• Lunchtime Talk Street Folk: Hip Hop, Car Culture, & Black Life in Houston, Texas

    Library of Congress Whittall Pavilion, Ground Floor

    RSVP OPENS Fri, April 19, 6:00am .. CLOSES Tues, April 23, 6:00pm Free Lunchtime Talk/Slide Presentation Talk: 12p - 1:00p OPTIONAL: 1:30pm - 2:30pm. Free Public Tour of the Thomas Jefferson Building ** Meetup no later than 1:30pm at the Thomas Jefferson Building - Ground Floor Information Desk Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202)[masked] or [masked]. TOUR DESCRIPTION: Take a free one-hour walking tour of the historic Thomas Jefferson building to learn about its symbolic art and architecture. Volunteer docents tell the story of the Library, America's oldest cultural institution: its history, collections, and services for Congress and the nation. ================ Event Description Street Folk: Hip Hop, Car Culture, and Black Life in Houston, Texas When: Wednesday, April 24,[masked]pm -1pm EDT Where: Thomas Jefferson Building - Whittall Pavilion (LJG45E) 10 1st Street SE, Washington, DC 20540 Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202)[masked] or [masked]. "Screw" is Houston, Texas' distinctly local form of hip hop music that emerged within the city’s African American community almost thirty years ago. It is inextricably tied to "Slab," a vernacular car culture in which mostly young African American men spend countless hours and much money transforming outmoded American sedans into spectacular automotive art pieces. In his talk, folklorist and ethnomusicologist Wilkins will discuss how "screw" and "slab" combine form a unique local tradition that has affirmed and empowered working class Black Houstonians across several generations. Dr. Langston Collin Wilkins is a traditional Arts Specialist at the Tennessee Arts Commission. He earned his PhD in ethnomusicology from Indiana University. In addition, he served as a fellow for the Folklife and Traditional Arts Program of the Houston Arts Alliance and the Houston Museum of African American Culture where he conducted field work and produced public programs that centered on the traditional arts of Houston’s African Diasporic communities. Contact:[masked]

  • Assata Shakur Study Group - May Day

    ONE DC Black Workers Center

    Come join our collective political education in DC this Wed, April 24th open to all Africans (Black people). We do it bi-monthly. Our liberation depends on a mass political education. This week we will focus on May Day, its history and African (Black) working people's global contributions to working class justice. We'll discuss the short reading, pgs 43 - 46, "League of Revolutionary Workers" from the book "For the People: Black Socialists in the United States, Africa, and the Caribbean" by Daryl Russell Grigsby. What lessons in this can be applied to DC? For a download of the readings visit this event on the calendar of events on PACApower.org.

  • Free After Work 60s Dance Party

    Kogod Courtyard (at National Portrait Gallery & American Art Museum)

    RSVP NOW OPEN .. Closes Thursday, April 25, 3pm Free, no registration required Lets go dancing to the groovy sounds of the 60s! You don't have to dance to attend this meetup. You can chillax with a beverage & eats; check out the music or explore the museum exhibits. ======== *** MEETUP at 6pm or earlier in the Kogod Courtyard. I'll arrive @5:15pm to try & get the group a table. Look for me. I'll be wearing a purple headwrap. ======= Details Dance to DJ Curt Clay, sip on craft cocktails, and experience our exhibitions…with a twist. Explore "One Year: 1968 American Odyssey," and find your inner hippie while enjoying remixed throwback songs from the 60s. Free and open to the public. No registration required. Food and beverages are available for purchase.

  • Charity Happy Hour at Umaya!!!

