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Located in the heart of the U street corridor on 14th and U, Cloak & Dagger combines Victorian era design with modern touches, while paying homage to DC's history of secrecy and espionage.
Design.District is an art initiative whose focus is to bridge education and fashion for African American and Latino youth in Washington, D.C., ages 13 – 18, by enhancing their knowledge of the apparel industry through hands-on experience in manufacturing and retail entrepreneurship training.
#GirlGameChanger is the game changer for #WomenWhoDare #giveback.
Once vetted, you will be contacted to have your dare and give back content curated and shared with our community!
Like your favorite auntie, sister or BFF, GirlGameChanger's strength lies in its ability to keep it one hundred, while helping others to do the same. Girlfriend style insights speak across careers, countries, generations and stations of life bringing content to light with authority, insight and humor. Who are we? You. And you are us. We are #WomenWhoDare.
By creating a platform and community to amplify women's voices & highlight our assets, we create a universal home to harness change via story. From how to bake a pie, to how to trim a tree, to how to craft your personal narrative, to how to do a headstand, to which coding class would work best for your needs, to which tires work best on a truck, our mission is clear. To build a better tomorrow by daring to give back today.
Kuumba Kollectibles was started in 1988 by partners Alexander Medley, Jr. and Sala Damali. The initial business consisted of an African centered wholesale greeting card line created by artist Sala Damali, printed by master pressman Alexander Medley Jr., and sold nationally. The line filled the niche of images and verses reflecting the African American community. Kuumba Kollectibles also provides custom printing to the surrounding community. They moved the business into the current space at 312 Florida Ave. NW in 1992.
From 1995-2005 Alex and Sala also produced IBBMEC - the International Black Buyers and Manufacturers Expo & Conference- that brought together retailers and wholesalers of African descent from around the world to conduct trade and share information to strengthen their businesses.
Kuumba Kollectibles is proud to offer our 2016 line of Holiday cards that feature the 50th anniversary of Kwanzaa! Receive $1off your order when you purchase holiday cards at our online store and enter promo code blackcreativemagic at checkout before December 20. Your purchase will assist our local, national and international support of Black Creativity.
The PlushRush is Washington D.C.'s elite fashion and beauty social group and interactive blog. The PlushRush hosts industry oriented events and socials to further the networking opportunities for creative artists across the metropolitan area. In addition to our socials, we cater to companies and artists with creative arts needs for fashion shows, imaging, campaign shoots and other fashion or beauty engagements.
Sponsor4Change is the 1st Crowdfunding Site with accountability. This crowdfunding platform holds “Campaign Creators” accountable by buying the actual products or services they need to fulfill their campaign objectives. No longer will people take donors donations for their own personal gain. The business also charges a lower service fee of 3 percent compared to larger crowdfunding platforms such as GoFundMe & Kickstarter which charge 5 percent! Raise funds with Sponsor4Change and you can collect more from your donors. Follow their business pages on Instagram and Facebook @sponsor4change. To start a campaign and learn more visit the website at www.sponsor4change.org
The Dance Institute of Washington (DIW) is a dance education institution committed to providing children and youth the opportunity to develop artistically, socially, emotionally and intellectually through the discipline of dance. To deliver on that commitment, DIW operates a studio school, education outreach, the Youth Repertory Ensemble, and a professional dance company, Washington Reflections Dance Company. Each of these programs uses dance education and performance to grant children and youth from diverse backgrounds a chance to experience the performing arts and develop important skills needed for a successful future in dance and beyond.
Positive Directions through Dance Program Bio:
Positive Directions through Dance Program (PDTD): (ages 14-22) PDTD is The Dance Institute of Washington’s award-winning, year-round arts workforce development program, winner of the 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. This free program, is designed to assist dancers in mentoring and transitioning adolescents to Adulthood through Dance. The program combines quality and diverse dance training in Hip-Hop in addition to classical ballet technique, modern, and African dance. Weekly life skills, mentoring, workforce development and educational services are provided to ensure each child attends post-secondary education and/or job employment. The program provides each child the opportunity to perform on professional stages in addition to viewing and being trained from professional choreographers and artist. Participants also have the option to audition to merge into our junior ensemble and pre professional programs here at The Dance Institute of Washington.
2619 Evarts Street NE Washington, DC
"TasteLab is a place where people have the time, space, and equipment to make amazingly delicious things at fair market prices in DC." The 8k sq. ft culinary incubator uses both fixed membership prices and flexible a la carte pricing for those looking to have a smaller footprint: "We love our city. We love great food and drink. We love helping people make amazing things."
+++ 2 large walk-in refrigerators + 1 walk-in freezer; individual locked/secure storage rooms; shared office space; 24/7 office and event space; fenced in parking lot and more.
Now in its 37th season, Woolly Mammoth continues to hold its place at the leading edge of American theatre. Acknowledged as “one of the most influential outposts for the best new American plays” (Washington Post) and “known for its productions of innovative new plays” (New York Times), Woolly is a national leader in the development of new works and one of the best known and most influential mid-sized theatres in America.
