Some people called it Chocolate City. Others called it Drama City. ‘It’ was Southwest Washington D.C. The worst kind of ghetto, made up of tenement houses, fleabag motels, and rat-infested apartment buildings. Slums didn’t even begin to describe the poverty and squalor of the area.
Chocolate City was where Wayne Anthony Perry was born on November 14, 1962. He grew up on L Street, in the area called 203. 203 was one of the worst sections of Chocolate City. It had the worst drug problem, the worst violence and the worst crime. The people who lived there had two vocational choices: sports or crime. Either one might provide a way out of Chocolate City. Lack of talent and poverty pushed most people to choose crime.
Wayne Perry was good at sports. So good that he was smooth. His smoothness earned him the nickname of ‘Silk.’ Bestowed upon him by his half-brother, who was called Lop, the nickname stuck. From that moment on, everyone knew Wayne Perry as Silk.