Thursday, May 19, 2011

Upcoming Events

National Museum of African Art Launches Second Installment of Africa Underground—West Africa to the Caribbean

Coming on the heels of a successful first installment in February, Africa Underground is back with an evening of West African and Caribbean delights at the National Museum of African Art, Friday, May 20, from 7 to 11 pm in Washington, DC. The museum’s doors will be held open after hours, giving revelers the chance to enjoy West African and Caribbean foods. Highlights include a demonstration of African textile headwrapping, West African and Caribbean storytelling, and guests can participate in an art-making workshop to decorate cloth with custom-made West African wooden stamps to take away and frame for a personalized memento.

Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at  Africa Underground is held four times a year in the winter, spring, summer and fall.

The DC Social Innovation Project Announces Launch Event
Special Discount for BlackGivesBack Readers

The DC Social Innovation Project (DCSIP) is a new nonprofit organization that identifies and invests in creative new ideas that tackle pressing social issues in Washington, DC. The project was founded by Darius Graham, a lawyer and author who left his law career to pursue his philanthropic passion full time.

Through two programs, DCSIP provides funding and resources to help individuals and community groups launch projects and social ventures in order to improve their communities. On June 8, 2011, DCSIP hosts their launch event where you can meet their team, learn about their work and how you can get involved, and meet others interested in social innovation. Each ticket includes light appetizers, one drink, and a chance to win a $100 Amazon or Apple gift card (winner's choice) or one weekend at a vacation home on North Carolina's High Rock Lake.

DCSIP is offering a special $5 discount off the ticket price for BlackGivesBack readers! Visit HERE to purchase tickets (use discount code BGB) and visit their website at

Jarvis Green Foundation Launches Southern Louisiana Annual Wine Tasting Gala in Baton Rouge

The Jarvis Green Foundation's wine tasting gala, which benefits disadvantaged single mothers in low income areas comes to Baton Rouge on May 27, 2011. The evening festivities at the Cook Hotel/Lod Cook Alumni Center will include a live band, dining on gourmet food, sipping fine wines, a raffle and a silent auction.

“As athletes we need to think twice about the decisions we make to help the community. So many people invest time in helping to develop an athlete and support that person. So the least we [athletes] can do is give back,” shares Green, defensive end for the Houston Texans.

Jarvis will be joined by former LSU and NFL players and coaches, Hollywood celebrities, and various top local executives. To purchase tickets, visit

For more upcoming events, visit HERE.

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