I’m from the Chocolate City, also known as The Nation’s Capital. I was born and raised in Washington, D.C. Not Northern Virginia or Maryland, but Southeast, D.C. I went to Plummer Elementary, Sousa Middle School and Dunbar Senior High School. During my youth, crack cocaine was at an all-time high and we were ranked the #1 murderous place in America.
I am not proud of these accolades, but I am proud to have made it out and to see the transformation of the city. The only current shame I have is being a fan of the home football team. I am 202 through and through. Even to this day, almost 10 years since I’ve had a DC address, I still have a 202-area code on my cellphone. For this shoot, I was able to collaborate with Emmanuel Monsalve (@emmauelsmonsalve on IG) and even though we shot it in Miami, the grittiness reminded me of the back alleys I used to play in and the concrete jungle I came from.