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TechConneXt 3.0: The best and biggest tech conference for people of color in Silicon Valley

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Which tech conference has…

…hundreds of the most influential people of color in the tech space gathered together…CEOs and executives from Intel, Microsoft, as well as other tech titans… a pitch contest for the most innovative of tech startups…and a convening of the best and brightest computer science students from top HBCUs for a challenging hackathon….?

Black Enterprise’s TechConneXt Summit 3.0. The event is being held Oct. 9–10 at the gorgeous San Francisco Marriott Waterfront Hotel.

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‘Turn Me Loose’ pays homage to Dick Gregory | Champagne and Reception, Friday, October 12

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The heckling is raw in “Turn Me Loose,” and you can get in on it if you dare. Edwin Lee Gibson plays comedian Dick Gregory in this biographical drama of the comedian/activist, who died last year at the age of 84, and true to Gregory’s form, the joking gets serious. You want to call him something? He invites the audience to stand up in the light and do it.

It’s a stark moment, and reflective of the combative tone that saturates Gretchen Law’s 90-minute drama at Arena Stage. Gregory’s life and career were indelibly shaped by the civil rights era; he knew the breakthroughs of getting attention on late-night talk shows (and playing hardball to land the gig on dignified terms), and he lived through the setbacks of murders and assassinations. The show draws plenty of laughs with jokes that still sting: a long story about moving into a white neighborhood, cutting his lawn and being mistaken for “help” that culminates in a racy punchline too explosively funny to spoil here.

But Dick Gregory knew, and Law underlines, that at some point it’s just not funny anymore.

“Do you want to be funny?” Gregory is asked at one point during an interview. The answer comes slow, and it drives the point home.

Bio-dramas can be hero worship, and Law’s script — fully titled “A Play About Comic Genius Dick Gregory” — does not break the mold. (The play premiered when Gregory was alive, and the extensive producing credits for this show include John Legend.) Director John Gould Rubin sticks close to the comedy-club environment of Christopher Barreca’s showbizzy set as the stream-of-consciousness scenes hit the high points of Gregory’s life.

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There’s Gregory in the early 1960s, a hip-looking young man cracking savvy jokes, cradling a cocktail and a cigarette, getting a gig in front of Southerners at the Playboy Club. There’s Gregory in later years, an aged sage wagging his finger at us about the conspiracies we just won’t get wise to, from food (he evangelized for a strict vegetarian diet) to undying American racism.

View feature by By Nelson Pressley @ The Washington Post HERE

Turn Me Loose September 6 – October 14

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Caribbean Events

Caribbean Fridays Happy Hour

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Fridays, join us at Nineteen42 Lounge for Caribbean Fridays Happy Hour! Nineteen42 is the newest Lounge in the Shaw / U street corridor Area. This chic lounge has 2 levels, with a mature, festive and  is a great place to meet friends, socialize, network and also have Office and Birthday parties!  Join us and listen to the best of Caribbean music; Reggae, Soca, DanceHall, Afro-Beats and other sounds of the Islands! Meet old friends and make NEW ones. It offers appetizers as well with a variety of Hookah Flavors and Top Shelf Drinks. So tell a friend to tell a friend and we’ll see you there!
Doors open at 5:00PM
Happy Hour Specials:
5:00pm – 9pm
Listen to:
The best in Dance Hall, Reggae, Roots, Soca and much more!
DRESS: Casual Fashionable
21 & UP with PROPER ID
For RSVP: Table / Bottle Service
Or call: (202) 422-9030 
1942 9th St, NW
Metro: Yellow / Green line (Shaw / Howard Univ. – U STREET CARDOZO) 

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Events & Socials

The 6th Annual Masquerade Affair | Saturday, October 27

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