Media Advisory For Immediate Release February 18, 2020 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org | 202-421-5859
Party Politics US and hosts have selected a Georgetown location to show the documentary film, directed by Mignotae Kebede, What Happened 2 Chocolate City. The film will be shown to a limited audience at 6pm on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at the private L2 Lounge in Cady’s Alley, Georgetown. Joe Clair, morning host for WPGC’s morning drive show will moderate the conversation following the film.
“Georgetown has a rich history where Blacks were displaced by gentrification and the history is often forgotten. We see that happening today with yet another wave of gentrification displacing another generation of Black Washingtonians due to low wages, high rise buildings and exorbitant rents. It’s another form of discrimination.” Atiba Madyun, President of Party Politics US said.
The feature length documentary explores the rise and decline of one of America’s most prominent Black communities. Told through the lens of 3 generations of Black Washingtonians, John, Mike and Zarina, the film tracks four waves of Black displacement in the nation’s capital.
“When I moved here from California 10 years ago, I thought DC was a rich black city often referred to as Chocolate City. I quickly realized this wasn’t true. After college, my work in SE DC with young African American boys and girls made me reflect on my life in DC as a Black “gentrifier.” I came to realize that people are not only being displaced, Black culture and its rich history of the city is too. My film is a message for natives, transplants and government.” Mignotae Kebede, director of What Happened 2 Chocolate City.
“The L’Enfant Trust is happy to partner with Party Politics US and director, Mignotae Kebede to show a valuable part of DC history and encourage everyone to be a part of protecting, preserving the history of Black Washington.” Lauren McHale, President and CEO of the L’Enfant Trust.
To see the trailer for What Happened 2 Chocolate City visit https://youtu.be/z89PeSWWxZI
About the Film What Happened 2 Chocolate City is a feature length documentary, exploring the rise and decline of one of our nation’s most prominent Black communities through the narrative of three individuals. John, Mike, and Zarina, each represent a generational experience many Black Washingtonians faced over the past century.
Director, Mignotae Kebede is a native Californian and graduate of The George Washington University (GWU) dedicated to exploring the intersections between creative expression and social change. Working with African American boys and young men east of the Anacostia River, she developed the concept for the forthcoming film.
Party Politics US creates fun programs to amplify unheard voices by engaging people around topics like politics, religion, tribalism, culture and history to craft solutions. Visit www.partypoliticsus.com to learn more.
The L’Enfant Trust’s mission is to preserve and revitalize Washington D.C.’s neighborhoods through programs that connect residents to their collective history, protect the city’s architectural heritage and reactivate neglected properties within their communities.