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Shantella Y. Sherman

Stories by Shantella Y.

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The Evidence of Things Not Seen

It's difficult for people who do not know Marion Barry's long and storied legacy of racial and social activism in the District to celebrate him for any reason.

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The Nauseating 'Side Effect' of Medical Care

As millions of Americans celebrate their newfound status as medically "insured" through the Affordable Care Act, they may still join the ranks of financially strapped patients facing the rising cost of medical services.

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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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Young, Gifted & Insured

If the Affordable Care Act were actual medicine, it would be good for you!

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Filtering Health

This season's health supplement examines kidney function and the preventative measures necessary to ward off impairment.

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Black History Month: Planting & Reaping Love

One of my great joys as an historian is dispelling commonly held myths about African-Americans. Perhaps none excite me as much as leveling the contention established decades ago by well-meaning, but culturally biased researchers, who labeled black relationships stagnant, pathological, or otherwise unnatural.

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Cultural Tourism and the Voyeuristic Value of One's Own Culture

At Emoya's Shanty Town, guests stay in a manufactured "informal settlement" — shacks made of corrugated iron sheets to resemble those millions of Black South Africans were forcibly relocated to in the 1940s.

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Black History Month 2014: Bossage

The South is a strange and beautiful creature.

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A Design Supreme: One on One with Architect Melvin Mitchell

Melvin Mitchell spoke with the Informer about African-American architecture and its often overlooked significance in world culture.

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MLK: The Blueprint

Just months before Dr. King's assassination, he had the opportunity to sit with young people and field their questions about race, fear, and the future.

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Healthy Cigarettes?: E-Cigarettes Poised to Reduce Tobacco Harm

E-cigarettes allow users to inhale vaporized liquid nicotine through a mouthpiece. The heater also vaporizes propylene glycol (PEG) in the cartridge (used to create theatrical smoke in stage productions), and the user gets a puff of hot gas that mimics tobacco smoke. E-cigarettes contain no tobacco products; and utilize synthetic nicotine.

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The Time Is Now!

Whether it’s overindulging in sweets, caffeine, or greasy foods, or engaging in reckless behaviors, teen habits can easily have lifetime consequences.

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Jazzman Gregory Porter Offers Powerful, Intimate Vocals on 'Liquid Spirit'

Gregory Porter's voice is like a quiet storm — powerful enough to command attention, mesmerizing in its natural beauty.

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'Doctor Who' Fans Gear Up for 50th Anniversary Celebration

Little did executives at BBC One know when they broadcast the first episode of "Doctor Who" on Nov. 23, 1963, that the collective imaginations of millions of viewers would gravitate toward the madman with a box and eventually make common references to Cybermen, the TARDIS, and fish fingers and custard.

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The Return of London's Black Male Fashion Setters

Whether among the millions taking part in the Great Migration of interwar U.S., or those immigrating to England from Africa and the Caribbean post-World War II, black social mobility often hinged upon the power to present themselves as fashionably respectable.

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Power Shift: British Black Panther Party Remembered

The impact of the American Civil Rights Movement on people of color around the globe cannot be overstated.

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Churches Urged to 'Adopt-a-School'

The church has long been a base of empowerment, exhibiting an unparalleled degree of influence over the thoughts and lives of its congregants. It comes as no surprise that the Black church, as perhaps the most important institution in the African-American community, has reinvigorated a centuries-old custom for meeting the educational needs of Black students.

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Courttia Newland: The Evidence of Things Ignored

London youth have an identity problem.

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Soul Stirring: The Black Church as a Vanguard for 'Brown'

Following Emancipation, the vast majority of African Americans sought to increase their intellectual and social mobility by enrolling in church-sponsored common schools.

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Each One, Teach One (to Save)

While some social commentators insist that the routine practice of paying oneself first would eventually lead to a nest egg of ready-cash that could then be moved into different money-yielding accounts, the average American finds saving any portion of their paychecks near to impossible.

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Civil Rights Icon James Meredith Speaks at Fulbright Luncheon

Says God is Challenging Black Elders, Mississippians to Change Fate of Black-White Relations

Defiant and steadfast in his insistence that the living God had ordered his steps and tasked him with a mission of spreading His message, civil rights icon James Meredith averred that the future of education and race relations in America as well as the sanctity of the nation’s morality rests in the leadership of Black elders.

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REVIEW: Debbi Morgan Masterful in 'Monkey'

Actress Debbi Morgan's one-woman play, "The Monkey on My Back," is a postscript to the lives of millions of children who grow up witnessing domestic violence, and Morgan gives an absolutely phenomenal performance, offering insight into the internal struggles she faced.

