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Stacy M. Brown

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Larry Graham Wows Rams Head Crowd

It's a good thing that the doors opened early for Larry Graham and Graham Central Station's concert at Rams Head on Stage in Annapolis on Wednesday.

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Sesame Street Moving To HBO Angers Some

Sesame Street is moving from the friendly confines of PBS to the adult world of Home Box Office.

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D.C. Residents Flock to 'Compton'

NWA Film Breaking Box-Office Records

Whether it's the Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14 in Northwest or the AMC Loews in Georgetown, area residents have transformed the District into Compton East.

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Menthol Ban Could Have Impact on Blacks

The illegal trafficking of cigarettes along Interstate 95 and in areas across the country has already presented numerous revenue loss and law enforcement problems, but a government ban on menthol cigarettes would create far greater issues, according to police, cigarette makers and others.

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Robert Johnson, Playing By His Own Rules

BET Founder Pushes Black Hiring, Launches New Network

A symbol of leadership and an innovator, Robert Johnson has a legacy that could ultimately be defined by what he's accomplished to level the playing field for African-Americans and other minorities in corporate America.

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'Rosenwald' Film Opens in D.C.

Story of Jewish Immigrant's Special Kinship with Blacks

Julius Rosenwald was born in 1862 in Springfield, Illinois, and the son of German and Jewish immigrants who would become one of the wealthiest men in America, teaming with Richard Sears to start Sears, Roebuck and Company. Like many with great wealth, Rosenwald used some of his fortune to help causes that he deemed worthy.

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Robert Johnson: Advocate for 'Rooney Rule'

BET Founder and Entrepreneur Seeing Results

Four years ago Robert L. Johnson urged corporate America to take a cue from the NFL and incorporate its own "Rooney Rule," which was instituted in 2003 as an effort by the NFL to increase the percentage of black coaches.

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Maryland Counties Celebrate 'Hiring Revolution'

They are calling it a pathway out of poverty and a game changer.

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Gaining STEAM in Education

Both private and public sectors report that 21st-century workers require skills that many of today's graduates don’t have.

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Larry Graham Ready to Jam in DMV

Graham Central Station to Play Annapolis, Alexandria

Larry Graham, legendary Sly & the Family Stone bassist and Graham Central Station frontman, is set to swing through the Northeast after a month of jamming in Europe.

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Women's Voices Theater Festival Planned in D.C.

The National Museum of Women in the Arts has joined forces with the Women's Voices Theater Festival and that combination is poised to produce one of the more memorable events this fall.

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Prince George's Man Wins McDonald's Video Competition

‘Best Man' Director Malcolm D. Lee to Mentor Winner

McDonald's USA and the American Black Film Festival joined forces for the first McDonald's "Lovin'" video competition. The winner of this year's competition was Richard T. Fields of Prince George's County for his submission, "Puppy Love."

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Violence Mars Michael Brown Anniversary

A march to observe the one-year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, turned into another police-involved shooting and a disruption of peace as some threw rocks and bottles at police officers who exchanged gunfire and wounded one man.

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Fattah: 'Will Not Retreat From Innocence'

Embattled Philadelphia Congressman Speaks Out

Democratic Philadelphia Congressman Chaka Fattah has spoken out against the corruption charges that have been levied against him.

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Food Addiction Recovery Requires Vigilance

Recovering from a food addiction is often harder to overcome than any other addiction, simply because abstinence from food isn't an option, experts say.

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Recovering from Alcoholism No Easy Task

African-American youth culture is steeped in alcohol.

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Bill Cosby Ordered to Give Deposition in Molestation Suit

A Los Angeles judge has ordered Bill Cosby to give a deposition in a lawsuit by a woman who says she was molested at 15 by the comedian at the Playboy Mansion more than four decades ago.

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African Diaspora Film Festival Returns

Movie About Obama's Mother Highlight Event

While last year's African Diaspora Film Festival presented a decidedly strong Afro-Latino flavor, the 2015 installment of the event will kick off with an unprecedented movie about President Barack Obama's mother, Stanley Ann Dunham.

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White House Seeks to Drive Innovation

Recent speeches by President Barack Obama have been met with critical and media acclaim, from his stirring eulogy after the South Carolina church shooting to his keynote address at an NAACP convention in Philadelphia, the commander in chief has talked the talk and, most importantly, he's walked the walk. As the president prepared for the first White House Demo Day on Tuesday, another speech Obama delivered in January at Boise State University was called to mind by officials.

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National Minority Donor Awareness Week Continues

Aug. 1 through Aug. 7 is recognized annually as National Minority Donor Awareness Week — time that's set aside to raise awareness about preventative health measures and organ and tissue donation.

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Job Placement Program a Major Success

When Events DC announced the launch of the Washington Marriot Marquis Jobs Training Program in collaboration with Goodwill of Greater Washington and a coalition of community-based organizations, only the overly optimistic could have envisioned the program working so well. Count John Boardman as one of those who were in the optimistic category, and for good reason: the program worked.

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Bonds Seeks to Combat Campus Sex Assaults

D.C. Council member Anita Bonds certainly saw red as she reviewed a recently released poll that revealed 20 percent of women who attended college over the past four years said they were sexually assaulted.

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Bobbi Kristina Brown's Funeral Planned

Pop Scion to Be Buried Near Famous Mother

She was the apple of her mother's eye. Unfortunately, Bobbi Kristina Brown didn't live long enough to carry on Whitney Houston's legacy.

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Blacks in Newsroom at All-Time Low

Fewer African-Americans since Civil Rights Era

Based on an extensive study published in the Columbia Journalism Review, apparently no one is demanding black journalists; if so, no one's hiring them.

