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Culture Report: February 2018 (Black History Month Edition)

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FEBRUARY 2018

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.
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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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Wise Young Builders Summer Camp 2018

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The camp is divided into (6) one week sessions of fun and education!

This year, students will freshen up on math skills through fun games and carpentry projects.

We will teach the use of tools such as measuring tape, drill guns, hand saws and hammers, but safety first!

Students will be provided with safety gear and will also participate in a tool safety training courses!

For more information please visit us @ www.wiseyoungbuilders.org

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My City 4 Ways Presented by Essence + Ford | Food | Music | Art | Lifestyle – Saturday, May 19

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D.C. Is Having an Independent Bookstore Renaissance

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Laurie Gillman’s neighborhood bookstore closed in 2009. She’d lived on Capitol Hill for 25 years, and she could tell her community was not taking the news well. “After a year of saying, ‘Why doesn’t anyone open a bookstore?’ I realized no one was going to do it,” says Gillman.

She decided to open her own, and now East City Bookshop is coming up on its two-year anniversary. “Without a bookstore, how can you say you’re a really good neighborhood?” she asks.

So many local bookstores are cropping up across D.C. that you can go from Anacostia to H Street NE, only visiting new bookstores, and hit most large neighborhoods. Include legacy stores like Politics and Prose and you can nearly map the whole city, jumping from bookstore to bookstore, browsing a variety of specially-curated selections of books. Recently-opened book stores in the District have focused on being hyper-local, carrying works that specifically…

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