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Vote Safe D.C. Campaign Launch

By Briana Thomas Special to the AFRO On March 27, the D.C. Board of Elections launched a campaign to encourage residents to utilize voter mail-in ballots for the upcoming elections in response to the coronavirus outbreak.  The Vote Safe DC initiative is...

Council Unanimously Passes Relief Bill for Residents

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By Micha Green AFRO D.C. Editor [email protected] Conducting a virtual meeting for the first time in its 45-year history, the District of Columbia Council unanimously passed its second COVID-19 relief bill that will offer rent freezes, mortgage deferrals, further extensions for unemployment...

Mayor’s Top Aide Dies of COVID-19

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By Micha Green AFRO D.C. Editor [email protected] According to the D.C. Health Statistics Summary, 401 District of Columbia residents have tested positive for COVID-19, 106 people have recovered and nine patients have died. One of the local decedents from the deadly disease...

The Joint Center Commends Speaker Nancy Pelosi for Appointing Kemba Hendrix as Executive Director...

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WASHINGTON — The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies commends Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for appointing Kemba Hendrix as executive director of the newly established U.S. House of Representatives Office of Diversity & Inclusion. Kemba will...

Issues, Not Candidates, Drive Black Women’s Votes

By Donna Lewis Johnson and Micha Green Special to the AFRO On March 4, the day after Super Tuesday, the Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) released its seventh annual report on Black women and justice at a press conference featuring a panel...

Allen Proposes Metro Subsidy

By Imani Wj Wright Special to the AFRO On March 4, D.C. Council member Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) introduced the Metro for DC Amendment Act of 2020, a proposal that would give nation’s capital residents a monthly subsidy of $100 on...

Mapping the Count: Census Week of Action

NNPA NEWSWIRE — To ensure all are counted, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is inviting you to take part in the Census Week of Action from February 24 to February 28. By Jamal Watkins, NAACP The...

GoGo to Become D.C.’s Official Music

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By Malik Obee, Special to the AFRO The conga drum of the GoGo sound has been the beat of Washington, D.C. for over 50 years. From the Washington Nationals adapting the Godfather of GoGo, Chuck Brown’s, “Bustin Loose” as its...

Mfume, Klacik Win Party Primaries for Elijah Cummings’ Seat

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By BRIAN WITTE and REGINA GARCIA CANO, Associated Press BALTIMORE (AP) — Democrat Kweisi Mfume and Republican Kimberly Klacik won the special primaries Tuesday for the Maryland congressional seat that was held by the late Elijah Cummings. Twenty-four Democrats and eight...

Senate Chaplain’s Velvet Voice Cuts Through Impeachment Fray

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By ELANA SCHOR, Associated Press The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump doesn't lack for strong speakers. But only one voice at the trial speaks to senators-turned-jurors about the values behind their actions — and keeps his focus on God. Senate...

Councilman Evans Announces Resignation

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By Micha Green AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor [email protected] The road to resignation for Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans (D) began in 2019 after he was tied to allegations of ethical misconduct and abuse of power; however in the first full week...

Community Leaders Push to Make Go-Go the Official Music of D.C.

By Briana Thomas, Special to the AFRO The D.C. Council held a hearing on Oct. 30 to designate Go-Go as the official music genre of the District.  The public hearing brought together nearly 50 musicians, D.C. residents, and community activists, including Council...

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