North Carolina Congressman Has Civil Rights History
After his unanimous selection as the next chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, North Carolina Democratic Congressman G.K. Butterfield said he's grateful to all on the caucus, including outgoing chair Marcia Fudge.
A recent survey by ABC News revealed more than one in 10 Americans acknowledged having a tattoo.
There's little question that Stuart Scott "was as cool as the other side of the pillow," and among the best at his craft.
Critics, Fans Laud New MLK Movie
The Oprah Winfrey produced docudrama has already received four Golden Globe nominations for best picture, best director, best actor and best drama.
With Vincent Gray passing the torch and officially relinquishing his office to Muriel Bowser, most observers declared that the change has ushered in a new day for the District of Columbia.
New Mayor, Police Chief and School Boss Visits NBC Show
Wearing a light blue top and matching skirt and with D.C. School Chancellor Kaya Henderson and Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier seated by her side, Muriel Bowser took advantage of the spotlight by tackling the lightning rod issue of statehood for the District.
Bar Association President Said Major Grand Jury Breaches Revealed
This year, the United States Supreme Court ruled on two significant cases that everyone should watch with a keen eye, said the president of the National Bar Association.
Muhammad Ali has been hospitalized with pneumonia, a spokesman said.
Health Officials Warn of Depression, Anxiety
For the approximately 28,000 District adults and children living with serious mental illness and the millions of others around the country, their conditions might be severely tested because of the anxiety and even the depression that the holiday season can bring.
Despite Lack of Moves, Star Players Can Still Be Traded
After a quiet week at the baseball winter meetings in San Diego, the Washington Nationals may still join teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves and Toronto Blue Jays in making a deal to improve or shake up the roster heading into 2015.
Critically-Acclaimed Show Returns in High Definition
In a move that many fans would argue to be tantamount to Leonardo da Vinci touching up the Mona Lisa or Mario Puzo adding paragraphs to "The Godfather," David Simon and HBO are re-mastering the critically acclaimed HBO series "The Wire," and the cable network will begin airing it anew in high definition on Monday, Jan. 5.
Previous Interview, Persistence and the Black Press Played Role
Exactly how did The Washington Informer snag a conversation with Bill Cosby, most sought-after interview subject in the nation? Simply by calling him.
Praises Wife Camille's Loyalty
The much-maligned comedic icon, embroiled in an ever-growing sexual abuse scandal that now includes supermodel Beverly Johnson, appealed to the African-American media to be impartial, requesting that the minority-owned organizations be sure its reporting remains balanced, accurate and fair.
New Lawsuit Could Hamper Actor's Plan to Break Silence
A woman claiming she was sexually assaulted by iconic television star Bill Cosby in the 1970s filed suit against him Wednesday for defamation, hiring a D.C. law firm to handle the case.
Trades, Free-Agent Signings Possible
What do you get someone — or in this case, a team — who already has so much?
A 2010 Law Requires Well-Balanced Meals
To help shine a spotlight on new healthy eating initiatives in local schools, media members recently were allowed inside the Walker-Jones Education Campus in Northwest to see first-hand what are on the breakfast and lunch menus for students.
To his contemporaries and those who followed in his footsteps, Marion Shepilov Barry Jr. proved to be a trailblazer and his "Mayor for Life" declaration is homage from the many that reaped the benefits of a hero dedicated to changing the plight of the District's downtrodden and forgotten.
Hip-Hop Star and Actor Headlines Area Concert
Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist Common will bring his "Nobody's Smiling" tour to the Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland, on Sunday.
Journalist Alan Light takes fans behind the scenes in a new book about pop superstar Prince and the making of the 1984 seminal "Purple Rain" album and movie.
Dallas Speculated as Next Stop for Struggling QB
Robert Griffin III, former top draft pick and franchise quarterback for the, probably has a better chance of starting 2015 for the arch-rival Dallas Cowboys than he does for the Washington Redskins.
'Wire' Actor Pays Tribute to His Father, Mandela
Idris Elba has released a new character album titled "Mi Mandela," a tribute to the late civil rights icon Nelson Mandela, whom Elba portrayed on the Silver Screen last year in "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," a film for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama.
Comedian Under Fire for Past Allegations
While a rape scandal has made international news and continues to be fodder for comedians and the tabloids, local fans of Bill Cosby remain by his side.
Former District Lawyer Prepares for Battle with Owners
Michele A. Roberts has started her new job as the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, and the former District public defender immediately set the tone for what’s sure to be contentious collective bargaining with NBA owners.
Work, Interviews to be Featured
Officials at the Phillips Collection in Northwest have detailed its plans to develop a robust micro site featuring the works and previously unpublished interviews between preeminent American artist Jacob Lawrence and museum curators, including one conducted just prior to the acclaimed artist's death 14 years ago.
