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2017 is shaping up to be a great year for black cinema and the D.C. premiere of “Girl’s Trip,” held earlier this week, proved it.
The evening started with a private reception at 701 Restaurant (701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW). The audience, which consisted of media professionals and D.C. VIPs, were greeted at the door with signature drinks, a curated menu with New Orleans style cuisine and the sounds of a brass band.
The attendees also got the opportunity to chat and take photos with one of the stars of the film, D.C.’s own Regina Hall.
The screening, hosted by NBC Universal and Comcast, was held at the Burke Theater.
It brought out hundreds of attendees, including D.C. notables such as CNN political commentator Symone Sanders, political activist Janaye Ingram, and former White House executive David Johns.
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The screening kicked-off with a Q&A discussion with Regina, who also engaged the crowd in a game of “Never Have I Ever.” Oh boy!
“Girls Trip” is a hilarious and witty summer comedy, centered on four friends who met in college and reunite after falling out of touch.
Ryan (Regina Hall), a successful writer, was invited to Essence Festival for business and thought it was a great time to get her old crew, Sasha (Queen Latifah), Lisa (Jada Pinkett-Smith) and Dina (Tiffany Haddish) – aka The Flossy Posse – back together again for a girl’s trip.
During the trip, however, the women experience numerous challenges, and are forced to navigate through them while creating memories that will last a lifetime.
It’s a dope film for black women and even men who know what it’s like to wild out.
Go see “Girls Trip” when it comes out on Friday, June 21.
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Starz hosted a red carpet premiere and after party last night to celebrate “Power’s” upcoming season at the Newseum. To say that it was the hottest event in town would be a huge understatement.
The star-studded event brought out hundreds of people, including the entire cast of “Power,” and “The Real Housewives of Potomac” stars Gizelle Bryant, Karen Huger Thompson, Robyn Dixon and Monique Samuels.
Washington Wizards baller John Wall, radio personality Russ Parr, Jeff Johnson, Maggy Francois, Paul Wharton and many, many more also were spotted.
The Fab Empire briefly caught up with Lala Anthony, who plays LaKeisha Grant on the series, and asked her what surprises we can expect from the show this season.
“Whoa! If you thought that seasons 1 through 3 were crazy, just wait until you see season 4. This is, in my opinion, the best season ever. It just gets crazier and crazier and I can’t wait for you all to see it,” she gushed.
We also caught up with Michael Rainey, Jr., who plays little Tariq, and he told us how his character will change this season.
“Now that Ghost has been arrested, Tariqis wild this season. I mean really, really wild,” he hinted. “You all will be surprised to see how wild he really is.”
After the screening, Starz hosted an after party. Fab Award winner DJ Quicksilva was on the wheels and kept the party on their feet.
We had the opportunity to view the first episode of season 4 and we couldn’t agree with Lala more! This season will be crazy!
Season 4 of Power premieres Sunday, June 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Starz. You don’t want to miss it.
Photo credit: Photo by Aaron J./RedCarpetImages.net/Carlita Pitts
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Ford partnered with Essence Magazine to present “My City 4 Ways” to DC — an event featuring music, art and style celebrating DMV culture on Sunday.
The celebration, held at Long View Art Gallery, was hosted by “The Real’s” Loni Love along with celebrity stylist and designer Ty Hunter. It also featured a musical performance by D.C.’s own Ginuwine.
Guests were treated to the DMV’s finest in food, wine, art, culture and test rides and drives in Ford cars.
The room was packed with media, socialites, VIPs and D.C. elite.
We spotted journalists Jawn Murray, Demetria Lucas D’Oyley, and Paul Wharton, Robin and Andrea McBride, owners of Truvee Wine, and PR executive Humble Hill, just to name a few.
Check out some of the photos below:
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Just hours before the Broccoli City Festival brought Solange and others to D.C., media, VIPs, change makers and sustainability supporters attended a VIP dinner at Brasserie Beck (11o1 K Street NW) on Friday night, hosted by the Toyota Green Initiative (TGI).
The evening featured green eats, clean drinks and engaging conversation about sustainability and community service in the African-American community.
Among the attendees were journalist Jawn Murray, blogger Nicole Kane, Stic Man of Dead Prez, music executive Mali Hunter, Turning Natural Juice Bar founder Jerri Evans, The Fab Empire’s own Mia Fields-Hall and Toyota executives Mia Phillips and Berna Rivera.
Great night at the @ToyotaUSA Green Initiative VIP Dinner in DC. Fun conversation with Toyota executives Mia Phillips & Berna Riveira; got to meet the Stic.Man (@sticrbg) of the legendary Dead Prez; and music executive Mali Hunter (@iam_mali). Thanks to Sheila Eldridge & the amazing team at @WeAreMilesAhead for inviting me. #ToyotaGreen #BCFest2017 #GoingPlaces #Toyota #RedCarpet #Influencer #ToyotaShowcase #DeadPrez
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The event opened up with welcome remarks provided by the TGI Coalition, who discussed the importance of green living and how Toyota is a driving force in improving African-American communities.
Throughout the evening guests sipped on green juice provided by D.C.’s own Turning Natural, a special tasting menu curated by Brasserie Beck and pies compliments of Justice of the Pies.
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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.
“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.
The series premieres March 22 at 8/7c on FOX.
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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.
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.
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.
When you interview someone on a redcarpet and on the radio then march next to them in front of the White House #NoDAPL, then exchange a mutual respect at #PeaceBallDC you become FAMILY! Thx for the kind words @revyearwood I will continue our revolution✊🏾
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Picture Perfect! Our Family Editor @missnocepr pretty much ran the whole DC last night! As usual she ran & rocked the #RedCarpet and looked absolutely amazing while doing it! And what’s better than one editor?? Two Editors!! Our Bridal Editor @mrs.nassy Jackie Nassy #KiltIt in her gorgeous black gown!! Basically the entire #Squad is serving! What an awesome night! #squadgoals #theeditorscircle #officialistMag #peaceballdc #peaceball #womeninmedia #womeninbusiness #womeninentertainment #womeninPR #indieMag #writersofinstagram #journalist
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Mr. Glover liked this pic better… because I’m showing teeth he said!!😂😂 also met Ashley Judd Angela Davis Esperanza Spaulding and Solange Knowles… stayed in the moment and did not take many pics but it was truly a fun night… . . #peaceball #peaceballdc #peaceball2017 #busboysandpoets #nmaahc #inaugurationeve #dc #dcliving #dcnights #DannyGlover #viplounge #backstage #peaceandresistance
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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.
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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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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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.
Guests of the event were treated to complimentary beverages, while networking with fellow attendees.
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