DC Black Theatre Festival

This year marks the 5th Anniversary of the DC Black Theatre Festival and my third year volunteering.  I have actually taken on a HUGE role this year-serving as the Gala Coordinator!  I’m excited, nervous, anxious, all the things that you could imagine.   The Kick-Off Gala is Friday, June 20, and the festival lasts until June 29.

Of course reaching out to you guys to invite you to attend AND to volunteer.  Tomorrow night, there is volunteer training at the Mt. Vernon UMC Theatre, 900 Massachusetts Avenue NW from 7:30-9:30 pm.  You can find out more about the festival, where volunteers are needed, and where you fit in!  Most importantly, don’t forget to purchase your ticket to have a prime seat at the shows you want to see…and trust, you’re going to want to see more than one. 🙂  The selections of plays this year is awesome!

For more information about the festival, visit here.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!




Pre-Screening of “Scandal”

I’ve mentioned on the blog before how excited I am about the new ABC show “Scandal”, which stars one of my favorite actresses Kerry Washington, premiering soon!  Well, this week is the week!  But more importantly, the Black Public Relations Society of Washington, DC, along with ABC and Howard University, are hosting a screening of the show TONIGHT!  To say I’m beyond excited is an understatement! 

If you plan on attending, you may RSVP here.  And if you’re interested in becoming a member, you can do so when you sign up to attend.  Get there early, because you want to make sure you have a prime seat!  And if you’re not able to attend tonight’s screening, don’t fret; just tune in on Thursday night.  🙂  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

It’s Coming! DC Week 2011

Digital Capital Week is a major event in the DC area.  With only one year under its belt, DC Week has become the premier technology event in our nation’s capital and has events ranging from parties to panels to workshops.  I was able to attend some of the events last year and was super impressed with what I saw.  I was able to meet some great people and learn a lot about technology and how I could become involved. 

This year is no different.  With tons of events happening, there is an event for every experienced and novice techie.  I definitely plan appearing at different events, such as Benevolent Media Kickoff, DJ-ital Brew & AutoBridge Mixer, Geek to Chic Fashion Show and After Party, and, of course, the DC Week Closing Party.  Depending on my work schedule, I plan to attend some of the day events. 

For those of you that are interested in attending, I strongly suggest you check out the website at www.digitalcapitalweek.org. Digital Capital Week 2011 is sure to have a plethora of events you don’t want to miss!  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

Benevole Celebrates One Year of Service


Contact: LaToya Grant                                                                                                   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

E-mail: latoya.grant@benevoleinc.org



Washington, DC (September 9, 2011) – Join Washington, DC based Benevole, Inc. as it celebrates one year of service on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at Ping Pong Dim Sum, located at One Dupont Circle, from 7:01 pm until 10:31 pm.  Attendees will be able to meet the Benevole team, learn more about the organization, and discover how to become involved.  Event goers can anticipate a fun and eventful evening, complete with mingling with other professionals in the DC area who are concerned about the issues important to the Benevole family, including hunger, homelessness, and health, and discussing various means of addressing these issues, and finding out about Benevole’s upcoming events in early 2012 .   The event is free, but donations will be accepted.  For more information about Benevole, Inc., visit them on the web at www.benevoleinc.org or e-mail latoya.grant@benevoleinc.org.

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Benevole, Inc.’s mission is to advance human rights by meeting immediate needs and building lasting partnerships with community organizations operating on the front-lines.   The vision is enacted with an understanding of the inter-relationships between the various issues Benevole addresses and by a commitment to working in partnership with organizations at the local and regional levels who share the organization’s goals.

The Fashionable Life

Ladies of the DMV and surrounding areas (and to those that need a little “Me” time), I present to you and event that was designed by women and made for women.  We always need a little get-away, complete with our girlfriends, wine, manis, fashion, make-up, and the like.  So, I present to you, The Fashionable Life.  This is the official kick-off to your Fall season, and this is an event you don’t want to miss!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                             Contact: kat calvin

August 11, 2011                                                                                           E-mail: katcalvin@lilypad.com

WASHINGTON, DC (September 8, 2011)- LilyPad Events and Marketing, LLC (www.lilypaddc.com), a boutique lifestyle company, is hosting its first event, The Fashionable Life, on Thursday, September 8, 2011 from 6-9 pm at the Hilyer Arts Space (9 Hilyer Court NW, Washington, DC 20008).  The Fashionable Life is an event for women created by women.  The price for the evening is $35; to take $5 off, like LilyPad on Facebook (www.facebook.com/lilypadllc).  

The Fashionable Life will attract the trendy, chic professional women of the DMV.  The evening will consist of complimentary cocktails, delectable food, image consulting, makeovers, manicures, and live music provided by OC Notes.  Vendors for the evening include MAC Cosmetics, philosophy, Bobbi Brown, Nail Taxi, Joyful Creations, Yves Saint Laurent, and many more.  Sponsors include Uniquely Dynamic, Ladies DC, Charity Chicks, and A Lacey Perspective.

Date: Thursday, September 8, 2011

Time: 6-9 pm

Location: Hilyer Arts Space, 9 Hilyer Court NW, Washington, DC 20008


About LilyPadDC: LilyPad has one mission: to create events that spoil, indulge, and delight the young professional DC woman.  How we do that is up to.

