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Akon Unveils New Solar Campaign for Africa

Senegalese-American R&B singer Akon has been lighting up Africa with solar energy even while the solar industry in the U.S. struggles to catch fire.

RNC Celebrates Black Music Month

The Republican National Committee kicked off this year's Black Music Month on Monday with a panel discussion in downtown D.C. that brought together music industry veterans and newcomers to discuss the state of black music.

Tracy Morgan Speaks for First Time Since Crash: 'Pain is Always Going to Be There' for Lost Friend

Tracy Morgan spoke out Monday in his first television appearance since suffering a traumatic brain injury in a New Jersey highway collision last summer, emotionally recounting his arduous recovery and the life of his friend and mentor who died in ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Infinite Words: A Comprehensive Guide to Writing and Publishing' by Zane

It's always been your dream to be a famous author — and that could happen, but there's work to do first. "Infinite Words" by Zane can get you started.

Accolades Continue for D.C.'s DJ Young Music

While most students are looking forward to a summer break that may include barbecues, a trip to the beach or a family vacation, one local high school standout is preparing to go on tour with music superstar Chris Brown.

New Play Addresses Obstacles Facing D.C.'s Gay Community

Each Memorial Day weekend, tens of thousands of people head to D.C. to enjoy social and cultural events geared toward the black LGBTQ community. This year, one longtime D.C. resident who has been part of those festivities almost from the ...

ButtaflySoul Hosts Poetry Slam during Black Pride

On a warm, Saturday evening in Northwest, poets from the District, Baltimore and as far away as South Carolina, offered their best pieces in a friendly competition — with bragging rights and a $500 cash prize at stake.

Partnerships Propel DC Jazz Festival Forward

This year, the East River JazzFest performances, including artists Janelle Gill, Reginald Cyntje, Christylez Bacon and Pepe Gonzalez, "will celebrate American composer Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington’s chief collaborator."

B.B. King's Daughters Claim Blues Legend Was 'Murdered'; Lawyer Scoffs

The attorney for the estate of B.B. King has blasted a claim by the late blues great's daughters that he was poisoned.

Willard Jenkins Invigorates DC Jazz Festival

The DC Jazz Festival looks even more diverse this year, with hip-hop, soul and pop influences certain to attract millennials as well as the middle-aged, seniors and the casual music fan tourists by the busload — and all that would ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Corruption Officer' by Gary L. Heyward

Sometimes you choose your sides, and sometimes they're chosen for you.

Dick Gregory Wows Audience at D.C. Fundraiser

Dick Gregory, one of black America's seasoned funny men, didn't mince words during a recent gathering at a local hair salon, lambasting the mainstream media and blacks who unwittingly believe everything newscasters tell them.

Inmates Make, Design Quilts for a Cause

Sirlilar Stokes, an inmate at the Patuxent Institution in Jessup, first started trying her hand at quilting about three months ago.

Chadian Cuisine Comes to D.C.

One of those things common among all human is the joy that comes when sitting down with friends and family and having a sumptuous meal. And one woman who hails from the Republic of Chad in Central Africa hopes that ...

Bill Cosby Breaks Silence on Sexual Assault Accusations

Bill Cosby attempted for the first time Friday to publicly address the multiple accusations of sexual assault that have plagued him since the fall.