FREE #MadeInTheDMV Conference & Show Presented by Will Rap 4 Food, Inc. & IGotIt4Free

On Saturday, December 6, 2014, #MadeInTheDMV will bring the innovators of DC, MD, and VA (DMV) together to share their talents with our region and nationwide. #MadeInTheDMV will highlight, educate, inspire, and unite the DMV arts and entertainment community by telling the stories and showcasing the talents of those who are #MadeInTheDMV. 

The Conference

The #MadeInTheDMV Conference is made possible in part by funding from Humanities Council DC and will focus on informing and educating our community in topic areas across the arts, entertainment, and technology led by notable industry and subject-matter-experts who are #MadeInTheDMV.

The Conference will be held on Saturday, December 6, 2014 8am-3pm at R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center at St. Elizabeths East, Gateway Pavilion, 2730 MLK Jr Ave SE, Washington, DC.

Conference panel and workshop topics include: Radio, Digital Distribution, Music Production, DJing, Blogging, Social Media, Branding & Marketing, and more.

The #MadeInTheDMV Conference is open to ALL AGES and is FREE with registration.

The Show

The #MadeInTheDMV Show will serve as a platform to break the DMV's top emerging talent and their records on a national level.

The Show will follow the #MadeInTheDMV Conference on Saturday, December 6, 2014, 6-10pm at Capitale, 1301 K St NW, Washington, DC.

Each talent will be given a chance to perform an original single they believe to be a hit or breakout record in front of a live audience and industry panel. Each talent will receive feedback from the panel, and the panel and crowd as a collective will vote on the records from the DMV that have commercial appeal or are radio-ready.

All talent performing at the #MadeInTheDMV Show will be featured on or Breeding Ground and will receive a special package from participating sponsors.

Emerging talent will be selected in advance of the show via live auditions (TBA). Registration is required for auditions. Auditions are open to ages 18+, registration is required. Show attendees must be 21+, entry is FREE with registration.

4th Annual Gift of Fashion Show

Washington DC’s original sneaker store, Sports Zone Elite, in collaboration with Event Coordinator, Whitney Dunn and online magazine, Off The Mag present the 4th Annual Gift of Fashion Show! Doors will open at 9:30pm Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Sports Zone Elite’s Georgetown location, 3140 M. Street NW, Washington, DC 20007.

The "Gift of Fashion" showcases local designers and models in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area. For the past four years the show has raised over $3,000 in money and toy donations to donate to the Toys for Tots organization.

The 4th Annual Gift of Fashion Show will be hosted by Virginia’s own Nina Ross and DJ Vavicious with a music performance by local DMV rapper, Nike Nando. the main event will feature designs from local DMV designers: the Fly Trap, Original Crackage, Yvonne Wingfield, Dumpster Chic and showcase apparel from Sports Zone Elite styled by head stylist Jay Nicole. Wearing those designs down the runway will be 23 local DMV models; two of those include special guest models: NFL Cheerleader/Miss Maryland United States 2014, Amanda Ross, and Miss Teen D.C. United States 2014, Krischell Lewis. Admission is $5.00 or FREE with the donation of a new unwrapped toy.

#StraightFromTheInbox: Feast & Be Thankful Benefit Show & Networking Mixer

Tonight, Tuesday, November 25, a host of brands and artists are coming together to supply food and coats to the needy for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday! Please join the indie arts community in making an impact.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 7pm-1am

Tropicalia, 2001 14th St NW, DC

  • 21+
  • $10 (100% of proceeds donated to Capital Area Food Bank); accepting donations of coats for Thrive DC
  • $5 discounted admission from 7-9pm if wearing WR4F shirt OR with coat donation

#CultureUnleashed: FAMU Marching 100 Sips Tea at The Florida Classic

Paying homage to our Creative Director, Shareef, I present to you the Marching 100 from FAMU with their always-interesting take on musicianship and choreography. #CultureUnleashed will be our take on exploring the social culture of our home city, state or country. Since Shareef used to be in the marching band, this seemed like an appropriate beginning...

