Saturday, November 15, 2008

African Heritage Drummers and Dancers Open New Center

(In photo: Eleanor Holmes Norton at October meeting telling the community about Homeland Security's plans to make the St. Elizabeth campus in DC their site for their new headquarters. Read full story at in the East of the River newspaper. Story & photo by Khadijah Ali-Coleman)

(In Photo: Marion Barry and Melvin Deal shake hands as Barry congratulates Deal on the opening of the new African Heritage Drummers and Dancers Center which opens in the Ward 8 neighborhood in Washington DC. Story will be published in the December issue of East of the River found at Story & Photo by Khadijah Ali-Coleman)

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Southeast Stylings: Northeast Flair

(In photo: Young people dancing in Fort Dupont Park at impromptu Raheem Devaughn concert. Photo by Khadijah Ali-Coleman)

Raheem Devaughn, Lady Soul Rockers and the State of Soul Music

by: Khadijah Ali-Coleman

Soul Music Alive and Kicking in Southeast and BeyondThe Washington, DC, area has churned out dozens of soulful talent over the years, most notably the legendary Marvin Gaye and incomparable Roberta Flack. Talented singer Raheem Devaughn is one of the newest additions to the list of nationally successful soul singers who hail from the Washington, DC, area. His debut album, “The Love Experience (2005),” reached number 46 on the Billboard 200 album chart, with the singles “You” and “Guess Who Loves You More” receiving national mainstream airplay and garnering Devaughn instant comparisons to Marvin Gaye. The album “Love Behind the Melody” (2008) is his latest work, earning Devaughn a nomination for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance at the 2008 Grammy Awards for the single, “Woman.”
Devaughn came to Fort Dupont Park on Sept. 7 to perform during an impromptu concert sponsored by Councilmembers Yvette Alexander (Ward 7) and Kwame Brown (At-Large) and hosted by the radio station WPGC's Romeo and the Street Team.

Read More at: in the October issue of East of the River.


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