Medical personnel at the United Medical Center fight an uphill battle every day as they help residents in Wards 7 and 8 lower and eliminate the high incidence of high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and other illnesses that are wreaking havoc in people's lives.
Friends and colleagues lauded the late Maya Angelou, who danced, acted, belted out songs, penned soaring poetry and captivating novels that chronicled some of the horrors of her young life and her ability to rise above circumstances that might have crippled others.
Move over Easy, Debbie's Arrived
Walter Mosley knew he'd found his calling at age 34 when after working as a computer programmer and holding other jobs, he wrote his first novel.
Since Oct. 11, 2010, Valencia Harris has lived a nightmare from which she’s yet to emerge.
Six Decades after Brown Ruling, Education Gap Widens
Sixty years after the U.S. Supreme Court scrapped segregation in America's public schools, hundreds of demonstrators gathered at the steps of the Supreme Court, then marched to the Department of Justice demanding that President Barack Obama, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder use the power of their offices to blunt the assault against public schools.
Thousands Sample Passport DC 2014
For the past two weekends, perhaps as many as 30,000 people have trooped to more than 50 embassies along the celebrated “Embassy Row” in Northwest to immerse themselves in the art, history, culture and cuisine of places many may never actually visit.
A record number of graduates took part in Howard University’s 146th Commencement Convocation, on a day that saw music mogul Sean “Puffy” Combs excite his supporters and convert skeptics during his keynote address.
The kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls by Islamist rebels three weeks ago has frayed the nerves, tested the patience and deeply angered Nigerians already weary and increasing nervous over a bloody four-year insurgency.
The students, faculty and staff of Landover's Highland Park Christian Academy are walking with a little more pep in their step and chests out after having snagged a $10,000 grant to begin a robotics program at the school.
Carol Rasco remembers as a child growing up in the Arkansas Delta her parents and grandparents helping instill in her a deep love for reading and the written word.
All this week, as D.C. residents celebrate the 151st anniversary of Emancipation Day, statehood advocates have been using the holiday to advance their quest for autonomy. But there are divisions and differences of opinion and approach which make the task that much more difficult.
Vincent B. Orange believes that he's the best person to serve as Washington, D.C.'s next mayor.
Muriel Bowser has been on the stump since March of last year, trying to cement her bid to succeed D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, and two weeks before the April 1 primary, she has been slated by a number of pundits and analysts to be the candidate to beat.
Since D.C.'s U.S. Attorney Ron Machen Jr. announced March 10 that local businessman Jeffrey Thompson admitted to secretly funding a $3.3 million shadow campaign to finance national and local candidates in 28 races, including D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, residents have been waiting for the other shoe to drop.
More and more, African leaders are recognizing and acknowledging the challenges women face, and are using the powers of their office and partnering with civil society and other organizations to begin to reverse the varied trials women face.
Some of the country's female singing legends descended on the White House Thursday to celebrate Women's History Month with the first family.
D.C. U.S. Attorney Ron Machen Jr. dropped a bomb in the midst of the mayor's race on Monday when one of the city's most prominent donors pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiring to violate federal campaign finance laws, submitting false filings to the IRS and conspiring to violate District campaign finance laws.
"I say this to all of you clearly and unequivocally, I did not break the law!" With those words, Mayor Vincent C. Gray began an unabashed defense of his innocence in a campaign corruption scandal that exploded Monday afternoon following an appearance in federal court of the man prosecutors say has tied Gray to campaign misdeeds.
Despite strident calls by Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells for the heads of Paul A. Quander Jr. and Kenneth B. Ellerbe, Mayor Vincent C. Gray said that’s not happening.
Mayor Vincent C. Gray and other city officials are banking on the $5 million St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion providing an economic foundation that will transform the fortunes of Ward 8.
An audience of more than 1,000 guests at the 88th Annual Black History Luncheon at the Marriott Wardman Hotel in Northwest heard about the importance of studying black history, securing a quality education and honoring the sacrifices of our forebears.
Perhaps it's a good thing that Mayor Vincent C. Gray operates effectively on a limited sleep schedule. These days, he juggles his mayoral duties with the pressing demands of a re-election campaign.
The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety released a blistering report Friday detailing the multiple failings of D.C. firefighters at a Rhode Island Avenue station and dispatchers that resulted in the death of an elderly resident.
Argue That the Bank Cannot Police Itself
Over the past three decades, this venerable institution has been roiled by charges from current and former employees about the deep-seated racial bias and discrimination at the Bank.
