The Hip-Hop Mayor?
D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) showed his love of hip-hop today when Darryl McDaniels, better known as DMC of legendary Run-DMC, helped the city launch its month-long campaign to increase foster homes.
DMC are McDaniels's initials, but Fenty said, "I thought it stood for devastating mic control," referring to the lyrics of "King of Rock."
That led to a brief, impromptu rap by McDaniels with Fenty chiming in.
Fenty said he remembered seeing a concert at the 9:30 Club. McDaniels said that had to be 1986. "I was in high school," Fenty said after the press conference at the the Post Permanency Family Center in Northeast, a support center for foster and adoptive families.
On a serious note, McDaniels, 44, said he learned he was adopted nearly a decade ago, giving him a a larger purpose than being a celebrity. His story became an award-winning documentary, and he now dedicates his life to helping and inspiring foster and adopted children.
He will be in the District for the next two days, visiting children and filming an ad for the city's foster care program, made possible with a $100,000 donation from Freddie Mac Foundation.
The city's Child and Family Services Agency, long troubled by a backlog and other problems, has access to 1,224 license foster homes, but only 438 are within the city's borders.
Fenty said the city's goal is to have at least 500 D.C. homes within 18 months, and the campaign will get the word out.
McDaniels said foster and adoptive families can give children the lives they deserve. "These foster kids are the next great mayors, rappers...Those little kids represent possibilities," he said. "We can make this universe a better place by touching the lives of those little boys and girls."
Because of his work on behalf of young people, McDaniels said his initials now stand for: "Delivering my children."
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