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D.C. Celebrates Its Unsung Native Musicians and Songs

The African American Music Association (AAMA) paid tribute to two unsung D.C. pioneers, Billy Stewart and Van McCoy, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on Saturday.

BOOK REVIEW: '83 Minutes: The Doctor, the Damage and the Shocking Death of Michael Jackson' by Matt Richards and Mark Langthorne

They say you’ll always remember where you were when you hear of certain tragedies, and “83 Minutes” takes you there again.

Washington Area: Many Ways to Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Summer has finally arrived with a bang after an unusually cool spring that pushed back planting season and the usual outdoor activities until later in the season. But with the recent heating up of the atmosphere, everyone can do with ...

BeBe Winans Adds to His Musical Arsenal

Six-time Grammy winner BeBe Winans has undertaken a new adventure — writing the music and lyrics for a play, "Born for This: The BeBe Winans Story," that's set to open at the Arena Stage.

D.C. Playwright Takes On Taboo Topics of Race, Slavery in 'Octoroon'

Tackling controversial topics like slavery and race can be a risky move, but for playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, it seems to be just another walk in the park.

D.C. Go-Go Legends Return to the Stage

As The Washington Informer continues its coverage of African-American Music Appreciation Month, we thought our readers would enjoy hearing from two of the original members of one of the most influential and popular District-based go-go groups, The Young Senators.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Running With the Champ' by Tim Shanahan (with Chuck Crisafulli)

Two heads are better than one, and in the new book "Running With the Champ" by Tim Shanahan (with Chuck Crisafulli), so are four feet.

Babyface Talks Music, Illustrious Career

Before a recent star-studded Marvin Gaye tribute in D.C., Babyface talked with The Informer about what music has meant to him throughout his stellar career.

Still-Relevant 'Ragtime' Musical Explores History, Racial Tension

The issues that drive the revival of the 1998 Tony Award-winning Broadway production "Ragtime: The Musical," which just wrapped an all-too-short run at Wolf Trap's Filene Center, are as relevant today as they were at the turn of the century, ...

'Hamilton' Leads Way in Tony Awards

The bio-musical “Hamilton,” about Alexander Hamilton and the founding fathers, swept the 70th annual Tony Awards Sunday night.

RAMMYs Honor Best in Food in D.C.

The District’s biggest and most talented chefs, bartenders, restaurateurs and foodies gathered to celebrate and acknowledge those who contribute to the city’s bustling food scene.

Tuskegee University Grads Star in 'Vet Life' Cable Show

A new reality TV program that follows three veterinary graduates from historically black Tuskegee University debuted recently on the cable network Animal Planet.

Black Fraternity at Virginia Tech Gets 10-Year Ban for Hazing

The Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity has been banned for a decade from the Virginia Tech campus for a hazing incident that reportedly occurred in January.

Christina Grimmie, NBC 'Voice' Star, Fatally Shot at Orlando Concert

Singer Christina Grimmie, a former contestant on NBC's "The Voice," was fatally wounded Friday by a man who walked up and shot her after her performance at a venue in Orlando, Florida.

Annual Larry Neal Writers' Awards Honors Six

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities hosted the 33rd annual Larry Neal Writers' Awards Thursday, recognizing excellence in the literary arts by writers in the city.