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Stacy M. Brown

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Obama, Biden Slam Trump, Tout Clinton

Norton Uses National Platform to Call for D.C. Statehood

The Democrats bought out the party's two heavyweights Wednesday at their national convention in Philadelphia, and the commander in chief and his vice president made clear their belief that Hillary Clinton will make a great president and voters should be energized to support her campaign against the Republican nominee Donald Trump.

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U.S. Laws Too Restrictive Against Protesters: U.N. Expert

The process of issuing permits for demonstrations should be changed because it could easily lead to discrimination against certain groups, according to a United Nations human rights expert who's extensively examined protests and how they're handled in America and elsewhere.

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Russell Simmons Pushes for Peace Between Police, Communities

Russell Simmons is as afraid of a confrontation with police as most other black men are. However, the business and music mogul is most concerned about fixing the relationship between African-Americans and law enforcement.

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Cases Against Baltimore Officers Dismissed

State's Attorney Concedes in Death of Freddie Gray

Prosecutors on Wednesday dropped all charges for the remaining Baltimore police officers in the 2015 death of Freddie Gray — a likely end to the high-profile case that has yet to hold anyone accountable for Gray's death.

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Democrats Putting Shaky Convention Start Behind Them

As the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia kicks off Tuesday, party officials are hoping for more of the good vibes that resulted from the day one speeches given by New Jersey Sen. Corey Booker and first lady Michelle Obama.

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Lack of Diversity Glaring Among Federal Financial Regulators

A scathing new analysis authored by Berkeley, California-based The Greenlining Institute, a racial-justice institute that works to bring the American dream within reach of all, regardless of race or income, has revealed that those agencies have a diversity problem which they need to get serious about fixing.

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HBCU Grad Headed to Olympics in Rio

The joy is still difficult for her to convey, but Coppin State University alum Christina Epps is on her way to Rio to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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Donald Trump's Volatile Relationship with Minorities

Trump the candidate's inability to even being politically correct regarding African-Americans and Hispanics should come as little surprise to those in the Republican party who knew — or suspected they knew the practices of — Trump the businessman.

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Black Trump Delegate a True Believer

An African-American delegate at this week's GOP convention wants to make it clear: Donald Trump does indeed have support in the black community and African-Americans would be better served under a Trump administration.

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Black Lives Matter Movement Helps Make Black Banks Matter

Industrial Bank Sees Spike in Account Openings

Industrial Bank has experienced recent "exponential" applications for account openings as many African-Americans are now directing their dollars toward Black-owned banks in an effort to show solidarity and to maximize the growing spending power the community has long held.

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MPD Seeks to Maintain Community Ties in Wake of Police Shootings

When protesters took to the streets in the nation’s capital in the wake of the police-involved shooting deaths of two black men — Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota — D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier expected peaceful demonstrations.

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Small Businesses Blossom with Goldman Sachs Initiative

Its goal is to help unlock the growth and job creation potential of small businesses across the country, providing greater access to business education, financial capital and support services. Since its inception announcement in 2009 and its start in 2010, the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program has done just that.

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Unequal Pay for Black, Female Doctors

Local Physician Says Others Must Step Up

A new study that revealed that women and African-American physicians have salaries that are less than white male doctors, and the difference is pretty significant.

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Public Notices: Another Threat to Newspaper Revenue

It hasn't been the best of times in the print newspaper industry — particularly for the so-called mainstream or legacy media. And the bad news keeps coming: A consistent source of necessary revenue is now in peril.

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Judge Dismisses Assault Charge Against Officer in Freddie Gray Trial

A Baltimore Circuit Court judge dismissed the second-degree assault charge against Lt. Brian Rice, one the six officers charged in the 2015 death of Freddie Gray.

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Video of Fatal Police Shooting of Black Man in Minnesota Spurs Outrage

The nation hadn't begun to exhale after the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, when another horrific video surfaced in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Art Exhibit Captures Experience of Being Black in White America

A new exhibit at the Galerie Myrtis Fine Art Gallery in Baltimore explores the politicization of Black identity in the United States.

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D.C. Stylist to Stars Gives Back to Women in Need

D.C. resident Sam Russell, a renowned image-maker, took an unexpected detour from working with stars such as Sophia Bush, Stevie Wonder, Colin Farrell and Chuck Lorre to dressing everyday people.

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Howard Grad 'Building Steps' Helping Others

Anthony Watters considers himself a revolutionary. The Howard University graduate who now lives in Baltimore has started his own nonprofit, It Takes One, Inc., as he continues to pursue a master's degree at McDaniel College in Westminster.

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D.C. Officials Aim to Reduce Lead in Drinking Water

Two D.C. Council members recently held joint public oversight hearings on the testing of lead levels in public facilities to alert residents and others of concerns about water safety.

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Fattah Resigns Amid Racketeering Conviction

Embattled Lawmaker Faces Up to 30 Years in Prison

With the likelihood of a lengthy prison sentence looming, longtime Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Chaka Fattah resigned from his position just days after a federal jury convicted the embattled congressman of corruption charges.

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Gray Looking Forward to Return to D.C. Council

Former Mayor Already Crafting Agenda

After more than a year of scrutiny and an attorney general's office that dug deep to find evidence of corruption, Vincent Gray isn't taking anything else for granted.

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Will D.C. Schools Honor Muslim Holidays?

