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The All Roads Film Festival - 6 Days - D.C.

A young Somali woman transforms from refugee to international supermodel and advocate for women’s rights. This is one contemporary story featuring indigenous and under-represented cultures that will be among the nearly 30 films representing 55 cultures from 21 countries screened at the 2010 All Roads Film Festival, Tuesday, Sept. 28 - Sunday, Oct. 3, at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. This year’s theme is “Inspiring Stories Connecting Cultures.”

The seven-day event also will feature an outdoor photography exhibit with works from three provocative voices in the photography medium, each at different points in their careers, and a Basement Bhangra™ Dance Party hosted by internationally renowned DJ Rekha. Several of the filmmakers will participate in a panel to discuss their careers and the continuing evolution of indigenous filmmaking.

Tickets for each All Roads film are $10 for the general public and $8 for National Geographic members. Festival passes, which include the Saturday concert, are $114 for the general public and $88 for members. To purchase, visit the National Geographic ticket office at 1600 M Street N.W., Washington, D.C, call (202) 857-7700 or order online.

 

Note: The National Geographic Society provides free underground parking for its evening and weekend events.

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Black Shoe King Visits D.C.

 

Ron Donovan, the creative director and chief shoe builder at RonDonovan, is not discrete about his U.S. Southern heritage. “My parents were both college educated professionals. My mother is a mathematician and my father is an engineer I was born in Orangeburg, South Carolina, and raised in Columbia, South Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia,” Donovan exclaimed. “We are a Southern family.”

This southerner’s interest in shoe making developed after he earned a degree in Industrial Engineering and is a direct result of his inability to find stylish high quality footwear for his 15
1/2 inch feet. “The story is a perfect example of necessity being the mother of invention,” said the 6 foot 2 inch Georgia Institute of Technology graduate. He continued, “I literally took my shoe making education into my own hands, tearing apart old shoes to understand their construction.”

Today, the shoemaker’s company creates ready-to-wear and bespoke (custom) shoes that are “traditional with a modernistic edge.” His women ready-made footwear start at $450. His men’s shoes start at $750. “The primary differences between luxury footwear and others are the materials, construction and details. These translate directly into comfort, superior styling and continued relevance of the shoes for the wearer,” he explained.

And like many companies that sell luxury products, RonDonovan’s sales have remained steady during these challenging economic times. “Even during economic downturns, while they may cut back a bit, my clients continue to make luxury purchases. Discretely.”

Ron Donovan’s are now available in Washington, D.C. at Everards Clothing, an upscale, full service boutique in Washington, D.C. Everards will host a special event RonDonovan truck show Friday, October 1 and Saturday, October 2, 11a-5p. Ron Donovan will be there.

 


Attitude Exact Presents:

The B Spot!

Opens Mid-September

Attitude Exact Gallery has closed its 8th Street, Barrack Row location and is growing into a new location, new name, and a more exciting art gallery, juice bar, and tea house called The B Spot. Watch Snippets for the grand opening at:

1123-B Pennsylvania Avenue SE



Muammar al-Gaddafi, the Libyan leader who in the past has befriended the likes of Louis Farrahkan made what the Ghana Mail newspaper labeled “brute racist remarks,” when addressing the European Union (EU) in Rome. He told European leaders that Europe risk turning "Black" unless the EU pays Libya at least 5 billion a year to block the arrival of illegal immigrants from Africa. His words has made the African world question the beliefs of the 2009 Chairman of the 53-state African Union.



Remembering What Michelle Obama Had to Say on Knowing Thyself

"One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals," Obama said in an interview with Marie Claire magazine last year. "And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don't invest any energy in them, because I know who I am."

 


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A Message from President Obama

Eighteen years ago, shortly after graduating from law school, I helped lead a voter registration campaign in Chicago that generated record turnout on Election Day. That experience taught me one of the most important lessons I ever learned as a community organizer: When people promise that they'll do something -- like voting -- they are far more likely to do it. That's why one key part of our Vote 2010 plan this year is to get folks like you from across the country to commit to vote, to make sure we get as many people as we can to cast their ballots this fall. But getting the commitments we need starts with your own promise to make it to the polls and cast your ballot.

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