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Headed to Roanoke next Sunday the 21st! Get your travel plans together, we have to support  💪🏾🔥 36 years of spinning rec...
08/15/2022

Headed to Roanoke next Sunday the 21st! Get your travel plans together, we have to support 💪🏾🔥 36 years of spinning records, the Coalition DJs DMV’s Best Kept Secret has a Sumner Festival with the entire 540 region coming out to show love.❤️❤️❤️
He’s putting VA’s “Trap-City”⭐️on the map!

Don’t miss Designer Ruby Buah   from 1 - 4 PM tomorrow! She is bringing Kua’s African-inspired handbags, jewelry and clo...
07/23/2022

Don’t miss Designer Ruby Buah from 1 - 4 PM tomorrow! She is bringing Kua’s African-inspired handbags, jewelry and clothing fom Accra, Nigeria.

#fashion

Here is a question , how does justice work for families, when ridiculous sentences on non-violent criminal acts takes pr...
07/12/2022
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Here is a question , how does justice work for families, when ridiculous sentences on non-violent criminal acts takes providers from their families for decades?

Please sign and share. These extreme sentences need to to reevaluated and people need to come home.

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407 Lbs of Ma*****na buys a man “20 yrs” behind bars.

Anderson's has succeeded in creating a fantastic product! The ribs are delicious & tender. The sauce complements the smo...
12/18/2021

Anderson's has succeeded in creating a fantastic product! The ribs are delicious & tender. The sauce complements the smoke for a balanced BBQ experience.
Stop by Occoquan for ribs and/or brisket today.

-Eugene Smith
(I took this photo before I ate them)

I have known DJ Bigg Sipp for a while, and it’s time that he received his roses. Sipp is a local legend that would never...
11/14/2020
DJ Bigg Sipp For The Culture - DC Life Magazine

I have known DJ Bigg Sipp for a while, and it’s time that he received his roses. Sipp is a local legend that would never “Go Hollywood”, because he’s just too humble and dedicated to his craft. I’ve seen him consistently put energy into everything he does, but not for self-gain, Sipp does it for “the culture”. He’s helped me to expand my view of the business of being a DJ....

https://dclifemagazine.com/entertainment/dj-bigg-sipp-for-the-culture/

DJ Bigg Sipp is one of the DMV's most revered DJ personalities. He has worked hard to build the rock-solid reputation that precedes him.

Today we vote! History has shown that laws are voted on by the citizens, however it seems they're designed and proposed ...
11/03/2020
Pre-Order Book Bundle - NEW RELEASE DATE Nov. 7th — JillianHishaw.com

Today we vote! History has shown that laws are voted on by the citizens, however it seems they're designed and proposed by landowners. The idea of landowners creating policy dates back to the feudal systems of Europe. This is important to know because the United States has systematically been removing farmland from non-white inhabitants since its inception. One dedicated attorney has spent thirteen years chronicling the details of these transgressions in her book "Systematic Land Theft". Please consider educating yourself and someone else to what is really happening. "Non-white" farmers have been losing 1.5 million acres of farmland every year, and it needs to be exposed. Order your copy today, and share this with your community.
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Without the theft of indigenous groups' lands and the exploitation of African slave labor, whites would not currently own over 95 percent of land in the U.S. Land Theft is a personal and factual justification for land reparations supported by extensive research. Black farmer's accounts, along with H

Finally some "Feel-good" music from a talented young artist that makes you smile. Even through pandemics and protests no...
07/08/2020

Finally some "Feel-good" music from a talented young artist that makes you smile. Even through pandemics and protests nothing can break the bond of real friendships.

Congratulations to young Alexander James Rodriguez for his hit that hits different....the 2020 Summer Anthem ' My Crew'.
https://dclifemagazine.com/entertainment/alexander-james-rodriguez-my-crew/

Author Nicole Draffen explains why Americans should stop checking boxes in her new book Hyphenated-Nation.
06/15/2020
WriteNowLive: Hyphened-Nation Don't Check the Box by Nicole Draffen - DC Life Magazine

Author Nicole Draffen explains why Americans should stop checking boxes in her new book Hyphenated-Nation.

