60 Years of Being More Than Just Ben’s Chili Bowl

By Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFRO The District shut down a portion of U Street in front of a nationally renowned restaurant while more than 500 residents, local celebrities, politicos, tourists and others danced...

GOP’S Chittams Seeks Council Seat in Democrat Stronghold

By James Wright, Special to the AFRO, [email protected] The Rev. Ralph Chittams Sr., a Republican, is fed up with the way the District of Columbia is being run by its politicians so he has decided to run...

High School Football Coming to RFK Stadium

By MARK F. GRAY, Special to the AFRO Without tenants RFK Stadium no longer rocks like it did when NFL, Major League Baseball, and Major League Soccer franchises called it home.  However, for one afternoon in...

Last Service for Historic Shaw Church Set

By Hamil R. Harris, Special to the AFRO After about 150 years of being a beacon of spirituality and social justice in the Shaw community, Lincoln Temple United Church of Christ will be closing its doors...

Ubiquitous Women’s Expo Celebrates Black Beauty

By Charise Wallace, Special to the AFRO The 5th annual Ubiquitous Women’s Expo brought women and men of color together in Washington, D.C., for a weekend of entertainment and knowledge about everything that represents “Black Girl...

Experts: State Test Scores Only One Measure of Student Progress

By James Wright, Special to the AFRO, [email protected] The recent news that District of Columbia students are making progress on a widely used standardized test was met with skepticism by some who say predominantly Black schools in...

High Levels of Lead Found in DC Public Housing

By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, [email protected] Residents of Barry Farm Dwellings in Southeast, D.C. received a notice last week alarming them that “lead-based paint or lead-based paint hazards” had been identified throughout the housing complex. ...

2 Suspects Arrested for Murder of 10-Year-Old Makiyah Wilson

By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, [email protected] The last few days have been major in the investigation of the July 16 shooting rampage that killed 10-year-old Makiyah Wilson and injured several others in the Clay Terrace...

New Docu-Series Promotes DC’s Entrepreneurs

By Christina Sturdivant Sani, Special to the AFRO As Washington’s creative economy thrives, four D.C.-area natives want newcomers to know that the city was cool before #madeindc was a slogan branded on t-shirts and coffee mugs. For...

Virginia Ali, Owner of Ben’s Chili Bowl, Embraces 60 Years of Change

By Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFRO For decades, Ben’s Chili Bowl owner Virginia Ali ate a beef hotdog daily that she slathered with mustard, onions and of course, the restaurant’s famous chili. But nine years...

DC School Changes Name After Discovering Slave Owning Ties

By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, [email protected] A school in Southeast, D.C. underwent major renovations before opening its doors to students on Monday, and of the $52 million in changes to the school, the cheapest and...

Girls (Finally) Get Their Own School in Ward 8

By James Wright, Special to the AFRO, [email protected] Two years ago, the District of Columbia public schools opened up the Ron Brown College Preparatory High School in Ward 7, an all-boys institution and recently, the girls got...

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