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Learn about equitable artist compensation in virtual discussion

This week features a diverse lineup of events, starting with a virtual discussion on equitable artist compensation and a documentary screening on systemic injustices at the Newseum. 

Attendees can learn about FAFSA updates at a Capital One Café workshop, enjoy Jamila Woods’ “Water Made Us” tour at The Howard Theatre, and engage in mental, literacy, and spiritual wellness at Afro House: Spirit Fest. 

The weekend continues with Natural Hair Fest DC Metro celebrating natural beauty and a fundraiser at Busboys and Poets to combat intimate partner and domestic violence. 

Remember, there’s always something happening in the DMV on the Washington Informer Calendar to keep your spirit — and social life — lit.

Thursday, Feb. 15

Social X Change: Supporting Artists through Organization Finances

Time: 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Free w/ registration


Join DC Collaborative for an informal peer discussion on advocating for artists’ pay from organizations. This event is intended to foster meaningful conversations around the opportunities and challenges of supporting equitable compensation for artists.

“Silver Dollar Road” A Community Screening and Panel Discussion

Time: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Free w/ registration

Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C., 20001

Join a screening and panel discussion of “Silver Dollar Road,” a documentary by Academy-Award nominee Raoul Peck, exploring the Reels family’s struggle against predatory real estate practices and systemic injustices in North Carolina. Panelists include Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), director and screenwriter Raoul Peck, journalist Lizzie Presser, and Marcus A.R. Childress. The discussion will address heirs’ property law, discrimination, and barriers to wealth, highlighting a broader national issue.

The screening and discussion is followed by a reception with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. 

Friday, Feb. 16

FAFSA Workshop Series at D.C. Anacostia Capital One Café

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Free

Capital One Cafe Anacostia, 1203 Good Hope Road SE, Washington, D.C., 20020

For the first time in decades, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has been updated to increase access to student aid and make the application process easier.

To support students and families through the new process, Capital One is hosting a series of workshops at its D.C. Anacostia Café in partnership with the National College Attainment Network (NCAN). During the events, NCAN volunteers will help students walk through the process, answer questions, and discuss the recent changes to the application. NCAN will provide laptops as needed, along with snacks and beverages.

Jamila Woods – Water Made Us Tour

Time: 8 p.m. | $27.5+  

The Howard Theatre, 620 T St NW, Washington, D.C., 20001

In 2023, Jamila Woods released her long-anticipated album, “Water Made Us” and the tour is coming to The Howard Theatre. 

Uwade opens.

Saturday, Feb. 17

Afro House: Spirit Fest 2024

Time: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Free w/ registration

Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Marion Barry Ave SE, Washington, D.C. 20020

The Anacostia Arts Center will focus on mental health, literacy, and spiritual wellness by hosting Afro House: Spirit Fest, a day-long festival. The event will feature live performances by local creatives, a creative marketplace, among other activities, exploring how to empower oneself in a challenging world.

Sunny War

Time: 7 p.m. | $19+

Songbyrd, 540 Penn Street Northeast, Washington, D.C., 20002

Los Angeles-based folk-punk musician Sunny War, known for her street singing, guitar playing, and roots music, blends elements of blues and punk reminiscent of Robert Johnson and Bad Brains. War, who has released nine albums, including “Anarchist Gospel,” “Simple Syrup,” and “Shell of a Girl,” explores themes of love, exhaustion, and disappointment in her music. Notable songs include “Lucid Lucy,” “If It Wasn’t Broken,” and “Like Nina.” 

Brian Dunne will open.

Sunday, Feb. 18

Natural Hair Fest DC Metro 2024

Time: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. | $25 

Holiday Inn Washington Capitol, 550 C Street Southwest, Washington, D.C., 20024

Natural Hair Fest DC Metro celebrates natural beauty, featuring live product demos, discussions, and special guests. It promotes natural, organic, and vegan hair and skincare, and supports those embracing their natural hair. 

Marking the start of the 2024 Tour de Naturelle’, it’s a key event for emerging brands in 24 U.S. markets.

Decreasing Intimate Partner/Domestic Violence Deaths | A Fundraiser

Time: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. | $40+

Busboys and Poets, 5331 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, Maryland, 20781

The Institute for the Prevention & Eradication of Violence, Inc. (IPEV) is hosting a fundraiser at Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville to support an upcoming conference this October on preventing intimate partner and domestic violence deaths in the DMV area, titled “A Call to Action: Stopping Death By Intimate Partner/Domestic Violence.” The conference will feature speakers, including government officials and survivors, offering solutions and resources for combating this violence.

Source: Washington Informer

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