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Danny on Danny Harris

Danny Harris interviews Danny Harris.

Michael on Being Down for Da Struggle

I remember my first experience with violence. I was seven or eight and playing outside of my house. There was this ...

Tracy and Josh on Fighting for D.C.

I used to work in the Maryland State Legislature, and people there felt like they could progress up the ladder and ...

Troy on Running out of Gas

As we were running, my friend and I got split up and the white car chased me down to Clay Place. By the time they p...

Judith on Changing Her Heart

As a child, I always felt like something was missing in my life. I grew up the only child with a mother who worked ...

Howard on Keeping on a-Comin

I am one guy with a cowboy hat and a good looking horse fighting this drug war against an elephant. I am inspired b...

Tony on Being the Mayor of Congress Street

I can fix any car out there. If it has four wheels, I can take it apart and put it back together. Now, I work by my...

Isaac on Getting the Best and Worst of D.C.

I made a decision to leave the neighborhood and never move back after my sister was murdered in 2002 by her boyfrie...

Andrew aka Padre Caedes on Live Action Role Play

When people ask me about live action role play, I describe it as football...with weapons. This is a place where you...

Pasquale on Streets Paved with Money

Here, we could have taken some lessons from Mussolini on how to handle the Mafia during my early years in D.C.

Sarita on Moving on

That last lock up was a real trip. You would not believe who my bunkmate was? Martha Stewart! I was in West Virgini...

Sidra on Raising Your Kids Right

I tell you, Southeast ain't nothing but corruption. I don't want to live or raise my children here. It's like every...

Lt. Vines aka Coach Moe on Keeping Kids on the Straight and Narrow

Sometimes, I think that I was preordained to be a police officer.

Donald on His Grandfather, Levi Wright

The history that I am particularly fond of is that of my grandfather, Levi Wright. He didn't talk about his people ...

Abdullah Muhammad on Being Reformed

It's nice to see all of these other food trucks in the city these days. They are welcome to stay, as long as they s...

Willette on Taking Back Her Neighborhood

When we talk about violence in our communities, a lot of it comes from these kids with no hope or opportunities. Ev...

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