This irreverent world premiere set in Achievement Heights, Maryland follows Marquis, a book smart prep-schooler and Tru, a street savvy drop-out from inner-city Baltimore. Their worlds overlap in a holding cell where both are being detained. Tru observes that Marquis seems to have lost his “blackness” and pens a how-to manual entitled “Being Black for Dummies,” assuming the role of professor, courtship counselor, and hip-hop adviser. Marquis returns to school ready to make his mark as he and Tru continue to butt heads, debate, and ultimately prove that Nietzsche and 2pac were basically saying the same thing.
Find out what kind of programs, services and events are coming up at the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC)! Children, teens, seniors & adults are invited to attend. Meet THEARC's new Executive Director, Rahsaan Bernard and get a virtual tour of the new Phase III building directly from the architects!
Five years ago, my boss at the time and all things Southeast DC co-conspirator Nikki Peele (aka The Advoc8te) and I came up with the #SoutheastLove campaign to combat what felt like constant discrimination toward the quadrant in the formal and social media: all bad news all the time, rather than a more honest and balanced approach.
Powered with photoshop, some spare cash, and a couple hours to have a sign printed, we took the following day off of work to zigzag across DC's southeast quadrant and photograph as many of the amazing local businesses, arts institutions, residents, and community advocates as we could find. The one-day campaign, which turned into an annual event, got us a spot on NBC News, got the attention of the mayoral administration, and hundreds of others who joined in with their own signs, photos, and hashtags to celebrate Southeast.
It was a simple idea that didn't take much in the way of resources to execute, but it helped change perceptions of a quarter of the Nation's Capital that's all too often misrepresented and misunderstood. #SoutheastLove!
Hugs to my bestie David Garber for starting this #SoutheastLove journey with me FIVE years ago today! In case you don't know, David designed our sign in Anacostia and we got it printed in Capitol Hill and that was all she wrote! The best part has been seeing everyone print/make their signs and take pictures with them and showing all the great things to love about the SE quadrant. And while David and I are both sick as dogs today and couldn't hit the streets with our sign we did get together to take at least one picture on this special occasion (and then promptly coughed in each other's faces).
So while I am home, sick in bed my heart soars looking at #SoutheastLove pics from years past and seeing you out there spreading your community love one sign at a time! Please keep up the good work and remember, #SoutheastLove isn't just today but every day. There is so much work to do and we are the people to do it!
So here it is, our contribution to the 2017 Southeast Love Day. If you took pics please post/tweet and use #SoutheastLove so we can follow and retweet you!
P.S. If you want to follow our five year story just click the "SoutheastLove" tab under this post and read prior years posts including the incident that prompted #SoutheastLove in the first place. I would put together some links but I'm sick, and sick people don't want to do much other than cough. ;)
DPW helps community groups that organize Saturday neighborhood clean-up projects through the Helping Hand Program. The program will lend tool kits that include five rakes and brooms, two shovels, and 20 trash bags. A $20 refundable deposit is required for all tool kits loaned under the Helping Hand Program. Free compost will be delivered as well for use in neighborhood beautification projects.
DPW will send trucks to collect the bagged trash and a SWEEP (Solid Waste Education and Enforcement Program) inspector will collect the tool kit.
To receive an application for a Helping Hand tool kit for your neighborhood clean-up project, please call the Mayor’s Citywide Call Center at 311. When the clean-up date is confirmed by a Helping Hand Coordinator, a control number will be assigned for tracking purposes, the event will be added to the Helping Hand calendar, and the tool kit will be delivered.
Residents may pick up free compost between March and October from the Ft. Totten Transfer Station, 4900 John F. McCormack Drive, NE, Saturdays only from 8 am to 3 pm.
A concerned community resident posted the following photos to The Great Ward Eight Facebook page inquiring for some assistance with what is clearly a blighted and vacant building. Word on the street is that the tenants were forced to move years back and the building has fallen into further disrepair and has become a magnet for litter and trash.
Inquiring minds want to know who owns this building and what can be done to get it cleaned up ASAP?!
At the risk of sounding like a broken record this would not be tolerated west of the river and it shouldn't be tolerated here.
Including photos below courtesy of Robin McKinney.