Addis Perceptions

It was a Thursday. I woke up to the sounds of neighborhood roosters (my new alarm clock), gathered my things, and proceeded to my morning stroll through our top view neighborhood to catch a ride to work. All the while, ignoring stares at my fire red rain boots and smiling to myself because I couldn’t…

Stay Down Blaze Up teams up with #AMIExperience for Conversation & Cocktails

Stay Down Blaze Up is super excited to be media sponsors for the #AMIExperience Conversation & Cocktails event to take place June 2, 2016! For more information please see below and hope to see you all there. Press Release Am I The Experience: Conversations & Cocktails Digital Storyteller Nadia Marie, Lifestyle Brand Royal Dynamite, and…

Meet Samara George

“You have to be dedicated to doing it. You can’t just do a face mask once a month and you can’t just drink two glasses of water every four days expecting results…” -S.G. According to a 2016 Beauty Industry Analysis Report, just last year the beauty industry generated 56 billion dollars in revenue. It is no…

When the Diaspora is Lit (Part 2)

“All jokes aside, to the outsider looking in the Habesha* community is huge but for the average DMV Ethiopian/Eritrean person you are only one cousin away from knowing everyone.” According to a Migration Policy Institute report on the Ethiopian Diaspora, there are about 251,000+ Ethiopians living in the United States and roughly 35,000 call the…

Haile Roots in Concert April 2

Haile Roots and the Fano Band are coming to the District and we are super excited to be covering the event this year! For those not too familiar with the Ethiopian reggae artist please check out his music here on itunes and get ready for a dose of feel good music with a dash of consciousnesses. I…

adventures . . .

Soap, Powder, Bleach, Towels, Fabric Softner, Dollars, Change, Pants, Socks, Dirty Drawers I’m Going To The Laundromat First Wizards game and I fell in love with basketball all over again. My favorite room at the Renwick Gallery. This piece is apart of their Wonder exhibit.

Golden Year.

I haven’t written a post in a while, so I apologize if this post is choppy or plagued with grammatical errors. LET ME REPEAT THIS POST MAY CONTAIN OFFENSIVE GRAMMAR. Tomorrow I turn 24 years old. I turn 24 on the 24th and it is my golden year. One year away from a quarter of a century…

The 10 Year Anniversary of Kanye West’s Late Registration

     The subjectivity of music creates some of the most difficult questions to answer. John Lennon or Paul McCartney? What’s the greatest hip-hop group of all time? *NSYNC or The Backstreet Boys? Certainly there are no wrong answers… but if you didn’t answer Lennon, Outkast, or Backstreet Boys then you, just like Sway, do…

The Black Excellence of Jaden Smith: Let Freedom Ring

Seriously, how envious are you that you aren’t the offspring of Will and Jada Smith? Like your fathers arguably the most talented black man of all time, and your mother is a beautiful ultra creative. Essentially, life is set up on a silver platter for you served by your butler named Geoffrey. The money your…

Hello, September

Hey there lovely readers, I know. I know. Shame on me . . . I’ve been away for some time, so let me explain. My last year of graduate school is here, I have a demanding internship during the week, I work weekends, and I am the Vice President of my Graduate Association – cut me some…

DMV Idol

Saturday was nothing short of amazing! A good friend of mine, fellow TRDC member, and future business mogul Raymond Alston, along with fellow entrepreneur Alita Melosa, hosted the first ever DMV Idol.  Held in Silver Spring, Maryland at the Silver Spring Civic Center – DMV Idol brought out phenomenal talent from the tri-state area. I arrived…