Victory at Indie Fashion Week

The final show of Indie Fashion Week was a victory.

Producer Harley Morgan and his team really gave the audience something to talk about and created a platform for new and indie designers to showcase their work.

This year’s show was held at the Dance Place Theater, a unique venue option which allowed all attendees a great view of the stage. The VIP attendees felt very important as they were ushered inside, escorted to the first four rows and given a swag bag filled with goodies including Emerge the Magazine.  The flashing lights and tripods of the many photographers in attendance snapping pictures gave the atmosphere the feel comparable to that of NY Fashion Week. Serving as Emcee, Mr.Morgan’s excitement was evident throughout the evening as he enthusiastically described the designs with clarity and spoke eagerly about all the designers. The timing of the designers showcasing their work was brilliant. The audience was entertained with brief skits about Prince and domestic violence paying homage to National Domestic Violence Awareness Month while dancers floated across the stage. The connection between Prince, the color purple, and domestic violence awareness was well blended. The lighting gave that theatrical ambiance. The audience felt very engaged and the wow factor was definitely in the air.

This was an overall amazing event and Harley Morgan is definitely one to watch as he continues to emerge in the world of fashion. We commend Harley Morgan and his team on having a successful third cycle of Indie Fashion Week and creating a platform for new and hardworking fashion designers. This week is a must attend.


Day 1 Month 1 of Emerge’s 6 Month Entrepreneur Challenge

It is time to embark on this 6 month journey of self discovery, growth, and at the end success.

Month 1: mnth-1-challenge

First tip on how to determine what you really want:

Realize It Is Okay To Be Selfish

It is hard to know exactly what you want in life unless you realize sacrifice comes with the territory. You will have to sacrifice your time and more. But remember you have to put yourself first.

Questions to ask yourself:

  1. What if I wasn’t tied down by my job?
  2. What if I didn’t have to do things for my family or friends?
  3. What would I be doing in this very moment?

Remember it is okay to put yourself first. No one else will. If you are not happy then you can’t make anyone else happy.



Enter this new world of sound with DEEPWATER HORIZON on September 30th.
[Newport News, VA] — September 21, 2016
The Extreme Theater at Paragon City Center 12 in Newport News, Virginia has been outfitted with Dolby Atmos®, an award-winning technology that breathes life into storytelling by allowing filmmakers the creative freedom to easily place and move sounds anywhere in the movie theater, including overhead, to make audiences feel as if they are inside the movie and not merely watching it.
“We are excited to add Dolby Atmos to our Extreme Theater in Newport News, which will now have the best screen, seating, and sound available.  Paragon’s Extreme Theater combines a massive state-of-the-art substantially brighter precision white screen, luxury electric recliners, and the immersive, multidimensional Dolby Atmos sound.  The combination of all three will provide our guests with the finest theater experience on the Peninsula,” stated Michael Whalen, CEO, Paragon Entertainment.
Dolby Atmos has become the preferred choice for next-generation cinema sound, with major studios, award-winning filmmakers, and exhibitors from around the world embracing its approach. Unlike traditional channel-based sound systems, which require filmmakers to think about the number and location of speakers, Dolby Atmos allows them to simply designate where in the cinema space each sound should be placed or moved to make audiences experience the movie as if they were within its world.
“With Dolby Atmos the audiences are no longer watching a movie, they are experiencing it,” stated Stuart Bowling, director of content and creative relations, Dolby Laboratories. “We are confident that moviegoers will go back again and again for the extraordinary experience that only Dolby Atmos can deliver.”
The Paragon City Center movie theater opened in May 2014 and features:
Electric Reclining Seats with Tray Tables and Footrests
Convenient Online Reserved Seating at
Two Restaurant Concepts—a Gastropub and Custom Pizzeria to Enjoy Before, During, or After Your Movie Expanded Concession Offerings, Including Beer & Wine
About Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos delivers moving audio—sound that can be precisely placed and moved anywhere in three-dimensional space, including overhead. It brings entertainment alive all around the audience in a powerfully immersive and emotive experience.

Since its introduction in the cinema in 2012, Dolby Atmos has been embraced by all the major Hollywood studios, dozens of Academy Award® winning directors and winning sound mixers, among others. To learn more about Dolby Atmos, visit

To learn more about Paragon Theaters, visit

Scott Statement on Labor Day

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WASHINGTON – Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) released the following statement to workers today in recognition of Labor Day, which is Monday, September 5th:

“Labor Day is a time to recognize the incredible achievements of hardworking Americans. It is also a time to acknowledge that far too many people are working harder than ever, but still struggling to make ends meet. America has made significant strides toward economic recovery, with 77 consecutive months of uninterrupted private sector job growth. But too many working people are still going without the basics – decent housing, reliable child care, and time off work to recover from illness or care for a loved one.

“It does not have to be this way. Ensuring that all Americans have the opportunity to make a decent life for themselves and their families is the central challenge of our time. Whether we rise to meet that challenge will define us for generations to come. That is why, together with 118 members of the House Democratic Caucus, I have championed a Working Families Agenda to boost wageshelp workers balance work and family, and level the playing field so that all Americans have a fair shot.

“This Labor Day, as we gather in backyards, parks and beaches all across America to celebrate with family and friends, let’s recommit ourselves to raising our voices in Congress and all across the country for change—because when American workers do better, we all do better.”


April is Stress Awareness Month – Tip 4

Tip 4. Exercise

Exercise is closely related to meditation since it gives an individual time to be alone with their thoughts, or an opportunity to let them go.

While it may seem counterintuitive to some people, exercise in almost any form can act as a stress reliever. Any activity from yoga, tai chi to aerobics can be part of a stress management plan. With the gentler forms of exercise, the benefits are clearing out the mind, and giving yourself a break while the more vigorous forms of exercise will typically take your mind off the day’s worries and make you forget about them. Instead the focus will be on your body’s movements and coordination. This can include anything from swimming to a fast paced game of tennis.

Overall, exercise busts stress by pumping up endorphins, and improving the mood.

April is Stress Awareness Month – Tip 3

Tip 3. Meditate

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Meditation, also known as mindfulness is a powerful way to relieve stress levels. Even on a hectic schedule, meditation done for as little as 15-20 minutes a day can help achieve this.

It is possible to meditate anywhere; simply clear out the mind, give yourself some silent time and let your thoughts run free. The purpose here is to refocus attention while eliminating any jumbled up thoughts that may be crowding the mind.

Oftentimes, mediation sessions may also require focus on breathing that can also be beneficial for calming the mind. Deep breathing does this by slowing the heart rate and lowering blood pressure.

The best part about meditation is that the benefits do not end with the session, but will help the individual carry on more calmly throughout the rest of the day.

April is Stress Awareness Month – Tip 2

Tip 2: Call a Friend

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a break to call a friend and talk about your problems. Good relationships with friends and loved ones are important to any healthy lifestyle, and there’s no time that this is more evident than when you’re under a lot of stress. A reassuring voice, even for a minute, can put everything in perspective.

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