The First Declaration of Human Rights By Cyrus The Great Persian King On Exhibit In Awesome Washington, D.C.

Cyrus Cylinder

As a Persian/American entrepreneur who lived, found, and  worked for various hot and successful DC tech startups like Yurie Systems (acquired by Lucent for $1.23 B),  telezoo.com (the top 5 B2B in the world), and as the founder of awesomize.me, I’m proud to let you know the world’s first human rights declaration, is on display for the first time in the United States. Starting with our awesome DC through April 28 at the Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery, then  in Houston, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Read more of this post

Did I Get My Thanksgiving Story Right?

After 27 years of living and working in awesome Washington, DC area, this is my first thanksgiving in Tehran with my Iranian family and friends. I did my best to explain the thanksgiving story to everyone at the dinner table. At the end, one of my cousins raised a smart question and I really didn’t have a good answer.  She said “Let me get this right….” The white people from Europe “discovered” America and decided to migrate and settle there. Right?

I said “Yes”

Shortly after their migration, the white people faced strong resistance from the native people, the Indians. Right?

I said “Yes” Read more of this post

A Washington, DC Dallas Skype Gay Marriage Tale

Thanks to the power of VoIP, a gay couple have over ruled Texas’ ban on gay marriage by marrying over Skype. The gay couple, Mark Reed and Dante Walkup used skype to link to Washington DC, where a registrar conducted the ceremony.

I guess the clip says it all 🙂 so, no further comment. Congratulations to Mark and Dante and may they always be as happy together 🙂 Read more of this post

Gone for a month! Viva Barcelona! Please vote wisely next month

I’ve tried to keep my distance from politics on Awesome DC, but my conscience prevents me from ignoring this untold story. Perhaps, if I didn’t have a personal connection to it, I wouldn’t bother with this blog post, which also involves US foreign policy and next month mid-term election. PLEASE vote wisely. We can’t afford having another Rumsfeld and Cheney.

Before I begin with the story, I want you to all know that I’ll be on the other side of the Atlantic starting this coming Monday till Nov 23rd. I’ll be visiting a few countries, as well as my hometown Shiraz, and my family. I will offer my condolences and respect to the family of a dear friend I recently lost, who is also part of the story, and will finally be chilling in Barcelona with some cool high school and army friends. In the meanwhile, I’ll continue with my blogging and will be working on our next venture, Awesomize.me, dependent of course on the type of internet access I’ll have in the VERY remote areas I will be staying at.

So please, keep your Tech and Washington DC stories coming via our contact us page. We have four people reading your emails and stories, so rest assured, one of us will post it on the website. Read more of this post

George Clooney Back in Washington D.C. to raise awareness about Sudan

George Clooney is in Washington, D.C. again to continue his attempts to raise concerns about a possible political division in the Sudan that he and others believe may lead to more civil war in the troubled nation. In advance of a closely watched January vote on a referendum that could divide north and south Sudan, he is reportedly meeting with Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) as well as President Obama; he’ll also make a presentation this evening at the Council on Foreign Relations, where Celebritology will be on the scene. Read more of this post

Second Annual “Walk This Way” Charity Fashion Show

Help Becky’s Fund fight against domestic violence

Last year’s **Walk This Way** was the first event of its kind in the DC area as having the first over-the-pool runway fashion show in DC!

The signature event was an evening to remember as the best of DC fashion was modeled by the best in DC …sports and brought together celebrated philanthropists, celebrities, and community members to raise awareness of domestic violence.

Matt Landsberg, founder and owner of Eric Finn, the luxury men’s clothier, agreed to showcase his collection, modeled by local professional athletes, including current and former Washington Redskins Clinton Portis, Jason Campbell, Gary Clark; and Bryan Namoff, Devon McTavish, Ben Olsen, and Santino Quaranta of DC United. Read more of this post

Awesome Washingtonian of the Day Aug 22, 2010 – No. 4

Name: Becky Lee
Live in: Awesome DC
Originally from: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Profession: Running Becky’s Fund
What I love about DC area the most: The diversity of people from all the world being able to share their cultures, experiences, and beliefs, how everyone has an opinion about something, the vibe of living in a melting pot with the mix of a metropolis and its small town feel Read more of this post

Give it up Cons! Gay marriage is here to stay in Washington, D.C.


In a setback for traditional marriage advocates, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., struck down a challenge to the district’s same-sex marriage law. On the same day, Argentina became the first country in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage.

Yesterday, the court in D.C. ruled 5-4 against opponents of the 2009 law, which legalized same-sex marriage in Washington, D.C. Opponents had wanted to repeal the law, which took effect in March, by placing an initiative on the ballot asking city voters to define marriage as between one man and one woman. City officials opposed the attempted ballot measure, saying a district human rights law bars initiatives that would authorize discrimination.

Also on Thursday, Argentina’s senate approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. Read more of this post

Miss Sierra Leone Washington DC Boosts Girl Child Education



A patriotic female Sierra Leonean from Washington DC, Miss Natasha Beckley who has bagged Miss Sierra Leone Washington twice in 2008 and 2010 respectively has pledged her support to boost girl child education through her projects call ‘Sisters Supporting Sisters’ which she formally launched at the Paddy’s Beach Bar last month.

According to her, every year she will raise 14 million Leones to give scholarships to girls as part of her contribution in the promotion of girl child education in the country. Read more of this post

Remembering Neda



June 20th, 2010  was the one year anniversary of Neda Agha Soltan death,  my 26-year-old fellow Iranian country woman who was shot to death  on a Tehran street in the unrest that followed Iran’s disputed election in June 2009.

I am begging my fellow Washingtonians and the rest of the world not to forget about Neda!

Although Neda, whom her relatives described as non-political, was killed on a quiet street and was not participating in any political rally when she was shot, she became an instant symbol of the anti-government movement when a video of her death was shared on social networking sites. Read more of this post