Ayo Ito releases new R&B EP “Just Might”

Sultry Japanese-American R&B musician Aya Ito is releasing her debut EP “Just Might” from Thursday, December 15, 2023 on YouTube and all the usual streaming platforms. Aya Ito is a Japanese and Black American multilingual, multi-genre, Chicago based singer/songwriter. The talented young artists sings in English, Japanese, & Spanish. Aya Ito is a native of


No is a sentence: setting healthy boundaries in 2023

By Tashi McQueen, AFRO Political Writer, Report for America Corps Member, tmcqueen@afro.com Saying “no” and setting healthy boundaries are crucial to survival in this fast-paced, ever-demanding world.  As year three of the COVID-19 pandemic comes to a close, many are finding themselves burned out at work and stretched thin emotionally at home. This week, as


The Dance Institute of Washington to present ‘The Spirit of Kwanzaa’ at Howard University

By Michelle Richardson, Special to the AFRO The Dance Institute of Washington (DIW), a minority-led dance organization in the nation’s capital, will stage its annual holiday performance celebrating Kwanzaa, the annual celebration of African American culture. Kwanzaa is celebrated from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. ‘The Spirit of Kwanzaa’ is a winter holiday celebration that


Durant Family Foundation gifts Bowie State University $500,000 to transform its basketball arena

By Megan Sayles, AFRO Business Writer, Report for America Corps Member, msayles@afro.com and Deborah Bailey, Contributing Editor, dbailey@afro.com The Durant Family Foundation and Bowie State University (BSU) have announced a $500,000 award to the institution. BSU and the Foundation are calling for Black athletes to “give back” with investments in  historically Black colleges and universities. Brooklyn Nets


Macy’s and Momentus Capital to use $200 million to create diverse suppliers

By Megan Sayles, AFRO Business Writer, Report for America Corps Member, msayles@afro.com D.C.-based Momentus Capital, a nonprofit, mission-driven financial services organization, and leading department store Macy’s, are working together to invest in diverse-led suppliers.  The pair recently launched S.P.U.R. Pathways: Shared Purpose, Unlimited Reach (S.P.U.R. Pathways), a multiyear funding program that seeks to help diverse-owned