2012 Year in Review - Lifestyle

WI Staff | 12/26/2012, 9:22 a.m.

The Informer cast a wide spotlight on the vibrant arts scene in Washington, D.C. and the region. Whether it was music - hip hop, gospel, R&B, Soul, jazz - the Arts, books, movies or the latest cars, the paper presented these slices of life as only the Informer can. Among the stories: A one-night only performance by acclaimed choreographer and dancer Bill T. Jones' Story/Time at Wolf Trap; the DC Jazz Festival; Filmfest DC which featured a series entitled, Caribbean Journeys; as well as an assortment of gospel extravaganzas, workshops and seminars.

Female Entrepreneur Develops Healthy, Organic Gluten-Free Cookie - Bae Gould, an African-American female entrepreneur who formerly owned a mortgage brokerage firm with her husband James, created an organic cookie that provides an enjoyable and healthy alternative to transfats, refined sugars, and flour products. The soft, moist cookies, and cookie dough is called VeggiO. Gould, who lives on Maryland's Eastern Shore with her husband, developed the nutritious, organic/natural, gluten-free cookie to promote health awareness and better eating habits for children, working families and people on the go."It's something completely different as far as my career goes," said Gould, who said that requests from family members to share her quest for healthy eating with others caused her to develop the cookie one year ago.

The "Makes-Me-Wanna-SHOUT!" 2012 Competition - Despite the chilly, rainy weather in April, hundreds of people turned up for the Makes-Me-Wanna-SHOUT! Chocolate Layer Cake Semifinals. The bakers were diverse, but for the most part, fairly young. They entered the spicy Dark Chocolate Chai Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream, traditional chocolate cake with chocolate cream cheese icing, dark chocolate cake infused with cardamom, a flourless Chocolate Trio Cake that tasted more like chocolate mousse and a Malted Milk Ball Birthday Cake.

Catch - 12 - Assistant Editor Shantella Y. Sherman began a series on not-to-miss television series and their casts called Catch-12. Shows included Grimm, the return of the series Dallas, Hell on Wheels, and The Killing.

Lalla Essaydi's Revisions opens at the National Museum of African Art and staff writer Eve M. Ferguson explored work of Moroccan-born Essaydi. "Revisions" is a retrospective of Essaydi's work, from her early days as a painter through her most recent works, including a video installation piece surrounded by floor-to-ceiling gauze panels derived from her famous work, "The Three Silences."

Adidas Originals sidestepped a race relations nightmare in June - when they pulled the JS Roundhouse Mid shoe from its release. The Roundhouse Mid, a high-top purple, orange and black sneaker, is designed with a plastic ankle shackle and chains and retails for $350. Adidas released a statement saying "is nothing more than the designer Jeremy Scott's outrageous and unique take on fashion and has nothing to do with slavery. Any suggestion that this is linked to slavery is untruthful." Far and beyond linking the shoes to slavery, Adidas also would have promoted the type of cultural consumer pathology that many African Americans believe foster a glamorization of prison life.

Moroccan Artist Hamid Kachmar Opened "Embodiment" at the Parish Gallery and contributing writer Misty Brown examined Hamid Kachmar, a Moroccan born artist of Amazigh decent, possesses a penchant for painting and currently enjoys his third solo exhibition on display at the Parish Gallery in Georgetown. The show ran through July 31 and excited those new to the world of art as well as longtime art aficionados. The artist's most recent exhibition, "Embodiment," consisted of 16 paintings - a must see for those in need of an eye-opening experience. The 3-dimensional paintings elicit sudden gasps from viewers who long for a first-class trip to distant and unknown lands.