Preserving black culture east of the river

ARTS & HUMANITIES | It’s no secret that the next frontier for gentrification in the District is in wards 7 and 8. In anticipation of the change, this local artist and cultural activist wants to preserve the black history and culture of his community. (WaPo, 8/14)

Vernard Gray [the local artist) has picked a pivotal time to start his project. In the face of rapidly encroaching gentrification in Southeast — and with it, the threat of massive change and displacement — he is hoping that Made East River will help the area take charge of its culture and history and preserve a narrative directed by African American residents.

Majority-black Southeast is too often treated “like the backwater of the city,” Gray said. “Gentrification is happening. There’s no way of stopping it. But when they show up, they’ll think, ‘Okay, there’s something happening here.’ And they’ve got to honor that.”

IMPACT INVESTING | Nancie Suzuki, executive director of Richard E. and Nancy P. Marriott Foundation, discusses why her foundation made the decision to invest in Our Region, Your Investment initiative twice. (Daily, 8/15)

Related: Interested in learning about how you or your organization can invest in affordable housing? Read more about Our Region, Your Investment here

PHILANTHROPY | This is how foundations have responded to the rhetoric and actions of the new administration. (Chronicle, 8/14 – Subscription needed)

– The District is dealing with a shortage of beds for inmates that need mental health services since St. Elizabeths Hospital is full. (NBC4, 8/14)

– What You Need to Know about Opioid Use in DC (DCFPI, 8/11)

BUSINESS | A new analysis by the DC Policy Center suggests the District’s restaurant and entertainment industry boom may be ending. (DCist, 8/14)

ENVIRONMENT | According to the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, discolored water coming from the tap in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, MD is okay to drink but don’t wash your clothes with it. (WaPo, 8/15)

The DC Black Film Festival kicks off this Thursday!

– Kendra