LATELA's mission as an art gallery is to take a genuine approach to the traditional art gallery model and cultivate real community within a local art scene and for our represented artists. We select artists that understand the vulnerable path of self exploration who simultaneously are detached from creating artwork through their egos + fit into our unique aesthetic.
We offer many opportunities for artists including full artist representation, artist consultation, options to be featured in our collection, and a variety of art calls that we host in exhibitions around the Washington DC area.
LATELA aims to expand the local art community by engaging individuals in our creative events & workshops.
Linda Davis is a professional makeup artist who is self taught. She was inspired to pursue her makeup career at the age of 18. Linda has always had a love for makeup artistry as well as the ability to change someones mood through makeup. She took it upon herself to study different makeup trends, seen in editorial magazines as well as beauty and high fashion press. Linda made it a short term goal to secure a job with a prominent makeup brand, MAC Cosmetics. She succeeded.
With 5 plus years of experience, Linda gained certification as a professional makeup artist. Gaining more knowledge and experience in Editorial, Fashion, and Beauty makeup. She has done makeup for varies reality tv stars, fashion shows and gained a large clientele based. Confident in her ability to transform clients to please there expectations, Linda continues to change the world one lipstick at a time!
We talk about everything from categorizing legendary artists and other influential people in the music and entertainment industry, to the psychological profiling of Hip-Hop, to the essential processes for being an effective and professional home creative.
Katorra Enoch-Longshore, is the creator of the personal styling company Styled for You, which she founded along with her husband Lloyd Enoch-Longshore, in 2011. Katorra’s love of fashion began at a young age, wherein she drew most of her inspiration from her grandmother Harriet, who was a courageous style setter, in her own right. Over the years Katorra, nurtured her love of fashion, by not only modeling the bold and regal style of her grandmother, but she also studied art at the University of Maryland, along with working in various fashion industry related roles. Based in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, the mission for Styled for You is founded in curating the very best the fashion world has to offer for its clients and supporters. Styled for You, provides quality fashion services including but not limited to:
• In depth style analysis
• personal styling and shopping
• creative business consulting for industry creatives
“We consistently find that people assume that seeking help from a stylist, are only for the wealthy or famous. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, for the cost of one outfit or less, a Styled for You consultant can revamp your entire wardrobe! Simply put, we make style and fashion simple, so you don’t have to. ”-Katorra Enoch-Longshore
Congress Heights Arts and Culture Center (CHACC), was established to explore arts and culture of people of the African Diaspora (descendants of people from Africa), specifically, communities of African Americans, residing East of the Anacostia River. CHACC’s purpose is to develop and expand cultural and artistic opportunities for residents, beginning in Ward 8 and expanding to Ward 7. One of the most urgent needs and highest priorities of CHACC is to weave children and youth into the fabric of the economic revitalization occurring in communities in Wards 7 and 8. CHACC, a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization, was established under the Internal Revenue Code of the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) on May 30, 2012.
The Black Business Network Exchange (BBNE) is a social enterprise that provides Black business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs a platform to share their services and talents with an audience that values minority affluence and desires a change for the way our community does business.
Twelve.ThirtyFour is a Collective Movement. Uplifting entrepreneurs while expanding small businesses through services. It’s a circle, 1234 is a full-circle number, because it begins at 1, comes full circle and ends at 1.
At Twelve.ThirtyFour, we notion to cater to all services for your business. From Graphic Design services to Catering, Hair, Car Maintenance, Entertainment and much more. Our primary service is Graphic Design, please take a look at our portfolio to view our work.
If you are looking for a service for your business, we will reach out to our community of entrepreneurs to help you reach your goal. Unlike large companies, here we provide excellent pricing, a relationship, culture, innovative ideas, and overall real down-to-earth, professional customer service. Sounds good? Just wait till you work with us!
The Development Corporation of Columbia Heights (DCCH) is a private, nonprofit community development corporation whose purpose is to further the economic development of the Washington, D.C. area, particularly the Columbia Heights neighborhood. DCCH seeks to achieve this by increasing commercial, business, industrial and housing development with a particular focus on opportunities for socially or economically disadvantaged persons.
Good Sense Farm & Apiary provides a diverse array of local delicacies and an empowering learning environment for foodies from all walks of life. We grow gourmet mushrooms and raise healthy bee colonies that produce the finest local honey.
Genius Flower began blooming in 2015! Our goal is to provide you with authentic and unique body products and graphic novelties that are well made by us and well loved by you. Our brand is fueled by African and African American culture, its nostalgia and positivity the world over. We want you to feel good when you own our products! Feel free to Contact Us if you any questions, comments, or just to say hello!
In 2014, Madyun founded her own design company "Stitched With Style" which specializes in the development of aspiring designers and sewing enthusiast. This company offers various classes, workshops, and private instruction for children, teens, and adults. Students learn fashion sewing, illustration design, pattern making, and the art of draping on a form.