Entertainment WriteNowLive: Hyphened-Nation Don’t Check the Box by Nicole Draffen June 15, 2020 Madison Smith 0 Shares 0 0 Inspired by her own travels, Draffen provides a collection of real-life scenarios in her novel, Hyphened-Nation and the answer to a question many want the answer to: Why does ...

https://dclifemagazine.com/arts-events/dj-blustar/Check-out our newest column about independent music culture in the DMV...
05/27/2020
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https://dclifemagazine.com/arts-events/dj-blustar/

Check-out our newest column about independent music culture in the DMV. First story is a Q&A session with one of the city's most prolific young DJ's. Not only is he ultra-talented, DJ Blustar is adored by his fans, and peers alike. He is currently promoting his co-hosted mixtape with industry legend DJ Funky. The mixtape titled: Atlanta In The DMV features signed and unsigned artists from the DMV and Atlanta.

The quintessential DJ of the DC Metro area has to be talented, respected and display an eclectic taste in music genres. DJ Blustar of "NO.B.S." fits the archetype perfectly. He has been celebrated in the music community for his dedication by the illustrious CoalitionDJs brand.

Her Angel, mandated by God, must protect Virginia's life at all costs. When the serial killer discovers that she is aliv...
03/26/2020
WriteNowLive: Dark Things By David Humphrey, Sr. - DC Life Magazine

Her Angel, mandated by God, must protect Virginia's life at all costs. When the serial killer discovers that she is alive and pregnant with his child, he's determined to destroy them both. But, the Lord has decided to take this grossly detestable act that was meant for evil and turn it into the ultimate good. Who this child is destined by God to be, will change this World forever. [ 408 more words ]
https://dclifemagazine.com/reviews/writenowlive-dark-things-by-david-humphrey-sr/

Her Angel, mandated by God, must protect Virginia’s life at all costs. When the serial killer discovers that she is alive and pregnant with his child, he’s determined to destroy them both. But, the Lord has decided to take this grossly detestable act that was meant for evil and turn it into the ...

Kobe inspired multiple generations of worldwide fans to play basketball and/or to work harder at being the best version ...
02/24/2020
To Be Considered Great: A Poem For Kobe Bryant - DC Life Magazine

Kobe inspired multiple generations of worldwide fans to play basketball and/or to work harder at being the best version of themselves, just like he did. With this pressing on my mind, Daniel Fecht. Cultural Journalist. decided to put together a poem to paint the picture of his impact on the facets of how he transcended so many cultures in such a lovely way.

It has been nearly a month since the tragedy that took the lives of Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and seven others back-handed the world. Sports and entertainment fans everywhere have felt a sort of emptiness attached to these hard-to-accept truths and collectors are buying up Kobe memorabilia at a rec...

DC❤️A colorful and vibrant cityWith eclectic neighborhoodsEach with their own personality
02/07/2020

DC❤️
A colorful and vibrant city
With eclectic neighborhoods
Each with their own personality

Black History is American History Day 1
02/02/2020

Black History is American History
Day 1

There's nothing like a national sport to bring people from all walks of life together under one house!We shared a curate...
01/31/2020
Super Bowl Watch Parties in DC Sports Bars - DC Life Magazine

There's nothing like a national sport to bring people from all walks of life together under one house!

We shared a curated list of places to watch Super Bowl LIV in the DC area, featuring Yard House, City Tap Dupont, Sudhouse DC, The Game DC, Nellie's Sports Bar, Bidwell Restaurant, Dog Haus Biergarten, and INCA SOCIAL.

Any suggestions?

Traditionally held on the first Sunday in February, Super Bowl Sunday is a time-honored event all over the United States. Expats overseas and American football enthusiasts all over the world also join this community regardless of who’s playing and who is favored to win. This year, the San Francisc...

Read about a DMV  Woman In Business who is making a social impact in 2020 and register for our B2BDMV Mixer to meet her ...
01/30/2020
Meet Mollie Coleman of High Caliber Events - DC Life Magazine

Read about a DMV Woman In Business who is making a social impact in 2020 and register for our B2BDMV Mixer to meet her and other entrepreneurs and influencers like Mollie Coleman of High Caliber Events.

Meet Mollie Q. Coleman of High Caliber Events Friday Feb., 7th 2020 in Washington, D.C. Learn how she's empowering communities through marketing.

Hope to see you at the  event on Friday February 7th  in Washington, DC.Register to network with the regions most creati...
01/28/2020

Hope to see you at the event on Friday February 7th in Washington, DC.

