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Barrington M. Salmon

Stories by Barrington M.

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Combs Electrifies Howard Crowd

A record number of graduates took part in Howard University’s 146th Commencement Convocation, on a day that saw music mogul Sean “Puffy” Combs excite his supporters and convert skeptics during his keynote address.

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Thousands Sample Passport DC 2014

Thousands Sample Passport DC 2014

For the past two weekends, perhaps as many as 30,000 people have trooped to more than 50 embassies along the celebrated “Embassy Row” in Northwest to immerse themselves in the art, history, culture and cuisine of places many may never actually visit.

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Hundreds Rally to Support Kidnapped Girls

The kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls by Islamist rebels three weeks ago has frayed the nerves, tested the patience and deeply angered Nigerians already weary and increasing nervous over a bloody four-year insurgency.

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RIF Gala Helps Cultivate Next Generation of Readers

Carol Rasco remembers as a child growing up in the Arkansas Delta her parents and grandparents helping instill in her a deep love for reading and the written word.

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Highland Park Christian Academy Wins Robotics Award

The students, faculty and staff of Landover's Highland Park Christian Academy are walking with a little more pep in their step and chests out after having snagged a $10,000 grant to begin a robotics program at the school.

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Emancipation Day, Statehood Share Spotlight

All this week, as D.C. residents celebrate the 151st anniversary of Emancipation Day, statehood advocates have been using the holiday to advance their quest for autonomy. But there are divisions and differences of opinion and approach which make the task that much more difficult.

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Vincent Orange Exudes Confidence Ahead of Elections

Vincent B. Orange believes that he's the best person to serve as Washington, D.C.'s next mayor.

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Possible Indictment Clouds Gray Re-Election Bid

Since D.C.'s U.S. Attorney Ron Machen Jr. announced March 10 that local businessman Jeffrey Thompson admitted to secretly funding a $3.3 million shadow campaign to finance national and local candidates in 28 races, including D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, residents have been waiting for the other shoe to drop.

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Bowser's On a Future Quest for the City

Muriel Bowser has been on the stump since March of last year, trying to cement her bid to succeed D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, and two weeks before the April 1 primary, she has been slated by a number of pundits and analysts to be the candidate to beat.

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African Women in a Changing World

More and more, African leaders are recognizing and acknowledging the challenges women face, and are using the powers of their office and partnering with civil society and other organizations to begin to reverse the varied trials women face.

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D.C. Mayor Gray Defends Himself, Touts City's Accomplishments

"I say this to all of you clearly and unequivocally, I did not break the law!" With those words, Mayor Vincent C. Gray began an unabashed defense of his innocence in a campaign corruption scandal that exploded Monday afternoon following an appearance in federal court of the man prosecutors say has tied Gray to campaign misdeeds.

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Soul Music Pervades the White House

Some of the country's female singing legends descended on the White House Thursday to celebrate Women's History Month with the first family.

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D.C. Mayor Gray Engulfed in Scandal

D.C. U.S. Attorney Ron Machen Jr. dropped a bomb in the midst of the mayor's race on Monday when one of the city's most prominent donors pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiring to violate federal campaign finance laws, submitting false filings to the IRS and conspiring to violate District campaign finance laws.

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Gray Continues to Support Embattled Fire Chief

Despite strident calls by Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells for the heads of Paul A. Quander Jr. and Kenneth B. Ellerbe, Mayor Vincent C. Gray said that’s not happening.

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Gray, City Officials Announce New Project at St. Elizabeths

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and other city officials are banking on the $5 million St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion providing an economic foundation that will transform the fortunes of Ward 8.

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D.C. Mayor Gray Hunkers Down for Stretch Run

Perhaps it's a good thing that Mayor Vincent C. Gray operates effectively on a limited sleep schedule. These days, he juggles his mayoral duties with the pressing demands of a re-election campaign.

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ASALH Luncheon Shines Light on Black Achievement

An audience of more than 1,000 guests at the 88th Annual Black History Luncheon at the Marriott Wardman Hotel in Northwest heard about the importance of studying black history, securing a quality education and honoring the sacrifices of our forebears.

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City Report Blasts D.C. Fire/EMS Personnel for Resident's Death

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety released a blistering report Friday detailing the multiple failings of D.C. firefighters at a Rhode Island Avenue station and dispatchers that resulted in the death of an elderly resident.

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A Love Supreme: Celebrating African-American Love with Dignity & Pride

The couples we spoke to represent a mélange of people, ideas and experiences. They took the bold step to get married. Here are their stories.

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World Bank Critics Seek Outside Help

Argue That the Bank Cannot Police Itself

Over the past three decades, this venerable institution has been roiled by charges from current and former employees about the deep-seated racial bias and discrimination at the Bank.

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African-Americans Count for Little at the World Bank

Phyllis Muhammad's official and unofficial responsibilities at the World Bank gave her a bird's eye view of the steady and significant patterns of racism and discrimination perpetrated at the institution.

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Republicans Mark Black History Month with Luncheon

In what Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus expects to be a yearly event, he and more than 300 mostly African-American Republicans, supporters and their friends celebrated Black History Month with an awards luncheon.

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Mills Family Seeks Justice

Firefighters Disregard Medical Emergency

District residents and elected officials are still at a loss as to why firefighters from the Engine 15 station house neglected to help a critically ill man last month.

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Mills Family Demands Accountability, Changes to D.C. Law

The family of Medric Cecil Mills Jr. and their attorneys are calling for the firing of firefighters and D.C. Fire and Emergency Management personnel who refused to help when Mills suffered a medical emergency and subsequently died.

