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Charity Red Carpet Premiere of Pollywood Nights

On Friday, November 19, 2010, as my debut as a producer, my film "Pollywood Nights" premiered at the Navy Memorial Museum at the Heritage Center.  The documentary spotlights the fusion of politics, media and celebrity in the Obama era and showcases Pollywood the "place" following four "characters", Jehan Carter "The Jack of All Trades" (myself), Kelechi Kalu "The Captiol Hill Player", Kate Michael "The Entrepreneur" and Bill Twilde "The Artist" and our professional and social lives in Washington, DC.  Viewers follow these four characters as their proximity to power offers a new outlook on the political, philanthropic, entrepreneurial and social scenes, which truly come alive at night.

In the spirit of the philanthropic aspect of "Pollywood", the film premiere was also a fundraiser benefiting a local charity called Luke's Wings.  L

Knock Out Abuse and Fight Night Galas: Ladies vs. Gentlemen

Knock Out Abuse and Fight Night Galas: Ladies vs. Gentlemen

This past Thursday, November 11, was an eventful night in Washington- on one end of town the men had their fun, while on the other, the women had theirs. The men’s-only Fight Night filled up the Washington Hilton, while the female-friendly Knock Out Abuse Against Women gala took over the Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.—and both rallied for their own causes.

With 2,000 men in tuxes dominating the hotel’s ballroom, the 17th annual Fight Night raised money for the education and health care nonprofit Fight for Children. But the program itself was for grown-ups only.

Knock Out Abuse Gala and Fight Night Gala: Guys vs. Girls

 Last night was an eventful night in Washington- on one of end of town the men had their fun, while on the other, the women had theirs. The men’s-only Fight Night filled up the Hilton Washington, while the female-friendly Knock Out Abuse Against Women gala took over the Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.—and both rallied for their own causes.

With 2,000 men in tuxes dominating the hotel’s ballroom, the 17th annual Fight Night raised money for the education and health care nonprofit Fight for Children. But the program itself was for grown-ups only.

John Legend and DC Schools Chief Promote Teachers Of The Future

Grammy Award winning recording artist John Legend, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and Interim Chancellor of D.C. Public Schools Kaya Henderson hosted a TEACH town hall meeting at Howard University on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the future of education and the role of the next generation of teachers.

 “We have a tough economy now… Im convinced we have to educate our our way to a better economy. That’s the only way we’re going to get there,” said Secretary Duncan.

Al Sura Comes Together To Show Awareness Through Music

Here's a special announcement from Al Sura, Inc.:

On Saturday, December 4th Roadside Café will host local DC artists to help build awareness about HIV/AIDS and to celebrate World AIDS Day. Artist from Mr. Briggs Management will come together with a powerful calibration of classical, pop, adult contemporary and jazz genres that will inspire patrons to make a difference in hopes to motivate them to take a stand.   

One in 20 people in the District of Columbia are HIV positive, one in 50 have AIDS, putting it on par with some African countries. African-American men comprise approximately 30 percent of all new HIV/AIDS cases in the District, while African-American women account for 94 percent of newly reported HIV/AIDS cases in the area and are infected with HIV/AIDS at a rate of 61 percent versus men at a rate of 25 percent. It's time for us to take a stand.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure Gala

Over last weekend, the Susan G. Komen Foundation celebrated 30 years of research and education, including an A-list dinner for donors on Friday at the Kuwaiti Embassy.  The Kuwaiti dinner was the kickoff to a weekend full of activities sponsored by the Susan G. Komen Foundation, including the "Honoring the Promise" event at the Kennedy Center Saturday evening with Laura Bush.  The Kuwaiti Embassy holds a special place in my heart because I was honored at the Kuwaiti Embassy for my work as a youth ambassador to the Kuwait-American Foundation's "Do The Write Thing Campaign" which gives middle school students an opportunity to examine the impact of youth violence on their lives through classroom discussions and writings. 

"Night Goat and Other Flights of Fancy" Art Show on Display in H Street Corridor

This Saturday, September 11th, the City Gallery on H Street NE will host the opening of "Night Goat and other Flights of Fancy". 

The exhibit features work by artist Ellen Cornett, and will run from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m..  Admission to the exhibit is free of charge.

City Gallery is located at 804 H Street NE, in the heart of the H Street Corridor.

"Night Goat and other Flights of Fancy" will be on display at the City Gallery until September 25th.