Michelle Obama announces new book tour moderators & Stacey Abrams delivers
Michelle Obama announces new book tour moderators & Stacey Abrams delivers
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February 06, 2019
Elijah Cummings Offers Financial Aid, Obama to Host Steph Curry and John Legend, and Xavier Becerra Responds to SOTU
SOTU TONE OF UNITY? He tried it. He fell short. Donald Trump spoke for 90 minutes Tuesday night. He suggested that investigations into his conduct pose a threat to national security, touted the supposed need for his border wall, and attempted to unite a divided GOP. He did not declare a national emergency. Nor did he make any mention of furloughed workers or address the thousands of migrant children his administration separated from their families. WE’LL BE WATCHING… For some of the policy initiatives he rolled out including combating HIV, childhood cancer, and stabilizing the country’s global footing. THE DEM RESPONSE… Had a very different tone. More on that below. GUN VIOLENCEThe House Judiciary Committee will, for the first time in eight years, hold a hearing today on gun violence prevention. OVERSIGHTHouse Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) is holding a hearing today on the Democrats’ big reform bill, which targets corruption in campaign financing and expands voting rights. What’s on the docket for tomorrow? Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer. 2020 VISION… Former TX Congressman Beto O’Rourke told Oprah he was leaning toward a presidential run and would make a final decision by the end of the month. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) will hold an event in Minnesota on Sunday to announce whether she will run for president. DUKE IT OUT… Former Grand Wizard of the KKK, David Duke, endorsed Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s (D-HI) presidential run. She rejected his endorsement and support. SORRYThat’s what Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is saying, again, but now for identifying herself as Native American for almost two decades. I GOT A BOOThat’s what Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) said during a Tuesday interview on Power 105.1's nationally syndicated radio show, The Breakfast Club. So who is this Booker bae? Last we heard, it’s Rosario Dawson -- though the 2020 contender did not confirm. HOW FUNKY AND STRONG IS YOUR FIGHT? Break out your red leather zipper jacket. It’s time to Beat it. We’re kicking off your Wednesday with this...
  • Lawmakers intro bill to combat housing discrimination.
  • Michelle Obama announces new dates and moderators for second leg of Becoming tour.
  • NM Governor Michelle Luján Grisham pulls troops from the border.
  • Congressmen Rubén Gallego (D-AZ) and Will Hurd (R-TX) want to protect NATO.
  • Stacey Abrams and Xavier Becerra deliver scathing SOTU responses.
  • Ford Foundation names a new VP. Read to the bottom!
  • Catch The Beat DC’s Tiffany D. Cross on CNN today at 2P.
2020 Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro speaking with Univisión’s Jorge Ramos for an interview in San Antonio over the weekend.
2019 School Counselor of the Year finalist Desiré DeSoto with 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) last week.
Elijah Cummings Aims to Help Financial Aid Process for Students Who Have No Contact with Their Parents 
Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD)
is hoping to improve access to financial aid for students who don’t have contact with their parents. He introduced legislation on Monday intended to ease the financial aid application process for these students, and provide an incentive to complete the entire process and enroll in higher education. The FAFSA Fairness Act would allow students who do not have contact with their parents, or who meet other criteria established by educational institutions, to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as “provisionally independent” students. Currently, these students must undergo a “dependency override” at each institution they apply to before they are able to be considered for financial aid. This process can be extremely time-consuming and a barrier to college access for students with these difficult personal and financial circumstances. "Students who have escaped abusive homes, have been abandoned, have parents who are incarcerated, or who have other special circumstances that limit contact with their parents should have the same opportunities as their classmates who have not faced these obstacles,” Cummings said. “Instead, these students frequently abandon their goal of attending college because of the often long and complicated process of applying for student aid.  This bill will help prevent our financial aid process from continuing to be an unintended barrier to higher education.” Cummings was joined in introducing the bill by MD Democrats Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes. The legislation would simplify the process to apply for and receive federal student financial aid for students who do not have contact with their parents. MD Democratic Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen will introduce companion legislation in the Senate. More here.

