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

Serving the community with Tony Lewis Jr., Sons of Life, Kitchen Cray and many more at the #DCorNothing Turkey Drive

Last Saturday at Bar 7, the DC or Nothing team hosted a Turkey Drive  that helped provide thanksgiving meals for families in need living in underserved communities in DC. Upon arrival volunteers were handed off to stations by members of the DC or Nothing and Sons of Life teams. Participants brought bags of groceries bursting at the brim filled with an assortment of canned and boxed items. I was on bagging duties  (in between capturing a few shots) in which I helped organize items in groups along the bar and doubled up bags to be distributed. We developed a great system and I had bags moving like clockwork. The experience was a lot of fun!

It was truly heart warming to see that so many individuals showed up and showed out for the DC community. Most of the crowd was filled with young  career professionals which really excited me. Often times people say that “young people need to get more involved” but their was certainly no shortage of that at this event.

As always, Kitchen Cray came through and did their thing by providing made-to-order omelettes and other food to event volunteers.

Tossed in the crowds of people were a few notable DC taste makers and trendsetters including Elite DC Mag CEO, Anwaa Kong; DJ Mims; VA Rapper, Black Cobain; and DC Socialite, Adria Woods.  The event was great and Kitchen Cray did a phenomenal job at feeding and interacting with guests and volunteers.

 At the close of the event Mr. Tony Lewis Jr. gave a speech and invited everyone to continue the efforts and follow him over to Tyler house apartments to spread more cheer and hand out additional turkeys and bags of food. The Tyler house is a government subsidized community just north of union station that has been ravished with crime and in need of much assistance. I wasn’t able to make it to the Tyler house [because of another engagement] however it is good to see that the community is safe in the hands of Tony Lewis, Jr., Sons of life, DC or nothing and countless others

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Son Of Life: A Mini-Documentary from JUKEBOXDC on Vimeo.

Today is #tbt and we thought we’d take it back a ways and highlight community activist, Tony Lewis, Jr and his Sons of Life fam.

Let’s get into this video and salute them for being out in the community serving the greater good of the District.

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