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Debbi Morgan, Unveiled

Actress Talks Life, Love and Healing from Abuse

Famed actress Debbi Morgan's new one-woman production "The Monkey on My Back" offers an intense journey through her legacy of fear and abuse, which spanned three generations of women beginning with her grandmother and her mother. The show grew out of a memoir she has been writing for almost 10 years.

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Lennie James Straddles Fence between Cop and Perp in AMC's 'Low Winter Sun'

Lennie James is no stranger to American audiences.

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The Weight of a Neighbor's Integrity

As the nation looks back at the historic March on Washington, many find the terrain behind nostalgically smoother in some areas than the road ahead.

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Idris Elba Returns for Highly Anticipated Third Season of 'Luther'

BBC America Drama Reunites Star, Wilson

Idris Elba reinvigorates the haunted, often misunderstood Luther this season, but adds a touch of long-awaited gentleness not witnessed in the previous seasons.

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A Healthy Nation, One American at a Time

While the Affordable Care Act has been heralded as a godsend by millions of Americans, the challenge of implementing such a significant overhaul of the American medical industry is daunting to say the least.

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The Road to Brown, Pt. 2: Massive Resistance and Court’s Brown II Decision

As with the legal decisions to emancipate and offer full citizenship to formerly enslaved Blacks following the Civil War, proponents of the 1954 Brown v. the Board of Education decision found that the government could not legislate the hearts of men.

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Rock On! A Look at African-American Rockers, Old and New

Since the release of the first rock and roll song, “Rocket 88,” by Ike Turner and Kings of Rhythm in 1951, the music genre has moved unceremoniously in and out of black culture.

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THE ROAD TO BROWN: A Historical Examination of School Segregation and America's Need for 'Brown'

Racial prejudice could easily be viewed as the dominant social experience faced by both African Americans and immigrants before the civil rights movement.

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A Timeline of School Desegregation Efforts 1883-1954

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'Orphan Black': Where Mad Science and Reality Meet

Clever is as clever does... so despite a distinct level of reticence about falling in love with yet another BBC America program, enter "Orphan Black."

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Symposium Seeks to Increase Minorities in Health Professions

With the higher numbers of adult deaths, infant mortality rates and other health-related issues plaguing minorities, it becomes even more vital to increase the participation of health care professionals with diverse backgrounds in the industry, which will greatly improve the health outcomes in these communities.

Observed, Defined, Explained: Why "The Help" Misses the Mark in Telling Black Domestics' Tales

Particularly annoying about Kathryn Stockett's work is that it avoids the utter turmoil Mississippi faced during the civil rights era.

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O Street Market Groundbreaking

The groundbreaking for a revitalization project to redevelop the historic O Street Market...

Morial, Civil Rights Activists Lobby for Accurate Census Count

National Urban League President Marc Morial, along with a contingency of Civil Rights activists made...

Book Signing Celebration for Informer Columnist

Providing words of inspiration come easy for Washington Informer Religion Lyndia Grant. Grant recently pulled...

Smithsonian€s Anacostia Community Museum Celebrates 42nd Anniversary

Danicka Walters, 23, had no interest in museums or African American culture four years ago...

Wakefield Welcomes Obama Back to School Speech Despite Initial Controversy

Despite criticism and accusations from opponents that President Barack Obama€s speech to America€s students would...

Michael Jackson€s Death Ruled Homicide

The Los Angeles County coroner€s office announced Mon., Aug. 24 that pop icon Michael Jackson€s...

District, Maryland Tax Holiday Repeal Sends Shoppers to Virginia, Other States

Legislation enacted to repeal the District of Columbia€s August 2009 sales tax holiday has parents...

Free Cell Phones Provided to D.C. Residents

Some Residents Remain Leery, Others See Benefit...

Author E. Lynn Harris Dies at 54, Area Readers Rush to Bookstores

Everette Lynn Harris, one of the most revered gay, Black, male writers since the late...

Retailers Cut Women Sizes to Save Money

National health reports conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that the...

Arts Commission Offers Grants

The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) offers several grants to the arts...

City Council Votes Down Fenty Gang Proposal

In an effort to curtail crime in the District, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty called for...

Norton Holds Hearing on Status of Female Inmates

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) conducted the first ever video conference dialogue between District residents,...

The SEED School Gets New Good Food Garden

Students who attend the SEED School of Washington, D.C., got a respite from reading, writing...

Statehood Still a Hot Button Issue in the District

Statehood and self-determination in the District have long been debated since its inception; but if...

Historian-Anthropologist Ivan Van Sertima Dies at 74.

Ivan Van Sertima, 74, a celebrated historian, linguist and anthropologist died on Mon. May 25....