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Stacy M. Brown

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.