Archive for June, 2009

Royalty Comes to DC

Posted in Culture with tags , on June 30, 2009 by substanceandstyledc

Color_purple_posterIt was a hit on Broadway bringing in a diverse audience of people of color to the theater, many for the first time, to experience the stage production of the book, by Alice Walker and film by Steven Spielberg that have become American classics. Tonight, the touring company of The Color Purple the Musical, make their Washington, DC debut in the Opera House of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. National recording artist and past American Idol winner Fantasia stars as the main character Celie in most performances of the six week DC run. Call to purchase tickets and ask if Fantasia will be appearing in the performance you wish to attend before you buy if you absolutely want to see her – otherwise buy a ticket for any performance and enjoy a wonderfully moving show.

Showtime for the Songstress

Posted in Culture with tags on June 30, 2009 by substanceandstyledc

Lady-Sings-The-BluesWednesday, July 1 the Diana Ross classic Lady Sings the Blues will be screened outdoors as part of the ongoing NoMa Bid Summer Screen series. The screening takes place on L Street between 3rd and 2nd Streets, NE near the New York Avenue Metro station. Film starts at 7:00PM.

Set it Off

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on June 29, 2009 by substanceandstyledc

If you can’t travel to New Orleans for Essence Music Festival this year to set it off for the holiday then perhaps you can make it just up the road to Baltimore for the African American Heritage Festival from Friday July 3 through Sunday July 5. The 3 day festival attracts nearly 500,000 individuals from Maryland, Virginia and the District. This year the Festival will have pavilions devoted to Financial Literacy, Health and Wellness, Careers and Employment and Home Ownership. The highlights of each night are the live performances from local and nationally acclaimed artists on two stages.                                 logo-vertical_small

Some performances you don’t want to miss:

Friday – Raheem Devaughn and Teena Marie

Saturday – En Vogue and Soul Underground featuring Eric Roberson, Angela Johnson and Anthony David

Sunday –Fertile Ground and Anita Baker

 For more information and a full schedule of events, visit here.

He Will Live Forever, Icon

Posted in Uncategorized on June 26, 2009 by substanceandstyledc



Anyone with substance & style is mourning the loss of entertainment icon Michael Jackson. The Politico has published a timeline of Michael Jackson and his relationship with Washington, DC. He often leveraged his fame and personal spotlight as a way to shed light attention on social and political causes. He was a humanitarian. View the timeline of his trips to the District here. May his soul rest in peace and his positive contributions to music and those who loved him live forever.

This is Not a Test

Posted in Health & Wellness on June 25, 2009 by substanceandstyledc

testing_day_logoAccording to a report issued earlier this year by the DC Department of Health as many as 3% of District residents are living with HIV/AIDS. This estimated number far surpasses those of some West African countries. A harrowing thought that the capital city of the United States, the richest nation in the world is also a place with an epidemic level of HIV infections in all but one of its eight wards.

The report underscored that their continues to be an increase in heterosexual transmission, black men still have the highest rate of infection in the city and that the HIV/AIDS population is getting older. Nearly 1 in 10 infected persons are between the ages of 40 and 49. While there is no cure for HIV/AIDS treatments to manage living with the virus have advanced greatly over the last several years.

 June 27 is National HIV/AIDS Testing Day and all are encouraged to get tested. Knowing your status is the first step in maintaining a healthy life. Free testing is taking place throughout the District.  Learn where you can get tested here.

Come to the Carnival

Posted in Culture with tags on June 24, 2009 by substanceandstyledc

picSmithStreetsofColorweb-781681It is time for the vibrant colors, delicious tastes, sound of music that makes everyone bounce and people pour into the streets. Indeed this Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28 is the 17th Annual DC Caribbean Carnival. One of the fastest growing Carnivals in North America, DC Caribbean Carnival includes a fabulous parade, musical performances, vendors and an opportunity to have a fun time while learning about the cultures of nearly every Caribbean country from those who know most about them. Get more details and view a full schedule of events here.

A Lesson Before Dying

Posted in Commentary on June 23, 2009 by substanceandstyledc

metro02_430The tragic deaths and serious injuries of those who were riding the Red Line train yesterday during rush hour aren’t just reminders of what bad can happen in our lives and what bad can happen to end our lives. The unfortunate incident, the worse in the history of the Metro rail system, is also a reminder of the fortunate opportunity we have to live our lives fully, richly and completely each day. It offers each of us a moment to reflect on how we are living and who and what we are living them for.

Are we more concerned with valuables than values? Are we more concerned with careers than caring about our family and friends? Are we living to work or working to live? Are we living lives of service or lives in which we are more interested in being served?

At my grandfathers funeral several months ago the minister began his remarks by asking everyone gathered if they knew the one appointment we all had in common. The answer of course is the inevitable appointment with death. Surely as man lives, so also must he die – but how s/he lives is something s/he can determine.

Today as we celebrate the souls gone home let us also commit to moving forward living our best lives and seizing the day. One knows not when s/he will be called for that appointment but s/he can rest in knowing they were ready when their name was called.

Picturing the Promise

Posted in Culture on June 22, 2009 by substanceandstyledc


Through their camera lens Addison Scurlock and later two of his sons magnificently captured African American culture and life in Washington, DC for decades.  The Scurlock photography studio first opened its doors in 1911 and from then until 1994 it used visual imagery to open the eyes of the world on the burgeoning middle class black society in Washington, particularly near the turn of the 20th century. “The Scurlock Studio and Black Washington: Picturing the Promise,” is an enchanting and educational exhibit of more than 100 photographs and memorabilia from the Scurlock Studio produced by the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The exhibit is currently on display at the National Museum of American History and through November 15, 2009.

The Point of It All

Posted in Culture with tags , on June 19, 2009 by substanceandstyledc


When he sings there is a passion and soul that leaps out from his body to embraces yours. Anthony Hamilton is not only a great singer, he is a great performer and those who will witness him in concert this weekend are in for a chocolate treat. This Friday and Saturday, June 19 and 20, Anthony Hamilton headlines the concert at DAR Constitution Hall. He will be joined by the musical talents of Musiq Soulchild and the rising star that is Chrisette Michele. Three solid songsters, two men, one lady and the point of it all – a damn good show.

DC’s Holistic Urbanite

Posted in Health & Wellness on June 18, 2009 by substanceandstyledc

Monica Holistic UrbaniteWashington is a place where most young professionals work hard and play even harder. As important as it is to maintain that balance, so also is the significance of maintaining a healthy mind, body and spirit balance. When Monica McCollin graduated from George Washington University several years ago she took a not so unusual job track on Capitol Hill. Her days were filled with policy briefings, her nights with networking and very little time for herself. Eventually it took a toll on her body. Fatigued and facing health concerns she tried conventional medicine and coupled it with herbal medicine.

She discovered the positive effects of herbal medicine on physical, mental and spiritual health and felt whole. Herbal medicine has existed for centuries and increasingly the practice is being looked to as an effective and at times healthier compliment to traditional modern medicine.  Professional clinical herbalists work with individuals to realize optimal health through the use of natures’ medicine administered in custom tea blends, alcohol based herbal formulas (tinctures), and capsules, as well as vitamins and supplements, along with nutrition and lifestyle management tips.

So enriched by her experience she left the Hill to pursue her master’s of science at the Tai Sophia Institute in Herbal Medicine. The program provided a solid understanding of the philosophy, theory, and practice of western clinical herbalism for the support and maintenance of health and well-being. Dubbed as the Holistic Urbanite she now helps others set and achieve their wellness goals. Learn more about Monica and her services here.


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