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The John Lewis Music Experience

Posted in Black Men, Black Men In America, Events and Annoucements, Music with tags , on April 13, 2014 by Gary Johnson

John Lewis

By Gary A. Johnson

The foundation of the J. Lewis musical experience starts with guitarist and vocalist John G. Lewis.  John has developed a unique and innovative sound and style of guitar playing which integrates guitar and synthesizer; allowing him to create unbelievably rich musical orchestrations. Combining his silky smooth voice and his linguistic prowess, he has assembled an intriguing repertoire of Jazz, R&B, and Brazilian grooves, which he performs in English, French, and Portuguese.For as much as John is passionate about the performance, John is a perfectionist about the fidelity of the sound and acoustic impact of the music.  John recently played at a function for our family and friends and won a new group of fans who had never experienced his unique style of music.  Click here to visit John’s official website and sample the J. Lewis music experience from his latest CD.

Nick Cannon, Honda and the Best Yourself Campaign Sends A Positive Message

Posted in African Americans, Black America, Black Interests, Black Men, Black Men In America, Diversity, Events and Annoucements with tags , , on August 25, 2013 by Gary Johnson

Nick Cannon

Honda launched a new television and digital advertising campaign this week in support of the 2013 Civic. Targeting millennials, the ‘Best Yourself’ campaign celebrates diversity and the drive to achieve success through non-traditional paths.

“We believe that things can always be better and this sentiment can be seen in the numerous improvements we made to the 2013 Civic. Honda made the best-selling compact car in the U.S. even better,” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president of auto operations at American Honda Motor Co., Inc., “The emotionally compelling and multi-layered ‘Best Yourself’ campaign is built on this foundation of continuous improvement by celebrating individual’s achievements towards personal greatness. We look forward to seeing how consumers exemplify this through the #BestYourself social community.”

The campaign’s message is incorporated across digital platforms and initiatives that include a ‘Best Yourself’ social campaign that encourages audiences to share their hopes and plans for taking their lives to the next level using the hashtag #BestYourself on Honda Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

For more information about the ‘Best Yourself’ Campaign, please visit:

Sisters Start Fundraiser To Help Their Brother with MS

Posted in Black America, Black Interests, Black Men, Black Men In America, Events and Annoucements, Health & Fitness with tags , , , on March 25, 2013 by Gary Johnson


By Gary A. Johnson, Black Men In

We are John’s sisters. We are asking for your help to raise money to pay his medical bills associated with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

John was in training to be a professional football player. His dream! And now that dream is put on hold.

While at work, he experienced pain in his right foot. After a little while, it went away. The next day, he experienced that pain on his whole right side. This time it was more severe. His right side was numb, from his head to his foot. He could no longer stand or walk. His balance was completely gone. His tongue was swollen, which resulted in slurred speech. His vision was blurry and at times, he had double vision. He was admitted into Southern Maryland Hospital. He has never experienced this type of illness before.

After the initial observation, he was transferred to Georgetown University Hospital because we were told they are very good at this type of illness. However, they didn’t tell us what that illness was! The doctors did a CT scan, MRI, heart monitor, spinal tap, and a complete blood work. His diagnoses is multiple sclerosis (MS). This disease is not in our family. He is scheduled to see a neurologist April 1st to receive his medication and further information on how this illness with affect him and us for the rest of his life.

We are raising monies to help him with medication, hospital bills, neurologist visits and physical therapy he needs. He does not have medical insurance. He’s trying to go back to work earlier than what the doctors have told him because he is concerned with the hospital bill. Stress is the silent killer and he was told to keep his stress level down.

I’ve known John Williams for years.  He is one of the finest young men I’ve ever met.  He is of strong moral character and is a hardworking young man and productive citizen.  John hopes to be able to return to work in a few weeks and has already started reorganizing his life.

Your help will give him the peace he needs to stop worrying about the hospital bills and other bills associated with MS.  Whatever amount you give will be deeply appreciated.

