07.06.14 | Tony Lewis, Jr Presents “Collateral Damage” A Photo Exhibition

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On Sunday, July 6th from 4-8 PM at Blind Whino (700 Delaware Ave SW, Washington, DC) noted DC philanthropist, youth advocate, and community leader Tony Lewis, Jr. will curate an exhibit entitled “Collateral Damage.” The exhibit will feature photos of the “other” faces of incarceration. It will highlight the individuals often forgotten and left to bare the pain of having a loved one jailed. An artistic demonstration, in which both Lewis and Photographer, Mark Thomas of Capture the Capital will shed further light on the impact of mass incarceration on families living within the DC metro area and attempt to tell their stories through the visual medium of photography.

When asked about the reason behind curating such an event, Tony states

“The motivation behind this exhibit was to illustrate the hardship of having an incarcerated family member and advocate for resources aimed to support those people; in particular the children. It is about exploring the mental and emotional anguish that these people experience during the incarceration of their family member who could be their parent, spouse, aunt, uncle, or sibling. These people are in need of resources centered around mental health, education and mentoring services. Incarceration is a family experience; we all do the time just some of us remain in freedom.”

RSVP for the event now at collateraldamagedc@gmail.com

Living HERstory: Challenging the Stigma of Mental Illness with @Regal_Fro

October is here and there are tons of causes to bring awareness to like breast cancer, domestic violence and down syndrome. We feel strongly about supporting each of those causes, however, just this year and over the past few months we have noticed a heightened string of events that have all been related to mental illness.

One example of this is shown in the recent passing of Hollywood actor Lee Thompson Young. Young’s death was an unexpected and devastating blow to Hollywood and the community of 20 something year olds; that have watched him grow from the beloved childhood secret agent, Jett Jackson. Young was only 29 when he committed suicide on August 19th, 2013. It was released yesterday via NYDailyNews that Young suffered from bi-polar disorder and depression.

With that being said it was shocking for most of the world to hear that news but it is undoubtedly not a surprise that most people neglect the fact that mental illness can attack anyone at anytime. It is almost always assumed that a person suffering from a mental illness should look a certain way or act “crazy”.

There are many other open stigmas attached to mental health and we wanted to focus on airing out those stigma’s and shedding more light on mental health. Therefore, we sat down to have an up close and honest discussion with one of our Instagram supporters Ms. Regal_Fro aka One Mental Vlogger. She shared her Street Intell and gave us a first hand look into how she is living her story.
On a brief visit to Virginia, we were fortunate to sit down for an up close and personal interview with this week’s living HER story feature, LaQwanda aka @Regal_Fro. Finding out that she has far more to share with the world than great hair tips.
LaQwanda has been one of Street Intell’s most active Instagram supporters and loyal followers. Looking from the outside in you can not tell that this beautiful, bubbly and brilliant, young woman has ever been through any struggle. She was such a pleasure to sit down and chat with.-Carleta Fearon
LaQwanda touched based on the importance of getting treated for mental health concerns and how she wants everyone to be able to conquerors of their condition.


We thank LaQwanda for choosing to share her Street Intell and we hope she informs and inspires more people to get help and learn more about the stigmatized condition of Mental Illness. If you connect with her and want to follow her journey further visit her on YouTube at One Mental Vlogger.

If you or anyone you know needs immediate attention call the suicide prevention help hotline :1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Broccoli City Fest Event Recap

If you were sleeping a few Sunday’s ago you missed out on one of the freshest Earth day celebrations to hit the District: Broccoli City Fest. The festival is the first of its kind and I don’t recall really ever seeing such a huge urban earth day celebration like this. Broccoli City fest created a great atmosphere centered around sustainability, healthy lifestyles and informing communities in DC. It was like the second coming of Captain planet minus the mullet (for all you 90s babies that’s a cartoon, Google it)! LOL Although a bit cold we had a tremendous amount of fun all while being informed. If you were being a couch potato not only did you miss out on some great ways to help our planet, you missed live spray painting, yoga, and incredible acts like JMSN, Tittsworth, Phil Ade and Mississippi rapper Big Krit! The Street team also interviewed a few festival goers on their street style so if you missed out don’t worry we’ve got the Street Intell. Check it out below:

Photography/Videography by: Third I Images

Current Vibes: Candles in the Sun

Miguel had a rather swift climb to success with his sophomore album, Kaleidoscope Dream which debuted in October of 2012. Get a glimpse of the other side of consciousness expressed throughout this video. Resilience and hope found in the human spirit, connects us all to the same struggle. Hear Miguel’s battle cry for action as he indignantly urges that “we take a look around now”.

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Coming to the district Stacy Jewell Lewis presents a riveting play that takes you on a journey of one woman’s struggles and triumphs in the life as a sexually exploited individual. You don’t want to miss this! She will have you on the edge wanting more.

Check out the trailer and grab a ticket for this Friday or Saturday’s show at The Fridge DC.

Purchase tickets online and learn more at www.StacyJewellLewis.com