#JustCause2014 Charity Concert

DMVixen.com and Fly Rebel Society are back with the 2014 edition of their annual charity concert, Just Cause at Tropicalia DC on December 14, 2014. Continuing in the vein of community service and philanthropy, we will again be donating a portion of the night’s proceeds to Mo Betta’s  #SantaCause charity to aid Safe Shores – the DC advocacy center for abused and molested children.

The concert will be hosted by Miss Toni and will feature performances from Cane, The INN, DTMD, STEFisDOPE, PHZ-Sicks and of course, Fly Rebel Society. DJ Marauder will be spinning all night as well. This is a 21 and older event. Valid photo ID will be required for entry.

Show your support by hashtagging #JustCause2014 on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook along with your favorite artist from the lineup!

For some of the some of the area’s best music and entertainment, check out DMVixen.com. For more information on Santa Cause, please visit SafeShores.Org.

#StraightFromTheInbox: Urban Chill with the BOSHOK Brethren

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We are pleased to announce the highly anticipated arrival of the Boshok 2014 Winter Collection. This collection will showcase the new Boshok crewnecks, hoodies, and graphic tees from our  “Black Excellence” line. The Boshok “Urban Chill” pop-up shop is a social event aimed towards promoting and showcasing our brand to street-wear enthusiasts in the Washington, DC area.

Come experience the Urban Chill on December 13th, at Mova Lounge, located at 2204 14th St. NW Washington DC, from 4pm-8pm! This one day pop up shop will feature; free entry, premium open bar from 4pm-6pm with Boshok specialty drinks, fashion show, performances by hip-hop artist Caneisthename and singer Allison Carney, live visual artists Shawn Perkins, meet and greet with Boshok CEO Victor Umeh, DJ Biggs spinning the latest tunes, and appearances by special guests. During the event, guests can purchase at a special price, exclusive Boshok winter gear that has not been displayed on our site. Also, shoppers can follow us on Twitter @BoshokClothing in order to stay up to date on discounts and promotions using the hash tag #BoshokUrbanChill.  

The pop-up shop is essential to our brand's success because it gives us an opportunity to interact with customers on a personal level, in order to learn more about their likes and dislikes as consumers of the Boshok brand. Many people attend pop-up shops to learn more about a brand's identity and vision while observing their product line.  

About Boshok Clothing

Boshok started out of the trunk of a car on a college campus with one t-shirt design and $300. Three years later, with hard work and perseverance, Boshok is releasing full seasonal collections, and has been sold in over eight sports zone locations around the DC area. If you want to learn more about Boshok Clothing and where the brand is headed, attend our pop-up shop on Dec 13th at Mova Lounge, or visit our website at www.boshok.com

Politickin' with Radio

I recently caught up with Richmond rapper and musician RadioBlitz before the AGM show, Flag on the Moon. I wanted to build with the man, understand the "Association of Great Minds" movement and what they were trying to bring to the table with this show. It's actually pretty simple; he has a birthday coming up and wanted to do a show at the Broadberry. Instead of just being receptive to the gifts that may come his way, he wanted to give in the form of an experience, in one of Richmond's newest venues. Having yet to have a sold-out hip-hop show there, Radio and the AGM crew decided this would be the perfect opportunity to seize. They brainstormed and came up with a concept and called upon blogger, Quinelle Holder of HipHopSince1987 to be their host. The name itself is a realization of certain goals they want to achieve in the Richmond scene and with their music. This will also be one of the first times they are hitting the stage as AGM. Radio, Nickelus F and Michael Millions have definitely all done shows together in the past but this time the intent wasn't just to focus on themselves and they wanted to give others in the scene a chance to shine as well. With that in mind, they had a contest via Radio's site to eventually choose the opening acts. This is when the impact of the show really resonated with the creators. "It's an honor and completely humbling to see artists pushing so hard to be able to open up at #FlagOnTheMoon Salute to everyone pushing!" is what Radio tweeted the other day. The outpouring of support and the very real potential of selling the venue out has made all the spent energy worthwhile.

