In D.C. Dream Day, we ask our favorite people in the area to tell us how they would spend a perfect day in the District. See previous dream days from Mayor Muriel Bowser, BYT’s Svetlana Legetic, D.C. United’s Steve Birnbaum and more.
When Anika Hobbs opened Nubian Hueman in Anacostia in 2013, she wasn’t interested in selling mass-produced items you could get anywhere. Instead, the shop features unique, worldly pieces that represent and celebrate the African diaspora. “We’ve worked with roughly 400 artists from 30 countries and six continents,” she says. Hobbs is also the force behind this weekend’s Black Love Experience (THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE; Sat., 7 p.m.-midnight, $45-$60). “We call it a multisensory experience of black excellence,” says Hobbs, 39. “It’s art, live music, wellness, panel discussions. It’s a lot of black creatives coming together to celebrate D.C., local art and blackness.” Honoring her heritage — and local artists — would be a theme of the Laurel, Md., resident’s perfect day in D.C. She’d also fly a luckdragon.
I would wake up in the morning and put on my custom suit from Shuri in “Black Panther.” Science is something that I really love, so Shuri is somebody that I admire a lot — she created the Black Panther suit, so she would also create the Anika Hobbs suit as well. I was thinking that the arms would shoot hugs to everybody.
Then I would have breakfast with Benjamin Banneker at Georgia Brown’s; I really love their waffles and omelets. We would talk about what his part was in surveying D.C., his personal life and his outlook on the advancement of science today. Maybe I would also invite Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; I’m really fascinated by how people feel in moments, so I would love to hear his thoughts and his feelings right before and after his “I Have a Dream” speech.
I would do an early afternoon at Blind Whino; I’d do a photo shoot there. I love the paint and the way the sun strikes the light and the artwork. I really love the vibe — the mix of the old church and that new, young energy in the space.
I would do lunch at 52 O Street Studios with some artist friends. They’re so serious about their craft but they know how to have fun. That’s something I need to learn how to do.
I would go back in time to 1913 at Howard University. I’m a member of Delta Sigma Theta [sorority], which was founded there. I would just love to be in the room with the 22 women talking about how they are going to band together in the greatness that they’re making and how they pushed forward with fortitude.
Then I would do a quick walk through Anacostia, which is my heart. There’s Mahogany Books, We Act Radio, Check It and then I could get a smoothie from Turning Natural.
After that, I would jump into the future. I would love to see the 11th Street Bridge Park fully formed. I would fly over on Falkor [the luckdragon] from “The Neverending Story.” I would see the amphitheater, the park, how people interact with the space.
I would love to go to a ’90s go-go [show] — but actually in the ’90s — just to see what that vibe was like. I’m from Boston, so I would love to see what actual, real go-go is.
And afterward just have a late-night Ethiopian dinner with some honey wine and just relax from the day. I like Dukem — it’s a classic.