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Stacy M. Brown

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Georgetown University Celebrates MLK with Dream Award

Academy of Hope Director to be Honored

Lecester Johnson wasn't quite sure what to think when representatives of Georgetown University in Northwest informed her that she'd be this year's recipient of the John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award.

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Glaucoma Awareness Month Observed in the District

Glaucoma silently steals eyesight from more than 2.7 million Americans each year and officials at the National Eye Institute in Bethesda, Md., project that more than 4.2 million will have the disease by 2030.

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Suggestive Appearances Make Up for Lack of Talent

Beyonce, Rihanna, Others Try to Compensate for Shortcomings

Simply put, pop star Beyonce's new album counts as another attempt to sell an age-old idea instead of substance in a world heavy on video vixens and extremely light on musical talent.

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MLK Event Empathizes with Downtrodden in India

Martin Luther King Jr. possessed more than just a dream. The civil rights champion displayed empathy not just for fellow African Americans, but any individual or group weighed down by oppression.

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Northwest Health Advocate Presses Flu Vaccine

Ray Bridgewater Stresses the Importance of Receiving Vaccination

It only takes 10 seconds and the subtle stick of a small needle and most of the myths surrounding the flu shot immediately disappear.

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Maysa Celebrates Her First Grammy Nomination

Baltimore Native to be Honored at the Birchmere

After a career that's spanned nearly a quarter of a century in which she stands as one of the elite voices in music, Maysa Leak has never been nominated for a Grammy Award. Until now.

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Congressional Black Caucus Prepares 2014 Agenda

Poverty, Economy and Student Loans are Top Priorities

While the Congressional Black Caucus continues to hammer out details of its 2014 agenda, an organization spokesperson said it's a safe bet that poverty and the economy will again top the organization's to-do list this year.

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Remembering James Avery: 1948-2013

'Fresh Prince of Bel Air' Actor Dies at 68

James Avery, the lovable but stern family head on Will Smith's popular television series "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air," died on New Year's Eve following complications from open heart surgery.

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Redskins Coaching Search Includes Black Candidates

Caldwell, Jackson, Fewell Head List to Replace Shanahan

An NFL rule mandates that teams searching to hire a new head coach must identify and interview minority candidates. Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder and general manager Bruce Allen each said that's not going to be an issue at all.

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Record-Low Temperatures Blanket D.C., Nation

The District and its surrounding areas are still recovering from dangerously cold weather and record-setting low temperatures that led to school cancellations and delays as well as concerns for the safety of the homeless, seniors and anyone exposed to the frigid elements.

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Redskins, Shanahan Part Ways After Dismal Season

Daniel Snyder took a hard look at his team's performance, checked his bank account and decided that $7 million shouldn't stand in the way of giving the Washington Redskins a fresh start next year.

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Rap Star Common Performs in Silver Spring

Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist Common not only realizes his place as a role model, he embraces it.

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Maurice Hines Taps Down Memory Lane

Performing in the nation’s capital has always been akin to being at home, said acclaimed tap dance star Maurice Hines.

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Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Video Turns 30

Thirty years ago, Michael Jackson forever changed the way people viewed music videos.

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National Theatre Continues its Revival

Famed Opera 'Porgy and Bess' Returns for Five-Day Run

For nearly 200 years, the National Theatre has been the site of some of Broadway's most acclaimed stage plays and musicals.

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Mike Shanahan on the Chopping Block

NFL Insiders Speculate Redskins Coach Will be Fired

The moniker may remain the same but it's highly probably that the Redskins will soon have a new head coach.

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'Porgy and Bess' Soundtrack Earns Rave Reviews

The boldly reinterpreted music in the latest incarnation of George and Ira Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" has helped to bring an American masterpiece back to life, said critics who've not only lauded the play but the songs performed in the classic.

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Smithsonian Museum Features Work of South Africans

Women of Mandela's Tribe Create Intricate Bead Art

The day apartheid finally ended in South Africa; many concluded that the seeds of the race-based oppression had been swept away.

