Kwame Alexander Credits Baltimore with Launching Writing Career

By Tilesha Brown, Special to the AFRO 22 years ago, New York Times Bestselling author, Kwame Alexander, started a publishing company in the basement of his mother’s home on St. Paul Street in North Central Baltimore....

Local Attorney Turned Reality Host Helps Others Pursue Their Dreams

By Christina Sturdivant Sani, Special to the AFRO September is a big month for Andrea Hence Evans, an intellectual property attorney based in Prince George’s County, Maryland. With over 16 years of experience as a patent attorney,...

Black-Owned Medical Cannabis Dispensary Opening in Capitol Heights

By Brianna Rhodes, Special to the AFRO Mary and Main, a Black owned medical cannabis dispensary located in Capitol Heights is softly open for business before it officially opens it doors later this month. The dispensary,...

Local Automotive Program Gives Students an Opportunity to Excel

By Akil Wilson, Special to the AFRO A District of Columbia program is educating residents from some of the city’s most underserved neighborhoods in one of today’s most in demand trades. The Excel Automotive Institute, located...

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...

Celebrity Chef Needs Space to Open “Transition Kitchen”

By J. K. Schmid, Special to the AFRO Chef Stew was bringing two of his donors up to speed Tuesday afternoon outside Three Goats on Preston Avenue. In black slacks and chef’s coat, Stew was constantly...

After Viral Rat Video, Sales Plunge at Lexington Market

By Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, [email protected] A viral video of a rat rollicking through a display case of tasty treats at a Lexington Market bakery in July compelled management at the historic market to shut...

‘Black-ish’ Creator Kenya Barris Sets Exclusive Netflix Deal

By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Netflix says it's signed "black-ish" creator Kenya Barris to an exclusive production agreement. The multi-year deal announced Thursday makes Barris the latest prominent TV creator to jump from...

White House Admits Error for False Claim on Black Employment

By ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has acknowledged error in its false claim that President Donald Trump created three times as many jobs for African-Americans than President Barack Obama. It was...

Ivy Community Charities Will Expand with Grants

By James Wright, Special to the AFRO, [email protected] The Ivy Community Charities of Prince George's County received $35,000 from the Prince George's County Local Development Council (PGCLDC) and a Community Partnership Grants for $10,000. Cheryl Garnette, executive...

Garvin Rebuilds Career and Black Owned Golf Course in PG County

By MARK F. GRAY, Special to the AFRO Each day African American Golf Hall of Famer Jimmy Garvin walks nine holes at Marlton Golf Course in Upper Marlboro.  It is a personal tradition that began when...

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