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Stacy M. Brown

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Melvin Foote Still Taking the Lead on Africa

CFA Founder Prepares for Major Summit

Melvin Foote may have fit right in with the 1980s conglomerate of rock stars that came to be known as U.S.A. for Africa.

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Historic U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Convenes

Officials are set to convene a three-day U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit on Capitol Hill beginning Monday.

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Color Blind: NCAA Officials Insist They Encourage Hiring Black Coaches

The hierarchy of the NCAA isn't pleased with the lack of African-American head coaches in Division I men's basketball.

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Library of Congress Receives Historic Recordings

'HistoryMakers' Archives Relocate

The U.S. Library of Congress in Southeast acquired in June the "HistoryMakers" video archive collection, which contains thousands of hours of interviews of prominent figures about African-American life, culture and the struggles and achievements of the black experience.

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Wizards Sign Paul Pierce

Former Finals MVP Inks 2-Year Deal

With the balance of power suddenly shifting in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, the Washington Wizards have seized upon an opportunity to elevate the franchise’s championship hopes.

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Minority Teachers Abandon Classrooms

Blacks, Latino Educators Find other Professions

Minorities are significantly underrepresented in public schools, despite the fact that the number of black and Latino students have increased.

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Bed Sharing Linked to SIDS

Researchers Seek to Reduce Infant Mortality Rates

New research by officials at the American Academy of Pediatrics in Northwest has revealed that bed-sharing remains an important factor in sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), particularly among younger infants.

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Sentencing Guidelines Drop for Drug Offenses

46,000 Could Be Eligible for Early Release

Reducing federal prison terms for drug traffickers currently incarcerated has excited a population that had all but given up hope.

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Mental Health Officials Slam J. Crew

Claim New Zero Size Promotes Unhealthy Habits

J. Crew officials created a buzz this month by introducing a new size, XXXS, or, Triple 000.

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Fade to Black: NCAA Demonstrates Biased Hiring Practices

The lack of African-American head coaches at NCAA Division I basketball programs remain a hot-button topic around water coolers nationwide.

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'Half of a Yellow Sun' Debuts

Movie Opens in Nigeria, Available Domestically on DVD

The Nigerian government will finally allow its citizens to see what Americans and others have called one of the unsung movies of the year.

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D.C. Residents Tune In for World Cup

Record Number of Viewers for Soccer Tournament

Curiosity got the best of Chance Dominguez and Arianna Soto, so the avid soccer fans abandoned their original plans and headed to Freedom Plaza where Mayor Vincent Gray played host to a World Cup watch party.

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Returning Citizens Seek a Second Chance

Former Inmates, Prosecutors and Others Favor 'Ban the Box' Law

As a returning citizen, Southeast resident Cliff Wallace said there are two concerns that stay at the forefront of his mind: finding a job and reclaiming his name.

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James Brown Biopic Opens July 31

'Get on Up' Chronicles Life of the Soul Legend

Producers of a new film based on the incredible life story of James Brown promise to give audiences a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of the legendary "Godfather of Soul."

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Washington Informer Earns Four NNPA Awards

When Dr. Calvin W. Rolark Sr. insisted on the slogan, “Award-winning newspaper,” his daughter, Washington Informer Publisher Denise Rolark Barnes, had just one desire.

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Report Reveals Characteristics of Uninsured Minorities

Despite the positive experiences and the advances made by the Affordable Care Act, African-Americans and Latinos still represent the largest portion of the country's uninsured population.

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D.C. Council Seeks to 'Ban the Box'

Wells, McDuffie Lead Effort to Remove Employment Barrier

The D.C. Council plans to give final approval Monday to legislation that removes "the box" — the space on an employment application form which requires everyone to answer whether they've been convicted of a crime.

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Remembering Bobby Womack

Soul Genius Dead at 70

Going across 110th Street will never be the same.

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Suicide Attempts on Rise in D.C. Jails

Officials Say Mental Illness Widespread

A new report revealed that more than 70 inmates in a Washington D.C. jail have attempted or threatened suicide since September.

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The Disappearance of the Black Coach: African-Americans Shut Out of College Basketball

Many lament the glaring absence of African-American coaches in Division I basketball.

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Prince Celebrates Milestone

'Purple Rain' Album and Movie Turn 30

Like fine wine, Prince gets better with time.

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Hill Harper Determined to Help D.C. Youth

Actor Hill Harper visited the District earlier this month to announce that he's bringing his “Manifest Your Destiny Foundation” to the city for a special program.

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CBC Leads Effort in Voting Rights Amendment

Fudge, Others Demand Immediate Action

Not even the Supreme Court can stop the Congressional Black Caucus from moving forward in its mission to protect African-American voters and others at the polls.

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Asthma Sufferers Receive Good News

A new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers hope to asthma sufferers.

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Redskins Vow to Keep Name Despite Trademark Ruling

Before anyone thinks of creating, selling or distributing merchandise containing the Washington Redskins logo, team officials have issued a stern warning: Not so fast.

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DC Jazz Festival Celebrates 10th Anniversary in June

Pack a bag; grab a blanket and take some time off from work, that’s the advice from Sunny Sumter, the executive director of the DC Jazz Festival which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

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Ruby Dee Remembered for Remarkable Life

Actress, Activist Praised by Celebrities, Politicians

Ruby Dee, who died on June 12, at her home in New Rochelle, New York, had quite the fan base and many admirers around the world.

