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Rock Creek Social Club Celebrates Six Years

On the sixth anniversary of the Rock Creek Social Club's introduction to the world, its founding members would like to remind folks that they're not a group of promoters.

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Local Healer Fights to Clear Name

Faces Criminal Case for Racially Charged Incident

For more than 40 years, Winston "Kokayi" Patterson has helped an untold number of Washingtonians through substance abuse and mental health treatment and natural healing. However, much of that has had to be put on hold after an altercation near the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Northwest.

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Young Women Criticize EMOC Initiative at Town Hall

During the second of three town halls hosted by the D.C. chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, more than 20 black and Latino women discussed D.C. Public Schools' Empowering Males of Color (EMOC) initiative, which many have criticized for ignoring the plight of black and brown schoolgirls.

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Beyond the DNC: Philly's Black People Speak

There was a conspicuous divide between DNC attendees ripping and running throughout downtown Philadelphia and the natives who experience the hardships of daily life in the city.

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Writing Contest Kicks Off Its Fifth Cycle

For the fifth consecutive year, the U.S. Library of Congress, in conjunction with a bevy of public and school libraries in the Mid-Atlantic region, is hosting "A Book that Shaped Me," a summer essay-writing contest that allows rising fifth- and sixth-graders to reflect on books that made an impact on their lives.

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Students Embark on Annual Civil Rights Tour

Nearly two dozen local African-American and Jewish students recently embarked on a 25-day civil rights journey through New York, New Jersey and much of the American South.

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Community Marks Kwame Ture's 75th Birthday

On what would’ve been his 75th birthday, a cadre of former colleagues and mentees gathered at Sankofa Video Books & Cafe on Georgia Avenue in northwest D.C. to remember Kwame Ture and ensure that today’s grass-roots activists keep his memory alive in the ongoing fight for African liberation.

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Panel Discusses Implications of Menthol Ban

Since Chicago became the first U.S. city to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products, including those containing menthol, The Chicago Defender and other minority-owned media outlets in that region have railed against these laws, saying they heavily discriminate against Black people.

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Bobby Jones Receives NNPA Lifetime Achievement Award

The National Newspaper Publishers Association honored Grammy-winning gospel singer Bobby Jones with its Lifetime Achievement Award during its annual convention in Houston.

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D.C.'s Independent Voters Left Out Once Again

Months of campaigning, canvassing and debating in D.C. ended last week with the Democratic closed primary, and in the largely blue city, the winners will most likely breeze through November's general election — meaning nearly one-fifth of unaffiliated D.C. voters are left out of the electoral process. It's a reality that doesn't sit well with a growing number in the constituency.

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