What’s Hot in the Streets

For some reason, I always find out about things that are going on in the city (and elsewhere), but I don’t do a great job of sharing that with you guys.  Mainly because I’m selfish, hate crowds, and like to keep the good stuff to myself.  But I realized it’s not right to be selfish (most of the time), so today I’m sharing some events with you guys that will be going on in the DMV.  And most of them are FREE!

In case you didn’t know, my birthday is next month, and to start Birthday Month off right, tomorrow will be the commencement!  First, Ryan Leslie, one of my favorite singers and an awesome live performer, will be at The Park.  The event will is free; you just have to register here.   The Park can get crowded pretty quickly, so make sure you arrive early!  The next stop on my tour will be the Gentleman Jack-Arts, Beats, and Lyrics event.  Blending hip-hop, paintings, and photography, this is sure to be a pretty cool event, and I’m excited to attend.  When you register, you can bring a guest, but all attendees have to be at least 21. 

Lastly, just so you can get ready, for my friends in Atlanta, Benevole, Inc. is taking their successful fundraiser on the road.  Walk-A-Mile (in Someone Else’s Shoes)-Atlanta will be taking place on Saturday, April 30 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza.  To find out more information you can check out my previous post here and you can find out more about Benevole, Inc. on their site.  If you or your business are interested in serving as a sponsor, feel free to send me an e-mail. 🙂

That’s it for today!  What events are going on in your city?  Or what events did I miss that are happening in the DMV?  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

One of my favorite Ryan Leslie songs!

Benevole Takes Fundraiser on the Road

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!!!  Despite having to work, I had a great weekend! I was able to catch up with some of my linesisters, enjoyed a great dinner, and did a little club hopping!

You all have seen a few posts about Benevole, an organization based in DC that is dear to my heart.  We have had two successful events so far, and now we’re taking our show on the road!  Check out the below press release.  If you live in the ATL or are close by, I highly suggest you come and take part.  And you already know your favorite Southern Girl will be in the building!  🙂

Contact: LaToya Grant                                             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

E-mail: latoya.grant@benevoleinc.org

BENEVOLE, INC. TAKES SUCCESSFUL FUNDRAISER ON THE ROAD

Atlanta, GA (March 01, 2011)  – Join Washington, DC based Benevole, Inc. as it host its Walk-a-Mile in Someone’s Shoes Fundraiser and Cocktail Social on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Atlanta, located at 210 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA from 7-11 pm.  The donation per person is $25, and the evening includes heavy hors d’ouvre and an open bar.  In keeping true with the organizations mission of supporting existing non-profits, proceeds from this event will go to Families First, a non-profit in the Metro Atlanta area that has been in existence for over 120 years. Families First, originally an orphanage for homeless girls, has continued to evolve with each decade to respond to the changing needs of family.  Today, Families First provides solutions to over 40,000 Georgia residents; these children and families face some of life’s greatest challenges.  Benevole president, George L. Slaughter, stated that he hopes “to raise both awareness and funds for this great non-profit” and “desires to become the bridge between the benefactor and the beneficiary”. Slaughter and CEO/Executive Director Jason Smith* created Benevole to advance human rights by meeting immediate needs and building lasting partnerships with community organizations operating on the front-lines.  Benevole has three pillars on which they focus-education, health and hunger.  Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.benevoleinc.org and must be secured no later than April 15.  High heel shoes are mandatory for men and women.  No photography will be allowed.

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If you would like more information regarding Benevole, Inc. or the aforementioned fundraiser, please contact LaToya Grant, Director of Communications, at latoya.grant@benevoleinc.org.

*Name has been changed.

This Week in the News

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Happy Friday!  I am so ready for this long weekend!  Yes, we are all excited but we also need to find a way to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  If you’re in the DMV you should definitely attend Benvole, Inc’s fundraiser tomorrow.  Today is the last day to purchase tickets (go here), so get yours NOW!!!  And of course yours truly will be there.  Also, make sure you give your time on Monday.  There are multiple things going on in DC and I’m sure in your city, so do your research and find a way to give back!

Now…that’s out of the way, let’s get into this week’s news!

First, I’m really sad about Ted Williams’ relapse.  It’s very unfortunate, especially since he was headed in the right direction.  But when we get too much too fast, if we’re not equipped to handle it correctly, bad things happen.   I’m glad he’s going back to rehab and will get the help he needs. 

