Barack Obama's State of the Union Address last month probably provided more questions than answers in the black community, where many said they remain perplexed as to why the nation's first African-American president hasn't done much to help minorities.
Internships, Fellowships Offered to Assist Black Students
A nationwide program to address diversity in the museum field has launched just in time for Black History Month.
Two emerging hip-hop artists from Southeast have returned to the District after traveling to North Korea to film a music video.
Martin Luther King Jr. spoke six months before his assassination to a group of students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia, making it a point to remind young people of the importance of carefully planning for their future, noting that it would prove vital in helping them to realize their dreams.
Historic Congressional Organization Targets Poverty, Unemployment
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus have declared 2014 a pivotal year in the fight against poverty in the African-American community and have vowed to press for new and improved job opportunities while also remaining vigilant in helping to push for the confirmation of black judicial candidates.
Legendary Poet Praised at Star-Studded Funeral
Final arrangements have been made for a viewing and the burial of Amiri Baraka, the famed activist and poet who died on Thursday, Jan. 9, after being hospitalized with an undisclosed illness.
Former Lakers Stars’ New Network Doing Well
Nearly two decades after he starred on the hardwood, Earvin "Magic" Johnson has proven to be a force to reckon with inside the boardroom.
With such great African-American films as "The Butler," "Fruitvale Station," "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" and "12 Years a Slave," many critics labeled 2013 as the year of the black movies. Apparently, Academy Award voters weren't too impressed.
Glaucoma silently steals eyesight from more than 2.7 million Americans each year and officials at the National Eye Institute in Bethesda, Md., project that more than 4.2 million will have the disease by 2030.
Fourth Annual Event to Explore City's Historic Black Sites
Held annually during Black History Month, the African-American Heritage tours have entertained hundreds of individuals who've been treated to visits to such landmarks as the Frederick Douglass House in Anacostia and the African-American Civil War Museum in Northwest.
Academy of Hope Director to be Honored
Lecester Johnson wasn't quite sure what to think when representatives of Georgetown University in Northwest informed her that she'd be this year's recipient of the John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award.
Martin Luther King Jr. possessed more than just a dream. The civil rights champion displayed empathy not just for fellow African Americans, but any individual or group weighed down by oppression.
Beyonce, Rihanna, Others Try to Compensate for Shortcomings
Simply put, pop star Beyonce's new album counts as another attempt to sell an age-old idea instead of substance in a world heavy on video vixens and extremely light on musical talent.
'Fresh Prince of Bel Air' Actor Dies at 68
James Avery, the lovable but stern family head on Will Smith's popular television series "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air," died on New Year's Eve following complications from open heart surgery.
The District and its surrounding areas are still recovering from dangerously cold weather and record-setting low temperatures that led to school cancellations and delays as well as concerns for the safety of the homeless, seniors and anyone exposed to the frigid elements.
Ray Bridgewater Stresses the Importance of Receiving Vaccination
It only takes 10 seconds and the subtle stick of a small needle and most of the myths surrounding the flu shot immediately disappear.
Caldwell, Jackson, Fewell Head List to Replace Shanahan
An NFL rule mandates that teams searching to hire a new head coach must identify and interview minority candidates. Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder and general manager Bruce Allen each said that's not going to be an issue at all.
Poverty, Economy and Student Loans are Top Priorities
While the Congressional Black Caucus continues to hammer out details of its 2014 agenda, an organization spokesperson said it's a safe bet that poverty and the economy will again top the organization's to-do list this year.
Baltimore Native to be Honored at the Birchmere
After a career that's spanned nearly a quarter of a century in which she stands as one of the elite voices in music, Maysa Leak has never been nominated for a Grammy Award. Until now.
Daniel Snyder took a hard look at his team's performance, checked his bank account and decided that $7 million shouldn't stand in the way of giving the Washington Redskins a fresh start next year.
Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist Common not only realizes his place as a role model, he embraces it.
Performing in the nation’s capital has always been akin to being at home, said acclaimed tap dance star Maurice Hines.
Thirty years ago, Michael Jackson forever changed the way people viewed music videos.
Famed Opera 'Porgy and Bess' Returns for Five-Day Run
For nearly 200 years, the National Theatre has been the site of some of Broadway's most acclaimed stage plays and musicals.
NFL Insiders Speculate Redskins Coach Will be Fired
The moniker may remain the same but it's highly probably that the Redskins will soon have a new head coach.
The boldly reinterpreted music in the latest incarnation of George and Ira Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" has helped to bring an American masterpiece back to life, said critics who've not only lauded the play but the songs performed in the classic.
