As revealed last week, Washingtonian magazine found themselves in some controversy following an ill-fated campaign apparently meant to represent D.C. residents and how proud they are of their city — unfortunately, they failed to show proper representation of a city that still boasts a huge Black population (just under 50%).

This past Sunday, D.C.’s true natives and Chocolate City’s own showed up for a different photoshoot, led by community leader Tony Lewis, Jr. and Angel Anderson of Spice Suite — it was a very powerful reminder that, despite many of D.C.’s residents being pushed out during the ongoing gentrification process, we still exist and demand the respect and acknowledgement that we deserve. Simply put, it was an absolutely beautiful sight to see.

Check out some social media snaps below of what went down.

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