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.
People came from all over the country on Saturday April 2nd to witness and help carry a 51-foot inflated marijuana joint in a demonstration headed for the White House. They were calling for Federal de-scheduling of marijuana as a dangerous drug. After several attempts to get the inflated joint onto Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the US Treasury Building (next door to the White House), the police refused to let it pass by to get to the White House, calling it a security threat. After the joint was deflated, the police still would not let it pass. The demonstration proceeded to the White House without the joint. For almost two hours, people took turns at the microphone, talking about the need to decriminalize marijuana. At almost 4:00 pm, the joint miraculously reappeared on Pennsylvania Avenue, directly in front of the White House. The police escorted it away through Lafayette Park, out the northeast corner of the park. At about 4:20 pm (or possibly earlier), people lit up marijuana joints in front of the White House and openly smoked cannabis in front of news cameras and police. In the end, after all that police and security presence, two people were given a citation for a $25 fine, one of them for blowing marijuana smoke into the face of an officer.
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.
Alumni from Dunbar High School were delighted to attend the world premiere of “Dunbar: The Alchemy of Achievement,” at the Landmark E Street Cinema, Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in northwest D.C. Patrons purchased popcorn and found the best seat in the house to view the first documentary highlighting one of America’s oldest public high schools for African Americans. The high school, named after the famous poet Paul Lawrence Dunbar, has a controversial history that many continue to find of interest today, in which some claim it to have been a school for the elite. The film featured well known alumni such as former DC Mayor Vincent Gray, Congress woman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Pulitzer Prize Winner, Colbert King, who gave an oral history of the school’s challenges with desegregation, funding issues, low enrollment, and building renovation. Dorothy C. Egbufor, a 1991 alumnae, moderated a panel discussion with the cast members after the screening.
The Sixth Annual Stateswomen for Justice Luncheon convened at the National Press Club, Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 12 noon in Northwest D.C. The event serves as a platform to discuss and bring awareness to economic justice, voting rights, quality and affordable education, police reform, and racial and criminal justice for now. This year’s theme “The Urgency of Now: Seizing Our Power to Survive and Thrive”, featured guest panelists Melanie Campbell, Barbara Arnwine, Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Janice Ryan and moderator April Ryan. After the discussion, attendees participated in a question and answer session, and had the opportunity to purchase an autographed copy of Dr. Malveaux’s latest book “Are We Better Off Yet? Race, Obama and Public Policy.” Hazel Tricey Edney, president and CEO of Wire News, spearheaded this highly attended meeting which brings together women and men from diverse backgrounds. The mission of Wire News is to offer content: stories, special reports, and perspective articles to speak truth to power, and to empower readers with information to chart and strengthen the African American press.