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About the Washington Informer

Now published by Denise Rolark Barnes, The Washington Informer Newspaper Co. Inc. is a multimedia organization founded on Oct. 16, 1964, by Dr. Calvin Rolark, in order to highlight positive images of African Americans. We continue to only do positive news, as we strive to EDUCATE, EMPOWER, and INFORM. We serve metropolitan Washington D.C., and are now reaching over 50,000 readers each week through our award-winning newspaper print edition; a weekly average of 50,000 sessions through our award-winning website; 7,500 weekly subscribers through our weekly email newsletter, and growing numbers through our social media. We are also the sponsors of the annual Washington Informer Spelling Bee.

Our Team

Denise Rolark Barnes
CEO / Publisher
Denise Rolark-Barnes took over as publisher of The Washington Informer in 1994. Rolark-Barnes also served as the director of The Washington Informer Charities and is the executive producer of “The Washington Informer News,” a bi-weekly television news program.
D. Kevin McNeir
Award-winning journalist, book editor, voice-over specialist and author with 17 years in the industry. Currently an education and religion beat reporter for The Washington Informer.
Alma Gill
Advice Columnist
Alma Gill’s newsroom experience spans more than 25 years, including various roles at USA Today, Newsday and the Washington Post. Email questions to: alwaysaskalma@gmail.com. Follow her on Facebook at “Ask Alma” and twitter @almaaskalma
Armstrong Williams
Opinion Columnist
Armstrong Williams is an American political commentator, entrepreneur, author of a nationally syndicated conservative newspaper column, and host of a daily radio show and a nationally syndicated TV program called The Right Side with Armstrong Williams. Williams was labeled by The Washington Post as "one of the most recognizable conservative voices in America."
Askia Muhammad
Opinion Columnist
WPFW News Director Askia Muhammad is also a poet, and a photojournalist. He is Senior Editor for The Final Call newspaper and he writes a weekly column in The Washington Informer.
Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr.
Opinion Columnist, NNPA President and CEO
Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. is presently the CEO & President of the National Newspaper Publishers Association and the President of Education Online Services Corporation (EOServe Corp), the world’s leading provider of online higher education for Historically Black Colleges and Universities across America, as well as other academic institutions of higher learning throughout the world.
Bill Fletcher Jr.
Opinion Columnist
Bill Fletcher Jr has been an activist since his teen years. Upon graduating from college he went to work as a welder in a shipyard, thereby entering the labor movement. Over the years he has been active in workplace and community struggles as well as electoral campaigns. He has worked for several labor unions in addition to serving as a senior staffperson in the national AFL-CIO.
Charlene Crowell
Opinion Columnist
Charlene Crowell is the Communications Deputy Director for the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL). Prior to joining CRL, Charlene was a registered public lobbyist in Arizona and in Michigan, advocating affordable housing and Smart Growth initiatives, and additionally served as press secretary to both a state attorney general and mayor. Early in her career she was a broadcaster in both television and radio, holding a variety of assignments.
Hamill R. Harris
Contributing Writer
Hamil Harris is an award-winning journalist who worked at the Washington Post from 1992 to 2016. During his tenure he wrote hundreds of stories about the people, government and faith communities in the Greater Washington Area. Hamil has chronicled the Million Man March, the Clinton White House, the September 11 attack, the sniper attacks, Hurricane Katrina, the campaign of President Barack Obama and many other people and events.
James Clingman
Opinion Columnist
James E. Clingman is the nation’s most prolific writer on economic empowerment for Black people. His weekly syndicated newspaper column, Blackonomics, is featured in hundreds of newspapers, magazines, and newsletters. He has written seven books, five of which on Economic Empowerment, and has been the featured speaker for numerous organizations, schools, churches, and events across the United States.
Dr. Julianne Malveaux
Opinion Columnist
Dr. Julianne Malveaux is President Emerita of Bennett College for Women. She is an economist, author and commentator who’s popular writings have appeared in USA Today, Black Issues in Higher Education, Ms.Magazine, Essence Magazine, the Progressive and many more.


  1. My name is Genevieve Knowles Ungar. I read the Washington Information and use information for research in the newspaper. I am writing a story about my life to share with family, friends, and professional organizations. I will be in contact with you later. I was always impressed with Dr. Rolark, he stated, “If It Is To Be, It Is Up To Me.”

