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Tortured Data and DC Schools

              Update April 26, 2016: Thanks to WPFW’s David Whettstone for having me on for an hour to talk about this subject. Update: March 31,  2016: Thanks to Washington Post education columnist Valerie Strauss for crossposting this piece on her blog, The Answer Sheet.   They say if you torture numbers long enough, they’ll tell you whatever you want. Today, I had three minutes to distill 15 years of frustration as Keep Reading

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…


In 2014, I signed a publishing contract with The New Press to write a book of profiles of artists and how they reflect and affect social change given trends in globalization, technology and Keep Reading

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.  My book Go-Go Live was recognized by the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nomination and I published essays and interviews in The Root, The Washington Post and Essence Magazine. I taught a graduate seminar Keep Reading

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. Last homecoming, in honor of the publication of my book Go-Go Live, our friend, Dan Cooper, decided to up the ante. He hired a go-go band to play. I was skeptical they would fit Keep Reading

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’ literary guide to Washington. I absolutely loved the Washington Post illustration of the Jefferson Memorial-like monument built of books propped up by columns.  

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, one of the city’s whitest and wealthiest corners of D.C. “Putting together my go-go mix to play at my #GOGOLIVE signing @Politics_Prose tomorrow.” I tweeted. “Chevy Chase might not be ready…” Apparently, it isn’t. Keep Reading

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 dad, Terrence Hopkinson. I met Kojo again at the 2011 Guyana Cultural Association’s conference at CUNY during Labor Day weekend as part as the Caribbean day festival in Brooklyn.
I really enjoyed the conversation. I Keep Reading

At Chuck Brown’s wake

Here was a WUSA segment I was on at the viewing for Chuck Brown. I tweeted this pic of Linda Boyd, a fan of Chuck’s who last saw him perform at LaFontaine Bleu wedding chapel. She framed the Washington Post portrait of Chuck.

WNYC Soundcheck on Go-Go Live

Believe it or not I had already been working with a producer from WNYC’s (New York City’s NPR affiliate) for a segment on my book when news hit of Chuck Brown’s passing. So the segment  just became even more timely. I spent a 1/2 hour on the show, listening to music and talking about Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City. Listen HERE

The Brian Lehrer Show: MLK Memorial – WNYC

  The Brian Lehrer Show: MLK Memorial – WNYC Here I defended the new Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington, D.C. from the art critics and China haters. It is a beautiful tribute.  I love his pose. I even love him coming out of the mountain. Sometimes the best art is simple and direct.