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Young DJ Making Strides Forward

Very few young people have an idea of what career they want to pursue by the time they reach the age of 18. But for Bernard Brooks III, a local star who's known as DJ Young Music, mixing tunes and entertaining crowds have been a calling that he answered long before puberty.

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Civil War Exhibit Focuses On Families

More than century after the historic population boom, Washingtonians and people from around the country have a chance to revisit history and commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with the Smithsonian Institution.

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Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee: Love Personified

New Film Explores Couple's Relationship, Activism

For more than 50 years, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee wowed audiences on the silver screen and fervently railed against institutional racism in the academy and other facets of American society while maintaining a healthy marriage and taking care of a growing family.

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Local Black-Owned Salon Survives Gentrification

Veteran beautician and business owner Wanda Henderson defied the odds last summer when she reopened her salon and spa in a newly erected mixed-use development along Seventh Street in the Shaw neighborhood in Northwest.

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Poet Inspires Other Women of Color

Performing spoken word has always served as a cathartic experience for Liz Acevedo.

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Prince George's Councilman Raps Governor's Proposed Cuts

Prince George's County Council Chair Mel Franklin on Monday sharply criticized Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's proposed budget cuts, saying the short-sighted reductions come at the expense of the state's middle class.

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Eight Local Trailblazers Recognized at Award Ceremony

A group of local pioneers received honors for their longtime efforts to meet some of the District's most pressing needs during an award ceremony at a newly renovated community center.

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Charity Dance Competition Hailed a Success

Some of the District's movers and shakers showcased their dance skills and raised thousands of dollars in contributions during a contest at a historic venue that drew hundreds of people.

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Johnny Britt Kicks Off National Tour

Singer Pays Tribute to Marvin Gaye

For more than two decades, renowned singer, trumpeter and producer Johnny Britt has serenaded audiences across the United States and around the world with his songs about the complexity of love and the trials that his listeners may experience.

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Millennials Lead 'Black Out' During MLK Holiday

Members of local philanthropic organization Capital Cause put Martin Luther King's ideas into action during a "Black Out" that took place earlier this week during the annual holiday commemorating the late civil rights leader's birth.

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