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Archive - 2013

December 15th

Freeing Minds

Discouraging Recidivism by Encouraging Reading and Reflection

The young men, all African-American, file into the chapel. If their faces appear haunted, it’s not because tonight’s Halloween. Soon, books in hand, the young men are discussing parental responsibility, mental illness, addiction and its impact on families. A day later, sitting in a crowded office in NW, Maurice Beander recounts his life story. He too had once been in DC Jail, attending Free Minds Book Club (FMBC) discussions such as the one held the day before, which helped him to take a very different direction in life.

Maurice’s Story

Stephen Lilienthal is a freelance writer. 

Nationals’ Youth Baseball Academy Is More than State-of-the-Art Facility

Looking west from the second floor of the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, you can see the Washington Monument, Capitol building, and National Cathedral. Executive director Tal Alter regards the view as symbolic for a facility whose aim is to empower the youth of Wards 7 and 8. “There’s a lot going on in this city that extends beyond the few blocks where we grow up,” he said. “It’s one thing to talk about it, but it’s another to have kids see it for themselves.”

Pastors' Ministry Culminates with Trinity Plaza Groundbreaking

As the band played Sam Cooke's “A Change Is Gonna Come,” Living Word Church pastor Eugene Sheppard, his wife S. Patrice, and their project partners reflected on their 12-year journey to this point. On the spot that formerly housed the Atlantic Street Theater community members gathered for Trinity Plaza's groundbreaking ceremony. “It's because of the Sheppards' fortitude, their courage, their resilience, and their belief in a living God, that we are here today,” remarked Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry, a major supporter for the project.

DCTV Celebrates 25 Years

On Oct. 26 the Public Access Corporation of Washington, DC (DCTV) kicked off its 25th anniversary with the Illumination Celebration. While the event was a community affair, with live jazz music, food trucks and opportunities, for the crowd to record their own “Happy anniversary” video, it honored DCTV's past and future with its first Illumination Awards and college student video contest.

DCTV is located at 901 Newton St. NE, Washington, DC 20017. For more information call 202-526-9295 or visit http://www.dctv.org. 

December 14th

The Name Game

Out of Left Field

The professional football team that plays in Washington DC can’t seem to catch a break. It’s to the point where even some talking heads and analysts won’t even refer to them by the name that has been in place since the team’s inception 81 years ago. Not only is the team itself in disarray, but it is also in danger of losing its identity in the community.

The Name Game

Out of Left Field

The professional football team that plays in Washington DC can’t seem to catch a break. It’s to the point where even some talking heads and analysts won’t even refer to them by the name that has been in place since the team’s inception 81 years ago. Not only is the team itself in disarray, but it is also in danger of losing its identity in the community.

Life Behind the Veil at Howard University

E on DC

Sometimes I sit behind my desk at Howard waiting for Harriet Tubman to return. Would she risk her life one more time for me?  In an old PBS documentary, “Color Us Black” the novelist Claude Brown (author of Manchild in the Promised Land) challenged the values and existence of what was once the Capstone of Negro Education. Brown said if Howard didn’t turn around (whatever that meant), the place should be burnt to the ground and cotton planted for its economic value. I often thought Brown was crazy funny in that irreverent way Chris Rock can be at times.

Life Behind the Veil at Howard University

E on DC

Sometimes I sit behind my desk at Howard waiting for Harriet Tubman to return. Would she risk her life one more time for me?  In an old PBS documentary, “Color Us Black” the novelist Claude Brown (author of Manchild in the Promised Land) challenged the values and existence of what was once the Capstone of Negro Education. Brown said if Howard didn’t turn around (whatever that meant), the place should be burnt to the ground and cotton planted for its economic value. I often thought Brown was crazy funny in that irreverent way Chris Rock can be at times.