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Meet Ron Moten, Aspiring Media Mogul

0301motenAttention D.C. politicos: Ronald Moten is out of the beef-squashing business.

The Peaceoholics honcho, for years called on by politicos far and wide to do gang interventions and conflict resolution, has moved on to his next project: media entrepreneur.

His outlet, launching today, is called OtherSide Magazine. Get it? If not, here's the publication's tagline: "Every Story Has Another Side."

Where his former job was all about settling tussles, this enterprise stands to stir them up. "I want a vehicle to tell both sides of the story," he says Friday afternoon in his new office, a modest storefront on Martin Luther King Avenue in Congress Heights, a few blocks from Ballou High School.

In the front of the office, formerly a church, his only employee, Damon Gorham, does design work on a computer; Moten has a bare desk set up in the back, in the boiler room—as in right next to the furnace. "I've always been a media man, a promotions man," he says, sitting behind it. "The toothpaste can get out of the tube, and it can do much damage."

Like the whole fishy fire truck fiasco, he says—Peaceoholics found itself in the middle of the controversy over the giveaway of surplus city emergency equipment to the Dominican Republic, even though investigations later determined the group was little more than a middle man. The affair meant a bright light was shined on the nonprofit, soiling its reputation and imperiling its funding. (Moten says he is no longer involved in Peaceoholics' day-to-day operations, but he remains on its board.)

So what stories these days deserve the "other side" treatment?

For one, Moten details "The Other Side of Omar Karim"—the principal owner of Banneker Ventures and frat brother of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty who became entangled in the parks contracting mess. The article describes Karim, Banneker, and the parks contracts in the glowingest of glowing terms.

To wit: "Like Benjamin Banneker, Mr. Karim has committed himself and the firm he founded to improving Washington, DC. The mission of the firm is "[t]o change the world...one community at a time." Banneker Ventures has remained true to this mission. This is a company whose ideals began to remind me of the noble goals and objectives of the Civil Rights Movement and such leaders as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks."

The other subjects of OtherSide Magazine align pretty closely with Fenty's political agenda. One piece deems Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander the "Worst Politician of the Year" for comments she allegedly made about dropouts. Another takes At-Large Councilmember Phil Mendelson to task for supporting tougher penalties for liquid PCP possession. Another talks up Blue Skye Construction, the D.C. government contractor owned by Fenty ally Scottie Irving, and its efforts to employ ex-offenders and troubled youth.

But OtherSide tackles some non-D.C.-specific topics as well. There's a piece explaining why rapper T.I. sought to buy a vertiable arsenal of unregistered machine guns. Another piece deems Rush Limbaugh a "homegrown terrorist." And then there's this biological perspective on Tiger Woods: 'Woods, like all humans who have come before him, suffers from two conflicting biological programs—the urge to establish a pair-bond with a mate to develop a family versus the urge to consistently find new mates to fertilize and subsequently diversify his genetic potential through the generations."

"That's something the dudes in the street are going to read," Moten says.

The articles are published on the Web, but Moten's also printed up 5,000 copies of an eight-page newsletter promoting his stories. (The Karim piece is printed in full.) Already today, LL found stacks of the newsletters inside the John A. Wilson Building. Moten says he has youths handing them out at Metro stops and elsewhere around town today.

Besides the newsletter and Web site, Moten says he plans to do Internet video broadcasts and PR work. And his cash cow is a market well-known to the well-established music promoter—go-go flyers, done by Gorham in a slick, bold style. "Flyers alone will pay the bill on this building," Moten said Friday. "We're doing all the go-go bands, but we're going to start marketing to nonprofits."

Moten's going to have to expand his enterprise at some point, and soon. He credits "some saving souls" with helping him with start-up costs, but he's the bottom line looms. "I'm gonna need some advertisers within a month and a half," he says. "And I'm gonna get 'em."

File photo by Darrow Montgomery

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Comments

  1. #1

    Hey Gray, isn't this the guy that put your fence repairs (de facto kickbacks) on front street? The on that said he was going to expose the "biggest pimps in the room?"

    This could get fun.

  2. #2

    THIS IS NOTHING BUT A FENTY PLOY.

    HE IS BASICALLY KILLING 2 BIRDS WITH ONE STONE. MAKE GOOD ON LIFE LINE TO MOTEN AFTER PEACEAHOLICS FUNDING GOT THE AX DUE TO FIRE TRUCK DEBACLE AND MISSTATEMENT ABOUT GRAY.

    PLANT MOTEN IN S.E. TO START SOFT SHOEING THE FOLKS HE HAS NEGLETED AND PUSH TALKING POINTS ABOUT WHAT A GOOD GUY FENTY IS AND PROMOTE ALL THAT HE'S DONE FOR THE SOUTH SIDE. THE PROBLEM IS THOSE FOLK ARENT AS DUMB AS FENTY MAKE THEM OUT TO BE.

    ITS SO OBVIOUS MOTEN GOT SOME FRONT MONEY AND/OR ASSISTANCE FROM ONE OF FENTY'S CONNECTS TO START BULL SHIT ASS BLOG SITE.

