So much can be said about Lafayette Barnes IV, most of which is positive, at least in my slightly biased opinion.
We had big plans coming into 2020. Many of them were upended by the Covid-19 pandemic but the spirit of our paper and our leader remained strong. Reflecting over the year, in “how it started vs. how it’s going” form, Lafayette remembers a time where he thought The Bridge could be his “side hustle” and how that quickly morphed into a higher calling.
“When I look at photos from a few years ago, I have a lot of pictures from parties, being turnt up, and I was still doing things with the paper but it was more riding the wave instead of making the wave,” Lafayette explained. “I quickly realized that this is a legitimate business that needs 100 percent of my attention for it to be worthwhile.”
”The Black press have always been the ones who’ve had to tell the truth about Black life while mainstream media has always either sugar coated or dramatized it“
When he says worthwhile, he doesn’t just mean for himself or his family, but for D.C. and beyond. The Bridge is the continuation of a legacy for the Washington Informer and the Black press as a whole. In recent years, we have seen a resurgence in support of the Black press that Lafayette attributes to fake news, polarized communities, and propaganda from every direction.
“The Black press have always been the ones who’ve had to tell the truth about Black life while mainstream media has always either sugar coated or dramatized it” he said.
With this sense of responsibility, Lafayette said he looks forward to being more of a guide to D.C.-area millennials in 2021. “We have a variety of content in the pipeline including podcasts, blogs, video content, social media and email content,” he told The Bridge. “I am excited to get feedback on that content from the city and just improve our stance and create value for businesses and individuals in D.C.”