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“We found ourselves listening to a lot of podcasts, and most of them were hosted by white men and didn’t speak to people of color or women in a real way.”

“It’s not as if black and brown podcasters don’t exist. They do,” Morgan Givens writes in this week’s cover feature in City Paper. “It’s not even as if they don’t exist in massive numbers, because anyone willing to do the work of searching would find a plethora of podcasts in a variety of genres—all written, produced, and hosted by podcasters of color. Black and brown podcasters are here. They’ve been here for quite some time. And many of them are located right here in D.C.”

Also in City Paper this week:

  • Andrew Giambrone on the behind-the-scenes sparring between former D.C. Housing Authority board member Joshua Lopez and Councilmember Elissa Silverman.

  • Morgan Baskin on the fire in a Brightwood Park apartment building that displaced half a dozen families, and the horrors they say they’ve endured.


  • Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans is reportedly under investigation by the D.C. Board of Ethics and Government Accountability. [Post]

  • Fairfax residents voted two Korean Americans to their city council during elections held Tuesday, the first time Asian Americans have been elected to the Fairfax City Council. [Post]

  • The Nats won their Wednesday game against Pittsburgh, marking the team’s fourth consecutive win. [WTOP]

  • The Metropolitan Police Department has reportedly fired the police officer charged with sexually abusing a minor. [WTOP]

  • A lawyer for Donald Trump asks a federal judge in Maryland to dismiss a lawsuit alleging the president has violated the U.S. Constitution’s emoluments clause. [WTOP]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Andrew Giambrone (tips? agiambrone@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Dupont Circle neighbors still oppose prospective tax break for the Scottish Rite. [WBJ]

  • Advocates: Proposed D.C. budget doesn’t meet needs of the homeless. [Street Sense]

  • Bowser writes to the rabbi who spoke passionately at a D.C. Council meeting. [Twitter]

  • “Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories roil DC city government”: Associated Press. [AP]

ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips? mcohen@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Local artist Kelly Towles’ perfect D.C. day. [Post]

  • Helen Hayes Awards-nominated directors talk about the challenges of directing for the stage. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • A new used bookstore pops up in Union Station. And all books are $5 or less! [PoPville]

  • Listen to Antonia’s deeply textured new single, “Church.” [Bandcamp]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Area chefs and restaurant pros dispel myths about smoke rings and Thai curry. [WCP]

  • D.C.’s second location of The Smith opens Friday on U Street NW. [Eater]

  • A breakdown of two new food shows that contrast the gentrifier with the gentrified. [Post]

  • Silver Spring’s new pair of Mexican restaurants turned out beautifully. [Washingtonian]

  • See if you can visit all of these local microbreweries this summer. [Arlington Mag]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Morgan Baskin (tips? mbaskin@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser reportedly proposes a cut to the city’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program in order to fund stop and frisk data collection efforts. [WUSA9]

  • Officials disagree over this proposal to fund a police program with rental-aid money. [Twitter]

  • An overview of the developments in the world of affordable housing in D.C. [Kojo]

  • A Tenleytown neighborhood group is fighting the development of a 146-unit Wisconsin Avenue project. [Bisnow]

  • Meridian Hill Park’s fountains are out of service. [PoPville]


  • ANC 1B meets at 6:30 p.m.815 Florida Ave. NW.

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