  2. White Systemic Racism is being taken off of pedestals and statues removed from public display; during this time a complete examination of building and street names need to be revamped as well. In Washington, D.C. at Judiciary Square, the Superior Court building named after KKK John Marshall, Jefferson Davis Highway in Virginia and the murderer Cecil Rhodes aka Rhode Island Avenue; both of these routes are alternatively named “Route One. There is also Indian Head Way in Maryland.

    Since infrastructure is planned under 45 removing racist names and symbols could be a national project for students and adults and a learning experience and employment across the nation. During this time when 45 has been instrumental in embolden to racism, removing and renaming discrimination and bigotry might unite the country. Along with education of geographical, cultural, social studies of the multiracial societies (including the first people) of in America.

    The injustice of institutional racism from the Vatican to the White House including cops, priests, attorneys and teachers. It is time to exhale.

  3. Ms. Rolark & co.: My name is Mark Rose and I’m a reporter for the Maryland Reporter. I have recently started covering Prince George’s Co. for the website/newsletter, and would like to be in contact with Washington Informer frequently, in large part because you know the Prince George’s area a lot better and for a lot longer than we do.
    We at Maryland Reporter focus on the state legislature in Annapolis and Prince George’s happenings that make their way there and what the delegation from PG brings legislatively to the county

    Right now I plan to do a story about the Hispanic community in Prince George’s emergence into mainstream politics, and am looking for any guidance in the way of stories and/or general info you could share with me to get me pointed the right direction.

    This is a part-time gig for me, but I’m taking it pretty seriously and enjoying it. Any help/guidance would be appreciated. Thanks.

  4. Please change the name of the Pastor for Salem Baptist Church, 917 N Street, NW, Washington, DC from Reverend Alonzo David Hart, Jr., to Reverend David McIntosh-Peters Thanks Irving W. Wilson, Jr., Chairman of the Board of Deacons

  5. Good Afternoon Washington Informer! We’d love to invite you to visit us & learn more about DMV NSBE, Jr (a youth chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers) our youth STEM non-profit happening at Howard University. We have full circle mentoring where our students are mentored by HU engineering & math majors and they are in turn mentored by Microsoft & Engineering Professionals in our organization. We hope to hear from someone soon!

  6. Hi Washington Informer Editors,
    I am a freelance journalist and graduate student at UMD’s Merrill College. I wrote a story about homelessness and COVID-19 in Washington, DC that I would love to get published– I believe I’ve written something unique, approaching the topic from a historical perspective… specifically addressing how systemic racism has created an intersectional crisis between homelessness and coronavirus for black individuals in DC.
    I would love to send along this article if you would like to take a look. Thank you so much for your time, and I hope to hear from you! 
    Thank you,
    Gracie Todd

  7. This title is one reason racism lices: “Black Woman May Have Discovered Cure to Coronavirus”. Why cant it just say “Woman may have discovered cure ti coronavirus “. Especially since her picture is shown.

  8. Where’s your listing of Black businesses or ads ? “Ads” should be in the Menu. I’m looking for a Black rug cleaning business.
    Ads are what support your business, no?

  9. Jacob Blake Shooting in Kenosha 08/23/2020

    He walks leisurely around the car to the drivers door, officers following, one with gun drawn and pointed at his back. As he opens the door the officer now grabs him by the shirt trying to prevent him from entering the vehicle. Up until this point he is no threat to the officers. As he leans into the vehicle the officer begins shooting, seven times in the back!

    Unlike other times when officers are panicked and have emptied their guns in the direction of Black persons holding cell phones or wallets mistakened for weapons and missed their target with the majority of shots, Officer Rusten Sheskey did not miss a shot!

    What happened? What was said? Was Blake drunk and did not know the officers were trying to get his attention?

    He is said to have acknowledged that he had a knife in the car. Was he going to get it and present it to the officers? Or was he walking around the car to get in it and leave? There were three officers there. Why didn’t they just grab him? Did one of the officers scream as he opened the driver’s side door, don’t let him get the knife!” Wouldn’t a single shot in the back of the leg have been enough to stop his progress?

    Is human life so despised that seven bullets were necessary to ensure that it was snuffed out? Or is it only Black lives that are so despised?

    Genesis 9:1-6 (NIV) 1 Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. 2 The fear and dread of you will fall upon all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air, upon every creature that moves along the ground, and upon all the fish of the sea; they are given into your hands. 3 Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything. 4 “But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it. 5 And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each man, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of his fellow man. 6 “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man.

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