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D.C. Dems Rally for Victory

November 6, 2012

A victory rally for the D.C. Democratic National Committee was held Sunday evening, November 4, 2012, hosted by D.C. Democratic National Committeeman and Councilman-at-Large Vincent Orange, along with D.C. Democratic Committeewoman Estell Mathis Lloyd and D.C. Democratic State Committee Chair Anita Bonds.  With the crowd chanting VICTORY, the standing-room-only banquet room at Tony Cheng’s Restaurant was full of energy and enthusiasm shouting “Mayor for Life” when Councilman Marion Barry took the podium.

Marion Barry and Vincent Orange (Photo by: Stacey Lincoln) Marion Barry and Vincent Orange

Motivational speeches to elect a straight Democratic ticket on Tuesday from the local to the national level were delivered.   Voting for D.C. Council Chair Michael Brown was also encouraged, as his political colleagues referred to him as a “Democrat at heart” and an “independent Democrat.”

Councilman Jack Evans, Councilwoman Yvette Alexander, Councilman Michael Brown, Councilman Marion Barry and Councilman Vincent Orange encouraged everyone to vote Democrat on Tuesday. 

Estell Mathis Lloyd and Anita Bonds pointed out that Romney is waging war on women and that women should protect their rights over their body, as well as equal pay for equal work. 

Vincent Gray (Photo by: Sacey Lincoln) Vincent Gray

US Senator Michael D. Brown reported that he asked President Barack Obama to support DC Statehood and he agreed to it.  Brown stated that if Obama is re-elected to a second term that DC citizens can hold Obama to his word and finally achieve DC Statehood. 

Mayor Vincent Gray spoke enthusiastically about what he and the D.C. Council have achieved and the goals for 2013.  D.C. has a budget surplus of $140 million.  In 2013, the parking pilot program and rezoning of the city will be hot topics.

United States Representative Nate Bennett-Fleming (Ward 8), who gave a rousing speech, was described as a rising political star” by D.C. Councilman-at-Large Vincent Orange. 

Orange ended the evening by reminding everyone that they must first believe they are a winner themselves and to go out on Tuesday and vote as a winner.

Marion Barry, Yvette Alexander, Jack Evans and Vincent Orange (Photo by: Stacey Lincoln) Marion Barry, Yvette Alexander, Jack Evans and Vincent Orange

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Carl Reiner Receives Honorary Degree from Georgetown University

October 24, 2012

Georgetown University President John DeGioia (Photo by: Georgetown University President John DeGioia

Carl Reiner was honored Tuesday at Georgetown University for his comedic genius. In a full academic ceremony at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, Calif., he received an honorary degree (Doctor of Humane Letters).

Reiner was a student in the 1940s and studied French with other soldiers at the School of Foreign Service as a part of the Army Specialized Training Program before being shipped out to the Pacific. He says his “biggest triumph” as a comedian was when he impersonated his professors in a Christmas show he was asked to put on in Georgetown’s Gaston Hall. There are photos of soldiers at Georgetown during this time that you might like, I'll also have photos of him in cap and gown late tonight.

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Michael Andrews Bespoke Opens Oct. 24

October 8, 2012

Michael Andrews (Photo by: Michael Andrews

New York’s premiere custom clothier, Michael Andrews Bespoke (MAB) is opening October 24th here in D.C. Specializing in slim-fit suits, shirts, tuxedos, sports coats, trousers and overcoats, MAB cuts to clients’ precise measurements and finished to the company’s exacting standards.

MAB was launched in 2006 with the vision of crafting high-end yet approachable menswear with a modern flare.

Michael Andrews Bespoke studio is located at 1604 17th Street, NW.  

Appointments will be available Monday through Thursday from 11 AM to 6 PM beginning October 24. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 202.350.9001 or emailing

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