10 Washington, DC Events For Black Professionals This Week

There’s always something to do in The District! Check out my curated event list for Black Professionals in Washington, DC this week.

1. IVY PUBLIC SPEAKING WORKSHOP
Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Whether pitching a project at work, speaking on stage, presenting to investors, or acing a job interview, telling your story clearly and concisely is an essential skill for any professional. Join the IVY Public Speaking Workshop with Founder of experiential learning company Follow the Fear, Lisa Pertoso, to discover with fellow members How to Pitch: Your Project, Your Business, and Yourself. Come learn while enjoying yourself over light bites and wine. Then dive into their workshop which will feature improv, design thinking, and confidence-boosting exercises. All these tools will help you improve your public speaking abilities. Learn more HERE.

2. HBCU LOVE HAPPY HOUR
Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Grab your crew and join them at the Exhale Bar and Lounge on February 14th in DC for HBCU Love Happy Hour. They are putting a twist on Valentine’s Day. They will have drink specials, giveaways, music and so much more. So come mix and mingle while celebrating your HBCU pride. You don’t want to miss it! Learn more HERE.

3. LOVE JONES: OPEN MIC ARTIST SHOWCASE & SOCIAL MIXER
Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Umekias Corner Presents, a Love Jones themed open mic and artist showcase. This event will be hosted by the one and only Orville The Poet. This Valentine’s Day they are inviting you out to enjoy a night of eclectic R&B, neo-soul, jazz, poetry, and live music. Also, after the showcase, there will be a dance party mixer along with some dope vendors. Learn more HERE.

4. FLICKS WITH FANTOM: BLACK PANTHER PREMIERE
Thursday, February 15, 7:00 p.m. –10:00 p.m.
Fantom has bought out the very first showtime of Black Panther at Landmark’s Atlantic Plumbing Cinema on Thursday, February 15 at 7:00 PM. Beforehand at 5:30, a five-minute walk away over at Calabash Tea Bar, they’ll be doing a Black Panther discussion with Dr. Greg Carr and Jabari Sellars. Everyone is welcomed to join, whether you’ll be at the premiere or not. Then, from 6:15 to 7:00 when the film begins, the plush lobby and bar of Atlantic Plumbing Cinema will host a Black Carpet event where they’ll have a photographer taking pictures of everyone in their best Afrofuturist get-ups, so dress to impress. Learn more HERE.

5. #TRAPSOULPOETRY Thursday, February 15, 2018, 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
#TrapSoulPoetry is a proving ground for star talent. This show blends your favorite genres of entertainment in one amazing experience. However, it’s not the typical showcase format. #TrapSoulPoetry is a platform where each entertainer can vibe, create, and bring together great people and great vibes. Come experience what happens when the genuine creativity of the DMV’s best independent artists and tastemakers come together to create something authentic. The trap is so poetry. Learn more HERE.

6. THE ALL EYES ON DC SHOW
Friday, February 16, 2018, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
The AllEyesOnDCShow presents the politics of African Unity. On February 16th, The AllEyesOnDCShow explores the political maneuverings possible under a Pan-African framework in the context of Malcolm X and Robert Mugabe’s legacies. February 21st marks the date of Malcolm’s demise and Mugabe’s birth, which makes this session fitting for such a discussion. Obi Egbuna, educator, playwright, and journalist will grace the AllEyesOnDC stage to speak about the power and make-up of African Unity in the age of Trump and “sh*thole” comments. Learn more HERE.

7. MIAMI NIGHTS
Friday, February 16, 2018, 10:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
Miami Latin Nights is proud to present Latino is the New Black. This will be another great night full of beautiful people, top Latin music, and international hits. But most importantly, lots of dancing. Free entry for all before midnight. Learn more HERE.

8. FREDERICK DOUGLASS 5K & RIBBON CUTTING
Saturday, February 17, 2018, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
We Are One Foundation will be hosting a Black Music Matters on February 17th. The concert will kick off after their Hope Rally. Over the decades, Black music has consistently had a significant cultural and political impact on real-world events and provided power for positive change and unity at historic moments. So they are going to bring a night where we will come together and celebrate the culture of African-American music. Learn more HERE.

9. NATIONAL BLACK MUSIC MATTERS CONCERT
Saturday, February 17, 2018, 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Crankfest PT 2 is ready to do it up for Black History Month at Capitale Live with New Impressionz and TCB. Hurry up and get your tickets because tickets are selling out fast. They will be partying until the wheels come off. And of course, a lit photobooth. Learn more HERE.

10. FREDERICK DOUGLASS HOME TOUR & 200TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Sunday, February 18, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
February is Black History Month and February 2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Douglass. Did you know that Frederick Douglass was a long-time Washington, DC resident? His former home in Anacostia is now open throughout the year as a National Historic Site administered by the National Park Service. On Sunday, February 18th there will be an “open house” for the public to visit and tour his home for free and participate in various historical programs. The home site has a museum, film, and gift shop.Learn more HERE.

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