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Sam P.K. Collins

Stories by Sam P.K.

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Group Combats Homelessness with 'Blessing Bags'

A local nonprofit continued its efforts to provide members of a vulnerable population with the bare essentials during an event that raised thousands of dollars in donations.

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Millennials Brunch for a Cause

Hundreds of young professionals to donate nearly 300 pounds of winter clothing this week as a part of an effort to help a vulnerable population and raise awareness about an increasingly visible problem.

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Mother's Tea Unites Victims' Families, Community

More than 100 community members, church leaders, and elected officials participated in the Mother’s Tea, an annual program to unite mothers of homicide victims and those who have perpetrated acts of violence.

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Local Nonprofit Accepts Young Fathers

Since 2010, Generation Hope has supported more than 40 teen mothers striving to complete college and enter the career fields of their choice. But this fall, fathers too will enjoy the Northwest-based nonprofit's offerings.

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GWU Students, Faculty Discuss Ferguson

More than 100 students, faculty members, administrators, and parents who gathered in GWU's Funger Hall last week to delve into topics of race, class, and justice during an event touted as "Framing Ferguson: A Panel and Audience Discussion."

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Fans Celebrate Chuck Brown's 'Beautiful Life'

With the release of his newest studio album, fans have another chance to honor and remember the "Godfather of Go-Go" two years after his death.

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Girls Get Royal Treatment

They didn’t wear glass slippers or ride in golden carriages but dozens of youngsters received spa treatments befitting a princess during a gathering at a local salon.

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Festival Celebrates African Music, Culture

Thousands of people immersed themselves in the music, food and art of the Motherland last weekend during the DC Africa Festival, an annual celebration of Washington D.C.'s growing African community.

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Young Ballers Showcase Skills at Annual DCHA Tournament

Fast breaks, fadeaway jumpers, lay-ups, and the shrill sound of whistles made for an action-packed weekend at a local high school in June.

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Festival Reacquaints Residents with Kennedy Street

More than 100 people strolled last weekend along the Kennedy Street corridor in Northwest where they talked with business owners, sampled a variety of foods, purchased ethnic jewelry, and danced in the streets to the sounds of live jazz, R&B, and hip-hop.

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DCTV Celebrates 25 Years

During the latter part of June, more than 700 DCTV members, aspiring television producers and District residents converged on the grounds of the Brooks Mansion, DCTV's headquarters in Northeast, to celebrate its efforts to give community members a platform to express their opinions.

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D.C. Housing Expo Attracts First-Time Homebuyers

For a day, the District's convention center morphed into a one-stop shop for residents eager to purchase a new home, get interior design tips or talk to mortgage brokers.

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Garden Expands Healthy Food Options in Northeast Community

The debate about obesity has long focused on individual eating habits. In recent years, national programs and initiatives, such as first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign, have encouraged Americans to adopt healthier lifestyles.

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Howard U. Students Connect with Community

A group of students left the safety and comfort of their college campus and sparked discussions with local residents last weekend in an effort to strengthen ties with the community.

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Parents Protest PTSA President's Ouster

A group of disgruntled parents converged on the front steps of a Northeast high school last week to protest proposed boundary changes, school closures and attempts by administrators to abolish parent associations.

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Seniors Discuss Community Concerns

Walks Throughout District Focus on Likes, Dislikes

Yolanda Fell checks on friends, picks up trash, and jots down neighbors' concerns during walks around her neighborhood. Although she considers her weekly routine a part of her civic duty, Fell said that her efforts have gone unnoticed by District agencies in recent months.

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Seniors Complete Program, Win Scholarships

Justice Sonia Sotomayor Attends College Bound Ceremony

A local nonprofit handed out thousands of dollars in scholarships to a group of students during a ceremony at a prestigious theatrical venue last week.

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Film, Discussion Examines College Access

Today, a college education has become a necessity in an ever increasing information-based society. However, students from working-class families often find it difficult to navigate the complex application process and secure scholarships that make college a possibility.

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Volunteers Spruce Up Shepherd Parkway

A group of more than a dozen volunteers collected nearly a ton of trash and moved closer to restoring a local park to its former glory during a service project last weekend.

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Discussion Highlights Issues in the Black Community

Incendiary comments by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling about African Americans have shaken up the sports world in recent weeks and sparked conversations about race around water coolers and in living rooms around the country.

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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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Conga Player Reflects on Storied Career

His name has become synonymous with go-go.

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Local Conference Connects Women Entrepreneurs

Reneta Bennett glanced around the table and listened as women shared stories about starting their own businesses. Their interesting anecdotes gave her the courage to talk about her passion for helping teenagers and young people.

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Hundreds Walk for Healthy Babies

Hundreds of people zipped up their windbreakers, put on their running shoes and braved a breezy spring morning to bring attention to a public health issue during an annual walk last weekend.

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Broccoli City Festival Promotes Healthy Lifestyle

Thousands Gather for Annual Event

Thousands of people celebrated Earth Day during an event that featured more than two dozen hip-hop and R&B artists last weekend.