Post originally found on the Washington Post Early Lead blog

#StraightFromTheInbox: K.R.T Great Minds Collection

Possessing the traits of a King or Queen comes with both great reward and great responsibility. It is difficult to set oneself apart in a society where being a clone and not a unique individual is the social norm.  But once we realize that we all harness the ability to perform and produce just as--if not better than--the great minds who came before us, it becomes clear the world cannot hold us back. The K.R.T. Great Minds F/W collection is for anyone who believes in that.

For this collection we decided to showcase a few individuals from Philadelphia that we feel truly represent the K.R.T. Great Minds ideology. We are honored to introduce rapper Chill Moody, Artist Taqiy Muhammad, DJ/Producer Matthew Law (formerly Dj Phsh), Poet/Activist Malik Amari, and Educator Ameen Akbar.

The release of the 2014 Fall/Winter line is the commencement of a new chapter for the Kings Rule Together lifestyle brand. It is our hope that everyone enjoys the collection as much as we enjoyed creating it. - K.R.T.

Check out the video creatively directed by Ni'ma Ford and filmed by Derrick Woodyard.

Photography - Ricky Codio
Graphic Designs - Idris Robinson.

K.R.T. & Veteran Freshman present "The INSPIRE Series"

The great minds behind folks Kings Rule Together and Veteran Freshman have joined forces to create the “Inspire” series. It is an intimate discussion-style event designed to uplift, motivate and initiate progressive thinking. Each event will host a different guest speaker from authors, philanthropists, fashion influencers, film makers, poets, and other creatives having candid conversations about life, success, business, branding, and love.

Their kickoff event will take place on December 4th at Impact Hub Philly, with the first guest being author Alex Elle. Over the past few years, Alex, Curran and Yusuf have seen their trajectory soar to monumental proportions. Along with the success of Kings Rule Together, Curran and his styling talents have been making their rounds in fashion magazines and street style blogs. Alex Elle recently wrote and released two wildly successful books, and is currently touring the country after her latest "Love In My Language". Yusuf Muhammad is the creator of the "Veteran Freshman” showcase and concert series. He has organized shows throughout the New York and Philadelphia areas with major and independent artists alike and is the Philadelphia Ambassador for Atlanta-based music and film festival A3C (All 3 Coasts), Their mutual collaboration on this event make it an experience you do not want to miss.

During the event, Alex will be reading from her latest book “Love In My Language” with a Q&A segment led by host Kevin Carr.

The doors will be opening at 7pm, and the discussion will begin shortly thereafter at 8pmSeating is limited at the Impact Hub, due to its intimate arrangements, so make sure to purchase your $20 (General Admission) or $50 (VIP) tickets in advance. VIP entitles you to front row seating, a copy of the book “Love In My Language”, a private Meet & Greet/Signing with Alex Elle, and free food after event. There will be complimentary refreshments for all, as well as food vending by Georgina’s.

The dress style is casual, but most certainly to impress.


Riveriswild has returned, this time lost in a memory of Autumn in Cote d'Ivoire, Abidjan to be specific, with hues that represent the laughter and romance of a city best felt with a mind full of sharp bliss and eyes closed.

This capsule features 2 garments made of the finest french terry fabric, the designs strikes with grace and finesse, a hint of melancholy, bold palette and geometry. 

more images on the site

Photography by @raat_fashion

Model: @_killerlipstick

Direction: @revexartwear

Concept: riveriswild and @samuelhindolo

Jesse Boykins III at U Street Music Hall

This weekend, the U Street Music Hall welcomes Jesse Boykins III for his DC leg of the "Love Apparatus" Tour. He is no stranger to the area and the DJ-owned and operated venue provides the intimate setting required for a crooner such as himself. The American R&B/soul singer recently released his "Love Apparatus" LP, his first solo album in nearly five years. DC's own DJ Underdog will provide the sounds so its sure to be a good time.

Ticket and location information available here.