Gerard Sekoto, 1913–1993, South Africa, Boy and the Candle 1943, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution (Courtesy of Franko Khoury)

Visitors Share Their Take on Artworks in Dialogue

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…]

CPR Intiative

EDITORIAL: Mayor Bowser’s Initiative for CPR Training

The American Heart Association plainly states that those who know how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, will most likely end up saving the life of someone they love. Yet, more than 70 percent of Americans have never been trained to administer CPR or their training has significantly lapsed. Most notable is the AHA’s statistics which show that nearly 326,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually, and 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home. More specifically, African Americans are almost twice as likely to experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in another public location than Caucasians, and their survival rates are twice as poor as for Caucasians, according to the AHA. [read more…]

People in the African-American community have the nation's highest cancer rates and deaths. (Courtesy photo)

EDITORIAL: Cancer Can Strike at Any Time — Get Tested

Throughout the month of October, Americans across the country have been sponsoring walks, raising money, holding educational workshops and remembering those who have died from breast cancer. Black women are particularly susceptible to this insidious disease which is why they have been advised to get tested on an annual basis. Unfortunately, not all women follow the advice of their doctor – if they even have a personal physician.
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Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson speaks at the National Press Club in Northwest D.C. on Oct. 9. PHOTO BY NANCY SHIA

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Blacks Need to Arm Themselves Too

I was happy to read William J. Ford’s article “Carson Clarifies Position on Gun Control” in the Oct. 15 edition of The Washington Informer. I agree completely with Dr. Carson’s assertion that if the Jews had been armed, things might have been different in Hitler’s Germany in the 1930’s, and that’s why I suggest that every law-abiding Black person in America go and buy a firearm. Blacks in America are facing very similar tactics from law enforcement and we don’t have to wear a Star of David because we are distinguished by our color. [read more…]