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.
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Collection in Northwest have detailed its plans to develop a robust micro site featuring the works and previously unpublished interviews between preeminent American artist Jacob Lawrence and museum curators, including one conducted just prior to the acclaimed artist's death 14 years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.
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.
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.
Last in Division, Washington Falters at Home
They displayed guts and character and even a little bit of machismo, but the Washington Redskins still didn't get a much-needed victory and their season, like so many others over the past 20-plus years, may again register as an unmitigated failure.
Maxine Waters Proposes Overhaul of Current System
Congresswoman Maxine Waters, a ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee, has proposed an overhaul of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
Some Question Whether Agency Helps Americans
Some have argued that the bureau, which supervises banks, credit unions and other fiscal companies while tasked with enforcing consumer financial laws, hasn't done its job in protecting American citizens.
High Rate Found Among African-Americans
Each year, more than 220,000 women and 2,100 men in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer. Aside from skin cancer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta lists breast cancer as the most common cancer in women regardless of race or ethnicity.
The Washington Wizards opened training camp Tuesday with as much optimism as the franchise has experienced in three decades or more.
Comedian Schedules Two Shows at Warner Theatre
Before audiences see Mike Epps on the Silver Screen portraying comedy legend Richard Pryor, District residents will be able to see why producers of the upcoming biopic selected the funnyman for one of the most sought-after roles in recent history.
New President Places Matriculation High Atop Agenda
The path to the presidency of Howard University had been mapped out a long time ago for Wayne A.I. Frederick.
Washington Hopes to Bring Home Championship
October baseball has returned to the nation's capital and, after fulfilling the hopes of spring, the Washington Nationals are now on a mission to fulfill the promise of a fall to remember.
African-Americans More Prone to Prostate Cancer
As Prostate Cancer Awareness Month draws to a close, health officials in the metropolitan area have continued to work overtime to spread the message in the African-American community that prostate screenings count as an important first step in combating the deadly disease.
Classic Match Recalled 40 Years Later
It's been 40 years since the famous "Rumble in the Jungle," the much-hyped and celebrated clash between an aging Ali — whose signature line, "float like a butterfly and sting like a bee," remains iconic — and George Foreman, a fearsome and undefeated young bear of a champion.
For the eighth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has published a poll measuring the quality of the undergraduate education at historically black colleges and universities. And, for the eighth consecutive year, Howard University ranked second among the 69 schools surveyed in the magazine.
Legendary Singer Plans Concert at Warner Theatre
There’s only one Motown, and a surefire way for District-area residents to find that out would be to attend the upcoming concert by the legendary Gladys Knight at the Warner Theatre in Northwest.
Comedian, Wife to Share Special Exhibit
America's favorite TV dad has become one of the Smithsonian's newest benefactors.
Famed Artist's Frederick Douglass Painting Makes Maryland History
When Simmie Knox received a telephone call recently in which the caller asked him to paint a portrait of Frederick Douglass, he wasn’t at all surprised.
Goodell Still Enjoys Support of Redskins, Fans
While many fans of the Ravens sported Ray Rice jerseys at the team’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 11 in Baltimore, embattled NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has received similar support along the I-95 corridor from Landover to Virginia.