Richard Wright Black Tie Gala Recap

Hey Cuties,

Last Saturday I got all cute and stepped out on the town solo. You know I do that from time to time, it builds character. That night I attended the Richard Wright 5th Annual Black Tie Gala at the Warner Theater in Washington, DC.  This was a fundraising event for the Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts. I so wish they were around when I was in High School, the name alone has MimiCuteLips written all over it.  One of the several celebrity hosts was none other than the extremely fine and talented Omari Hardwick who just so happens to be the star of the hit show POWER on Starz; more on that in a bit.

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Photo Credit: Richard Wright Public Charter School

Back Story: Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts for students in grades 8-12. They provide an environment that connects the students with classics and modern languages along with a curriculum focused on strong writing skills and vocabulary. Translation: They are teaching our next round of TV producers, actors, entertainers, visual arts, models and more.  Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts has been named one of the 41 most innovative schools in America!  This is the only journalism and media school in the area.

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Dope ice sculpture

I’ve always loved an ice sculpture; I need to get me one of these. They had a variety of art work on display that was done by the students. I’m telling you, they had all kinds of levels to their talents.

Richard Wright Gala Laz Alonso

Producer, Actor: Laz Alonso

DC’s own Laz Alonso kicked off the program. I’m so mad I missed out on meeting him. I so dig his style, he used to be on Verses & Flow, it was a spoken word show that I loved.  He is currently starring in NBC’s The Mysteries of Laura.  He talked about how it was not the “cool” thing to be in the arts when he was growing up and how he could have used a school such as this one to help him focus on his dreams.

That was followed up by a wonderfully talented young lady that did Spoken Word. OH MY GOSH!!! She was so freaking good. Here are a few words that stayed with me. “Silencing your voice out of fear is the worst kind of violence.” – Ms. Sheri Booker, Author & Poet

Richard Wright Gala Bre-Z

Rapper, Actress, Cast of Fox’s Empire: Bre-Z

Bre-Z, who plays Freda Gatz on Fox’s hit show Empire, was also in the building. She performed one of her songs from the show and spoke about the importance of supporting our kids in these films. Everyone isn’t cut out to be doctors; everyone doesn’t want to be doctors. We have to support our arts because they are always the first to go. As a creative type this event spoke to my heart.

Richard Wright Gala Omari Hardwick aka Ghost

Artist, Poet, Actor, Lead Role in Starz’s Power: Omari Hardwick

Not only is this man fine, he is so freaking smart. He is so tuned into where he was and what was going on. It was refreshing to hear him get real with us because you could tell it was come from a good place. From a place that meant something to him. His road to Hollywood wasn’t paved with gold; he endured his “fair” share of struggle.

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The students put on a fashion show with the PRISM Modeling Team. They were styled by a local store in Temple Hills, Maryland. They had a really cute black and white theme going on. They also had these really cute lace bunny ear headbands on. You can’t really tell from this picture, but I’m so going to get me one.  In addition to the fashion show the students shared a lot of their short films from ROXIE Film Productions. Some of them were stories they created and others were about legends in the industry. They did a really nice one on Oscar Macheaux; he was a Black author, film director and independent producer of more than 44 films. He is regarded as the first major Black feature filmmaker, and the most successful Black filmmaker of the first half of the twentieth century. He produced race films, silent films and “talkies” after the industry changed to include actors. I so didn’t know any of that prior to this event.

Richard Wright Gala Omari Hardwick aka Ghost - Michael Rainey Jr.

Artist, Poet, Actor, Lead Role in Starz’s Power: Omari Hardwick & Michael Rainey Jr.

Omari brought out his POWER co-host Michael Rainey Jr.; he plays the role of his son. Michael was recently in Barbershop 3 The Next Cut. He talked about mentoring Michael and how far he has grown since they started the show. It was great that the teens could see someone their age being successful in an industry they want to be in.

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Mi & Omari

This moment right here… yes GAWD! Omari smelled amazing, so much so I had to let him know. He told me he took a lot of showers. hahahahaha He also told me my haircut was dope. *BODY ROLL* I hope to see him again in a few weeks at the Essence Festival in New Orleans.

Richard Wright Gala Dr. Marco Clark

Founder/CEO, Dr. Marco Clark, Ed.D.

Dr. Clark thanked everyone for attending, supporting, the students and staff for all of their hard work.  He should be proud, the students did a great job.

Richard Wright Gala Be'La Dona

All Female Go-Go Band: Be’la Dona

DC’s hottest all-female band closed out the show. Be’la Dona, took the stage in their heels and all and I was here for it.


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Pop of color

I knew I was wearing a black dress so I wanted to punch things up a bit with accessories. Pink was my color of the evening.

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All dressed and ready to go.

My hair, my shoes, my sunnies and my handbag were the perfect pop of color ever. I got so many compliments. My shoes were a Nordstrom Rack find from my last trip to Miami.  My new hair color was a perfect match for my color choice.

Dress: Choies Shoes: Nordstrom Rack Hand Bag: Gucci Belt: H&M

Overall the event was nice, the meet and greet was a bit chaotic but I had a great time. I met some great ladies while we waited. I attend a lot of events, but I enjoy these types of events in a different way. They so need to bring me on board next year so I can help them out a bit.


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Article written by:

Mimi Robinson is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a wife and mother of two. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

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  1. kita bryant

    Tell my boo to take his hands off of you! Him so cute. Love this to see kids achieve things and to be able to put that energy into the arts is a good thing.