Omega Psi Phi Centennial at The Park at 14th

For those of you that don’t know, I’m a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 🙂  (Not that that’s really relevant to today’s post, but I felt like you should you know…if you didn’t already.)  And I have the pleasure of serving on the host committee for tonight’s Crown Royal 100’s recognition of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.’s Centennial Celebration tonight at The Park at 14th.  Yes, you’re favorite Southern girl will be in the building (You all know how I feel about The Park, but exceptions can be made).  And I’ve already started partying with the Bruhs, thanks to my linesisters.  So I know this weekend is going to be epic.  See below how you can get in on all of the fun tonight!  And might I suggest arriving early; it’s bound to be packed!


July 26, 2011 

Crown Royal 100 in recognition of Omega Psi Phi Centennial Celebration at The Park at Fourteenth

Washington, D.C. (July 12) The Urbane Lifestyle & Entertainment Group, DDM Group and Usual Suspectz welcome Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and Washington, D.C.s chic professionals to Crown Royal 100: Omega Edition, this Thursday, July 28, beginning at 5 p.m. Crown Royal 100 is a special edition of Park Thursdays and the weeks premier kick-off event for the Centennial Anniversary of Omega Psi Phi, Fraternity, Inc., sponsored by Crown Royal, one of the worlds top-selling spirits.

The event will hosted by NBA Superstar Shaquille O’Neal The Crown Royal 100, 50 Men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and 50 Ladies from the Divine Nine sororities. On Thursday, July 28, 2011, doors will open at 5 p.m. Crown Royal will offer $5 drink specials until 8.p.m. and dinner will be served until 10 p.m. The evening will transition into a full-blown celebration with music by DCs #1 Party DJ Quicksilva until 3 a.m.

Although this crowd will be decorated with Omega Men, fellow co-workers, colleagues, alumni, and friends are welcome. Any and all attendees are encouraged to arrive as soon as time permits. To ensure entry and a pleasurable experience, guests can purchase advance tickets at fla.vor.us .

The Park at Fourteenth is located at 920 14th Street NW, Washington D.C. Valet parking is available.

**A new late night dinner menu is now available until 1am.**


About The Park at Fourteenth: The Park at Fourteenth is one of DCs premiere event venues. With food inspired by classic Americana couple with a chic, contemporary event space, The Park transforms the ideal event experience into reality. Park Thursdays has continued to excel as Washingtonians gather to enjoy life through food, dance and music. Park Thursdays is a place where everyone can enjoy themselves. For more information, visit www.park14.com

About Crown Royal: Crown Royal is a blended Canadian whisky, 40% alcohol by volume, 80 proof. The brand is currently owned by Diageo and is the top-selling Canadian whisky in the United States and the No. 1 selling Canadian whiskey in the world. For more information, visit www.crownroyal.com


An Ode to DDOT

For those of you that know me personally know that I live in Southeast DC…not Capitol Hill SE, but across the John Philip Sousa Bridge SE.  I love my neighborhood.  I’ve been here for two years and have met some of my neighbors.  I’ve gotten involved in the community and for the time being can’t see myself living anywhere else. 

But then comes DDOT (or the District Department of Transportation).  Almost a year ago now (my timing may be off a few months), DDOT started the Great Streets Iniative in various neighborhoods around the District to make them more vibrant ecomonic and/or residential areas.  My neighborhood is no different.  Excited to see the change, I have sacrificed numerous times during my stay by avoiding traffic on Pennsylvania Ave SE and taking alternate routes home so I can miss the construction or by parking a ridiculous distance from my home on multiple occasions because there is no longer any parking on Pennsylvania Ave or because there is construction in the parking lot behind my building so those people have to park on my street.  There have even been instances where the water has been turned off for various reasons.  And through all of this I have never complained…until now.

In the past when the water has to be turned off, we’ve received notification via a letter posted on our doors to let us know when the water will be turned off and when we can expect it to be back on.  This has never really been an issue for me in the past because 99% of the time, it’s during the weekday when I’m normally at work.   So imagine my surprise when I get home last night from work to discover I have no running water.  I called my neighbor/go-to girl for all things related to Ward 7, Ms. V., to ask when the water would be turned back on.  She let me know our street should not have been affected at all.  It should have only been the 3800 and 3900 blocks of Pennsylvania Ave.  The water was scheduled to be off from 9 pm Monday night until 5 am Tuesday morning.  It is now 10:04 am, and I still don’t have running water.  This is totally unacceptable.  Not only was I not notified that my water might be turned off, it is now 5 hours after the slated time it was supposed to be back on. 

I normally don’t use this blog to make such personal statements, but after walking with Ms. V. this morning, my anger increased, and I realized I needed to do something to let DDOT know that this is ridiculous and will not be tolerated…  And don’t worry, I plan on sending an e-mail to the community liaison as well, just in case she doesn’t read this blog (but why wouldn’t she?).  So if you know her, let her know it’s coming. 

If any of you experience any type of negligence against you, your neighbors, or your neighborhood, stand up for yourself.  Let your voice be heard!  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city.