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Over the past few months D.C. has been the home of some huge protests; it is also home to some amazing musicians. As the world continues to turn in more ways than one, we still have to find a way to maintain our sanity. With the state of America in mind, I created a playlist highlighting several artists from the DMV area who speak to the importance of peace, community, and the beauty of Blackness through song. 

These songs were specifically chosen not to shine a light on mainstream artists, but to highlight local ones. Some of the featured artists include Ciscero, Joy Postell, and Serenity Karima

You may recognize the name Ciscero because he’s featured in a few songs from another, albeit more prominent, local rapper, GoldLink, most notably in “Fall In Love.” Ciscero, of Prince George’s County, regularly works with DMV artists. A couple—April George and Black Fortune—were featured in his debut EP. The song in the playlist, “POETRY JAM,” features Foggieraw, who was born in Ghana but raised in PG County

Start the weekend on a high note. Listen to the entire playlist online.

Kayla Boone, Summer Intern 

CITY DESK LINKS, by Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com)      

  • As of Aug. 14, D.C. reported no additional deaths related to COVID-19 but 94 new positive coronavirus cases. The total number of known infections is 13,118. [EOM

  • Judge denies the police union’s request to block the release of officer names and body camera footage. This is the union’s second lawsuit over police reform legislation. [Post]

  • Police arrest Black Lives Matter protesters in Adams Morgan. Video shows multiple cops pushing a protester to the ground so they could arrest him. [DCist]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com

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  • A grassroots fundraising operation that funds Democrats across the country started in a living room on 31st Street. [Post]

  • AG Karl Racine is going after slumlord Mehrdad Valibeigi for the deplorable conditions in 71 apartments across three properties. The AG is seeking to wrest control of the properties from Valibeigi. [WBJ, Twitter]

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser says she needs the community’s confidence before she’ll reopen schools. [Twitter]

  • Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen is on the Politics Hour this afternoon. [Kojo]

  • ICYMI: Police reform upsets families of victims of police violence and the cop union. [WCP]

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

  • A farewell tribute to Post Pub. [Washingtonian]

  • Are you a jerk if you cash in your restaurant gift card during the pandemic? [Eater]

  • The team from Espita appears to be opening a restaurant in La Cosecha. [WBJ]

  • Three neighborhood eatery recommendations from Tom Sietsema. [Post]

ARTS LINKS, byKayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • How area theaters are moving forward with reopening plans. [DC Metro Theater Arts]

  • From the Kennedy Center to the National Mall, here are iconic D.C. spaces reimagined for the social distancing age. [Washingtonian]

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips? ksoong@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Nats pitcher Stephen Strasburg learned yesterday that you can get thrown out of the game even while sitting in the stands. [Federal Baseball]

  • The Wizards ended their season with their first and only victory in the NBA bubble. [NBC Sports Washington]

  • Nicklas Backstrom will miss tonight’s Game 2 against the Islanders. He was forced to leave Game 1 just minutes into the first period after a blindside hit from the Islanders’ Anders Lee. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]

  • After starting the season 3-0, the Mystics have dropped six straight games. [Bullets Forever]

CITY LIGHTS, byEmma Sarappo (Love this section? Get the full newsletter here. Tips? esarappo@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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