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MahoganyBooks opens East of the River

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MahoganyBooks opens East of the River
(Washington, DC) Anacostia Arts Center is excited to announce that MahoganyBooks is opening this month, meeting the literary needs of readers in search of books written for, by, or about people of the African Diaspora. Previously solely an online bookstore created by husband and wife team, Derrick and Ramunda Young, MahoganyBooks will open the first book store in historic Anacostia in over two decades, featuring a wide array of books, events, and services geared towards supporting, empowering, and engaging readers and writers.
MahoganyBooks will open on November 24, 2017. The hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday thru Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. The store is located at 1231 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington, DC 20020.
MahoganyBooks is also hosting a “first look” of its bookstore to supporters and the Anacostia community on December 4th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Incorporating modern design elements and technology, the bookstore will have an open floor allowing the space to be easily transformed for large events, mobile cashiers and iPad stations to research and order books.  MahoganyBooks will also host virtual book events, conducting virtual interviews with authors as well as live streaming events online. A grand opening and community celebration will be held during Black History Month.
“It is important we create a rich, concerted space where readers and writers connect and discuss issues of yesterday and today that impact our culture and how we see ourselves,” says MahoganyBooks co-founder, Derrick Young.
MahoganyBooks will also feature Duende District, a mobile bookstore by and for people of color-where all are welcome, as a long-term pop-up. The MahoganyBooks and Duende District collaboration aims to provide a high-quality selection of books by authors of color from a variety of cultures.
“I am very excited to partner with MahoganyBooks in their first physical store space and to bring a Duende District pop-up to Anacostia, says Angela Marie Spring, Duende District’s owner, a first-generation Latinx. “MahoganyBooks’ professionalism, experience and commitment to creating a wonderful bookstore experience for African-American and black communities is a perfect complement to Duende District’s own mission.”
Their relationship will create an inclusive literary environment for populations that are largely underrepresented by other book retailers. The events that they have hosted at the Anacostia Arts Center have already promoted poets, fiction, and nonfiction authors of color East of the River.
About Anacostia Arts Center:
Anacostia Arts Center is a project of the ARCH Development Corporation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating a home for small businesses, artists, arts and cultural organizations to fulfill its commitment to the revitalization and sustainable economic development of Historic Anacostia. The Arts Center is 9,300 square feet and includes a 1,000-square-foot Black Box Theater, six galleries/boutiques, and Art-Drenaline Cafe. The center opened in June 2013.
About MahoganyBooks:
Started in 2007 by husband and wife duo, Derrick and Ramunda Young, MahoganyBooks is the fastest growing online bookstore for people of the African Diaspora.  It has grown from being exclusively an online bookstore to being the go-to bookseller for community book events in the District, Maryland and Virginia.  Over the years, MahoganyBooks has connected readers to writers for exciting and thought-provoking literary events with the likes of Misty Copeland, U.S. Representative John Lewis, Walter Mosley, Chimamanda Adichie, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and former Mayor Marion Barry among others. To learn more visit http://www.mahoganybooks.com/.

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Fashion Fest | November 10th

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Fashion Fest, taking place this Saturday, is our love letter to the DMV. We have a day of panels, workshops, and a vendors den featuring local brands ready for you to enjoy.
Everything kicks off at 11 AM on Saturday.
Here’s a sneak peak of what we have in store!

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Black Gold at Vivid Gallery

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[Washington, DC] Anacostia Arts Center is wrapping up the year with a vision of the future. The recent explosion of interest in Afrofuturism has led to this end of year group show. As an organization that stays connected to the culture and community beat, AAC is bringing many of these progressively thinking artist for what is sure to be an enlightening and inspirational exhibition.
Black Gold celebrates Black Excellence throughout time and space. Uniting figurative and abstract elements, these five artists create vivid representations of Black culture that exist independent of temporal experience. The five local artists selected to be part of this experience are from varied backgrounds but all equally passionate about their craft and message.
Black Gold runs from November 30 through January 5 in Vivid Gallery. Located in the lounge of the Anacostia Arts Center, the opening reception will take place on November 30 from 6-9PM. This event is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be provided. An opportunity to meet with and speak to the artists will happen on TBD. Follow our social media sites for up-to-date information on all events taking place at the Anacostia Arts Center.
About the Artists:
Cary Michael is a native of Mobile, Alabama and currently resides inWashington, DC. He earned his BS in Fine Arts from Florida A&M University,where he was founder and president of the FAMU Fine Arts Society andgraphic artist for the Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science. He receivedhis MA in Design Management from Savannah College of Art and Design. Michael currently serves in the capacity of a Design Examiner for thefederal government, Studio Artist at Cheers Art Studio, Frontline ministryat Zion Church, and Mentor for Best Kids, Inc., while devoting his freetime to developing his start-up artist collective “The Artbae Society”. His artwork has been featured in exhibits at venues throughout theWashington metro area, New Jersey, New York, Alabama, and Florida, andis part of permanent collections.
Oluwatoyin Tella has an uncommon rapport towards mathematics and the visual arts. She received both her Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Howard University. By pulling from her experiences of a Nigerian childhood and matriarchal Caribbean home, in New York during the “golden age of hip-hop”, Telle incorporates a multi-dimensional yet inclusive perspective. The cultural infusion that she has within and her experiences are incorporated into her compositions. Most recently, she was commissioned to create artwork for a Haitian Relief Fundraiser. Tella currently resides in Maryland with her two children.
Jessica Valoris is the full package of creativity. She is a visual and performing artist, emcee, and youth advocate. Her visual and installation-based art celebrates visionary and healing practices drawing from her own Afro-diasporic and Judaic cultural traditions and expressions. Through use of vibrant color, sound-collage and, mixed media, Valoris transforms spaces into portals for self-reflection, connection and wellness. She currently works with The Future Project and City at Peace DC. She is the creative architect of xigga.Projeck and is one half of the rap-duo “Colored Girls Hustle”.
Andrew Williams caught the attention of the Anacostia Arts Center at Art All Night 2017 and his subsequent show at the Center was his first gallery exhibition. Through social media promotion, Williams caught the attention of Craig Tinski, who invited him to be part of his ‘Modern Art Perfected’ Art Basel and Art Week show in Miami, Fl. Williams’ artwork blends hip-hop, cartooning, street art and biblical studies in order to display scriptures in an urban way. Influenced by Hanna-Barbera, Aaron Mcgruder, Aaron Martin and Banksy, every piece depicts Holy scriptures with a graffiti vibe. Williams currently lives in Suitland, MD with his wife and daughter.
Ashley Joi Whitley is an abstract painter and mixed-media artist with her own unique style of creating. At Hampton University, she studied Fine Art with an emphasis in Graphic Design, she considers herself an ‘art school/self-taught’ hybrid. A Washington, DC native, Whitley lived in San Diego for 4-years, where the open-minded culture allowed her to explore non-traditional subject matter in her paintings. She has found herself driven to paint women in majestic, imaginative, fantasy settings. These pieces have become referred to as “The Goddesses”. Whitley currently lives in Northern Virginia with her daughter who is also a budding artist.
Vivid Gallery is an exhibition space that opened in 2010, located inside the Anacostia Arts Center and is a project of ARCH, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the creative economy of Historic Anacostia. Learn more at archdc.org
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RARE PHOTO OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS IN FRONT OF HIS HOME

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This amazing find was dug up courtesy of the National Park Service. You’re look at a grainy image of Frederick Douglass standing in front of his home on Capitol Hill at 320 A St. NE. The home still stands today and you can walk by it, looking almost the same.

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