RECAP: 2017 EMMY AWARDS

BY BRENNAN PLUMMER

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The biggest winner at last night's 2017 Emmy Awards was the television's future with the ceremony celebrating diversity, inclusiveness, and ambition.

In recent years, the "small screen" has never bigger. As the movie industry struggles and theater prices skyrocket, audiences have been more inclined to stay home where modern technology allows home setups to rival the theater experience at a fraction of the cost, zero transit time and far more liberty in what to watch with record amounts of original programming and streaming services exploding. Audiences enjoy the ability to revel in more intricate plots and character arcs that television allows, and often quickly with the advent of bingeing. The increased number of viewers and avenues to produce television, as well as far lower costs when compared to film, has inspired writers and showrunners to take more creative risks.

The current television environment has given the opportunity to avoid the issues the plague film and lead to #OscarsSoWhite. For the third straight year, the Emmys set a record for most diverse nominations and saw many of them win and other records set. Donald Glover became the first black person to win the award for Outstanding directing for a comedy series as well as taking home the Emmy for Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series for his show Atlanta and proceeded to give deep thanks to his creative and directive partner Hiro Murai. Riz Ahmed became the first male actor of Asian descent to win an acting Emmy for his role in HBO's The Night Of. Lena Waithe, alongside Aziz Ansari, became the first black woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing for Master of None and gave a heartfelt acknowledgement to the strength of her L.G.B.Q.T.I.A. family.

Shows about women performed strongly too. Julia Louis-Dreyfus won best comedy actor again setting a record for wins by an actor playing one character. HBO's Big Little Lies won big in the limited-series categories taking home best actress (Nicole Kidman), supporting actress (Laura Dern), and supporting actor (Alexander Skarsgård). Hulu's adaptation of Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel The Handmaid's Tale struck a chord with viewers through its world depicting horrific oppression of women and won the biggest prize of the night - Outstanding Drama Series - as well as star Elisabeth Moss winning best actress and series co-creator Reed Morano winning for best directing, the first woman to win since 1995. It was also the first time a streaming service won the top prize in its category.

The show was brimming with political commentary as well. Host Stephen Colbert was in his element as he frequently lampooned Donald Trump and even brought out Sean Spicer with a moving podium ala Melissa McCarthy as "Spicy" on SNL to parody his statements as White House Spokesperson about crowd sizes. Chance the Rapper rapped in the opening monologue about civic engagement and the right for transgenders like Laverne Cox to serve in the military. Alec Baldwin won an Emmy for his portrayal of Trump on SNL and many award announcers and winners took further shots at Trump.

DC had its own moment when John Oliver prompted viewers to get #dcpublicschools trending for no particular reason during his acceptance speech for Outstanding variety talk series after Dave Chappelle gave DC Public Schools a shout-out while presenting an award. The DC Public Schools twitter account was tickled pink this morning with the attention:

VERSUS VERSACE CHANNELS THEIR INNER 90'S WITH THEIR SPRING 2018 COLLECTION

Versus Versace debuted their Spring 2018 collection at London Fashion Week, taking a step towards 90’s inspiration. The collection features bold colors, bright patterns and plaids, and retro looks. Statement looks include many punk pieces, with chokers and fishnets. Another 90’s trend that stood strong, was the plaid pattern emerging on a few central pieces. Check out some of the looks above. 

FUTURE OF SPORTS SITS DOWN WITH ANWAR SALEEM

BY ALISON CARNEY & ABRIELLE WILLIAMS

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MITD INTERVIEW W. ANWAR SALEEM EXEC. DIRECTOR FOR H. ST


 

MITD: So, who is Anwar Saleem?

 

AS: Um, basically I grew up in the neighborhood. I was born in Washington D.C., I grew up in this neighborhood, I attended school in this neighborhood and um, you know I just saw an opportunity with this neighborhood where its flourishing and doing well and then it went through this devastation where the quarters burned down and were disrupted and I saw an opportunity to get involved and uh bring it back alive again.

 

MITD: What was this neighborhood called when you were coming up?

 

AS: It was called H St, NE, and it’s one thing I pushed -- to keep it as H St NE. Some people come in wanting to name it the Atlas District and all of the rest of this stuff because the history is a key part of H St, but most people come in neighborhoods and they try to redefine it, and the first thing they want to do is change the name. If H St was known to be good back in the day and it was known to be a devastating neighborhood afterwards, it can be known to be a good neighborhood, better than it was ever, today. So my whole goal was to push H St NE and to keep it H ST Ne and we’ve done just that, I think we’ve done very well.