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Nationals Showcase New Youth Baseball Academy

The Washington Nationals' commitment to young and aspiring District area baseball fans has perhaps never been more evident than team officials showing off a new 18,000-square-foot training facility at Fort DuPont Park in Southeast.

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Providence Hospital Merges with Unity Health Care

While Providence Hospital in Northeast has the distinction of being the District's longest- and continuously-operated medical institution, Unity Health Care enjoys a well-documented history of doing more to help those with less.

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Dr. Keisha Robinson at Home in Southeast

Keisha Robinson, a doctor and regional director of medical education for Unity Health Care, Inc., in Southeast, remains conscious of the needs of those in one of the District’s poorest and most underserved communities.

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Nelson Mandela, Former South African President, Dies

Anti-Apartheid Hero Mourned Around the Globe

In Washington, D.C., and far-flung corners of the world, admirers of human rights icon Nelson R. Mandela are recalling the life of South Africa’s first black president, who was also a freedom fighter branded a terrorist, a Nobel Laureate, political prisoner, lifelong rebel and thorn in the side of the white minority government.

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'Black Nativity' Film Features Star-Studded Cast

The buzz surrounding the new holiday film "Black Nativity" might turn out to be more about the talent assembled for the Silver Screen version of Langston Hughes' masterpiece than about the birth of Jesus Christ, which is the prevailing theme of the stage play.

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Interracial Dating Gains Popularity Online

D.C. Ranks Among Top Cities for Mixed Couples

Interracial dating has continued to be all the rage, particularly online where singles are more likely to seek romance outside of their respective races.

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Hoyas Turn Up the Heat at Home

Georgetown Basketball Team Ready to Make a Run

It didn't take long for the Georgetown University men's basketball team to get used to some good old fashion home cooking.

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Federal Shutdown Over, but Woes Continue

Blacks, Minorities Feel the Brunt During Holidays

While many converge on retail stores on Black Friday, the bargains offered during the busiest shopping day of the year may not be enough to entice some African Americans, still reeling from government furloughs and the federal shutdown.

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Remembering Len Bias

Fans Still Wonder What Might Have Been

Despite the passage of years, most Washington, D.C.-area sports fans will never forget Len Bias, a Landover-born and University of Maryland standout basketball star whose promising professional career never materialized because of his tragic death 27 years ago.

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Idris Elba Shines in 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'

Idris Elba calls his titular role in the biopic “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” his most important to date.

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JFK Still Beloved by African-Americans

Blacks Revere Slain President 50 Years After Death

Upon mentioning JFK in most African-American communities, those three letters invoke one word, or disposition: reverence.

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Should the Wizards Tank the Season?

Some suggest that losing this year wouldn't be such a bad idea.

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Duke Ellington School Celebrates Co-Founder

Mike Malone Remembered as Students, Staff Perform 'Black Nativity'

The late Mike Malone’s adaptation of the celebrated gospel play “Black Nativity” opens at the Ellington Theatre on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m.

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Obama Forced to Backtrack on Affordable Care Act

President Asks for Patience as Problems are Resolved

The criticism leveled at President Barack Obama over the disastrous roll out of the Affordable Care Act has continued to intensify despite his public apology and tweaks made to the law last week.

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Stars Return for 'Best Man' Sequel

Georgetown University Grad's New Film Hits Theaters

Writer and director Malcolm D. Lee's latest film, "The Best Man Holiday," attempts to lighten the mood with romance, and adult-themed comedy.

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Sebelius Under Fire from Lawmakers

Health Secretary Slammed over Affordable Care Act

Lawmakers have continued to confront Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius with skepticism over adjustments yet to be made to President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act and its accompanying website, which have resulted in a multitude of concerns and some unexpected insurance policy cancellations.

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Remembering Al Johnson

Unifics Lead Singer Struck a Chord with Fellow Musicians

Al Johnson, who had been battling multiple undisclosed illnesses, died on Oct. 26 in Capitol Heights, Md., where he had lived for several years.

