My friend Steve Sapienza worked on a story about slum dwellers in Bangladesh and the difficulty they face finding clean water. He even did a standup for the story, which he and I joked about the last time I saw him. This is funny to us because Steve and I both do the kind of work that usually keeps us behind the camera. We shoot and edit stories but we don’t typically appear in them. At...
Metro turned 35 years old yesterday. I made this video on Metro about a year ago. The concept was to show a day in the life of Metro, beginning from its early morning opening until it closes near midnight on a week day. When I shot this, I interviewed a bunch of riders asking them what they thought of their rail commute each day. Their answers were typical. The commute was fine they said, but they...
Pursuing The American Dream, By Renting →
According to this NPR story, home buying is way down in the U.S., which means more people are renting. As someone who is under contract to buy a condo, I have to wonder whether I’m making the right decision. The idea of owning my own home is a concept entrenched in my psyche. It seems like the natural thing one should spend a substantial sum of money on (after paying for college, of course)....
Washington D.C., once dubbed “Chocolate City” for its majority African American population, is becoming increasingly more white, according to Census data released Thursday. One of the neighborhoods that shifted the most in the last ten years was U Street NW. If you’re at all familiar with the neighborhood and how popular it is among young professionals, you probably aren’t...
Did Duke win? →
Race and the recession: How Americans are getting by African Americans in Prince George’s County, Md., grapple with how to get by as they face increasing unemployment and foreclosure. (Whitney Shefte/The Washington Post)