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A First Look At the Wing, the Ultra-Chic Women’s Coworking Space and Social Club Coming to Georgetown

Jae Alan



Any Instagrammer worth her salt is familiar with the Wing, the exquisitely designed coworking space and social club that launched in October of 2016 in Manhattan’s Flatiron District to instant cult status. I say “her salt” because this co-working space was developed for (and by) women, which helps explain the Wing’s booming popularity. Drop into its Instagram feed and the chic slideshow of velvet couches, brass lighting fixtures, and darling wallpaper may make you feel like you already know what the space is all about.

But it’s not just the beautiful midcentury modern furniture or Wes Anderson-esque palette that has made the Wing so successful. It’s the concept of promising to be just about anything a gal could need—a co-working space, a homebase, a lounge, a social club, a meeting space, a library, a spot just to drop in and change clothes—that has lured creatives and working women to apply in droves. The Wing even offers blowouts and spritzes of Chanel No. 5 (on the house, of course). Add to that already sweet formula the fact that, at a time when women’s marches and pussy hats have galvanized into a full-blown social movement, the Wing has cultivated a loud-and-proud feminist agenda. By 2018 the waiting list for the Wing had skyrocketed to 8,000, even as a second location opened in SoHo.

And now it’s coming to DC.

Renderings show an airy space with long worktables, cushy nooks, a dramatic skylight, and the brand’s signature color-coordinated built-in bookshelves.

Set to open sometime in March, the 10,000 square foot Georgetown site–the company won’t yet say what its exact address is–will be the Wing’s fourth location, following on the heels of a Brooklyn location. DC is the company’s first stop outside of New York.

Washington makes a lot of sense when you consider that at this moment, there are few other places where the Wing could have as much immediate impact. Influence and community are baked into its business philosophy: When key organizers of the Women’s March struggled to find headquarters in New York, CEO Audrey Gelman stepped in to offer up the Wing. The SoHo opening included a voter registration booth and the New York locations have hosted powwows ranging from a “Fuck Harvey Weinstein” community-building event to a lecture on Women in Journalism and an information session with the New York Civil Liberties Union. Go on the Wing’s website and you can buff up on your knowledge of the history of women’s social clubs and their roots in resistance all the way up to the ’70s, an association subtly reinforced by the Wing’s funky-retro capital “W” branding. Go to the Wing’s bookshelves and you’ll find a literal rainbow of literature by women. The Wing’s in-house magazine is appropriately titled No Man’s Land. The décor may be delicate and pink, but these ladies aren’t messing around.

Seating varies from couches and bistro tables to half booths, comfy chairs, and bleacher seating.

The Wing’s unyielding message makes sense if you consider Gelman’s history. With experiences in public affairs and politics, Gelman, a born-and-raised New Yorker, worked as Deputy Director of Communications to Comptroller Scott M. Stringer and more recently was the Senior Vice President at the strategic communications firm SKDKnickerbocker. She also worked on Hillary Clinton‘s 2008 presidential campaign, during which time she lived downtown in Logan Circle. Her experience during that time period made one thing clear: there was a gap in the market.

“I lived in D.C. twice, and if I’d had The Wing my quality of life would have been totally transformed,” Gelman told Forbes. ”I had a great experience” she tells Washingtonian, “but most of it was spent at my desk working.”

As for the list of members, like other markets, the Wing’s DC location promises to attract a who’s who of prominent female residents. For notable politicians or businesswomen who may not be able to regularly utilize such a public space, there are plenty of opportunities for collaborating on events through the Wing’s programming. In the past year alone, the Wing has racked up appearances from Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, and Heidi Heitkamp, activists Ilyse HogueMichelle Jawando, and Alyssa Mastromonaco, and journalists Katy TurAnnie KarniKasie Hunt, and Maggie Haberman.

Pendant lamps hang from an industrial ceiling.

The Georgetown location promises to be only slightly different from the New York locations of the Wing, catering to the community in small ways while maintaining the brand’s signature aesthetic. For one thing, the DC location will be equipped with a wellness room, perhaps nod to the growing popularity of nap spaces and meditation studios. It will also have a section of bleacher seating (visible in the above rendering) to help facilitate panels and talks. Adding new locations of the Wing means added appeal for different levels of membership, so that applicants can choose access to just one location, or pay extra for access to all the Wing’s locations—$2,300 and $2,700 annually, respectively.

Read full story at The Washingtonian

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Little-Known Black History Facts: This Black Woman Helped Develop GPS Technology

Jae Alan



Gladys West never knew that her work at a U.S. Navy base in Virginia back in the 1950s and ’60s would play a pivotal role in creating a popular form of technology that is now incorporated into cell phones, cars, and social media.