The couples we spoke to represent a mélange of people, ideas and experiences. They took the bold step to get married. Here are their stories.
In what Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus expects to be a yearly event, he and more than 300 mostly African-American Republicans, supporters and their friends celebrated Black History Month with an awards luncheon.
Firefighters Disregard Medical Emergency
District residents and elected officials are still at a loss as to why firefighters from the Engine 15 station house neglected to help a critically ill man last month.
Phyllis Muhammad's official and unofficial responsibilities at the World Bank gave her a bird's eye view of the steady and significant patterns of racism and discrimination perpetrated at the institution.
The family of Medric Cecil Mills Jr. and their attorneys are calling for the firing of firefighters and D.C. Fire and Emergency Management personnel who refused to help when Mills suffered a medical emergency and subsequently died.
For more than seven years, Yonas Biru has been fighting the World Bank. The Ethiopian native and Silver Spring, Md., resident said he's learned the hard way the price of being black at the venerable institution.
Malcolm, Martin & Medgar Remembered
During a question and answer session of a dramatic reading marking the beginning of Black History Month, one of the more than 60 people in the audience asked the group on stage who is Medgar Evers.
"The Tallest Tree in the Forest," which runs at the Arena Stage on the Waterfront in Southwest until Feb. 16, recounts the uncommon life of Paul Robeson.
Race. Gentrification. Economic inequities. Failing schools. Cronyism. An absence of leadership. These are some of the issues D.C. mayoral candidate Anas "Andy" Shallal says stand in the way of the nation’s capital being a truly great city.
Although civil and human rights icons Nelson Mandela and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. never met, there are a number of parallels between these iconic men.
When former South African President Nelson R. Mandela died on Dec. 5, more often than not, admirers mentioned the name of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King in the same breath.
The District's Office of Tax and Revenue has been busy cracking down on owners and employees of retail businesses which sell single cigarettes.
Phi Beta Sigma Celebrates Centennial
The Phi Beta Sigma fraternity’s Centennial Founders Ball had a distinctive Civil Rights flavor as more than 1,000 fraternity members and supporters celebrated the organization’s first 100 years.
Although it’s cutting it really close to organize happenings and events for this year’s MLK holiday, over the next three years, the District’s Secretary of State and Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) expect a newly constituted commission to develop and implement a number of such activities.
Over the course of 75 years, the DC Chamber of Commerce has seen a remarkable transformation from the voice of small and minority businesses at its inception in 1938, to an extremely effective and powerful advocate for businesses in the District of Columbia.
The District of Columbia is riding the wave of an economic boon that going into its second year has produced almost 18,000 new jobs, $281 million in tax revenue and slightly less than $1 billion in foreign investment in real estate projects.
Until a few years ago, black District residents proudly called their city “Chocolate City,” at a time when more than 70 percent of the 528,000 residents were African American.
Those touched and influenced by Rolihlahla Dalibhunga Mandela but unable to travel to South Africa for his state funeral had the opportunity to say goodbye here in Washington, D.C.
Since South African human rights icon Nelson R. Mandela died, a steady stream of people of all shades and ethnicities have been making pilgrimages to the South African embassy on Massachusetts Avenue in Northwest D.C. to pay homage.
I'm not sure why but there has always been a special bond between Jamaica, South Africa and Nelson Mandela.
Anti-Apartheid Hero Mourned Around the Globe
In Washington, D.C., and far-flung corners of the world, admirers of human rights icon Nelson R. Mandela are recalling the life of South Africa’s first black president, who was also a freedom fighter branded a terrorist, a Nobel Laureate, political prisoner, lifelong rebel and thorn in the side of the white minority government.
The new year will reveal to the public and others, what the actual effects of a Democratic move to blunt Republican overuse of the filibuster will have on relations between both parties.
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray reiterated his desire to continue serving as the chief executive of the nation's capital at a Dec. 3 press conference, and swatted away reporters' questions about a 2010 campaign scandal that has dogged his administration for more than three years.
As residents in the Washington metropolitan area gear up for Black Friday, American Express and a local nonprofit are encouraging District residents to consider shopping a little closer to home this year.
Several hundred friends, family, colleagues, employees and admirers who gave Cooper a lighthearted, spirited and poignant sendoff at a Friday, Nov. 8 tribute marking her retirement from public life.
At a ceremony following the laying of the wreath, more than 100 people trooped across the street to the Civil War Museum where Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) presented the Congressional Medal of Honor to two of the original Tuskegee Airmen.