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Joe Jackson, Famed Family Patriarch, Hospitalized in Brazil

Joe Jackson, the father of late superstar Michael Jackson, was hospitalized Sunday in Brazil after suffering a stroke while visiting the South American country for his birthday.

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Paul Mooney: Bill Cosby Got His 'Wake-Up Call'

Outspoken Comedian Comes to D.C. With Dick Gregory

Paul Mooney has never been one to mince words, particularly when it comes to race and the topic of racism in America.

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CBC Backs Free Tuition Measure

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus have led House Democrats in introducing a bill that would make community college free for two years for everyone.

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Smithsonian's 'Mingering Mike' No Tall Tale

Mystical District Artist Exhibit Remains on Display

The tale of Mingering Mike is one many have filed under, "you can't make this stuff up."

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New Chapter in Cosby Dilemma

'Pound Cake' Speech Remains Powerful

The stories that the general public has been fed easily lead one to believe that Bill Cosby admitted to rape, which he did not.

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School Renovation Continues

MGM to Employ Training, Development

A little known fact within the multitude of benefits the community will reap from the $1.25 billion MGM National Harbor Casino Resort project – the company will pour more than $4 million into renovating the vacant Thomas Addison Elementary School in Oxon Hill – less than a stone’s throw from the casino development.

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D.C. Residents Join Petition for Bree Newsome

The online petitions are as direct as Bree Newsome proved to be strong.

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Obama: Prison Reform Needed

President Strong in NAACP Speech

Even before his keynote address in front of a cheering crowd at the annual NAACP convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, President Barack Obama was busy practicing what he had already prepared to preach.

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National Harbor Casino Resort Making Progress

Development Taking Shape; Company Lauded Internationally

The $1.25 billion MGM National Harbor Casino and Resort project is by no means a mirage.

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Ben's Chili Bowl, Smithsonian Keeping Cosby

Now that a deposition has been released in which Bill Cosby has admitted to plying women with drugs before having sex with them, many have turned their attention to the nation's capital — specifically to the famed Ben's Chili Bowl, where a mural of Cosby remains, and the Smithsonian, where the comedian's prized art collection is still on display.

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Bill Cosby, Michael Jackson Get Varying Treatment from Disney

Before their falls from grace, Bill Cosby and Michael Jackson had something else in common: a known affinity for and connection to Walt Disney World. But while one of them has apparently been forgiven by the famed theme park, the other has had his likeness scrubbed from the resort, and the disparity hasn't gone unnoticed.

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Metrorail Construction Causes Chaos for Weekend Riders

Construction work on the Metrorail system this weekend has caused confusion and chaos for thousands of Red Line riders.

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Construction Set for New County Business

Groundbreaking has been scheduled for later this month on a new 61,200 square foot building in Capitol Heights, Maryland, that will expand an already robust and popular complex near Interstate 95.

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U.S. Attorney Still Tracking Vincent Gray

For former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, life must be a little like living in the Twilight Zone.

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D.C. Homicides Up, Other Crime Down

Recent Spate of Murders Not Tied to Attrition

Like their Charm City neighbors to the north, law enforcement in the nation's capital are battling an alarming increase in homicides that some argue is, in part, the result of losing about 500 police officers over the past year and a half.

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Bill Cosby Firestorm Refueled by Drug Revelations in Court Docs

The sex-abuse scandal surrounding legendary comedian Bill Cosby has reached its zenith with the release of a decade-old deposition where the beleaguered superstar admits that he plied women with drugs to have sex with them.

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UDC President Ronald Mason Gets Three-Year Deal

The D.C. Council has unanimously approved a new three-year contract for Ronald Mason Jr. to head the University of the District of Columbia through 2018.

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Navy Yard Ends Lockdown; Reports of Shots, Gunman Unfounded

Authorities responding Thursday morning to reports of an active shooter at the Washington Navy Yard in southwest D.C. found no evidence of a gunman or weapons.

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'Cooley High' Feted on Film's 40th Anniversary

Decades after its release, the accolades and fond memories continue to pour in for the hit 1975 film "Cooley High" as it marks its 40th anniversary.

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D.C.-Area Reporter Tisha Lewis Comes Home to Fox 5

D.C.-area journalist Tisha Lewis joined the anchor and reporting team at Fox 5 (WTTG-TV) on Monday after more than a decade away from home — and no one is as thrilled about her return as Lewis herself.

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D.C. Entrepreneur Pushes STEM for Minorities

Charles Wilson isn't shy about discussing poverty and the issues that face many inner-city and poverty-stricken youth on a regular basis.

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Prince George's, D.C. Study Affordable Housing

After studies revealed that one-third of households in the Washington, D.C., that earn between 30 percent and 50 percent of the area's median income are spending more than half their incomes on rent, Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker and others joined the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers for the region's largest affordable-housing and community development expo.

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Shawn Prez, Former Bad Boy Exec, Succeeding Solo

Shawn Prez isn't your typical CEO. He also isn't the average business owner.

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Face-to-Face Visits Resume in D.C. Jails

Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Wednesday that visitation at the D.C. Jail is being expanded to include a new incentive-based, face-to-face component that will be offered to inmates who meet specific behavioral criteria and are without disciplinary infractions.

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Firm Provides 'Second Chance' to Residents

Second Chance offers reclaimed materials to the public at a discount, helping fund job training and workforce development programs.

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Obama Lauds NNPA on Anniversary; Black Press Wants More

President Obama, who recently has been taken to task for continuously refusing interview requests from journalists for black-owned publications, addressed the National Newspapers Publishers Association's annual conference last week via video — but the black press says that's not enough.