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Cleveland-bred soul musician Aaron Abernathy hosted a private listening session, which aired last Sunday on Sirius XM, for his latest album Dialogue released in October.
Influencers, fans and music aficionados attended the session at the intimate studio, welcomed by Sirius XM Heart & Soul’s Dave Dickinson and hosted by music reporter Marcus Dowling.
Abernathy walked the audience through his album, playing track by track and explaining his inspiration, musical process and challenges as he brought his own internal dialogue to life.
During the Q&A portion, Abernathy also discussed Christianity, current musicians and issues such as economics, segregation, racial politics and being a Black man in America.
At the end of the listening sessions, Abernathy and his band Nat Turner played a few selections from his 2016 album Monologue and Dialogue.
The performance aired last Sunday on Sirius XM’s Heart & Soul and next week Abernathy takes his Dialogue on the road to Spain and London.
Learn more about Abernathy and his Dialogue when you visit aaronabernathy.com.
Photo credit: Kea Dupree
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You’re Invited: An Evening with ‘Black-ish’ Star Jenifer Lewis Discussing Her New Book ‘The Mother of Black Hollywood’October 27th, 2017
She’s the beloved sassy matriarch we all need, and now “Black-ish” star Jenifer Lewis is out with a brand new memoir to let you know who she is — “The Mother of Black Hollywood.”
Join Jennifer on Friday, Nov. 17 at The Tavern at Ivy City (1356 Okie Street NE) as she discusses her memoir along with her journey from poverty to Hollywood.
Of course, she’ll dish on all those lessons she’s learned along the way from battling dysfunction to an diagnosed mental illness, including a sex addiction.
Jenifer will be in conversation with Mocha Ochoa Nana, the CEO of The Oracle Group International.
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Thousands came out this past weekend for the three day line up of Break The Internet Fest in partnership with D.M.V Events and a host of others. The weekend which celebrated Howard University’s homecoming included performances from Cardi B., 21 Savage, Money Bagg Yo & several local D.C. artist.
The concert and festival series, curated in 2016 celebrates young millennial culture. Break The Internet Fest merges the importance of education with live music entertainment and offers financial aid for college students.
This year Break The Internet Fest organizers and 202 Creates partnered together to give a scholarship to a deserving D.C. resident and college student. This years winner was Ashley Bridges, who is currently a graduate student at George Washington University obtaining a masters in Cybersecurity Policy and Compliance.
Look out for more scholarships from BTI Fest in the new year!
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Calling all majorettes!
You and your team have a chance to win $25,000 in the #RadiantDanceOff, a national, online dance competition sponsored by HBCU Dance Corporation and The Radiant Collection.
The winning majorette team will receive new costumes designed by Clark Atlanta University alumna Brea Stinson, a celebrity costume and fashion designer.
“Working with some of the biggest entertainers in the world, I know how important it is to have high-performance dance gear that is both stylish and functional, something HBCU majorettes can relate to,” Stinson said in a statement. “During that time of the month, it can be challenging to feel like your best self, which is why I’m so excited to partner with the Tampax and Always Radiant Collection to inspire HBCU dancers to feel and look confident during their periods no matter what they wear.”
It’s super easy to enter:
From now until October 23, HBCU dance teams can submit their best performances on RadiantDanceOff.com.
Then get fans to vote from October 26 to November 15. The top five videos with the highest number of votes will be judged to determine the winner.
To boost your team’s chances of making it into a top spot, use the hashtag #RadiantDanceOffContest on social media and encourage your network to go to RadiantDanceOff.com to vote.
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As homecoming continues this weekend, Morehouse College kicked off their Homecoming festivities at the inaugural HBCU Power Awards Martin Luther King Jr International Chapelin Atlanta.
The evening honored actress Jada Pinkett Smith, Team Epiphany founder Coltrane Curtis, Next Management president Kyle Hagler, Atlanta Hawks Chief Diversity Officer Nzinga Shaw, Interscope Records VP Keinon Johnson, Warner Bros Records SVP Phylicia Fant, Wells Fargo EVP Beverly Anderson and Atlanta Housing Authority chair Rob Rumley.