Lawmakers Intro Bill to Prevent Housing Discrimination 
Dem lawmakers introduced legislation that they say would give home loan regulators and fair housing advocates the information they need to hold banks accountable for discriminatory or unfair lending practices. The Home Loan Quality Transparency Act would restore the requirement that loan quality criteria are made publically available by any lender issuing a significant number of mortgages and home equity lines of credit each year. For many Americans, housing discrimination is a fact of life. Redlining and other policies and practices have contributed to a widening in the Black-white homeownership rate gap over the past century, despite legal protections. Women and people of color frequently face tougher roads to home ownership and obtaining mortgage loans across the country. And yet last year, Congress voted to roll back consumer protections that held lenders accountable for discriminatory mortgage and lending practices in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act -- which brought significant changes to financial regulation. Many Americans are still feeling the pain of the financial crisis, particularly communities of color who were targeted by predatory lenders. Minority borrowers were even worse off because they disproportionately received riskier, more expensive loans. The legislators argue this bill would help level the playing field. The bill was introduced by Democratic Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (NV), Kamala Harris (CA), Cory Booker (NJ), Tammy Duckworth (IL), Bob Menéndez (NJ), Elizabeth Warren (NJ), Dick Durbin (IL), Maria Cantwell (WA), Dianne Feinstein (CA), Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), Tina Smith (MN), Chris Van Hollen (MD), and Ron Wyden (OR). More here.

Bill Promotes Small Business in Indian Country
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)
introduced legislation last week to expand entrepreneurship in Indian Country by promoting small business development in tribal communities. Entrepreneurs in Indian Country often face unique start-up challenges such as difficulty accessing business loans, federal restrictions on leasing and other activities on tribal trust lands, and proximity to cities since many tribes are located in highly rural areas. The Native American Business Incubators Program Act would create a competitive grant program in the Department of the Interior’s Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development to establish and maintain business incubators that specialize in assisting Native-owned small businesses to navigate those unique challenges. "When Native small businesses succeed, they create more jobs, strengthen their communities, and expand opportunity across Indian Country," said Udall, the Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. “Native entrepreneurs can face unique regulatory and financing barriers.  My bill will provide essential tools to help Native American start-ups develop an effective business plan, cut through red tape, and gain access to the capital they need to grow small businesses and local economies." More here.

Sirius XM’s Jess McIntosh, One Day at a Time’s Justina Machado, and Sirius XM’s Zerlina Maxwell on Sunday in NYC.
Senator Bob Menéndez (D-NJ) and his granddaughter Evangelina on Capitol Hill last month.
Rubén Gallego and Will Hurd Want Congress to Protect NATO
Donald Trump has repeatedly spoken out against NATO, especially critiquing the amount some allies contribute. He has even reportedly threatened to pull the U.S. from the alliance. Congressmen Rubén Gallego (D-AZ) and Will Hurd (R-TX) on Monday introduced a Joint Resolution that would prevent any U.S. suspension of, termination of, or withdrawal from NATO unless and until Congress is consulted and gives its approval for such a move. The legislation -- which they introduced with Representatives Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) -- would also require the notification to Congress within 48 hours of any effort to suspend, terminate, or withdraw from NATO; require an affirmative two-thirds vote in the Senate or Act of Congress to approve any decision to suspend, terminate, or withdraw from NATO; and authorize Congressional counsel to defend Congress’ rights, powers, and authority as expressed in the above provisions. “NATO is and will remain a critical force for deterring Russian attempts to corrupt western democracy and for permanently underwriting U.S. and allied security. There is no more comparable collection of capable, coordinated, and effective nations at preserving the common defense than this alliance,” said Gallego. Hurd added, “NATO has contributed to the peace and prosperity of North America and Europe for 70 years. Just as NATO has stood with us time and time again, we must always stand with them.” The resolution is companion legislation to a bipartisan Senate resolution introduced earlier this month. More here.

