepard, Music Newcomer: Chantil Dukart, and Radio One DJs: DJ Rico and DJ Quicksilva. The highlights of the evening were appearances by GRAMMY Nominated RCA Recording Artist, Ro James and DMV’s own Maybach Music Recording Artist, Wale.

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    The 3rd Annual Raheem DeVaughn & Friends Holiday Concerts aimed to help raise funds and awareness through DeVaughn’s non-profit organization, The LoveLife Foundation. The LoveLife Foundation provides monetary support for youth and education initiatives, scholarships, women’s issues, and community programming. This year, The LoveLife Foundation has partnered with AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) to present this benefit concert as a means to further educate the community at large on progress of HIV/AIDS Prevention in the hopes to eradicate the global pandemic.

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    The 3rd Annual Raheem DeVaughn & Friends Holiday Concert was also supported by media sponsorship Majic 102.3 FM and 93.9 FM WKYS (Radio One DC) and DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment (OCTFME).

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    For more information, please visit www.lovelifefoundationdmv.org

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    Recap: Reginald F. Lewis Museum Gala

    November 21st, 2016

    The Reginald F. Lewis Museum ( 830 E. Pratt St.) Gala took place last weekend at the illustrious museum brining out nearly one thousand of the cities notables, influencers and charitable gives.  We had an absolute ball at the unique gala which featured a different theme on each floor of the museum.

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    Guests enjoyed a Casino Room, a dance floor featuring D.J. Lil’ Mic, a photo booth station, a live band, poets, comedians and so much more. The absolutely delicious food ( we loved the jerk wings) was catered by Class Act Catering with featured bars by Martell Blue Swift Cocktails & Papas Pilar Rum Punch and Nuvo.

    Baltimore notables included Mayor Elect Catherine Pugh, Delegate Antonio Hayes, Councilman Brandon Scott Comptroller Joan Pratt, States Attorney Marilyn Mosby, Councilman Nick Mosby, Councilman Carl Stokes, J. Russell Fuggett, Executive Director Wanda Draper, Honorary Co Chairs Aaron Maybin and Gala Chairwoman Chezia Cager. 

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    100% of proceeds going Reginald F. Lewis Museum Operations and CAP (Children’s Access Program) that buses students to the museum free. It was a wonderful event and we cannot wait until next year!

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    Recap: Mary J. Blige Talks Her Divorce at ‘King and Queen of Hearts’ Tour Stop in DC

    November 7th, 2016

    Thousands of women flocked to the Verizon Center (601 F Street NW) last night, dressed in their best, to see Mary J. Blige and Maxwell on their “King and Queen of Hearts” D.C. tour stop.

    Mary hit the stage first kicking the night off with some of her biggest hits like “Just Fine,” “I Can Love You,” “Share My World,” and a number of uptempo hits.

    The audience stood the entire time and chanted “Go Mary!” as she did her famous two-step all across the stage — in thigh-high boots — in a way that only Mary can.

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    Later in her performance, she slowed it down to perform her famous heartbreak ballots like “I’m Going Down,” “No More Drama” and “Not Gon’ Cry” to name a few.

    In the middle of her “No More Drama” performance, Mary paused to speak on her impending divorce with her estranged husband.

    “What’s real is I’m going through some real heavy shit,” the singer told the audience with her voice cracking. “Real heavy.”

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    She bowed her head a bit with her blue fedora hat cocked to the side and continued belting out her hits as the audience cheered in support.

    Maxwell closed the show with very low energy compared to Mary. Still, the audience enjoyed his rendition of Prince songs and “This Woman’s Work” in which he payed homage to “Black Lives Matter” with video clips of young black men and women, who have died throughout the pass few years.

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    All in all it was a beautiful show that captured my heart indeed.

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