Register to network with the regions most creative entrepreneurs and some top influencers like Kara!

www.b2bfridays.com

Don't miss the the B2BDMV First Friday Mixer. Friday, February 7th http://wu.to/5N01Gj
01/21/2020

Don't miss the the B2BDMV First Friday Mixer. Friday, February 7th

http://wu.to/5N01Gj

Timeline photos
01/20/2020

Timeline photos

01/20/2020
There’s a lot of great intentions and positive vibes on this first Friday in 2020. Start the decade right by celebrating...
01/03/2020

There’s a lot of great intentions and positive vibes on this first Friday in 2020. Start the decade right by celebrating around your local neighborhood

Happy New Year, DC!!!
01/01/2020

Happy New Year, DC!!!

Amari Cheatom of "Django" fame tells DC Life about acting life between screenplays and scripts and what we need to know ...
09/17/2019
An Interview with Amari Cheatom of August Wilson's "Jitney"

Amari Cheatom of "Django" fame tells DC Life about acting life between screenplays and scripts and what we need to know about "Jitney".

Amari Cheatom, best known for his role in "Django Unchained", speaks on what we need to know about this play in particular.

Role play, detective work, and cash prize—all in one hidden gem until October 6th!   @ National Law Enforcement Museum
09/06/2019

Role play, detective work, and cash prize—all in one hidden gem until October 6th! @ National Law Enforcement Museum

