Pettit Details Groundbreaking Civil Rights Cases
Attorney A. Dwight Pettit has seen his caseload explode over the past decade, mostly because of civil- and human-rights violations which he said are being carried out under the color of law.
About 35,000 adults in Washington, D.C., receive mental health treatment or counseling each year while 14,000 are diagnosed annually with serious mental illness.
Deadline Approaches to Sign up for Obamacare
From public service announcements featuring animals, to high-profile town hall events, President Barack Obama and supporters of the Affordable Care Act are racing to enroll residents in new insurance plans offered under the administration's signature health care law.
'12 Years a Slave' Actress, Cast Shine at Academy Awards
Lupita Nyong'o said winning the Oscar for Actress in a Supporting Role based on her portrayal of "Patsey" in "12 Years a Slave," proved overwhelming, especially considering the role counted as her debut and the competition she faced for the award
Old Man Winter has once again flexed his muscle.
Inside a Chicago police station, four men sat in an interrogation room and the quartet found themselves relentlessly questioned by police about a brutal crime.
American Justice's Negligent History of Incarcerating Blacks
While America has come a long way since a 14-year-old black youth, George Stinney, was executed for killing two young white girls, any retrial 70 years later promises to evoke the same pride and prejudice that led to Stinney becoming the youngest person to be executed by the government in the U.S. since the early 1800s.
When officials at Sunrise Senior Living were putting together plans to celebrate Black History Month, it was easy for them to turn to one of their most famous residents.
President Relates to African-Americans with New Initiative
President Barack Obama has finally displayed some swagger.
With the pro golf season underway and players such as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Sergio Garcia preparing for the Masters Championship in April, a local champion has emerged on the sport’s radar.
With a flood of recent criticism about what he's failed to do for African-Americans, President Barack Obama plans to answer his critics in a profound way.
Nearly 100,000 in D.C. Suffer from Joint Pain
Arthritis, which means joint inflammation, can be used to describe more than 100 rheumatic diseases and conditions that affect joints, the tissues which surround the joints and other connective tissue, health officials said.
Academy Award Winner Cuba Gooding Portrays
Absent any prodding and without hesitation, Eugene Brown eagerly recounts his life growing up in Northeast.
Supporters Suggest Blacks are Better Off
Before the ink from President Barack Obama's signature dried from signing the controversial Farm Bill earlier this month, critics, pundits and others said legislation passed under his watch has negatively affected African-Americans and the poor.
To some African-Americans and others in leadership positions, the newly minted Farm Bill that President Barack Obama signed earlier this month represents a compromise in the right direction. Others contend that compromise shouldn't come at the expense of the well-being of already-struggling families.
Republicans are attempting to set the record straight on their history with African-Americans, including the fact that Republican President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation that freed the slaves and it was a Republican Congress that worked to write and pass the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments.
Doug Williams, who led the 'Skins to a 42-10 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXII in 1988, has been hired by Washington as the team's personnel executive.
Officials Observe Awareness Day By Urging All to Get Tested
The message for this year's National Black HIV and AIDS Awareness Day remains the same: Get tested.
Barack Obama's State of the Union Address last month probably provided more questions than answers in the black community, where many said they remain perplexed as to why the nation's first African-American president hasn't done much to help minorities.
Internships, Fellowships Offered to Assist Black Students
A nationwide program to address diversity in the museum field has launched just in time for Black History Month.
A number of recent medical studies show the troubling consequences that come along with a lack of sleep, such as diabetes, obesity and irritability.
Officials, Others tout facility an 'African-American Sanctuary'
Simply put, the Anthony Bowen YMCA in Northwest is black history personified.
Two emerging hip-hop artists from Southeast have returned to the District after traveling to North Korea to film a music video.
Martin Luther King Jr. spoke six months before his assassination to a group of students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia, making it a point to remind young people of the importance of carefully planning for their future, noting that it would prove vital in helping them to realize their dreams.
Historic Congressional Organization Targets Poverty, Unemployment
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus have declared 2014 a pivotal year in the fight against poverty in the African-American community and have vowed to press for new and improved job opportunities while also remaining vigilant in helping to push for the confirmation of black judicial candidates.
Legendary Poet Praised at Star-Studded Funeral
Final arrangements have been made for a viewing and the burial of Amiri Baraka, the famed activist and poet who died on Thursday, Jan. 9, after being hospitalized with an undisclosed illness.
