Washington, D.G.: The District of Gentrification

Capital Dilemma: Growth and Inequality in Washington, DC.  Derek Hyra and Sabiyha Prince, editors, NY:  Routledge Press, 2016

African Americans and Gentrification in Washington, DC:  Race, Class, and Social Justice in the Nation’s Capital, London: Ashgate Publishers, 2014

Constructing Belonging:  Race, Class and Harlem’s Professional Workers, NY: Routledge Press, 2004

“Islam:  As American As Sweet Potato Pie” The Atlanta Post, Sep 24, 2010

“Race and Comedy” The Huffington Post, May 6, 2009, -

“Will the Real Black Middle Class Please Stand Up? In More Unequal, New York: Monthly Review Press, 2007

“Will the Real Black Middle Class Please Stand Up? In The Monthly Review, Vol., 58(3):  67-79, July/August 2006

“Manhattan Africans:  Contradiction, Continuity, and Authenticity in a Colonial Heritage,” in Afro-Atlantic Dialogues:  Anthropology in the Diaspora, Kevin Yelvington, ed.: 291-327, Santa Fe, NM:  School of American Research, 2006

“Race, Class, and the Packaging of Harlem,” Identities, (12):385-404, 2005

“Changing Places, Race, Class and Belonging in the “New” Harlem,” in Urban Anthropology, Brett Williams and Sabiyha Prince, editors, Vol. 31(1): 5-35, Spring, 2002            

“Qualitative Methodologies and Community Participation in Examining Reproductive Experiences:  The Harlem BirthRight Project,” in Maternal and Child Health Journal, Vol. 5, (2); 85-93, 2001, Leith Mullings, Alaka Wali, Diane McLean, Janet Mitchell, Sabiyha Prince, Deborah Thomas and Patricia Tovar

"Sexist and Misguided", Review of Sharazad Ali's The Blackman's Guide to Understanding the Blackwoman in Against the Current 31:  46-47, March/April, 1991


Panelist, Gentrification in Washington, DC: A Conversation on Improving Equitable Outcomes for Children and Families, American University, Washington, DC, September 26th, 2018

Panelist, Mapping Segregation in Washington, DC: Historical and Present-day Contexts, All Souls Church, Washington, DC, September 2018

Keynote speaker, No Plans to Leave, IUIPI, Indianapolis, IN
November 2017

Panelist, Policing and Gentrification in Washington, DC, American University, Washington, DC
October 11, 2017

Panelist,  “Washington DC and Bahia, Brazil,” Howard University School of Social Work, Washington, DC
September 6, 2017

Workshop presenter, Using Words and Ideas Against Normalized Bigotry and Oppression, Georgetown Day School, Washington, DC February 15, 2017

Keynote Speaker, History, Gentrification and Intersectionality in Washington, DC, IBL, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, February 9, 2017

Capital Dilemma panels 2016:
March 22    Boys Boys and Poets (Brookland)
April 19       Potter’s House
May 25       All Souls Church
July 23       Anacostia Museum
October     University of the District of Columbia
October     Digital Storytelling class, American University
Nov 4         DC Studies Conference
Nov 15       Public Anthropology class, American University

Keynote Speaker, African Americans and Gentrification in Washington, DC,
12 Years that Shook and Shaped Washington (1963-1975) Teacher’s Workshop, Anacostia Community Museum
January 9, 2016

Co-organizer and panelist, Gentrification Gone Wild:  Race, Class and Politics in Washington, DC, panel for “New Lives, New Freedoms” 42nd Annual Conference on DC  Historical Studies
November 12-15, 2015

Co-organizer, Politics of Performance in Washington DC,  Plenary Session of the Annual meetings of the American
Anthropological Association, The Sumner School, Washington, DC

Co panelist, Chocolate City No More:  Changing Demographics and Gentrification of Washington DC, Revisiting Our Black Mosaic, Anacostia Community Museum program held at the Woodrow Wilson Center,  Washington, DC

Co panelist, Gentrification in Washington, DC, The Navy Yard Neighborhood Association, Washington, DC

Media Appearances



“Islam:  As American As Sweet Potato Pie” The Atlanta Post, Sep 24, 2010
This piece argues that Islam is not a foreign religion but a part of the Judeo-Christian system of religious belief.

“Race and Comedy” The Huffington Post, May 6, 2009.  
This piece touched upon themes that I will tackle in my future examination of gender, race and comedy in American culture.



WTOP - It’s Primarily Racial - interviewed by Hallie Mellendorf on gentrification

WAMU – Interviewed by Jacob Metro Connection program on gentrification to air
September 26, 2014

WYPR – Interviewed by Tom Hall for Maryland Mornings, Interviewed by Tom Hall for Midday (gentrification and social justice  
April 10, 2018 

NPR – interviewed by Neda Ulaby for All Things Considered story about the Bravo television show The Real Housewives of D.C.  
August 3rd, 2010

WPFW - Pacifica Radio Network, Washington, D.C.  
Spirit in Action 

  • May 2006, Tribute to the show’s host, the late Damu Smith,

  • August 2005

The host requested I come on and comment on a story that appeared in The Washington Post about the adults who were locked out of a public school education after the Brown vs. The Board of Education decision of 1954 when their schools closed in Prince Edward County, Virginia closed rather than comply with the order to admit African American students

  • June 2004, “Responding to Bill Cosby,”

  • September 2002, “What is Racism?”

  • 2002, “Why African Americans Feel Guilty about the Sniper Shootings,”

WOL - Washington, DC The Mark Thompson Show “Racism in America,”
September 2002

WES - Wesleyan University Radio, Midletown, Ct  Horizontal Power Hour “Gentrification” 
April 2003


Al Jazeera English –  “There Goes the Neighborhood” 

Hardball with Chris Matthews discussion of the Don Imus racist slur against Rutgers women’s basketball team 
April 10, 2007

Racism in the post 9/11 Period” Martin Luther King Celebration, 19th Street Baptist Church, Washington, DC
January 21, 2002


Coffee Shops and Dog Parks:  Diversity Seeking in Changing Neighborhoods

Policing Gentrification