Millennials from across the D.C. region attended the Third Annual Broccoli City Festival on Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 12 noon to 10 p.m., in Southeast. The festival, created by Brandon McEachern, promotes healthy eating, sustainability and green living among young adults. Local and national artists and musicians, entrepreneurs, vendors, and activists participated in the event. [read more…]
The highly anticipated grand opening of Dave and Buster’s Restaurant occurred on Monday, April 25, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in Capitol Heights, MD. This is the first establishment in Prince George’s County. The indoor arcade and restaurant boasts 40,000 square feet at the Ritchie Station Marketplace, and will headline an expansion of the retail center shopping center. The establishment houses a sports bar, billiards, a private dining room and arcade. However, it does not offer a bowling alley, which is often included in most of its locations. Visitors from a 30-mile radius can enjoy games, food and entertainment seven days a week, between the hours of 11 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. [read more…]
Residents of the District of Columbia and tourists had the opportunity to observe the DC Emancipation Day parade on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 1 p.m. along Pennsylvania Avenue in northwest. The event, which was made an official holiday in 2005, featured educational and commemorative activities that celebrated the end of slavery in the nation’s capital. Participants included DCPS and College marching bands, dancers, all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, balloon floats, local officials, community associations, and DC Statehood organizations. Proceeding the parade was a concert and fireworks display at Freedom Plaza. President Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation on April 16, 1862, which granted freedom to 3,100 enslaved persons in the District of Columbia. The act passed nine months before Lincoln’s famous Emancipation Proclamation, thereby granting freedom to citizens living in the District of Columbia, and making it the country’s first freed from the institution of slavery.
About 500 DC Statehood activists gathered in Freedom Plaza Friday morning to rally for DC Statehood and protest the payment of federal income taxes without the benefit of Congressional representation. Friday was April 15th, traditionally the day income taxes are due. Since DC Emancipation Day fell on a Saturday this year, DC government took Friday as a holiday for Emancipation Day, and many DC children were off from school and came to the rally. The rally affirmed DC residents’ longterm struggle for DC Statehood. After listening to speeches and music, the marchers gathered in the southeast corner of Freedom Plaza to march up Pennsylvania Avenue. More people joined the march as it moved up the avenue and got closer to the Capitol. They arrived at the US Capitol to the welcoming people of Democracy Awakening who are in DC this week to protest money in elections. More speeches were made in front of the Capitol calling for DC Statehood. Statehood Activists are in it for the long haul, and know the struggle is far from over.
WASHINGTON Smokey’s Barbershop Oldies and its owner, Smokey, have been fixtures on H Street for more than 50 years, though business these days, despite the boom for others, is not like it once was. [read more…]
A capacity crowd attended a recent luncheon in Northwest that addressed issues facing African-American women and the numerous challenges facing the nation as the upcoming presidential election draws near. [read more…]
Some of DC’s top food and pastry chefs came together to provide more than a hundred homeless men a delectable 5-course meal at the New York Avenue men’s shelter, Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. in Northeast. The event was spearheaded by R&B artist Raheem DeVaughn, founder of Love Life Foundation, and Jasmine Crowe, chief change maker of Black Celebrity Giving. What began as an idea in 2013 to provide men, women and children experiencing homelessness with a hot, home-cooked meal complete with volunteers and classic old school music, soon transformed into a Sunday Soul Pop-Up restaurant two years later, that provides a 5-course meal, restaurant style for the homeless. Guests feasted on a variety of appetizers, soup and salads, chicken, fish, and vegetarian entrees, followed by an assortment of desserts such as cupcakes and bread pudding. Sponsors for the event included MAGIC 102.3 radio station, Wegmans, 7 the Barber, Chef Jordan 24/7, Kitchen Cray, and the Akoma Foundation. Sunday Soul also takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, where dates are given in advance. Volunteers have to stay alert for the location, which gives an element of surprise to the highly attended community gathering.
Thousands gathered on the grounds of the Washington Monument in celebration of the Annual Cherry Blossom Kite Festival, one of the most highlighted events during the National Cherry Blossom season. Although this year’s kite flying got off to a slightly slower start compared to past years due to the minimum rainfall, that didn’t discourage the masses from coming out and celebrating for hours on Saturday, April 2. Photos by Travis Riddick
THEARC on Mississippi Avenue in Southeast D.C. was lit up with blue lights in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day, Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 5:30 pm. Ward 8 Council member LaRuby May joined residents and guest speakers from Autism Speaks of the National Capital Region to educate the community about the neurological disorder that affects more than 1 in 68 children in the U.S. Attendees received literature on how to recognize the signs of the disability, complimentary blue light bulbs, water bottles, wrist bands, and were served blue ice cream. Students from the Malcolm X Elementary School drum line and pom pom squad provided the entertainment.
Always a great day to play one of America’s favorite sports “baseball”, however dozens from the Washington Nationals Youth Academy got the opportunity to take it to the field with several Washington Nationals major league players. On Friday, April 1, Anthony Rendon, Bryce Harper and other players assisted in a fun filled game of baseball with the youth of the Washington Nationals Youth Academy located in Southeast Washington.