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Battle for DC Dems Central Committee

By James Wright, Special to the AFRO, jwright@afro.com On June 19, District of Columbia voters will go to the polls to vote in the Democratic primary. Many will focus on the mayoral, attorney general, D.C. Council chairman, and ward council races. However,...

Bowser a No Show but Gets Ward 8 Dems Nod Anyway

By James Wright, Special to the AFRO, jwright@afro.com D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser didn't attend the May 19 Ward 8 Democrats meeting but it appears she didn't have to. She overwhelmingly got the organization's endorsement in the upcoming election. The Ward 8 Democrats...

Top-Ranked DC School Embroiled in Residency Fraud Scandal

By Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFRO An audit from the Office of the State Superintendent for Education released May 11 has found that nearly a third of the students enrolled at the acclaimed Duke Ellington School of the Performing...

Mayor Awards D.C. Businesses $2.6 Million

By Hamzat Sani, Special to the AFRO D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser capped off DC Small Business Week by awarding grants to 53 businesses based and operating in the District. The $2,648,057.53 in grant funding was distributed to area businesses as...

DC Chamber of Commerce Celebrates Businesses

By Hamzat Sani, Special to the AFRO The District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce hosted its 2018 Small Business and Economic Development Summit highlighting the contributions small businesses make to D.C.’s booming economy. As part of a full day of events...

White Addresses Ward 7 Concerns

By James Wright, Special to the AFRO, jwright@afro.com D.C. Council member Robert White was the keynote speaker at the Marshall Heights Community Development Organization's "First Fridays" meeting May 4 at the organization's headquarters in Northeast. White is one of a series...

Black Candidates Are Missing in Ward 6 D.C. Council Race

By James Wright, Special to the AFRO, jwright@afro.com One of the District of Columbia's most active political and cultural wards has a Black population over one-third and yet there are no Black candidates for that council seat this year. Ward 6 encompasses the U.S....

Need a Job in Ward 5? Find the WOW Truck.

By Lauren E. Williams, Special to the AFRO MidCity Financial Community Affairs Director Dr. Robert Johns says he is committed to bringing services to D.C.’s NE Ward 5 neighborhood.  By partnering with the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES)...

Marvin Gaye Recreation Center Opens May 5 in D.C.

By Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFRO The District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation will launch its first-ever Marvin Gaye Day on May 5 by opening the new recreation center that bears the late singer’s name and following...

DC Council Limits School Suspensions

By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.com When last year’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) released data revealing Black students are eight times more likely to be suspended than their White counterparts, Council member David Grosso (I-At...

Racine is Running Hard, Even with No Opponent

By James Wright, Special to the AFRO, jwright@afro.com Karl Racine is running for re-election as the District of Columbia's attorney general but faces no opponent in the Democratic Party primary or even in the Republican, DC Statehood Green and Libertarian parties. Nevertheless,...

Despite Calls for Unity, Trayon White Anti-Semitic Controversy Continues

By James Wright, Special to the AFRO, jwright@afro.com Last week the AFRO reported about harsh emails from D.C. Council member Elissa Silverman to Joshua Lopez, a former advisory neighborhood commissioner and commissioner on the D.C. Housing Authority, because of his support for Council...

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