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Josef on Making it Count

Working at an underground sex club taught me about hard work and humility. I got paid $9 an hou...

Bill on Finding His Birth Parents

I'll be 60 in November, but I feel like I am getting younger as time moves forward.

Beverly on Hand Dancing

Each dance style has its different rhythm and movements. In Baltimore, it is a little jerky. In...

Kim on Claiming Our History

"To me, it is incredible how Whitman spoke through the generations to people like Hughes, and s...

Sheila on Being Miss Senior DC

One of the funniest things about the pageant for me is that my maiden name is Queen. Would you ...

Jerry on Hearing Marvin Gaye on the Radio

Every Thursday night, me and some friends would join a bunch of other guys from Spingarn High S...

Donte on Being D.C.’s Ambassador to Street Dancing

I'll tell you, it's hard dancing in D.C. I don't mean that it's hard to do or nothing like that...

Sidney on Discovering His Love of Painting at 95-Years-Old

I can't believe that I am having my first art show at almost 96-years-old. Sometimes, I feel li...

Chad America on Bartending at the Black Cat

Chad America is not my given name, but it is the name I go by…it is my acting name. I got in ...

Spike on Going From Top Chef to Good Stuff

I was doing well up there and making a name for myself. At the same time, I was dirt poor and s...

Mike on The Loft

I have been into music since I was a little kid. My Dad was a big band singer so there was alwa...

Atilla on Learning from the Beatles

When The Beatles got on stage, the place went berserk. I never saw so many crazy people in my l...

Michael on Architecture

For me, architecture is sculptural. It is not a static thing. We have a great deal of responsib...

Allie on Creative Expression

Growing up in the suburbs of D.C., you need to have a lot of strength and know who you are if y...

Philippa on Bringing Venetian Canals to Washington, D.C.

A few years ago, I had this idea: how can I bring canals to Washington, D.C.? After all of this...

Damond on How Dogs Help Build Community

I see how much different things are for me now that I have a dog. Day-to-day, we, as citizens, ...

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