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'Arsenio' Cancelled after One Season

"The Arsenio Hall Show" has been canceled after one season due to low ratings.

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D.C. Council Members Support Bowser at Fundraiser

Hundreds of D.C. Democrats, including several members of the city council, attended a fundraiser Saturday at the Capitale in Northwest for D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser, the party's nominee for mayor.

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Jackson Praises Google for Releasing Equal-Employment Data

The Rev. Jesse Jackson said Internet search engine giant Google has done the right thing by releasing data of how many minorities and women it employs.

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NAACP Praises Initial 'Brother's Keeper' Report

The NAACP lauded the initial task force report for "My Brother's Keeper" — President Obama's initiative to help young black males succeed in America — as a sign that the program is on the right track.

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D.C. Council Passes Tax-Cutting Budget

The D.C. Council's tax-relief plan and budget for fiscal 2015 may leave many residents smiling — particularly at their lower income tax bills — but will undoubtedly chafe others who feel the wrath of sharp budget cuts.


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Gray Thanks Outgoing Economic Deputy Mayor for Service


D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray praised the work of Victor Hoskins, the outgoing deputy mayor for planning and economic development, for his tenure and his work to keep the city economically viable.

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Apple Buys Dr. Dre's Beats for $3B


Make room, Oprah — another black billionaire in the U.S. could be on the way.


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NAACP Legal Team Blasts Alabama Voting Rules

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund is protesting Alabama election rules that require voters without photo identification to either prove their identities or have election officials vouch for them.

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D.C. Political Roundup: 
Bowser Talks Election, Agenda to Ward 3 Democrats

D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser (Ward 4), the Democratic nominee for mayor, knows the campaign leading up to the November general election will be nothing less than acrimonious.

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Sharpton Backs Obama's HUD Nomination of Castro

The Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network complimented President Obama's nomination of Julian Castro to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Gray Lauds Digital Animation Studio's Relocation to D.C.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, who has long expressed his desire to attract entertainment companies to the city, got his wish Tuesday when a Los Angeles-based digital animation studio announced its relocation to the District.

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DC Vote Lauds Senators' Commitment to Redskins Name, Wants Same for Statehood

The executive director of an organization pushing for D.C. voting representatives in both houses of Congress lauded the 50 U.S. senators who want NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to remove the name Redskins from Washington's professional football franchise, but prodded those lawmakers to also commit to the issue of D.C. statehood.

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NAACP Praises New Mass. Voting Law

NAACP leaders enthusiastically backed Massachusetts' new law that allows voters to cast their ballots up to 11 days before Election Day in 2016 and lets 16- and 17-year-olds pre-register to vote.

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Mich. Rep. Conyers Back on Aug. 5 Ballot

Rep. John Conyers, a founder of the Congressional Black Caucus and longtime member of the U.S. House of Representatives, is now on the ballot for the Aug. 5 Democratic primary, U.S. District Judge Matthew Leitman ruled Friday.

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Cummings to Lead Democrats on Benghazi Committee

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi reluctantly appointed Wednesday five of her party members — including Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings — to a select committee to investigate what happened in the 2012 terrorist attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

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Wendell Scott, First Black NASCAR Driver, Posthumously Inducted into Hall of Fame

Wendell Scott, the late African-American race car legend who broke NASCAR's color barrier during the civil rights era, was posthumously inducted Wednesday into the racing association's Hall of Fame in Charlotte.

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D.C. Council to Appeal Court Ruling on Budget Autonomy

The D.C. Council said it will appeal the decision of U.S. District Court Judge Emmett Sullivan to invalidate the results of a April 2013 referendum that would grant budget autonomy to the District.

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D.C. Political Roundup: Lockridge, in a Surprise Move, Supports Pannell

Wanda Lockridge, the widow of the late William Lockridge and a former chairman of the D.C. Democratic State Committee, wants Philip Pannell, who at times she has had a contentious relationship with, to be the next Ward 8 District of Columbia State Board of Education member.

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Gray, Norton: Court Ruling on D.C. Budget Autonomy 'Bittersweet'

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton technically defeated the D.C. Council and advocates of a 2013 budget referendum in federal court Monday — but they're far from happy about it.

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John Lewis Rails Against Boggs Nomination

Rep. John Lewis, a senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus and a respected figure on both sides of the aisle, said Monday he does not support Michael Boggs as the next U.S. district court judge in Georgia.

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D.C. Arts Commission Wins Key Award

D.C.'s Commission on the Arts and Humanities recently won the highly-regarded Platinum Hermes Creative Award for its 2014 entry, a 5X5 Project promo video.

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Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick Mum About Next Political Move

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is playing it close to the vest regarding his next move when he exits the governor's mansion in January, even as others speculate that he may be gearing up for a possible White House bid in 2016.

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McDuffie Secures Money for Key Ward 5 Projects

D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) announced Thursday what funds he managed to earmark in the city's 2015 budget for his constituents.

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Brooks Tapped as New NAACP President

Cornell William Brooks will serve as the NAACP's next national president and CEO, the organization announced Saturday.

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Schmoke Set to Lead U. Of Baltimore

Kurt Schmoke, the former mayor of Baltimore who served as dean of the Howard University School of Law from 2003-2012, will become the next president of the University of Baltimore.

