Connect.DC’s Mobile Tech Lab Brings Digital Literacy to Wards 5, 7, 8

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The Mobile Tech Lab is a 48-foot converted bookmobile equipped with computers and Wi-Fi that allows Connect.DC to bring the power of technology to neighborhoods across the District, with a particular focus on residents in Wards 5, 7, and 8. (Photo Credit: Paul Holston)


By Paul Holston
Posted 9:00 PM EST, Sun. May 1, 2016

Approximately 1,800 (38 percent) households in Barry Farm, Hillsdale, and Historic Anacostia of Ward 8 do not have broadband service, according to a recent study by Connect.DC. Many of these residents possess minimal digital literacy and heavily rely on others to help them use the Internet for activities such as accessing government services, paying bills, and employment purposes. Continue reading

Bread For The City: An Opportunity For Better Living

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According to its website, the mission of Bread for the City is “to provide vulnerable residents of Washington, DC with comprehensive services, including food, clothing, medical care, and legal and social services, in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.” BFTC has two locations, one in Northwest (1525 Seventh Street, NW) and one in Southeast [above] (1640 Good Hope Road, SE). (Photo Credit: Paul Holston)

By Paul Holston
Posted 8:10 PM EST, Sun. May 1, 2016

For over 42 years, Bread For The City, a nonprofit organization, has selflessly served the underprivileged throughout the nation’s capital, helping more than 33,000 people each year. As the years have progressed since its founding in 1974, originally working from a Lutheran church basement, the organization has grown beyond providing only food, clothing and medical care services: It provides support. Continue reading

Ward 8 Nonprofit Helps Restore Families and Prospering Communities

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Courtesy Photo: http://www.fsfsc.org/


By Paul Holston
Posted 7:10 PM EST, Sun. May 1, 2016

Crime. Poverty. Unemployment. Housing. Education. These are some of the many challenges Ward 8 in the District of Columbia is facing due to the area being rated as the highest [crime, poverty and unemployment] and the lowest [housing and education] in D.C. Continue reading

Turning Natural: Bringing Health and Happiness to Ward 8

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Turning Natural’s newly D.C. location in Ward 8 is at 2025 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, Washington, DC 20020. The company advertises itself as not just being a juice bar, but a “health movement.” (Photo Credit: Paul Holston)

By Paul Holston
Posted 10:00 PM EST, Weds. Mar 30, 2016
Updated 6:15 PM EST, Sun. May 1, 2016

From the eye-catching lemon yellow and lime green exterior, to the relaxed interior layout to allow customers to unwind, to the mix of R&B, Jazz and Neo-Soul playing in the background, Turning Natural juice bar at 2025 MLK Jr. Ave SE brings a healthy breath of fresh air to the Southeast community. Continue reading

Hobbs Empowers Blackness, African Diaspora through Entrepreneurship

Nubian Hueman, located within the Anacostia Arts Center on 1231 Good Hope Rd SE of Washington, D.C. is a well-respected boutique inspired by the African Diaspora around the world. It's owner, Anika Hobbs, hopes to continue to be both an inspiration and entrepreneur across the Ward 8 community. (Photo Credit: Paul Holston)

Nubian Hueman, located within the Anacostia Arts Center on 1231 Good Hope Rd SE of Washington, D.C. is a well-respected boutique inspired by the African Diaspora around the world. It’s owner, Anika Hobbs, hopes to continue to be both an inspiration and entrepreneur across the Ward 8 community. (Photo Credit: Paul Holston)

By Paul Holston
Posted 11:30 PM EST, Weds. Mar 23, 2016
Updated 6:50 PM EST, Sun. May 1, 2016

With ambient lighting all around the boutique, vibrant colors on international fabric spread across clothing racks, and a sweet, comforting aroma filling the room, Nubian Hueman is culture. Nubian Hueman is Black. Nubian Hueman is ethnic. Continue reading