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Stacy M. Brown

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JESSE JACKSON: Alabama's New Jim Crow Far From Subtle

In Alabama, 50 years after Selma, voting rights are once more under assault.

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'Thriller in Manila,' 40 Years Later: Remembering Classic Ali-Frazier Bout

Thursday marked the 40th anniversary of the epic "Thriller in Manila" between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, which is lauded as one of the greatest moments in sports history and was a worldwide cultural event at the time.

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Local Issachah Savage Making History in Opera

Tenor and former longtime Southeast Washington, D.C., resident Issachah Savage returns to the region Saturday as the National Philharmonic presents a special one-time performance of Wagner's Rienzi, a concert opera featuring Savage at the Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda.

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Is Gentrification Breeding Homicide?

D.C. Council, Officials Seeking Answers

Body cameras for police officers may do a lot of good, including helping to strengthen relations between District residents and the Metropolitan Police Department. However, it's still debatable as to whether this tool will affect the alarming rise in deadly crime.

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Stevie Wonder Ready to Rock D.C. Again on 'Songs' Tour

Stevie Wonder is more than just a music superstar.

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D.C. Council Tackles Violent Crime

Hearing on Homicides Lasts 10 Hours

Like the violent crime that has plagued the District, a meeting held on Wednesday, Sept. 16 to discuss the outbreak of shootings, stabbings and other unseemly acts appeared as if it would never end.

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Major Advances Made in HIV/AIDS Battle

D.C. Program Working as 'Heroes' Step In

A new study published by the medical journal, AIDS and Behavior, has found that the District of Columbia's needle exchange program has prevented 120 new cases of HIV and has saved the government $44 million.

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Viola Davis Makes History with Emmy Win

Viola Davis shined in many ways Sunday.

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Bill Cosby Seeks Defense Lawyer, Prepares for Possible Criminal Charges: Report

Bill Cosby may soon face a day of reckoning for the dozens of accusations of sexual abuse lobbed at him in the past year, as he reportedly has begun preparing for the possibility of criminal charges being brought against him for a decade-old allegation.

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Apple Making Strides in Diversity

To many, the popular Silicon Valley company is in dire need of an upgrade in diversity.

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City, Transit Officials Steel for Traffic Crunch During Pope's D.C. Visit

Pope Francis's highly anticipated visit to D.C. has arrived and more than 1 million people are expected to descend upon the region for related events scheduled to run through Thursday afternoon.

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Community Effort Underway to Stop Smoking in D.C.

Cigarette smoking looms as a public health crisis, particularly in the African-American community, but a new citywide public awareness campaign in D.C. is geared to help residents kick the habit.

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Man Takes Bike Ride in D.C. for 'Queen,' Battle Against Cancer

Joins Fundraiser in Honor of Late Partner

For Wendell Smith, riding 150 miles on a bicycle is a challenge. But the Baltimore resident plans to ace that challenge because he's riding for two reasons: love and cancer.

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Black Catholics Await Pope's Visit

When Pope Francis arrives in the District on Tuesday, Sept. 22, he will touch down in a nation's capital that has the most diverse Catholic community with no racial or ethnic group making up a majority of the faith's population.

Brothers Form $100 Million Company, Spread Message of Optimism

When John Jacobs and his brother Bert started selling T-shirts out of a van 20 years ago, neither could envision that their "Good Life" message would lead to a $100 million enterprise and act as a catalyst to help encourage and support those who may be facing the difficulties that everyday life poses.

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Nestle Waters Under Fire

Nestle and multinational water bottling companies have created a market that capitalizes on the false premise that bottled water is somehow better and purer than tap water, critics contend.

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D.C. to Observe Sept. 11 Anniversary

Several Events Scheduled Including Pope's Visit

Friday marks the 14th anniversary of the worst act of war on American soil in history.

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New Project Grant Awarded For Sickle Cell

A more than $2.6 million two-year grant promises to help support and fortify the quality of care and address the needs of individuals living with sickle cell disease has been awarded to the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America.

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New Film in 'Search for Black Wealth'

The interest in "Generation One: The Search for Black Wealth" generated the type of buzz usually reserved for an anticipated, high-budgeted blockbuster.

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Businesses Push For Minimum Wage Hike

Hundreds of businesses and organizations — including those in the District — are signing the online petition, "Business for a Fair Minimum Wage statement" and actively pushing for raises locally and nationally.

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The Consequences of Police Brutality

Norton, CBC Decry Militarization of Law Enforcement

After incidents between police and African-Americans including the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, many are still seeking justice and the call that black lives matter has never been louder.

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Baltimore Agrees to $6.4M Settlement with Gray Family

Deal Comes on Heels of Police Pre-Trial Rulings

Baltimore city officials has reached a $6.4 million settlement in the wrongful death of Freddie Gray, who sustained fatal neck injuries while in police custody in April.

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Diana Ross to Bring Diva Act to DMV

No mountain, rain or summer heat will keep Diana Ross from the nation's capital.

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New Workbook Helps Teens 'Play Up'

Since the release of the wildly popular "Playing Up," Vaughn McKoy and his wife, Marnie McKoy, thought of ways in which they could make the lessons found in the book practical in ways that could drive behavior and complement academic learning.

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'New Tobacco Road' Presents Problems

Cigarette Trafficking Along I-95 Causes $5B Loss in Tax Revenue

Some may shrug off the thought the effects smuggling cigarettes may have on the tobacco industry, while others might argue that it’s a victimless crime. However, there is growing evidence that it's more than just an industry problem.

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Local Ailey Dancer Earns Princess Award

She started dancing at the age of three and that was only because her mother went to a Target store and picked out a ballet outfit just to see how her toddler would look in it. For Courtney Celeste Spears, it's like she never took off the leotard.

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Back to School Stress Problematic

The beginning of a new school year often arrives with apprehension and a bit of anxiety — something with which educators are well aware.

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AME Church Calls for End to Racism

When Barack Obama won election in 2008 and a second term four years later, it was a watershed moment in race relations in the United States. At least that was the hope of many residents, particularly those in the African-American community.

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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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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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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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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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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: 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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'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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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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Recovering from Alcoholism No Easy Task

African-American youth culture is steeped in alcohol.

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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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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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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.