    Umaya Izakaya

  • Black Tie Monte Carlo Gala at the Embassy of France

    Ambassade de France / Embassy of France


    PRICES INCREASING: To lock in the current price, please RSVP and pay via Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/french-embassy-black-tie-european-gala-tickets-58932200799 Open Bar, European Ballroom Dancing, Casino Games, Late Night DJ, Dancing, chocolates, and hundreds of young professionals. A EUROPEAN EXPERIENCE - with a special focus on Monte Carlo! From the royal majesty of the Palace to the bustling excitement of the casinos, this spring, don your best tuxedo and dresses and travel to Europe - on European Soil - we invite you to a very special holiday gala. Partake in the games, dance in a ballroom fairy tale 18th Century Setting, dance to a modern 21st century DJ, enjoy French desserts, experience wines, beers and other drinks from throughout Europe, savor chocolate from all over the Old Country... and win a trip to the Caribbean! Your magical evening features: BALLROOM DANCING with LESSONS: Travel to the center of Europe as you waltz, Fox Trot, Tango and even Swing in an 18th century ballroom setting. Ballroom dance lessons will be provided as an introduction r refresher. CASINO: Take to the games and partake in mock gambling with a special Monte Carlo Casino, including Black Jack , Craps, 5 Card Draw and Texas Hold 'em Poker (admittedly, a little American touch). EUROPEAN NIGHTCLUB: In the second half of the evening, we visit the hottest nightclubs from the south of France to L'Avenue des Champs Elysées as one of Washington's top DJs spins the best retro, swing and top 40 dance hits. EUROPEAN/FRENCH BAR After a special champagne welcome drink, we will present an OPEN BAR of European wines European wines, beers and other non alcoholic refreshments. Wines and beers from at least 5 different European countries will be on hand for you to sample and enjoy! LES DESSERTS Marie Antoinette said "Let them eat cake!" And we will. As if picked from the best pastry shops in all of France, our dessert selection offers you a wide variety of assortment de Petites Patisseries. Experience the exquisite French desserts found in some of the finest restaurants, cafes and casinos in all of Paris and Monte Carlo. Catered by the French Embassy's regular chefs. The menu includes: Chocolate croustillant Choux with coffee cream Bavarois cheese cakes EUROPEAN CHOCOLATES TASTING Sample, compare and conquer some of the greatest chocolates from throughout Western and Eastern Europe. WIN A TRIP TO THE CARIBBEAN A drawing for all to partake in. One lucky person will win plane and hotel to Jamaica! SUGGESTED ATTIRE Black Tie Optional. Minimum of Suit & Tie for men. Casual wear, jeans or sneakers prohibited. PRICES INCREASING: To lock in the current price, please pay via Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/french-embassy-black-tie-european-gala-tickets-58932200799

  • Reading & Discussion of the Play Les Deux Noirs: Notes on Notes of a Native Son

    RSVP opens Thursday, April 25, 6am .. Closes Mon, April 29, 6pm Free, no registration required Event starts at 7:00pm MEETUP no later than 6:45pm inside the library room where the event will be held.** I'll be wearing a grey & white headwrap. We'll briefly introduce ourselves before the event starts. ** Ask at the Information Desk for the event's location. NOTE: So that I can enjoy the event, I will not be checking the meetup page for messages after 6:45pm. ============== Please join me for a discussion & staged reading (excerpts) of the play Les Deux Noirs: Notes on Notes of a Native Son, a reimagine of a meeting between Black author Richard Wright & Essayist James Baldwin in 1953 Paris. EVENT DESCRIPTION The library is excited to host Mosaic Theater for a staged reading of their recent production Les Deux Noirs, a play that reimagines a meeting between two African American literature giants -- Richard Wright & James Baldwin in Paris, 1953. Following a reading of the play, playwright Psalmeyen 24 will lead a discussion of the play and its themes. ABOUT Les Deux Noirs: Notes on Notes of a Native Son A new addition to the Mosaic Theatre 2018 - 2019 lineup from Helen Hayes award-winning director and playwright, Psalmayene 24. Set in the legendary Parisian café Les Deux Magots in 1953, Les Deux Noirs: Notes on Notes of A Native Son reimagines the meeting between Native Son author Richard Wright and essayist/activist James Baldwin. It explores the tension between Baldwin’s searing critiques of Native Son and Wright’s unbridled indignation in response—a confrontation between two mighty African-American artists, with echoes of a present-day rap battle. LES DEUX NOIRS: Notes on Notes of A Native Son By Psalmayene 24 Directed by Raymond O. Caldwell Featuring Jeremy Hunter as James Baldwin and James J. Johnson as Richard Wright

  • Style & Culture: A Sense of Sañse

    Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

    RSVP NOW OPEN ... Closes Thursday, May 6, May 2, 6pm Free with registration on Eventbrite Register now! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-sense-of-sanse-tickets-60719568865?aff=ebapi Lets go checkout this fashion event and lets represent by showcasing our own unique sense of style. Dressed up or dressed down, we are going to be awesome! =============== * MEETUP at 6:30pm or earlier inside the museum at the Security desk after you pass through security. * I'll try & arrive @6:15pm & either be standing in line or inside the museum waiting for you. * I'll be wearing an orange headwrap. NOTE: I won't be checking the meetup page for messages after 7:00pm. ============== EVENT STARTS 7:00 PM EDT Location Smithsonian National Museum of African Art 950 Independence Avenue Southwest Washington, DC 20560 Come share your style as we celebrate the Senegalese concept of sañse—the practice of dressing up, or looking and feeling good. Tour the exhibition Good as Gold before six fashion designers from the DC Fashion Foundation showcase their creations. Designers Mertine Moore Brown Shantae Flowers Nikki Hendricks Shari Henry Khrys Kelly Almira Wilson Presented in conjunction with Good as Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women Free and open to the public

