A. Shuanise Washington Seeking Advancement Opportunities for Blacks
A. Shuanise Washington has always aimed high, setting her sights on accomplishing some of the lofty goals that she and others have established for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the Northwest-based nonprofit public policy, research and educational organization.
From Trayvon Martin to Michael Brown and from civil rights to voting rights, the Congressional Black Caucus has been confronted with a litany of challenges over the past couple of years.
Prevention Week Focuses on 'Inconspicuous' Life-Ending Methods
Traditionally, African-Americans have felt that suicide wasn’t as much of a problem as it is in other communities. But, as the country observes National Suicide Prevention Week beginning Monday, Sept. 8, a pattern has emerged among African-Americans that could contradict reports of low suicide rates among blacks.
New Show Debuts in D.C. on Sept. 15
One of Howard University's successful alums will be taking her talents to the airwaves in a new reality television show that will transport viewers to courtrooms in a new and unique way.
Protests over Team Moniker Continues
The Washington Redskins traveled to Houston to open the 2014 season and with little offense, some occasional defense and an error-prone effort, Robert Griffin III and his teammates received a Texas-sized beatdown.
A new report issued by the Center for American Progress (CAP) in Northwest revealed that the projected population growth and the reduction of economic and health disparities between communities of color presents a clear opportunity to create a win-win situation for minorities and for the solvency of the nation’s Social Security system.
Fans, Alum Reflect as Teams Prepare for AT&T Nation's Classic
The matchup featuring the Bison of Howard University and the Maroon Tigers of Morehouse College provides a compelling back story of a rivalry that's as fierce as any in sports.
Entrepreneur Sheila Johnson Continues to Blaze New Trails
When it comes to luxury resorts and spas, one of the newest kids on the block has already aced the competition.
Heart Association Teams with Macy's for Scholarship Program
Because of the lack of minorities who serve as registered nurses, the American Heart Association's "Go Red for Women" campaign and Macy's department store have continued its three-year partnership in which 16 scholarships of $2,500 each are awarded annually to help increase the number of diverse health care professionals.
Howard, Morehouse Set to Battle for Final Time
When it comes to college football, particularly in the African-American community, not many rivalries stand out like the competition between the Howard University Bison and the Morehouse College Maroon Tigers.
This year's African Diaspora Film Festival promises to have a strong Afro-Latino flavor, adding a new twist to the longest running event of its kind.
Creativity, ingenuity and a desire to help others are the foundations on which D.C. fashion designer Jarmal Harris has built his career.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
African-American Baby Boomers Need Educating, Officials Say
It's an open secret: There's a cure for hepatitis C.
'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.
The hierarchy of the NCAA isn't pleased with the lack of African-American head coaches in Division I men's basketball.
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.
Officials are set to convene a three-day U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit on Capitol Hill beginning Monday.
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.
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.
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.
Claim New Zero Size Promotes Unhealthy Habits
J. Crew officials created a buzz this month by introducing a new size, XXXS, or, Triple 000.
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.
'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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.