Washington DC, United States
Lincoln, 24
Progressive Communications Strategist
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a bit about Lincoln

What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm in progressive political PR (say that 3x fast) and support clients on a range of issues including juvenile justice, reproductive health, and comprehensive sex ed. I do it because I'm passionate about amplifying the voices and work of commonly excluded groups of people, and love having the privilege of working on multiple issues at once. I also do it because my firm is a space where I'm able to be open and loud about my identity, opinions, and politics alongside like-minded people.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

That time I was a camp counselor in high school. The camp was in Texas. In the Summer. It was an outside day-camp. It was hot. I don't remember much else, because I blocked it (and the sweat) from my memory.

Were you born and raised in Washington DC? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Washington DC?

Nope! I was born and raised in Farmersville, Texas. A small town where you know everyone, and everyone knows you. Good and bad! In high school, I felt like I was being pulled to DC. So, against the advice of counsel (my parents), I only applied to colleges in DC. I graduated from George Washington University in 2016.

What’s your current hood in Washington DC and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

I just moved to Mt. Vernon square in April! I'm already obsessed. Everything you could ever want is right there, or a short walk away. There's a bakery, coffee shop, grocery store, bars, and about 10 restaurants all within a 5 minute walk from my door. The worst thing about it is that like most of DC, it's currently being gentrified. Signs of this include a lot of construction and an an apparent shift in the makeup of the community. It sucks that I'm now a part of this, but I'm dedicated to attempting to offset my presence here by supporting existing community organizations.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

I'm such a Spotify stan. My best friend and I have been making monthly collaborative Spotify playlists every month since September 2014! I listen to a lot of pop, hip-hop, rap, and acoustic. I really like covers, and I'm always looking around spotify for new music. However, I can't go more than 2 minutes of listening to country or rock music before exiting the bar I definitely didn't intend to enter.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Work Song - Hozier. Also, anything by Drake pre-if you're reading this it's too late.

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

Shameless, because it's the antithesis of all of those cliche, and played-out "American family next door" sitcoms - and it revels in it. Also, I'm still healing from The Good Wife ending. That was one of my favorite shows because it was very fast paced, played out current-events, and juggled several different plot lines without dropping the ball.

Name some spots in Washington DC that are good for a Tinder date.

We have a lot of great coffee shops, but DON'T HAVE A DATE AT A COFFEE SHOP, PEOPLE! Whenever the universe is unkind to me, and I happen to be sitting by a first-time date at a coffee shop, I make it a point to pause my music and be a silent third wheel. I'm nosey. Sorry. Take a tinder date for drinks at Columbia room, a bike ride to airplane park, or if you're feeling real confident - take them canoeing on the Potomac!

Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).

#45. There's enough material there for a Game of Thrones-length roast sesh.

Who’s your hero and where in Washington DC would you take them out for a serious hang?

I don't really have a "hero" - because now we have social media, which gives people ample time to reveal problematic behavior or ignorance. But someone I really admire is James Baldwin. I would take him to graffiti bridge to look at the view and learn more about him, since I only know him through pages of his books.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

When my bank account agrees, I'm a huge fan of Frank and Oak, Everlane, and Granna. I normally shop exclusively online, because who has the damn time? When I'm looking for fast fashion, I usually head for H&M, Urban, or UNIQLO.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Capitol Hill. Because I run into enough pretentious suited-up yopros in other parts of the district!

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

In college, I would love to read or do work in the great hall of the library of congress. It's beautifully intimidating. But, my library card expired upon graduation, and I haven't had a chance to apply for a new resident one since it's only in person and only open during work hours. One day!

Where do you go in Washington DC for a casual night out?

Dacha beer garden or Barcelona wine bar! Also, the Shaw area has a lot of nice & low-key spots.

Where would you go in Washington DC to celebrate some freaking good news?

Cocktail tasting at Columbia room! It's a little pricey, but it's definitely an experience. My best friend's brother took us there for graduation, but I've always wanted to go back. They change the menu out based on the season - and really go all out. It's a 3-5 course drink tasting paired with eats. You get a personal bartender and the ambiance is dark and stormy.

What’s your choice of transportation in Washington DC and why?

Walking! DC is a really walkable city, and I love walking through the different neighborhoods and noticing how each one is unique. Also, there's always some sort of protest, sidewalk concert, or something else going on that you'll miss if you uber or metro all the time.

What are the Washington DC spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

No surprise, but DC has a lot of great and FREE.99 museums. I would say the new National Museum of African American History and the National Portrait Gallery are must sees. After being all #cultured, you can't miss the food and nightlife! U street is a one stop shop for both.

What are the Washington DC spots tourists should run from screaming?

The White House.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Washington DC. How do you spend it?

Would start out with a walk down the Georgetown waterfront, grab coffee and a Kolache at Compass Coffee, and have a big brunch with friends on a rooftop. Then, head to Chinatown to listen to some sidewalk music before walking through the National Portrait Gallery. For dinner, it would be a Cambodian and Taiwanese feast at Maketto. After recovering, we would head out to U Street. 801, velvet lounge, Brixton, and Flash (if they don't have a cover) all in that order. Of course, we couldn't leave U Street without waiting in line at 3am for &Pizza!

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Athens! I studied abroad there, and constantly felt full by the people's kindness, the delicious food, and the ancient history! There's a huge creative culture there, and it's not as overloaded with fellow tourists as other European cities I've been to. Also.. it's a short boat ride or plane away from Greek islands. I don't think I will ever see a more beautiful view than a Santorini sunset.

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