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Do Yourself A Favor| Nov 17: Master of The Mix at Bar7

15 Nov

I’m proud of the relationships I’ve built with event producers and promoters around the city. Access is very important as you attempt to navigate DC nightlife. Some people trip about it, and others don’t. Don’t trip this Wednesday.

Join Hell In A Handbag as a community partner in Party Rockers, Master of the Mix Viewing Party for Episode 3 of the BET/Centric series at Bar 7.

One of DC’s top Party Rockers, the Vibe Conductor, DJ Stylus, will be doing what he knows best – giving you an education on wax. As a special treat the night will feature Guest DJs:
DJs Asho and Meistro

Master of the Mix| Viewing Party Wednesday @ Bar 7

NO Cover

NO Lines

Complimentary Smirnoff cocktails while they last.

Just make sure you RSVP at and make sure they know you found out about the event on Hell In A Handbag


The Forecast – November 10, 2010 | Master of the Mix Viewing Party

9 Nov

Master of the Mix DC Viewing Party #2 at JIN 11/10/2010

Catch the DJs going another round this Wednesday, November 10.

MoTM DC resident DJ:
DJ Stylus, The Vibe Conductor

guest DJs:
Maze-One and Handspeak

community partners: Gypsy Soul & DC Fab

Doors open at 8pm | free with RSVP|
Jin 2017 14th ST NW WDC

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}

Jay-Z at Bonnaroo (video)

15 Jun

Here are vids of my Fave Rapper at the Bonnarou Festival in TN this past weekend.

That Camel has Swagga

Don’t know about Bonnaroo? Well, get familiar. It’s a tight 3 day festival in a field in Tennessee, doing it old school There was also a #foursquare connection. Read my post on your Bonnaroo Rock Star badge here.

Rock the Bells Line-up Announced* Update

10 Jun

Lauryn Will Re-Educate the District this August

At first I thought the line up (See below) was weak. Then I realized that I bumped my head. If you love hip hop, nothing, not even the heat of Merriweather Post Pavillion in August will stop you from seeing Hip Hop legends perform your favorite cuts and in some instances, whole albums.

Basically, the lineup is alright, not incredibly impressive, but people just basically wanna know, is Lauryn Hill performing?

Hell, that’s what I wanna know?

Here’s the vid:

Update: Lauryn Hill will Rock the Bells (Washington Post)

Tour organizers have announced that R&B exile Lauryn Hill will perform her masterpiece album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” on this summer’s Rock the Bells tour. Also slated to appear: the reunited A Tribe Called Quest, who will recreate their classic “Midnight Marauders.” The Rock the Bells tour is scheduled to land at Merriweather Post Pavilion on August 29.


Pre-Sale Friday June 18 @10am
On-Sale Saturday June 19 @10am

Tickets available