Wednesday, July 9, 2014

{You're Invited} Washington, DC Screening of James Brown Documentary at The Lincoln Theatre!

Summer Time is here and the events are rolling out!
You are invited to an inspiring and entertaining documentary about the remarkable life of “The Godfather of Soul," set to screen at The Lincoln Theatre on July 18th.  Produced by OTPVideo productions, this definitive biography features up-close and personal interviews with the legendary entertainer, his stirring concert performances, and interviews of a-list artists he's inspired over the years including Aretha Franklin, Doug E. Fresh, Dick Clark, Michael Jackson, Little Richard, and many more. 

The screening will also feature a dance contest, musical acts and other live performances. You will NOT want to miss this amazing event! 

WHERE: Lincoln Theater 
WHEN: July 18, 2014 8:00p.m. 
COST: FREE (but you must RSVP)

Honorary Host Committee Members
+ Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton 
+ Mayor Vincent Gray 
+ Lionel Thomas DC Commission on Arts and Humanity 

To reserve your ticket, please visit

{You're Invited} Guinness "Live It Up" West Indian & West African Festival ft. Music, Art & Culture!

 This event is Complimentary.

Please RSVP at and enter code 2119 for Access.

Also, please indicate that you were invited by "Risikat Okedeyi". She is the owner of LiL SoSo Productions and also a Brand Ambassador for Guinness and is looking forward to hosting you along with the other ambassadors Saturday evening at #GuinessLiveItUp!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

{You're Invited} "Guys & Dolls" Vintage Pop-Up Shop Event in Washington, DC


Media Contact:
Candice N. Mackel

Instant Vintage 78 Presents the "Guys & Dolls" Vintage Pop-Up Shop Event in
Washington, DC

Washington, DC (Monday, July 7, 2014) - On the heels of their successful event in 2013, the ladies of Instant Vintage 78 bring to you the "Guys & Dolls Vintage Clothing and Accessory Pop-Up Shop" event to the Nation's Capital.  This one-of-a-kind pop-up shop will be held at Penn Social, which is located in the Chinatown area of Washington, DC on July 19th from 12-4 PM.

This event will feature top vintage and retro dealers and boutiques from MD, DC, VA and Philadelphia.  The vendors that will be featured are: B4 Kizzy Evae, BeSpoke Not Broke, Bourgeois & Rebellious, Brown & Williams Clothiers, Catch 22 Boutique, Craft Culture Co., Haute Crave Boutique, Instant Vintage 78, Mahogany Bleu, Pixie Kitsune, Rag Dollz Collective, Sophisticated Phunk Vintage + more to be added.  The items that will be on site are one-of-a-kind articles of clothing (for men & women), jewelry, shoes, housewares, luggage, accessories and more.  There will also be a stylist on site who will offer ideas to patrons on how to incorporate a statement piece to your everyday wardrobe and how to pull together various looks for different times of day.

Not only will this pop-up shop be about fashion, but it will also scream fun!  Your Saturday afternoon will be filled with old school jams that will be spun by DJ Amen Ra as you enjoy signature cocktails and drink specials.  In addition, there will be swag bags given to the first 75 guests, a "Best Dressed in Vintage" contest (winner will receive a prize), Soul Train line, throwback photos, games and more!

The "Guys & Dolls" pop-up shop is sponsored by Facon Magazine and Shop Love DC.  Penn Social is located at 801 E St. NW, Washington, DC.  To join the conversation or to see who will be attending the "Guys & Dolls" pop-up shop, please use the official event hashtag #VintageGuysAndDolls on all Social Media platforms.

For media inquiries, please contact Candice via email:


About Instant Vintage 78
Instant Vintage 78 is an online boutique that provides carefully curated, high fashion collections of women's and men's vintage clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories.  These items are unique, well crafted, classic in style, and guaranteed to translate through the decades.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

DC Loves Dilla is 7.13.14 at The Historic Howard Theatre! Phife, N'dea Davenport, Pharoahe Monch + More Performing LIVE!

Media Contact:
Candice N. Mackel
Hip Hop Royalty to Perform at the 9th Annual J Dilla Tribute Concert and Fundraiser
 A Fundraising Concert to benefit the J Dilla Foundation and Lupus Foundation of Greater Washington, D.C.

