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House of Cards wanted to film a fake motorcade around the National Mall. Obviously, D.C. police had to crack down on that foolishness. [Washington Business Journal]

Gwydion Suilebhan proposes strong, radical changes for the Helen Hayes Awards. [Gwydion Suilebhan]

Stephen A. Crockett Jr. (author of last year’s famed Root piece about swagger-jacking on U Street NW) comments on Lee Daniels’ The Butler and the flawed polarity of its black male characters. [The Root]

Meet Sampson McCormick, the first openly gay, black male comedian to perform at Howard Theatre. [Huffington Post D.C.]

More details on the Smithsonian’s design changes to the African American History and Culture [Post]