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Play Brings the Three Ms to Life

Malcolm, Martin & Medgar Remembered

During a question and answer session of a dramatic reading marking the beginning of Black History Month, one of the more than 60 people in the audience asked the group on stage who is Medgar Evers.

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Black Staffers Battle Racism and Discrimination at World Bank

For more than seven years, Yonas Biru has been fighting the World Bank. The Ethiopian native and Silver Spring, Md., resident said he's learned the hard way the price of being black at the venerable institution.

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Robeson Rediscovered

"The Tallest Tree in the Forest," which runs at the Arena Stage on the Waterfront in Southwest until Feb. 16, recounts the uncommon life of Paul Robeson.

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Shallal Extols Benefits of Not Being a Politician

Race. Gentrification. Economic inequities. Failing schools. Cronyism. An absence of leadership. These are some of the issues D.C. mayoral candidate Anas "Andy" Shallal says stand in the way of the nation’s capital being a truly great city.

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MLK and Mandela: Two Men, Two Countries, One Goal

Although civil and human rights icons Nelson Mandela and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. never met, there are a number of parallels between these iconic men.

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Belafonte and Civil Rights Icons Honored

Phi Beta Sigma Celebrates Centennial

The Phi Beta Sigma fraternity’s Centennial Founders Ball had a distinctive Civil Rights flavor as more than 1,000 fraternity members and supporters celebrated the organization’s first 100 years.

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MLK and Mandela: Keepers of the Flame

When former South African President Nelson R. Mandela died on Dec. 5, more often than not, admirers mentioned the name of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King in the same breath.

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D.C. Officials Crack Down on Cigarette Sales of 'Loosies'

The District's Office of Tax and Revenue has been busy cracking down on owners and employees of retail businesses which sell single cigarettes.

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Gray Swears In MLK Commission

Although it’s cutting it really close to organize happenings and events for this year’s MLK holiday, over the next three years, the District’s Secretary of State and Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) expect a newly constituted commission to develop and implement a number of such activities.

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DC Chamber Looks to the Future

Over the course of 75 years, the DC Chamber of Commerce has seen a remarkable transformation from the voice of small and minority businesses at its inception in 1938, to an extremely effective and powerful advocate for businesses in the District of Columbia.

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Gray: Economic Development Plan Bearing Fruit

The District of Columbia is riding the wave of an economic boon that going into its second year has produced almost 18,000 new jobs, $281 million in tax revenue and slightly less than $1 billion in foreign investment in real estate projects.

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Concerned Residents Decry Gentrification

Until a few years ago, black District residents proudly called their city “Chocolate City,” at a time when more than 70 percent of the 528,000 residents were African American.

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Mandela Lauded at National Cathedral

Those touched and influenced by Rolihlahla Dalibhunga Mandela but unable to travel to South Africa for his state funeral had the opportunity to say goodbye here in Washington, D.C.

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Mandela's Legacy Looms Large

Since South African human rights icon Nelson R. Mandela died, a steady stream of people of all shades and ethnicities have been making pilgrimages to the South African embassy on Massachusetts Avenue in Northwest D.C. to pay homage.

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SALMON: Mandela's Influence Runs Deep

I'm not sure why but there has always been a special bond between Jamaica, South Africa and Nelson Mandela.

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Nelson Mandela, Former South African President, Dies

Anti-Apartheid Hero Mourned Around the Globe

In Washington, D.C., and far-flung corners of the world, admirers of human rights icon Nelson R. Mandela are recalling the life of South Africa’s first black president, who was also a freedom fighter branded a terrorist, a Nobel Laureate, political prisoner, lifelong rebel and thorn in the side of the white minority government.

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Senate Clears Way for Obama Nominations

The new year will reveal to the public and others, what the actual effects of a Democratic move to blunt Republican overuse of the filibuster will have on relations between both parties.

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D.C. Mayor Gray Says He'll Run for Second Term

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray reiterated his desire to continue serving as the chief executive of the nation's capital at a Dec. 3 press conference, and swatted away reporters' questions about a 2010 campaign scandal that has dogged his administration for more than three years.

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AMEX and Think Local DC Promote Area Businesses

As residents in the Washington metropolitan area gear up for Black Friday, American Express and a local nonprofit are encouraging District residents to consider shopping a little closer to home this year.

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Friends, Well-Wishers Honor Maudine Cooper

Several hundred friends, family, colleagues, employees and admirers who gave Cooper a lighthearted, spirited and poignant sendoff at a Friday, Nov. 8 tribute marking her retirement from public life.

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D.C. Honors Veterans and Tuskegee Airmen

At a ceremony following the laying of the wreath, more than 100 people trooped across the street to the Civil War Museum where Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) presented the Congressional Medal of Honor to two of the original Tuskegee Airmen.

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Charlayne Woodard Wows in 'The Night Watcher'

Armed with a chair, a beautiful, disarming smile and almost otherworldly energy, actress, singer and playwright Charlayne Woodard took a Studio Theatre audience on a magical two-hour odyssey that left them amazed and fulfilled.

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Immigration Reform Stuck in Limbo

While President Barack Obama announced recently that passage of comprehensive immigration reform is a legislative priority, it’s unclear when and whether a bill will pass.

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RAP, Inc. Celebrates 43 Years

For 43 years, the staff of Regional Addiction Prevention, Inc., (RAP) has provided substance-abuse treatment and medical services to those in need of help.

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D.C. Moves Toward Lesser Sanctions for Pot Possession

The District of Columbia is joining a growing number of states and cities which are reversing their positions with regards to marijuana use.

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Grenada: 30 Years Later

Don Rojas didn't know that when he accepted Maurice Bishop's offer to become his press secretary that he'd end up being an eyewitness to a coup, and an invasion of Grenada by the U.S. military.