THE FOUNDERS

Lovail M. Long, Sr. is a Playwright, Producer, Mentor and the Co-Founder of DC Black Broadway. Lovail is a pure example of how you can start from the tough streets in SE Washington, DC, use your creativeness, insightfulness and drive to do anything you set your mind to. Having Integrity was a major message that resonated with Lovail as a young  and it groomed the way he represented himself, as a son, as a father, as a friend, in business, in love and in life. Lovail life story had some bumpy roads, leading him to where he is today, but with the bumps, he gained all the tools necessary to bring you amazing stories that are sure to keep you entertained.

Lovail had been preparing his entire life for this moment, becoming an Entrepreneur at the age of 21.   He owned businesses such as “Mom & Son’s Restaurant,” in Durham, NC, “Bodaego Records and Entertainment Company,” in Suitland, MD, where he managed rap groups, bands, boxers and actors.  He then opened “Bodaego Sports,” in Suitland MD, he partnered with his wife Angelique Long and opened “Laicez Shoe Boutique,” in Mitchellville, MD, and also opened “Boogalou Green Lounge,” in NC.

Lovails' creativity started to blossom at the age of 36 when he wrote and produced his first film “Hood Related.” Lovail spent years working extremely hard on developing his creative writing skills, as he began his journey to becoming a Playwright and Producer. In 2017, Lovail partnered with Vernon O. Williams III and Salahuddin Mahdi, combining their strengths in writing, directing and producing, creating DC Black Broadway. This elevated Lovails' appetite for writing and producing stage plays. In March 2018, Lovail co-produced “What Your Man Won't Do” stage play, which sold out the Lincoln Theatre, featuring a celebrity cast.

 

2018 ended with a blast! Lovails’ freshman playwright and producing project “The Giz-Go Go Musical” made history. It was the first stage play ever at any MGM Casino properties worldwide, setting the precedence for future stage plays. The Giz Go-Go Musical sold out to its biggest audience to date with over 3000 people in attendance. The Giz-Go Go Musical Stage Play won 3 Awards for Play of the Year.

Lovail is also a Mentor for the Youth Advocate Program “YAP,” where he works with At Risk Young Men in the Washington DC area.  Lovail loves the city in which he was raised and he is actively giving back to his community by uplifting, developing and inspiring men, using himself as an example.

Salahuddin Mahdi, is a Playwright, Author and Co-Founder of DC Black Broadway. As the youngest member in DC Black Broadway, Salahuddin love for writing became a priority for him. He choose to spend his time developing his craft and learning the theater business, while perfecting the art of playwright. Salahuddin's motivation was always to make his family proud. His favorite quote is, “Being a young man from the inner city, where there is nothing but trouble to get into, I am happy to say I choose to be great and to do better.”

Salahuddin is best described as always enjoying a good laugh among family and friends.  Salahuddin is a DMV native who represents and identifies with millennials. Salahuddin has spoken on many platforms, including online, radio, and TV in hopes to reach his peers and to share his success story that if it can happen for him, it can happen for anyone. 

 

Salahuddin began his Literary Career by authoring “Against All Odds” and “Politics as Usual.” Salahuddin partnered with Lovail M. Long, Sr. and Vernon O. Williams, III, and Co-Founded DC Black Broadway.  Salahuddin was blessed to be a Co-Playwright, making his debut with The Giz-Go Go Musical, which won local and national awards, three to be exact. Salahuddin is currently working on his next book, True to My Religion, along with new and exciting stage plays and dinner theater skits.

 

Stay tune--Mr. Mahdi is just starting--the sky is the limit. His motto -- “Giving Dem Hope University – GDHU.”

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