Watch Garnish Ep. 12: “NOVA Pro Wrestling”

In December, I premiered Garnish Episode 12 “NOVA Pro Wrestling,” at a screening and reception co-sponsored by Hyattsville’s Creative Edge Collaborative and the Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council.

NOVA Pro Wrestling, which – in just over a year – has become one of the best destinations for pro wrestling on the east coast. The family-owned and operated business boasts a roster of current wrestlers and alumni such as WWEs Cedric Alexander, Virginia’s hometown hero (and former TNA champion) Sonjay Dutt, as well as a rotating roster of performers from all over the country. This episode features interviews from former TNA superstar Sonjay Dutt, popular tag-team Cutie & The Beast, writer Marcus Dowling, Facelock Feminist’s Lady J and more!

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Interview: Bond St. District (Baltimore, MD)

Bond St. District, the duo of Baltimore MC DDm and producer Paul Huston, brought their grand stage show to the District with a performance at DC9, a U Street corridor staple. The show was a rarity for the city: a line-up of Baltimore artists which included opening sets from the Baltimore Club-tinged electropop duo Chiffon as well as rising star Kotic Coutore backed by Destrukshawn. The top floor of DC9 was as much a stage, as it was a pulpit and theatre. The band made people dance from songs off their first EP “Everybody’s So Sleepy” and new album A Church on Vulcan, laugh at references to the authenticity of the Roseanne sitcom and reflect on moving forward in Trump’s America.

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Marching Forward – Jessica Jacobo

“Marching Forward” is a new series of guest blogs about the demonstrations, protests, and women’s marches that happened during Inauguration Weekend.

I asked women, and women-identifying people, of color if they felt about the march, whether they felt that the march – which initially lacked representation by women of color in leadership roles – met their expectations, and ways that they think people can use the momentum of the weekend to make changes in their community. If you would like to contribute your experiences, please use this form. #WOCMarchingForward

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Marching Forward – Rosalyn Lam

“Marching Forward” is a new series of guest blogs about the demonstrations, protests, and women’s marches that happened during Inauguration Weekend.

I asked women, and women-identifying people, of color if they felt about the march, whether they felt that the march – which initially lacked representation by women of color in leadership roles – met their expectations, and ways that they think people can use the momentum of the weekend to make changes in their community. If you would like to contribute your experiences, please use this form. #WOCMarchingForward

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Marching Forward – Nataly Escobedo Garcia

“Marching Forward” is a new series of guest blogs about the demonstrations, protests, and women’s marches that happened during Inauguration Weekend.

I asked women, and women-identifying people, of color if they felt about the march, whether they felt that the march – which initially lacked representation by women of color in leadership roles – met their expectations, and ways that they think people can use the momentum of the weekend to make changes in their community. If you would like to contribute your experiences, please use this form. #WOCMarchingForward

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Pineapple Express 5 – Photo Recap

Tierra Brown, the creative-entrepreneur behind the interview series #MediaMondays and Pineapple Express shop, hosted the 5th artist showcase in her #PineappleExpress series in Linthicum, MD in conjunction with Godbody, Inc. Relative newcomers like Aquilcvr, Abdou and Mudi gave energetic performances, before After F’s Cal Rips, King Rosé, Sir E.U and Matt McGhee performed posse cuts and solo releases from their deep discography. 

Pineapple Express 5 also included performances by Bree Daniels, Bucky Malone and 199xism. Follow Tierra on Twitter for her latest interviews and show announcements.

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Recap: First Church of Back in 360 Degrees January 2017

Kool Klux Klan O.G. Sir E.U and the Station North Sadboi himself, Qué Pequeño, brought back their DC and Baltimore unifying show “First Church of Back” at its new home The Crown. Notacollective’s NeroScream gave an impromptu, but still energetic, opening set with the assist from Nigel Frank. JPEPMAFIA performed songs from his latest releases, including the title track from Black Ben Carson, to a room full of people screaming “Peggy,” while Ghostie shared hosting duties with Sir E.U who introduced a slew of local acts including Dan Mansion and Reko Will.

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Spanish Jazz Musician Antonio Lizana Presents New Album in D.C.

Spain Arts & Culture, the cultural arm of the Spanish Embassy here in the U.S., is starting its 2017 programming strong with a concert from renowned saxophonist Antonio Lizana. Lizana, known for his vibrant flamenco-jazz performances, will be playing music from his latest album “Quimeras del Mar” (Chimeras of the Sea) with bandmates Adriano Lozano (guitar) and Epi Pacheco (percussion).

The concert will take place Tuesday, January 24th at 7:30 PM at the beautiful Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain, (2801 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20009)

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Recap: Glow End Theory Vol. 002 in 360 Degrees

Glow End Theory Vol. 002 was a huge success! An audience of primarily black and brown folks from all walks of life filled the Black Cat for the second installment of the woman-centric showcase curated by DJ Tomi Yeyo, XiAnne Freeman and Jamal Gray of Nag Champa. help me curate Shiva joined residents Tomi Yeyo, Kleonaptra and Jessicunt for bass-pumpin’ DJ sets that featured everything from R&B to Jersey Club. Guest performers Nuex and Opal presented their unique brand of soul music, while QuannunThrow laced the walls with his unique visual projections.

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