Latest from Theresa Vargas

D.C. has the widest wage gap for Black women. This 72-year-old doesn’t need data to know that.

Venorica Tucker has been working since she was 13 and she has no plans to retire.
  • Jul 31, 2021

Kids will have to wear masks in schools, but it’s adults who should be hiding their faces

As the delta variant poses a renewed threat, not enough grown-ups are doing what’s needed to make sure classrooms are as safe as possible.
  • Jul 28, 2021

A Peace Corps worker was on a date in D.C. with his wife. Then came a stray bullet.

Jeremy Black’s family is now grieving and trying to push against the city’s gun violence in a way that honors him.
  • Jul 24, 2021

A girl’s reaction to the Nationals Park shooting made the world look at D.C.’s gun violence problem

In a viral video, the 8-year-old says she was prepared and is always “expecting” something to happen.
  • Jul 21, 2021

The girl who brought down a statue

In Charlottesville, the past five years saw both the slow fall of a statue and the rapid rise of a young activist.
  • Jul 17, 2021

What ‘Free Britney’ shares with ‘Justice for Jenny’

Britney Spears is a pop star. Jenny Hatch has Down syndrome. Both got the nation to look closer at guardianship.
  • Jul 14, 2021

‘Dear Khloe’: A Black girl hated her natural hair, and then 101 women spoke about finding beauty in theirs

D.C. native St. Clair Detrick-Jules tells the women’s stories in a book she wrote after learning her 4-year-old sister was bullied.
  • Jul 10, 2021

Nikole Hannah-Jones hasn’t started teaching at Howard yet. But already, she’s imparting lessons.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist is inspiring people of color across the country to know their worth.
  • Jul 7, 2021

The newest comic book superhero: An enslaved man turned immortal

Set in Maryland, “Jupiter Invincible” takes readers between fiction and reality.
  • Jul 3, 2021

How the meticulous bookkeeping of two sisters led to reparations for Black people across the country

One program that benefited helps expose D.C. teenagers to nature — often for the first time.
  • Jun 30, 2021
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