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CultureFest Celebrates A Day of International Culture @ National Harbor

CultureFest DMV is an international movement that celebrates food, music, fashion, and dance. On June 8, 2019, CultureFest DMV will kick-off its inaugural event at the National Harbor located on the historic Potomac River. Just minutes from the nation’s capital, this festival will feature a beer garden, VIP cabanas, a fashion show, food court, craft village, interactive booths and multiple bars placed throughout the festival. Live performances will be influenced by the cultures of the Caribbean and African diaspora. Reggae and Soca icons such as Aidonia, Romain Virgo, Tanto Metro & Devonte, Patrice Roberts, Skinny Fabulous, along with Afrobeats sensation Timaya from Nigeria will hit the stage. This year will also feature DMV natives The Image Band. The mission of CultureFest DMV is to bring communities together through unifying concepts such as philanthropy, food and music. A portion of the festivals’ proceeds will be dedicated to two organizations that are near and dear to our guests of honor, Ms. Dorothy Toran, Executive Producer of The New Jersey Housewives and The First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Mrs. Fatima Bio. The New Hope Horizon Foundation has partnered with Mrs. Bio and the #HandsOffOurGirls campaign. This campaign will implement many programs and projects to assist the disadvantaged youth and women with attaining a formal education, so they will not be forced into early marriage and rape. Prevention is also a key point of the mission as well.

Dorothy Toran is a Brand Ambassador of The Lupus Foundation of America and a portion of the proceeds will assist in raising funds to support the Lupus Foundation of America’s Stem Cell Research Project to improve the quality of life for people living with Lupus. In honor of her sister, Dorothy is carrying the torch to shed light on the topic of Lupus and how it affects the African Diaspora.

“We felt like it was important to curate a festival this size and scale to have non-profit partners to work with as well. It will be a two-way street of reciprocity and we’re excited to work with both The Lupus Foundation of America/Color Me Happy & The New Horizon Foundation/ #HandsOffOurGirls initiatives. We wanted a way that we could spread a positive message through the celebration of our African heritage,” says Freka Scott, CultureFest Founder and CEO of JIG Entertainment Group LLC/Judy’s Island GrillC. CultureFest DMV sponsors include but not limited to Yelp, A thousand Words Photobooth, DC Now Events, Shinju Wiskey, E Server Wine, Art of Noize Art Gallery, Judy’s Island Grill and more.

“We created CultureFest because we wanted to bring a high-end festival experience to people from all walks of life across our diverse communities. Being in the small business sector we were able to see it from two vantage points as a business as well as a patron. This allowed us to gain the perspective needed to pull resources together to enter this space. All age groups from millennials to Gen X will be represented at this festival. It was very important for us to have an element of sophistication to CultureFest given so much bad press and divisiveness highlighted in our neighborhoods across the country,” says Lawrence Cox, CultureFest Founder.
Saturday, June 8th, 2019 
1PM- 9 PM 
National Harbor

For More Information on CultureFest DMV Visit: https://culturefestdmv.com/

Press RSVP: http://bit.ly/2W7lJI8

About The Lupus Foundation Of America/Color Me Happy: http://bit.ly/2UVapxy

About The New Hope Horizon Foundation: http://www.newhopehorizonfoundation.org/

Media Contact:
Regan Farley
240-444-0313 
Email:Regan@ReganFarley.com

Lisa Lori Brings Her Love of Connecticut to the Manhattan Streets

By Akela Moore

The Perfect Provenance located at 47 Arch Street, Greenwich, CT 06830

Perfect means having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics as good as it is possible to be. Provenance means the place of origin or earliest known history of something. ” Lisa Lori’s vision came to life three years ago after 20 years plus as a Public Relations and Marketing professional by opening the luxury lifestyle retailer The Perfect Provenance in downtown Greenwich, Connecticut. Us city folks got a glimpse of what the retailer has to offer by having a pop-up at the FANCY Flagship Store in Soho. There was a showcase of carefully curate fashion and accessories from around the world. To check out the amazing collections visit www.theperfectprovenance.com.

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MET GALA FASHION

By Amber Monae

The Met Gala went down last night. The theme was Camp: Notes on Fashion. See you got the memo and who missed it completely!
Janelle Monae in Christian Siriano this by far was one of my favorite looks of the night
Kim Kardashian West was dripping all over the pink carpet and we love it. I had to post the pictures without her bodyguard.
Jennifer Lopez wore head to toe Versace and I am loving it. Might take this idea and for a ball, halloween… hell anything!
Ashley Graham serves face in this Gucci x Dapper Dan look
Emily Ratajkowski looks like a Cher goddess in this Dundas look. Can I just get this stomach please
Cardi B. did a Rihanna replica look in this red Thom Browne
I was surprise to see Regina Hall at the Met but she did well with the theme in Gucci x Dapper Dan
Co-chair of the night, Lady Gaga opened the carpet with a showstopping 4 looks by Brandon Maxwell
Ciara rocked her fro in this green Dundas look
The Jenner sisters went cha cha cha in Versace
Bella Hadid with pixie with Moschino
Serena Williams in Versace…. blank stare

Gemma Chan in gunmetal Tom Ford

Celine Dion stated she was confused on the theme so went the showgirl route in Oscar De La Renta
Gigi Hadid got the theme hands down in this full on Michael Kors outfit

Off-White Backlash

By Amber Monae

Like most, I was given a glimpse into Virgil’s label off-white, “Christmas in April” company party and was surprise to see no one of color. Well, actually, I was suprise but not. We know how these fashion brands can be but what confused most people is that a man of the African and American community that garners a lot of support from those communities wouldn’t hire at least someone who looks like him. So there is no one of color in the creative, technical world? I’m sure what seemed like a fun evening to share with his thousand of fans brought light to the fact that just because we blindly support our own once they reach the top, doesn’t gurantee they will reach back to bring us along. See his statement below

“My design team is diverse as the world is big. The video shown was an Off-White ™ dinner at the headquarters in the city of Milan, Italy. This party was to celebrate the hard work of the local Italian team.”

Though Virgil went on to support his claims by naming the black men he has collabo with in the past he still has yet to show any people of color as his employees.

BET Presents: American Soul Screening Experience

Star Kelly Price (left) and Singer Elle Varner

By Akela Moore

Don Cornelius was a legend in the making when he started “Soul Train” over 40 years ago and BET’s new show “American Soul” brings to life the behind the scenes work of this legend. Recently, attending the premiere, I was already so excited from seeing the trailer that watching the first episode with my fellow media peers had me wanting more.

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