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Gray Dedicates New Chuck Brown Memorial Park

Celebrating what would have been Chuck Brown's 78th birthday, Mayor Vincent C. Gray Friday posthumously honored the life and legacy of the go-go legend at the new Chuck Brown Memorial Park at Langdon Park in Northeast.

African Diaspora Film Festival Opens

This year's African Diaspora Film Festival promises to have a strong Afro-Latino flavor, adding a new twist to the longest running event of its kind.

BOOK REVIEW: 'No Saints around Here: A Caregiver's Days' by Susan Allen Toth

Pick up "No Saints around Here" and you'll notice something: holding it in your hands is like grasping a half-pound of pure ache.

A Passion for Fashion: Anacostia Designer Jarmal Harris Stitches Together a Successful Career

Creativity, ingenuity and a desire to help others are the foundations on which D.C. fashion designer Jarmal Harris has built his career.

D.C. Filmmaker a Quarterfinalist in Prestigious Screenwriting Contest

Shuaib Mitchell, an award-winning producer, director and screenwriter from D.C., has been selected as a quarterfinalist in the 2014 Scriptapalooza screenwriting contest for his feature-length screenplay "A Rose By Any Other Name," Nubia Filmworks announced Wednesday.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Monster's Chef' by Jervey Tervalon

Even though there's some mild hair-raising here, this book isn't exactly a thriller and it's not a mystery. Author Jervey Tervalon's novel actually seems jumbled, in fact, although it's strangely addictive.

Farafina Kan Storms into its 10th Year

For Nana Efua Badu Osundara, Farafina Kan has been a godsend.

Robin Williams, 63, Found Dead in Calif. Home

Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead Monday morning inside his California home, according to multiple news outlets.

Robyn LaJoya Charles Named Spokeswoman for Women's Radio Network

Robyn LaJoya Charles, daughter of legendary singer and songwriter Ray Charles, has been named spokeswoman for the Women's Radio Network (WRNW1), a global community for women professionals and entrepreneurs.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Good Morning, Mr. Mandela' by Zelda la Grange

For most of her life, author Zelda la Grange held beliefs that everyone around her shared. In the new book "Good Morning, Mr. Mandela," she explains how those tenets changed, and who led her there.

Kathy Sledge Brings Billie Holiday Tribute to D.C.

Kathy Sledge of the legendary soul group Sister Sledge will bring her Billie Holiday tribute show, "A Brighter Side of Day," to the Blues Alley and Supper Club in Northwest for four performances on Aug. 8 and 9.

Boseman Carries Masterful Brown Biopic 'Get On Up'

The life story of R&B singer James Brown, who died Christmas Day in 2006 at 73, is finally told on the big screen in a way that audiences can appreciate not only as good film-making, but for how it made ...

Booker, Edwards Make Capitol Hill's 'Most Beautiful' List

A U.S. senator and two members of the House were among several African-Americans on The Hill's annual "50 Most Beautiful" list.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Laws of Wrath' by Eriq La Salle

In the new book “Laws of Wrath” by Eriq La Salle, what's good for the goose might kill the gander.

Melvin Foote Still Taking the Lead on Africa

Melvin Foote may have fit right in with the 1980s conglomerate of rock stars that came to be known as U.S.A. for Africa.