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Documentary Screening:Extra-Ordinary Life: Journey to South Africa

18 Nov

XOL Documentary Screening at Lincoln Theater 11/ 22

In Recognition of National Adoption Month and in the Spirit of Thanksgiving

Join Extra-Ordinary Life … For the Screening of EXTRA-ORDINARY LIFE: JOURNEY TO SOUTH AFRICA produced by BET International

on NOVEMBER 22, 2010   <<6:00 – 8:00pm>>

A documentary that chronicles the extraordinary journey of 8 young ladies in DC foster care who travel to South Africa during the 2010 World Cup for a trip of a
lifetime. The Lincoln Theater 1215 U Street, NW • Washington, DC 20009
Adjacent to the U Street/Cardozo metro

Hosted by Stacie Turner

Doors open at 5pm. General Seating. Program begins promptly at 6pm

Remarks (20 min) • Film (45 min) • Q&A Session (20 min)

This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC



Halloween Hijinks: Tips for Choosing A Kickass Halloween Costume

8 Oct

Who are you going to be for Halloween?

Pop Culture Influences Costume Choices

Yes, it’s that time! If you’re smart, you’re probably already thinking about your Halloween costume. Depending on where you party, nurses and mere Superheros don’t quite cut it. People go IN. Don’t wait til the last minute, plan now and be the best lil pop culture reference at the party.  Be sure to consult Facebook pictures for what people did last year and not #fail with a passé costume.

I stopped by my favorite little costume shop in Southeast DC last month and it got me thinking about All Hallows Eve, which is more like a fashion show than a Horror show. I failed horribly at my last attempt at a Halloween costume. If I’m gonna do it this year, I had to put some thought into it.

Costumes are expensive people. That’s why I encourage you to work within your own closet versus going out and investing too much in a “once in a year” (possibly one time only) outfit. But if you’re going to purchase a costume tho- GO BIG! In visiting Backstage, I saw a sexy Avatar costume consisting of a blue leotard complete with a tail.  Cost: $80 bucks. No thanks, I’ll pass.

Movies, News, & Pop Culture continue to be a popular source for Halloween costumes. This year, I predict that twitter will give more fodder for costume seekers – particularly users who follow the hijinks of “twitter celebs.”

Celebs with physical stunts are easier to replicate think about makeup and/or accessories that might be needed. How would you replicate the acne on Chippy D (Montana Fishburne’s) hindparts? Just asking.

Wigs are simple. If you’re a tall girl, throw one on with a tight dress and some big rings and turn yourself into Wendy Williams.  Practice your stance and don’t forget the beef jerky. Oh, and stuff your bra if necessary.

While he’s a good candidate – being Mel Gibson for Halloween would be hard. What would you do? – Run around yelling at people ?!?! Consult a recent mug shot to get the right look.


Crazy Mel - Photo Credit: TMZ


Gents, forgo the store bought costumes for a suit in your closet and get your boys together to recreate a scene from Takers.

Ladies, choose a character from For Colored Girls, get your crew together and practice a monologue or two.

Other pop culture references I expect to be hot this Halloween are…

Nikki Minaj:  Nikki’s given us so many looks that it wouldn’t be difficult to come up with something.


Photo Credit:


Fantasia: Think hospital gown, short wig, messy makeup.

Lady Gaga, which should be simple. See Nikki Minaj above.

Kat Stacks, hated, but go for it.

Janelle Monae: She gives you a uniform, get with it.

Guys, I haven’t forgotten about you. Think –

Rick Ross – for big belly brothers. With a beard and gold chains.

Trey Songz – for slim dude with a hat and a suit.

LilDuval: with an Adidas suit on, or a onesie, if you can find it.


Lil Duval's Twitter background pic


And for couples who can’t seem to do anything without one another, dress up with these ‘young in love’ examples. Swizz Beats & Alicia Keys, Carmelo Anthony & Lala, or Tip and Tiny < now that’s scary!

After Halloween, I’d really love to see your pictures! If you pulled off one of these looks, or got some inspiration from this post. Send ’em to me via email: TheOriginalNajeema {at Gmail}

Events for DMV International Film Festival Continue

2 Jun

DMV International Film Festival Presents: School Without Walls

-The Brixton Riots

(June 1, 2010) DMV International Film Festival (DMVIFF) will be hosting the U.S. premiere of SCHOOL WITHOUT WALLS, a London based film, Friday, June 4, 2010. Directed and written by Tanecia Britt, the founder of the DMVIFF, this film is being shown at District in Adams Morgan for the first time in the United States. This film is being shown once, starting at 6pm for a social and red carpet gathering, with show time beginning at 7pm until 10pm. Complimentary Drinks provided by Crystal Head Vodka.

SCHOOL WITHOUT WALLS is a gritty, epic tale about six students from different walks of life, putting aside their differences to survive. Combining their individual talents, their concern for their family outside of school walls unites the six as they compose a plan to end the riots.

SCHOOL WITHOUT WALLS premier is the last fundraiser event supporting the DMV International Film Festival, debuting June 25-30 2010 at the Geothe-Insitute in Washington D.C. For advance tickets and to view the trailer for SCHOOL WITHOUT WALLS please visit or to get more information about the film festival and show times.


Katina Charles

DMVIFF, Director of Public Relations

(301) 442-0576


School without Walls (Trailer)

DMV International Film Fest