Satria Fulton, a freelance artist, comes highly recommended. Her specialties include but are not limited to: Natural hair treatment and styling, silk press, quick weaves, custom wig units, wig styling, full sew-ins with and without closures, coloring, hair health care, and precise hair cutting (long and short hair). She has served as the lead beautician with the Best Face Forward team for over four years, she was a prominent artist working with the Miss DC pageant, Newseum 2016 published her work, and she has worked as a celebrity stylist to many of the Redskins players. During her 11 year tenure, Satria has successfully built professional relationships with some of the best artists within the industry, but her most valued relationships have derived from her loyal long time clients.
She attended Dudley Beauty College and has been working as a freelance stylist in the DMV area. Tria has effortlessly transitioned into the business side of hair by opening her own studio: BBS Hair Studio located in Largo, MD at 1010 Shoppers Way Suite 113(which is metro accessible).
Mikki Taylor is a Lecturer in the Fashion Design Department at Howard University—where she teaches Fashion Illustration I & II, Studio IV, Fashion Arts Media, History of Design—along with other Fashion Design Courses.
She has over 25 years in the field of Graphic Design and Corporate Marketing and Branding as a Principal Designer. Mikki is the Sole proprietor of Taylor Made Designs—a Design Company. She has provided Art and Creative Direction, Graphic Design and Brand Identity services across a diverse group of businesses. Such as Fashion Design, Educational, Law, Music, Arts & Entertainment, Spa & Resort, and the Transportation Industry.
Dayo Kosoko is a DMV native who attended college at Creighton University in Omaha Nebraska. He is a first generation Nigerian and has been a professional photographer for 6 years, though he has been taking pictures his whole life. Dayo has worked in Higher Education for 10 years and holds a masters degree in organizational leadership with an emphasis in management. Dayo is known as Mr. HYPE, not only for his shooting style, but also for his personality and ability to connect with his subjects. From taking pics and being creative "The Art Hype" was born. A persona that collaborates the love of Art, People, Places, and Networking. Check him out @thearthype.
Modish Moms is a DC based 501c3 nonprofit organization created for millennial mothers in pursuit of a better lifestyle, career and parenting opportunities. We provide information, support and resources for mothers balancing the many trials and triumphs of motherhood. Our goal is to create a community of mothers that supports and empowers one another in all walks of life. We reach mothers and their supporters through community outreach and events. Our mission is to inspire and empower young modern moms to continue to explore life as a mother while achieving personal goals. We strive to provide unity and appreciation to all moms, while recognizing the need for support. We collaborate with other modish moms to create a conglomerate of mothers who vow to be the best mom they can be, while remaining true to themselves as individuals.
Black Girls Do (BGD) Creator, Leah J aims to contradict the limitations that society has placed on black women. Leah J's motto is, "Black girls can do anything that society tells us we aren't capable of doing." With followers such as actress Yara Shahidi of the Golden Globes nominated show, Blackish, Chloe Arnold, lead tap dancer of the SynLadies — BGD has established itself as an Social Activities Club that celebrates the achievements of black women and strives to uplift women of color all over the world.
Black Girls Do continues to find different alleys to grow through special events, writers, chapters in various cities and collaborations. The Black Girls Do blog features interviews of Dr.Jackie of Bravo Network's Married to Medicine and Fashion Bomb Daily's Claire Sulmers, to mention a few.
The overall goal is to have Black Girls Do members in every city throughout the USA — host events that bring women of color together in a positive and motivating way.
PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEOGRAPHY PARTNERS
Prep for Filming provides rental equipment and event/video production services ranging from management to booking crew to script copies. Our core clientele are in the tv/film industry and need to use local resources to produce their product.
Located just off Logan Circle, the nailsaloon is the first nail salon of its kind in the DMV. A salon dedicated to top quality nail care, the nailsaloon uses only 5-free, non-toxic nail polishes in a hyper clean environment. Sit back, relax, enjoy a complimentary beverage, and indulge in the highest level of nail care this side of the Mississippi. For more information please visit www.thenailsaloon.com.
Scotch Porter is more than just a brand, it’s a call to action. When Calvin Quallis left the comfort of his cushy desk job this year, Jerry Maguire-style, to pursue his dream of creating the ultimate men's grooming line, he did so with the intent of making the most stylishly accessible products in the game.
Scotch Porter is for men who want to look their best at all times—and not in the gym 45 hours a week #FitFam kind of way (but hey, that’s okay too). We have developed a line that takes facial hair to the next level.
If you’re all about looking your best at all times, we’re here to make sure you’re always on point. All natural and full of good intentions, Scotch Porter is a high end line for wallets of all sizes. Thank you for rocking with us. You have impeccable taste.
“We wanted to create a product for the guy that wants to put his best face forward. These are all-natural premium products that are accessible to all men.”
– Calvin Quallis, CEO Scotch Porter