Political relations between Persia and the U.S. began when the Shah of Persia, Nassereddin Shah Qajar, officially dispatched Persia's first ambassador, Mirza Abolhasan Shirazi, to D.C. in 1856.

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Danny on Danny Harris

Danny Harris interviews Danny Harris.

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 Norfolk, the foot p...

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 School on the corner ...

Annie aka dj vANNIETY Kills on Creating a Diverse Dance Floor

To me, the diversity is so important because I grew up in a very traditional Vietnamese home. I had a long progress...

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 like this is happening...

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 back in 1999. We wer...

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 life. You couldn’t ...

Dan on Seeing Washington from a Piano Bench

I always thought that I was going to be an actor. Music was very easy to me, so I didn’t respect it. I moved to D...

Melvin on Filling Nothingness with Hope

Everyday, I deal with so many young people of color who have not been bred. They were born, but not bred. They don'...

Edmund on THEARC

Do you know how many times I have been told that THEARC is the best kept secret in the city? Despite the progress h...

Elaina on the Capitol Steps

You know, no kid sits in elementary school and says, ‘When I grow up, I am going to be a political satirist.’ I...

Chuck on Being the Godfather of Go-Go

I still got the fire, the desire, and I am getting hired. Ain't no need to retire.

Charles on Preserving D.C.’s Jazz Legacy

I was stunned that the nation's capitol and the city that basically invented jazz did not have a jazz festival.

Alison on Batala

Music is, without a doubt, the international language. It transcends everything.

Andrew on Being Blelvis

You can say that Blelvis was born the day that Elvis died on August 16, 1977.

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