 

MITD: Awesome, what do you love most about what you do?

 

AS: The people, the growth, the opportunity, the opportunity with H St, once the neighborhood went down -- this is the neighborhood I grew up in, and it’s nothing like you knew, and you have the opportunity to effect change (and change for a positive direction, the people I think H St has always been a warm place, so how you keep that then again how you keep that and revitalize H St and that was challenge. A lot of people thought that it was going to take 15-20 years to revitalize H St and some people thought it could never happen. I took on a challenge and thought we could do it, and we began to get national press in five years, we won a great american mainstream award the tenth year and so anytime you can get in the neighborhood and you start doing development of the streetcar track in the streets, that you can start a track of 20-24 businesses in a year that’s huge. Anytime you have a city that will put three million dollars in the neighborhood and you look at 2.5 billions in return, that’s huge. So I think that the opportunities are here, we have attracted over 300 new businesses, we created over 3600 new jobs which is really needed and a lot of African Americans carry those jobs so I’m really happy about that. I feel good about H St and the opportunities, if it’s not about Anwar Saleem and what Anwar has done, if people don’t hold on and take route in this and claim this, that it doesn’t just happen it takes people to make a change like this. We were able to influence new businesses that come onto H St, we were able to influence developers to come build on H St. So without them, H St would be the old H St but with them, H St is revitalized it’s hip, it’s workable, it’s livable and a place to really have fun and enjoy yourself.

 

MITD: I hate to ask because that was such an amazing answer, what do you like least about what you do?

 

AS: The city can do better I think in supporting the things we do down here to a certain degree, especially when it comes to the festival. We pay the city over a hundred thousand dollars over permitting fees, I think the city does well on the outside of the festival, when it comes to people who really don’t understand what I’m doing and they come to the neighborhood that they just discovered, they think nothing has ever happened and they want to complain about something they don’t know anything about. The third thing is we have developers that come in, people like Whole Foods and all the rest, we make a way for these guys and they don’t give back to the neighborhood in reference to the events you’re having so I hate that most because my mother always told me to honor the womb that bore you. I brought you here so don’t give me a hard way to go. I don’t hate you, I love you and so some of the things you think I’m going to do may hurt but it’s really good for you if you just listen to me and hear me you you’d find out that you’ll be on the right path. Same thing with these businesses, when you look at what got them here, twenty years ago you wouldn’t have thought about coming to H St but because of how it all works, now it’s an economic opportunity for you and you’re here. You’re not here because you love H St you’re here because it’s an economic opportunity. You make money and turn around and don’t support the activities we do, I think it’s hurtful. I think businesses need to look at their responsibilities and really support and give back and partnering to with what we’re doing.

 

MITD: Let’s switch it up to DC stuff, fun DC stuff.

 

AS: (laughs)

 

MITD: What’s your favorite DC team?

 

AS: The redskins. The Nationals are coming along too, but I like the Redskins, I like the Wizards. I like all of our sports teams, they have some heart and they’re really trying.

 

MITD: You’re planning a full day around this city, where do you go?

 

AS: H ST. (laughs) I come to H ST. more than any other place. When I go to other neighborhoods I go to see what the changes are, what’s different, and how we can do things to really make H St better. So it’s just not H St, I try to go to other places. I’m always looking at “What can I bring back differently to H St to make H St a great destination”. Not just H St, now mainly Benning Road and at one time H St was a place you didn’t walk through you ran through, not it’s a place you really want to come stop and enjoy. Benning Road and Bladensburg Road are the same way now so my whole goal now is to make more of a garden district, to piggyback off of the National Arboretum and the Benning Road area from the highway to H St. How can you make that a livable walkable area that you can run and enjoy yourself and don’t mind walking from the highway to Union Station with no problem.

 

MITD: That’s amazing. As you know we’re doing The Future of Sports Art Installation Art & sports collab, health and wellness are becoming really great long lasting trends. What are three things that you incorporate in your life to keep yourself positive, healthy, and active?

 

AS: I eat a lot of food, I eat a lot of spices, I do sixty pushups every other day and I walk a lot. So, I’m up there in age, I had my sixty-third birthday, September 1st --

 

MITD: That was like a week ago, happy belated!

