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Arts Jul 21Bette Midler, Berry Gordy among new Kennedy Center honorees
The Kennedy Center Honors will return in December with a class that includes Motown Records creator Berry Gordy, "Saturday Night Live" mastermind Lorne Michaels and actress-singer Bette Midler.
Education Jul 10With Harris and Hannah-Jones, Howard University is on a roll
This past week's hiring of Nikole Hannah-Jones and Ta-Nehisi Coates serves as confirmation that Howard intends to dive neck-deep into America’s divisive racial debate.
Politics Jul 09As frustration mounts, a White House push on voting rights
The White House says Biden will travel to Philadelphia on Tuesday to discuss "actions to protect the sacred, constitutional right to vote." Biden met with civil rights leaders in the West Wing on Thursday.
Arts Jul 01Rashad draws critics and dismissal calls for defending Cosby
Phylicia Rashad has found herself embroiled in controversy after expressing public support for Bill Cosby's release from prison, with some prominent Black voices calling for her dismissal as dean of Howard University's College of Fine Arts.
Economy Jun 24CDC extends eviction moratorium a month, says it’s the last time
The evictions moratorium is extended from June 30 until July 31.
Nation Jun 04USDA sending $1 billion in funding to country’s food bank networks
The Department of Agriculture is sending $1 billion to the country's food bank networks, seeking to expand the reach of the system and revamp the way food banks acquire and distribute aid.
Arts May 26Howard University names College of Fine Arts for Chadwick Boseman
Howard University announced that it will name its newly re-established College of Fine Arts after famed alum Chadwick Boseman. The Black Panther star, who died of cancer last year at 43, graduated from Howard in 2000.
Arts May 12Phylicia Rashad to lead Howard College of Fine Arts
Famed actor Phylicia Rashad is returning to her alma mater as the new dean of the Howard University College of Fine Arts.
Nation May 10D.C. aims for full reopening, with masks, by June 11
Mayor Muriel Bowser unveiled a two-stage plan, with capacity restrictions on most indoor activities lifting on May 21, with the exception of bars, nightclubs and entertainment venues.
Politics Apr 22D.C. statehood approved by House as Senate fight looms
A decades-long movement to reshape the American political map took a further step Thursday as the House of Representatives approved a bill to make the nation's capital the 51st state.