A District native and playwright who said she envisions theater as socially transformative has stepped into the director's chair for her latest work about one of the country's most polarizing events: The 1992 Los Angeles riots.
New Film, 'From the Rough,' Chronicles Career of Catana Starks
One of the District's favorite and well-known actresses returns to the silver screen this week in a role that she called one of the most satisfying of her career.
Defeat Bulls to Advance for the First Time in a Decade
David Winslow has spent a decade of basketball springs watching the playoffs, shouting at his television and bemoaning the fact that his beloved Washington Wizards failed to compete for a championship.
Boxing fans may remember Rubin Carter as a fearless and ferocious puncher with a left hook that few opponents had the chin to withstand.
Anorexia, Bulimia, Plague Young Women, including Blacks
Fighting self-loathing and battling the stress of her father being hospitalized with a massive coronary, Lisa Beasley could only think of one way to ease the heavy emotional load that she carried.
Questions Still Plague Rollout, Particularly for African-Americans
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has resigned her post, leaving behind some unanswered questions about the Affordable Care Act, particularly from African-Americans, many of whom remain perplexed over the law.
Wall, Beal Help Wrap Up Postseason Push, Seek Title
It's playoffs time in the nation's capital and the Washington Wizards and their fans are now getting a taste of what team officials promised when they selected John Wall with the top pick in the 2010 NBA draft.
Al Sharpton, Dick Gregory, Chuck D, Other Celebs Join District Festivities
For D.C. Council member Vincent Orange, there’s not one day on the calendar this year that’s more important than April 16.
It may have been a stunning turn of events for most at the National Cherry Blossom Festival, but in 1970 when a 20-year-old District resident became the first black princess, many around the country took note.
USA Today Weekend reported that Playworks, a nonprofit organization in Southeast, has been selected as a recipient of its annual "Make A Difference Day" campaign.
Fifth Annual Event to Raise Funds for Food Bank
Several area ministers, many who enjoy the game of golf, are hoping to score a hole-in-one for hunger.
For Steve Langley, Chris Hunter and Troy Edler, there's little pressure in performing before a television audience and the thousands who are expected to attend the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade.
Jazz Concert and Events Mark Milestone Anniversary
Hugh Masekela will join pianist and educator Geri Allen and Howard University’s award-winning vocal jazz ensemble and former NBC television’s “Sing Off” contestants Traces of Blue in an alumni concert at Cramton Auditorium in Northwest on April 7.
Pioneering Singer Remembered on 75th Anniversary of Iconic Performance
Nearly a decade prior to Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color line and more than two decades before Martin Luther King Jr. helped to lead the civil rights movement, an Easter concert in 1939 by Marian Anderson proved to be the historic turning point in the movement to end Jim Crow segregation.
Former 'Sweet Honey in the Rock' Member Writes Musical Composition
When presented the invitation to join forces with the Washington, D.C.-based a capella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock, Dr. Ysaye Barnwell, a native New Yorker, said a music career wasn't exactly something she had in mind.
Residents and school officials said the National Cherry Blossom Festival has brought new found recognition to the University of the District of Columbia and its participation has served to bolster its status inside the District, where universities such as Georgetown, George Washington, Howard and American command the bulk of attention.
Residents, Others Find Variety
Musicians such as Congo Sanchez and Nappy Riddem will headline the Cherry Blossom Festival's popular "Cherry Blast: Art & Music Dance Party."
Signup Drive Locations Include Laundromats, Lounges
With just days remaining before the deadline to sign up for insurance under President Barack Obama's signature health care law, recruiters in the District are leaving no stone unturned.
It's one of the rites of spring and considered the greatest of springtime celebrations in the nation.
New Guidelines Proposed for Drug Offenses
President Barack Obama and his staff have joined others in an effort to reduce mandatory minimum sentences for minor drug offenses.
Patients Find Outdoors Beneficial in Treatment of Ailments
The next time a patient visits a doctor at Unity Health Care, they might be surprised at what doctors are prescribing.
Suicide Prevention Concert Scheduled in Prince George's County
Shaun Jai remembers well the horrors of being abused at a young age and the Prince George's County resident hasn't forgotten the moment when she first considered suicide.
With less than 20 games left, the Wizards conceivably could end the season as the third best team in the Eastern Conference, which would guarantee them home-court advantage in the first and possibly second round of the NBA playoffs.
Faye Ford Fields counts as the very definition of a mogul.
Doctors, Drug Counselors Concerned
A recent news headline referred to Zohydro, the painkiller released by the FDA, "America's Deadliest New Drug."
Legendary Boxer Seeks to Make History in D.C.
Bernard Hopkins will attempt to become the oldest fighter in history to unify a world title.
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.
'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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.