The HBCU Power Awards were conceptualized by Morehouse alums Derek “Fonzworth Bentley” Watkins (c/o ’96), Jash’d Kambui Belcher (c/o ’99) and Roderick Hardamon (c/o ’98).
Hosted by Deon Cole, the evening featured performances by Morehouse Glee Club and Horns section and R&B singer H.E.R.
During award winner Smith’s moving acceptance speech, the actress spoke on the dynamics of power and the responsibility we all have to manage it wisely.
The Fab Empire spotted many celebrities at the awards, including producer Will Packer, supermodel Jessica White, actor Michael Jai White, style expert Tai Beauchamp, Atlanta Hawks Foundation EVP David Lee, creative consultant and entrepreneur Taiye Samuel, radio/tv personality Gary “With The Tea” Hayes, singer Dondria Nicole, rapper Silento, author Zane and many more.
Photo credit: Marcus Ingram
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Join fellow Baltimore bloggers for a night of networking, and connecting.
Ty Alexander of GorgeousinGrey.com will join Ashlee Tuck of WillDrinkforTravel.com to discuss how to work with brands, building an audience and the future of blogging at Forno (17 N. Eutaw Street).
Enjoy free cocktails and bites, gift bags, giveaways, and have the opportunity to win a Viking cruise for two to Cognac, France, courtesy of CAMUS Cognac.
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It’s the final season of WeTV’s “Mary Mary,” and to kick off the season the sisters — Erica and Tina Campbell — hosted a premiere party in New York City.
Inside The Cutting Room, WeTV executives along with celebrities such as Ty Hunter, also known as Beyonce’s stylist, feted the sisters’ reality show. They also watched the show’s very first episode.
After the premiere, Mary Mary answered the audience’s questions and even treated the room to a performance.
Tina performed her single “Too Hard Not To,” from her new album “It’s Still Personal” that came out last Friday. Afterward, Erica performed her own single “Well Done.” At the end, Mary Mary performed their hits “Heaven,” “Go Get It,” “God In Me,” and “Shackles.”
“Mary Mary” airs on WeTV on Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. Central.
Photo credit: Getty Images
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You’re cordially invited to attend National Action Network‘s annual “Action & Authority Reception” during CBCF ALC. Our honorees are women of color, who’ve answered the call to action in the battles against injustice.
This year’s honorees include: The Honorable Yvette D. Clarke, (NY-9), Yamiche Alcindor, National Reporter New York Times, Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director, Lawyers’ Committee of Civil Rights under the Law, Waikinya Clanton, Former Executive Director, National Organization for Black Elected Legislative Women, and Dalila Wilson-Scott, Senior Vice President of Community Investment and President of the Comcast Foundation.
The reception, held Sept. 21 from 6-9 p.m., will be located inside the Comcast/NBCUniversal building (300 New Jersey Avenue NW).
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Eight dope, socially conscious emcees will be paired with eight visionary entrepreneurs to tell a compelling story of social enterprise, while addressing the United Nations’ Global Goals.
It’s all happening on Wednesday, Sept. 13 inside the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Family Theater (2700 F Street NW).
During the event, hosted by MC Lyte, the emcees will compete for three rounds with DJ D-Nice providing the soundtrack.
Special guests Young Paris, Stretch Armstrong and Melissa Bradley will give comments and feedback on the emcees.
The best part about it all is that it’s free!
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We’re not exaggerating when we say this year’s “Insider’s Guide to Congressional Black Caucus Week” is the biggest we’ve ever had.
Our ninth edition of “the guide” to get you through the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference clocks in at nearly 40 pages of forums, panels, informational receptions, networking receptions and parties.
We hope you rested over the Labor Day weekend because in a couple of weeks, it will be non-stop building.
But we do hope you use this time wisely. With the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, it’s even more imperative to organize and strategize to ensure a more just and equitable America. We are not fighting the same fight our foremothers and forefathers have already won. They’re work was not in vain. Let this year’s theme for the ALC — “And Still I Rise” — be our rallying cry.
After you register for the conference, RSVP for the best events and networking receptions to hopefully help you change the world.
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