Event Recap: Short Film "ALX" Screens at Historic AFI Silver Theater

"ALX" Screens at Historic AFI Silver Theater


Early Sunday evening at the AFI Silver Theater in Silver Spring, MD Writer/Director Collins Harris IV held a screening for his new short film ALX . This was only the second screening for the film as it already made its debut at the Martha Vinyard's African American Film Festival this Summer. In short, ALX is a film about a young woman attending an HBCU who finds herself at a crossroads when she begins to start bumping heads with administration. There is a new rule specifically pertaining to the appearance/presentation of the African American students and she now needs to make some decisions about life and collegiate experience.

The private screening for family/friends, Indiegogo Supporters and Press was held in a 75 seated theater but as the screening was in high demand 10 additional chairs were added to accommodate and even towards the end when the panel discussion was being held there were individuals standing/seated on the side. Before the screening started the crowd was greeted by Collins as he thanked them for attending and expressed his excitement for them about to see the film. After the film concluded there was a panel discussion which raised questions about natural hair, how African Americans are viewed in mainstream America when they wear their natural hair, organizations with rules banning certain types of hair styles + more. The panel was moderated by Tim Gordon who is the President of the Washington, DC Film Critics Association.

  • Tim Gordon- President of the Washington, DC-Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA)
  • Dr. Avis Jones-Deweever- Founder of The Exceptional Leadership Institute for Women, Former Executive Director of NCNW, Author, International Speaker & Contributor to TV One, PBS, Siris/XM Radio & Huffington Post
  • Jarielle Uter- Lead Actress in "ALX"
  • Paul Craig- Lead Actor in "ALX"
  • Tamon George- Recent MBA Graduate & Creator of Change.org Campaign against an Organizational Dreadlock ban
  • Collins Harris IV- Writer/Director of ALX
ALX received a standing ovation after the screening/panel discussion concluded with everyone stating how much they enjoyed the film, how the film is very much needed and the conversation is something that needed to be started.
Before the year is over,  ALX will be embarking on a mini screening tour. If you're interested in hosting a screening in your city please send over your inquiry to Candice@CandiceNicolePR.com. 

About ALX

ALX (pronounced Alex) is a short narrative film set on an HBCU campus. Follows a young girl who bumps heads with school administration over a new rule. Amongst her growing business and a budding relationship, she must decide her next step.

The school's policy is specific, dealing with the appearance and presentation of their African-American students. However, the ideology is rooted in a broader category known as the 'politics of respectability'. The film engages issues surrounding hair, attire, and sexual respectability. ALX is a fictional interpretation of young African-American collegiate life on a fictional HBCU campus.


Photo Gallery

ALX Film Poster Hanging in AFI Silver Theater Lobby

An Actor in ALX & Writer/Director Collins Harris IV

BET Producer Chantel Costen & Husband

ALX Lead Actors Jarielle Uter & Paul Craig

The Esteemed Panelists

Writer/Director Colliins Harris IV caught in laughter! 

Celebrity Hairstylist to Host Grand Opening in DC 10/25!

CNPR is pleased to have Lamaj in the City as a client! Owned by Jamal Edmonds who is a 21 year veteran in the industry, the salon opened a few weeks ago and on October 25th will open its doors to everyone!

Please take a minute to review the press release for additional information.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Candice N. Mackel
Candice Nicole Public Relations

Celebrity Hairstylist Jamal Edmonds Opens New Boutique Salon in Washington, DC
Creating an Experience for the Lady on the Go in the Nation's Capital

Washington, DC (Wednesday, October 14, 2015) - A few weeks ago celebrity hair stylist Jamal Edmonds opened his doors to his new boutique salon Lamaj in the City in Washington, DC. On Sunday, October 25th, Lamaj in the City will open its doors for its official Open House to Industry Professionals, Media and Family & Friends for a walk through and to meet the Owner. The staff will also be on site to greet the individuals as they were hand chosen by Jamal Edmonds himself and come with a wealth of knowledge in the hair industry.

Jamal Edmonds has been a educator and hair master for 21 years. He's an educator with Mizani and has worked with Grammy nominated singer Elle Varner, CEO of BET Networks Debra Lee, singer Teyana Taylor, Model/Actress Eva Marcel and many more. He has also the owner of Salon Lamaj which is located in Maryland and in 2013 was a finalist in the Steve Harvey's Neighborhood Awards for "Best Beauty Salon".

