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Stacy M. Brown

Stories by Stacy M.

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Poverty Still Major Affliction for Blacks

Black America is in a state of emergency, and what's happened in Baltimore, Ferguson, Missouri, and other places isn't solely about police misconduct, according to members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

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Horton's Kids Event Raises Hope and Funds

Nationals Park Hosts Anacostia Children

With a celebrity chef, members of Congress and a number of photographers and media personnel gathering to record the event, hundreds of area youth enjoyed a fun-filled day at the home of the Washington Nationals during the annual Home Run for Horton's Kids fundraiser.

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Children Among Focus of Mental Health Month

For the rising number of individuals who experience a mental illness, it's no longer about the stigma.

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Dreaming, Believing in Prostate Cancer Cure

Robert Ginyard doesn't have a cure for cancer nor does he have a concrete solution for preventing the dreaded disease. However, the entrepreneur and prostate cancer survivor has been quite successful in providing a crucial tool for those who are recovering from serious illnesses, setbacks and whatever else might be a source of chagrin.

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Activist Prince Rocks Baltimore

Icon Mixes Politics and Pop Music

If Prince came to Baltimore to try and heal a fractured community, his arrival proved a tad too late. But nothing escapes his royal highness.

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Bar Association Seeks Voting Rights Change

Their webinar wasn't nearly as clear as their message.

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D.C. Council's Anita Bonds Proposes Bill to Fight Homelessness

Seniors, Veterans Targeted in Measure

On any given night, there are nearly 8,000 homeless individuals in the District of Columbia. While those numbers are disconcerting, Council member Anita Bonds said making matters worse is the growing number of senior citizens and U.S. war veterans who now count among the homeless.

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UMBC Prez Freeman Hrabowski Relates MLK, Baltimore Experiences

Dr. Freeman Hrabowski has been working with inner-city youth in a variety of programs for a number of years, rarely falling short of his goal of reaching impressionable young individuals.

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Eating Your Way to Healthier Living

Eating often can prove to be one of the prevention strategies that can enhance health and wellness, at least according to some local fitness experts.

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Mental and Emotional Well-Being Vital

If everyone were more open and honest about their health, pain and suffering can be prevented and those in need will receive the help to which they're entitled.

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Let's Get Physical: Active Lifestyle Prevents Illness, Disease

Health officials and experts are clear. Engaging in regular physical activity is tantamount in improving an individual's health.

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Cancer Survivor is Star of Avon Walk

Local Nurse Shares Story of Family, Success

Kimberly Curtis has a story that may not be all that unfamiliar to many.

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Muriel Bowser Leads 'Path to Zero Waste'

Mayor Co-Hosts Earth Day Event, Seeks Sustainability

Although she spent time chatting with such superstars as will.i.am, Common and Gwen Stefani, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser stood out as a star in her own right during Earth Day celebrations in which she continued her mission to reduce waste in the District.

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Baltimore Prosecutor Makes Surprising Quest for Justice

Marilyn Mosby Gives Details about Freddie Gray Arrest

With a single press conference and a stunning indictment of six local police officers, Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby may have stopped a city from burning.

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Students, Teachers Lead Baltimore Cleanup

City Comes Together After Riots, Demonstrations

About 3,000 individuals — many joining the efforts on an impromptu basis — have worked from dusk until dawn to begin cleaning Baltimore after riots had made the city a mess.

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Black Lives Matter When?: Some Question Why No Furor Over Other Deaths

The numbers are staggering: As of April 27, the day family members held a funeral for Freddie Gray, statistics revealed that there were 68 homicides in Baltimore, including three individuals under the age of 18. Fifty-nine of the murders were of African-Americans, reportedly committed by other blacks.

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Prince to Give Freddie Gray Tribute Concert in Baltimore

The Purple One wants Sunday in Baltimore to be a Gray day.

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Baltimore State's Attorney: Freddie Gray's Death a Homicide

Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby said Friday that six police officers have been charged in the death of Freddie Gray, the black man who died while in policy custody.

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Support for Donna Edwards Swells

Prince George's Council, Others Endorse Candidate

One week after Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker endorsed her opponent Chris Van Hollen, county council members said they were standing behind Donna Edwards, lending their support to the congresswoman in the race for Maryland's senate.

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Advocates: Black Politics Matter

Two-Day Event Promotes Voting, Political Education

There's little question that the notion that black lives matter has reverberated throughout the nation over the past several months. However, for the more than 150 young African-American youth who in successive days descended upon Howard University and then on Capitol Hill, there's even more to the slogan that's caught on just about everywhere.

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Justices Hear Same-Sex Marriage Arguments

Crowds Gather Outside of Supreme Court, Hoping for a Seat

Does the 14th Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex? That was the question before the highest court in the land as the justices of the Supreme Court began a hearing Tuesday on whether the Constitution gives gays the right to marry.

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Elimination of Health Disparities a Necessity

Minority Quality Forum President Says America Would Benefit

Gary A. Puckrein wants it to be clear: the elimination of health disparities will happen if for no other reason, because it has to.

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MGM Diversity Officer Lauds Hiring Record

MGM National Harbor is meeting — and in some cases exceeding — its local and minority participation goals that Prince George's County officials set in a Community Benefits Agreement.

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Loretta Lynch Confirmed as Attorney General; Is 1st Black Woman to Hold Post

Loretta Lynch won confirmation at the new attorney general Thursday, following months of delay that saw the process get hung up in partisan politics.

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Denard Span Returns from Injury

Nationals 'Pumped' Over Outfielder's Presence

The Nationals' spark plug and holder of the team's single season hits record has returned from the disabled list.

