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A Taste of Arlington, Virginia

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  1. Arlington is a county in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The land that became Arlington was originally donated by Virginia to the United States government to form part of the new federal capital district. As of 2010, The United States Census Bureau estimated that Arlington County had a population of 207,627 residents.

  2. On February 27, 1801, the United States Congress organized the area as a subdivision of the District of Columbia named Alexandria County. Due to issues involving Congressional representation, the abolition of slavery, and economic decline, Congress returned Alexandria to the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1846. The state legislature changed the county's name to Arlington in 1920 to avoid confusion with the adjacent City of Alexandria.

  3. During the American Civil War, Virginia seceded from the Union as a result of a statewide referendum held on May 23, 1861; the voters from Alexandria County approved secession by a vote of 958–48. This vote indicates the degree to which its only town, Alexandria was pro-secession and pro-Confederate. The Union loyalists who lived in rural areas outside the town of Alexandria, rejected secession. However, the territory in present-day Arlington was never successfully captured by Confederate forces.

  4. According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the county was $94,876, and the median income for a family was $127,179. Males had a median income of $51,011 versus $41,552 for females. The per capita income for the county was $37,706. About 5.00% of families and 7.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.10% of those under age 18 and 7.00% of those age 65 or over.

  5. Arlington has consistently had the lowest unemployment rate of any jurisdiction in Virginia. The unemployment rate in Arlington was 4.2% in August 2009. 60% of office space in the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor is leased to government agencies and government contractors. There were an estimated 205,300 jobs in the county in 2008. About 28.7% of these were with the federal, state or local government; 19.1% technical and professional; 28.9% accommodation, food and other services.

  6. CNN Money ranked Arlington as the most educated city in 2006 with 35.7% of residents having held graduate degrees. Along with five other counties in Northern Virginia, Arlington ranked among the twenty American counties with the highest median household income in 2006. In August 2011, CNN Money ranked Arlington seventh in the country in its listing of "Best Places for the Rich and Single.

  7. Arlington National Cemetery is an American military cemetery established during the American Civil War on the grounds of Confederate General Robert E. Lee's home, Arlington House (also known as the Custis-Lee Mansion). It is directly across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., north of the Pentagon. With nearly 300,000 people buried there, Arlington National Cemetery is the second-largest national cemetery in the United States.

  8. The Pentagon in Arlington is the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense. It was dedicated on January 15, 1943 and it is the world's largest office building. Although it is located in Arlington, the United States Postal Service requires that "Washington, D.C." be used as the place name in mail addressed to the six ZIP codes assigned to The Pentagon.

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Demographics of Arlington, Virginia

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(BPRW) Renowned Arlington Actor and Judge William T. Newman Jr. to Headline Legendary Black Musical

- Avant Bard theatre presents 'The Gospel at Colonus' -

The Gospel at Colonus

(Black PR Wire) Arlington, VA-- Avant Bard theatre proudly presents the legendary African American musical The Gospel at Colonus, starring esteemed stage and film actor (and Arlington Circuit Court Chief Judge) William T. Newman Jr. as Oedipus. The production runs February 23 through March 26, 2017, at Gunston Arts Center in Arlington, VA.

The Gospel at Colonus transforms Sophocles' timeless tale of the last days of Oedipus into a parable for our times. Its message of redemption is sorely needed right now. With its epic poetry and magnificent score, The Gospel at Colonus reminds us that out of the deepest sorrows, the highest and most uplifting hope can emerge.

William Thomas Newman Jr. is a busy and familiar stage, screen, TV, and voiceover performer. He most recently played the title roles in Sophocles’ Oedipus the King and Shakespeare’s Othello with Lean & Hungry Theatre. He won critical acclaim as Jack Johnson in the Ohio Valley Summer Theatre production of The Great White Hope. Washington audiences will remember his appearances at Arena Stage in Julius Caesar and The Winter’s Tale. His theatre credits also include starring roles in Plaza Suite, Ceremonies in Dark Old Men, and Let’s Get Sanctified. On network TV he played the role of Hal Johnson on the daytime serial Somerset, and his motion picture credits include Suspect and Lee Daniels’s The Butler.

