The W Hotel Host NNPA 2016 Torch Awards

The National Newspapers Publishers Association [NNPA] held its annual Black Press Week at the W Hotel in Washington, DC from March 9-11.


The NNPA is an organization that host over 205 black owned and operated publications. Every year the publishers of these numerous publications throughout the U.S. convene to collectively celebrate and organize during Black Press Week.

Last year the organization celebrated 75 years in existence founded by John H. Sengstacke, publisher of the Chicago Defender.

The current President and CEO is Dr. Ben Chavis and publisher of the Washington Informer in Washington, DC, Denise Rolark – Barnes serves as chair.


Chair, Denise Rolark Barnes, publisher, The Washington Informer

The honorees this year included highly accomplished Black men and women making positive contributions to their community.

Dr. Lonnie Bunch, founding director of the National Museum for African American History and Culture, Thomas A. Moorehead, first African-American owner of a Rolls-Royce franchise, Melanie L. Campbell, president, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and Charles F. Bolden Jr., 12th administrator of NASA.


Thomas A. Moorehead, owner of Rolls – Royce and BMW of Sterling among other things
Dr. Lonnie Bunch, founding director, National Museum of African American History and Culture
Melanie L. Campbell, president, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation

Spotted at the awards Dr. Julianne Malveaux.


As always, here is dinner:

Arugula, Bacon and Radish Salad tossed in a Vinaigrette Dressing
Pan Roasted Salmon atop a Squash Puree in a Beet Reduction
Sweet Potato Tart with Roasted Marshmallows and a Caramel Drizzle

After the awards ended, on the other side of the rooftop was the after party for the White House State Dinner where President Obama hosted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Of course it was a private party and my invite got lost.

Until next time check out quick Shots of the luxurious W Hotel:




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