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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Power Season 4 Premieres Tonight on Starz #PowerPremiere #PowerTV

Que the music – "They say this is a big rich town..." and you know the rest!

Season 4 of 'Power' returns to STARZ tonight at 9 PM (or right now if you start your free trial for the STARZ app.). With Season 3 ending in the shocking  arrest Omari Hardwick's character,  James "Ghost"  St. Patrick, it's sure to keep the anticipation levels high. I knew that Ghost couldn't go undetected forever, but I never expected his arrest would come at the hands of Angela Valdes (Lela Loren), who wore blinders throughout the entire Angie-Ghost love affair. Having already previewed the first episode, I can tell you with certainty that this is going to be an all out war!
A little over two weeks ago, I was invited by the Starz TV family (shout out to XFinity Moms) to attend a Season 4 Premiere Party in Washington, DC at the beautiful Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue. It was a POWERful display of stars as they poured from their cars, into the building and onto the red carpet for interviews with some of the popular media outlets in the area. One by one they made their way down the carpet, donning their best fashion fits.

After an hour of shouts and calls of "over here! Omari! Fifty! Naturi!", we all headed to the theater to watch the Season 4, episode 1 premiere of 'Power'. Before all of the lights went down, there were a few notable speakers who shared their love for the show. The key theme fell on the lines of representation and diversity. Courtney A. Kemp (creator) and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson (executive producer) have taken this show to a new level to maintain its authenticity. 
"In our world, the shifting beneath our feet, I think sometimes we all feel like Ghost, right? The minute we think we have it handled, something happens that changes everything." - Courtney A. Kemp, creator of 'Power'

Shot and produced in Brooklyn, New York (where several jobs and economic revenue have been generated), 'Power' attempts to represent diversity in the media. The storytelling, no matter how good or bad the experience, has done a great job of representing real-life for certain areas all over the country. I should note that 'Power' is the number one drama on television in Washington, DC which is part of the reason why the creator chose the district as the backdrop for the premiere party. 

For a little under an hour, we sat in our seats often talking back to the movie screen to express our dismay, agreement or shock over the scenes being played out. Then, the episode was over.

Applause filled the room as the end credits rolled and chatter buzzed throughout the theater. Immediate reactions among groups of friends could be heard in every inch of the building. Guests spilled into the lobby of the Newseum where we were greeted with drinks, light refreshments and musical selections from WKYS's own, DJ Quiksilva, on the ones and twos.
After enjoying delightful, passed hors d'oeuvres and signature drinks splashed with 50 Cent endorsed Effen vodka nonetheless, I scanned the room to take in all the energy in the room. I ran into fellow Xfinity Moms bloggers – Mimi Cute Lips, The Domestic Life Stylist and The Style Medic – who looked fabulous, as always.
The 'Power' cast mingled with everyone without hesitation. They stopped to chat, posed for pictures and made themselves available to the fans. I wear my "fangirl" title well. While I'm not extremely over-the-top with my approach, I have no shame when it comes to expressing my love and admiration for the people and/or things. 'Power' is a show that I have followed since it first hit the television screen and I haven't looked back (unless we're talking about watching a marathon). You can imagine my excitement level went through the roof when I saw each character just feet away from me at the reception.
Besides the stars of 'Power', there were local celebrities that dropped by the premiere. The ladies (and gentlemen) of the 'Real Housewives of Potomac', the Washington Wizards' point guard, John Wall and government officials from other states, as well as local. 

As noted by U.S. Representative Hakeem Jefferies, "in good television, art imitates life. But with great television, life at times can imitate art and 'Power' is great television. We all draw inspiration from it."

The night was more than the star power and the glitz and glam of it all. It was a real celebration of a television show that aims to connect people from all walks of life through a world that many of us have no clue about. Through their experiences, we as viewers are able to find that one part where we can relate, drawing us in each week and wanting to know more. We become invested in characters and begin to take it all personal.

If you're looking for a great show to watch, I'm not really here to convince you to watch 'Power'. It's more like, "I told you so!"

Season 4 of 'Power' returns to television on Sunday, June 25 on Starz at 9 PM.
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I was invited by Starz to attend this premiere event. I was not obligated to share my experience, but it was so great that I had to. The views and opinions are my own.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

UniverSOUL Circus is Here in Baltimore and Headed Your Way, DC! {Giveaway} #BestCircusEver #sponsored

UniverSoul circus is in Baltimore, MD for one more week. June 18th will be the last date for this stop, bringing its total to 37 shows under the big top at Security Square Mall. There's still time to get your tickets for this event. You can visit or phone 1-800- 653-8000 or 866-448- 7849 to purchase tickets for your family.

But, do not be alarmed if you miss the Baltimore show – UniverSoul Circus is also coming to the Washington, DC area at FedEx Field from June 22nd thru July 23rd. You have plenty of opportunities to experience this highly-entertaining show.

I had the pleasure of attending the "Best Circus Ever" last year at the National Harbor and I was not disappointed. From beginning to end, there was something for every person to enjoy. This year's show is bringing even more acts to excite you and your family.
In its 24th season, this year's acts are sure to bring the heat. Come on out to see ever-popular The Fresh Clownsss, the Extreme Bikes, Bone Breaking Contortionists and more.

“Come to our show and get ready for some pure un-adulterated energy under the Big Top,” said Founder and CEO Cedric Walker. “Our show is bigger and more explosive than ever with acts that are going to blow your mind. Come on out to the show; sing and dance and free your mind. Come Un-Limit Yourself!”

