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Sam P.K. Collins

Stories by Sam P.K.

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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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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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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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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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Bright Lights Hit the National Zoo

Pepco Illuminates the Skies During the Holidays

Every winter, families from across the D.C. metropolitan region visit the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Northwest to take part in ZooLights, a Pepco-sponsored festival that provides an array of fun-filled activities for families and raises awareness about the plight of endangered animals around the world.

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Local Activist Gives Food, Toys to Families

Local community organizer Charles 'Chuck' Hicks has hosted lavish Christmas parties in the D.C. metropolitan area for more than 20 years. The only caveat: guests must bring toys and books or donate money for children and families who would not otherwise have gifts and goodies for the holidays.

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Student Group Tackles ACA Problems

In the months since the Oct. 1 rollout of the Affordable Care Act, millennial enrollment has waned in state insurance exchange programs.

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Area College Students Honor Mandela

More than 100 students gathered around a flag pole on Howard University’s main quad in Northwest less than an hour after news of Nelson Mandela's death broke on the evening of Thursday, Dec. 5.

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Local Nonprofit Launches Respite Care Center

More than a dozen parents of children with autism recently gathered to share their stories at a recent open house for F.A.C.E.'s Place Respite Care Center.

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Local Entertainment Company Hosts Toy Drive

Hundreds of young adults recently donated toys and grooved to the sounds of reggae, soca and hip-hop at the second annual Holiday Giving Back Celebration at the American Legion in Silver Spring, Md.

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AMEX and Think Local DC Promote Area Businesses

As residents in the Washington metropolitan area gear up for Black Friday, American Express and a local nonprofit are encouraging District residents to consider shopping a little closer to home this year.

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Kevin Powell Launches National Grassroots Organization

BK Nation Debuts in the District

Activist and author Kevin Powell recently announced the launch of BK Nation, a New York-based, multi-chapter national organization that tackles social and political issues through a combination of grassroots activism, technology, and social media, before more than 70 artists, educators, filmmakers, and business owners.

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Students Revel in Rowing Activities

Eight students from Eliot-Hine Middle and Eastern High Schools recently showcased their newly acquired rowing skills and received honors before an audience of parents, teachers, and neighborhood volunteers at the Anacostia Community Boathouse in Southeast.

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Filmmaking Industry, Go-Go Discussed at George Washington University

During a gathering last month that attracted 50 students at the Multicultural Student Services Center at The George Washington University in Northwest, filmmakers Shuaib Mitchell and Sowende Tichawonna discussed the history of go-go and their decades-long career in the independent film industry.

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Local Barbershop Unites Community, Region

Bobby Lucas relished the chance to play baseball and study business administration at The George Washington University alongside tens of thousands of students from across the country and around the world when he first moved to the District in 2006.

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D. Floyd Recalls 30 Years in 'Go-Go'

Over the course of his 30-year career, Familiar Faces vocalist and saxophonist D. Floyd has performed with some of the go-go industry’s most prolific acts in countless venues in the D.C. metropolitan area, across the country and around the world.

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Howard U. Beats Morehouse, 27-16, in AT&T Nation's Football Classic

Howard University junior quarterback Greg McGhee racked up almost 300 yards of total offense and three touchdowns to lead the Bison (1-1) to a 27-16 win over the Morehouse College Maroon Tigers (0-1) in the third annual AT&T Nation's Football Classic before 17,012 at RFK Stadium.

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Radio Station Gives Residents a Voice

The mainstream media has often been instrumental in putting a face on a hot-button issue and drumming up support for change at the grassroots level. But not so much these days, said local neighborhood organizer Kymone Freeman.

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Ben's Chili Bowl Celebrates 55 Years

Hundreds of people gathered outside of Ben’s Chili Bowl throughout much of the afternoon on Thursday, Aug. 22 to celebrate the landmark restaurant's 55th anniversary.

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Go-Go Exhibition Cut Short

Ceiling Collapses, Eight Injured at D.C. Arts & Humanities Exhibit

Hundreds of go-go fans were recently grooving to the sounds of the Black Alley Band at the 200 I Street Gallery in Southeast — when 15 minutes into the show — the booming sound of the bass failed to keep the crowd from hearing the crackling sounds of a ceiling on the verge of collapse.

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Students Provide Guidance to Peers

Every year, thousands of students from across the country embark upon what often becomes a long and arduous journey.

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Southeast Residents Celebrate the Arts

Byron Granderson couldn’t believe his eyes when he entered the gates of St. Elizabeths Hospital in Southeast.

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Young Philanthropists Connect with Industry Leaders

Philanthropy is no longer limited to the rich and powerful.

A Tribute to Harriet Tubman

Last weekend marked the 100th anniversary of the death of Harriet Tubman, one of America's...