Doris Matsui Proposes Legislation to Stop Trump Admin from Rolling Back Fuel Economy and Vehicle Emissions Standards 
Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA)
introduced legislation on Tuesday which she says would preserve fuel economy and vehicle emissions standards that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save drivers money at the pump. The Clean and Efficient Cars Act would codify the EPA and the Department of Transportation (DOT) standards that were created in 2012 for light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas emissions and Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) for model years 2021 to 2025. The 2012 standards were created as part of an agreement between the agencies, auto manufacturers, labor, environmental groups, and interested states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase fuel efficiency. But in March of 2017, the Trump administration announced that the EPA and DOT would be revising and weakening the standards. This bill would prohibit the agencies from creating loopholes in the standards, thus blocking the Trump Administration from weakening them. “The Trump Administration is trying to take us backwards in our fight to tackle the climate crisis by rolling back these critical fuel efficiency standards,” said Matsui. “I won’t let that happen. These standards protect the air we breathe, our health, and our pocket books – saving consumers nationwide an estimated $75 billion in fuel costs. Congress must take action to preserve these important standards that spur innovation in emission reduction technologies and the auto industry.” More here.
Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) on Sunday with his dog Abbot.
CBS News’ Tanya Rivero Warren, Leslie Sánchez, and Giovanna Drpic on Sunday at CBS News studios in NYC.
Stacey Abrams and Xavier Becerra Deliver SOTU Responses
Following Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, former GA gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra delivered the Democratic responses. Abrams sharply criticized Donald Trump for the recent partial government shutdown, calling it "a stunt engineered by the president," and argued that the aspirations of American families "are being crushed by Republican leadership that ignores real life or just doesn't understand it." The longtime voting rights advocate also warned that voter suppression is "real" and described protecting the right to vote as "the next battle for our democracy." The 45-year-old is the first Black woman to deliver a SOTU response -- highlighting the important role Black women play in elections and politics. Becerra, who delivered the first-ever live Spanish- language response, criticized Trump's "obsession" with building a border wall. He said Democrats would reject any "foolish proposal" to channel emergency funds to construct a border wall. "The idea of declaring a nonexistent state of emergency on the border, in order to justify robbing funds that belong to the victims of fires, floods, hurricanes, and droughts, to pay for the wall is not only immoral, it is illegal," he said. Since becoming the Golden State’s AG, the former Congressman has sued the Trump administration 45 times -- more than any state Attorney General has sued a presidential administration. He also called on more Hispanic voters to participate in upcoming elections. "Believe me, we can tear down walls and open doors with our hands, what's more, we already have," he said. "With your votes last November, you changed the composition of Congress." As we previously reported, Hispanics will be the largest racial or ethnic minority group in the electorate for the 2020 election, according to a new analysis from the Pew Research Center. Watch their addresses here.
Barack Obama Will be Joined By John Legend and Steph Curry for MBK Event
Former President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Alliance will have its first national convening in Oakland later this month, which they are calling MBK Rising! POTUS44 will be joined by NBA player Steph Curry and artist/activist John Legend, among others, for the event to celebrate the achievements of organizations and communities leading the way in reducing youth violence, growing impactful mentorship programs, and improving life outcomes for boys and young men of color. The event, which will take place February 18th-20th, will include a town hall with Obama and Curry. Mainstage sessions will also cover masculinity and the role women and girls have played in this work and the importance of narrative and storytelling. The event marks the fifth anniversary of the initial launch of My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative started by Obama following the death of Trayvon Martin, which is now part of the Obama Foundation. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and San Francisco Mayor London Breed are co-chairing MBK Rising!’s host committee as part of their My Brother’s Keeper Oakland and My Brother & Sister’s Keeper San Francisco initiatives. More here.
