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    Recap: ‘Shots Fired’ Screening at the Newseum Brings Out Sanaa Lathan and DC Socialites

    March 10th, 2017

    Fox hosted a private screening Tuesday of its highly anticipated new series, “Shots Fired” at the Newseum (555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW).

    Over 500 Media invitees, VIP’s and D.C. tastemakers filled the theater to preview the new show.

    Before that, however, there were a number of special guests and VIP’s in attendance mingling. We spotted White House Correspondent for AURN, April Ryan, political strategist Angela Rye, retired NFL athlete Clinton Portis, musician Wes Felton, journalist Jawn Murray, radio host and TV commentator Mo Ivory, attorney/TV personality Kendell Renee Kelly, Fox 5 DC reporter Tisha Lewis and many more.

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    Great screening! #ShotsFired #newseum #DC

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    “Shots Fired,” written and directed by Reggie and Gina Prince Bythewood, centers on the shooting of a white college student by a black police officer, played by Mack Wilds.

    The shooting then uncovers another shooting not investigated by the small town police department, which brings seasoned investigator Ashe Akino, played by Sanna Lathan to town. She brings with her Stephan James‘ Preston Terry.

    After the cocktail hour,  guests screened an episode of the show. They were then treated to a panel discussion, featuring the cast, led by April Ryan.

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    The series premieres March 22 at 8/7c on FOX.

    Photo credit: Mike James

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    ‘Peace Ball’ Brings Stars and Activists to National Museum of African-American History & Culture

    January 20th, 2017

    Nearly 3000 people attended the star-studded “Peace Ball” at the mecca of black culture — The African American Museum of History & Culture Thursday night.

    The non-partisan event, hosted by Busboys and Poets‘ owner Andy Shallal, started back in 2009 and was created to recognize the social progress that’s been made over the past few years. Officially titled, “Voices of Hope and Resistance,” the event brought out activists, dignitaries, artists and individuals who share the common goal of looking past political differences and finding ways to come together in solidarity.

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    The mood of the event was celebratory, yet motivational at the same time. The evening featured speeches and performances about activism from entertainers, journalists, activists, and politicians such as Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.); poet Sonia Sanchez, political commentators Melissa Harris-Perry, Amy Goodman, and Van Jones; actors Ashley Judd and our beloved Danny Glover; author Alice Walker; Alicia Garza, Founder of the Black Lives Matter movement; and the legendary activist and scholar Angela Davis.
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    The highlights of the evening included performances from Esperanza Spalding and Solange Knowles. Solange, who headlined the event, performed “anthems of resistance,” as appropriately titled by Angela Davis.

    Sol Angel performed songs from her album “A Seat at the Table,” including “Rise,” “Weary,” “Mad,” “Don’t Touch My Hair,” and my favorite song on the album “Cranes in the Sky.”

    Esperanza performed with the assistance of Afro Blue, Howard University’s premiere choir.

    Still, what we loved to see at the ball was all of D.C. tastemakers come and show out. Here’s who we spotted, looking fabulous.

    Me and one of my besties @drewins 😍😍😍 love her to pieces:) #peaceballdc #peaceball #NMAAHC #DC #DCCool

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    Always a pleasure with this Queen. @iamashleighdemi #peaceball

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    Fun times at #peaceballdc

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    Recap: ‘Almost Christmas’ Brings Holiday Cheer to DC

    November 7th, 2016

    Allied Marketing hosted a private screening last Thursday of “Almost Christmas” at Regal Gallery Cinemas in Chinatown. D.C.

    Tastemakers and VIPs filled the theater to see the highly anticipated holiday comedy with an all-star cast including Gabrielle Union, Danny Glover, Kimberly Elise, Mo’Nique, Nicole Ari Parker, Omar Epps, Jesse Usher, J.B. Smoove, Keri Hilson, DC Young Fly and Romany Malco.

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    The film follows Walter (Glover), the beloved patriarch of the family, who invites his dysfunctional family to gather for five days over the Christmas holiday — for the first time — since the passing of their mother over a year ago.

    Of course, as with most families, it doesn’t take long before the fighting, teasing and competition to begin, especially once secrets are revealed and marriages are tested.

    Eventually, the family finds a way to honor their mother and grant their father his Christmas wish –of the family coming together and getting along.

    Although you will see the plot developments of this movie a mile away, it is an enjoyable dramedy reminiscent of past urban holiday classics like “This Christmas”.  It is guaranteed to make you laugh, cry and then laugh some more.

    “Almost Christmas” opens nationwide on Nov. 11.