American Cancer Society Promotes Cessation Day
Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout, which officials hope will encourage tobacco users to make a plan to quit or plan in advance and then quit smoking on that day.
Two new studies presented on Nov. 3 at the American Institute for Cancer Research’s annual meeting in Northwest revealed that obesity increases the risk of certain types of breast cancer in postmenopausal black and Latino women.
Motown Legend Dazzles Sold-Out Concert Audience
Stevie Wonder can bring out the fan in just about any music lover.
First-Place Washington Off to Fast Start
It’s early. Very early. Still, the Washington Wizards 5-2 start has impressed fans and those outside of the area if for no other reason than the fact that NBA experts have forecast a great season for the team, a prediction that’s usually a kiss of death for District-area professional teams.
Nickname Controversy, Return of RG3 Highlight Loss
With plenty of distractions on and off the field, Washington fumbled a golden opportunity to jump back into playoff contention.
Anita Bonds will retain her seat as an at-large District Council member after scoring an easy election night victory, according to unofficial results from the D.C. Board of Elections.
Nearly 54,000 District Residents Diagnosed with Disease
Many in the Washington, D.C., area are feeling the effects of diabetes as thousands suffer from the disease, and a significant number of others have the life-threatening illness but don't know it.
Karl Racine made history on Tuesday, emerging victorious as the District's first-elected attorney general, according to unofficial results from the D.C. Board of Elections.
As a little girl growing up in Southeast D.C., Darla Davenport-Powell loved to watch Saturday morning cartoons and children's shows. However, it wasn't long before Davenport-Powell realized a fact that saddened her.
Maryland, Black Museums Observe 150 Years of Freedom
With Nov. 1 marking the 150th anniversary — or Jubilee — of Maryland’s Emancipation Proclamation, Joanne Martin, founder of the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore, said this year’s celebration will not only be memorable but educational.
At age 64, as he prepares to play his classic album "Songs in the Key of Life" at Verizon Center in Northwest on Sunday, Stevie Wonder is expecting triplets.
Washington Opens 2014-15 Season Ready to Deliver
It’s game time. It also maybe "Showtime East" as the Washington Wizards prepare to open their 2014-15 season with high expectations, a dynamic young backcourt and a battle-tested Hall of Fame veteran seeking one more championship.
Lone Democrat Challenged by 14 At-Large Council Hopefuls
The only Democrat in a field of 15 D.C. at-large council candidates, Anita Bonds stands alone, a position she doesn't seem to mind at all.
Former Journalist Among Crowded Field
With two seats open in a crowded field of candidates for at-large spots on the D.C. Council, former journalist Elissa Silverman believes she has enough support to nail down an election night victory on Tuesday.
Cowboys Success Makes Dismal Year Worse
What's worse than the Redskins' 2-and-5-and-going-nowhere record is what's happening deep in the heart of Texas, where the Cowboys are a stunning 6-1 and have not tasted defeat since their Week 1 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
Popular Minister Aims for Changes in the City
The Rev. Graylan Scott Hagler may have his share of critics, but he doesn't mince words as he seeks one of the two at-large D.C. Council seats in the election on Nov. 4.
Organization Operates Various Domestic Violence Programs
While the YWCA has gone purple in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the nonprofit organization easily has become the largest provider of domestic violence services in the country.
Wizards Fans Discouraged After Guard Breaks Wrist
It seems that each time one of Washington's professional sports teams is expected to fare well — or perhaps even challenge for a championship — disaster strikes.
With Domestic Violence Awareness Month observed during October, officials at the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence said nearly 20 individuals per minute in the United States are victims of physical violence by an intimate partner, which equates to more than 10 million women and men over the course of one year.
As The Washington Informer reaches its milestone 50th anniversary at a time when the business model has changed dramatically for newspapers around the globe, many mainstream outlets have fallen on hard times, and several have folded.
Lydia Pyles started reading The Washington Informer about 10 years ago when she came across a story about rap and business mogul Russell Simmons.
Dr. Calvin Rolark, founder of The Washington Informer, rode into town with the winds of change blowing.
Friends Recall Informer Founder
The Rev. Jesse Jackson, who writes a weekly column that runs in The Washington Informer, simply couldn’t find the right words.
First Week in October Spotlights Psychiatric Disorders
For the millions who suffer alone and in silence, the first full week in October counts as Mental Illness Awareness Week which casts a spotlight on a growing number of individuals who suffer from bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression and other forms of mental illness.
Blacks, Latinos Commit Less Crime than Perceived
Racial perceptions of crime are a key cause of the severity of punishment in the United States, officials from the Sentencing Project in Northwest have concluded.
Viola Davis, Others Help Usher in New Era
African-Americans are now taking on television roles, and networks appear to have once again figured out that their shows should be as diverse as the population that watches.