I feel like I interviewed D. Watkins at the perfect time. His newest book and memoir, The Cook Up was just featured in the holiest of black scriptures, Oprah Magazine. Although an amazing achievement, D. is a very down to earth guy with no plans to leave anytime soon. Coming from a place where the price for many things was death, D was able to take his love of storytelling and fear of “missing something” to give back to the city of Baltimore. Listen as he talks about his four point plan to increase youth literacy, what a bad day looks like where he’s from, and what it’s like to be fame-ish. Follow D. on social media, @dwatkinsworld. If you’re in Station North this Saturday (6/26), D. will be there reading selected passages from The Cook Up. He’s also teamed up with Taharka Brothers Ice Cream for a new ice cream flavor inspired by book, which you can sample at the event!