 

AS: (laughs) and so, I look at it this way, we have to constantly look at what’s being put into our bodies so health means a lot to me. I don’t get enough rest because I’m working all the time so that means I have to eat right and I have to make sure I get a little exercise in, I think eating is a more so more important than anything else, I have to keep that blood turning and the arteries, and everything else in good shape to keep me going. So that’s really important. You are what you eat, I think it’s more important that you are what your food eats because now it depends on what grounds and genetic modification we have to be aware of what we’re putting into our bodies. In the past I used to say that “if we eat something our food is supposed to know where it goes”, but when you start modifying food when it hits the body your doesn’t know where it goes and all types of elements are trying to figure out what else is really going on so we have to be conscious of what we eat these days. Get some exercise in and get some rest, which I don’t get a whole lot of but get some rest.

 

MITD: What do you have coming up? We know H ST festival.

 

AS: Well there are a couple things coming up, I’m always busy but we have the H St festival September 16th, after that i’m going to a conference for about five days, and then when I come back on the 23rd we have Art All Night which is going to be huge, we have about 78 venues, dc streetcars, and then we have a development summit that’s going to be on the 28th where we really try to vitalize Hechinger Mall and Bladensburg Road, Benning Road and still look at some other opportunities in the H St corridor. People are asking me how I do this stuff in September I don’t know I just do it. 

 

MITD: Is there anything that you want DC and Beyond to know that I haven’t asked?

 

AS: I think what we do on H St that we can do all over the country, I’ve had invites and I’ve traveled from those invites to South Africa to talk about economic development to Rome to Turkey to Manilla (I just got back from a few months ago), talking about economic development because they like what’s happening down here on H St. I’ve traveled across the country and I think H St is a model, especially for neighborhoods that have been devastated, of how you can bring back neighborhoods. So that’s what my passion is, if we can get other like minded people across the country who want to do something but don’t know how to do it we have a good model here and I would like to really work with other people and other leaders to work and help revitalize neighborhoods. We have to find a way to bring back our neighborhood because at the end of the day when you have neighborhoods like Chicago which you’re not getting many investors to come in, if anybody does come in, they’re going to change that neighborhood and change it to how they want, it’s not going to be what we want and a lot of times we get pushed out so we have to take responsibility in our neighborhoods and I would like to help in that process across the country, how do you take back your neighborhoods, how do you take ownership in your neighborhoods and change the paradigm from a negative situation to a positive situation. Right now in Chicago it’s a ninety percent chance of African American males and a lot of times women now who grew up in Chicago have an ninety percent chance of failing and not making it, so how can we change that? How can we turn it around? All the negativity that the media and our families normally have because it’s almost in your DNA now to a certain degree we’ve accepted a lot of positive things that we could change that paradigm, we have to inject something else into your system that causes you to do something that's positive and I think it can happen but you have to set examples all over the country. We’re doing it for H st I think we can do it all over the country if we find people who are champions and then have that passion.

 

MITD: Awesome, thank you for that.

 

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Hi H. Street!!!!

Future of Sports is excited to welcome Timur Tugberk, of Designing the District to join Future of Sports for the H-Street Festival today! To help us say "hello" to our new neighbors, Timur will be donating two street art installations for the community to lend "a hand" in creating. He is wrapping two electric poles outside of our entrance with colored string and is managing a donation-based "handprint mural" on our façade! We are asking for a $5 donation that will be given to H Street Main Street, a community centric organization benefitting the residents and community of the H Street neighborhood. Come say hi, have a drink, and lend a hand to us today at the festival

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RAE MORRIS RELEASES MUSIC VIDEO "DO IT"

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English singer and songwriter Rae Morris releases a music video for a hot new single,”DO IT” out on September 16th.  The singer dropped the single, wowing us with her vocal range and pop song skills. The music video itself is a fun day where all you need to do is just ‘do it’. Check out the music video below. 

NIKE DROPS THE NIKE SF AIR FORCE 1 MID "ORANGE QUARTZ"

The new Nike SF Air Force 1 Mid “Orange Quartz” shoe dropped on September 16th. The new sneaker showcases a militaristic look with a nylon and leather orange quartz colorway. The shoe also features a midrise monochromatic body with a white sole base, an ankle strap and zippers down the back of the shoe. The shoe is priced at $160 USD and available now

ZENITH SHOWS OFF NEW OSCILLATING TECHNOLOGY

Swiss watch brand Zenith shows off their new oscillating technology with a new watch. With the new technology, the oscillator measures at 0.5mm thick, allowing a frequency of 15 Hz and an amplitude of +/- 6 degrees. The new watch has a 60-hour power reserve, keeping precise to .3 seconds. Set to release in 2018, there is not much more information available. Check out Zenith’s video from their official facebook page about how the watch is built. 