Washington, DC (July 1, 2014) - HedRush Music in partnership with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and Heineken present the 9th Annual J Dilla Tribute Concert and Fundraiser. On Thursday July 17, 2014 J Dilla fans from across the globe will join together to celebrate the life of a legend at the 9th Annual J Dilla Tribute Concert and Fundraiser. The event will take place at the historic Howard Theatre located at 620 T St NW, Washington, DC. Doors open at 8:00PM and the Show begins at 8:30 PM.The 9th Annual J Dilla Tribute Concert and Fundraiser will not only feature a dynamic talent line up, but an exciting announcement from the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. Opening the show will be DC's home grown talent Kokayi, RA the MC, Maimouna, Awthentik, Laelo, Kaimbr, Gods'Illa, Asheru & Hezekiah.
The 2014 headline performers are Phife Dawg, N'dea Davenport, Bahamadia, who is making a rare performance in the U.S. and Pharoahe Monch. Phife Dawg is one third of the dynamic trio A Tribe Called Quest. ATCQ was one of the first hip hop groups in the 90s to achieve worldwide success. Phife continues to produce music that hits in the lives of a new generation of music listeners. In January of this year Phife released a single titled "Dear Dilla" to revive and celebrate the life of J. Dilla. N'dea Davenport is a recording artist and producer, best known for her work as a vocalist in the UK band The Brand New Heavies. N'dea will be traveling halfway across the globe to perform at the J. Dilla Tribute Concert. Bahamadia, known as the reigning Queen of Hip Hop, rose to royalty through popular underground and commercial success beginning in 1993. Over the years Bahamadia has managed to balance her underground prominence with commercial success and has expanded her global fan base from Japan to Europe and across the USA.  Bahamadia is currently working on her first EVER project of its kind "Dialed Up." Pharoahe Munch set the rap game a blaze with his first album Internal Affairs in 1999.  Known for his complex lyrics, delivery, and multisyllabic rhymes schemes Pharoahe Monch re-emerged with a new concept project which finds the ground-breaking emcee tackling his fourth project PTSD-Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

James "J Dilla" Yancey was a GRAMMY award-winning producer who inspired millions with his music including artist like Common, Raekwon, Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, and many many more.  On February 10, 2006 just three days after his 32nd birthday, J Dilla passed away after a long time of suffering with Lupus.  Cultural Curator Munch Joseph and HedRush Music created the DC Loves Dilla movement as a way to celebrate J Dilla and honor his career works.  "Carrying on the musical legacy of J Dilla for the 9th year and counting is something HedRush and myself look forward to. Personally, it's my way of paying homage to a great creator as well as doing our part to continually add balance to urban music. Dilla's music accomplishes that on many levels," says Munch Joseph when asked the motivation behind the Tribute Concert ad Fundraiser.

For tickets and more information about the J Dilla Tribute Concert and Fundraiser, please visit: Proceeds will benefit the J Dilla Foundation and The Lupus Foundation of Greater Washington D.C.

HedRush Music is a creative concept, lifestyle marketing and production company based in Washington, DC. Locally and nationally, HedRush has designed concepts and produced events for PUMA, Red Bull and Scion to name a few. In addition to corporate clients, HedRush has lent services to public organizations, such as The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and SEIU (Service Employees International Union). The company prides itself on culturally enriching experiences that touch niche markets in unique ways.

The J Dilla Foundation was established after the untimely passing of highly respected Hip-Hop Producer James Dewitt Yancey, by his mother Maureen Yancey. The Fund serves as a living commemoration to the man behind the music. The mission of The J Dilla Foundation is to help fund inner-city music programs, and provide scholarships to students attending schools that have progressive music curricula.

The Lupus Foundation of Greater Washington, Inc. (LFA) is the foremost national nonprofit health organization dedicated to finding the causes of and cure for lupus and providing support, services and hope to all people affected by lupus.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

{CNPR PRess Room} Community Philanthropist Tony Lewis, Jr Curates "Collateral Damage": A Photo Exhibition in Washington, DC

Friday, June 27, 2014
Candice N. Mackel
Candice Nicole Public Relations 

Community Philanthropist Tony Lewis, Jr Curates
"Collateral Damage": A Photo Exhibition in Washington, DC
Showcasing the "Other" face of Mass Incarceration

Washington, DC (Friday, June 27, 2014) - It's the most talked about subject on your local 
news station and major cable networks, however it's missing an element when discussed. 
Mass incarceration is definitely at an all-time high, but it's the families and friends who are
 left to deal with the true "reality" of the situation. America is the number one jailer in the world
 with over 2 million people being incarcerated, which leaves millions of families with loved ones 
behind bars and many children without parents.

