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Stacy M. Brown

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Emotions Run High at New African-American Museum

Tears streamed down the face of several black journalists while their white counterparts appeared almost numb by the emotion that would be nearly impossible not to experience.

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New Sickle Cell Drug Application Submitted

A cutting-edge biopharmaceutical company that targets rare and orphan diseases said it has submitted an application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requesting approval for a potentially revolutionary drug to treat sickle cell disease.

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Respectful Children Praised During Good Manners Month

September is National Children's Good Manners month, but parents today don't have to worry just about teaching their young ones to say "please" and "thank you" or to be polite. One of the biggest challenges faced by parents today is tackling the issue of digital manners.

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AU Protest Aimed at Racists on Campus

Several alleged incidents of racism at American University recently prompted large protests on the northwest D.C. campus and led the student government to unanimously pass a resolution condemning those acts.

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Remembering: A Legacy of Looking Back

And Paying It Forward

From the powerful exhibition of slave cabins, Nat Turner's Bible and an airplane used to train Tuskegee airmen, the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture forces one to take a look back at America's darkest past, its ugliest moments.

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John Lewis: The Birth of a Museum

For years, the legislative process of the idea of a national museum of African-American history had stopped and started until John Lewis took the helm and made it a priority.

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Reading Partners Helping Students Succeed

Reading Partners, a nonprofit early-literacy organization that pairs students in under-resourced schools with volunteer tutors, has released its 2015-2016 impact reports which revealed that young D.C. children are benefiting from the program in a big way.

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Documentary Reveals Soul Icon's Battle with Cancer

Just as her career began to take off, iconic soul diva Sharon Jones faced her greatest challenge: a life-threatening battle with cancer. But not only has Jones remained on stage with her legendary band, the Dap-Kings, her battles have been chronicled in a new documentary that's receiving rave reviews.

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Hospitalized 156 Times, D.C. Man with Sickle Cell Comforted by Comedy

Laughter is often the best medicine. And for Benjamin Clark, a 25-year-old D.C. man with sickle cell disease, comedian Tony Roberts has been the prescription he's needed.

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Improvements Needed in Care for Sickle Cell

Health Group Releases Report, Scorecard on Disease

Nearly one in every 365 African-Americans are born with sickle cell disease, according to a new report, which found that one in 13 African-American newborns carry the trait which increases the chances of having the disease.

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Capitol Wheel to be Lit for Cancer Fundraiser

The famous Capital Wheel in National Harbor that overlooks D.C. is once again one of numerous landmarks across the United States and Canada that will be illuminated to promote the biennial Stand Up to Cancer telethon.

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Officials Weigh In on Clinton's Mental-Health Plan

Hillary Clinton said she's alarmed by the ever-rising mental illness statistics and, if elected president, intends to do something about it — a promise that local legislators are hoping she keeps.

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Baltimore's 'Boys of Dunbar' Celebrated in New Book

In the early 1980s, Dunbar High School in Baltimore enjoyed one of the most successful basketball programs in the nation, featuring a roster adorned with future NBA stars. Now, author Alejandro Danois has captured their tale in a new 246-page book, "The Boys of Dunbar: A Story of Love, Hope, and Basketball."

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Researcher Provides Unique Perspective of New Museum

Talks Slave Cabins, Community Involvement

The new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture contains an exhibit that features slave cabins, one that curator and museum specialist Mary Elliott called powerful.

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For Business, Politics and Beyond

'Diversity Is a Mentality, Not Just a Strategic Imperative'

Many experts stress that there's a continued need for diversity in politics, business and beyond.

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Ending Police Brutality: Where Do We Begin?

The list of Black men and women who have lost their lives during some kind of interaction with law enforcement continues to astound and escalate.

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App Aims to Streamline Moviegoing Experience

Atom Tickets, the first-of-its-kind theatrical mobile ticketing platform and app, has arrived in D.C.

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Helping Students with Disabilities Return to School

A new school year has arrived, and with it, renewed anxiety among teachers, parents and students alike. But for children with autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), the challenges of beginning a new school year can prove traumatic.

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African-American History Museum Receives $10M

Sponsors Open Wallets for Debut

Bank of America, Kaiser Permanente, Prudential Financial Inc., Target and Toyota have each provided $2 million in sponsorships to support the grand opening and inaugural events of the new Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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New Tool for Alzheimer's Could Prove Vital

Researchers recently developed a symptom checklist that could help detect the outset of Alzheimer's disease and aid earlier diagnosis.

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One Man's Campaign for Union Inclusion for Minorities

Keith Bullock Picks Up Mantle of King, SCLC

Keith Bullock, a southeast D.C. resident and bus driver, is campaigning for one of the top five leadership positions in the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689, which represents operators, clerical, paratransit and maintenance workers of the Washington D.C. Area Transit.

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Back to School: Tips for Shaking Out the Cobwebs

Parents, education experts and others have outlined back-to-school checklists for the 2016-17 year.

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Bonds Endorses Grosso, White for At-Large Council Seats

At-large D.C. Council member and D.C. Democratic Party Chair Anita Bonds formally endorsed the candidacies of fellow Council member David Grosso and Robert White, Democratic nominees for two other at-large seats on the council.

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Black Press Columnist Wins Playwright Award

"My Big Phat Ghetto Fabule$$ Wedding," Ursula Battle's exciting play about what happens when a reversal of fortune causes a couple's expensive dream wedding to turn into a beer-budget nightmare, is among the journalist and writer's many works that helped her earn the 2016 Newsome Award for Playwright of the Year.

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GOP New Hires Ready to Court Black Vote

Despite — or perhaps because of — unprecedented poor polling numbers in the African-American community, Republicans have ramped up their effort to court Black voters.

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Donors, Sponsors Pony Up for African-American Museum

Sponsorships and donations have been pouring into the new Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, which is set to open Sept. 24 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

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Closing the Achievement Gap in D.C. Schools

As D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson prepares to exit in October, there remain obvious achievement gaps between white and African-American and wealthy and poor students.

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Helping Black, Latino Students in STEM Era

Eleven D.C. schools are participating in an extended-year calendar program that allows students more reading and mathematics studies during summer months.

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Urban League Tackles Police Shootings, Joblessness

The National Urban League, which kicked off its annual conference Aug. 3 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

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Md. Resident Pledges Service in FEMA Corps

Cyan Manuel has signed on as one of 10 Team Leaders pledging to perform 11 months of national service as part of the Atlantic Region's FEMA Corps Class 23.

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Urban League Conference Draws Big Names

Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine may have helped set the tone at the annual conference of the National Urban League, which was held last week in Baltimore.

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Rev. Barber Moving Forward, Before and After DNC

Rev. William Barber II hasn't always held the national spotlight, but once he got it at the DNC convention, he made the most of it.

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LULAC Underscores Importance of Minority-Owned Press

The 87th convention of the League of United Latin American Citizens provided a glimpse into how the powerful can reach the community if they engage the minority press — particularly Hispanic newspapers where more and more residents respect, honor and trust what's on the printed page in those publications.

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Mandela Poster Exhibit to Tour Water Parks

Civil Rights Icon's Final Months Depicted

The Kalahari Resorts and Conventions water-resort chain is currently hosting "The Mandela Poster Project," a collection of photographs of late South African leader Nelson Mandela.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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