A New Generation Reflects on the Genius of James Baldwin

The prolific and prophetic author James Baldwin first published a collection of essays in 1963 titled “The Fire Next Time,” compiling his thoughts about a year in American history that included Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and the bombing of a Black church in Birmingham which resulted in the tragic deaths of four little Black girls preparing for Sunday school. [read more…]

U Street Funk Parade Showcases Spirit

May 11, 2016 WI Webstaff 0

U Street’s annual one-of-a-kind celebration returned with a fair, parade and music festival. The 2016 Funk Parade stormed through the historic corridor on Saturday, May 7, with new art installations and activations, performances and an estimated 70,000 participants.
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Top Area Entrepreneurs Feted in San Francisco

November 11, 2015 Stacy Brown 0

Three District area entrepreneurs have been invited to Yelp’s headquarters in San Francisco to represent the Greater Washington Area as being among the 100 top-rated businesses in North America. Northeast D.C.’s &Pizza, Southeast’s District Doughnut and Peg Leg Vintage of College Park were invited to the Coast-to-Coast: Coming Together Because We Mean Business meeting in San Francisco on Nov. 4 and Nov. 5.
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Storytellers Take to the Mic in Ward 8

Story District returns “East of the River” with its monthly program that teaches volunteers the intricacies of storytelling and then gives them a chance to display their prowess at the microphone. The sessions, which kicked off in October, resume on Thursday, Nov. 5 and continue on Dec. 3, Jan. 7 and Feb. 4, in the Uniontown Bar and Grill in Southeast [2200 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.]
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Hinton Battle Serves Up Dance, Family Fun

D.C. native Hinton Battle has made his mark on Broadway with credits that include leading roles in “The Wiz,” “Miss Saigon,” “Chicago,” “Dreamgirls” and “The Tap Kid.” Now, the three-time Tony Award winner, who attributes his successful career to always maintaining a serious work ethic, will sponsor a daylong event on Saturday, Oct. 17, in association with nationally-respected choreographer Sonia Dawkins, that will offer dance, food and fun for all.
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The Clarice Gets ‘Intimate’Award-Winning Play Arrives at UMD for 1-Week Run

October 8, 2015 Stacy Brown 0

She lives in boarding house sewing intimate apparel for a range of customers in New York City. Esther, an African-American seamstress, saves all of her earnings with the hopes of opening a beauty salon for black women in the pre-Depression era of 1905 where those of color were still very much feeling the affects left by slavery and living the reality that they are seen as lesser.
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