With numerous school districts across the country already implementing Muslim holidays into their schedules, some in the D.C. region are considering adding days of observance for several Muslim holy days.

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Volkswagen Settles Emissions Lawsuit for $14.7B

Volkswagen will spend $14.7 billion to settle consumer lawsuits and government allegations that it cheated on emissions tests in what lawyers are calling the largest auto-related class-action settlement in U.S. history.

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Diabetes: A Major Health Issue for Blacks

HHS Deputy Secretary Addresses NNPA

The Obama administration delivered good news Friday about the state of the president's signature health care law Friday at the National Newspaper Publishers Association's annual convention in Houston.

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St. Louis American Wins Big at NNPA Merit Awards

The St. Louis American was the big winner at the National Newspaper Publishers Association 2016 Merit Awards on Thursday.

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Morgan State Reopens Civil Rights Museum

To some, it was a long time coming. But for others, the reopening of the Lillie Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum in Baltimore this month happened at just the right time.

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Fitbit, Health-Tracking Devices Rise in Popularity, Misuse

Fitness tracking devices have been gaining in popularity, and new ones seem to emerge regularly.

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Henry Jones Still 'Discombobulating' After 28 Years, Too Loud to Be Silenced

Henry "Discombobulating" Jones is like many of the fighters that he introduces as ring announcer for boxing cards in the District of Columbia — he pulls no punches.

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Minority Media Should 'Get in the Game'

Federal Ad Spending Rises, Minority Press Left Out

It's been eight years since the Government Accountability Office released a damning report that revealed how federal agencies ignored Hispanic and Black media when spending billions of dollars on advertising.

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'Roots' Sparks Conversation About Racism's Toll on Black Psyche

The History Channel's remake of Alex Haley's culture-altering biography "Roots" has sparked new conversation about race and the toll it has taken psychologically on African-Americans.

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Postpartum Awareness Event Planned

One in seven women will suffer from a postpartum mood disorder, the most common complication of childbirth, according to health experts.

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Pension Flap Over for Some Retired Teachers

The "nightmare" is over. At least for some.

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Muhammad Ali Laid To Rest

'He Is Gone, But He Will Never Die'

A 19-mile procession through the streets of his hometown and a funeral fit for a king proved a fitting farewell to The Greatest.

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Incumbents Lose Big in D.C. Council Primary

Gray Stuns Alexander; White Gets Revenge Over May

Vincent Gray continued a stunning, Marion Barry-like political comeback Tuesday, unseating Ward 7 Council member and former protégé Yvette Alexander in the D.C. Democratic primary election.

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Md. Resident Leads Way for Cleaner Water in Kenya

In the rural parts of the East African nation of Kenya, waterborne illness is a leading cause of death for young children, and untreated water is dangerous to people of all ages.

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D.C.'s Deshauna Barber Wins Miss USA Pageant

She's tough, she's black and she's beautiful. And, here she is, from northeast D.C., Miss USA.

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The Importance of Credit Scores and Homeownership

A good credit score is something to which everyone should aspire as it's one of the key determinants when one seeks to borrow money — and getting a low rate when you do.

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Landscape Improvements: Great for Increasing Home Values

Experts say that when it comes to your home, it doesn't hurt to have the best-looking property on the block.

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Muhammad Ali Remembered Simply as 'The Greatest'

In and Out of the Ring, the Champ Made a Difference

Of all the legendary wins in Muhammad Ali's life, few are as little-known as the one he pulled off in 1990 long after his boxing career had ended.

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Muhammad Ali Hospitalized, Reportedly In 'Fair' Condition

Boxing legend and three-time world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali has been hospitalized Thursday in Arizona with what a spokesman said is a respiratory issue.

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Prince Died of Opioid Overdose: Report

Music legend Prince died of opioid overdose, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press Thursday.

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Obama Declares June as African-American Music Appreciation Month

In one of his final acts as president, Barack Obama issued an official proclamation Tuesday recognizing June as African-American Music Appreciation Month.

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Publishers Pleased with Congressional Action on Advertising

For Jonathan Sanchez, news of Democratic Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and many of her colleagues formally requesting an investigation into how federal government agencies spend advertising dollars presents a welcome, long overdue and pleasant surprise.

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D.C. Named Best Place for Summer Jobs

The late Marion Barry regularly championed a solid summer youth job program, and the one in the District named for the beloved "mayor for life" has been key in providing young individuals with enriching and constructive employment experiences through subsidized placements in the private and government sector.

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Filmmaker Seeks to Kick Hollywood Doors Open for Aspiring Actors

First Detroit, then Hollywood, Washington, D.C, and the world. Before long, if the president of 25th Frame Films has anything to do with it, his company will be charting its own path toward the type of success no others have yet achieved.

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Hepatitis C Now a Leading Cause of Death

Medical experts say as many as 5 million people in the United States have hepatitis C, and as many as half of those who are infected aren't even aware they have the disease.

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Following Officer's Acquittal, Mosby Faces Uphill Climb

Prosecution Stumbles in Freddie Gray Cases

The acquittal of a Baltimore police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray has sparked a new round of criticism of the city's top prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, who detractors say rushed to judgment in the case.

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New Phone App Tracks Scammers

In Washington, several telephone numbers have landed in a brand-new hall of shame.

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Student Debt Rising in D.C.

District residents are among the millennials saddled with increasingly large amounts of student loans, which reached a record high of $1.23 trillion in 2015, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.