More than 52,000 District residents live with diabetes, and those in Wards 4, 5, 7 and 8 have the highest mortality rate from the debilitating disease.
The endorsement of Rep. Chris Van Hollen by Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker III surprised few, but still left area politicians and residents speculating about the timing of Baker’s support.
One look around campus at the University of the District of Columbia and it's easy to see why many schools around the nation are holding the school, located in Northwest, as a shining example of green living and sustainability.
Rap Stars Seek Higher Calling with Lyrics, Art
Today the obsession with God and other spiritual powers dominates the rap culture.
'MyUntold' Provides Platform of Encouraging Stories
Wells Fargo & Company has launched an initiative called "The Untold Stories Collection," a social media movement dedicated to sharing personal stories that define what it means to be African-American today.
The Anacostia Community Museum plans to showcase a documentary that describes the origins of hip-hop.
Introduces Legislation Aimed at Assisting Renters
As part of her campaign pledge when she easily retained her seat in the November general election, Anita Bonds, who chairs the Committee on Housing and Community Development, vowed to do more for area renters.
The story of Debbie Flores has always fascinated.
Cancer Claims Husband; Wife Seeks Healing
It's a day that Yvonne Broady will never forget.
Local Women Push Healthy Skin Products
Tehma Hallie Smith, Ronae Brock and Michelle Davenport have come up with a line of organic body and skin products that prides itself on being health conscious and environmentally friendly.
Organization Helps Pay Medical and Travel Expenses
Good Days From CDF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping ensure that no one living with a chronic condition has to choose between getting the medication they need and affording the necessities of everyday life.
Urban League Officials Say Plenty of Work Still Remains
Two reports released within moments of each other have served to highlight how African-Americans and Latinos have overcome many obstacles in order to strive toward success. However, the fine print of each of those reports provides a reality check that the American dream remains deferred for individuals of color.
Officials Tout 1,000th Construction Job in Maryland
With still more than a year before it opens, MGM National Harbor probably has local residents feeling as though they've hit the jackpot.
With U.S. Attorney Ron Machen Jr.'s announcement last week that he's leaving office — without returning an indictment or charges of any kind against former D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray — some are more convinced that Machen engaged in a witch hunt.
App Alerts Providers to Potential Risk
Professionals at the Rockville, Maryland-based Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration have developed a new tool that they hope will help prevent suicides.
Brown, Edwards, Ivey Vie for Vacated Seats
Like musical chairs, there's a merry-go-round for Senate and House seats in Maryland after longtime senator Barbara Mikulski decided not to seek a sixth term in 2016 and after Rep. Donna Edwards announced she's bolting her chair in an attempt to gain a Senate seat.
Obama's Initiative Rakes in $300M in Grants, Resources
On Feb. 27, 2014, five young District of Columbia Higher Education Readiness Opportunity Scholars joined the president for the launch of his My Brother's Keeper initiative, an effort to create opportunities for young men and boys of color. A little more than a year later, White House officials are giving a thumbs-up to the initiative, and cities and businesses have bought in at a rate that's exceeded even Obama’s expectations.
Shiek Mahmud-Bey has created, written, directed, produced and stars in the television psychological drama "The Inner Circle," a gritty look at how substance abuse reaches across ethnicity, class, gender and age groups.
Local Organization Helps Children Cope When Parents Have Illness
More than 2.5 million individuals around the world, including 400,000 Americans, have multiple sclerosis, the unpredictable and often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body.
U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski has championed equal rights for all and equal pay for women, and she's alleviated discrimination against women in health care while spearheading a change in government regulations that previously forced elderly couples to spend all their assets and lose their homes before qualifying for help in paying for nursing homes.
The Oblate Sisters of Providence could be classified as a miracle.
Medication Tested, Approved and Available to Residents
the National Institutes on Health in Bethesda, Maryland, that has developed a new, tested and FDA-approved drug that comes with little, if any side effects.
Fifty years ago, lawmakers, medical professionals and many in low-income and senior communities called the implementation of Medicare and Medicaid a leap forward for America and the millions who’d benefit from a program that promised health security.
Joseph Jackson, father of late superstar Michael Jackson, says he's reached a deal to bottle and distribute a new soda he's dubbed "JoCola."
Realtor, NFL Star Assist Youth in Football, Academics
The Shutdown Academy is a development program for children designed to strengthen and help them reach their potential through mentoring and other programs in the classroom and on the athletic field.
