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Petition hopes to end DC’s food delivery desert east of Anacostia River

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WASHINGTON — Craving Thai for dinner? What about Korean barbecue from that new downtown restaurant? Either way, you can have it all delivered to your door with the click of a button using one of several meal delivery services that operate in D.C. — unless you live east of the Anacostia River.

But an online petition launched by 31-year-old Ward 7 resident Latoya Watson hopes to change that. Her campaign on the platform Spendrise calls for popular food delivery companies — including Caviar, Postmates and DoorDash — to expand their delivery services to include all of D.C., most notably Wards 7 and 8.

According to census data from D.C.’s Office of Planning, Wards 7 and 8 have the highest percentage of black residents — 94.9 percent and 93.5 percent, respectively.

“Communities of color, especially the east-of-the-river communities, have just been underserved and neglected for so long, and that’s not OK,” said Watson, who lives in the River Terrace neighborhood of Southeast D.C.

“If we don’t speak up, that neglect will continue to happen.”

Watson said the petition, which she posted on April 4, is something she has wanted to do for a long time. A previous Facebook post of hers caught the eye of Spendrise CEO Eric Shih, who reached out to her offering his help. But it was Tim Carman’s April 2 article in The Washington Post on the same subject that gave her the final nudge she needed.

In the article, Carman spoke with a resident in the Benning neighborhood of Northeast D.C., also east of the river, who couldn’t get Domino’s or Pizza Hut delivered to her home.

There are currently three grocery stores servicing Wards 7 and 8 combined; most areas of the city average six grocery stores per ward. Watson said in an area of the city already deemed a food desert, it’s frustrating.

“There’s nowhere we can walk to go to the grocery store. … You have people in these communities where maybe they’re disabled, maybe they’re older and they can’t walk anywhere either, so a food delivery service is exactly what people like that need,” she said, adding that Uber Eats does deliver to the area and gets good business because of that.

Read more @ WTOP

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Mahoghany Books Presents A Children’s Storytime Event featuring Simone Visits The Museum

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‘Turn Me Loose’ pays homage to Dick Gregory | Champagne and Reception, Friday, October 12

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The heckling is raw in “Turn Me Loose,” and you can get in on it if you dare. Edwin Lee Gibson plays comedian Dick Gregory in this biographical drama of the comedian/activist, who died last year at the age of 84, and true to Gregory’s form, the joking gets serious. You want to call him something? He invites the audience to stand up in the light and do it.

It’s a stark moment, and reflective of the combative tone that saturates Gretchen Law’s 90-minute drama at Arena Stage. Gregory’s life and career were indelibly shaped by the civil rights era; he knew the breakthroughs of getting attention on late-night talk shows (and playing hardball to land the gig on dignified terms), and he lived through the setbacks of murders and assassinations. The show draws plenty of laughs with jokes that still sting: a long story about moving into a white neighborhood, cutting his lawn and being mistaken for “help” that culminates in a racy punchline too explosively funny to spoil here.

But Dick Gregory knew, and Law underlines, that at some point it’s just not funny anymore.

“Do you want to be funny?” Gregory is asked at one point during an interview. The answer comes slow, and it drives the point home.

Bio-dramas can be hero worship, and Law’s script — fully titled “A Play About Comic Genius Dick Gregory” — does not break the mold. (The play premiered when Gregory was alive, and the extensive producing credits for this show include John Legend.) Director John Gould Rubin sticks close to the comedy-club environment of Christopher Barreca’s showbizzy set as the stream-of-consciousness scenes hit the high points of Gregory’s life.

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There’s Gregory in the early 1960s, a hip-looking young man cracking savvy jokes, cradling a cocktail and a cigarette, getting a gig in front of Southerners at the Playboy Club. There’s Gregory in later years, an aged sage wagging his finger at us about the conspiracies we just won’t get wise to, from food (he evangelized for a strict vegetarian diet) to undying American racism.

View feature by By Nelson Pressley @ The Washington Post HERE

Turn Me Loose September 6 – October 14

Get tickets  for the Friday, October 12 show and champagne reception @ http://bit.ly/dick-gregory-dmv

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What $2,500 a month rents you in D.C.

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Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a column that explores what one can rent for a set dollar amount in various D.C. neighborhoods. Is one person’s studio another person’s townhouse? Let’s find out! Today’s price: $2,500 a month.

↑ In Northeast, these two-bedroom, two-bathroom units at the Brookland Press community start at $2,447 a month. The units are split across two buildings called The Foundry and The Forge that take cues from the neighborhood’s industrial past and offer modern amenities, including stainless steel appliances. The project is up the block from the Metro’s Red Line.

↑ For $2,500 a month, you can rent this updated three-bedroom, 2.5-bedroom house in Historic Anacostia. It has high ceilings, exposed brick, copious natural light, a backyard with a shed, and an unfinished basement for storage. The house is near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE and Good Hope Road SE, and the neighborhood’s library.

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