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Actor Michael Ealy To Announce Fourth-Round Pick At Washington Redskins Annual Draft Day Party

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LANDOVER, Md. – The Washington Redskins announced today that acclaimed actor Michael Ealy, best known for his work as an executive producer and title character in The Perfect Guy, will attend the Redskins’ annual Draft Day Party FedExField on Saturday, April 29. Ealy will announce the team’s fourth-round pick live on stage as part of the day’s festivities.

Ealy currently stars in the hit drama series “Being Mary Jane” and was previously the lead suspect in the second installment of ABC’s “Secrets and Lies.”  He is also starring in and is an Executive Producer for the remake of Jacob’s Ladder slated to be released early 2018.

The Perfect Guy opened number one at the box office and earned Ealy an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture. Other recent roles include Think Like a Man and Think Like a Man Too, About Last Night, Underworld: Awakening, For Colored Girls, Takers and 2 Fast 2 Furious.

“I’m excited to come back to the Washington, D.C., area to be a part of the Redskins Draft Day Party,” said Ealy. “I grew up a Redskins fan and am looking forward to being in my hometown again.”

Get full story @ Redskins.com

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“SPREAD SOUTHSIDE LOVE” Mural featuring Frederick Douglass and his friends

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017 – 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

“SPREAD SOUTHSIDE LOVE” Mural featuring Frederick Douglass and his friends

16th & W STREET SE [2200 16th Street SE] 

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HISTORIC ANCOSTIA, WASHINGTON, D.C.: During the week leading to the birthday celebration muralist Rebeka Ryvola has been working with community members to install a new mural honoring Frederick Douglass and his friends at the newly renovated corner store at 16th and W Street SE, down the street from the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site.

Ephrame Kassaye, the new owner of the corner store, has supported an effort to create an honorific and community-based mural on the 16th Street SE side of his building, similar to the mural of the 1963 March on Washington on the side of a building he owns at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Mellon Street in Congress Heights.

The mural, “Spread Southside Love,” re-creates an imaginary Sunday literary salon on the back lawn of Cedar Hill. Captured in the public artwork is the historic home, Anacostia River, DC Capitol and Washington Monument in the background.

Douglass is joined by friends and contemporaries, including radical abolitionist John Brown, activist lawyer and the first black graduate of Harvard Richard Greener, journalist and Civil Rights leader and suffragette Ida Wells, first African American to serve a full-term in the United States Senate Blanche K. Bruce, abolitionist and Douglass mentor Wendell Phillips, and groundbreaking journalist Grace Greenwood, seen playing baseball with a number of modern day neighborhood children. A young person serenades the gathering with the violin.

Ryvola, who has worked with the Anacostia Watershed Society, will finish the mural installation on Saturday, February 17.

For more information on the mural visit http://rebekaryvola.com/#/frederick-douglass-mural-commission/

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Where to celebrate Frederick Douglass’s 200th birthday around D.C.

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Frederick Douglass was born on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Although the abolitionist and author lived in New York and Massachusetts after escaping slavery, he spent the last years of his life in Washington, serving as a U.S. Marshal and the city’s recorder of deeds, and living at a 15-acre estate in Anacostia named Cedar Hill.

It is at Cedar Hill, now the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, where the National Park Service will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Douglass’s birth on Feb. 17 and 18. (Douglass’s actual birth date is unknown, and he chose to celebrate it on Feb. 14 later in life.) National Park Service spokeswoman Pya Langley says the two-day celebration will be the biggest celebration of Douglass’s life at any Park Service site this year. “Some of our other sites highlight his life,” she says. “But this is the only site 100 percent-dedicated to Frederick Douglass in the [NPS] system.”

This weekend’s festivities are not the only way to honor one of America’s greatest statesmen: There are tours and events around the area throughout February.

Read more at The Washington Post

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Chadwick Boseman Talks Black Panther, Turning Down Famous Biopics, Marvel Myths + More

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