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Family Day at National Zoo in D.C. Marred by Violence

Thousands entered the Smithsonian National Zoo in Northwest on Easter Monday for the African-American Family Day Celebration before gunshots rang out across the street from the front gates of the zoo, causing authorities to evacuate the facility.

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Duo Helps Liberian Children Fight Corruption

An audience of more than 20 people listened as author Robtel Neajai Pailey and soccer player Seren Fryatt recounted their experiences and provided insight about the current state of affairs in Liberia at the National Press Club in Northwest on April 10.

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Oakland Raiders' Usama Young Gives Away Hundreds of Books

A professional football player expressed his love for reading and donated hundreds of children’s books during a visit to a District school last week.

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Nas, Dyson Talk About the State of Hip-Hop

An iconic hip-hop artist did not mince words when he discussed the current state of the genre during an event at a local university the latter part of March.

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Youth Rally Against Tobacco Industry

A group of local teenagers and young adults rallied against tobacco companies during a gathering last month at the Latin American Youth Center in Northwest.

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Local Spelling Bee Champ Heads to Nationals

A middle school student has her sights set on a national competition after snatching victory away from the District's best and brightest spellers last month.

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Young Voters Fight for Political Leverage, Agency in Changing Economic Climate

D.C. voters between the ages of 18 and 29 engaged both council and mayoral hopefuls through college, community civic organization forums throughout election season.

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Local Nonprofit Awards Book Grants

Dozens of local schools and nonprofits recently secured funds that will go toward the purchase of books and ensure the continuation of enrichment programs for District children.

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Fundraiser Highlights Youth Homelessness

Hundreds of millennials recently slept under the stars and raised thousands of dollars in an effort to bring attention to youth homelessness in the District.

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Family, Friends Celebrate D.C.'s First Mother

Friends, family, colleagues and community members honored the life and legacy of Virginia E. Hayes Williams, known as D.C.'s First Mother, during a celebration of her life at a local high school.

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Greater Washington Urban League Receives Huge Contribution

Donation Part of Settlement Agreement

A local social services organization received a sizeable financial contribution as part of an agreement between a District agency and an alternative energy company.

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Sting Headlines Annual Benefit Concert in D.C.

A music icon recently brought thousands of students, parents, alumni, and pop music lovers to their feet during a benefit concert.

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Young Black Men Commit to Academic Excellence

A group of youth from across the Washington metropolitan region learned important life skills and affirmed their commitment to academic excellence during a daylong conference at a local university last month.

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Local Program Prepares Girls for College

Through the EMPOwERgirlz Youth Mentorship Program, 30 District girls pair up with mentors who represent various local universities and work in diverse career fields.

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Online Network Highlights HBCU Experience

HBCUX Provides 24-Hour Programming about Black Colleges

Hakeema Mercurius entered Morgan State University in Baltimore in 2010 with dreams of practicing law. Her plans quickly changed, however, upon taking a sociology course that opened her eyes to racial disparities in the criminal justice system and prompted her to pursue a career as a parole officer.

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Seniors Recognized for Outstanding Service

A community organization recently honored a group of seniors for their decades of service during a ceremony at a local historic landmark.

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Black Students at American University Voice Concerns

American University's Black Student Alliance held a forum earlier this month after hundreds took to Twitter and wrote about their experiences as students of color at the school.

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Students Invent Mobile App, Receive Honors

A group of District students moved one step closer to winning $20,000 in grants and Samsung tablets in a national competition last month.

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Beverly Bond Addresses Students at GWU

Founder and CEO of Black Girls Rock! Inspires Activism

A well-known deejay and social entrepreneur recently expressed her displeasure at what she called the entertainment industry's portrayal of African-Americans during her keynote address at The George Washington University in Northwest.

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The Capital Kidds Take Music Industry by Storm with Catchy, Positive Tunes

Local Group Provides Alternative Sound

The Capital Kidds, a local children’s music group, has set out to challenge the status quo with its brand of “edutainment” – music that educates as well as entertains.

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Volunteers Spruce Up Area Schools

More than 1,000 millennials recently answered the call to serve, taking part in large-scale renovation projects at three District schools during the Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

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Young Mothers Connect with Industry Titans

A group that included an attorney, a public relations representative, two nonprofit executives and a businesswoman recently imparted pearls of wisdom about navigating their career fields to nearly 20 young mothers during a career clinic at Metropolitan Community Church of Washington in Northwest.

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National Action Network Rejuvenates Anti-Gun Movement

The National Action Network (NAN) renewed its grassroots mobilization against gun violence in urban communities during its National Youth Day of Action against Gun Violence in the District as well as in Atlanta and Chicago.

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National Landmark Damaged by Gunfire

A stray bullet struck a panel on the Wall of Honor of the African American Civil War Memorial on Dec. 26.

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Chef Hosts Party, Collects Thousands of Toys

Thousands of industry magnates, elected officials, and socialites danced and enjoyed southern-style cuisine during a recent holiday soiree and toy drive at an historic library in Northwest.

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