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

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Fashion Rocks with Vibe Magazine

By Amber Monaé

When you pair dope fashion with the latest tunes you are guaranteed a good time and last week VIBE gave us just that for the close out of Black History Month!

On Thursday, Vibe Magazine held their 1st Annual Style and Sound Honors Night Brunch at Caribbean Social, located in Brooklyn, New York. The exclusive event was to honor current notables that impact the fashion and music industry. The honorees included; InStyle Magazine’s Beauty Editor-at-Large, Kahlana Barfield-Brown, Spotify Global Head of Music Programming Tuma Basa, celebrity hair stylist Tish Celestine, award-winning UK rap star Stefflon Don, celebrity wardrobe stylist Rachel Johnson and Hot 97 Music Director and radio personality TT Torrez who were awarded by VIBE Editor-in-Chief and host for the evening Datwon Thomas along with Bonsu Thompson. The night was nothing but Black Excellence. Take a  look (more…)

The Sounds of Dan Miz

By Amber Monaé

Last Thursday, I was invited (by the good team of the La’Bate launch I covered) to enjoy the tunes of Dan Miz at the Leila Heller Gallery. You may wonder why a musician would choose a gallery for a showcase but it is said that his music is truly inspired by art (that simple). Not familiar with Dan Miz well here’s a few helpful tidbits. He is a New York City based singer/songwriter whose sound is best described as soulful and seductive. He is often inspired by art so there is no surprise as to why I was standing in an art gallery ready to take him in. (more…)

Apple launches Fashion Channel

How exciting is this?! On Monday, June 6th, Apple announced it will launch a fashion channel and tapped designer Alexander Wang to be the curator.  Besides being a great designer, Wang is known for his epic parties that are always sought after. Wang has a very diverse taste in music, if you have ever been to his shows you will hear Jay-Z, Madonna and Blake Shelton. I think this is a great idea and just shows how music and fashion truly collide.

Wang will have 3 different playlists for all customers, “Chill”, “Hype” and “Vibe” (which is everyone’s new favorite word). Chill, is to decompress, or have a night in (Rihanna, Drake and Juicy J). Hype, are those songs mostly derived from playlists played in a party bus or en route to a festival or going out (Diplo, M.I.A. and Lil Jon). They are songs that kick up the energy. Vibe, is more a playlist that’s in between, with songs that have high energy and also are great classics (A$AP Rocky, Rich Homie Quan and Meek Mill), says Wang.

This just reminds me of the time I randomly bumped into Alexander Wang at 40/40 in New York City no idea why I was there but I was and he was having the time of his life. This was like two years ago and I said, he loves his hip-hop and sure enough by the looks of his playlist, I wasn’t wrong!