As we quickly approach the 2016 general election, there has been a general sentiment of political melancholy in the Black community in particular given the impending exit of President Barack Obama in January. […]
A recent Associated Press poll showed that 62 percent of those polled ages 18-35 opposed the U.S. government providing reparations to African-Americans for slavery while 32 percent support the measure. However, the poll is much different among racial lines. Sixty-two percent of Black Americans and 40 percent of Latinos want reparations while 21 percent of White Americans are in favor. […]
As president of the Black Student Union (BSU) at The George Washington University, Abeke Teyibo has to ensure that her organization acknowledges Black students’ concerns and address the needs of the community. […]
In the centuries after the end of Maafa — the worldwide separation of African people via the Transatlantic Slave Trade — people of African descent have struggled to foster a collective consciousness under a global system that favors everything European. […]
For more than a year, visitors at the Smithsonian National Museum of Art have had the opportunity to talk about the connection between African and African-American history. They’ve done so through “Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue,” an exhibit that highlights various interpretations of African and African-American culture. Spirituality counts among those topics that bridges the gap between the two groups. […]
Singer and songwriter Kelela is one of R&B’s new rising stars. Two years after releasing her critically acclaimed EP “Cut 4 Me,” she’s back with “Hallucinogen.” In half a dozen tracks, she lets her personal tastes and that of her collaborators distance herself from the mainstream contemporary R&B pack all the while rooting herself in the tradition. In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, she said that she focuses more on “resonance than on sound [unlike others]” to balance out her own individuality with that of the feature artists. Her rhythms, melodies, and lyrics cause us to hallucinate, as great R&B has always done. […]
For two years, the Swaliga Foundation has partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington (BGCGW) to give students an education that integrates science, technology, engineering, and math curricula with the arts. This collaboration has become part of the national STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) movement, which aims to help children adapt and function in modern-day America by coupling what have been considered vastly different subjects.
By his 11th birthday, Tony Lewis Jr.’s father, alleged head of a D.C. drug syndicate, had served nearly two years of a life sentence in a federal penitentiary on the other side of the country. HIs mother also developed what would later be diagnosed as schizophrenia. Even with the guidance of a loving grandmother, Lewis said he navigated life in the District with his street smarts during a time when the city gained a reputation as the “murder capital.” […]