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.
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.
Many lament the glaring absence of African-American coaches in Division I basketball.
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.
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.
'Purple Rain' Album and Movie Turn 30
Like fine wine, Prince gets better with time.
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.
Before anyone thinks of creating, selling or distributing merchandise containing the Washington Redskins logo, team officials have issued a stern warning: Not so fast.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Funk Brothers Headline Concert in Memory of Motown Star
The legacy of Marvin Gaye remains legendary.
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.
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.
High Risk of Victimization, Solitary Confinement Cited
Teenagers in Washington, D.C., spent more than 10,000 days in jail with older inmates because of a statute that enables federal prosecutors to send youth accused of felonies to adult court.
Ronald Lipford served six years as architectural commissioner of the Prince George's County Historic Preservation Commission and he played a key role in developing the New Carrollton Gateway, a high school, a police station and two local fire stations. So when officials at MGM Resorts promised to hire local and minority firms for its $925 million casino project at National Harbor, picking Lipford, the president and CEO of Arel Architects, Inc. in Temple Hills, proved to be a no-brainer.
Council, Residents Demand Minority Hiring and Participation
It's a $925 million project that has everyone seeing dollar signs. It also has many in and around Prince George's County, particularly in the African-American community, seeing red.
With lupus, no two cases are alike.
U.S. Senators Claim Racism, Urge Change
For some in the Native American community and at least 50 Democratic senators, the Redskins' moniker should be banned. It's racist, they said, and many have even labeled the team's name as taboo, one they've refused to verbalize.
In the end, the lack of experience and the absence of consistent play by their big men doomed the Washington Wizards in their second round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers. However, the prevailing thought around the NBA remains the same as before the series: the Wizards will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.
The covers of JET magazine captured the attention of African-Americans and others, and even those who pretended not to notice the black-owned publication.
'The Hidden Enemy' Explores Psychiatric Meds
The military's most pressing question remains as to why it cannot defeat its most insidious enemy: suicide.
The King of Pop has returned.
Officials Say African Americans Affected Most
Voting rights continues to be the most pressing issue facing the Congressional Black Caucus, whose members have ramped up efforts to craft legislation that would restore key components of a 1965 bill which the Supreme Court struck down last year.
Report Suggests Insurance Gap Closing for Underserved
African Americans and Latinos in the District of Columbia routinely visit their primary care doctors and receive regular preventive care to ward off possible illnesses and other medical problems.
PBS Anchor to be Roasted at Press Club
There’s little argument about Gwen Ifill’s standing as one of the most successful female African-American newswomen in journalism history.
Sean Bani Yisrael and Greg Markell Lawrence attended various events throughout the country to develop their palates and their noses to help them understand the complexities of an industry that isn't for the faint of heart.
Having surprised many in the basketball world by the ease in which they dispatched the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the 2014 NBA playoffs, the Washington Wizards continue their improbable march toward glory this week with a 102-96 victory over the top-seeded Indiana Pacers in Game 1 of their best-of-7 semifinals series.
Ordered to prison on wire fraud charges, Andrea James embraced her 12-year-old daughter and five-month-old son before saying goodbye for two years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Boxing fans may remember Rubin Carter as a fearless and ferocious puncher with a left hook that few opponents had the chin to withstand.
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.
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.
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.