Missouri Shooting Subject of 56th Annual Conference
As protests and violence continue to rock Ferguson, Missouri, in the wake of the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer, the comparisons to the fight for civil rights and the chaos that served as its backdrop have been almost unmistakable for those who fought for freedom 50 years ago.
Creativity, ingenuity and a desire to help others are the foundations on which D.C. fashion designer Jarmal Harris has built his career.
Comedian's Suicide Reopens Mental Health Dialogue
The suicide of Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams has many shining a spotlight on depression, a mental illness that officials said typically had been shrouded in secrecy and shame, particularly in the African-American community.
Adult Education Available at D.C.'s Newest Charter School
One in five adults in the nation's capital lack a high school diploma and one in three adults cannot read a newspaper or a map, much less complete a job application. That's where the Academy of Hope hopes to play a vital role.
By most measures, black fathers have proven to be just as involved with their children as other dads in similar living conditions — or more so — according to the latest study released in July by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics in Atlanta.
Alzheimer's disease, and dementia, counts as a scourge that grows in public awareness as the population ages and more people suffer from its debilitating effects.
Stress wreaks havoc on the mind and body. Until now, it hasn't been clear exactly how stress impacts health and promotes disease, but researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh said they have found that chronic psychological stress is associated with the body losing its ability to regulate the inflammatory response.
Hotline Established in D.C. to Report Cases
A hotline has been established in the District for physicians to immediately report suspected and laboratory confirmed cases of the Ebola virus and other viral hemorrhagic fevers.
Obama Administration Still Touts Trade and Partnership with Africa
President Barack Obama used the three-day U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit as a platform to strengthen ties with African nations as 50 of the continent’s leaders spoke of investment opportunities, trade, oil and democracy.
African-American Baby Boomers Need Educating, Officials Say
It's an open secret: There's a cure for hepatitis C.
Kathy Sledge of the legendary soul group Sister Sledge will bring her Billie Holiday tribute show, "A Brighter Side of Day," to the Blues Alley and Supper Club in Northwest for four performances on Aug. 8 and 9.
CFA Founder Prepares for Major Summit
Melvin Foote may have fit right in with the 1980s conglomerate of rock stars that came to be known as U.S.A. for Africa.
'HistoryMakers' Archives Relocate
The U.S. Library of Congress in Southeast acquired in June the "HistoryMakers" video archive collection, which contains thousands of hours of interviews of prominent figures about African-American life, culture and the struggles and achievements of the black experience.
Officials are set to convene a three-day U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit on Capitol Hill beginning Monday.
The hierarchy of the NCAA isn't pleased with the lack of African-American head coaches in Division I men's basketball.
Researchers Seek to Reduce Infant Mortality Rates
New research by officials at the American Academy of Pediatrics in Northwest has revealed that bed-sharing remains an important factor in sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), particularly among younger infants.
Blacks, Latino Educators Find Other Professions
Minorities are significantly underrepresented in public schools, despite the fact that the number of black and Latino students have increased.
Former Finals MVP Inks 2-Year Deal
With the balance of power suddenly shifting in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, the Washington Wizards have seized upon an opportunity to elevate the franchise’s championship hopes.
46,000 Could Be Eligible for Early Release
Reducing federal prison terms for drug traffickers currently incarcerated has excited a population that had all but given up hope.
Movie Opens in Nigeria, Available Domestically on DVD
The Nigerian government will finally allow its citizens to see what Americans and others have called one of the unsung movies of the year.
The lack of African-American head coaches at NCAA Division I basketball programs remain a hot-button topic around water coolers nationwide.
Claim New Zero Size Promotes Unhealthy Habits
J. Crew officials created a buzz this month by introducing a new size, XXXS, or, Triple 000.
When Dr. Calvin W. Rolark Sr. insisted on the slogan, “Award-winning newspaper,” his daughter, Washington Informer Publisher Denise Rolark Barnes, had just one desire.