Click here to donate and learn more:

Organized by: Salena and Taalibah Muhammad

The Art and Drama Therapy Institute’s 8th Annual Concert Is A Must See Event!

Posted in African Americans, Black America, Black Interests, Black Men, Events and Annoucements, Health & Fitness with tags , , on October 16, 2012 by Gary Johnson


WHO:  Beyond Mask Expressions presents The Art and Drama Therapy Institute’s 8th Annual concert featuring the Institute’s Inspirational Choir and Moroccan Ensemble.

WHAT:   The performance will include a duet with Brian Slaughter and Yahzareh performing “At Last.”  “Marvin Gaye” will be performed by Kevin Christian.  The Inspirational Choir and Moroccan Ensemble will also perform songs that have been recorded by Lou Rawls, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Edwin Hawkins, James Cleveland and Chuck Brown.

WHEN: Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 7:00 pm

WHERE:   The historic Lincoln Theater, 1215 “U” Street, NW, Washington, DC  20009

Tickets to the concert are free and can be picked up at the Lincoln Theater box office.

The Art and Drama Therapy Institute (ADTI) is a medically supervised, therapeutic day treatment center for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  The institute’s innovative approach for the care and treatment of adults with these disabilities through the use of art, music movement and drama therapies along with innovative behavior management techniques, has been hailed by the President’s Committee for People With Intellectual Disabilities and The Washington Post as “a national model.”

The media are invited to attend.

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Broadway Theaters Educate Starts The Season with “Sister Act”

Posted in Black America, Black Interests, Comedy, Events and Annoucements with tags , , , , on April 3, 2011 by Gary Johnson

Broadway Theaters Educate (BTE) in partnership with Group Sales Box Office, was originally established to keep the arts and cultural events alive by taking first time theater goers, African-American youth, senior citizens and veterans of the theater from the Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia areas to Broadway.  Due to overwhelming success, we are now taking groups from Philadelphia and Delaware to Broadway to capture the BTE experience.

Come join us and see “Sister Act” on Broadway, produced by Whoopi Goldberg.

Watch the video below to learn more about the Broadway production of “Sister Act” on Broadway and see some of the changes made for this Broadway production.  “Sister Act,” is a funny and musically enchanting play that is appropriate for all age groups.  Check out the video below to learn more.

Experience live theater with us! 

Click here to see our schedule and learn more about Broadway Theaters Educate (BTE).  Or visit our official web site at


“Sister Act” Review

By Gary A. Johnson

You probably know the story.  For those of you who are not familiar with Sister Act, here’s the story.

When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in one place the cops are sure she won’t be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with the with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood.

I went to the premiere of the preview of “Sister Act” on Broadway. I did not think I would like the show. Boy was I wrong. This is a GREAT show that will run for years. The cast was great and the music had me toe-tapping throughout the entire play.

Before the play, we had dinner at B. Smith’s of New York and had the opportunity to meet the fabulous B. Smith herself.

See you at the theater!

Eugene Robinson Wins Pultizer Prize

Posted in Barack Obama, Black Men, Events and Annoucements with tags , , on April 22, 2009 by Gary Johnson


Congratulations! Eugene Robinson Wins Pulitzer Prize

Eugene Robinson of The Washington Post and MSNBC won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary Monday, but the newspaper’s lone award represented a much smaller haul than the six it earned a year ago.

Robinson received journalism’s top prize for his columns about the presidential campaign of Barack Obama, the first African-American to win the nation’s top job. Robinson, a former foreign correspondent and assistant managing editor for the paper, also is black.

You can read the 10 winning columns by Eugene Robinson online at The Washington Post web site:

Coming To D.C. For The Inaugural?

Posted in Barack Obama, Events and Annoucements with tags , on January 9, 2009 by Gary Johnson


If you are coming to Washington, DC for the Inaugural Celebration navigating throughout the city will be a challenge. The city is expecting an unprecedented amount of visitors in the city during the Inauguration of Barack Obama. This historic event marks an exciting new chapter in our nation’s history.

Click here to visit a web site that will facilitate your movement around the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

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