In Alabama, 50 years after Selma, voting rights are once more under assault.
Showcases Traditional Fabrics for Haute Couture Line
When the Africa Braintrust commenced at the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference last week, an unlikely panelist was Ahneva Hilson, a clothing designer once based in the U.S. now living in Nigeria.
As the drums begin, signaling the start of the warm-up for Idy Ciss’ Sabar-Serer dance class, the dancers shed shoes and ushered children to the sidelines as they crowded onto the floor at the Embassy Suites Hotel on Sunday, the last day of the annual conference and concert that locally-based African dance company, KanKouran holds every Labor Day weekend.
As the limbo bar grew closer and closer to the ground, the fit and daring attendees at the fifth annual Taste of Barbados last weekend, angled their bodies down in different configurations to slide under the bar without losing their balance, all in pursuit of a gift basket of Bajan delights.
There could not have been a more perfect day to hold the 15th Annual D.C. Poetry Festival than last Friday.
Exhibit Features Ward 8 Resident
D.C. photographer Jonathan Bruce French's latest exhibit, "Innocent Eyes of Tierra Bomba," featuring his travels to the South American country of Colombia, serves as a testament to his dedication to photography — something he has been working at since the 1970s.
Although most of Mexican singer Lila Downs' songs are sung in Spanish, the seasoned artist draws her inspiration from Mexico’s multicultural roots, embracing the African and Native American cultures along with Spanish influences in the style that she calls "Jazz Mixteca."
It was a sad, hot summer for the people who did not realize the ascendency of Jill Scott to superstardom, and did not get a ticket to one of her area shows, the latest at Wolf Trap Farms Park's Filene Center.
When Dick Gregory opens his mouth, something profound usually comes out — and sometimes something profane as well.
She was sassy, she was bawdy and she could beat a man down with her bare hands. That, on top of her legendary singing and dancing, made Bessie Smith the ultimate blues diva who lived the wild life that she sang about.
If you, like many other theater lovers in D.C., were waiting for the Tony Award-winning play "Memphis: The Musical," you had to act fast.
If you are a woman who has sisters, then playwright Katori Hall’s latest work, "The Blood Quilt," will seem familiar territory to those ubiquitous experiences of sibling dynamics.
Themes Explore Visions of Heaven, Purgatory and Hell
“The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists” can be viewed now through Aug. 2 at the National Museum of African Art.
Bruce McNeil Enjoys Life East of the River
When Bruce McNeil travels abroad — to Ghana, China or Quebec — his destinations have one thing in common: there’s a river nearby.
The list of the 2015 DC Hall of Fame Legacy Award inductees reads like a who's who of the District of Columbia.
It's back. And, Tony Gittens, Filmfest DC founder and director, says it's better than ever.
The band, now approaching three-plus decades of recording and touring, has a loyal following that sells out concerts in the United States and abroad.
When Ethiopian filmmaker Theodros Teshome, a leading figure in the Ethiopian film industry, made his recent film "Triangle-Going to America," he could hardly have guessed how many people in Washington's Ethiopian diaspora would come out to see the film.
For festivalgoers, Intersections is a ritual — a chance to see hundreds of dance, music, theater and family-oriented activities — at the most dismal part of winter, when the DMV area is inundated with cold and oftentimes inclement weather.
Tambra Raye Stevenson is on a mission to change the health of African-Americans by teaching and demonstrating African heritage cooking through her organization, NativSol Kitchen.
The play currently on stage at the Arena Stage’s Fichlander Stage has the providence of a powerhouse ensemble and a director well-versed in the work of August Wilson.
When one steps into the Howard University Gallery of Art during the current exhibit, "The Dianne Whitfield-Locke and Carnell Locke Collection: Building on Traditions," it becomes an educational walk through centuries of African-American art history.
When you hear songs like "Kansas City," "Hound Dog" and "Love Potion #9," one tends to remember the artists who made the songs hits — Little Willie Littlefield, Elvis Presley and The Clovers. But thanks to the long-running hit musical revue "Smokey Joe’s Café" the real stars of the songs — the duet of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller — stand front and center.
"Two Trains Running," playing at the Round House Theatre through May 4, is both a reminder of the issues for African-Americans then, and a warning about today's urban shifts.
Filmfest DC is celebrating 28 years of bringing two weeks and more than 80 international and independent films to Washington's culture-hungry masses.
She goes by one name only. Buika. If her name is unfamiliar now, once exposed to her unique vocal style, the name — and her sound — will stick.
Premiere of 'Half of a Yellow Sun' at AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
For the fans of Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in the Washington metropolitan area, the long wait is almost over.
The National Museum of African Art recently held "Earth Matters, Fashion Matters," a showcase of ecologically inspired, ready-to-wear designs by eight African designers based in Africa, New York and Europe.
INTERSECTIONS, the multifaceted, multidisciplinary and always eclectic community festival, kicks off on Friday, Feb. 21 at the Atlas Center for the Performing Arts for three weekends packed with music, dance, poetry, theater and more.
The brilliant abstract-shaped canvases, classically crafted portraits and masterfully manipulated digital photographs lining the walls of International Visions Gallery on Connecticut Avenue represent winners — all of the artists who created them are winners of one of the most popular art competitions in the country.
"Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner," now playing at the Arena Stage’s Fichlander Stage, revisits the drama that first came to light in the Sixties’ film of the same name.
Last weekend's concert featuring Kathleen Battle, accompanied by pianist Cyrus Chestnut, was indeed "Something to Sing About," the title of the performance and also an apt introduction for a stellar line-up of jazz programs and concerts scheduled through the end of the year.
The plot is age-old – boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, fate intervenes and the romance is doomed. But while the plot may not be new, the approach in Charles Randolph-Wright’s latest play, "Love in Afghanistan," is uncharted territory.
Recounts South African History through Dance and Song
“Exit/Exist,” a collaborative work by Maqoma and his dance troupe, Vuyani Dance Theatre, will break new ground at the Atlas Performing Arts Center from Oct. 18-20.
Artist Kerry James Marshall transformed his obsession with the Middle Passage into a body of artwork.
There couldn’t be a better title for an exhibit of the works of D.C. artist Carmen Toruella-Quander than the one that now graces her one-woman exhibit currently on view at the Parish Gallery in Georgetown.