For 42 years, the 87-year-old mathematician worked with a team of engineers that developed the Geographical Positioning System, or GPS, before retiring in 1998. West’s sorority sister, Gwen James, recently discovered the contributions that West made in GPS technology and wanted to share the news with The Associated Press.

“Her story is amazing,” said James, a fellow member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, to The AP. “GPS has changed the lives of everyone forever. There is not a segment of this global society—military, auto industry, cell phone industry, social media, parents, NASA, etc.—that does not utilize the Global Positioning System.”

After graduating from Virginia State University on a full academic scholarship, West began working as a math teacher for two years in Sussex County before obtaining her master’s degree. She then became the second black woman to join the Dahlgren, Virginia, naval base in 1956, where she was one of‌ only four black employees. During her stint, she collected location data from orbiting machines and input the data into giant supercomputers, while using early computer software to analyze surface elevations. She worked long days and nights recording satellite locations and on complex calculations. Although the work was tedious, West told The AP that she “was ecstatic” about the opportunity “to work with some of the greatest scientists.”

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Culture Report: February 2018 (Black History Month Edition)

Jae Alan




For the entire month of February we are curating a special campaign on our IG page in honor of Black History Month and the film release of Black Panther. #BlackonBlackLove is a celebration of Blackness through the ages and an opportunity to highlight some of our favorite creatives in the process.

Every day since the 1st of this month we have been sharing a variety of images and will continue to do so for the rest of the month. Check out a sample of and then head to our IG page for the full experience.

Unless you have been living under a rock, you already know that the most anticipated movie of the year drops on February 16th. We have been obsessing over #BlackPanther since Chadwick Boseman’s first appearance in Avengers: Civil War. Quiet as it kept, we hear Kat saw the movie several times in the theater because of Black Panther. Anywho, we have been counting down the movie release as part of our #BlackonBlackLove campaign and are excited to highlight fellow creatives also creatives hyped for #Wakanda in their own artisic ways. Check it out.
Tunes + Talk: Wakanda Edition
Aired: Saturday, January 27th
WPFW (89.FM)

Last month’s episode kicked off the #Wakanda roundtable with a disussion aboutthe upcoming #BlackPanther film release. Check out the January edition of #TunesandTalk as guests weigh in the woke levels of the new Marvel flick. Listen here.
Black Pepper Paperie
CiITIZEN Collection
Inspired the upcoming film release, visual and intuitive artist Hadiya Williams has created a funtastic line of Wakanda-centered items for the savvy #BlackPanther fan. This is a limited edition run features apparel, mugs, graphic prints and more. Check out the line here.
LISTEN: DJ Jahsonic-Drums for the King of Wakanda
DJ Jahsonic offers up a mix  fit for a king. He states, “As one of Africa’s many dispersed children, imagining what a fictitious, hyper modern African republic might sound like was something I had been doing for years. I wanted to place Wakanda within the context of the Africa of post-colonial pan-Africanist consciousness… ” Play here.
Kat’s Korner highlights the work of our fearless leader and head cultural architect, Risikat “Kat” Okedeyi. From articles, to podcasts, to appearances, Kat stays on the go, so make sure to follow her on her various social media platforms to keep up.
Tuesday, February 13th 6PM-9PM
Hosted by Risikat Okedeyi of LiL SoSo Productions, Wakanda 101 features writer and comic aficionado, Derrick Weston Brown who will facilitate a fun group discussion on the origins of Marvel’s Black Panther comic and animated series and explore the secret world of Wakanda, the African nation unknown to the outside world. Bring a dish or offer up a donation. RSVP here.

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Community DMV

FREE EVENT! Flip DC: Learn to Rehab Houses in the DMV | Saturday, February 17th

Jae Alan



Renovating a house is the biggest payday in real estate investing you can possibly make. Unfortunately, it’s also full of landmines that can take thousands of dollars to overcome. “FLIP, FUND AND BE FREE” is your roadmap to overcome all of the hurdles, find private lenders and money for deals, avoid the pitfalls, so you can get straight to the big paydays and invest profits like a true real estate mogul!

Rehabbing houses can potentially be extremely profitable, exciting and rewarding. It is our pleasure to share or knowledge and experience with bold, motivated individuals looking to expand their minds.

This is a complete A-Z course finding, buying, renovating and selling a property.

Topics include:

  • The Rehab Basics
  • Where to Find the Money (Not Yours) to Fund Your Deals
  • How to Make Offers that Win!
  • The Renovation Process
  • Handling Contractors with Grace and Rock Solid Contracts
  • How to Make at Least $5-10K More On Your Deals and Sell Fast!

      Join us Saturday, Feb 17th, 2017. Refreshments will be provided.



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