Former Lakers Stars’ New Network Doing Well
Nearly two decades after he starred on the hardwood, Earvin "Magic" Johnson has proven to be a force to reckon with inside the boardroom.
With such great African-American films as "The Butler," "Fruitvale Station," "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" and "12 Years a Slave," many critics labeled 2013 as the year of the black movies. Apparently, Academy Award voters weren't too impressed.
Academy of Hope Director to be Honored
Lecester Johnson wasn't quite sure what to think when representatives of Georgetown University in Northwest informed her that she'd be this year's recipient of the John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award.
Glaucoma silently steals eyesight from more than 2.7 million Americans each year and officials at the National Eye Institute in Bethesda, Md., project that more than 4.2 million will have the disease by 2030.
Martin Luther King Jr. possessed more than just a dream. The civil rights champion displayed empathy not just for fellow African Americans, but any individual or group weighed down by oppression.
Fourth Annual Event to Explore City's Historic Black Sites
Held annually during Black History Month, the African-American Heritage tours have entertained hundreds of individuals who've been treated to visits to such landmarks as the Frederick Douglass House in Anacostia and the African-American Civil War Museum in Northwest.
Beyonce, Rihanna, Others Try to Compensate for Shortcomings
Simply put, pop star Beyonce's new album counts as another attempt to sell an age-old idea instead of substance in a world heavy on video vixens and extremely light on musical talent.
Poverty, Economy and Student Loans are Top Priorities
While the Congressional Black Caucus continues to hammer out details of its 2014 agenda, an organization spokesperson said it's a safe bet that poverty and the economy will again top the organization's to-do list this year.
Baltimore Native to be Honored at the Birchmere
After a career that's spanned nearly a quarter of a century in which she stands as one of the elite voices in music, Maysa Leak has never been nominated for a Grammy Award. Until now.
The District and its surrounding areas are still recovering from dangerously cold weather and record-setting low temperatures that led to school cancellations and delays as well as concerns for the safety of the homeless, seniors and anyone exposed to the frigid elements.
Ray Bridgewater Stresses the Importance of Receiving Vaccination
It only takes 10 seconds and the subtle stick of a small needle and most of the myths surrounding the flu shot immediately disappear.
Caldwell, Jackson, Fewell Head List to Replace Shanahan
An NFL rule mandates that teams searching to hire a new head coach must identify and interview minority candidates. Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder and general manager Bruce Allen each said that's not going to be an issue at all.
'Fresh Prince of Bel Air' Actor Dies at 68
James Avery, the lovable but stern family head on Will Smith's popular television series "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air," died on New Year's Eve following complications from open heart surgery.
Daniel Snyder took a hard look at his team's performance, checked his bank account and decided that $7 million shouldn't stand in the way of giving the Washington Redskins a fresh start next year.
Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist Common not only realizes his place as a role model, he embraces it.
Performing in the nation’s capital has always been akin to being at home, said acclaimed tap dance star Maurice Hines.
Thirty years ago, Michael Jackson forever changed the way people viewed music videos.
The boldly reinterpreted music in the latest incarnation of George and Ira Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" has helped to bring an American masterpiece back to life, said critics who've not only lauded the play but the songs performed in the classic.
NFL Insiders Speculate Redskins Coach Will be Fired
The moniker may remain the same but it's highly probably that the Redskins will soon have a new head coach.
Famed Opera 'Porgy and Bess' Returns for Five-Day Run
For nearly 200 years, the National Theatre has been the site of some of Broadway's most acclaimed stage plays and musicals.
Women of Mandela's Tribe Create Intricate Bead Art
The day apartheid finally ended in South Africa; many concluded that the seeds of the race-based oppression had been swept away.
The Washington Nationals' commitment to young and aspiring District area baseball fans has perhaps never been more evident than team officials showing off a new 18,000-square-foot training facility at Fort DuPont Park in Southeast.
While Providence Hospital in Northeast has the distinction of being the District's longest- and continuously-operated medical institution, Unity Health Care enjoys a well-documented history of doing more to help those with less.
Keisha Robinson, a doctor and regional director of medical education for Unity Health Care, Inc., in Southeast, remains conscious of the needs of those in one of the District’s poorest and most underserved communities.