Sports / April 11, 2021 When Being First Matters, But Only So Much

By Monét Bowen The Washington Football team ended its season boasting about its victories in matters of top-tier diversity, ways that it had jumped ahead of other teams in the NFL, where 70 percent of the players are Black, but a vast majority of the head coaches and front-office executives are not. The team announced...

Sports / April 8, 2021 Discovered: Black Gold in the NFL

By Gregory Smith, Jr. It was 33 years ago when Doug Williams became the first Black quarterback to be a starter and Most Valuable Player in a Super Bowl. Williams led the Washington Redskins to victory over John Elway and the Denver Broncos, 42-10. So much for those who had argued that Black athletes could...

Uncategorized / April 1, 2021 Adding a Black Women’s Touch to Statehouse Power

By Airielle Lowe Last year, her first as Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates, Adrienne A. Jones ushered through legislation to settle a lawsuit ordering the state to compensate its historically Black public colleges for years of inequitable funding. Gov. Larry Hogan refused to sign the measure, saying its price tag was much too...

When Being First Matters, But Only So Much
Sports

When Being First Matters, But Only So Much

By Monét Bowen The Washington Football team ended its season boasting about its victories in matters of top-tier diversity, ways that it had jumped ahead of other teams in the NFL, where 70 percent of the players are Black, but a vast majority of the head coaches and front-office executives are not. The team announced…

Discovered: Black Gold in the NFL
Sports

Discovered: Black Gold in the NFL

By Gregory Smith, Jr. It was 33 years ago when Doug Williams became the first Black quarterback to be a starter and Most Valuable Player in a Super Bowl. Williams led the Washington Redskins to victory over John Elway and the Denver Broncos, 42-10. So much for those who had argued that Black athletes could…

Adding a Black Women’s Touch to Statehouse Power
Uncategorized

Adding a Black Women’s Touch to Statehouse Power

By Airielle Lowe Last year, her first as Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates, Adrienne A. Jones ushered through legislation to settle a lawsuit ordering the state to compensate its historically Black public colleges for years of inequitable funding. Gov. Larry Hogan refused to sign the measure, saying its price tag was much too…

The Black Lives Matter Feud: Not All About the Benjamins
Black Lives Matter

The Black Lives Matter Feud: Not All About the Benjamins

By Chrisleen Herard The former vice president had barely clinched the Democratic nomination for president, and George Floyd hadn’t been dead a month when Black conservative Candace Owens added her voice to a chorus of accusers. “They are using Breonna Taylor’s face and George Floyd’s death to funnel MILLIONS to support Joe Biden’s campaign. This…

Empowering Black Women, with Poise and Grace
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Empowering Black Women, with Poise and Grace

By Naomi Johnson Misty Copeland, the premier ballerina, sees some potential good in the not so good moments. “With George Floyd and with Black Lives Matter,” Copeland said in a recent online interview, “in 20 years as a professional, though I’ve been saying these things very openly and publicly for 20 years, this is the first…

A Winter in the Red for Black-Owned Restaurants
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A Winter in the Red for Black-Owned Restaurants

By Kayla Hill Black Restaurant Week in the District of Columbia was supposed to give one more boost to businesses like Open Crumb, a West African-seasoned eatery in a resurgent neighborhood that many in the nation’s capital might describe as, you know, the other side of town. Earlier, when the weather was warm, governments around…

When Facts Don’t Matter the Way Black Lives Do
Black Lives Matter

When Facts Don’t Matter the Way Black Lives Do

By Trevon Patterson The facts, they say, don’t lie. These are the facts: Breonna Taylor was killed when Louisville police officers broke down the door of her apartment, her boyfriend fired a shot in their direction, and the police responded with a hail of bullets, one of which ended her life. Kentucky’s attorney general presented…

A Day-One Dilemma for Black Students and HBCUs
HBCUs

A Day-One Dilemma for Black Students and HBCUs

By Ravyn Hardwick There is no doubt that Black students, Black families and Black colleges would be special beneficiaries of whatever student-loan debt President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. would wipe out by executive order on his first day in office. The more, the better. The uncertainty is whether there will be any loan forgiveness at…

These Black Women’s Lives Matter As Well
Black Lives Matter

These Black Women’s Lives Matter As Well

By Arielle Williams Some in Hollywood have launched very personalized initiatives in response to the movements for women’s empowerment, social justice and Black Lives Matter by focusing on crimes of racial and sexual violence against Black women, including women in LGBTQ communities. The actions often are more individualized than sweeping, shaped in part by how…

Does Restricting Access to Guns Reduce Gun Violence?
Crime

Does Restricting Access to Guns Reduce Gun Violence?

By Jalen Whitehead  Gun control has long been a controversial topic, especially in the United States.  Most Americans believe guns are essential to their freedom,  a sentiment enshrined in the Second Amendment’s guarantee of the right to bear arms. Americans own almost 50 percent of the civilian-owned guns worldwide and has 120.5 guns per capita,…

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