When asked about Lamaj in the City , Jamal states " Lamaj in the City is THE premier Salon destination located in the heart of Washington, DC. Our goal is to service all hair types/textures in an URBAN, CHIC AND ELITE environment while the salon's foundation is built on education, teamwork and SUPERIOR customer service ." The boutique salon is looking forward to servicing the chic, on the go woman of Washington, DC; providing the best customer service and an unforgettable experience.

In addition with the grand opening, as October is Breast Cancer awareness month, Lamaj in the City will be honoring 10 special women who have been affected by Breast Cancer on October 26th. Jamal Edmonds will be donating wigs and hair units. Submissions, along with a brief story may be sent to teamlamaj@gmail.com .

To keep up with Lamaj in the City on Social Media, please follow @LamajInTheCity on Instagram and "Like" their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Lamajinthecity.  For more information on Lamaj in the City. to s et up an interview with Jamal or to cover the Grand Opening on October 25th, please send an inquiry to Candice@CandiceNicolePR.com .


The Howard Theatre & Neo Elite Present The Neo Age Showcase in Washington, DC

June 30, 2015
Candice N. Mackel
PR Director for Neo Age Showcase
Candice Nicole Public Relations

The Howard Theatre & Neo Elite Present The Neo Age Showcase in Washington, DC
The Next Generation of Soul and R&B

Washington, DC (June 30, 2015)- It's Summertime in the Nation's Capital and a new music experience is about to be bestowed upon this great city! In partnership with The Howard Theatre, Neo Elite is proud to present The Neo Age Showcase: The Next Generation of Soul and R&B. The debut of the bi monthly show will take place July 23, 2015 with doors opening at 7 PM. The line up decision was made by deciding on the following:
  • One Rising Artist with buzz from the DMV Community
  • One Rising Artists with Talent from the House Studios AGP Program
  • One Rising Artist with Buzz and Legitimate Established Fanbase from outside the DMV:
  • One Rising Artist that has built a Legitimate Following and Fanbase from the DMV
Performing LIVE will be Reesa ReneeAaron CamperBOOMscat and ShaMain. Another exciting bonus to The Neo Age Showcase is the "One Minute Mic" competition which will be hosted online and the winners (which will be chosen via Social Media) will perform on The Howard Theatre stage during the show July 23rd and a champion will be crowned. Participants can enter by posting a 15 sec Instagram video of a cover and using the hashtag #OneMinuteMic.

When asked about making Washington, DC the home of the new music experience, creator Zeplyn Xavier states  " With such a heavy existing music culture in the DMV, it was a great opportunity to partner with one of the most prestigious historic venues (The Howard Theatre), and co-create an experience that can mirror a time when Washington D.C. was a major location for rising Soul and R&B talent to come and perform. We are giving it a modern day twist and adding some flair, but the goal is to really amplify the amazing rising talent we have here and all across the nation ." 

The Neo Age Showcase is also proud to announce their partners  House Studios YouKnowIGotSoul.com  TheBobbyPen  Gypsy Soul Entertainment &  SoulBounce. 
In addition, a percentage of the total proceeds after every Neo Age Showcase show will go to nonprofit organizations. For the July 23rd showcase experience, the recipients are Critical Exposure, a DC based organization which trains youth to use photography and advocacy to make real change in their schools and communities and DJ | JD Foundation who are committed to molding high school students by utilizing multiple developmental programs and networks to a thorough understanding of both finance, financial markets, and long-term goal setting.
Tickets can be purchased HERE and for any media inquiries please contact Candice@CandiceNicolePR.com. 



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About Neo Age Showcase
Neo Age Showcase is a bimonthly experience presenting the Next Generation of local and global Soul and R&B artists.

Co-Created in partnership with The Historic Howard Theatre, hailed by the Washington Post as a venue that "symbolizes hope for D.C. to reclaim depth and soul of its past"; each showcase features four of the best talented and popular artists from the next generation of Soul and R&B music, accompanied by a band, an in show sing off and will be donating a percentage of total ticket sales Each show to non-profits organizations.

Neo Age Showcase will also be live streamed online in order to fulfill the mission of being the driving force that introduces not only the DMV community, but also the nation to the next generation of Soul and R&B artists.