In addition to his acting credits, William T. Newman Jr. is Founder and President Emeritus of the Arlington Community Foundation. He has served as a judge on the Arlington Circuit Court of the 17th Judicial Circuit of Virginia since 1993 and as its Chief Judge since 2003. In 1987, he became the first African American elected to the Arlington County Board and served as its chairman in 1991.

A soaring celebration of transcendence and the fragility of life, The Gospel at Colonus was a global sensation when it premiered in 1983. The story combines Greek tragedy and African American heritage. The score is an inspiring fusion of Black church gospel with elements of blues and Motown. Written by Lee Breuer and composer Bob Telson, The Gospel at Colonus was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Best Drama in 1985 and won the Obie for Best Musical in 1984.

Avant Bard now gives The Gospel at Colonus new life in an up-close and intimate production directed by Jennifer L. Nelson (Resident Director, Mosaic Theater Company of DC; Founding Artistic Director, African Continuum Theatre Company) with musical direction by e’Marcus Harper-Short (Musical Director of Theater Alliance’s acclaimed Black Nativity). Unlike previous productions of The Gospel at Colonus, which had a megachurch setting, the Avant Bard production will evoke a sacred site that draws from and honors the Greek and African roots of the source material.

“This is The Gospel at Colonus as you have never seen it before,” says Artistic Director Prewitt. “So many lines and songs have taken on fresh relevance—

How can I see you though my tears?
Where shall I find sanctuary?
Now let the weeping cease/Let no one mourn again

—and at this moment in our nation’s history it could not be more timely or more welcome."

Tickets are available online at or by calling 703-418-4808.


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Businesses in Arlington, Virginia

A small percentage of the businesses listed on may not necessarily be black owned and operated but have received favorable reviews from users who have visited the establishment, or from the owners themselves who warmly seek out African American patronage.


  1. Keith Harley Salon -  Category: Black Hair Salons -   2436 26th Road South Arlington, VA 22206 (703) 920-4242  - (visit website)

  2. Le Touche Beauty Salon -  Category: Black Hair Salons -   2615 Columbia Pike Arlington, VA 22204 (703) 920-5666 (703) 920-5667



  1. Margaret's Soul Food & Catering -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants -  2534 S Shirlington Rd Arlington, VA 22206 (703) 608-9226  - (visit website)



Margaret's Soul Food & Catering, Home cooking, original recipes, and the best soul food in the area.




  1. Living Epistle Church of God In Christ -   898 Crestview Dr., Arlington, Virginia 22201 (703) 582-5221

  2. Lomax A.M.E. Zion Church -  2704 South 24th Road, Arlington, Virginia 22206 (703) 979-3738  - (visit website)

  3. Mount Zion Baptist Church -  3500 South 19th Street, Arlington, Virginia 22204 (703) 979-7411  - (visit website)

  4. Mt.Olive Baptist Church -  1601 S.13th Road, Arlington, Virginia 22204 (703) 920-7293  - (visit website)

  5. Our Lady Queen of Peace -  2700 South 19th St, Arlington, Virginia, 22204 (703) 979-5580  - (visit website)



  1. All Stars Comedy Club -  Category: Comedy Club -   2317 Wilson Boulevard Arlington, VA (703) 739-7377   - (visit website)

  2. Galaxy Hut -  Category: NightClub -  Live music   - 2711 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201 (703) 525-8646   - (visit website)

  3. The Comedy Spot -  Category: Comedy Club -   4238 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA 22203 (703) 294-5233   - (visit website)



  1. Annual Feel the Heritage Festival
    (February )   Location: Charles Drew Community Center in Arlington, VA 22207

    Music and dance performances, standup comedy, children’s programming, and much more, there's something for everyone.

  2. Black History Month
    (February )   Arlington, VA   - (visit website)

    Take part in the events around the county.

  3. Black History Month Celebration!
    (February )   Location: Langston-Brown Community Center in Arlington, VA 22207

    Music and a fabulous luncheon, bring your favorite dish.


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