As if anyone needed a reminder that DC is losing its status as Chocolate City, this news is another blow. We learned from this story in the DCist that the headquarters of BET Networks, the parent company of the Black Entertainment Television network will close up shop this summer and move to New York. The headquarters has been a landmark in the area, located nearby at 1235 W St. NE in Brentwood. From the story:
…the cable network’s central operations are moving to Viacom’s new hub in New York, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The D.C. office is slated to shutter on July 7.
Former CEO Bob Johnson launched BET in the District in 1980. After becoming the top black-focused cable network in the country, Johnson sold it for more than $2.3 billion in stock to Viacom two decades later.
The closure of the D.C. office impacts about 20 full-time salaried staffers and 40 freelancers, who don’t know yet if they’ll transition to New York or Los Angeles or lose their jobs with the company…
We will keep our eyes on the location to see what will happen to it next.
If you have an interest in arts or crafts then you should know about Artist and Craftsman Supply, which recently opened near Brookland at 1201-1203 Brentwood Road NE (in the shopping center behind the Giant and Home Depot). We recently checked out the store, which has been open for about four weeks, and we were blown away by the size, selection and variety of products. Here are a bunch of photos we took of the store. (You need flash to see the photos .If you cannot see them, click here to open the album on Flikr.)
There is something for pretty much anyone, from paint, canvas, and brushes, to decorative paper, stamps, stickers and games to knitting supplies and glitter. Check out their Facebook page here. Welcome to the area and good luck!
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