About Candice Nicole Public Relations

Candice Nicole Public Relations is a boutique firm based in the Metropolitan area that was established in 2007. CNPR specializes in Publicity, Marketing, Events, Media Relations, Branding, Social Media Campaigns and more. Throughout the years, CNPR has worked with Spike Lee, OWN TV Network, TI, Big Boi, Howard Hewitt, Wale, Mindless Behavior, RaVaughn, Kevin McCall, Marsha Ambrosius + more! CNPR is a firm that believes in reaching to the sky and bringing out that star in YOU!

R&B Songstress PatriceLIVE on WPGC & Teyana Taylor coming to The Fillmore!




DCLA Productions Presents:

July 9, 2015 | The Fillmore

Hosted by: WPGC's Tony Redz

Opening Acts: PatriceLIVE & Main Girl

Miss Black USA 2015 Pageant in Washington, DC | The Search is On!

CNPR is very pleased to announce that we have been hired to handled the Publicity for the Miss Black USA 2015 Pageant! It will take place August 9, 2015 in Washington, DC!

If you're a company interested in Sponsoring the Pageant, please email candice@candicenicolepr.com.

They're currently seeking out talent and below is how to apply.


Dream it and you can achieve it! You may apply to become a contestant in the Miss Black USA Pageant, by winning a state pageant in the state where you live, work or attend school. If there is not a state pageant held there, you may apply directly to the Miss Black USA Pageant as a Delegate-At-Large. If you meet the minimum eligibility requirements below, you may begin the At-Large-Delegate application process here. It’s as simple as 1, 2, and 3.
STEP ONE: To Apply Submit a Bio or Resume to recruiter@missblackusa.org
STEP TWO: Email a Recent Snapshot (This will not be returned and does not need to be a professional photo)
STEP THREE:If you meet the eligibility Criteria, you will be required to pay a $25.00 non-refundable application fee.
  • You must be at least 17 years of age and not older than 27 years of age by the date of the national competition for which you compete.
  • You must be a high school graduate or in your senior year of high school.
  • You must be single; not married.
  • You must be a natural born female.
  • You must be a United States citizen and live in the United States.
  • You must be in excellent physical and mental health.
  • You may not have competed more than twice in the national Miss Black USA pageant and may not represent the same state more than once.
Employees, officers, directors and agents of Miss Black USA Pageant and/or of any of their respective licensees, assigns, parents, affiliated and subsidiary companies and the immediate family (spouse, mother, father, sister, brother, daughter, son, regardless of where they live) or members of their same households (whether related or not) of such employees, officers, directors and agents are not eligible to be contestants in the MISS BLACK USA PAGEANT or participate in this application process.
Once we receive your At-Large-Delegate Application, snapshot and fee, your application will be reviewed by the Miss Black USA National Recruitment Team and you will be contacted within two weeks by a member of the National Recruitment Team.


Your PRE Memorial Day Workout!
It's Time to SWEAT with Celebrity NIKE Trainer Deanna Jefferson!

On Sat, May 23rd join Women Who Hustle and Deanna Jefferson Fitness bring you TWO boot camp sessions! 

This will be perfect as you will be getting ready to hit those cook outs for the weekend. This will be an hour workout, complete with a healthy snack table and a Q&A With Deanna and Candice Nicole after completion. Perfect for a girls weekend, mother/daughter outting or just getting fit with friends! 
*WOMEN ONLY Boot Camp Sessions*

PURCHASE TICKETS-> www.wwhbootcamp.eventbrite.com

Red Room Brunch Pays Homage to A TRIBE CALLED QUEST this SUNDAY!


Good Food + Good Music = RED ROOM BRUNCH

Brunch Buffet + Unlimited Mango, Peach & Regular Mimosas
Music by: DJ Miss H.E.R. Spinning ATCQ Classics & Hits!!

 Buffet Brunch w/ UNLIMITED MIMOSAS is $36  

You can't beat that price anywhere!
 Potatoes | Eggs | Scramble Cheese Eggs | Maple Fried Chicken and Waffle Sandwich  Sausages | Bacon | Musclen Salad | Fruit | Jerk Wings    

Come one, come all, bring a guest, and let's eat & drink!

This is going to be EPIC!

JIN Lounge | 2017 14th St. NW | 12-3 PM