The D.C. Public Library system celebrated by distributing hundreds of "banned books" during what has come to be known as "Banned Books Week," typically the last week in September. But the this year's celebration was really meant to say a fond farewell to the old MLK Library, the main public library in downtown D.C.
Karen Marks Mafundikwa's film, "The Price of Memory," asks the viewer to take a trip back with her to the origins of the Jamaican Reparations Movement, asking for compensation for the suffering and labor of enslaved people for some two centuries and for support and transportation to return to Africa en masse.
The second annual D.C. Mojito March got underway midday under a blazing August sun and near-record temperatures on a late-summer day in D.C.
Although he was somewhat reluctant to admit it, Bruce McNeil, this year's recipient of the East of the River Distinguished Artist Award, felt slighted for the past nine years when his name wasn't called. This year, it was his turn.
They came to represent. Represent their home state, represent their sorority and of course to represent themselves as contestants vied for the title of Miss Black USA last weekend.
Stardom Achieved in Dance, Acting
When the March on Washington Film Festival and the National Museum of Women in the Arts team up, as they have for the past four years, something special always happens with legendary women.
The Washington Performing Arts has focused its 2015-16 season on a series of programs showcasing the organization's resident choirs, the Men, Women and Children of the Gospel and engaging the spiritual communities in Wards 7 and 8.
D.C. Poet Laureate Dolores Kendrick's iconic work, "Women of the Plums: Poems in the Voices of Slave Women" comes to the stage at the historic Lincoln Theatre on Thursday, July 21 for one performance.
And as transformational as the Dance Place has been physically — from its start in a small space in Adams Morgan to its status now as the anchor of the 8th Street/Monroe Street Arts Hub — the creators of the phenomenal space are calling it quits at the close of next summer.
The legendary Jamaican crooner will be in D.C. this week for two shows at the Howard Theatre sure to be very well attended.
For a solid day, Pennsylvania Avenue near Freedom Plaza in downtown D.C. was transformed into a lively Jamaican fete for the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival on June 19.
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 some time outdoors in the fresh air.
After months of thwarted planning, Denise Rolark Barnes, publisher of The Washington Informer, spoke at the Library of Congress last week in a "Message to the People" during an event that celebrated the District's annual Juneteenth observation.
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.
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, the era in which the play is staged.
As the changing photographs of Marvin Gaye, through his many phases, smiled down on the stage of the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, a star-studded lineup of musicians brought their best to celebrate at "How Sweet It Is: A Tribute to Marvin Gaye" for the Kennedy Center's annual Spring Gala.
It's been nearly a decade since his last show in D.C. at the National Gallery of Art, but the work of homegrown artist Martin Puryear is always a great draw of appreciative art lovers when it goes on view, this time in an expansive show "Martin Puryear Multiple Dimensions," now on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum through Sept. 5.
Once a year, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, better known as ASCAP, celebrates the people who write the songs later made into megahits by celebrities.
Quiet as kept, a legend will be coming to the Howard Theatre on Thursday — a legend whom Americans have not been privy to since the dissolution of one of the most famous backing bands of all time.
If you, like many of us, have been feeling the calling of far-off places but can't quite make the trip because of work obligations, the renewed sense of danger and skyrocketing prices of international travel, you may not have to go far to enjoy many of the cultures of the world.
In recognition of Women's History Month, the National Museum of African Art, under the leadership of director Johnetta B. Cole, celebrated Museum Day Live! with a daylong tribute Saturday to women young, old, famous and the soon-to-be famous women of tomorrow.
The 12th annual New African Film Festival kicks off Friday in Silver Spring, Maryland, with a week of films from all corners of the continent and a tribute to the "father of African cinema," Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembene.
Most 21st-century women don’t think twice when they apply moisturizer, night cream or lipstick — or even when they treat themselves to pampering at a Day Spa. But in GALA Hispanic Theatre's production of "Señorita y Madame: The Secret War of Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubenstein," all of those elements are primarily thanks to these two women, who pioneered the cosmetics industry when most women were staying home raising families.
Renée Stout's "Tales of the Conjure Woman" is more than just an aesthetic trip into a vast wealth of creative energy and expression.
The preponderance of young Black girls in the audience made it clear that this was not your usual performance by the American Ballet Theatre in Washington. It was a rare opportunity to see the great Misty Copeland dance.
Annual Event at Kennedy Center Honors Martin Luther King
Gospel star and multiple Stellar Award-winning singer Yolanda Adams took center stage at "Let Freedom Ring," an annual concert paying tribute to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
Playwright Lynn Nottage has never been shy to take on the tough subjects, as evidenced in her latest play, "Sweat," which is now playing at the Arena Stage.
New Release Pays Tribute to Joe Sample
When India.Arie finally got up the courage to approach jazz pianist Joe Sample at the 2012 Curacâo Jazz Festival about the opportunity to collaborate, not only did she have no idea he would say “yes,” but she later found out that both of their families had been encouraging them to do a holiday album.
At the close of 2015, the National Archives Foundation awarded Atlanta-born author and historian Taylor Branch, whose trilogy on the life and times of Martin Luther King Jr. garnered him a Pulitzer Prize, with their highest honor.
When Miriam Makeba passed away in 2008, a void was left at the very top of the roster of stellar African female singers. But there was a diva-in-waiting who had been trailing Makeba and paying homage to her throughout her own career.
As soon as the Thanksgiving Day turkey comes off the table, and before the leftovers are done, Nutcracker season will be upon us.
To say "Unexplored Interior (This Is Rwanda: the Beginning and End of the Earth)" is an easy play to watch would negate the horror of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, but it is a story that needed to be told again.
On only its third stop as part of a national tour, "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical" is once again bringing down the house.
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.