  • Ankara Bazaar - DC

    1027 45th St NE

    Tickets: http://bit.ly/ankarabazaar19 Ankara Bazaar resembles the vivid West African patterned fabrics (ankara) that inspire its creators and avid followers: vibrant and chic, yet warm and handmade. The event blends the best of a fashion and homewares pop-up store with the convivial energy of an open-air market, complete with music, food, and drinks. Ankara Bazaar is hosting a day-long hub for African, African-American, Caribbean fashion lovers and hosting local performers with favorite eats at every stop.

  • Evening at the Embassy of Ethiopia with the New Ambassador

    Embassy of Ethiopia


    Price subject to increase. To register and lock in the current price: 1) RSVP; then 2) Pay via Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/evening-at-the-embassy-of-ethiopia-tickets-59140945159 - The Majesty of Addis Ababa - The Royalty of Gandor ("The African Camelot") - The Mysteries of Lalibela Tonight, you can travel to Africa for an amazing celebration of Ethiopian culture – without ever leaving the DMV! In addition, this event will be one of the first receptions to officially welcome the new Ethiopian Ambassador to the United States, is Excellency Fitsum Arega. Ethiopia is a country of rich culture, strong heritage and amazing landscapes. Celebrate their culture like you never experienced before! Journey into the heart of Africa as we step onto the soil of Ethiopia, the oldest independent nation in Africa. This ancient land is a land of stunning natural beauty covering an area twice the size of Kenya, France or Texas. This country offers a rich diversity of culture and geography that captivates any visitor. It contains a mosaic of a people with over 80 different languages, reflecting over 100 cultures. Join us as we present a special evening in this majestic embassy as we celebrate Ethiopian culture through food, drink, entertainment, art, film, and our friendly diplomatic hosts Featuring: (1) ETHIOPIAN BUFFET: We will sample cuisine prepared by some of the finest Ethiopian restaurants, specially prepared for the embassy. Includes:Doro wot, Tibs wot, Alicha wot, Cabbage, Collard green, Red lentils, Split pea, Potato and carrot, Salad, Injera ....PLUS AN AUTHENTIC ETHIOPIAN COFFEE CEREMONY! (2) ETHIOPIAN OPEN BAR: Experience and compare the exciting taste of Ethiopian (and regional) wines and beers. (3) VERY SPECIAL LIVE ETHIOPIAN DANCE PRESENTATION: Tonight, we will be privy to enjoy the music and dancing through a world-renowned Ethiopian dance presentation. Dressed in full authentic Ethiopian costumes we will be treated to a very unique performance of Ethiopian dance, along with a cultural explanation as to the each element's origin, style and meaning. (4) DIPLOMATIC GREETING FROM THE NEW AMBASSADOR Hear from the new ambassador, Fitsum Arega , and meet several Ethiopian Diplomats and feel free to schmooze and network with the embassy's diplomatic staff and their spouses, all of who will be invited to this special evening. (5) ETHIOPIAN ART: Throughout this embassy, we will be privy to a showing of special African artifacts and paintings unseen to most Americans' eyes. Embassy staff will be on hand to personally discuss the art's origins and meaning with you.

  • Juneteenth Block Party & Cookout

    Prince Georges African American Museum and Cultural Center

    RSVP opens Monday, June 17, 6:00am .. Closes Friday, June 21, 6:00pm Lets meetup at 2:30pm but no later than 2:40pm inside the museum for introductions. You can stay as long as you like or leave at any time. NOTE: I won't be checking the meetup page for messages after 2:40pm. Event Description FREE You are invited to the cookout! PGAAMCC, Creators Coalition, JessBeCreative, On Us Tees, and Museum Hue, bring to you a Block Party for the whole family! Music, Games, Trivia, Food, Vendors, and Live Art will fill PGAAMCC’s parking lot and outdoor pavillion. And if you can’t take the heat come inside and experience our 3 galleries, with exclusive talks with artists and community leaders on Education, Wellness, and Financial Literacy.