Author Archives: Jamaal Abdul-Alim

  • Gas Prices Put the Brake on Local Businesses

    Not so long ago, Northwest D.C. florist Karen Woods could plan to spend about $100 per week on gas to make whatever deliveries she needed to make in the region. But with the recent surge in gas prices, the weekly cost of gas for Woods has more than tripled to close to $350. Woods says […]

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  • Chocolate City Goes the Milky Way

    Chocolate City? Not anymore. That’s because while the District of Columbia’s overall population has grown for the first time in 60 years, the city’s Black population has shrunk, putting the nation’s capital on track to lose its long-held status as a majority Black ...

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  • New Early Childhood Education Facility Announced

    In an effort to stave off academic losses by reaching children during their earliest years, D.C. officials and philanthropists have teamed up to construct a $12 million facility in Ward 7 that will provide daylong year-round early childhood education. The facility is expected to serve 171 ...

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  • Boyd Gives Update on Black Farmers Settlement

    Although President Barack Obama signed a measure two months ago meant to fund the settlement of a longstanding case known as the Black farmers lawsuit, no payout is in sight despite scam artists who suggest otherwise. That was the heart of the message that National Black Farmers Association ...

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  • Intrepid Black Journalist, Civil Servant Dies

    When veteran journalist Samuel Yette started writing a provocative book that dealt with plots within the federal government to contain, control and destroy the U.S. Black population, he gave his two sons stern orders not to let anyone know what he had in the works. “As children, we were ...

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  • Advocates Demand Funds to Lessen Youth Incarceration

    Using revolutionary rhetoric, chants and African drums, a national network of juvenile justice advocates gathered for a rally in Washington, D.C., this week to call on Congress to put money behind legislation they say will lead to fewer youth of color being locked up. “I like to think of ...

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  • Gun Buyback Whittling Away at Crime

    Fifteen fewer guns are on the streets of Washington, D.C., thanks to Got Guns?, a Metropolitan Police Department program that offers cash rewards to anonymous callers who give police tips on where they can find illegal firearms. According to the program’s records, obtained by the AFRO ...

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  • D.C. Youth Detention Facilities Crowded

    Despite widely-heralded reforms of Washington, D.C.’s juvenile justice system, youth advocates recently decried the increase in District youths being locked up for low-level offenses, and alleged the youths were being subjected to substandard medical care and increased instances of ...

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  • Ex-Offenders Seek Clean Employment Slate

    The box next to the question on job applications that asks whether a person has ever been convicted of a felony could soon become a thing of the past under a measure proposed by a Washington, D.C. councilman and supported by advocates for ex-offenders. With few exceptions, the ...

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  • Union Endorsements Carry Weight

    High unemployment rates and other economic woes continue to haunt Washington, D.C. and Maryland voters as the Sept. 14 primary elections draw near. Under these conditions the endorsements of one of the labor movement’s most prominent organizations could end up playing a wild card role in ...

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