2020 Year IN review

The strength of our team is in each individual member. The strength of each member is in the team.
Cherrelle Swain

Saskia Kercy

Hailing from Philadelphia, Saskia Kercy moved to Washington D.C. in 2019 after graduating from Temple University. She stumbled upon The Bridge via a friend who saw an IG post calling for contributors. It became her first post-grad writing opportunity.

The Bridge gave me exactly what I didn’t know I needed,” Saskia said.”It connected me to people who I probably would have never had the opportunity to meet, to learn so many people’s stories, and gain a new understanding and appreciation for D.C.

The last two years have proven to be a point of transformation for Saskia. Growing up, she always wanted to be a writer. As she stepped into that identity, she soon found herself taking on another.

Slowly coming into herself as a creative, Saskia credits The Bridge with challenging her to shift her intentions and attention toward D.C. culture. “It was an interesting experience transitioning to a hyper-local perspective. And now, I have something else that I am fighting for,” she explained.

As we move into the new year, Saskia said she’s looking forward to exploring how the incoming presidential administration will address D.C. statehood and other issues. She’s also curious about newly elected D.C. council members and whether they will effect change in the way their constituents desire.

Either way, in 2021, Saskia will get her master’s degree in economics from Howard University.

Lindiwe Vilakazi

“At my highest self, I am a creator. I am a lover of poetry. I am a lover of words. I am a lover of the people.”

You know, before it closed. I was especially moved by Walter Dean Myers — a Black male author from Harlem, New York. I just love his books. I loved how his stories captured the raw emotion of youth that looked like me! He had so many powerful narratives that really inspired my poetry, my writing, and taught me to always try to leave a visceral effect on the reader. I take a lot of pride in being able to tell other people’s stories. It means a lot that people are entrusting me to tell their story correctly.

I’ve been writing for the Washington Informer and The Bridge since December 2019, but I was born in D.C. and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland. I’m learning that you have to move with opportunities as they’re presented or you won’t build success. And by success I mean being able to heal people — helping others by sharing their joy or their pain or their lessons. I always aspire to walk in my path out loud with no boundaries to who I am or who I’m meant to be.

I’m looking forward to my work being able to take me different places and to share with different audiences. Now the goal is much bigger. It’s about inspiring others to walk in their paths out loud, too. And to be able to share in that moment.”

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