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Culture Report: February 2018 (Black History Month Edition)

Jae Alan




For the entire month of February we are curating a special campaign on our IG page in honor of Black History Month and the film release of Black Panther. #BlackonBlackLove is a celebration of Blackness through the ages and an opportunity to highlight some of our favorite creatives in the process.

Every day since the 1st of this month we have been sharing a variety of images and will continue to do so for the rest of the month. Check out a sample of and then head to our IG page for the full experience.

Unless you have been living under a rock, you already know that the most anticipated movie of the year drops on February 16th. We have been obsessing over #BlackPanther since Chadwick Boseman’s first appearance in Avengers: Civil War. Quiet as it kept, we hear Kat saw the movie several times in the theater because of Black Panther. Anywho, we have been counting down the movie release as part of our #BlackonBlackLove campaign and are excited to highlight fellow creatives also creatives hyped for #Wakanda in their own artisic ways. Check it out.
Tunes + Talk: Wakanda Edition
Aired: Saturday, January 27th
WPFW (89.FM)

Last month’s episode kicked off the #Wakanda roundtable with a disussion aboutthe upcoming #BlackPanther film release. Check out the January edition of #TunesandTalk as guests weigh in the woke levels of the new Marvel flick. Listen here.
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CiITIZEN Collection
Inspired the upcoming film release, visual and intuitive artist Hadiya Williams has created a funtastic line of Wakanda-centered items for the savvy #BlackPanther fan. This is a limited edition run features apparel, mugs, graphic prints and more. Check out the line here.
LISTEN: DJ Jahsonic-Drums for the King of Wakanda
DJ Jahsonic offers up a mix  fit for a king. He states, “As one of Africa’s many dispersed children, imagining what a fictitious, hyper modern African republic might sound like was something I had been doing for years. I wanted to place Wakanda within the context of the Africa of post-colonial pan-Africanist consciousness… ” Play here.
Kat’s Korner highlights the work of our fearless leader and head cultural architect, Risikat “Kat” Okedeyi. From articles, to podcasts, to appearances, Kat stays on the go, so make sure to follow her on her various social media platforms to keep up.
Tuesday, February 13th 6PM-9PM
Hosted by Risikat Okedeyi of LiL SoSo Productions, Wakanda 101 features writer and comic aficionado, Derrick Weston Brown who will facilitate a fun group discussion on the origins of Marvel’s Black Panther comic and animated series and explore the secret world of Wakanda, the African nation unknown to the outside world. Bring a dish or offer up a donation. RSVP here.

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“SPREAD SOUTHSIDE LOVE” Mural featuring Frederick Douglass and his friends

Jae Alan



SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017 – 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

“SPREAD SOUTHSIDE LOVE” Mural featuring Frederick Douglass and his friends

16th & W STREET SE [2200 16th Street SE] 

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HISTORIC ANCOSTIA, WASHINGTON, D.C.: During the week leading to the birthday celebration muralist Rebeka Ryvola has been working with community members to install a new mural honoring Frederick Douglass and his friends at the newly renovated corner store at 16th and W Street SE, down the street from the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site.

Ephrame Kassaye, the new owner of the corner store, has supported an effort to create an honorific and community-based mural on the 16th Street SE side of his building, similar to the mural of the 1963 March on Washington on the side of a building he owns at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Mellon Street in Congress Heights.

The mural, “Spread Southside Love,” re-creates an imaginary Sunday literary salon on the back lawn of Cedar Hill. Captured in the public artwork is the historic home, Anacostia River, DC Capitol and Washington Monument in the background.

Douglass is joined by friends and contemporaries, including radical abolitionist John Brown, activist lawyer and the first black graduate of Harvard Richard Greener, journalist and Civil Rights leader and suffragette Ida Wells, first African American to serve a full-term in the United States Senate Blanche K. Bruce, abolitionist and Douglass mentor Wendell Phillips, and groundbreaking journalist Grace Greenwood, seen playing baseball with a number of modern day neighborhood children. A young person serenades the gathering with the violin.

Ryvola, who has worked with the Anacostia Watershed Society, will finish the mural installation on Saturday, February 17.

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Where to celebrate Frederick Douglass’s 200th birthday around D.C.

Jae Alan



Frederick Douglass was born on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Although the abolitionist and author lived in New York and Massachusetts after escaping slavery, he spent the last years of his life in Washington, serving as a U.S. Marshal and the city’s recorder of deeds, and living at a 15-acre estate in Anacostia named Cedar Hill.

It is at Cedar Hill, now the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, where the National Park Service will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Douglass’s birth on Feb. 17 and 18. (Douglass’s actual birth date is unknown, and he chose to celebrate it on Feb. 14 later in life.) National Park Service spokeswoman Pya Langley says the two-day celebration will be the biggest celebration of Douglass’s life at any Park Service site this year. “Some of our other sites highlight his life,” she says. “But this is the only site 100 percent-dedicated to Frederick Douglass in the [NPS] system.”

This weekend’s festivities are not the only way to honor one of America’s greatest statesmen: There are tours and events around the area throughout February.

Read more at The Washington Post

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Metro wants to switch D.C. students’ ride passes to SmarTrip cards. It’s not as easy as it sounds.



If you ask some school officials about the special cards D.C. students use to ride Metro, they talk about the “initial frustration” some parents experienced when they tried to register the passes.

“Our parents ran into a few kinks,” Adam Rupe, spokesman for the KIPP DC charter school network, said diplomatically.

Metro Board Chairman Jack Evans is more blunt in his assessment of the DC One fare cards, which are provided to students and paid for by the District.

“The One card has not worked, it’s not going to work, and there’s a lot of reasons it doesn’t work,” said Evans, who also is a D.C. Council member. Evans said he frequently hears from parents frustrated at the cumbersome process of activating the cards and from students irritated at how they need to tap twice to be able to board.

“I could go on and on and on about it,” he said.

For years, the city’s public school students have used a DC One card — designed to be an all-in-one student identification, library card and Metro pass — to ride public transit to and from school. The card allowed them to board a bus or enter a Metro station and flash the pass at a Metro employee who would wave them onto the bus or through the swinging fare gate without needing to tap the card, as other riders do with a SmarTrip card.

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