HBCU History Proudly Recalled By Alumni, Others
When the 40 African-American founders opened what was then called the Baltimore Normal School on Jan. 9, 1865, their mission was to establish educational facilities across Maryland that would help educate the more than 85,000 newly emancipated slaves. Today, the school now famously called Bowie State University, counts among the many proud historical black college and universities.
Stevie Wonder practices what he preaches. One of our greatest love-song writers, composer of "My Cherie Amour" and "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours," recently fathered his ninth child — with a fifth woman.
The battle over Social Security Disability Insurance benefits continues to unfold on Capitol Hill, and, as in the case of most of these fights, numerous officials argue that it's the little guy who gets hurt.
University of Maryland Explores Value of African-American Art
As the black theater, which some call an endangered species, struggles, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park, Maryland, will cap Black History Month on Saturday, Feb. 28, with an introspective symposium beginning at 9 a.m.
Longtime Maryland Politician Dead at 81
Frank M. Conaway Sr., the longtime clerk of the Baltimore City Circuit Court, is being remembered by the many in Charm City, Prince George's County and around the state who knew him and the many more his work helped.
Forcing voters to produce government-issued identification goes against America's long-standing belief in a democracy. It's also a thinly-disguised method to prevent many African-Americans, Latinos and other minorities from voting, according to members of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Officials at the American Cancer Society say that individuals with stage 4 breast cancer have a 22 percent rate of survival after five years compared to their peers without breast cancer.
Getting married can be expensive. But for those seeking wedded bliss, there's some good news.
It's straight from a soap opera.
Supporters Prove to be as Plentiful as Opposition
Opposition to the proposed utility company merger between Pepco Holdings, Inc. and Exelon has been well-documented and a protest on Thursday, Feb. 5 by numerous environmental advocacy organizations again received its share of media attention.
Celebrations Taking Place in D.C., Virginia, Maryland
From the District to Northern Virginia and from Prince George’s County to Baltimore, government and civic organizations, museums and other cultural institutions have continued to lay out plans to celebrate Black History Month.
Senate GOP Members May Follow Same Course
Republicans in the House of Representatives have continued their efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, despite soaring enrollment figures for year two and the growing confidence in the law by many Americans.
February Opportune Time to Promote Advanced Careers
Efforts have ramped up recently in the District and around the country to emphasize STEM education, a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines – science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
A "Jacksonland" shrine, a state park and a therapy camp for molested children are among the proposals pitched by potential buyers of Michael Jackson's shuttered $75 million Neverland Ranch.
It has been more than 30 years since Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby, 77, released the last of their 1970s trilogy of film. Since then, the two have rarely been linked publicly and a source close to Poitier said the "In the Heat of the Night" actor is utterly disgusted by Cosby.
Entrepreneurs Develop Unique Way to Obamacare
A team of young entrepreneurs are offering a different approach to the insurance and health care market place from what they said is a completely different perspective.
Association Celebrates 'Go Red' Day With Annual Campaign
A website saved her life. And Julia Allen, the national spokesperson for the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women campaign, said www.goredforwomen.org can save many more lives if everyone becomes aware of and makes good use of the website.
Despite the anticipation of his address to officials and spectators and given that he’s the U.S. trade representative and President Barack Obama’s principal adviser, negotiator and spokesperson on international trade and investment issues, Ambassador Michael Froman made a much-ballyhooed appearance before the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee on Jan. 28.
Prince George's County Education Funding Takes Major Hit
The honeymoon ended quickly.
At 71, the Freedom Fighter Battles On
Say the name Angela Davis and, depending upon with whom you speak, a range of opinions, emotions and thoughts automatically ensue.
Organizations, Others Seek Lawmakers Help
Prior to his going on a shooting spree at the Navy Yard in Southeast two years ago, co-workers, supervisors and associates of shooter Aaron Alexis raised concerns about his mental health, but those fears were never reported to the government.
D.C. Councilwoman Writes Letter Appealing for Assistance
Anita Bonds said the well-being of the elderly remains a top priority, and she remains proactive in her approach to their safety and security.
As Scholar, Students Debate Relevance, Reboot Scheduled
"Roots," an enormous best-seller when first published in 1976, achieved an extraordinary level of cultural salience when ABC’s television adaptation of the book aired on eight consecutive nights beginning on Jan. 20, 1977.
When it comes to celebrating and remembering Martin Luther King Jr., the Johns Hopkins University community certainly counts among those who routinely capture perfectly the legacy of the late civil rights icon.
"Selma" has become a hot talking point for African-Americans who lived during the tumultuous civil rights era and young blacks who still know very little about Martin Luther King Jr.