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


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

By Megan Sayles, AFRO Business Writer, Report for America Corps Member, 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


Breaking News: Whiting-Turner to break ground on community hub at Mondawmin Mall

By Megan Sayles, AFRO Business Writer, Report for America Corps Member, Baltimore-based construction company Whiting-Turner, on Dec. 15 will begin groundbreaking on Mondawmin Mall’s Target, which has been vacant since 2018. CEO and President Tim Regan, who is privately funding the project, will also announce the name of the soon-to-be active community town center. 


Scott administration plans next steps: Study finds minority and women-owned businesses are underutilized in Baltimore City contracts

By Megan Sayles, AFRO Business Writer, Report for America Corps Member, Mayor Brandon Scott’s administration recently released the findings of the 2022 Disparity Study for the City of Baltimore, which was conducted by Tampa, Fla.-based MGT Consulting Group.  This is the first time the study has been conducted since 2014 and much of the