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Online events to enjoy at home - Week of 5/11/2020

During this time I know a lot of us are spending more time at home in an effort to combat the spread of the Coronavirus, COVID-19. Many businesses, brands, and entrepreneurs are offering events that you can enjoy at home! Each week I'll round up online events you can attend to help you "live & love" better from the comfort of your couch! If you would like your online event featured in this list contact me at Let's try to make the best of this situation and continue to "live & love!"

Monday, May 11th (last day!)

Read-Along Mondays with Michelle Obama

Join former First Lady Michelle Obama for a read-along at 12pm EST. You can watch on Facebook at PBS Kids and Penguin Random House.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Get in Motion with tWitch and Allison!

The American Heart Association is sponsoring a dance party and you are invited! Get moving with a live streaming party starring celeb dance expert couple Sir tWitch Alot and Allison Holker. Tune in at this link at Noon CT/1pm EST. #MoveMore

Monday, May 11th - Thursday, May 21st

Filmfest DC at Home

DC International Film Festival is pleased to present a virtual series of films, Filmfest DC at Home, to our many patrons and friends. Here's an opportunity to see films you may have missed in previous Filmfest DC programs.Viewing is free-of-charge and films include recent audience favorites as well as some surprises. Filmfest DC at Home offers the quality of innovative and entertaining films you have come to appreciate during their annual festivals. Check out the films at this link.


Virtual Writing Hour with the National Portrait Gallery

Join the National Portrait Gallery for a virtual, creative writing hour! The goal is to create a virtual space where writers can create, connect, and draw inspiration from the Portrait Gallery's online exhibitions on Google Arts and Culture. Bring your own happy hour beverage of choice and write with them. They will provide writing prompts, and you are also welcome to bring your own writing project-in-progress. You will write for about 30 minutes and end each session with a brief discussion or reading. The writing hour starts at 5pm EST and you can register at this link.

Tuesday, May 12th

WeWork: Regaining Balance in the Workplace

Psychologist Ayanna Abrams and business strategist Stephon Braithwaite-Martin team up with WeWork for a lunchtime session on how to reclaim a sense of mental balance at work in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics will include how to battle burnout, adapt, and build resilience for yourself and create strategies that prioritize wellness for your team. The discussion starts at 11:30am ET and you can register at this link.

Wednesday, May 13th

Free Webinar: Strengthening your EQ (Emotional Intelligence) through the Enneagram

With all of the uncertainty going on right now, there’s no better time to start becoming a better leader. One way you can do that is by strengthening your Emotional Intelligence (EQ) through the Enneagram, which are personality types. Learn more about the Enneagram at this link.

Everyone develops coping mechanisms to deal with the difficulties and disappointments of life - and this has been exacerbated with the additional stress of COVID-19. But if left unattended, these auto-pilot coping strategies can undermine our influence and relationships.

With this Enneagram webinar hosted by Five Capitals, we’ll help you take a deep dive into these coping mechanisms to help you understand how different people are wired. Once named and understood, you will be empowered to move towards the best version of yourself and intentionally build healthy relationships as you grow as a leader. Register at this link.

Thursday, May 14th

Virtual Story time: Don’t Let Auntie Mabel Bless the Table

Listen to author and illustrator Vanessa Brantley Newton's delectable celebration of food and family. Learn how traditions and rituals bring us, and keep us, together.

Auntie Mabel and her family and friends have gathered for their big Sunday dinner and can't wait to dig into a delicious, mouthwatering meal. Before they can begin, Auntie Mabel starts and doesn't stop blessing everyone and everything she surveys: the yams and Brussels sprouts and the table and chairs! Story time begins at 1pm EST and can be viewed on the Reginald F. Lewis Museum Facebook page at this link.

Friday, May 15th

Oprah Winfrey Virtual Commencement Address For Class Of 2020

Facebook will celebrate America’s graduating seniors with a live-streaming event that will include a commencement address by TV mogul Oprah Winfrey! Miley Cyrus will perform along with Lil Nas X. There will also be appearances by actress Awkwafina, the most decorated American gymnast Simone Biles and actress Jennifer Garner. #Graduation2020: Facebook and Instagram Celebrate the Class of 2020 will kick off May 15, at 1 p.m. ET. To watch the multi-hour live broadcast on Facebook Watch click this link. Congrats Graduates!

Saturday, May 15th

Barack Obama Commencement Speech for the Class of 2020

Former President Barack Obama will be holding a televised graduation event for the high school class of 2020. "Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020" will be a 1-hour multimedia event featuring several guests including LeBron James, Malala Yousafzai, the Jonas Brothers, Yara Shahidi, Bad Bunny, Lena Waithe, Pharrell Williams, Megan Rapinoe, H.E.R. and Ben Platt. The event is being hosted by XQ Institute, The LeBron James Family Foundation and The Entertainment Industry Foundation. You can watch at 8pm EST on the following channels and platforms: U.S. ABC News Live, Bleacher Report, California Music Channel, CNN, The CW, FOX Business Network, FOX News Channel, FOX Now, Freeform, The Roku Channel, The Washington Post, and Univision (which will air a Spanish-language simulcast of the show), ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC, Complex Networks, Facebook App, PEOPLE, SiriusXM, TikTok, Twitter, and YouTube.


Kennedy Center @ Home

Enjoy free videos of extraordinary live and on-demand performances and educational activities to do at home, with new releases daily. Click on this link to enjoy!

Free virtual therapy session through the The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation

Actress Taraji P. Henson has started a campaign to help black people, who are disproportionately affected by COVID-19, access free therapy during the outbreak. Those seeking telehealth can register for a free virtual therapy session via the foundation’s website, or text Nostigma to 707070.

National Museum of African American History & Culture Digital Resources Guide

Explore, learn and engage with the National Museum of African American History and Culture through their numerous digital resources. Check it out here.

Alvin Ailey All Access

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is bringing performances to the online audience at home. Watch Ailey All Access Monday, March 30th at 7pm EDT for the first screening. Check out their page for more info.

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