I love to create, facilitate, and promote unique event experiences. Sometimes Essence shows up. My ultimate goal for every event that I facilitate? I want you to enjoy a new and memorable experience, but I want you to feel like you're right at home, sitting comfortably with your feet on the couch, at the same time.
We Gon Be Alright Brunch: an escape from the madness
Inauguration Weekend 2017 was an absolutely insane time to be in Washington, D.C., especially as a minority. On January 21, 2017, we chose to give the city a reason to be excited with the "We Gon Be Alright" brunch party. Attendees kicked back and escaped from everything happening and toasted to themselves in a welcoming environment.
We still had plenty of things to celebrate, and we did. We partied to modern day black anthems like “Int’l Player’s Anthem,” “Knuck If You Buck,” and “Dey Know,” all coming to us live and direct courtesy of our 'Views From The Grits' partner in crime DJ Nitecrawler. We also enjoyed a delicious assortment of brunch staple foods, courtesy of Chef Joseph Evans.
A Beautiful Day DC: a happy hour for a good cause
On September 29th, Rob Hill, Sr. and Babu Company pioneered a new event concept called 'A Beautiful Day' that centered around creative networking, financial empowerment, and fundraising for underfunded educators in the Richmond, Virginia area. I came on board to conceptualize, promote, and coordinate the event.
We secured a partnership with WeWork DC, a coworking space company, and proceeded to hold the event at their beautifully furnished Wonder Bread Factory location. From 5 to 9PM, attendees stopped by after work and experienced an mellow happy hour vibe with some bonus features thrown in for extra measure.
While enjoying a vibrant, throwback hip-hop soundtrack courtesy of DJ Punisha, those who entered the venue were able to mix and mingle while enjoying a Circo and DeLeón tequila-sponsored open bar. Several painters displayed artwork throughout the venue, and Tonya Rapley of MyFabFinance offered information in regards to financial empowerment and wealth building in the conference room.
Views From The Grits: Summer Sixteen Edition
After the success of Views From The Grits in May 2016, Britt and I regrouped to make the Summer Sixteen edition bigger and better. On August 30th, we took our brunch day party to the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Specifically, we touched down at Chinese Disco, on the same weekend that Drake and Future's Summer Sixteen Tour came in town.
Views From The Grits: Summer Sixteen Edition took place on Saturday, August 30th, from 12PM to 5PM - right in between the Friday and Saturday tour stops for the Summer Sixteen tour. Depending on which show you attended, the brunch could be either a recovery period or a pre-game. Regardless, everyone got more than what they came for.
We teamed up with Washington, D.C. staple restaurant Oohhs and Aahhs to give attendees a hearty, down home brunch that felt like something grandma could have made. Between Spinser Tracy and Grits alumni DJ NiteCrawler, the brunch quickly transitioned into what felt like a homecoming weekend party. Check out the recap video below.
Views From The Grits: brunch and day party
On April 30th, 2016, Drake's highly anticipated VIEWS album, originally known as Views From The 6, releases. On May 1st, 2016, I teamed up with Britt Wright to introduce the Views From The Grits brunch and day party to the Washington, D.C. market at Manor DC in the Dupont Circle neighborhood.
The brunch took place at the end of a very eventful DC weekend for music lovers, partygoers, and everyone doing it #ForTheCulture. On April 29th, the Trap Karaoke experience took over. The next day, Broccoli City Festival went down with performances from Future, Jhene Aiko, The Internet, and an array of other talented artists.
After such a jam packed weekend, we took it upon ourselves to use Sunday to provide everyone with the perfect send off. We took over Manor D.C. and turned it into a haven for those who appreciate everything Drake-like, from Comeback Season to Take Care to the "Hotline Bling" dance. DJ NiteCrawler kept the party moving from start to finish. You can get a feel for how it went down via the recap video below.