By Brian Witte, The Associated Press The Maryland Senate confirmed Lt. Col. Roland Butler on March 31 to be the first Black superintendent of the Maryland State Police, a department under a federal discrimination probe. The Senate voted 43-4 to confirm Gov. Wes Moore’s appointee, who came under questioning largely because he has worked at
By Adrian Sainz and Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press Storms that dropped possibly dozens of tornadoes killed at least 18 people in small towns and big cities across the South and Midwest, tearing a path through the Arkansas capital, collapsing the roof of a packed concert venue in Illinois, and leaving people throughout the region
By Reginald Williams, Special to the AFRO A two-and-one-half-hour panel discussion recently took place at Sankofa Video Books and Cafe on Georgia Avenue in Northwest D.C., delving into a discussion on the nuances of what it means to be a Black boy and man. The panel explored what was required of boys to survive, and
The Hill Church and Ministries in partnership with the Rachell L. Gray Community Foundation provides food baskets for local schools for Easter
By Roslyn JonesAFRO Faith Squad#FaithWorks#SecureTheBag This Easter holiday, thanks to a partnership with two local schools in the Howard County school system, The Hill Church and Ministries as well as the Rachell L. Gray Community Foundation, 50 families will receive food baskets containing the makings of an Easter feast with meat and all the trimmings.
By The Associated Press A developer on March 31 ended plans to purchase a 100-acre (39-hectare) property from the local school system in a historically Black town in Florida following a public outcry that the deal threatened the cultural heritage of the community made famous by Harlem Renaissance writer Zora Neale Hurston. Derek Bruce said
Published March 31, 2023 By CCG Editorial There are similarities between William Henry West, the Black police officer who arrested President Grant, and the current Manhattan District Attorney, Alvin Bragg, who has filed charges against former President Trump. While these events are separated by time and context, they share significant similarities that are worth exploring.
By Maya Richard-Craven, Word in Black From gracing the cover of the January issue of Vogue alongside Billie Eilish and seven other climate activists, to amplifying climate justice on social media, Wawa Gatheru has set her sights on elevating environmental solutions. “I really do believe that everybody cares about planet earth,” says Gatheru. “I think
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Bill Tompkins: extending the vision, expanding the definition of diversity for Montgomery County business community
By Deborah Bailey, Contributing Editor Bill Tompkins, new CEO of the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) has a big vision and agenda for the business community in Maryland’s most populous county, with more than 1 million residents. Montgomery County’s residents are on the whole, relatively wealthy with a median income upwards of $117,000, according
Ford’s Theatre debuts dynamic stage play,“Shout SisterShout!: The Untold Story of Rock and Roll Trailblazer Rosetta Tharpe”
By Deborah Bailey, Contributing Editor The East Coast debut of playwright Cheryl West’s “Shout Sister Shout!: The Untold Story of Rock and Roll Trailblazer Rosetta Tharpe, is the poignant and jubilant theatrical journey of a Black woman emerging from the deep, Jim Crow South of the early and mid-20th century to a world-wide stage– all the while