Despite the positive experiences and the advances made by the Affordable Care Act, African-Americans and Latinos still represent the largest portion of the country's uninsured population.
'Get on Up' Chronicles Life of the Soul Legend
Producers of a new film based on the incredible life story of James Brown promise to give audiences a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of the legendary "Godfather of Soul."
Former Inmates, Prosecutors and Others Favor 'Ban the Box' Law
As a returning citizen, Southeast resident Cliff Wallace said there are two concerns that stay at the forefront of his mind: finding a job and reclaiming his name.
Record Number of Viewers for Soccer Tournament
Curiosity got the best of Chance Dominguez and Arianna Soto, so the avid soccer fans abandoned their original plans and headed to Freedom Plaza where Mayor Vincent Gray played host to a World Cup watch party.
Wells, McDuffie Lead Effort to Remove Employment Barrier
The D.C. Council plans to give final approval Monday to legislation that removes "the box" — the space on an employment application form which requires everyone to answer whether they've been convicted of a crime.
Soul Genius Dead at 70
Going across 110th Street will never be the same.
Officials Say Mental Illness Widespread
A new report revealed that more than 70 inmates in a Washington D.C. jail have attempted or threatened suicide since September.
Many lament the glaring absence of African-American coaches in Division I basketball.
Fudge, Others Demand Immediate Action
Not even the Supreme Court can stop the Congressional Black Caucus from moving forward in its mission to protect African-American voters and others at the polls.
Actor Hill Harper visited the District earlier this month to announce that he's bringing his “Manifest Your Destiny Foundation” to the city for a special program.
A new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers hope to asthma sufferers.
'Purple Rain' Album and Movie Turn 30
Like fine wine, Prince gets better with time.
Before anyone thinks of creating, selling or distributing merchandise containing the Washington Redskins logo, team officials have issued a stern warning: Not so fast.
Team Sponsors Educational Event at D.C. School
Nearly 300 students and others hit the gymnasium of Coolidge Senior High School in Northwest on Saturday for the Redskins-sponsored "Driven By Our Ambitions Educational Seminar & Football Camp."
African-American Males Face Various Challenges
Many men typically notice when their automobiles don't perform properly, but they rarely listen when their bodies tell them that it's time to visit a doctor.
Actress, Activist Praised by Celebrities, Politicians
Ruby Dee, who died on June 12, at her home in New Rochelle, New York, had quite the fan base and many admirers around the world.
Pack a bag; grab a blanket and take some time off from work, that’s the advice from Sunny Sumter, the executive director of the DC Jazz Festival which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
Local residents and minorities have been assured of receiving half the jobs slated for the $925 million MGM National Harbor Casino and Resorts expected to open in Prince George's County in 2016.
Mix of Go-Go, Classical Music Earns Rave Reviews
There aren’t many ways to describe the unlikely coming together of Chuck Brown, "The Godfather of Go-Go," and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Urban League Urges Strengthening Pell Grant
Sixty-five percent of African-American undergraduates attend college as independent students, balancing work and family responsibilities in addition to their academic pursuits.
The pending sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has set off a firestorm of speculation in the financial world where many believe the $2 billion price paid for the franchise has greatly enhanced the value of other teams, including the Washington Wizards.
New research by the American College of Sports Medicine in Indianapolis shows that the D.C. area ranked No. 1 on the 2014 Annual Fit City Index, which compares the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan areas and measured their preventative health behavior, levels of chronic disease conditions and community resources that support physical activity.
With great fanfare, the nonprofit D.C. Promise Neighborhood Initiative designated the Kenilworth-Parkside area in Northeast as a Promise Zone.
Smithsonian Institution Turns 50
After 50 years, the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art continues to inspire conversations about the beauty, power, and diversity of the arts around the world.
Funk Brothers Headline Concert in Memory of Motown Star
The legacy of Marvin Gaye remains legendary.
Lalah Hathaway and Ruben Studdard are treating District area fans to a concert at the historic Howard Theatre in Northwest on June 12 as part of the duo's "Meant to Be" tour.
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.