How Fragile They Are

Murals are fragile things. They bring vibrant color and life to what was once dead spaces. As the years and the weather pounds on them, their colors begin to fade. Or a new building will cover the damage and the narratives of the past. I’ve been noting the visual music of U Street and Shaw […]

Why a DC Democrat May Go Independent

Presumptive politicking can be a real turn-off. But in DC, it’s considered tradition and strategy. It’s assumed whoever wins the Democratic primary, wins the general election. In the upcoming mayoral race, that presumptive winner is Democratic Ward 4 Council Member Muriel Bowser. Her opponent is Independent Council-Member-at-Large David Catania (a former Republican) who, in terms […]

A Night at the Political Theater – NAACP DC Chapter’s Centennial Dinner

NOTE: This post has been UPDATED. See last paragraph. Last night I attended the Centennial Anniversary Dinner for the Washington, DC Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) at the Washington Hilton. I was invited by Andy Shallal (pictured with Councilmember-at-Large Anita Bonds), who’s considering a run for Mayor of […]

Should Andy Run? Washington, DC and the State of the Race

Early this morning, in the Langston Room of the Busboys and Poets 14th Street restaurant, the owner, Andy Shallal sat with friends from radio, journalism, communications, executive and former executive directors and board chairs of NGOs, non-profits and think tanks, political operatives…and me. With his signature peace mural that Andy painted himself in the backdrop […]