In regards to this new horoscope, I’m glad we in the U.S. don’t follow the “tropical zodiac”.  I would not want to be a Pisces…

Can I just say that I’m not surprised color is still an issue in the African-American community?  I mean, if racism is still an issue in America, then black people should not be surprised our hues are still up for discussion.  And I don’t know how people I still hear talk about how the 80’s were when light skinned men (a la Al B. Sure, Phillip Michael Thomas, and Christopher Williams) were in and about 2 decades later (or a little less) saw the emergence of chocolate coated brothers like Wesley Snipes, Taye Diggs, and Blair Underwood.  I’ve personally never heard of a light skin vs. dark skin party but maybe you have.  This is just another way for us to divide ourselves.  

Are we really surprised that Cam Newton is entering the NFL draft??? I think not.

Speaking of NFL, I will be watching the divisional rounds this weekend.  See below for my picks:
Pittsburgh over Baltimore

New England over New York

Atlanta over Green Bay (I’m still struggling with this)

Chicago over Seattle

We’ll see how my choices pan out, especially since I was totally wrong last week (wasn’t everyone?); I only got 53 points in Fantasy Football! 😦

OK, I think I’m done. I refuse to talk about Kim Kardashian (though I love her) and her new beau, her sister Khloe’s pregnancy rumors and her and Lamar’s new show, or Sarah Palin.  I will say I’m glad that the breathing tube may be removed from Representative Gifford today, which is a blessing.   What’s going in your worlds?  What are your plans for the weekend; how do you plan on giving back?  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

 

Benevole, Inc. Silent Auction

Contact: LaToya Grant                                           FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

E-mail: latoya.grant@benevoleinc.org

SILENT AUCTION BENEFITS UPCOMING FUNDRAISER

Benevole, Inc. is hosting “A Black and White Affair: A Tribute to MLK” on Saturday, January 15 at Project 4 Gallery, located at 1353 U Street NW, Suite 302, in Washington.  Proceeds from the event will benefit DC Central Kitchen.  In addition to the event, Gregory McLellan, a New York based artist, has donated one of his paintings to this fundraiser.  The painting, titled “I Will Dematerialize”, is medium oil and enamel on wood panel and is 24” x 84”.  Valued at $5,000, the bidding will start at $1,000.  The painting will be on display at Project 4 Gallery from Saturday, January 8 at 12 noon until Saturday, January 15 at 6:30 pm, before the commencement of the actual event.  Those interested in viewing the painting and bidding will be able to do so during this time.  The winning bid and bid winner will be announced during the event on Saturday night. 

For more information regarding Benevole, Inc., please visit the website at www.benevoleinc.org

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If you would like more information regarding Benevole, Inc. or the above mentioned auction, please contact LaToya Grant, Director of Communications, at latoya.grant@benevoleinc.org.

Benevole Hosts 2nd Fundraiser

Contact: LaToya Grant                                            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

E-mail: latoya.grant@benevoleinc.org

 BENEVOLE, INC. HOSTS BLACK & WHITE AFFAIR FUNDRAISER

Benevole, Inc. is hosting its 2ND fundraiser “A Tribute to MLK-A Black and White Affair” on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at Project 4 Gallery (1353 U St. NW, Washington, DC) from 7-11 pm.  The donation per person is $35, and the evening includes heavy hors d’ouvre and an open bar.  Attendees are asked to wear black and white chic attire.  Proceeds from this event will go to DC Central Kitchen, whose mission is to use food as a tool to strengthen bodies, empower minds, and build communities.  DC Central Kitchen provides a comprehensive continuum of care to the people. Services include serving breakfast and providing outreach and counseling services to chronically homeless people living on the streets.  Each day 3,000 pounds of food are converted into 4,500 meals that are distributed to 100 shelters, transitional homes, and rehabilitation clinics throughout the DC area. 

President and Co-Founder George L. Slaughter states, “At Benevole, we seek to help bridge the gap between beneficiaries and benefactors by supporting and advocating for our existing non-profits.  During this MLK Holiday we could not find a more fitting organization than DC Central Kitchen that answers the question ‘What are we doing for others?’(MLK).”  Current sponsors include Urban Enterprise, Project 4 Gallery and Strategic Technology Institute, Inc. 

Tickets for the event can be purchased on-line at http://www.benevoleinc.org/Events.html and must be secured by January 8.  For more information regarding Benevole, Inc., please visit the website at www.benevoleinc.org

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If you would like more information regarding Benevole, Inc. or the above mentioned fundraiser, please contact LaToya Grant, Director of Communications, at latoya.grant@benevoleinc.org.