PRESS ROOM: NNPA Demands Urgent Appointment of a Federal Special Prosecutor on Racially Motivated Police Killings

Washington, DC — The nation’s largest trade association of African American owned newspapers and media companies, the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), today issued an urgent call and demand that President Barack H. Obama and U.S Attorney General Loretta Lynch appoint a Federal Special Prosecutor in the wake of the police killings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. [read more…]

EDITORIAL: In Support of an All-Male Academy

May 11, 2016 WI Webstaff 0

When we first heard about the District’s plan to invest $20 million into a program that would address the decades-long achievement gap experienced by Black and Hispanic males with the establishment of an all-boys college preparatory high school east of the river, we were encouraged [read more…]

EDITORIAL: Worth a Breath of Fresh Air

May 11, 2016 WI Webstaff 0

May is Asthma Awareness Month – a time set aside to focus on the causes, prevention and cure for the chronic lung disease that takes the breath away from children and adults all year long. A coalition of organizations and concerned citizens have introduced a three-year Strategic Asthma Plan for the District and they are calling on the local government to provide $1.5 million to launch what they are calling the DC Asthma Campaign. [read more…]

Visitors Share Their Take on Artworks in Dialogue

November 24, 2015 Brianna Rhodes 0

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. [read more…]

Kelela Pushes R&B in New Direction

November 24, 2015 Adolf Alzuphar 0

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. [read more…]

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