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Stacy M. Brown

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Steve Harvey Returns to the Apollo for 'Showtime'

Steve Harvey has a lot on his plate these days.

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Push Intensifies for Electoral College to Dump Trump

As President-elect Donald Trump continues actions that many say is dividing America on racial, religious and even ethnic fronts, his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton is on pace to win the popular vote by more than 2 million votes — emboldening those demanding the Electoral College choose either the former secretary of state or another Republican instead.

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Banks Reap Benefit of 'Black Dollars Matter'

Just like "Black Lives Matter," those behind the latest "Black Dollars Matters" action are hoping that it's not just a moment but also a movement.

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Colonel Abrams, Popular '80s R&B Singer, Dies

Colonel Abrams, a R&B singer, songwriter and producer who became a star in the 1980s with a string of house-flavored hits, died Friday after battling various ailments, numerous news outlets reported. He was 67.

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Ambassadors Sought in Fight Against Diabetes

A growing number of residents in the D.C. region are feeling the effects of diabetes as thousands suffer from the disease, and many others may have the illness and don't know it.

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Protests, Uneasiness Continue Ahead of Trump Presidency

The fallout for African-Americans, Muslims, Latinos and other minorities over the election of Donald Trump as president has continued with ongoing protests around the nation.

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Sharon Jones, Famed Soul Singer, Dies After Cancer Battle

Sharon Jones, the fiery soul singer who spent decades in obscurity before becoming a Grammy-nominated soul and funk vocalist with her longtime backing band the Dap-Kings, died Friday of pancreatic cancer. She was 60.

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Attempt to Reduce Inmate Call Rates Fails

Once again, a Federal Communications Commission attempt to lower the price inmates pay for phone calls has been blocked in court.

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Tickets for African-American Museum Still Tough to Get

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture's plans to increase the limited number of walk-up tickets that are available each morning are now on hold for the foreseeable future, according to a museum spokeswoman.

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U.S. Reels from Post-Election Chaos

Protests that have erupted all over the country and an online petition calling for the electorate to change its vote and elect Democrat Hillary Clinton have caused more angst for African-Americans and other minorities who are directly threatened by a Trump presidency.

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Gwen Ifill: Informed and Inspired a Nation

Respected Journalist, TV Anchor, Dead at 61

Gwen Ifill, the award-winning "PBS NewsHour" anchor and one of the nation's most prominent black journalists, died Monday after a monthslong battle with cancer. She was 61.

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Trump Wins the Presidency

The contentious and often ugly primaries and debates were viewed by many as nothing more than a bad dream, one that Americans would awake from only to find that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump would simply go away. That bad dream has officially become a nightmare.

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Many Blacks Still Wondering What Happened

Third-Party Candidates Skew Final Numbers in Trump's Favor

Donald Trump's stunning victory over Hillary Clinton to win the presidency has left African-Americans stunned and many resigned to four years of uneasiness at best, torture at worst.

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Blacks More Susceptible to Diabetes

Famed Doctor Cautions About Foot Care

November is National Diabetes Month and one prominent black podiatrist has issued a warning that the illness can mean double the trouble for a sufferer's feet.

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FBI Clears Clinton Again in Email Probe

FBI Director James Comey said Sunday that the agency has again determined it would not recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton — the latest stunning development in the renewed probe of the Democratic presidential nominee's private email server just days before the election.

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Study: Redskins Fans Among the Most Loyal in Football

The Washington Redskins have tried to establish themselves as a dominant and ferocious team. Now, their fans have been recognized as among the most influential in the NFL.

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Atlanta Entrepreneurs Join Initiative to Create Jobs

Goldman Sachs Program Helps Small Businesses Grow

More than 20 Atlanta businesses have entered, thrived and graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business program, a scholarship-based course that convenes them to learn critical business skills and create growth plans for their companies.

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Trump's 'Rigged' Rhetoric Could Suppress Black Vote

As Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump continued to ratchet up rhetoric suggesting that the current election is rigged, countless political experts and research have repeatedly shown that voter fraud is virtually nonexistent and the candidate's claims are baseless.

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Hillary Clinton Is Kids' Choice for President

Hillary Clinton has been declared the winner of OneVote 2016, a Houghton Mifflin Harcourt nationwide mock election for students in upper-elementary, middle and high schools.