    WHAT A SELL OUT!

  3. #3

    NOODLEZ

    your assessment is right on! This flunky talkin' bout what "street dudes" will do, but NOW he's ready to "tell it REAL GOOD" when the sport coats hung him out to dry!

    Funny how when you scratch a lie you find a thief, in this case THIEVES!

  4. #4

    Thanks for posting the link...I took the time to read the letter to Marion Barry.

    Obviously Moten had assistance attempting to transcribe his thoughts, even though it is poorly constructed and edited. Given what Marion Barry did for him by keeping him from additional prison time, I thought the writing was disrespectful by repeatedly referring to him as Marion. But, this is classic Ron Moten, KING of poverty pimps/Fenty's flunky and wanna be player....

  5. #5

    I know that he is ignorant, rough around the edges and too close to the mayor. But he looks really good in that picture. Let me stop before I am the next one to be put out of a hotel room in Denver.

  6. #6

    Aw, c'mon NOODLEZ, don't you think Fenty felt he owed Moten something for shoveling out the City?

  7. #7

    Looking at his site, I would recommend that he take a writing class.

  8. #8

    I checked out the site. I really cannot take it's journalism, if I can call it that, very serious because of it's highly opinionated position on issues, particularly the Mayor, that ignores most, if not all, of his factual missteps.

  9. #9

    @Anonymous THIS WAS IN THE WORKS WAY BEFORE SNOWPACOLYPSE. MOTEN IS GOING TO GO TO THE FENTY WELL ONE TO MANY TIMES THEN HIS STREET CRED WILL ALL BUT DIMINISH.

    MOTEN SELLING HIS SOUL TO HELP PROMOTE FENTY'S BULL SHIT ASS AGENDA THROUGH THAT SITE IS ACTUALLY WORST THAN JASON CHERKIS' NEVER ENDING SAGA ABOUT THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MARION BARRY.

    I HOPE THE BROTHER COME TO HIS SENSES AND REALIZE THE FENTY TEAM DIDNT DRAFT HIM. HE WAS PICKED-UP THROUGH FREE AGENCY. WHEN YOU GET SIGNED THROUGH FREE AGENCY THEY NEED YOU TO FILL A NEED.

    MY PERSONAL BELIEFS ASIDE I HOPE THIS WORKS OUT FOR HIM.

  10. #10

    Another joke in DC life. Please! Is he taking any courses in developmental reading, creative writing and critical thinking skills to support his new boiler room job? The thug perspective won't get him very far. What a laugh!!!! WE can look at "The Corner" and "The Wire" on DEMAND

  11. #11

    Fuck me... Motten will probably land a book/movie deal from this crap. What a world. He can barely read or write yet he will probably rake in millions (he probably already has a large sum of DC taxpayers dollars). And for those of you who think I'm hating on him- yes I fucking am. I hate everything about him.

  12. #12

    What a farce, his grammar is horrible and he is doing this to help Fenty oh please. Hizzoner is a jack ass, can't wait till he feels the same wrath that ex mayor Kirkpatrick is feeling.

  13. #13

    I'm still trying to figure out WHY! His take alone on Tiger Woods and his biology is too funny and ridiculous. I just can't see Moten and "Biology" in the same conversation.

  14. #14

    Good to see another avenue for media. The BS shoveled to us right now from FOX, LL, and the POST isnt' journalism. Who cares if grammer is off, when this blows up he can hire an editor. This is a young black successful man with an opinion that many value - so don't diss him for it - show love and support. Or, should we rely on the the same 'ol media sources for the truth? I welcome the other side of the story.

  15. #15

    Moten for Ward 8 Council!!!!

  16. #16

    I take it that Commentor DG is Damon Gorham? :)

    "In the front of the office, formerly a church, his only employee, Damon Gorham, does design work on a computer;"

  17. #17

    We all know Moten is Fenty's boy. Thanks for the confirmation.

  18. #18

    Hysterical. I'm all for FREE Press. Somewhere, Thomas Jefferson is smiling. The Fenty affiliation notwithstanding, this is some crazy stuff. I wish him well, but you can't serve TWO masters. You'll eventually love one and hate the other. Tiger Wood's expose', LOL! At least he didn't do the same "biological" comparison with Marion Barry. For those questioning his Street Cred, it was already diminishing. The DR Fire Truck deal did it for me. Squashing Gang Beefs is one thing, but even a thug on the street can see an enterprising person who is out of their league. I'm just waiting for an updated article to his Gray is a Pimp commentary.

  19. #19

    he is sick in his head he takes all this money from Peaceoholics and leave them hanging. he is a con artist him and abraham always dressed down in Peaceoholcs money they need to get a life and worry about the well being of themseleves I repeat close down peaceoholics they have or never cared about youth they just want DC MONEY GET A JOB

  20. Napoleon Bushrod Uniontown Suggs III
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  21. #21

    ppl are so fnny to put down someone that has done a lot for the youth. This man has stop 10 beefs alone in the school system. Yes he support fenty and I also support him too and I support Moten also.

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