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    Recap: TV One’s VIP Screening of ‘Ringside’ Takes Over Landmark E Street Cinema

    September 1st, 2016

    TV One along with nationally syndicated radio host Russ Parr, hosted an exclusive screening of Ringside on Tuesday at the Landmark E. Street Cinema in Chinatown.

    Media invitees and VIPs filled the theater to see TV One’s latest original film presented by Majic 102.3 and director/writer/producer Parr.

    The film features an all-star talented cast: Tyler Lepley (The Haves and the Have Nots), Allen Maldonado (Straight Outta Compton), Julissa Bermudez (Meet the Browns), singer Sevyn Streeter, TeQuan Richmond (Ray, Everybody Hates Chris), Jackie Long, (ATL), radio personality Charlamagne Tha God and of course Parr.

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    The film follows Jaxon (Lepley), a rising professional fighter who prepares for a big boxing match with the arrogant, egotistical, self-aggrandized, and steroid-taking boxing champion Spencer “Timber” Collier (Maldonado). Timber utilizes every trick in the book to knock Jaxon off his game mentally and physically. Despite Jaxson being a highly-educated, self-motivated and loyal man, he encounters multiple challenges – family drama, groupies, manager with addiction issues and love – all while trying to accomplish the task at hand; winning the middleweight championship title.

    Following the screening, Parr hosted a Q&A session with the Ringside cast members in attendance, Bermudez, Moldonado, Long and Lepley.

    Ringside premieres on TV One Sunday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. ET with an encore presentation at 9 p.m. ET.

    Photo Credit: Carlita Pitts

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    Recap: Capital Solstice, A Pop-Up Black Tie Dinner Soiree, Brings Out the Best of DC

    August 6th, 2016

    The place to be on Friday night in DC (besides President Obama’s 55th Birthday Bash), was Timothy Thompson Concepts‘ summer soiree called “Capital Solstice.”

    Hosted by WPGC’s Guy Lambert, the formal event raised money to support Becky’s Fund, a non-profit organization whose mission is to raise awareness about domestic violence.

    The black-tie dinner and gala took place at Echostage (2135 Queens Chapel Road NE) and the venue was transformed into a trendy, yet elegant atmosphere that was visually stimulating.

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    PR guru Candice Mackel and Nicole Williams flank The Fab Empire’s Carlita Pitts (center)

    Each attendee had the opportunity to listen to live music and dine on a succulent nine course tapas style dinner, prepared with food from local farmer’s markets.

    The menu, prepared by Thompson, included seafood corn chowder, pan roasted salmon fricassee, short ribs, salads and a variety of desserts.

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    The highlight of the evening was a fashion presentation provided by International designer Korto Momolu, the first runner-up on Season Five of Project Runway. All of the designs were beautiful and had an “island” theme.

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    DC’s elite was definitely in the building.  We spied radio personality Sunni and the City; television and radio host Danella Sealock and former reality TV star Demetria Lucas D’Oyley.

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    Recap: DC Refined Welcome Party at Hawthorne

    May 18th, 2016

    It was a beautiful evening on the rooftop of one of U Street’s newest restaurants, Hawthorne (1336 U Street NW) — formerly Tabaq Bistro —  while some of the DMV’s finest attended the excusive launch of WJLA’s newest digital platform, DC Refined.

    DC Refined is an online lifestyle and culture magazine that will provide coverage ranging from travel to sports to fashion to food to arts.

    The online magazine, launched by WJLA ABC 7, will highlight what makes the D.C. area special. DC Refined segments will also air weekly on co-owned NewsChannel 8’s Let’s Talk Live,  lifestyle program.

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    Guests of the event were treated to complimentary beverages, while networking with fellow attendees.

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    Recap: American University’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner Viewing Party

    May 4th, 2016

    American University’s Entertainment and Media Alumni Alliance hosted an exclusive viewing party with industry leaders from the entertainment, media and political sectors in D.C. to celebrate President Obama’s final appearance at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner — the most high-profile annual social event in the district.

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    No ticket to the actual dinner? No problem! In fact, the celebration, held at the Hotel Palomar (2121 P. Street NW) in Dupont Circle, was most represented by a wide variety of organizations including ABC News, The Washington Post, Radio One, The Associated Press, NPR and more.

    Upon arrival, attendees dressed in “creative casual attire,” were greeted with cocktails and had photos taken by the “paparazzi” with President Obama himself! (Sike; a cardboard cut out. But hey!)

    Along with enjoying cocktails, guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres (which were based off of past WHCD menus) and a live viewing of the red carpet arrivals, as well as, the main event.