FUTURE OF SPORTS SITS DOWN WITH CASSANDRA JENNISSEN, PRIV

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Future of Sports is geared to open, and has teamed up with some pretty awesome people to make the pop-up opening event tomorrow even more amazing! MITD welcomes PRIV, an app for beauty and wellness, to Future of Sports. Get to know Cassandra Jennissen, Washington, D.C. Business Development Manager for PRIV, and PRIV pro, Dennis Minor, Massage Therapist!

MITD: Tell us a little bit about what you do for PRIV.

CJ: I am responsible for generating new corporate business in the DC local market. I manage and grow local partnerships and execute our on-site activations. 

MITD: Health and wellness are becoming really great long-lasting trend, PRIV being a place that is in full support. What are 3 things you incorporate in your life to keep you positive, healthy, and active?

CJ: Waking up every morning and listening to music  keeps me positive, and healthy I #PRIVIT of course! It allows me the convenience of having my fitness instructor come to my home when I want, as well as massage. To stay active I love running, and walking my chow chow!

MITD: What do you love most about what you do? 

CJ: I love meeting new people and networking with other like-minded brands. I also enjoy working with our freelance professionals at events. I personally love using the Priv app because I have the power to select the pro of my choice for each service I request. Our professionals are featured on the app and their reviews our visible to our users. It makes the selection process easy and I know I am getting a highly vetted and experienced pro to my home. 

MITD: It's really awesome that you all promote your Professionals so hard. Hey Dennis! Talk to us a little about your work with PRIV.

DM: The enthusiasm of the entire team is contagious. You really feel like you're part of a family. The attention to detail as it relates to providing customer service makes my job easy."

MITD: What's your favorite D.C. team

DM: Washington Wizards 

MITD: What does PRIV have coming up?

DM: Halloween parties, Holiday Soiree's, Corporate headshot events, employee and customer appreciation days all over DC!  Priv is always up to something! I am on-site at several events with Priv and I also service everyday appointments through the Priv app.

MITD: How do Future of Sports attendees book appoint with PRIV tomorrow? 

DM: Download the PRIV app and USE code "cassandra" to get $20 off your first service!

 

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ALY & AJ ARE BACK AFTER TEN YEARS

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The Disney star sisters, Aly & AJ, are back with new music. After a ten year break, the sisters dropped a new single this summer and announced an album in the works. It has been ten years since the release of their last album, Insomniatic.  The long awaited fourth studio album titled, Ten Years, is in the works, and should release later this year. The music video is slightly ghoulish, with vampire teeth and blood, while boasting a lighter pink metallic attire. Sink your teeth into this one below. 

LORDE REMIXES "HOMEMADE DYNAMITE" WITH POST MALONE, KHALID, AND SZA

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New Zealand singer, Lorde, took to her Twitter to show off a remix to her song, “Homemade Dynamite,” from her recent album. The single off of the singers second studio album, Melodrama, released in June of this year, has been revamped with a little help. Lorde enlists fellow artists Khalid, Post Malone, and Sza! The already chill single is taken to the next level with the incredible collaboration of sound. Check out the new remix here!

RETROSUPERFUTURE HONORS ANDY WARHOL

RETROSUPERFUTURE brings a retro twist to eyewear. The newest collection joins up with The Andy Warhol Foundation to release a limited edition collection as a part of the, “Iconic Series,” with two new models. The Ciccio and Drew are jazzed up with Andy Warhol’s Self Portrait artworks. The black lenses are complimented by the iconic 80’s artist and his portraits. The glasses are priced between $190 to $340 USD. Purchase online now. 

WOOD WOOD RELEASES THREE FUZZY FLEECE TEDDY HOODIES

Wood Wood jumps on the fleece trend, with three new teddy hoodies. The new drop from Copenhagen-based Wood Wood, contains three cozy and cool teddy-fleece hoodies. Each hoodie has a kangaroo pocket, a drawstring hood and is covered in a full body fleece. Wood Wood’s branding is on the hood of each piece. The three hoodies come in dark green, black or grey and are priced at $144 USD. Cop one online now. 

DEPECHE MODE DROP MUSIC VIDEO FOR "COVER ME"

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English 80’s band, Depeche Mode, releases a music video for “Cover Me,” off of their 14th studio album, Spirit.  The first studio album in four years for this alternative and electronic rock group boasted 12 tracks, including, “Cover Me.” Check out the black and white surreal music video below.

LANA DEL REY DROPS MUSIC VIDEO FOR "WHITE MUSTANG"

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Dreamy indie pop queen Lana Del Rey has released a music video for, “White Mustang” off of her fifth and more recent studio album Lust for Life. The video features many slow and dreamlike visuals, to match her sultry voice. The music video also features an extended ending. Check it out below.