On a late Sunday afternoon in the Nation's Capital, individuals will get a chance to view the
 "other" face of incarceration. "Collateral Damage" is the creation of Tony Lewis, Jr who
 is a well-known community leader in the Metropolitan area. "Collateral Damage" is a photo 
exhibit that will showcase the faces of the loved ones of those incarcerated. Mothers, Fathers, 
Sisters, Brothers, Uncles, Aunts, Cousins & Friends will all be highlighted during this one time 
showing. This exhibit will tell their story of pain, isolation, and sense of abandonment. It will force
 the viewer to stare into the eyes of the other faces of mass incarceration and realize it could be 
any one of them.

When asked about the reason behind curating such an event, Tony states
 "The motivation behind this exhibit was to illustrate the hardship of having an incarcerated
 family member and advocate for resources aimed to support those people; in particular
 the children. It is about exploring the mental and emotional anguish that these people 
experience during the incarceration of their family member who could be their parent, 
spouse, aunt, uncle, or sibling. These people are in need of resources centered around 
mental health, education and mentoring services. Incarceration is a family experience; 
we all do the time just some of us remain in freedom."

"Collateral Damage" will take place Sunday, July 6th 2014 from 4-8 PM at Blind Whino
 located at 700 Delaware Ave SW, Washington, DC. To attend this complimentary event,
 please RSVP at  

For media inquiries, please contact Candice via email: 


Some Images You Will See at the "Collateral Damage" Photo Exhibition  
Tony Lewis, Jr & His Daughter Isabella Marie









[Official Hashtags]
#CDDC | #DCorNothing

For Media Inquiries-  

Monday, June 23, 2014

LIVE Show Alert: The Summer Breeze Sessions featuring Res in DC!

LiL SoSo Productions & Gypsy Soul Entertainment Present:  
The Summer Breeze Sessions featuring Res
When: Sunday, June 29th
Where: H.R. 57 | 1007 H St. NE | WDC 
Time: TWO SHOWS at 6 PM & 8:30 PM

Music By: DJ Cleveland Browne
About Res 
This month's feature is an artist who made her presence known in 2001 with her debut album How I Do. While it took the mainstream years to catch on, those in the know, knew from the first listen that Res was a force to be reckoned with. Since that release, she has maintained her presence by appearing wherever progressive music and culture find themselves intertwined.

She has appeared on the Red Hot Organization's compilation album Red Hot and Riot, a tribute to Nigerian musician Fela Kuti. Res also performed a cover of the Jefferson Starship song, "Miracles" for the Jennifer Lopez movie Maid in Manhattan. Her second album Black.Girls.Rock! was released digitally and is currently available on iTunes. Currently, she has an EP out entitled ReFried Mac which features 5 of Res's favorite Fleetwood Mac songs with her third full length album due out this year.

Purchase  Tickets Here:

Monday, June 16, 2014

{FREE Festival Alert} Black Enterprise Presents: The African American Festival! 6/21-6/22


This is a wonderful FREE festival that happens in Baltimore, MD every year! It's family oriented with numerous workshops, games, food and music! Below is the schedule for the musical acts that will be gracing the stage 6/21-6/22! CNPR is very happy to be working this event this weekend! For more information on the festival, please visit the site here:

Bring out the family!


Main Stage

Saturday 6/21
Chico DeBarge 12:30p -1:30p
Resa Renee 1:45p – 2:15p
Aaron Fresh 2:20p – 2:45p
Jacob Latimore 2:55p – 3:30p
Brave 3:40p – 3:50p
April Sampee 4:00p – 4:30p
Sponsor Recognition 5:00p – 5:30p
Steven Drakes 5:45p – 6:15p
Monifah 6:30p – 7:15p
Mint Condition 7:30p – 9:00p
Sunday 6/22
The Advocate 12:30p -12:45p
Urban Worship 12:55p -1:15p
Ex Music 1:30p – 2:00p
The Choir Boyz 2:15p – 2:45p
Detrick Haddon 3:00p – 4:45p
Carmen Cameron 4:00 – 4:15p
Mario 4:30p – 5:15p
Johnny Gill 5:30p – 6:15p
Brandy 6:30p – 7:30p