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…

Within the past month, Washington City Paper and Washington Post articles have served as the harbingers of bad tidings for DC landmarks Bohemian Caverns and the Howard Theatre, two of the most iconic musical venues in the history of both African-American culture and American society overall. Certainly venues open and close all of the time…

  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…

British indie pop superstar PJ Harvey’s just-released single “Community of Hope” showcases what the longtime DC visiting performer learned about Ward 7 of our gentrifying Nation’s Capital via a backseat tour of the city by Washington Post journalist Paul Schwartzmann. As a 37-year old native Washingtonian who grew up not too far away from what Schwartzmann described…

  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,…

In what is a wonderful blend of the growing notion of a transient DC-to-LA population, east and west coast legal marijuana saturation and the next-era wave of digital culture, Takoma Park, MD native Loren Glass’ Fine Trees N Cuisine web series is not just #DCASFUCK, but may also be everything right about where pop culture’s headed next. Somewhere between…

In three months, WPFW 89.3 FM — Washington, DC’s 38-year old truly independent alternative radio station — could go off the air forever. This fact was revealed by journalist Steve Kiviat in a March 11 editorial for the Washington City Paper. Overall, this actually isn’t surprising as radio listening overall has been in significant decline…

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…

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