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Gray: I Got the Same Treatment FBI's Giving Clinton

If there's one person who knows exactly what Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is going through, it's Vincent Gray.

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D.C. Musician to Be Featured on 'Empire'

Most musicians don't get their first big break in front of millions of people on the nation's biggest television show. But Desmond Barnes isn't most musicians.

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Report: Black Millennials Closing Digital Divide

A decade of economic and educational prosperity has propelled black America's viral vanguard, led by 11.5 million digitally empowered persuaders.

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Psychologists: Why We Like to Be Scared

Why do Americans like to be scared?

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Soaring Cost of Breast Cancer Care Troubles Patients

Kimberly Curtis has battled and overcome breast cancer. In doing so and despite having what she said is excellent health insurance, the northeast D.C. resident has also had to reach deep into her pocketbook to pay for the costs associated with the illness.

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Clinton, Trump Clash in Final Debate

The third and final debate of the 2016 presidential race — which has devolved into little more than a reality TV show — proved to be a continuation of the second contest only with a slightly more controlled Donald Trump.

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Study: Adult-to-Youth Ratio Affects Graduation Rates

In a new and first-of-its-kind study, the Center for Promise at Boston University's School of Education has found that for every seven more adults in a neighborhood in the United States, one fewer young person leaves school.

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Rwandan Refugee Seeks to Help Others

Eugenie Mukeshimana was a young adult and eight months pregnant when the genocide began in Rwanda in 1994.

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Creepy-Clown Hysteria Hits DMV

Clown violence has emerged as a top concern of law enforcement and parents, particularly heading into the Halloween season where creepy costumes take center stage.

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Local Startup Helping Dominican Farmers

Luis Solis is working to change the plight of farmers in his native Dominican Republic with Caribé Exotic, his new juice startup that sources its tropical fruits directly from tiny farms on the island that would otherwise have no way of earning a profit.

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Black Women Die from Breast Cancer at Higher Rate, Study Finds

Profound Disparities in Mortality Rate Revealed

Black women continue to die from breast cancer at a higher rate than their white counterparts in the United States, and that the disparity increased across the country as a whole, according to a new study released by the Avon Foundation.

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D.C. Lawmaker Pushes to End Tax on Diapers, Feminine Products

Councilwoman, Advocates Have Their Say

D.C. Councilwoman Anita Bonds this week joined advocates for women to urge the rest of the city's lawmakers to eliminate sales taxes on diapers, tampons and other feminine hygiene products during a public hearing that echoed many others held across the country.

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Social Media Wins, America Loses in 2nd Debate

It was, in the words of so many who watched and most of the experts covering it, the worst debate ever.

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African-American Buying Power Tops $1 Trillion

In a new report, a leading market research firm has found that between 2010 and 2015, the African-American buying power grew from $995 billion to $1.3 trillion.

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Massive Yahoo Hack Spurs Tips from Experts

Hackers swiped personal information associated with at least a half-billion Yahoo accounts — the biggest known data breach in history.

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Vice Presidential Candidates Clash in Debate

Kaine, Pence Warm Up for Clinton-Trump II

The first and only scheduled vice presidential debate had the feel of what the contest really amounted to: an undercard for the main event.

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Programs Bring Awareness to Dyslexia

For as many as five decades, officials at programs in D.C. and in Baltimore have been working diligently to teach low-income children, adults and others with dyslexia and other language-learning disabilities how to read.

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Police Violence Against Blacks Escalating: Study

Police killed at least 102 unarmed African-Americans in 2015, about two each week — and the actual number is likely higher due to underreporting, according to data from a police watchdog group.

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Clinton Rocks Trump in First Debate

The first of three presidential debates before the November election on Monday may well have been an eye-opener for African-Americans and women alike — that is, if they had not already been awakened a long time ago to Republican nominee Donald Trump's rhetoric.

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Breaking the Cycle: Young Mother of 7 Turns Life Around at McDonald's

Meet Cameo Faust. At 36, she's a general manager at an Atlanta-area McDonald's. Her career at the restaurant chain started 12 years ago because, like so many grade-school dropouts, there weren't many other choices. But Faust's story is a little more complicated than that.

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Presidential Debates Overlook Latino Moderators

As the presidential debate season has begun, Latinos have been shut out from the panel of moderators, a position that could have a great effect on the content of a debate.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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