A crowd gathers at MetroPCS on 7th and U streets in northwest D.C. during a protest of a threat from the company's corporate office to shutter the store if the music doesn't stop. (Photo by: Ja’Mon Jackson | WI Bridge)
Business

#DontMuteDC Movement Coalesces Around Famous MetroPCS Store

WASHINGTON INFORMERS — For nearly a quarter-century, the MetroPCS store on the corner of Florida Avenue and 7th Street in Northwest kept residents and passersby alike jamming to the sounds of go-go, over time solidifying its status as a staple of authentic, homegrown culture, especially as gentrification displaced countless residents and businesses in the Shaw area. […read more]

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VIDEO: Esteemed Journalists Keep It Real During Howard University’s Power of the Pen Panel

HOWARD UNIVERSITY NEWS SERVICE — Howard University’s Department of Media, Journalism and Film hosted a panel event, “Power of the Pen,” that featured literary powerhouses Nikole Hannah- Jones and HU alumni Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Jelani Cobb. The writers discussed their work and the importance of remaining true to oneself in the literary and journalism world. NewsVision’s Bryce Newby reports. […read more]

Dr. Brooks will walk the Red Carpet on Saturday, March 30, in Los Angeles where she’ll find out if her nomination turns into a win at the 50th NAACP Image Awards.
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Dr. Sheila Brooks, Author and Emmy Award Winner, Nominated for NAACP Image Award

Dr. Sheila Brooks, the founder, president and CEO of SRB Communications, a full service Washington, D.C.-based advertising and marketing agency, has earned an Image Award nomination in Outstanding Literary Work as one of the authors, (along with Clint C. Wilson) of the new book, “Lucile H. Bluford and the Kansas City Call: Activist Voice for Social Justice.” […read more]

Kamala Harris is running for president and should be critiqued. She should also have the opportunity to speak for herself and answer questions about her record as a candidate in the present day.
Black History

COMMENTARY: #CancelKamala: Kamala Harris and Cancel Culture

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Harris, who obviously knows who she is, lived her life as a black woman in America because in America, particularly during her childhood, you did not have the option of reinvention or all of the privileges of self-identification racial and cultural groups have today. There were no multiple racial categories being checked and personal pronouns being chosen or eschewed. […read more]

Harris’ name recognition and charisma will likely giver her an advantage as the first candidate outside of the baby boomer generation whose candidacy is a reminder of the historic and successful 2008 run of former President Barack Obama.
Black History

Sen. Kamala Harris Officially Enters the 2020 Presidential Race with Bold Morality

NNPA NEWSWIRE — A graduate of Howard University and a member of the AKA sorority, Harris’ rollout has been the most methodically of anyone who has entered the 2020 sweepstakes. Right down to the typography and campaign slogans, which are in the style of the historic 1970s campaign of the first Black woman ever elected to Congress, Shirley Chisholm, Sen. Harris’ rollout has reached for clarity. […read more]

Education

GM Hosts Discover Your Drive Diversity Journalism Program at NAIAS

DETROIT — General Motors (GM) launched its second annual Discover Your Drive diversity journalism program Jan. 7-11, hosting 13 college students and nine professional journalists as mentors from across the country at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Students from diverse backgrounds participated in the program that promoted diversity in automotive journalism and news coverage. […read more]

Religion

Anti-Gay Protest Backfires at Howard University

  By Rachel Kersey Special to NNPA from Howard University News Service WASHINGTON – Westboro Baptist Church, the infamous unaffiliated church known for its hateful, unorthodox protests, especially against homosexuality, brought its hate speech to Howard University – and the university’s students and staff fought back. Armed Read More

National

HBCUs Leading Next Generation Of Minority Health Care Research

[The Huffington Post] Howard University Interim President Wayne A. I. Frederick wants his students following you around the grocery store. He envisions HU nutrition science undergraduates providing shoppers with reports on dietary recommendations, and interfacing with their physicians to determine nutrition plans that lead to Read More

National

Walters Honored, Lionized at Howard U. Conference

By Barrington M. Salmon Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer WASHINGTON – Professor Ron Walters would have been right at home at a two-day conference marking the official launch of the Ronald W. Walters Leadership & Public Policy Center at Howard University. Throughout the days and Read More

Business

‘Homeless To Howard’ Teen James Ward Crowdfunds His Way To College, Realizes A Dream

[The Huffington Post] “From homeless to Howard” might sound like the title of a movie, but for 19-year-old James Ward, this is his reality — though it still feels like a dream. “It’s surreal. I can’t believe after everything that’s happened I’m going to be Read More

National

College: ‘The Best Four or Five Years of Your Life’

by Maya Rhodan NNPA Washington Correspondent Howard University Provost Wayne Frederick Extols Value of HBCUs WASHINGTON (NNPA) – When Mecala Holmes was a freshman at Howard University in 2008, she recalls seeing a t-shirt in the school’s book store that read “Howard University, the best Read More

Politics

Rand Paul Relies on the Past in Hopes of Winning Black Votes in the Future

by Maya Rhodan NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Rand Paul, the conservative Republican senator from Kentucky, tried last week to pave the way for Blacks to vote for Republicans in the future by extolling the GOP’s accomplishments of the past. Speaking at Howard University, Read More

National

Howard Students to Volunteer During Spring Break

Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper Four hundred Howard University students are planning to forego frolicking in the tropics or just resting and relaxing at home to work as volunteers in seven major U.S. cities as part of the school’s Alternative Spring Break Read More

Op-Ed

Building Forever Capacity at and Beyond Morehouse College

  By John Silvanus Wilson, Jr. NNPA Guest Columnist Mordecai Wyatt Johnson, the first African American president of Howard University, had a keen and prophetic understanding of the challenging context within which the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities [HBCUs] must operate. Back in 1928, Read More