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April Reign calls herself an “agitator and facilitator.” As the creator of #OscarsSoWhite and the co-creator of #NoConfederate, she’s pointed fingers at Hollywood’s racist and ableist casting and staffing decisions and encouraged others to think critically about diversity in the entertainment industry. She joined City Lights editor Kayla Randall on the latest episode of Washington City Podcast to discuss #OscarsSoWhite 3.0 and activism in the internet age.


  • Compared to this time last year, violent crime is down 23 percent in D.C. [WTOP]

  • D.C.’s apprenticeship programs aim to bring more residents to the middle class. [Post]

  • MPD investigates three daytime robberies near Fort Lincoln Park. [NBC4]

  • Pilot program reserves curb space for rideshare drivers and passengers. [WJLA]

  • Massage Envy sexual assault victim Tara Woodleyspeaks out about what happened to her at the Tenleytown spa. [WTOP]

  • Langdon Park neighbors fight for regulation of nearby solid waste facility. [FOX5]

  • Remembering Washington football team safety Sean Taylor10 years after his death. [NBC4]

  • WATCH: Cop tumbles from bike while chasing ATV riders. [FOX5]

  • Federal grand jurors want a raise. [Post]


LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Jeffrey Anderson (tips? jeff.anderson@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Deputy Mayor Courtney Snowdenused city staff to provide day care, IG report says. [Post]

  • Cheh, Mendelson propose naming a street after murdered opponent of Putin. [FOX5, WAMU]

  • Post exposes Project Veritas’ attempt to peddle fake news—to the Post. [Post]

  • Learning Institute report goes deep on teacher turnover. [Post]

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

  • Proceeds from Maryland drone guitarist Insect Factory’s new album benefit Sanctuary DMV. [Bandcamp]

  • I.M.P. owner Seth Hurwitzdiscusses 9:30 Club, The Anthem, and D.C.’s music ecosystem. [WAMU]

  • Pyramid Atlantic brings new outdoor pop-up art gallery to Takoma Park. [East City Art]

  • High-end bookbinding business Book Arts needs a new home. [WBJ]

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

  • Colony Clubowners will open a pizza shop and bar next door in Park View. [WCP]

  • Practice safe dinner, use condiments at Maydannow open off 14th Street NW. [WCP]

  • ICYMI: José Andrés sits down with Anderson Cooper on60 Minutes. [CBS]

  • During leadership crisis, CFPB employees can get a drink on Andrés. [Washingtonian]

  • Local bars double down on craft beer offerings. [Post]

  • Blue crab is life on Smith Island in the Chesapeake Bay, but for how long? [Eater]

  • Look for these snacks when you require dough filled with something tasty. [DCRefined]

  • Dairy tragedy: France is facing a butter shortage. [NPR]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Andrew Giambrone(tips? agiambrone@washingtoncitypaper)

  • Residents, critics question D.C.’s ongoing disbanding of homeless encampments. [Post]

  • Developers propose slight design changes to forthcoming Wharf projects. [UrbanTurf]

  • D.C. Court of Appeals throws out zoning challenge to Union Market project. [Bisnow]

  • Forget renting out an apartment to make money in D.C. Try a parking space. [Post]

  • A funeral home on Georgia Avenue will likely become apartments. [WBJ]

  • Study: D.C.’s housing market is the 12th least affordable in North America. [UrbanTurf]

  • Many residents who leave D.C. are heading to P.G. County. [D.C. Policy Center]

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