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Dear RaeNewmanBlog Fam,
It’s been 3 long months of figuring out exactly where the glitch was, you see, I’ve been unable to post anything to the blog since August.  At one point, I was concerned that the blog would never have another post again, or that I’d have to start over and lose this blog completely.  But to know me is to know that even when I have a million things going on – I take one thing at a time & every “problem solved” or “issue put to bed” allows me to tackle the #NextThing.

And so, I appreciate the emails, the posts, etc.  It was great to hear from many of you, asking if (or when) I’d be back; and I didn’t know myself until a few days ago…..

Amazing events and opportunities have happened in the past few months, and I am soooo sorry that you guys missed some really, really great events.  But I am BACK finally, and looking forward to #Connecting you all with more great events and opportunities.

Events/opportunities you may have missed:

  • Aug 19 ~~ Ward 3 night at STC’s annual Free For All @ Sidney Harman Hall.  This year’s featured production was Othello, starring accomplished actor Faran Tahir (Star Trek, Iron Man, Scandal).
  • Aug 23 ~~ Startup Law 101, an amazing day of powerful panels, geared toward women entrepreneur’s – powered by The Beacon DC & hosted at Google DC’s HQ.
  • Sept 16 ~~ After a few years on hiatus, the return of one of my MOST favorite annual events – Jack Daniel’s “Arts, Beats & Lyrics (AB+L).” Formerly known as “Gentleman Jack’s AB+L” and now reprised as “JD Honey AB+L;” this event was held at Echostage.
  • Sept 18 ~~ #YoursTruly was invited to participate on the highly regarded “STORY Event Series: Lightning Talks” panel.  My talk was on “Engagement” – online, person-to-person, networking, branding, etc – how improving how we engage and understanding how important #AuthenticEngagement is.
    The STORY Event Series is powered by AEY Marketing & Events.
    #ShoutOut to my fellow panelist that evening: Tracy Betts (BID Agency)  ~  Kristian Bouw (NotionTheory)  ~  Charles Hilderbrant   (Museum of Science Fiction)  ~  Stephen Karp (IMG)  ~  Sarah Kaufmann (Author/WaPo critic)  ~  Corey Petree (Story Store)  ~  Sage Salvo (Words Liive)  ~  Jay Vilar (Nourish)  ~  Michael Wilker (HHS)  ~
  • Oct 9 ~~ “Domestic Violence Awareness through Arts & Dialogue” event hosted by Sisters Speaking Serenity @ Bus Boys and Poets in Brookland
  • Oct 19 ~~ A One Night Fall Revival with Pastor John Gray @ Greater Mount Calvary Baptist Church
  • Oct 27 & 28 ~~ TEDxMidAtlantic 2017 : Superpowers Conference @ Sidney Harman Theatre
    and more……

And #DontMiss the opening of DC’s newest museum, “The Museum of the Bible.”

Anyhoo, it’s soooo great to be back.  Let me know your thoughts, leave comments and keep sharing my blog posts with your networks!!  I’m so very thrilled that I’ll be able to #KeepConnecting & keep sharing amazing opportunities for years to come.

#BeAmazing & #ChangeTheWorld,
Rae Newman


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Cool “Disco” Dan Memorial Celebration
August 19, 2017
11 am – 2 pm
Service at 11:30 am SHARP
9:30 Club * 815 V St NW • Washington, DC 20001
Non-Tickets * Free Event

From Words, Beats & Life:
As you may know, we are gathering to celebrate the life of one of my close friends, Cool “Disco” Dan on Saturday at 9:30 Club. I would be very grateful if you could share this within your business and social networks. I hope to see you there yourself.

On Saturday August 19th, the 9:30 Club will open its doors for a public memorial service for DC’s own folk hero, Cool “Disco” Dan at 11:00 am. The service starts at 11:30 am sharp and runs for an hour. This is not a ticketed event, admission is free and space will be on a first come first serve basis. The 9:30 Club has generously donated its venue so the community can pay their respects and give their goodbyes to Dan. Even if the venue reaches capacity everyone will be accommodated who wants a moment to visit Dan’s ashes.

The service will be led by Go-Go legend Big Brother CJ with special guest speakers and music including DJ Flexx, Rare Essence featuring Jas Funk, Big Tony of Trouble Funk and surprises that will make Dan smile down on everyone.

Please come out and help give Dan a proper DC sendoff.
Mazi and The Words, Beats & Life Family

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Lily Eskelsen García, president of the National Education Association, plans to speak on what the Trump education agenda means for students and public schools at a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon on Friday, Sept. 8

Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m., with remarks beginning at 1 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session ending at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for Club members, who may purchase up to two tickets at this rate, and $39 for all other non-member tickets. Please click here to purchase tickets. For questions, please email or call (202) 662–7501. Tickets must be paid for at the time of purchase & tickets most likely will NOT be available at the door.

The NEA is the nation’s represents three million teachers and school employees who work in K-12 schools and higher education at U.S. public colleges and universities.

For more information, please visit the “NEA President Speaks” events page, on the National Press Club’s website.


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In his new book, Van Jones, host of the recurring primetime special The Messy Truth with Van Jones offers a passionate manifesto that exposes hypocrisy on both sides of the political divide and points a way out of the tribalism that is tearing America apart.

Join Van Jones for a conversation discussing the blueprint for transforming our collective anxiety into meaningful change.


Writers’ LIVE: Van Jones – Beyond the Messy Truth – How We Came Apart, How We Come Together

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 18, 7 p.m.

Location: The Brown Center, Maryland Institute College of Art,
1300 West Mount Royal Ave.
Baltimore, MD  21217

Purchase a ticket

Presented by Enoch Free Press & the Maryland Institute College of Art.

In his new book, Van Jones, CNN political contributor and host of the primetime special The Messy Truth with Van Jones, offers a passionate manifesto that exposes hypocrisy on both sides of the political divide and points a way out of the tribalism that is tearing America apart. He urges both sides to abandon the politics of accusation and focus on real solutions. The book includes resources – contacts, books, media, and organizations – for bipartisan bridge-building and problem solving.

Book sales by Mahogany Books (

Admission: $25 per person, includes a copy of Beyond the Messy Truth.

 All sales are final; no refunds will be given.

For information, call 410-396-5494.