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Blacks, Latinos Make Health Care Gains

Report Reveals Fewer Minorities are Uninsured

Recent health care reports show declines in the uninsured rates for both African-Americans and other minorities nationally, while highlighting that Washington continues to be among cities where blacks and Latinos have benefited greatly from the Affordable Care Act.

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Levi Watkins, Popular Maryland Doctor, Mourned

Remembered as a 'Man Among Men'

The accolades keep pouring in, from colleagues, friends and individuals who were touched in many ways by him.

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'American Ride' Films in D.C.

Reality Show About History Shoots Ninth Season

He's big and scruffy, but many who've watched his television show "American Ride" will attest that the charismatic Stan Ellsworth is a brawn with Ivy League intellect.

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Nile Project Arrives To Educate, Entertain

Twenty-Seven Musicians from 11 Countries Perform

Founded on the belief that music can change perceptions and inspire action, The Nile Project brings together 27 musicians from the 11 different countries along the Nile to encourage dialogue about sustainability in the Nile basin.

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Politicians, Residents Puzzled by Baker's Van Hollen Endorsement

The endorsement of Rep. Chris Van Hollen by Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker III surprised few, but still left area politicians and residents speculating about the timing of Baker’s support.

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Program Targets Prevalence of Diabetes

More than 52,000 District residents live with diabetes, and those in Wards 4, 5, 7 and 8 have the highest mortality rate from the debilitating disease.

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University of DC: Campus of Sustainability

One look around campus at the University of the District of Columbia and it's easy to see why many schools around the nation are holding the school, located in Northwest, as a shining example of green living and sustainability.

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Hip-Hop's Obsession With God

Rap Stars Seek Higher Calling with Lyrics, Art

Today the obsession with God and other spiritual powers dominates the rap culture.

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Wells Fargo Launches New African-American Initiative

'MyUntold' Provides Platform of Encouraging Stories

Wells Fargo & Company has launched an initiative called "The Untold Stories Collection," a social media movement dedicated to sharing personal stories that define what it means to be African-American today.

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Ice T's Hip-Hop Doc to Play at Anacostia Museum

The Anacostia Community Museum plans to showcase a documentary that describes the origins of hip-hop.

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D.C. Councilwoman Anita Bonds Advocates for More Affordable Housing

Introduces Legislation Aimed at Assisting Renters

As part of her campaign pledge when she easily retained her seat in the November general election, Anita Bonds, who chairs the Committee on Housing and Community Development, vowed to do more for area renters.

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Redskins Cheerleader's Death Examined in New Book

The story of Debbie Flores has always fascinated.

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Author's Journey: A Brave New World

Cancer Claims Husband; Wife Seeks Healing

It's a day that Yvonne Broady will never forget.

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Vincent Gray Left Hanging after Machen Resignation

With U.S. Attorney Ron Machen Jr.'s announcement last week that he's leaving office — without returning an indictment or charges of any kind against former D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray — some are more convinced that Machen engaged in a witch hunt.

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Black, Latino Graduation Rates Improve

Urban League Officials Say Plenty of Work Still Remains

Two reports released within moments of each other have served to highlight how African-Americans and Latinos have overcome many obstacles in order to strive toward success. However, the fine print of each of those reports provides a reality check that the American dream remains deferred for individuals of color.

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Three Find Business Together Enriching

Local Women Push Healthy Skin Products

Tehma Hallie Smith, Ronae Brock and Michelle Davenport have come up with a line of organic body and skin products that prides itself on being health conscious and environmentally friendly.

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MGM National Harbor Marks Employment Milestone

Officials Tout 1,000th Construction Job in Maryland

With still more than a year before it opens, MGM National Harbor probably has local residents feeling as though they've hit the jackpot.

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Charity Assists Resident With Multiple Myeloma

Organization Helps Pay Medical and Travel Expenses

Good Days From CDF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping ensure that no one living with a chronic condition has to choose between getting the medication they need and affording the necessities of everyday life.

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My Brother's Keeper Exceeding Goals

Obama's Initiative Rakes in $300M in Grants, Resources

On Feb. 27, 2014, five young District of Columbia Higher Education Readiness Opportunity Scholars joined the president for the launch of his My Brother's Keeper initiative, an effort to create opportunities for young men and boys of color. A little more than a year later, White House officials are giving a thumbs-up to the initiative, and cities and businesses have bought in at a rate that's exceeded even Obama’s expectations.

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Maryland Senate, House Races Heat Up

Brown, Edwards, Ivey Vie for Vacated Seats

Like musical chairs, there's a merry-go-round for Senate and House seats in Maryland after longtime senator Barbara Mikulski decided not to seek a sixth term in 2016 and after Rep. Donna Edwards announced she's bolting her chair in an attempt to gain a Senate seat.

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Officials Unveil New Suicide Prevention Tool

App Alerts Providers to Potential Risk

Professionals at the Rockville, Maryland-based Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration have developed a new tool that they hope will help prevent suicides.

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Actor Tackles Rehab, Drug Addiction in New Drama

Shiek Mahmud-Bey has created, written, directed, produced and stars in the television psychological drama "The Inner Circle," a gritty look at how substance abuse reaches across ethnicity, class, gender and age groups.

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The Oblate Sisters of Providence: A D.C.-Area Staple

The Oblate Sisters of Providence could be classified as a miracle.

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DreamMakerS Providing Needed MS Assistance

Local Organization Helps Children Cope When Parents Have Illness

More than 2.5 million individuals around the world, including 400,000 Americans, have multiple sclerosis, the unpredictable and often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body.

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Barbara Mikulski Announces Retirement

U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski has championed equal rights for all and equal pay for women, and she's alleviated discrimination against women in health care while spearheading a change in government regulations that previously forced elderly couples to spend all their assets and lose their homes before qualifying for help in paying for nursing homes.