Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010
“My whole family was raised out in SE. I grew up all around the DMV, and loved hearing stories about my parents and my aunts and uncles growing up and living here. The stories gave me a love for the city and made me recognize that this is a city unlike any other.
“One little story I remember was about my Mom being raised out on Atlantic Street. She likes to talk about how when they built the Eastover shopping center in Ox Hill, Maryland, they used to call it Little New York because of all of the lights and action. I mean, can you imagine seeing that place and thinking of New York? But they did. It’s funny to hear that story especially now that I have been living in New York for a little minute.
“New York is dope and all, but you are always going to be from where you are from. I will always be from the DMV. That defines how I talk and how I give off energy. D.C. is a city with its own vibe. I guess it is a savviness. It is that urban snap that makes us different from everyone else. Not everyone in this city may recognize it, but if you were born or raised here, you can feel that there is something about this city that makes us different. It is hard to describe, but if you are from here, you don’t need to. You just know.
“If I had to describe it, though, I would say that D.C. is the people and places that come together to create a city like nowhere else in the world. You have so many things that are ours and belong to us. I feel so proud that people from all over the world can look to something like go-go music and the museums and know that it comes from my city. There are so many incredible talented people here and I hope to be one of those people. In my life, I want people to say, ‘Oh yeah, that’s Lindsay. She helped to put D.C. on the map. She is representing.’”