  2. Chrishelle

    What a wonderful night for a great cause. It is awesome that there is a school dedicated to children who have interest and talent for journalism and media arts. And I have to say you looked awesome. Loving those pink shoes. Too stylish.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Thanks Chrishelle, it was nice to see so many come out and support the kids and the arts. I can’t wait to wear those shoes again.

  3. Laura Funk

    Whoa! Love the quote about silencing your voice. What a great gala and fantastic message

  4. aly mashrah

    You looked so great! I really loved the way you styled your hair and your dress, too. Events like these are so fun to attend. I’m glad you had a good time!

  5. krysta

    Bre-Z is SO incredibly talented in Empire. It is one of my favorite shows. I hope she puts out some more music so that I can buy it! I’d love to see her go on tour too!

    • MimiCuteLips

      Krysta that show is taking her places for sure. She should totally ride out this rise to stardom. It is nice to see her give back in while on the rise.

  6. Alli Smith

    What an exciting night! You looked awesome. Love the pink! The ice sculpture is amazing and the fashion show looked like so much fun. Sounds like a great charter school for journalism and arts.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Thanks Alli, the ice sculpture was dope. I would have loved to watch see to the process. I wish there were more of these type of schools around.

  7. Chrishelle Ebner

    What a great event for a great cause. And you looked amazing. You were rocking those shoes. Love the whole look.

  8. Tia | Pennies In My Pocket

    Oh you will be the envy of many women after your encounter with Mr. Alonzo. I love that this school is training the next generation of creatives how to excel with their talent and passions. They are doing something right to be named in the Top 41 in the country for innovation.

  9. Franc Ramon

    It look like you had fun at the gala. I’m sure you also stood out with your great outfit.

  10. Joanae King (

    Star studded….and the TV stars look cute too! I’m loving your color pops!

  11. Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    This looks like such a fabulous event. It sounds like you had a great time. I love you chose a black dress and then added some fun with pink accessories!

  12. Kristy @ Mommy Hates Cooking

    What a powerful quote! I’m definitely writing that one down so I can keep it fresh in my mind. This looks like a great event for a great cause! Love, love, love your shoes and bag! The pop of color looks amazing with your dress.

  13. Donna Shana

    Great cause and you looked cute!!! Oh, heeeyyy Omari! LOL!

  14. Liz Mays

    Seeing Be’la Dona perform must have been great. I love the look you went with for the event! That splash of pink was a great idea!

  15. Kirstin N. Fuller (@thetravelindiva)

    I’m so jealous that you got that close to my Omari! #IJS Great recap. I knew nothing about this event until you mentioned it. I’m so going to steal that purse from you at some point. lol

  16. Toya

    Girl yaaasss!!! You looked cute standing next to MY boo lol! No seriously seems like a great event. I love when the youth are poured into and it is positive!

  17. Sarah

    Looks like a great time. Love the outfit!

  18. Angelic Sinova

    This looks like such a fun gala! I am in love with you dress. I really love how you adding little pops of color with your bag and shoes, so cute!

  19. Heather @ Kraus House Mom

    What an exciting night. You were wearing some fantastic shoes. I love the color. It sounds like a great school, good luck to those students. I’m sure they have great futures ahead of them.

  20. Chasing Joy

    This sounds like an amazing event. Omari!!! Girl 🙂

  21. Bijee

    That couldna been me with Omari the picture would have been of him resuscitating me from fainting. That is one fine specimen of man. Dear gawd!

  22. April Mims

    This sounds like a great event and a great school. I love seeing more non-traditional schools that develop the special talents of students.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Yes April I agree with you. Everyone isn’t cut from the same cloth. We need to change things up a bit and meet them where they are and still teach them to be great.

  23. Katherine G

    This looks like an amazing event. This school looks great! I wish there were schools like this down here in Georgia. You looked fabulous! I love your outfit.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Thanks Katherine, I so hope the concept catches on and it become a thing. So many kids would benefit from it.

      Thanks hun.

  24. Bonnie @wemake7

    That is so awesome that you got to experience that. I love your shoes you wore!

  25. markandkate8

    A great fundraising event for a great cause! You look so stylish in your outfit. And yes, you’re right, your accessories were a great pop of color to break the color of your dress.

  26. Stephanie Pass

    What a great cause! It looks like you had a great time, and I LOVE the shoes!

  27. heather s-g

    What an awesome event to attend, love all the pics. And ohmahgawd – those shoes!

  28. Robin Ruehrwein

    This looks like such a great event and cause. Young people living out their dreams is just amazing.

  29. Nikka Shae

    What a good cause and fab event! I’m loving the pink.

  30. Tanay

    That’s amazing that the celebs came out for the kids! Yassssss for being so close to Omari! I would’ve had to let him know he smelled good too! LOL

  31. Jonna

    I’m sorry was there an event going on? I got a little distracted by Omari lol

  32. Sheena

    Those fringe heels are giving me life! I was watching Wendy Williams today and she mentioned that wearing black shoes with a black dress is so predictable. I agree and love that you went with a bold shoe and accessories.

    I really wish I had gone to an art school or two or three, lol. I would have loved it. What an incredible event to keep the dreams of our little ones alive.

  33. Eva

    You looked amazing! Love. Love. Love those shoes! Looked like it was a fabulous night for a great school 🙂

  34. Kate Nox

    That event looks really cool, but I just adore the way you dressed for it! Those shoes! 🙂

  35. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen

    That looks like such a fun event. And YOU! You rock that outfit girl. Love love those shoes!

  36. Wildish Jess

    Love those shoes! Looks like you had a great time!

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