Michelle Obama Announces New Tour Dates and Moderators
Former First Lady Michelle Obama is kicking off the second leg of her book tour on Friday and has announced a new round of moderators who will join her on the road to discuss her New York Times bestseller, Becoming. The first 2019 stop takes her to Takoma, WA, where she will be joined by Late Night host Jimmy Kimmel. From there, she will head to Portland, OR, where she will be joined by Phoebe Robinson -- a writer, stand-up comic, and co-host of the podcast that became an HBO series, 2 Dope Queens, with Jessica Williams. For her Phoenix, AZ stop, she will reunite with close friend Valerie Jarrett -- the former senior advisor to President Barack Obama and close friend of Michelle -- who will moderate the February 12th tour stop. “I’m thrilled to get back out on the road for this final round of events at home and around the world, and I can’t wait to continue these conversations in new cities and with such extraordinary moderators,” Obama said in a statement. “For me, this tour isn’t just about discussing my memoir—it’s about all of us understanding ourselves and our stories, taking comfort in being together and celebrating our own becoming, no matter where in that process we might be.” Some of the domestic cities she’ll visit this round include Cleveland, OH; Austin, TX, Atlanta, GA; and Nashville, TN, among others. FLOTUS44 is also going global, with planned stops in Oslo, Norway; Montreal, QC; London, UK; Paris, France; Stockholm, Sweden; Amsterdam, Netherlands; and Copenhagen, Denmark, among others. Moderators for the remainder of the tour, which is produced by Live Nation, are expected to be announced soon. We’ll keep you posted. In its first week on sale, Becoming sold more than 1.4 million copies. According to Amazon Charts, the memoir was the "most sold on Amazon across all formats for 47 consecutive days," which is the longest streak since Fifty Shades. Another book briefly took the top spot on day 47, Amazon said, but Becoming returned to No. 1 and has stayed there practically ever since. See the full tour dates here.

Mauro Morales and with wife, UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía, at a Georgetown University basketball game last month in DC.
Singer Gladys Knight with NBC News’ Craig Melvin last week in Atlanta.
Michelle Luján Grisham Rebukes Trump; Pulls NM National Guard from Southern Border
Rejecting Donald Trump’s claims that there is a national security crisis at the border, NM Governor Michelle Luján Grisham on Tuesday ordered most of the state’s National Guard troops to withdraw from the border. The former Congresswoman has directed a smaller subset of National Guard troops to instead help in areas that have asked for humanitarian aid assistance with migrants and asylum-seekers. And Luján Grisham called on fellow Governors from Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Wisconsin to pull out their troops as well. “I reject the federal contention that there exists an overwhelming national security crisis at the southern border, along which are some of the safest communities in the country," said the first Democratic Latina Governor. "However, I recognize and appreciate the legitimate concerns of residents and officials in southwestern New Mexico, particularly Hidalgo County, who have asked for our assistance, as migrants and asylum-seekers continue to appear at their doorstep." More here.

Federal Judge Rules Puerto Rico Can Restructure Debt 
Puerto Rico received approval on a plan to restructure $17 billion of debt from their Sales Tax Financing Corporation, known as COFINA, making this the second deal between the island and its creditors to win court approval. Judge Laura Taylor Swain, who is presiding over Puerto Rico's bankruptcy case, called the plan "a significant step on the path towards Puerto Rico's financial recovery, economic stability, and prosperity." This will save Puerto Rico $17 billion in interest and principal payments over the coming decades. WSJ reports that the settlement is tied to a negotiated split of the sales taxes pledged to COFINA that releases 46% of the money back to the government -- about $456 million a year that bondholders would have otherwise received. The island is trying to restructure about $120 billion of debt and pension liabilities. "Puerto Rico has taken an important step toward its total financial recovery," Governor Ricardo Rosselló said in a statement. "This represents more than $400 million annually that will be available for services in critical areas such as health, education, pension payments, and public safety, in compliance with other obligations." More here.