Women of Mandela's Tribe Create Intricate Bead Art
The day apartheid finally ended in South Africa; many concluded that the seeds of the race-based oppression had been swept away.
The Washington Nationals' commitment to young and aspiring District area baseball fans has perhaps never been more evident than team officials showing off a new 18,000-square-foot training facility at Fort DuPont Park in Southeast.
While Providence Hospital in Northeast has the distinction of being the District's longest- and continuously-operated medical institution, Unity Health Care enjoys a well-documented history of doing more to help those with less.
Keisha Robinson, a doctor and regional director of medical education for Unity Health Care, Inc., in Southeast, remains conscious of the needs of those in one of the District’s poorest and most underserved communities.
Anti-Apartheid Hero Mourned Around the Globe
In Washington, D.C., and far-flung corners of the world, admirers of human rights icon Nelson R. Mandela are recalling the life of South Africa’s first black president, who was also a freedom fighter branded a terrorist, a Nobel Laureate, political prisoner, lifelong rebel and thorn in the side of the white minority government.
Georgetown Basketball Team Ready to Make a Run
It didn't take long for the Georgetown University men's basketball team to get used to some good old fashion home cooking.
The buzz surrounding the new holiday film "Black Nativity" might turn out to be more about the talent assembled for the Silver Screen version of Langston Hughes' masterpiece than about the birth of Jesus Christ, which is the prevailing theme of the stage play.
D.C. Ranks Among Top Cities for Mixed Couples
Interracial dating has continued to be all the rage, particularly online where singles are more likely to seek romance outside of their respective races.
Blacks, Minorities Feel the Brunt During Holidays
While many converge on retail stores on Black Friday, the bargains offered during the busiest shopping day of the year may not be enough to entice some African Americans, still reeling from government furloughs and the federal shutdown.
Fans Still Wonder What Might Have Been
Despite the passage of years, most Washington, D.C.-area sports fans will never forget Len Bias, a Landover-born and University of Maryland standout basketball star whose promising professional career never materialized because of his tragic death 27 years ago.
Idris Elba calls his titular role in the biopic “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” his most important to date.
Blacks Revere Slain President 50 Years After Death
Upon mentioning JFK in most African-American communities, those three letters invoke one word, or disposition: reverence.
Mike Malone Remembered as Students, Staff Perform 'Black Nativity'
The late Mike Malone’s adaptation of the celebrated gospel play “Black Nativity” opens at the Ellington Theatre on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m.
President Asks for Patience as Problems are Resolved
The criticism leveled at President Barack Obama over the disastrous roll out of the Affordable Care Act has continued to intensify despite his public apology and tweaks made to the law last week.
Some suggest that losing this year wouldn't be such a bad idea.
Georgetown University Grad's New Film Hits Theaters
Writer and director Malcolm D. Lee's latest film, "The Best Man Holiday," attempts to lighten the mood with romance, and adult-themed comedy.
Unifics Lead Singer Struck a Chord with Fellow Musicians
Al Johnson, who had been battling multiple undisclosed illnesses, died on Oct. 26 in Capitol Heights, Md., where he had lived for several years.
Health Secretary Slammed over Affordable Care Act
Lawmakers have continued to confront Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius with skepticism over adjustments yet to be made to President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act and its accompanying website, which have resulted in a multitude of concerns and some unexpected insurance policy cancellations.
Congressman Vows Not to Withdraw
Republican senators who blocked the confirmation of an African-American congressman to lead a key federal agency should brace themselves for a major fight with Democrats and numerous minority agencies that support President Barack Obama's nominee.
Four Hundred Years of History on Display
Philanthropist couple Bernard and Shirley Kinsey spent nearly three decades gathering as many as 400 authentic and rare works of art, artifacts, books, documents and manuscripts, all which tell the often untold story of African-American achievement and contributions.
Gospel Greats, Others Prepare for Annual Evangel Cathedral Celebration
It’s never too early to think about Christmas.
Violence Mars Concert, Bison Win on Gridiron
Howard University celebrated homecoming week, but the famed school in Northwest Washington received a black eye after violence erupted at one of its pregame concerts, leaving several people injured including two Metropolitan Police Department police officers.
Late Legend is Focus of PBS Documentary, DVD
More than 43 years after his death and 46 years after the seminal "Purple Haze" recording, legendary musician Jimi Hendrix will be the subject of a television special on PBS next month.
Movie Captures Attention of Director's Contemporaries
Famed film director John Singleton says "12 Years a Slave" is "as authentic as it gets."