RECAP: Mix It Up at Midtown Fundraiser Happy Hour

On behalf of Capital Partners for Education (CPE), I want to thank everyone that came to the fundraiser happy hour last night. I want to also thank those you made donations but weren’t able to attend. Thanks to you, we were able to raise over $5,000!!! All proceeds will go toward funding the CPE programs that directly benefit the CPE students.

CPE hosted the “Mix It Up” Fundraiser Happy Hour to not only raise money for the organization, but to bring awareness as well.  CPE has been around for 17 years providing private high school scholarships to DC youth, academic support and an amazing mentor program.

Guest began strolling in at 6:30pm and the last person didn’t leave until after 9pm.  There were well over 50 guests in attendance enjoying great drinks from the staff at Midtown Loft, food and of course participating in the raffle of more than 22 prizes! in Information cards were placed throughout the loft for guests and a PowerPoint was running that featured graduation pictures from this year’s class and recognized sponsors and raffle donators.  CPE staff, leadership committee members and mentors introduced themselves and talked to guest about CPE and how they too can become involved.

The raffle started around 8pm and prizes included yoga for a guest and ten friends, Nationals tickets, comedy show tickets, salon gift certificates and lots more!

I personally haven’t started mentoring with CPE, but I can tell you that it is a GREAT organization.  The staff, mentors and leadership committee are very passionate about helping young people in the area.  The students that become members of the CPE program are gifted, motivated students seeking the necessary resources to be successful. 

I look forward to being matched with a student this August. While I’ve never been a mentor(so the idea makes me a little nervous), I know that I’ll be helping someone reach their full potential, while under different circumstances they may not have had that opportunity.  If you’re interested in learning more about CPE, please visit www.cpfe.org. I encourage everyone to take the time and volunteer with an organization that interest you, whether it’s CPE or not.

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L Boogie (Lauryn Hill) Is Back

Lauryn Hill is BACK! She recently performed at the Harmony Festival 2010 this past weekend, performing songs from her album, The MisEducation of Lauryn Hill.  I’m so glad she is back on the scene.  Now, we just need her to get back in the studio!!!

Check out her performances at the Harmony Festival. What do you think?

You can also check out Lauryn Hill at the Rock the Bells Festival in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Washington, DC this summer!


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Basketball Wives…Sigh…

I have to admit, I sat down and watched the Basketball Wives Reunion Special last night (hanging my head in shame). Now I didn’t set out to watch it because I follow the show consistently; I think I was more interested to see how ridiculous these women were going to act!

I’m still trying to understand why is the show called Basketball Wives. There are only 2 wives on the show. I would think Basketball Ex-Wives, Basketball Girlfriends, or Business Deals, would be more appropriate name.  Maybe? I mean, most of these women aren’t currently dealing with NBA players so how does their life represent the lives of basketball wives?

Well after checking out a few episodes this season, watching these women throw water on each other, debating to save marriages or acting like hoes at a party, I feel sorry for them.   Maybe I don’t understand where they’re coming from because I don’t live in that “world,” but if you’re trying to rid yourself of the groupie/hoe title, why would you enter a contest at a celebrity party and dance like you’re expecting someone to start making it rain on you?? And yes I know, when people start emailing you and threatening you, you must defend yourself and family, but does throwing water really solve your problems? I mean, after seeing that for the third time, it gets old.

Now I’m not exactly sure what Shaunie O’Neal had in mind when she came up with the concept of the show; was she trying to bash cheating basketball players because she’s bitter with her entire Shaq situation?  She should’ve just called the show The Lives of Basketball Ex-Wives!  When I heard Basketball Wives, I was thinking I was going to see another Real Housewives series, only it would’ve been women that were actually married to athletes. Now don’t get me wrong, the Real Housewives women are just as dramatic and foolish, but they seem to still have a lot more going on than just fighting each other.

I’m not sure what’s in store for Season 2, but I’m hoping for something other than ex-wives and girlfriends fighting groupies every weekend (hmmm, that statement made it seem like I plan on watching Season 2).  But then again, it’s a reality show on VH1.  Should I really expect anything more?

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Mix It Up At Midtown Loft Fundraiser Happy Hour!

Capital Partners for Education provides DC youth with private high school scholarships, adult mentors and academic support services for all four years of high school.  In CPE’s 17-year history, the organization has helped nearly 400 students get on a path towards college. Without the support from CPE, many of these students’ talents would be unrealized. Our students face numerous obstacles on their path to college, including limited family income, unsafe neighborhoods, and a lack of positive role models.
Despite these challenges, our students are earning academic distinction, giving back to their communities through service and most importantly and are becoming the first in their families to attend college. Not only do 99% of all CPE graduates enroll in college, they graduate college at 5.3 times the rate of their DC public school counterparts. 

