Marcus K. Dowling At some point soon, the once-great NW DC African-American community staple the Scripture Cathedral will become a nine-story apartment building with 66 units, ground-floor retail space and 68 underground parking spaces. Churches becoming mixed-use developments in Northwest isn’t much of a surprise given most of Northwest seems to becoming mixed-use developments. However,…

  Marcus K. Dowling “We got you drippin’ wet, from that way we make you sweat/ Gimme some of that thuuuuug passssioooonnn” If you take one listen to DC-based go-go legends Backyard Band’s take on 2Pac’s 1996 released album All Eyez On Me song “Thug Passion,” it encapsulates everything we love and will fetishize forever about soul…

  Marcus K. Dowling We’re not too far away from a society where a scene like the one posted above from Experience Unlimited’s performance at Go-Go Live at Landover, Maryland’s Capital Centre could be fairly commonplace in pop-loving venues across the country. What’s even more entertaining is that EU’s playing “Shake It Like A White…

Marcus K. Dowling   There’s a great argument to be made that Northeast DC native Oddisee is the best rapper in the world not named Kendrick Lamar. However, in opening his just-released EP Alwasta‘s first single “Asked About You” with the line “these are good days for bad people,” the now Brooklyn-residing emcee’s follow up to…

  Marcus K. Dowling If you’re a black person living and working in Washington, DC, do be aware that in 20 years that we could make up 10% of the city’s population. Yes, the city’s population is exploding. But sadly that doesn’t also mean that the city’s African-American population is exponentially growing, too. In fact,…

Marcus K. Dowling Life is like a hurricane, here in Duck Burg / Race cars, lasers, aeroplanes, it’s a duck blur / Might solve a mystery, or rewrite history! When it’s seems they’re headed for the final curtain / Bold deduction never fails, that’s for certain / The worst of messes become successes! D-D-Danger lurks behind you/ There’s a stranger…

Marcus Dowling   In 1972, the Washington Football Team represented the National Football Conference in Super Bowl VII against the Miami Dolphins. In order to get there, then Washington head coach George Allen demanded all control over player personnel decisions and decided to build his team with experienced players who he “did not have to mold…

Marcus Dowling It doesn’t matter, woman or man / Anyone who’ll give them a hand / Cash money, that green / Cold cash, that’s the scene – Stevie V, “Dirty Cash (Money Talks)”  We’re at a time and place regarding the impasse between Washington, DC’s local government and arts community where we need to start considering that the…

Marcus Dowling As much as discussing Washington, DC’s vibrant economy has long been a topic worthy of conversation, it’s in those new to the city building prosperity from said base also investing in DC’s artistic community that also deserves some discussion as a concept. In short, businesses new to DC would do well to pay heed…

Marcus Dowling Whenever I travel outside of Washington, DC, my friends from other cities will always ask me, “why do you rep the DMV so hard?” Well, aside from being born here, I can actually now leave it up to the radically shifting and evolving nature of what success looks like in the area to…

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