Lauren Poteat

Print & Broadcast Reporter

"Man, if you gotta ask you'll never know."
-Louis (Satchmo) Armstrong

Portfolio

MLK Was Set to Join Black Panther Party Before Death, Founder Bobby Seale Says
It was 1972 as Black Panther Party founder and chairman Bobby Seale sat in a courtroom, dressed in his best available suit, awaiting to hear the fate of his freedom, now resting...
Jenifer Lewis Shares Secrets to Hollywood Success in New Memoir | BlackPressUSA
By Lauren Poteat (NNPA Newswire Contributing Writer) Jenifer Lewis, affectionately nicknamed "Auntie" in Black Hollywood, recently made a special appearance at the Duke...
Jesse Jackson's Message to Millennials: Be Vigilant, Stand Guard
This week, the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. led hundreds of civil and economics rights enthusiasts to center of political action, Capitol Hill, where he and members of the Rainbow...

National

Female Military Veterans Get Elusive Shine
In recognition of Veterans Day and Month, BMW of North America stopped by D.C. for the "Women Who Pay It 4ward" Honors Brunch Series, to celebrate outstanding female military...
Norton: Black Businesses Will Survive Trump
Though the nation's capital has already seen a 40 percent increase in the number of black-owned businesses, D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton says that minority-owned businesses...
DMV Students Stage Walkouts for DACA
Nov. 9 officially marks two months since President Trump rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and with the country's attention elsewhere,...
Rainbow Push Exec Talks Legacy of Jesse Jackson
Standing on the pillars of strength, the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. along with the entire Rainbow Push Coalition (RPC), an organization started by the civil rights activist to...
White House and LinkedIn Announce Summer Opportunity Project
Summer can be a crucial mass of time for young people searching for work and experiencing extensive days off between educational periods. With limited-to-no work experience,...
Trump, Pence Attend National Prayer Service
After a contentious inaugural address from President Donald Trump, he and Vice President Mike Pence began their first full day in office Saturday by attending an interfaith...
The HistoryMakers Celebrate Eric Holder's Legacy
The HistoryMakers, the nation's largest black video oral history collection, recently celebrated the career and legacy of Eric Holder, the nation's first black attorney general.
Award Winning Journalist Tony Harris Investigates "Hate In America"
Just weeks away from the first anniversary of the mass killing at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, award winning journalist Tony Harris takes a look at...
State of Black America Scrutinized at Town Hall Meeting
In an attempt to provide skilled insight and dialogue about the concerns of African-Americans, TV One and the National Urban League recently paired to hold a definitive town...
Carla Hayden Sworn In as 1st Black, Woman Librarian of Congress
A pivotal moment in history occurred Wednesday as Carla Hayden was sworn in as the head of the Library of Congress - the first African-American and woman to ever assume the role.
Nadja Y. West Named Army's First Black Female Lt. General
Nadja Y. West on Feb. 9 made her mark in history, becoming the U.S. Army's first Black woman to hold the rank of lieutenant general and the highest-ranking woman of any race to...
Obama Closes CBCF Dinner with Call to Vote
President Barack Obama poured his heart out Saturday to fellow constituents and black Americans at the annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation dinner, issuing a fervent...
President Obama to Give Commencement Address at Howard University
by: Lauren Poteat Special to the AFRO President Barack Obama (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) President Barack H. Obama will act as keynote speaker at this year's Howard University...

Arts & Culture

Women's Group to Honor Cicely Tyson, Tom Joyner
The historic National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) will convene in D.C. this weekend for its Biennial Affiliate Assembly and to pay special tribute to two legendary...
T.D. Jakes Talks Entrepreneurship in Latest Book
Bishop T.D. Jakes, New York Times bestselling author and pastor of The Potter's House, recently released a thought-filled book for everyday people looking to think and live as...
Black Girls Rock: BET Celebrates Black Women at Annual Event | BlackPressUSA
By Lauren Poteat (NNPA Newswire Contributor) During a star-studded showcase of social activism, creativity and courage, BET celebrated the achievements of Black women and girls...
Play Humorously Details Comic's Struggle to Prominence
A tale of one tortured soul to another, "Nothing to Lose," a play written by Felonious Munk, chronicles the hardships of the comedian's life and transforms his journey into a...
Black Astronaut Pens Inspirational Memoir
Leland Melvin, retired black astronaut and former NFL player, has penned an inspirational memoir dedicated primarily to underserved youth. Melvin's "Chasing Space: An...
Whoopi Takes Center Stage in Rare Performance at Strathmore
Famed comedian, actress, producer, author and humanitarian Caryn Elaine Johnson, better known as Whoopi Goldberg, made a rare appearance Saturday at the Strathmore Theatre in...
Dick Gregory, Paul Mooney Bring Down the House at Howard Theatre
Comedy legends Dick Gregory and Paul Mooney performed Saturday before a capacity crowd at the historic Howard Theatre in D.C., with both of the notoriously outspoken comics'...
Charlamagne Holds Court at D.C. Book Signing
Charlamagne Tha God's book tour for "Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It" - a New York Times best-seller fashioned as a self-help guide for millennials -...
Nikki Giovanni: 'White People Have to Grow Up'
Amid what many considered a "Black genocide" in America, coupled with a tension-filled presidential election season in its waning moments, award-winning writer, poet and...
Musical Star Hinton Battle Opens Dance Workshops in D.C.
Driven by his love of dance and desire to help lower income children, three time Tony Award winner, and NAACP Image Award recipient, Hinton Battle is set to open dance workshops...
Panel Dismayed by L.A. Riots Documentary
A pair of Oscar-winning directors have revisited the 1992 Los Angeles riots in a new documentary, but not all are thrilled with what they say is the silencing of the black...
D.C. Youths Explore New Experiences in Ballet
In 1999, as Septim Webre took over as artistic director of the Washington Ballet, the first thing he created, even before assembling his first set of dance rehearsals, was...

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