Selecta & Foots Creating Magic in the Dungeon

This video isn't exactly new but still a gem, this mix with DC DJ, Mista Selecta, and Foots Da King, drummer of the band, Marlee in the Mixx is simply amazing. To take the ear of a practicing DJ, the musicianship of a drummer and add it to a current hit is damn near ingenious. It speaks to the creativity and talent of the individuals and creates a new song for the masses to digest. Captured by Marlee in the Mixx videographer, CDotDope, this video may have the same "repeat" factor as the original track, well done guys...

#StraightFromTheInbox: 3rd Annual Kids Jingle Jam

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TC Wallace Foundation welcomes 100 children from Washington, DC to its 3rd Annual Kids Jingle Jam to an exciting day of mobile video gaming (YES VIDEO GAMES), interactive activities, and see Ronald McDonald Go Active! with his live magic performance. The Jingle Jam will be held on Friday, December 19, 2014, from 3pm to 7pm, at the R.I.S.E Demonstration Center in Southeast, Washington, DC. Sponsored by Behind It All, Toys for Tots, Game Truck Party, McDonalds, RISE Demonstration Center, Keynettions & Secure Moves...TCWF rings in the night with Santa and his helpers, giving each child a new toy and a chance to take a special Christmas photo with Santa himself.

TCWF believes no matter the situation, every child deserves to experience the joys of Christmas. Many of these children are experiencing the difficult challenges of being homeless or suffering from financial hardships and may not even have the opportunity to experience the joys of the holiday season. Hence, it is up to us to make this a miraculous experience they will never forget......making it “a place where a kid can be a kid,” says Kiah Esaw, Vice President of TC Wallace Foundation.

Over the past three years, we have partnered with tons of corporations and small businesses to donate over 3,500 brand new toys and clothes to low-income children. With help from community volunteers, organizations, and corporate companies, we strive to REACH FOR CHANGE, ONE STAR A TIME’....every year. This year, we set our goal to support 100 children in the Washington, DC area. We encourage interested sponsors, volunteers, donors, and supporters to visit us at www.kidsjinglejam3.eventbrite.com to register your business or self to participate in this exciting event.

Child registration is open to DMV residents...and the registration period ends on Wednesday, December 14, 2014. We look forward to seeing everyone at this monumental event!

For media coverage, outlets can register online at www.kidsjinglejam3.eventbrite.com or contact Reann Hines at 202.503.9708 or reann@wearebehinditall.com.

ABOUT THE SPONSORS & CONTRIBUTORS

TC Wallace Foundation

TCWF uses the collective strength of community leaders, political and social advocates, and the entertainment industry to improve the quality of life for others in our community, address issues of health and wellness, and prepare our youth to be tomorrow’s leaders.

Kiah Esaw, Vice President
TC Wallace Foundation www.tcwallacefoundation.org
e. contactus@tcwallacefoundation.org (313) 917-7981

Behind It All

BIA is a public relations and premier events firm focused on authenticity, engagement, creativity, credibility and strategic planning for our clients. Our mission is to provide our clients with results that meet or exceed their highest expectations, as we work diligently to build client reputations and revenues. We do this through strategic and creative thinking, deep media relationships, social media savvy, client partnering, and building and managing client brands with a strong emphasis in public relations and event planning.

Reann Hines, Publicist & Coordinator Behind It All, LLC
e. reann@wearebehinditall.com
w. www.wearebehinditall.com
p. 202.503.9708

Toys for Tots

The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a shiny new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to needy youngsters that will motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders.

SSgt Anthony McKinnon
p. 202-685-1302
e. dustinsnell@t4twashdc.com www.anacostia-dc.toysfortots.org

McDonalds

It’s something we see every day – children healing because they’re surrounded by their families. And while RMHC may not be able to make the medicine taste better or erase the pain of a much-needed treatment, we can help lessen the burden for nearly nine million families each and every year. Since 1974, our network of local Chapters have been making children happier and healthier by keeping families together – giving them a place to rest and refresh. A place that feels like home. These programs, tailored to meet the urgent needs of each community, can now be found in more than 62 countries and regions across the globe.

