‘All Hands-On Deck’ Effort for Maternal, Infant Health
By Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFRO
District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser sounded the alarm on maternal mortality rates September 13 at her inaugural Maternal & Infant Health Summit that attracted more than 800 people to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center
In the United States, about 700 women die each year from pregnancy or delivery complications, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
But Black women in the United States are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes than White women, according to the CDC.
In the District between 2012 and 2016, Ward 7 and Ward 8 reported a total of 10 maternal deaths, according…
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Ben’s Chili Bowl Celebrates 60 Years
The historic eatery’s original location at 1213 U Street NW is celebrating six decades of life on August 22nd while honoring Virginia Ali, the restaurant’s surviving cofounder
Ben’s Chili Bowl (Twitter Photo)
The block party runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and kicks off with a news conference. At 7:30 p.m., the party moves to the nearby Lincoln Theater for the 60th Anniversary Celebration Gala entitled “A Tribute to Virginia Ali” to support the Ben’s Chili Bowl Foundation, which helps local schools, families, students and neighborhoods
All of the proceeds from the eatery’s five locations are going to the foundation.
Created in 1958, by Virginia Ali and her late husband Ben when Washington D.C. was…
Chasing Profits and Equality
By AFRO Editorial Staff
Facebook is a social media network that encourages “members” to share family photos, engage in civil discourse and learn about new places. Just kidding. Unfortunately, it is often a cesspool of hate, misinformation and (alleged) Russian pollical propaganda that seeks to demonize African Americans in general and Black Lives Matters in particular
Actually, it’s all of the above. And while the company is facing multiple lawsuits alleging racial and age discrimination, it is at the same time under scrutiny by numerous governments for being used as a conduit by nefarious actors to sway elections, including the one that brought us Donald Trump and his Cabinet of what some could describe as grasping…
[Updated] Following Shooting of 7-Year Old, Southwest Baltimore Struggles to Organize Itself
By J. K. Schmid, Special to the AFRO
(Updated July 19) – Taylor Hayes, the 7-year-old shot in Southwest Baltimore, died Thursday morning, according to the Baltimore Police Department
“Sad Update: Seven-year-old, Taylor Hayes passed away this morning. She was shot while sitting in a vehicle a couple of weeks ago,” T.J. Smith, Baltimore Police Department spokesman, tweeted
Sad Update: Seven-year-old, Taylor Hayes passed away this morning. She was shot while sitting in a vehicle a couple of weeks ago. Anyone with info text tips to 443-902-4824/ Call detectives 410-396-2100 or @MCSMaryland t.co/8ArPMjnoEk
Taylor Hayes remains hospitalized at University of Maryland Shock Trauma after being shot in the back July 5. Darnell Holmes, who was driving…
Why Are Some Top Democrats Supporting Hogan Over Jealous?
By Hamil R. Harris, Special to the AFRO
Despite an unpopular President and being in a state with a majority of Democratic voters, political veterans say Ben Jealous is facing an uphill battle in his bid to defeat Maryland Republican Governor Larry Hogan
While the Democratic nominee is mounting an enthusiastic campaign fueled by millennials and national icons, Maryland has never elected an African American to a statewide office, excluding Lieutenant Governors Michael Steel, Boyd Rutherford and Anthony Brown. A number of veteran Democrats are supporting him or are remaining neutral in a state where Hogan has been able to define himself in terms of accomplishments and distancing himself from Donald Trump, as opposed to political…