NEA President Lily Eskelsen García and DNC Chair Tom Pérez on Tuesday going into the House chamber for the State of the Union -- both guests of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and her SOTU guest Ana María Archila -- the NY activist who confronted then-AZ Senator Jeff Flake in an elevator over Brett Kavanaugh -- walking into the House chamber.
Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios Scores Court Victory
Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios scored another victory on Monday when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Comcast and Charter’s motion to dismiss his multibillion-dollar civil rights lawsuit against them. Allen asserts that the cable operator's "refusal" to enter into a carriage contract with the programmer was racially motivated. The decision does not mean a court has concluded Charter did discriminate, only that the allegations were sufficiently plausible for it to go to trial. The case now proceeds to trial unless it is settled beforehand. “Every American, elected official, civil rights organization, and the Department of Justice should be offended that the largest cable companies in the U.S. pursued a legal defense that the First Amendment allowed them to discriminate against ANY American,” Allen said in a statement after the ruling. Regular Beat readers will recall that a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in November rejected Charter's motion to dismiss the suit and remanded it back to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California for further proceedings. This week's decision forecloses an appeal to the full Ninth Circuit, so next stop for Charter would be the Supreme Court if it chooses to appeal again rather than go to trial. Allen and company filed a similar suit against Comcast, which the decision also allows to go forward since they were based on the same argument. Allen is a comedian, producer, and mogul, who has made no secret of his ambitions to turn Entertainment Studios into a Hollywood powerhouse. His content production and distribution company has more than $1 billion in assets, including the recently acquired Weather Channel. More here.

NYT Adds Correspondent
The New York Times has added Zolan Kanno-Youngs as a Correspondent, covering homeland security, immigration, and border issues. He most recently was a Reporter at the Wall Street Journal, where he wrote about gangs, NYPD SVU, the job market for ex-convicts, and more. He was also a General Assignment Reporter for the Greater New York section. Prior to joining WSJ, Kanno-Youngs reported for USA Today, The Boston Globe, and The Cape Times in Cape Town. He’s also the Director of the short film, Jahar, which premiered at the 2016 TriBeCa Film Festival. The 2016 Northeastern University graduate starts his new role on February 25th, and will be based in DC. More here.
Medium Names a Senior Tech Editor 
Micah Singleton
is joining Medium as a Senior Tech Editor. In his new gig, he’ll oversee tech coverage for the platform and commission original features, columns, and essays. Singleton was most recently a News Editor at The Verge, where he was in charge of the tech news operation, and also served as a Reporter covering music, technology, and culture. Prior to that, he was a Senior Writer and Contributor for The Daily Dot. His articles have also appeared in TIME, Yahoo, Gizmodo, Mashable, NBC News, Today.com, ReadWrite, and CNBC, among other outlets. More about him here
96.5 The Buzz radio host Jordin Silver and Congresswoman Sharice Davids (D-KS) last week in Kansas City.  
Civil rights icons Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) and former U.S. Ambassador to the UN Andrew Young at the Super Bowl in Atlanta over the weekend.
Ford Foundation Names VP for U.S. Programs
Maria Torres-Springer is joining the Ford Foundation as its new VP for U.S. Programs. She is currently the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the nation's largest municipal housing agency. Torres-Springer previously served as President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), where she created and advanced transformational projects, including the re-imagining of Spofford, a former juvenile detention center in the Bronx as a hub for the arts and affordable housing. Before that, she was the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Small Business Services; EVP and Chief of Staff at NYCEDC; a Senior Policy Advisor at the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development & Rebuilding; and the COO of Friends of the Highline. The Yale University graduate also holds a Master’s from Harvard University. “I am deeply honored to join the Ford Foundation at this critical moment in the organization’s work throughout the United States,” said Torres-Springer. “Across eight decades, the foundation has invested in the people, ideas, and institutions that fight every day to reduce poverty and injustice. I look forward to contributing to this mission and joining the immensely talented team at Ford.” She begins her new role in May. More here.