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AIDS Institute Leader Condemns Sterling's Rants

Disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling publicly stumbled when he attacked NBA Fall of Famer and entrepreneur Ervin "Magic" Johnson and other people living with HIV/AIDS, during a May 12 interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper.

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Conyers Fails to Qualify for Ballot

U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-Michigan), the senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus and the second longest-serving member of the U.S. Congress, failed to gather enough signatures to get on the Aug. 5 ballot for re-election.

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Civil Rights Groups Oppose Boggs for Judgeship

Two civil rights organizations have made it clear that the nomination of Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Michael Boggs, as the next U.S. District Judge of the Northern District of Atlanta, must be rejected.

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D.C. Political Roundup: Bonds Unhappy with Party Switching

D.C. Council member Anita Bonds (D-At Large), who serves as the chairman of the D.C. Democratic State Committee, isn’t happy with Democrats leaving the party to become independents to run for political office.

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D.C. Leads in Early Childhood Education Programs

A newly-released national report reveals that when it comes to state-funded early childhood programs, the District is second to none, and Mayor Vincent C. Gray couldn’t be happier.

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Pot Enforcement Policy for District Explained

The office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, recently explained its policy on enforcement regarding the decriminalization of marijuana.

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Washington Redskins Pick Eight in NFL Draft

In a draft where the Washington Redskins quietly acquired eight new players, Michael Sam of the St. Louis Rams will probably go down as being the first openly gay player in the National Football League (NFL).

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Peebles to Build Hotel at 5th and I Streets

R. Donahue “Don” Peebles, a multi-millionaire developer of luxury hotels, high residential and commercial projects in Miami Beach, Florida, Las Vegas, New York City and Philadelphia, who got his first deal in the District, has been selected by The Walker Group to redevelop a property at 5th and Eye streets in Northwest into an upscale hotel and residences.

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Sharpton Hails Parsons as Clippers Interim Head

The Rev. Al Sharpton, president and CEO of the New York-based National Action Network has given a thumbs-up on the selection of noted business leader Richard “Dick” Parsons as interim president of the Los Angeles Clippers.

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NAACP Praises Pennsylvania Governor’s Decision

Jotaka Eaddy, director of the NAACP Voting Rights Initiative, is elated over a recent court decision that prevents an appeal of Pennsylvania’s strict voter identification law.

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Norton Backs Bill to Name D.C.'s Union Station for Truman

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) is supporting legislation by Missouri Sens. Claire McCaskill (D) and Roy Blunt (R) to rename D.C.'s Union Station after President Truman.

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CBC Excoriates 'Despicable' Abduction of Nigerian Schoolgirls

The Congressional Black Caucus lent its voice to the growing global outrage about the abduction of hundreds of girls and young women in Nigeria.

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Cory Booker to Speak, Receive Honor at Joint Center Gala

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker will deliver the keynote address and receive a top award at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies' annual dinner on June 25 at the Marriott Marquis in Northwest.

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Obama Administration's Climate Change Report Championed by NAACP

The NAACP threw its support behind a climate assessment report released by the Obama administration, echoing the report's assertion that climate change has played a significant role in increasingly extreme weather patterns.

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ACLU Backs Obama on 'Inhumane' Lockett Execution

The American Civil Liberties Union backed President Obama's stance on the botched execution of a black death row inmate in Oklahoma late last month.

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Marion Barry Lambastes Planned HBO Biopic

D.C. Council member Marion Barry loudly voiced his displeasure about a possible HBO project chronicling his life.

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Norton Pushes for Redskins Name Change Amid Sterling Flap

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton praised NBA Commissioner Adam Silver's lifetime ban of a team owner for making racist comments while urging his NFL counterpart Roger Goodell to take appropriate action in pushing for the Washington Redskins to change its name.

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Tech Exec Faye Fields to Helm Girls Scouts' D.C. Chapter

Faye Fields, founder and CEO of a prominent tech firm, is the new president of the board of directors of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital, the organization recently announced.

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D.C. Political Roundup: Gray, GOP Differ on Council At-Large Seats

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D), in an unprecedented move, has expressed concerns about a law in the District's Home Rule Charter that sets aside two at-large seats on the D.C. Council for non-Democrats.

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CBC Chair Fudge Commends Hagel Response in Military Hair Dispute

Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), who chairs the Congressional Black Caucus, praised Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Tuesday for addressing an Army grooming regulation deemed insensitive to the natural hairstyles worn by black females.

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Sharpton Praises Companies for Severing Ties with Donald Sterling

The Rev. Al Sharpton praised State Farm and CarMax on Monday for cutting ties with the Los Angeles Clippers after owner Donald Sterling was reportedly recorded making racist remarks.

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Gray Signs Legislation to Start Development of Skyland Town Center

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray officially signed legislation Monday to push forward with the development of the Skyland Town Center, authorizing a $40 million Tax Increment Financing subsidy to get the long-awaited project underway.

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Holder, Justice Dept. to Collect Police Data to Combat Racial Bias

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that the Justice Department will begin collecting data about police stops, searches and arrests in an attempt to negate racial bias in the criminal justice system.

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McAuliffe Lauded for Expanding Voting Rights for Convicted Felons

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's recent push to remove all drug charges from the state's list of felony offenses classified as violent has received the praise of a civil rights think tank.

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Chicago High School to be Named after Obama

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, announced Thursday that a high school in the city will be named after the president.