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They used to be Jabarr and Gigi Dowell. That was back when they were microbiologists. Now they are known as DNA (“Destroying Negative Attitudes”) and Gi-Twice.

“I was a chemist in a lab that made cooking oil,” said DNA.

“I was working on the clinical side of microbiology,” said Gi-Twice. “I worked in a hospital.”

He spits his poetry while she sings hers and provides melodic riffs to his spoken word. They both play guitars. They are a dynamic duo of brains and music for the soul, two people living out their dreams instead of other people’s best wishes for them. They had the courage to say “no” to well-meaning parents and see clearly the path to their own satisfaction. Together, they perform as Mahogany Dust.

“My entire family sings on both sides,” offered Gi-Twice. “Singing is something I’ve been doing since I was born. I’ve always had that dream of just doing music.”

But she also developed a love for science and for helping others. Her parents nudged her toward becoming a doctor, a profession that could provide her with a good income. So she majored in microbiology at Southern University in Baton Rouge.

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