“Think Like a Man” (November 2013)

“Think Like a Man” By: Saffie Kamara In November, Districtly Speaking fans filled up seats for our sold-out  “Think like a Man” town hall, bringing together over 100 professionals in the DMV area. Our diverse group of male panelists during this highly anticipated discussion included Gee James, Marcus Skelton, Dr. Jendayo Grady, Cole Bockenfeld, Lavell …

“The Skin You’re In: Understanding the Truth Behind Skin Color Preferences” (September 2013)

The Skin Deep Truth Behind Colorism By: Jonelle Henry Original post: emPower Magazine Ugh! That ugly phrase: “You’re pretty for a dark-skinned girl” should be banished from all future conversations. I admit, I haven’t heard this phrase said to me in a long time, but it still pops up every now and then and I …

“After Trayvon: Where Do We Go From Here?” (August 2013)

“After Trayvon: Where do We Go from Here?” By Saffie Kamara In August, Districtly Speaking held a town hall on the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin case and George Zimmerman verdict. Panelists for this discussion included Harrison Reed, sophomore, Towson University, Claritza Jimenez, TV & Digital Producer, Associated Press, DeShuna Spencer, Editor, emPower Magazine, Sean Taylor, Federal …

“Hot and Heavy: The Healthcare Debate” (July 2013)

By: Saffie Kamara Districtly Speaking and the Chronic Illness Foundation of America, Inc. held a joint town hall in July on a “Hot & Heavy” Healthcare debate. Panelists for this community forum included Lauren Jones, Esq. on Healthcare Legislation, Lisa Henderson, Psychologist, Vee Solomon, Chronic Illness Foundation of America, Inc. (CIFA) and Chronic Illness Advocate …

“The Born Identity: Ethnic & Cultural Identity in the U.S.” (April 2013)

By Saffie Kamara At the end of March, Districtly speaking concluded a  month-long discussion on ethnic and cultural identities in the United States. This forum included panelists who shared their stories as immigrants to the United States. Our panelists included, Clarita Jimenez, TV Producer, Associated Press, was originally from the Dominican Republic; Bobby Caina Calvan, …

“Wonder Woman! Progress of Female TV Roles” (March 2013)

By: Saffie Kamara In recognition of Women’s History Month, Districtly Speaking concluded our series with a month-long discussion on women empowerment. On March 25th, our town hall focused on the progression of female TV roles. Panelists included Shani Simpson, Museum Educator Local Artist & Blogger, Claritza Jimenez, TV Producer, Associated Press and Lauren Allen, Blogger. …