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 buzz surrounding the new holiday film "Black Nativity" might turn out to be more about the talent assembled for the Silver Screen version of Langston Hughes' masterpiece than about the birth of Jesus Christ, which is the prevailing theme of the stage play.
Georgetown Basketball Team Ready to Make a Run
It didn't take long for the Georgetown University men's basketball team to get used to some good old fashion home cooking.
D.C. Ranks Among Top Cities for Mixed Couples
Interracial dating has continued to be all the rage, particularly online where singles are more likely to seek romance outside of their respective races.
Blacks, Minorities Feel the Brunt During Holidays
While many converge on retail stores on Black Friday, the bargains offered during the busiest shopping day of the year may not be enough to entice some African Americans, still reeling from government furloughs and the federal shutdown.
Idris Elba calls his titular role in the biopic “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” his most important to date.
Fans Still Wonder What Might Have Been
Despite the passage of years, most Washington, D.C.-area sports fans will never forget Len Bias, a Landover-born and University of Maryland standout basketball star whose promising professional career never materialized because of his tragic death 27 years ago.
Blacks Revere Slain President 50 Years After Death
Upon mentioning JFK in most African-American communities, those three letters invoke one word, or disposition: reverence.
Mike Malone Remembered as Students, Staff Perform 'Black Nativity'
The late Mike Malone’s adaptation of the celebrated gospel play “Black Nativity” opens at the Ellington Theatre on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m.
Some suggest that losing this year wouldn't be such a bad idea.
President Asks for Patience as Problems are Resolved
The criticism leveled at President Barack Obama over the disastrous roll out of the Affordable Care Act has continued to intensify despite his public apology and tweaks made to the law last week.
Unifics Lead Singer Struck a Chord with Fellow Musicians
Al Johnson, who had been battling multiple undisclosed illnesses, died on Oct. 26 in Capitol Heights, Md., where he had lived for several years.
Health Secretary Slammed over Affordable Care Act
Lawmakers have continued to confront Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius with skepticism over adjustments yet to be made to President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act and its accompanying website, which have resulted in a multitude of concerns and some unexpected insurance policy cancellations.
Georgetown University Grad's New Film Hits Theaters
Writer and director Malcolm D. Lee's latest film, "The Best Man Holiday," attempts to lighten the mood with romance, and adult-themed comedy.
Four Hundred Years of History on Display
Philanthropist couple Bernard and Shirley Kinsey spent nearly three decades gathering as many as 400 authentic and rare works of art, artifacts, books, documents and manuscripts, all which tell the often untold story of African-American achievement and contributions.
Congressman Vows Not to Withdraw
Republican senators who blocked the confirmation of an African-American congressman to lead a key federal agency should brace themselves for a major fight with Democrats and numerous minority agencies that support President Barack Obama's nominee.
Gospel Greats, Others Prepare for Annual Evangel Cathedral Celebration
It’s never too early to think about Christmas.
Violence Mars Concert, Bison Win on Gridiron
Howard University celebrated homecoming week, but the famed school in Northwest Washington received a black eye after violence erupted at one of its pregame concerts, leaving several people injured including two Metropolitan Police Department police officers.
Late Legend is Focus of PBS Documentary, DVD
More than 43 years after his death and 46 years after the seminal "Purple Haze" recording, legendary musician Jimi Hendrix will be the subject of a television special on PBS next month.
Movie Captures Attention of Director's Contemporaries
Famed film director John Singleton says "12 Years a Slave" is "as authentic as it gets."
RG3 Leads Shootout Win
Jordan Reed caught nine passes for 134 yards, including a touchdown to help lead the Washington Redskins to a wild 45-41 victory over the Chicago Bears at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., on Sunday.
Former Hoyas Star Buys Lunch for Homeless Man
Otto Porter Jr. has only received a small taste of the high life that comes with being a first round draft pick in the NBA. But that didn't stop him from performing what has fast become the most talked-about act of kindness in the District of Columbia.
Former 'L.A. Law' Actor Brings Classic Show Back to TV
When someone playfully teased Blair Underwood about his remake of the iconic television show, “Ironside,” the actor channeled his inner LL Cool J, who famously rapped, “Don’t call it a comeback, I’ve been here for years.”
Capitol Shooting, Man’s Fiery Suicide, Navy Yard Massacre under Scrutiny
Within one day of each other, two violent incidents rocked the area around the U.S. Capitol in Southeast Washington, D.C., raising more questions, if not awareness, about the stigma surrounding mental illness and the African-American community.
Normand Latourelle's Cavalia's Odysseo Opens at National Harbor
Cavalia's Odysseo, a $30 million production, opens Wednesday, Oct. 9 and runs through Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Plateau at National Harbor in Prince George's County.
Filmmaker Anthony Greene Showcases Newcomers
Filmmaker Anthony Greene, a graduate of Potomac High School in Oxon Hill, Md., will help open the fourth annual Reel Independent Film Extravaganza at West End Cinemas in Georgetown on Friday, Oct. 11.
