The Broccoli City FestivalV returned for its fifth installment bigger and better than ever. With a massive set of performers and headlining acts to interactive photo booths, retail and food options galore, this year was even more epic as the music festival was preceded by a host of events spanning 4 days.Read More
Alongside other Washington, D.C. based media outlets, I was given the chance to preview the show as well attend the exclusive dinner and premier of the show with Marlon Wayans himself. His positive energy was only outmatched by his famous sense of humor and his graciousness.Read More
What better way to “do it for the culture” than to have an interactive event featuring amazing artwork, dope music, and complimentary drinks. That’s exactly what the curators of Arts, Beats and Lyrics did when it hit Washington, DC. Presented by Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, the event displayed artwork by up-and-coming as well as seasoned artists while transforming Echostage into an art-lovers dream.Read More
Kendrick Lamar touched down in Washington, DC on July 21st for TheDAMN. Tour, but not before he held an exclusive, one-day-only pop-up shop. Filled with merch, M Street "popped" with hundreds of die-hard fans waiting in line--some got in line as early as 5am!
From hats to concert t-shirts, fans were able to grab their favorite piece before heading to the Verizon Center for the actual show.Read More
Highly-anticipated and long overdue, we have the 13th studio album from the man, the myth, the mogul himself: JAY-Z. Amidst business deals with Sprint, name re-hyfenations and the ongoing silence of frequent collaborator and recent beef-instigator Kanye West, the roll-out of this album commenced. Esoteric, mysterious and cryptic are all words I've seen/used to describe the announcement of JAY-Z's 13th studio album.Read More
It was the moment I had been waiting for what seems like a lifetime: seeing Pharrell, in the flesh, again. As soon as I found out about The Roots Picnic's line-up for its 10th anniversary, there was no doubt that I was going. And upon my entry into the Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, I tried every finesse trick I had in the bag to get better access to the front of the stage: it was that important. But alas, to no avail and without the press pass I so desperately wanted, I decide to forgo seeing Solange (again), and try to make my way to as close to the front of the stage as possible.Read More
What better way to satiate your retail appetite and support up-and-coming small businesses than to visit and shop Pop-Up style. Spring has spring, and so has the new pop-up shop curated by Femme Fetal DC.Read More
Are you newly engaged and don't know where to start? Are you a bride-to-be ballin' on a budget? I spoke with Michelle from A4dable Events about her experience as a wedding and event planner, her upcoming event When Chic Brides Brunch, and why planning a wedding doesn't have to turn you into a Bridezilla.Read More
On March 25th, The Woman Who Would Be King is making its way from South Africa all the way to Washington, DC. This one woman fictional play is inspired by the life of Hatshepsut, who is known as one of the greatest women in history. In this play, the audience will be able to step into the shoes of a woman who strategically mastered her adversities to emerge as the first female ruler of ancient Egypt.Read More
Well, your dreams will soon come to fruition (see, dreams do come true) on March 21. Thanks to Netflix, we will get two comedy specials! The shows -- Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin, filmed in Los Angeles, and Dave Chappelle: Deep in the Heart of Texas, filmed during Austin City Limits will be Netflix exclusives.Read More
Indie Fashion Week, DC kicked of this Monday with #ModelMondayz, "Battle of the Sexes", a networking social and styling competition at Exhale Lounge and Bar in the District. Sponsored by Mountain Dew Black Label, I was ecstatic to be invited to judge the competition as part of the Style Committee. Upon my arrival at the dual-level comfy and classy space, models were being dressed and prepped for what I'd like to deem a stylish free-for-all! Creative silhouettes and layering dominated the competition which had a theme of Contemporary Vintage.Read More
The calm after the awards season is here, and I had many thoughts on what I saw and did see during this time. And while Chance the Rapper won 3 Grammys without a label, and Moonlight won the Oscar for Best Picture, I still couldn't shake lasts year's #OscarsSoWhite sentiment. Not that this is new, but what we witnessed this years seemed to be a more concerted effort at inclusion than ever before which left me slightly conflicted yet hopeful. Adele beat out Beyoncé, and Denzel didn't win for Lead Actor again, but we still had glimpses of a more fair and well rounded selection process.Read More
In the midst of Black History Month (or is it African American History Month?), the city of Washington, D.C. celebrated with numerous activities and events that applauded the achievements and accomplishments of many distinguished members of the community. We are also lucky to be in an area that abounds with cultural creativity and excellence. The event #forthecuture made sure to highlight some of the DMV's massive amount of talent.Read More
Thanks to the powers of social media, I was made aware of an appearance by none other than Virgil Abloh in D.C. this past Friday. Without a partner in crime or a right hand man, I hemmed and hawed about whether or not to go. This is the same day I posted on my social media about "Carpe Diem", you know, seizing the day. So at 11:30, I pulled up my big girl pants and hit the road.Read More
Yes, I attended the Women's March in Washington, DC this past weekend. Yes, I am a woman. Yes, I have been quiet lately, mostly due to personal things, the passing of my dear Grandfather, and other things that I shall keep to myself.Read More
I had the honor of attending a special screening of the film Hidden Figures last night at the Regal Cinema Theater in D.C.'s Chinatown. It's the true story of 3 African American female engineers and mathematicians that each, in their own remarkable way carved their own place in history.
As this film is set to premier in theaters nationwide on January 6th, I won't spoil the details. What I gathered from this film was more pride than I ever thought imaginable.Read More
I believe in the construct of the American democratic process, but I didn't always understand it. Growing up in a Jamaican household, politics wasn't really discussed, as far as I can remember. I had a hard time because of this in history classes in high school, so much so that I told myself that I hated history. In fact it bored me, and I just couldn't relate to it. It didn't make sense to me. It wasn't until college where I was able to form my own curriculum that I gained an appreciation and love of history. When I moved to Washington, it became vital that I informed myself on all things government related, just to get through the day.
You knew I was going to blog about it, but I will spare the nuts, bolts and fancy details to say this is more of a thank you letter. Sorry for the delay, but this will be in several parts. There were a lot of acts, and the show ran a glorious four and a half hours. I may not mention every performance, but I will say I think this is sort of what it must feel like to go to a big music awards show. Shoutout to Angie Martinez for keeping the flow going between performances and giving us valuable reminders about the importance of education and how a good teacher can change the lives of their students for years to come.Read More