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Natalie’s 2014 Year in Review

2014 was another year of stretching, juggling, creating, wife-ing and mommy-ing. It was also a year to accept when it is time to let go, even to the things you really love…


ARTS & SOCIETY photoIn 2014, I signed a

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No Harmony in Our Corporate Neighborhood Takeover

In addition to being a DC parent, I also sometimes speak and write about education policy issues. I have some grave concerns about what I learned at a meeting this Tuesday 6/3/2014  at St. Martin’s Catholic church to “welcome”

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Natalie’s 2013 Year in Review

2013 has been an amazing year.

I met new collaborators and stumbled upon new ways to think out loud, from live storytelling on stage, to community conversations about art and education in Miami, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Atlanta and New Orleans. 

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Future of the Arts & Society Project is now LIVE

My project with the Interactivity Foundation has now been sent to the printers! It is a FREE  download for schools and communities to frame conversations about the arts and public policy. Big shoutout to Art Director Calida Rawles

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Nola & DC: A Musical Tale of Two Gentrified Cities

My family spent Christmas break in New Orleans. We were in the French Quarter on New Year’s Eve. We’d just dined at Mr. B’s, wandering among the daiquiri-clutching revelers competing for Mardi Gras beads along Bourbon Street when we ran

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No Congas, No Go-Go


Every year for Howard University’s Homecoming, my husband and I open our home not far from the school’s Washington D.C. campus to our fellow alumni from all over the country for food, drink and fellowship until the wee hours.

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Nods from SPIN magazine and the Washington Post


What an amazing way to start the new year.

SPIN magazine named Go-Go Live in the 10 Best Music Books of 2012. (Number 7!)

“Go-Go Live” was included in a roundup in Washington Post editors’ and critics’

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Go-Go Live: Banned in Chevy Chase

I was joking on Twitter the day before I was scheduled to read and sign “Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City” at Politics & Prose, the legendary bookstore near the Chevy Chase neighborhood,

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Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City

Go-Go LIVE CoverMy new book is “Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City,” a look at Washington, D.C.’s unique musical culture published in 2012 on Duke University Press. Check out the book trailer and reviews at

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Talking to Kojo Nnambdi about “Go-Go Live”

The host at the NPR local affiliate WAMU Kojo Nnambdi and I had a conversation about my book Go-Go Live. Kojo went to the same Georgetown, Guyana high school a couple of years before my

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