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Men's Health Month Focuses on Prevention

African-American Males Face Various Challenges

Many men typically notice when their automobiles don't perform properly, but they rarely listen when their bodies tell them that it's time to visit a doctor.

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Redskins Seminar Aids Local Students

Team Sponsors Educational Event at D.C. School

Nearly 300 students and others hit the gymnasium of Coolidge Senior High School in Northwest on Saturday for the Redskins-sponsored "Driven By Our Ambitions Educational Seminar & Football Camp."

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MGM, Prince George's County Reach Landmark Deal

Local residents and minorities have been assured of receiving half the jobs slated for the $925 million MGM National Harbor Casino and Resorts expected to open in Prince George's County in 2016.

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D.C. Orchestra Unlikely Mix, Excites Audiences

Mix of Go-Go, Classical Music Earns Rave Reviews

There aren’t many ways to describe the unlikely coming together of Chuck Brown, "The Godfather of Go-Go," and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

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Many Blacks Balance Work, School

Urban League Urges Strengthening Pell Grant

Sixty-five percent of African-American undergraduates attend college as independent students, balancing work and family responsibilities in addition to their academic pursuits.

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Wizards Value Soars with Clippers Sale

The pending sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has set off a firestorm of speculation in the financial world where many believe the $2 billion price paid for the franchise has greatly enhanced the value of other teams, including the Washington Wizards.

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D.C. Recognized as Most Physically Fit

New research by the American College of Sports Medicine in Indianapolis shows that the D.C. area ranked No. 1 on the 2014 Annual Fit City Index, which compares the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan areas and measured their preventative health behavior, levels of chronic disease conditions and community resources that support physical activity.

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Kenilworth-Parkside Residents See Brighter Future

With great fanfare, the nonprofit D.C. Promise Neighborhood Initiative designated the Kenilworth-Parkside area in Northeast as a Promise Zone.

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National Museum of African Art Celebrates Milestone

Smithsonian Institution Turns 50

After 50 years, the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art continues to inspire conversations about the beauty, power, and diversity of the arts around the world.

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Marvin Gaye Tribute at Lincoln Theatre

Funk Brothers Headline Concert in Memory of Motown Star

The legacy of Marvin Gaye remains legendary.

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Ruben Studdard, Lalah Hathaway to Headline Concert at Howard Theatre

Lalah Hathaway and Ruben Studdard are treating District area fans to a concert at the historic Howard Theatre in Northwest on June 12 as part of the duo's "Meant to Be" tour.

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Maya Angelou's Love of Life, Talent Remembered

Friends and colleagues lauded the late Maya Angelou, who danced, acted, belted out songs, penned soaring poetry and captivating novels that chronicled some of the horrors of her young life and her ability to rise above circumstances that might have crippled others.

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Report Urges Reform in Juvenile Justice

High Risk of Victimization, Solitary Confinement Cited

Teenagers in Washington, D.C., spent more than 10,000 days in jail with older inmates because of a statute that enables federal prosecutors to send youth accused of felonies to adult court.

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Casino Project Causes Uproar in Prince George's County

Council, Residents Demand Minority Hiring and Participation

It's a $925 million project that has everyone seeing dollar signs. It also has many in and around Prince George's County, particularly in the African-American community, seeing red.

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Redskins Name Controversy Heats Up Again

U.S. Senators Claim Racism, Urge Change

For some in the Native American community and at least 50 Democratic senators, the Redskins' moniker should be banned. It's racist, they said, and many have even labeled the team's name as taboo, one they've refused to verbalize.

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District Architect Treasures MGM Casino Role

Ronald Lipford served six years as architectural commissioner of the Prince George's County Historic Preservation Commission and he played a key role in developing the New Carrollton Gateway, a high school, a police station and two local fire stations. So when officials at MGM Resorts promised to hire local and minority firms for its $925 million casino project at National Harbor, picking Lipford, the president and CEO of Arel Architects, Inc. in Temple Hills, proved to be a no-brainer.

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Documentary Looks at Military Suicides

'The Hidden Enemy' Explores Psychiatric Meds

The military's most pressing question remains as to why it cannot defeat its most insidious enemy: suicide.

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Wizards Consider Future after Playoffs

In the end, the lack of experience and the absence of consistent play by their big men doomed the Washington Wizards in their second round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers. However, the prevailing thought around the NBA remains the same as before the series: the Wizards will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.

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JET Magazine Stops the Presses

The covers of JET magazine captured the attention of African-Americans and others, and even those who pretended not to notice the black-owned publication.

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Michael Jackson Returns to Airwaves, Television

The King of Pop has returned.

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CBC Fights to Preserve Voting Rights

Officials Say African Americans Affected Most

Voting rights continues to be the most pressing issue facing the Congressional Black Caucus, whose members have ramped up efforts to craft legislation that would restore key components of a 1965 bill which the Supreme Court struck down last year.

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Gwen Ifill Honored for Journalism Excellence

PBS Anchor to be Roasted at Press Club

There’s little argument about Gwen Ifill’s standing as one of the most successful female African-American newswomen in journalism history.

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