Shaquanna Shields Golin Harris
e. sshields@golin.com

GameTruck Party

Excitement: Whether we're bringing customers laser tag, video games, or educational materials, we strive to help people share exciting experiences. By sharing the things we love with others, we help bring communities together and leave them more connected than when we arrived.

Respect: GameTruck owners and GameCoaches respect the gamers, parents, and educators that we work with. Through respect we can build a mutual trust and understanding that lets everyone have more fun and strengthens community relationships.

Community: We believe that community provides feelings of connectedness, self-worth, and happiness. Our goal is to help people build relationships and find the place they belong by using play to bring friends and family together.

Geoffrey Hardy
Game Truck Party
p. 703.850.6144
e. Geoffrey.hardy@gametruckparty.com

R.I.S.E Demonstration Center

R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center introduces the St. Elizabeths East redevelopment as a forward-thinking, vibrant, world-class project and gateway to the District’s 2050 economy. Selected by the community, the name R.I.S.E. stands for Relate, Innovate, Stimulate and Elevate.

The Demonstration Center will connect the innovation economy, the surrounding communities and residents of Washington, D.C. until the development of a permanent St. Elizabeths East Innovation Hub.

Andre Swann, Project Manager
Office of Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development
e. andre.swann2@dc.gov 

#StraightFromTheInbox: CoDM in Multimedia, This Friday at the Lincoln Theatre

Come and celebrate the strivings of black men via music, poetry and film, featuring: 
electronic music impresario, King Britt as he creates music for films by Larry CookRashid Johnson, Alexis Peskine and Jefferson Pinder

There will be narrations by award winning poet, Major Jackson and a performance by Washington’s own The Cornel West Theory.

Through images, film, text and music, the complexities of life as a black male is explored.

CoDM is part of 5×5: A Project of The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Please RSVP so we can get an idea of how many people are coming in advance.

OVERVIEW of 5x5

5 Curators, 25 Artists, 8 Wards, 16 Weeks, 1 Cultural Capital

Transforming the District with Public Art

5×5 – A Project of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is an ambitious District-wide program of contemporary, temporary public art dedicated to exploring new perspectives on our city through the lens of five curators. In fact, it is the largest, temporary public art project in the District. The project will begin in early September and end by December of 2014.

To achieve the 5×5 objectives, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) commissions five highly-experienced and innovative art professionals, who each select five artists to develop and present exciting, publicly accessible art works. The result is twenty-five projects that activate and enliven all eight wards and add a layer of creativity and artistic expression to the District’s neighborhoods. This unique curatorial approach allows for a different artistic viewpoint from each curator, resulting in a wide range of diverse, compelling installations and performances.

Through 5×5, DCCAH continues to develop opportunities for curators and artists to engage in the experimental and to further their artistic development through authentic relationship building with the community, actively using the environment and its materials in the creation of artworks, and exploring themes of social justice.

5×5 Objectives

• ACTIVATE spaces and sites to attract residents and visitors to explore within and beyond the monumental core.
• SHOWCASE works of art that are innovative and engage the viewers in dynamic, interactive and creative ways.
• DEVELOP opportunities for artists to experiment with approaches not possible through permanent public art commissions.
• BUILD relationships with local residents, galleries and cultural institutions.
• CREATE an environment in which the works of local, regional, national and international artists merge to reflect the character and identity of the city.
• PROMOTE the creative profile of Washington, DC to the nation and the world.

History of 5×5

5×5 was first launched through the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) and presented with the National Cherry Blossom Festival in the spring of 2012. In the inaugural year, DCCAH set a precedent and broke new ground for temporary public art programming within the nation’s capital. The twenty-five projects reached all eight wards and attracted close to 5,000 residents and visitors to the sites. These installations and performances activated and enlivened publicly accessible spaces as diverse as the Evidence Warehouse in Anacostia, the SW Waterfront and Upper 14th Street. Additionally, 5×5 built strong relationships with local residents, galleries and cultural institutions such as the Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Arc, Washington Project for the Arts, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop and the Sasha Bruce House through hosting projects and events.