Please join me at the Mix It Up Fundraiser Happy Hour at Midtown Loft on June 23rd from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

Ticket price includes top shelf open bar, hors d’oeuvres and great raffle prizes. Contributions are tax deductible.

$50 - Sponsor (1 raffle ticket) : Sponsors the cost of one CPE student’s
participation in our Career Pathways program for one year

$75 - Cum Laude(5 raffle tickets) : Sponsors a CPE mentor/mentee match for one

$150 - Magna Cum Laude (10 raffle tickets) : Sponsors the cost of textbooks and
uniforms for a CPE student who could otherwise not afford them

$200 - Summa Cum Laude (15 raffle tickets) : Fulfills an Emergency Fund Request
to cover school-related expenses for a CPE family experiencing temporary
financial insecurity
 To purchase tickets to the event, please visit http://bit.ly/mixitup
Designation: Mix It Up Event
You can also find out more information about the organization, the event and ways to donate on CPE’s website: www.cpfe.org.

By supporting CPE, you can help us continue to provide life changing opportunities to motivated, !low-income students who would likely not graduate and enroll in college if not for our program’s support. I hope you and your friends make it!!!

I hope to see you all there!!!

Midtown Loft
1219 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC

If you can’t purchase tickets in advance, they are available at the door for $55 and include top shelf open bar and hors d’oeuvres

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A Diva State of Mind Hosts Tuesday Confidential at Funxion

Please join me this Tuesday, June 15th  for BLOGSPOT: Tuesday Confidential at Funxion.  Hosted by some of the DMV’s top blogs, enjoy great food, drinks and of course GAME 6 of the NBA FINALS!!! (LET’S GO CELTICS)
Please RSVP to http://www.theddmgroup.net for complimentary admission all night.
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T.I. Video: Yeah Ya Know

T.I. recently released a video for his new song “Yeah Ya Know” from his second motion picture Takers, in theatres August 20th.  The video was released 2 weeks ago, so in the entertainment world, I’m late with this posting. BUT the eye candy looked so good, I felt that it was wasn’t too late to share the video!

Takers features Tip “T.I.” Harris, Paul Walker, Idris Elba, Jay Hernandez, Michael Ealy, Hayden Christensen, Matt Dillon and Chris Brown (glad to see he wasn’t banned from making movies).

I’m definitely going to check this movie out in August.  Ladies, who’s joining me!?!?

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Devin Thomas Covers Krave Magazine

I had never heard of Krave Magazine until I came across this jaw dropping picture of Washington Redskins Wide Receiver Devin Thomas. YUM!!!  After 5 years, Krave remains the only fashion, lifestyle and entertainment magazine for men of color. This issue is available July 24th. To preorder, click here.   

In the meantime, ladies, are you ready for some football?!?!


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Shock Video of the Day: A Cursing 3-Year-Old

I was catching up on my Google Reader this morning and came across this post on Clutch Magazine.  You’ll be just as shocked as I was when I saw the video of the 3 year old covered in fake tattoos cursing up a storm!  Those are the only words you can understand coming out of his mouth.  Why do people still think it’s cute to be a “thug?” It’s not cute and by having a child look like Lil Wayne cursing up a storm sends him the wrong message!!!

Clearly, everyone isn’t cut out to be a parent.

From Clutch Magazine:

Teaching a child how to curse is never funny. A young African American child is seen in this video talking on a phone dishing a series of lewd profanities. The child is covered in faux tattoos similar to rapper Lil Wayne, his hair is even styled like the Young Money front man’s dreads. Even more disturbing is near the closing of the video, we hear snickering from who are likely the adults who put the child up to this.

Toddlers cursing and smoking, what’s next?

Warning: Strong profanities used.

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Rihanna “Te Amo” Video

Writteny by James Fuantleroy, ”Te Amo” tells the story of a girl who is trying to tell another woman that she loves her as a friend but she’s not a lesbian. 

Well you definitely wouldn’t get that idea from watching the video!!!  Rihanna and French model Laetitia Casta look very comfortable in all their girl on girl action.  The video is sexy, edgy, and dark.  It’s actually one of my favorite songs off the album.

Fellas, you fell in love with Rihanna during her “Rude Boy” video.  Looks like you’re going to fall in love all over again!

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Rihanna “Rockstar 101″ Video

Ri Ri has released a video for her lastest single “Rockstar.” I guess you could describe the black and white video as artistic, similar to distrubia.  I’m sure it’s one the fellas will enjoy this morning!!

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