    It was a great evening during D.C’s annual “Nerd Prom” and a good time was had by all.

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    For more information about AU’s Entertainment and Media Alumni Alliance, please contact Carlita Pitts.

    Photo Credit: Surpass Visuals/Weikerken Altema

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    Recap: Snoop Dogg Lights Up Echostage, Honors Prince Onstage

    April 26th, 2016

    I recently trekked to Northeast D.C. last Friday to Echostage (2135 Queens Chapel Road NE) to see one of my favorite hip hop artists Snoop Dogg perform. I arrived at 10:30 p.m., thinking the concert would start no later than midnight, but I was wrong.

    As I entered the nearly packed venue, I walked directly to the front of the stage to claim my spot. As I danced to the sounds of classic 90s music, the hosts of the event, D.C.’s dynamic duo DJ Quicksilva and Lil Mo, took the stage to hype the crowd. Lil Mo even briefly performed her hit “Superwoman.”

    Then, to our surprise, they brought out Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg to talk about his love for Snoop and briefly reflect on his childhood growing up in D.C. He said he grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland to be exact.

    Once “The Fam” exited the stage, Snoop fans started screaming and cheering, anticipating the icon’s arrival. Little did we know that we would wait another two hours before the concert would start.

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    Needless to say, the crowd was very anxious. Some even started booing and a number of folks even left the venue thinking that Snoop wasn’t coming at all!

    At exactly 1:15 a.m., the hip hop icon finally took the stage and the crowd went crazy. He performed some of his classic hits such as “Gin and Juice,” “Nuthin but a G Thang” and “Young, Wild and Free.”

    He even did a tribute to fallen hip hop and R&B legends, 2 Pac, Biggie, Eazy E and our beloved Prince.

    Although the concert started waaayy too late and he only performed for about 45 minutes, it was a great show. He performed the songs that die hard fans wanted to hear and the stage designs were visually stimulating.

    In fact, watch Snoop honor Prince during his set:

    Photo Credit: Carlita Pitts for The Fab Empire

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    Recap: ‘The Perfect Match’ Screening in DC

    March 11th, 2016

    On Wednesday, Allied Marketing hosted a private screening of The Perfect Match at Regal Gallery Cinemas in Chinatown.

    Media invitees and D.C. tastemakers filled the theater to see the highly anticipated romantic comedy with an all-star cast including Terrence J, Paula Patton, Lauren London, Donald Faison, Brandy Norwood, French Montana and P. Diddy’s main lady, Cassie Ventura.

    The film follows Charlie (Terrence J), a handsome and super successful entertainment executive, who rejects the notion of long-term relationships, until he is challenged by his two best friends to stick with one woman for a month and avoid getting attached.

    Of course, the lothario that Charlie is, he confidently accepts the challenge. Coincidentally, it was at that moment that he meets his ideal partner, the mysterious yet gorgeous Eva (Cassie Ventura) at the same juice bar that he frequents often. After exchanging pleasantries, Charlie and Eva determine that they are both looking for the same thing — a no-strings attached relationship. They hit it off beautifully, but within a few weeks, their relationship takes an interesting turn.

    Although you will see the plot developments of this movie a mile away, it is an enjoyable dramedy reminiscent of past urban classics.  It is guaranteed to make you laugh, as it takes you through Charlie’s journey of finding love.

    The Perfect Match opens nationwide today!

     

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    Recap: ‘An Evening of Style’ Kicks Off 2016 Washington Auto Show

    January 25th, 2016

    Automotive Rhythms along with Cadillac, BOSE, NAMAD and WANADA brought out hundreds of D.C. influencers last Wednesday to Long View Art Gallery (1234 9th Street, NW) to kick off the 2016 Washington Auto Show with an “Evening of Style.”

    The evening, hosted by WPGC’s Guy Lambert, provided guests with an exclusive preview of the all-new Cadillac CTS-V.

    The room was packed with media types, socialites and D.C. elite including D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Grammy-nominated singer Raheem DeVaughn, and beauty and lifestyle expert, Paul Wharton.

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    The event, which was a fusion of art, fashion, music and culture offered a unique showcase of Cadillac’s newest vehicle.  As the gallery doors opened, guests were greeted by models dressed in elegant evening attire, provided by D.C.-based KAS Collection.

    The rhythmic sounds of DJ Jerome Baker III filled the air as the attendees danced and snapped selfies of themselves inside the CTV.

    Complimentary cuisine and signature spirits were provided by Courvoisier and Effen Vodka. And the first 150 guests were treated with swag bags, which included tickets to the 2016 Washington Auto Show and Mothers car care products.

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