For the 2014 project, the DCCAH issued a call for curators in 2013. An expert selection committee was established to review and select projects. Each curator was asked to explain how they view Washington, DC through a curatorial lens and how they would approach temporary public art in the city. After rigorous review, the five 2014 curators were awarded.

About DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) is responsible for providing grants, programs and educational activities that encourage diverse artistic expressions and learning opportunities, so that all District of Columbia residents and visitors can experience the rich culture of our city. One tool with which the agency accomplishes this goal is our DC Creates! Public Art program (DC Creates!). This program is responsible for purchasing, commissioning and installing public art works throughout the District to cultivate dynamic, vibrant and nurturing communities through the use of art and design. DC Creates! provides opportunities for individuals to encounter art in parks, libraries, community centers, government offices, bridges and other public venues. DCCAH currently has a public art portfolio that includes more than 120 permanent site-specific works and an Art Bank Collection of nearly 2,500 artworks purchased from local artists and installed within District government agencies.

Karmalifee Presents "Turbulence"

One of our young protégés, Natra Average, recently dropped a new track by the name of "Turbulence", a collection of sounds he created during a moment of reflection after a rough time in his life. The intention was to produce a record that would mirror the same emotions felt during the creation process. We all go through struggles, but its important to realize that even in your lowest moments, something great can manifest. Enjoy the mellow, intuitive track via soundcloud below.

That One Time at Empire with Scolla & The Karmalifee Crew...

After working diligently on his upcoming project, OG Cool, and releasing a slew of incredibly infectious, well-produced singles; Scolla has been putting together a series of maneuvers that would lead one to believe he is very aware of his trajectory. Since joining forces on our Saturday Mashup Radio Show, we have steadily grown comfortable with one another and into a pretty serious groove with our creativity. About two weeks ago, we collaborated with him for his recent show at Empire, a concert venue in Springfield, Virginia. Complete with a live-band, he performed some of these aforementioned hits, serenaded the crowd, and displayed the diversity in his lyrical prowess. Masterlauch provided the soundtrack and the "Vibehaus" band took it to the next level, providing an auditory experience that you truly missed out on if you were not in attendance. Tim and Bobby made sure to capture the right moments with their cameras ensuring those who could not attend would get an accurate view of the night's events.

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Trae adding the Karmalifee sticker to his collection...

Trae adding the Karmalifee sticker to his collection...

Masterlauch DJing, Hope on the keys, Scolla providing the vocals, Luke on the bass, and Trae drumming it all out.

Masterlauch DJing, Hope on the keys, Scolla providing the vocals, Luke on the bass, and Trae drumming it all out.

Bright Beginnings 

Bright Beginnings 

Need Supply Nights in RVA

A few weeks ago, I found myself in downtown Richmond on a Friday. It just so happened to be the Issue 5 Launch Party for Need Sup­ply's Human Being Jour­nal at the Sed­i­ment Gallery on East Grace Street. If you are not familiar, Human Being Journal is Need Supply's bian­nual print magazine, intended to be their unique take on the creative world that surrounds the store, the merchandise they carry and the culture of the brands they interact with. The folks at Need Sup­ply always seem to do the right thing in terms of brand­ing, events, and mer­chan­dise. When you shop at the store, engage with the employees or attend one of their events, it is very easy to notice that they always keep it a notch above the competition. As you all may know, we don't visit Richmond as frequently as we used to, but the qual­ity of these events curated by Need Sup­ply just seems to put you into a great space cre­atively. You never know who you may cross paths with, the owner of the gallery or pos­si­bly even the Cre­ative Direc­tor of Need Sup­ply himself. If you have not been to any of their events yet, I strongly suggest starting soon.