There’s no better way to underscore the role women have played in District government than to chat with Linda Cropp, the first woman elected to chair the D.C. Council. So that’s how Washington Informer Publisher Denise Rolark Barnes launched the first WIN TV Review of this spring.
Cropp stressed the need for diversity throughout the city several decades after she took the helm of the city’s legislative body in the midst of a fiscal calamity.
“There’s no question that the District was moving forward, and the population was growing. Although the pandemic has had a serious impact on the District, it has grown,” said Cropp. “What the District has to do, however, is make sure that we keep affordable housing. In order for us to continue to fund the needs of the residents of the District, we must ensure that our economy is on solid ground.”
She was followed by David Morgan, president and founder of the Multicultural Media and Correspondence Association (MMCA), who talked with Rolark Barnes about the new association’s agenda.
Placing focus on the power behind owning content and distribution amongst media outlets, he said MMCA is trying to sustain imagery, storylines, and overall representation created for, and by the Black community.
“I believe as someone having a young, Black son, not seeing positive images and positively framed stories is having negative implications on not just us, but also the next generation,” said Morgan. “So we were just resolved to come together and use our collective influence so that we can have greater say over who, what, where, when, and how our story is told.”
Gun violence and the role of police in community relations was at the heart of the publisher’s chat with Ronald Hampton, retired MPD officer and former executive director of the National Black Police Association, who said he believes police officers need to be an integral part of the community.
“I believe in residency. I was on the police force at a time when [Mayor] Marion [Barry], and Mr. [Calvin] Rolark supported residency, because it’s not only about you living in the city, it’s about what happens to and around you while you live here. It’s what you bring to the city,” said Hampton.
The weekly livestream concluded with a newscast brought by The Media Prince, and The Bridge’s weekly segment, “Sounds of the DMV,” featuring District artist Kenilworth Katrina.