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Hometown: Washington, DC
Years in DC/ DMV? All my life
So I hear you did a little break dancing for KRS One… tell me about that?
DLB- Yeah man, breakdancing was a big part of my life for a while- And from 2004-05, I went on
tour with KRS-One as one of his breakdancers. It was an amazing experience. I met his crew here in DC and they were looking for B-Boys, and I stepped up and got the gig with him. It was a whirlwind…I got laid off one Wednesday afternoon, and by that Friday, I was on a train to LA to breakdance. And the conversations I had with KRS were incredible. He’s a super deep dude. He would talk about meta-physics and the relativity of space and time… my mind was blown every day.
DLB- I have two. The song that best describes me is ‘Wherabouts’ by Stevie Wonder. It’s a song about finding that special someone, but I can relate to it because it’s also a song about searching- and I feel like sometimes I’m on a journey of discovery and awareness; a quest to find out who I am completely. The song that inspires me is ‘Alright’ by Kendrick Lamar. I think its quickly becoming an anthem for the kids of this generation.
Many people don’t know this about me, but…
DLB- I am really shy. Yes, I know I do a lot of very extroverted things like poetry, hosting events, and breakdancing, but deep down, I’m an introvert at heart. When I do events and I’m up in front of a crowd, I’m forcing myself out of my comfort zone. In a way, I’m an actor putting on an extroverted face for an audience.
If I were the Mayor of DC for a year, I would…
DLB- Do some new things to support small (and minority owned) businesses around the city. Everywhere you look, many small businesses are being forced further and further out of the city, sometimes in the name of big developers and fancy mixed-use projects. I think we just need a little more support for people that are interested in the arts to create dynamic spaces to express themselves in the city.