‘Social Entrepreneur’ Uses Company to Give Back

By Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFRO When Emmanuel Irono moved to the United States from Nigeria in the 1980s to attend Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina, he dreamed of working as a...

Minnesota Sees Rise of Payday Loan Alternatives

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Sky-high interest payday loans are getting some more affordable competition in the Twin Cities area from community-based organizations. Minnesota Public Radio reports that Exodus Lending is one nonprofit offering residents interest-free loans...

Producer Brian Moreland Talks Broadway, His Taye Diggs Directed Play

By Nadine Matthews, Special to the AFRO Broadway producer Brian Moreland firmly believes that Black people saved Broadway. He explains that back in the twenties and thirties, “Off Broadway was where every Black performer was pushed,...

DC Council Overturns Initiative 77, Tipped Workers Stay Below Minimum Wage and Keep Tips

By Lauren Poteat, Special to the AFRO On Oct. 16, the D.C. Council voted to repeal a voter-approved ballot measure that would have required tipped workers to be paid a full minimum wage—causing uproar among some...

Sears Files for Chapter 11 Amid Plunging Sales, Massive Debt

By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday, with plans to shutter 142 unprofitable stores in the hopes that it can stay in business. The question now is...

Coogler to Return as Writer-Director of ‘Black Panther 2’

By JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Ryan Coogler isn't leaving Wakanda: The filmmaker will write and direct the sequel to "Black Panther." A person close to the production who requested anonymity because...

‘Face Forward TalkBack’ To Unpack the Mystery and Power of Portraiture

By George Kevin Jordan, Special to the AFRO To understand the power of portraiture, one needs only look at the recent works by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald of former President Barack Obama and Michelle...

Young DC Natives Bring Fresh Take On a Timeless Business Venture

By George Kevin Jordan, Special to the AFRO Three young D.C. entrepreneurs aim to serve some heart-warming hope and hospitality as they open their first venture, The Village Cafe, inside Union Market. Kevon King, Mahammad Mangum...

The Line Hotel & Full Service Radio: An Important Resource for Black Progressives

By Nyame-Kye Kondo, Special to the AFRO The Line Hotel in Adams Morgan is providing a home for Black progressive artists in the form of its independent media hub, Full Service Radio. Housed in a 110 year...

Morgan’s Fundraising Campaigns Nets $254M-Plus in Donations

By Deborah Bailey, Special to the AFRO Morgan State University has successfully completed its Sesquicentennial Anniversary Campaign, officials said.  The fundraising effort, celebrating the 150-year anniversary of the university in 2017, raised more than $254 million...

Baltimore Brothers’ Breakfast Featured at Watergate Hotel

By Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFRO Two brothers from Baltimore are giving people a taste of their chicken and waffles in Washington, D.C. — thanks to a six-week pop-up engagement that’s got them serving...

Sister and Mom Trio Celebrate 2nd Anniversary of Smoothies and Business

By George Kevin Jordan, Special to the AFRO Note to everyone. Not every business venture with family ends up on Iyanla's “Fix My Life” on OWN. In fact Lauren Williamson, Chanel Grant, and their mother Toya...
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