News / November 29, 2018 Initiative 77 Was Approved–Then Repealed. I’m Confused: Do I Still Need to Tip My Server?

By Noni Marshall When the D.C. Council recently repealed a bill that aimed to end the so-called “tipped minimum wage,” it rejected a measure that 55 percent of Washington voters had approved only a few months earlier. However, the vote to kill Initiative 77 is being applauded by those most affected: servers and restaurant owners....

Election 2018 / November 6, 2018 Election Day Brings Steady Rain, Determined Voters

By Alexandria Frank Many voters in the eastern part of the U.S. awoke to a pouring rain on Election Day, but the nasty weather didn’t wash away people’s desire to be heard. At polling locations in Washington, voters still came out to perform their civic duty. The morning rain cleared up around noon, leaving the...

Election 2018 / November 6, 2018 DeSantis Called Tallahassee the State’s “Most Crime-Ridden”City. Its Citizens (and Stats) Say Otherwise.

By Maya King TALLAHASSEE—Residents of Florida’s capital city are confused and offended by the way their city has been recently portrayed in the public sphere. Both President Trump and his disciple, gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis, have described Tallahassee as “dangerous” and “corrupt,” citing a recent crime spike in Leon County. Those who actually live in...

Does being a background singer lead to spotlight of success
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Does being a background singer lead to spotlight of success

By Sydney Davenport Some people crave the spotlight. They want to see their name in lights and are willing to do what it takes to make it to the big time. Not vocalist Jazmine Thomas of Savannah, Georgia. She’s hoping to find success is not behind the scenes, but in the background. Thomas, a music…

Howard U. Hospital: My Trip to the ER
News, Opinion

Howard U. Hospital: My Trip to the ER

By Shirley Carswell The Sunday Washington Post article on Howard University Hospital, which described a once-grand institution fallen on hard times, struck close to home for me. That’s because I had an unexpected visit to Howard’s emergency room two days earlier. My medical emergency wasn’t life threatening, but the pain I was experiencing after busting…

Love Story for the History Books
Black History Month

Love Story for the History Books

Mildred Loving, born in 1939, was a civil rights activist who successfully defeated Virginia’s ban on interracial marriage on June 12, 1967. Mildred Jeter was born and raised in Central Point, Virginia, about 90 miles south of Washington, D.C. She attended an all-black high school, and met her future husband, Richard Loving, in Central Point….

Flo-Jo … Faster Than A Speeding Bullet….
Black History Month

Flo-Jo … Faster Than A Speeding Bullet….

Florence Griffith Joyner is considered the best female track star ever to have competed at the Olympic level. Joyner still holds the fastest record for the 100-meter and 200-meter dash and collected three gold medals during the 1988 Summer Olympic Games in Seoul. Joyner’s record times have been difficult for other athletes to even come…

How ‘Fences’ Was Built
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How ‘Fences’ Was Built

Denzel Washington’s film adaptation of August Wilson’s “Fences,” which premiers on Christmas Day, is being praised as an original remake of the Broadway play. However, this story has been an essential work in American theater for more than 30 years, and it didn’t originate with Washington. Oscar-winning actor James Earl Jones originally portrayed Troy Maxson,…

Does Moving to Canada Trump Staying in U.S.?
Fact-Checks, News

Does Moving to Canada Trump Staying in U.S.?

“I’m moving to Canada!” Many people who are concerned about living under Donald Trump as U.S. president have been repeating this sentence in recent weeks and months. On Election Day, the website of the Canadian immigration office broke down completely. Too many people tried to get information about the immigration process in Canada on Tuesday,…

Black Men: Are They in College or in Prison?
Fact-Checks

Black Men: Are They in College or in Prison?

Many people consider it common knowledge that more black men are in prison than in college. “A third more African-American men are incarcerated than in higher education,” according to Jason Ziedenberg and Vincent Schiraldi, who wrote the 2002 report from the Justice Policy Institute, “Cellblocks or Classrooms: The Funding of Higher Education and Corrections and…

#nomakeup with a little help?
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#nomakeup with a little help?

Alicia Keys launched a movement after she published a letter on Lena Dunham’s blog, Lenny, in May, stating that she has had enough of wearing makeup everyday. Her reason is simple: “I don’t want to cover up anymore. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my…

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