Sam P.K. Collins

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MGM, PGCC Launch Training Program for Casino Resort

MGM National Harbor is partnering with Prince George's Community College for a new workforce training program that will provide potential employees with the skills needed to apply for nearly 1,000 jobs in the forthcoming resort's casino table games department.

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'Power of One' Connects Millennials to the Community

With gentrification and urban renewal near completion, the preservation of the District's authentic flavor depends heavily on the unification of native Washingtonians and Black transients, two groups that seldom occupy the same spaces, in part because of geographic and socioeconomic barriers that create a "Tale of Two Cities."

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Unanswered Questions Linger in Alonzo Smith Case

Life has gone on for Marbury Plaza residents since Alonzo Smith's death. Somewhat unaffected, many have chosen to move rather than challenge the status quo.

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Conference Brings 'Truth2Power' for Black Women

Over two days, a bevy of Black women engaged in healing activities, created bonds and learned about self-care during the inaugural Truth2Power Women's Conference.

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Sa-Roc Receives a Hometown Hero's Welcome

Earlier this month, conscious hip-hop artist and native Washingtonian Sa-Roc the MC performed in a packed Liv Nightclub in Northwest. More than 24 hours before gracing the stage however, a small audience that included fans, family members, and friends got to know the lyricist more intimately.

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A Moment with Nana Malaya Rucker

Since the age of 16, Nana Mayala Rucker has brought African-centered folklore to life through spoken word and dance.

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Trayon White Reemerges as Grass-Roots Candidate

Chapter two of what has become a modern-day David vs. Goliath story popped off last month when Trayon White, millennial community figure and protégé of the late, great Marion S. Barry, threw his hat into the ring for the Ward 8 council race.

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Big Chair Chess Club Hosts Day of Fun

Last weekend, chess connoisseurs of various ages gathered in D.C. for an afternoon that included chess matches, trash talking and exchanges about strategy.

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The DeceptiComics Take D.C. By Storm

Like their counterparts in the music industry, many black comedians, including Dick Gregory and Dave Chappelle more recently, have used their platform to weigh in on the social and political issues of their time in a manner that kept audiences laughing and thinking simultaneously.

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D.C. Black History Month Celebration Kicks Off

Ninety years after journalist and historian Carter G. Woodson created what's now known as Black History Month, the yearning to celebrate a storied past and secure a prosperous future looms larger than ever among people of African descent living in Western society.

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