Owner Leonsis: It's Time to Deliver
The Washington Wizards haven't made the playoffs in five years, compiling a laughable 117-277 win-loss record over that period. But team president Ernie Grunfeld and owner Ted Leonsis are among those expecting great things from the Wizards this season.
Fairfax Native in Film Chronicling the Life of Solomon Northup
Ashley Dyke could hardly contain her joy when she got the call from her agent letting her know she'd been cast in the upcoming film "12 Years a Slave."
Financial freedom achieved by Southeast family who climb out of $30G hole
David Mills remembers the date, April 14, 2009, as if it were yesterday.
Despite many programs, most said the key is teaching money matters to the young
There's little question that the Wall Street meltdown and housing collapse were results of an exorbitant number of people who borrowed large sums of money to purchase homes, but had no clue as to what they were getting into financially, many economists said.
Employers and some government officials said the practice of paying salaries, unemployment benefits, pensions and income tax refunds are easier using a payroll or debit card, but not everyone agrees.
While the movie "Lee Daniels' The Butler” continues to garner Academy Award talk and has blazed passed the $100 million mark in gross revenues, the film has opened the eyes of America to other pioneers who paved the way to equality.
Famed Author a Hit at Library of Congress Annual Event
Ayana Mathis said she’s been writing since childhood, but she never imagined she could earn a living as an author.
The implementation of the Affordable Care Act promises to affect, in some way, college students, self-employed workers, small businesses, veterans and individuals with pre-existing medical conditions. The biggest question surrounding the so-called "Obamacare" remains how those specific groups will be affected.
Nielsen, NNPA say African Americans are Major Economic Players
If there were ever any doubt about the relevancy or the buying power of the African-American consumer, the latest and most comprehensive consumer report likely will do much to dispel any myths suggesting blacks are not major economic players.
Victim of Unspeakable Crime Seeks to Help Others
Aaron Alexis, the Navy Yard shooter, probably fought many demons, but his biggest obstacle to overcome could likely have been humiliation, says the head of a nonviolence group in D.C.
Iconic Musician Honored on what Would Have Been 83rd Birthday
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member and legendary “Georgia on My Mind” singer Ray Charles now appears posthumously on one of the Post Office's "Music Icons Forever" stamps.
D.C. native Darin Atwater is a trailblazer in the orchestral world of fusing traditional classical music with gospel, jazz, R&B and a little bit of hip-hop.
Seeks to Rebound at Home against Detroit
Trying to right their fast sinking ship proved even more confusing after the Redskins followed the opening night bludgeoning at the hands of Michael Vick and the Eagles with a blowout loss to the Packers and Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay on Sunday.
D.C. Residents Also Against Military Action
The Congressional Black Caucus, staunch supporters if not rubberstamps for many of President Barack Obama’s policies, has expressed skepticism over the commander in chief’s desire to take military action against Syria.
If black America counted as an independent country, its wealth would rank 11th in the world. However, African-Americans continue to squander their vast spending power, relegating blacks to economic slavery instead of financial freedom, according to several consumer reports detailing the use of cash in the black community.
David Talbert has emphatically answered the question posed by more than a few African-American moviegoers and film critics: Can we get a black movie that’s not about the struggle?
13 Dead, 10 Injured in Early Morning Rampage
Residents in the District of Columbia continue to come to terms with a mass shooting that left 13 people dead and more than a dozen injured at the Navy Yard in Southeast on Monday morning.
National Museum of Women in the Arts Display Paintings of Famed Feminist and Activist
Artist Faith Ringgold created artwork that proved controversial but are now among the most sought after and legendary pieces of art.
Families Receive Congressional Medal on 50th Anniversary of Bombing
Less than one month after the original March on Washington in 1963, where African Americans and others celebrated landmark gains in the civil rights movement, a notorious hate group proved determined to prevent progress by viciously reminding the world of the high price of freedom.
Howard University junior quarterback Greg McGhee racked up almost 300 yards of total offense and three touchdowns to lead the Bison (1-1) to a 27-16 win over the Morehouse College Maroon Tigers (0-1) in the third annual AT&T Nation's Football Classic before 17,012 at RFK Stadium.
Some are quick to point out that even Martin Luther King realized a short time after his famous speech that the dream had become something akin to a nightmare, and African Americans needed to collectively flex their financial muscle.
HBCU Football Teams Clash for Bragging Rights
The long-standing rivalry between Howard University and Morehouse College is scheduled to continue this week as the two highly-respected programs from the country's Historically Black Colleges and Universities gear up for the third annual AT&T Nation's Football Classic.
Members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., said they’re energized by their return to Washington, D.C., to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and ready to go to work in their respective communities to further the cause of civil rights.
The U.S. Postal Service introduced Friday the 1963 March on Washington limited-edition Forever stamp to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic event.