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Sam P.K. Collins

Stories by Sam P.K.

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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...