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Reliving Jimmy Carter
John Burl Smith
Most people today do not remember the heady days of the 1960s and 70s, as the black power revolution, along with the anti-war movement, became political forces. More importantly, most voters today were not even around to vote when these young Americans fought to change the democrat/civil rights coalition brought Pres. John F. Kennedy into the white House. Pres. Kennedy joined leaders of the 1963 March on Washington and helped launch a new era of Black progress. Malcolm X and the media called these Black leaders “The Big Six”—A. Philip Randolph of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, Whitney Young of the National Urban League, James Farmer of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), Roy Wilkins of the NAACP, a very young Martin Luther King, Jr. of SCLC, and an even younger John Lewis of SNCC (Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee). Pres. Kennedy and these 6 black men crafted the “accommodationist strategy of slow and limited access to civil rights that characterized the 1960s and 70s. “The Big Six” designation anointed these men, as the only voices white and black people should accept, as legitimate leadership in the Black community. However, Malcolm’s assessment was that the “Big Six” led Black people away from freedom.
Once, Stokley Carmichael screamed “black power” from the Mississippi delta in 1966, while on James Meredith’s “March against Fear,” from Memphis to Jackson, the world changed forever. Those 2 words—black power—created a schism between the “Big Six” civil rights leaders and young black power activists/anti-war movements coalition. Months earlier Dr. King broke with the “Big Six” and came out against the Vietnam War. Dr. King's decision was attacked by civil rights leaders, and condemned by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, who said, “Martin Luther King is the most dangerous man in America.” Dr. King began working with poor Americans and was joined by anti-war and black power activists, but the “Big Six” civil rights leaders rejected his plan.
The “Big Six” would not join “Poor People’s Campaign,” which was Dr. King's plan to march a million people to Washington D.C. and lobby for assistance for all poor Americans. Civil rights leaders refused to support the “Poor People’s Campaign,” which meant, Dr. King was virtually the only leader fighting for Poor people. Desperate to keep the “Poor People’s Campaign” alive, Dr. King join poor sanitation workers in Memphis, who were on strike. On the afternoon of April 4, 1968, Dr. King met with the Invaders and made us recruiters for the “Poor People’s Campaign.” This deal happened less than an hour before Dr. King was assassinated. Had he been able to fully implement his poor people’s strategy, many believe, Dr. King would have become the first Black person to run for President of the United States. I believe J. Edgar Hoover realized this months earlier and organized Dr. King’s assassination.
Rev. Hosea Williams was one of Dr. King’s inter circle of 4, and he continued Dr. King’s strategy by organizing the first National Black Political Convention, since 1833, in Gary, IN (1972). Rev. Williams’ convention nominated Rep. Shirley A. Chisholm, who became the first Black and woman to be nominated by a national political party for President of the United States of America. Rep. Chisholm’s run for the White House was not the most important thing that came out of her run however; like Black power, it changed politics in America forever. Rep. Chisholm gained approval from the Democratic Party to create the first Black Caucus within the Democratic Party, while at the Convention in Miami, which nominated George McGovern.
Following George McGovern’s humiliating loss to Richard Nixon, licking their wounds, Democrats convened a Mini-Convention in Kansas City and the Black Caucus had a major impact on the Democratic Party going forward. Charles Cabbage and I represented the Invaders and black power in Miami and joined the Black Caucus. I traveled to the Mini-Convention with Tennessee State Rep. Derrick “Teddy” Withers’ contingent. The Black Caucus formed a coalition with Hispanics, Native People, women, and poor whites that changed the makeup of representation in the Democratic Party’s rules on delegate selection, composition of delegations and Rules Committee membership. These changes reshaped the Party for young progressives,’ which became Jimmy Carter’s ground game, and were a major factor in becoming President of the United States in 1976.
This retrospective preface of Democratic Party history was necessary because the vast majority of Democrats are unaware why, even though progressives support neo-conservative and moderate candidates, are continually maligned, denigrated and attacked by neo-cons and moderates as undemocratic socialists or communists. The reason is neo-cons and moderates are fighting to hold on to power and control the political narrative. Neo-cons and moderates began pushing this divisive narrative when the civil rights movement grew to prominence with the election of Jimmy Carter. Even before Carter entered the White House, as with President Joe Biden today, neo-cons and moderates went on the offensive against progressives. Most Democrats do not remember that neo-cons and moderates supported Hubert H. Humphrey heading into the 1976 election, but southern progressives and remnants of the anti-war coalition that gave Carter viability. Once it became clear Carter would beat Gerald Ford, neo-cons and moderates rushed into the power vacuum they created and began attacking progressives with baseless innuendos, claiming their ideas were too radical and unreasonable or were out of step with America. These not so subtle efforts by strategists and pundits, likes James Carvel, who is still around, trumpet progressive support during campaigns, as with candidate Biden, but once in the White House, they began sniping at progressives to limit their influence selecting cabinet members, setting the legislative agenda and Democratic Party recruitment for future candidates.
This time around however, not only have times changed, but tactics as well. With social media, Black Lives Matter and the world’s response to the murder of George Floyd, neo-cons/moderates were sidelined, because of their racist past. As Biden’s campaign teetered, only to be saved by Black voters in South Carolina, but still lacked a relevant message, until progressives rolled the dice and backed him. Young progressives came out of the woodwork and went after new voters, while neo-cons and moderates remained on the sideline, terrified by Donald Trump, as they fought over traditional Democratic voters, well into August. Even Joe Biden could not believe progressive efforts were pulling him out, until mid-September. But now, with access to the media and in the same way as back in 1976, neo-con and moderate Democrats, in and outside of Congress, are on the attack again against progressives, and again as back then, they are paving the way for another Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump.
If neo-cons/moderates have their way, Democrats and the rest of America will relive Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama’s years, which gave the Republicans 20 years of White House domination. Fighting progressives, neo-con/moderates by pursuing the false narrative of bipartisanship are helping Republicans to recover and manufacture another 1/6 insurrection or an Iran hostage crisis to gain power once again. Progressives have played this game with neo-cons/moderates before and know they are cozying up to Republicans to avoid a re-election challenge. However, the political graveyard is filled with fools like Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema. The 1/6 insurrection showed all real Americans the danger of entertaining delusional power hungry individuals like Donald Trump and Joe Manchin, as well as lost ones like Kyrsten Sinema.
Neo-cons/moderates, even now, are trying to frighten democratic voters by describing progressive programs, such as Medicare for all or a green new deal and eliminating student debt, as socialism. Also, neo-con and moderates see a $15 an hour minimum wage or creating a jobs program for high schooler and others trying to enter the job market through the infrastructure program, as too expensive for the economy, when senators like Joe Manchin have gotten rich hiding behind the filibuster/bipartisanship. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was for establishing real bipartisanship in American government and society, but that is not what Manchin and middle of the road Republicans and Democrats are talking about. Their version of bipartisanship is being road roadblocks to America becoming a nation where all citizens share equitably in America’s prosperity. Maintaining the filibuster has always been roadblocks Republicans and their allies in the Democratic Party used to tether America to its slave master mentality and history, which is its only purpose. The filibuster has no grand connection to any higher calling, like “bipartisanship.” Joe Manchin was not screaming bipartisanship from the Capitol steeple when Republicans ran the Senate and Donald Trump was in the White House. “Roadblock Joe” is trying to make it easier for middle of the road Republicans to hang on to their senate and house seats.
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