While only slightly more than half (54 percent) of the District’s population is African American, 90 percent of the people under the supervision of D.C.’s Department of Correction are African American.

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Danny on Danny Harris

Danny Harris interviews Danny Harris.

Jim on Capitol Hill Books

In my years here, I have sold lots and lots of books. Overall, I mainly sell fiction, and mostly to women. Though, ...

Termaie on Giving Washington to His Kids

Today, I am taking my two older boys to their first real baseball practice. They have played T-Ball before, but nev...

Collins on Something to Think About

The only thing that gets me about checking IDs is that next year, people born in 1990 will be 21. Dude, are you kid...

Noble on Staying Connected to Foreign Places

My daughter was born on an American base, so she is American, but her place of birth is Baghdad.

D’von on Enjoying the Trip

If it's gonna happen, it's just gonna happen. You might as well enjoy the trip and let your hair flow in the wind.

Htar on Not Being Able to See Her Family or Country Again

Sometimes, I still don't know what happened to me. My life is like a bad dream. I just came to this country for thr...

Jan on the Vietnam Memorial

Everyone thinks the government built the Vietnam Memorial. But, in fact, we did it in spite of the government.

Mistress Domina Vontana on Power Exchange

People come to me to do all kinds of scenes that include things like rope bondage, impact play, which is everything...

Kymone on Failure Without Trying

We need to change our belief system. That is what I have been trying to do with my life.

Arnold on Spreading the Joy

Went to parties that never quit with plenty of liquor and I danced with all of the high society people.

Paula on Where Heroes Are Buried

My son was four months into his first deployment when he was killed by friendly fire on June 25, 2006 at the age of...

SPC Bryan Camacho on Saying, ‘Thank You’

During my third tour in Iraq, my Humvee was hit by an improvised explosive device on December 21, 2007.

Charles on the Power Center of the Universe

With all due respect to Chicago, New York and L.A., Washington D.C. is the best. Believe me, it's the truth.

Gunnery Sergeant Paulk on the Young Marines

A lot of these kids take the leadership and discipline and go on to prosper in other aspects of life.