WHAT: UniverSoul Circus Plays Washington, DC (59 shows)
WHEN: Thursday, June 22 thru Sunday, July 23, 2017
WHERE: FedEx Field @ Green Parking Lot D; 1600 FedEx Way, Landover, MD 20785

If you're feeling lucky, I have a 4-pack of tickets for you to attend the Wednesday, June 14th show in Baltimore. But hurry! This is a quick giveaway.

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Visit for more info, ticket prices, show times, and schedules.  Ticket prices range from $16 through $40. Prices vary by venue and by day. Also follow us on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram.

About UniverSoul Circus

UniverSoul is a highly interactive combination of circus arts, theater, and music that spans genres
including Pop, Classic R&B, Latin, Hip Hop, Jazz, and Gospel. It embraces and celebrates the unique and familiar aspects of pop culture globally by bringing them center stage with a cast of international
performers. UniverSoul Circus is rated as one of the top two circuses along with Cirque du Soleil. UniverSoul’s fresh approach to family-friendly live entertainment has garnered it a coveted spot as one of Ticketmaster’s top ten most requested family events, along with other shows including Sesame Street Live, Disney on Ice, and Radio City Christmas Spectacular. The circus was founded 24 years ago in Atlanta by concert and theatre promoter, Cedric Walker.

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I was provided complimentary tickets to attend a show at FedEx Field, as well as a set of tickets to give away to one lucky reader. The opinions and views are my own.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Final Chance to see Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors at Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC

It is the hottest ticket in town. Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrors at Hirshhorn Museum has proven that the art of hysteria is alive and well. Each Monday since late February, as many as 50,000 hopefuls log onto the Hirshhorn Museum's website to claim 6,000 or less available passes that can go as quickly as one minute. If you do the math, well, this exhibit is nothing short of popular.
Weeks ago, I started setting my phone's alarm to go off just before noon. I sat down at the computer (I prefer this method over the phone) and continuously refreshed the supplied link to free timed passes until the the option to select a date appeared. With a rather flexible schedule, I opted to choose the first available time for two passes. I believe this helped increase my chances of getting passes because I didn't waste a lot of time with selections and I wasn't as specific with my requests. Some weeks I was successful; other weeks not so much. For the favorable attempts at visiting this exhibition, I could barely contain my excitement. I was fortunate enough to get through, not once, but three times (it's possible, people. it really is.). Get this: in the picture above with my son and I standing in front of the pumpkin, I was so eager to visit that I went on the wrong date. I had to wait patiently for 24 hours so that I could return the next day.
I won't rehash the same details that you see flooding the Internet. By now, most of you have read an article on this experience. You've seen thousands of the same pictures posted on various social networks with the tag #InfiniteKusama attached. You've scanned through opinionated updates by both the bummed out, unlucky ticket-seekers and the successfully, persistent ones. You've probably also gained a new appreciation for polka dots and pumpkins. No matter your intrigue level, there is no denying that the cultural phenomenon known as Infinity Mirrors has caused a spike in Google searches on all words associated with it and increased web traffic to the Hirshhorn's site.
 Monday, May 1st marks the last chance you will have to visit on dates from May 8th through May 14th. Sadly, May 14th is the final day of this exhibition's run at Hirshhorn Museum. Minutes before noon, log onto the site and familiarize yourself the page. Wait for the link to go live and pray the polka dotted gods are on your side.
If you snag a free timed pass, here is a sneak peek at what you can expect (nothing compares to seeing and experiencing infinity Mirrors for yourself):
The rooms are receiving most of the attention, but there is more to Yayoi Kusama's collection. Sculptures and paintings serve as strategic pauses from beginning to end. Speaking of end, when you reach the infamous white room covered with circle stickers, you have finished your journey through Infinity Mirrors. The Obliteration Room is the highly popular and most photographed portion of the exhibit. It may have something to do with the unrestricted amount of time museum-goers can spend in here (the other rooms allow only 20-30 seconds). This room will leave you feeling bubbly and focusing on the significance of how a dot occupies and contributes to a space. It is a metaphor to how we as humans are each important to the overall composition of the world that we live in.

Besides being the ultimate backdrop for endless selfies to fill my phone's camera roll, Infinity Mirrors served a greater purpose. I was thoroughly introduced to the fascinating world of Yayoi Kusama. My curiosity to research more artists and their creation peaked significantly. I discovered a new world of exploration for my toddler besides the typical visit to the zoo, park or playground. And once again I was reminded just how fortunate I am to live so close to Washington, D.C. with gems such as the Smithsonian museums to visit for free.  
If you are not able to get through to secure a free timed pass, remember that artists from all walks of life need your support. Continue to visit museums, attend art shows, discover new talent and even make your own visions come to life.
Art is not a trend – it's a lifestyle.

For more information about Infinity Mirrors, visit here for details.
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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Farewell, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus! #FFA #SPON

One hundred and forty-six years. That's how long the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus has been around. But come this May, there will be no more years to celebrate; the show is shutting down.
It feels quite weird seeing these words in print. Who would have ever imagined that such a staple to family traditions would say "so long" after such an amazing run? It's safe to say that fans of the show are sadden by the news and are flocking to the nearest arena to catch one last show.

I am fortunate enough to have attended several shows over the years and created a host of memories for my family to hold onto. In fact, my date for the night was my youngest son who was just shy of two years old when he attended his first circus. It shows you just how much can change in a few, short years.
Thanks to MacKidBaltimore, my little guy and I had the chance to experience our final show EVER. Here is a recap of all the fun that was had at the most recent show here in Baltimore, MD about a week ago – Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out Of This WorldTM.

Head on over to Macaroni Kid Northwest Baltimore for the complete review. Thanks to Shae for allowing us to review the show for her site and receive complimentary tickets.


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