With Moechella, D.C. Put On The Blackest Protest Against Gentrifiers Who Tried To Quiet The Block

#DontMuteDC isn't going away any time soon.

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| May 08 2019,

2:07 pm

It's the year of our Lord 2019 and Washington, D.C. is reclaiming their time.

After fighting back against go-go music silencers and melanin-deficient elites who want to walk their pups through The Yard at Howard, D.C.'s Black community joined forces on another protest: Moechella.

The Save Chocolate City Protest occurred at the iconic Washington intersection of 14th and U street northwest Tuesday night and had the District rocking. A combination of the annual Coachella music festival and "Moe," a local term Washingtonians use to describe friend, Newsone reports that around 3,000 people were in attendance to use Moechella as a way to combat against those who see fit to alter the cultural landscape of Washington. 

Moechella is another response to a complaint filed by individuals living near the famous Metro PCS store on Seventh Street and Florida Avenue NW in April. Per an earlier Blavity report, tenants at the Shay filed a complaint against T-Mobile, which owns Metro PCS, about the incessant playing of go-go music from the shop's speakers. Protestors didn't take too kindly to their efforts at silencing something so recognizable to D.C.'s historic Shaw-Howard neighborhood and consequently launched the #DontMuteDC movement to stop city officials from banning the playing of the recognizable funk and R&B beats.

Moechella marks the third protest since those grievances were initially filed in early April.

In an interview with WUSA 9, go-go artist Yadiya spoke on longevity of go-go music's influence in D.C.

"I feel like the music is the glue to the city," Yadiya told the outlet. "The music is the common ground — A vehicle and a tool to basically create a platform for people to have their voice heard."

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DOMO, another popular go-go artist, added that hopefully this will inspire city officials to make changes to laws around public safety, healthcare and other initiatives that have been plagued by gentrification.

D.C.'s so-called elites, should gear up for a long summer.

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