Center for American Progress Names EVP 
The Center for American Progress (CAP) has promoted Daniella Gibbs Léger to EVP. She was previously the SVP of Communications and Strategy, where she led CAP’s communications initiatives. Prior to joining CAP, Gibbs Léger was a Special Assistant to former President Barack Obama and Director of Message Events in the Obama administration, where she was charged with planning and executing the president’s official domestic events. The University of Virginia graduate previously served as VP of Communications at CAP and as Deputy Director of Communications at the DNC, and worked at the National Newspaper Publishers Association and Sony Music. More about her here

Thursday, February 7th, 12-6PCongressman Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) will host the first annual Dominicans on the Hill, a day at the U.S. Capitol where Dominican Americans from communities around the nation will attend workshops on issues ranging from immigration, education and the workforce, the U.S. economy, and trade. DC. Click here for more information.
Thursday, February 7th, 5P: Donna Brazile hosts "The State of Black America" with NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson, a spirited discussion regarding the state of race relations, civil rights and voting rights in this country today. Interdisciplinary Research Building (IRB), Multipurpose Room (1st Floor), 2201 Georgia Ave. N.W., DC Click here for more information.
Friday, February 15th, 10A: The Brookings Institution hosts a conversation with Stacey Abrams, “Race and political power in the United States.” Abrams will discuss the increasing political power of African Americans after the 2018 elections. She will be joined in conversation by The New Yorker’s Jelani Cobb. Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue N.W., DC. Click here for more information
Saturday, February 16th: The Association for the Study of African American Life and History’s 93rd Annual Black History Luncheon. Washington Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth Street, N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Thursday, February 21st – Sunday, February 24th: The Power Rising Summit, a space for Black women to turn their power into action and create an actionable agenda. Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, LA. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, February 27th - Saturday, March 1st: Black Women Talk Tech presents the 3rd annual Roadmap to Billions 2019 Conference, the only annual tech conference created exclusively by Black women founders for Black female founders and their supporters. Union West, 535 West 28th Street, New York, NY. Click here for more information
Thursday, February 28th - Sunday, March 3rdThe Women of Power Summit, a professional leadership conference designed especially for executive women of color. Confirmed speakers include Valerie JarrettStacey Abrams, and Merary Simeon, Diversity Vice President, Pepsico, among others. The Mirage, 3400 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, March 6th, 5:30P: The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) will honor Congresswoman and former NALEO President Sylvia R. García with the 2019 Edward R. Roybal Award for Outstanding Public Service at the organization’s annual NALEO Gala. Marriott Marquis Hotel, 901 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, March 6th - Thursday, March 7th: The ninth annual International Women’s Day Forum: The Equality Opportunity, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues at the U.S. Department of State. The event gathers the business community, civil society, and government representatives to advance progress, partnerships, and prosperity through gender equality around the globe. Actress, singer, and philanthropist Keke Palmer will keynote. U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H Street, N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Friday, March 8th - Sunday, March 17th: SXSW 2019. Featured speakers include Co-Founder of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Priscilla ChanCongresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI); and Endeavor's Bozoma Saint John, among others. Austin, TX. Click here for more information.
Thursday, March 14th, 8A-3P: The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Health to address emerging health issues, developments, challenges and opportunities in the healthcare sector. Newseum, Summit Knight Conference Center, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Saturday, March 30th: The 50th NAACP Image Awards, celebrating the accomplishment of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature, and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. The Dolby Theater, 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA. Click here for more information.  
Monday, April 1st - Tuesday, April 2nd: HACU 24th National Capitol Forum on Hispanic Higher Education. Washington Marriott at Metro Center, 775 12th St., N.W. Click here for more information.
Tuesday, May 14th, 7P: APAICS 25th Anniversary Awards Gala Dinner to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The evening honors Asian American and Pacific Islander leaders, both current and pioneers, and recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations that continue to politically empower the AAPI community. 1000 H Street, N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
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