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Kinsey Collection Featured at Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Four Hundred Years of History on Display

Philanthropist couple Bernard and Shirley Kinsey spent nearly three decades gathering as many as 400 authentic and rare works of art, artifacts, books, documents and manuscripts, all which tell the often untold story of African-American achievement and contributions.

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CBC, Others Slam GOP over Watt Snub

Congressman Vows Not to Withdraw

Republican senators who blocked the confirmation of an African-American congressman to lead a key federal agency should brace themselves for a major fight with Democrats and numerous minority agencies that support President Barack Obama's nominee.

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Christmas Comes Early in the Region

Gospel Greats, Others Prepare for Annual Evangel Cathedral Celebration

It’s never too early to think about Christmas.

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Howard University Homecoming's Triumphs and Woes

Violence Mars Concert, Bison Win on Gridiron

Howard University celebrated homecoming week, but the famed school in Northwest Washington received a black eye after violence erupted at one of its pregame concerts, leaving several people injured including two Metropolitan Police Department police officers.

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New Jimi Hendrix Film on the Way

Late Legend is Focus of PBS Documentary, DVD

More than 43 years after his death and 46 years after the seminal "Purple Haze" recording, legendary musician Jimi Hendrix will be the subject of a television special on PBS next month.

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'12 Years' a Hit with Black Filmmakers

Movie Captures Attention of Director's Contemporaries

Famed film director John Singleton says "12 Years a Slave" is "as authentic as it gets."

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Redskins Outlast Bears, 45-41

RG3 Leads Shootout Win

Jordan Reed caught nine passes for 134 yards, including a touchdown to help lead the Washington Redskins to a wild 45-41 victory over the Chicago Bears at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., on Sunday.

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Blair Underwood Retools 'Ironside'

Former 'L.A. Law' Actor Brings Classic Show Back to TV

When someone playfully teased Blair Underwood about his remake of the iconic television show, “Ironside,” the actor channeled his inner LL Cool J, who famously rapped, “Don’t call it a comeback, I’ve been here for years.”

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Wizards Rookie Otto Porter's Random Act of Kindness

Former Hoyas Star Buys Lunch for Homeless Man

Otto Porter Jr. has only received a small taste of the high life that comes with being a first round draft pick in the NBA. But that didn't stop him from performing what has fast become the most talked-about act of kindness in the District of Columbia.

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Recent District Violence Tied To Mental Illness

Capitol Shooting, Man’s Fiery Suicide, Navy Yard Massacre under Scrutiny

Within one day of each other, two violent incidents rocked the area around the U.S. Capitol in Southeast Washington, D.C., raising more questions, if not awareness, about the stigma surrounding mental illness and the African-American community.

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Ashley Dyke Excited about '12 Years' Role

Fairfax Native in Film Chronicling the Life of Solomon Northup

Ashley Dyke could hardly contain her joy when she got the call from her agent letting her know she'd been cast in the upcoming film "12 Years a Slave."

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Cirque Producer Brings Steeds, Dreams to Area

Normand Latourelle's Cavalia's Odysseo Opens at National Harbor

Cavalia's Odysseo, a $30 million production, opens Wednesday, Oct. 9 and runs through Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Plateau at National Harbor in Prince George's County.

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Southeast Resident Brings Film Festival to Georgetown

Filmmaker Anthony Greene Showcases Newcomers

Filmmaker Anthony Greene, a graduate of Potomac High School in Oxon Hill, Md., will help open the fourth annual Reel Independent Film Extravaganza at West End Cinemas in Georgetown on Friday, Oct. 11.

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Wizards Hit Camp with Great Expectations

Owner Leonsis: It's Time to Deliver

The Washington Wizards haven't made the playoffs in five years, compiling a laughable 117-277 win-loss record over that period. But team president Ernie Grunfeld and owner Ted Leonsis are among those expecting great things from the Wizards this season.

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Education the Key to Financial Literacy

Despite many programs, most said the key is teaching money matters to the young

There's little question that the Wall Street meltdown and housing collapse were results of an exorbitant number of people who borrowed large sums of money to purchase homes, but had no clue as to what they were getting into financially, many economists said.