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Stacy M. Brown

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Remembering Marvin Gaye 32 Years Later

He was the Prince of Motown and one of D.C.'s favorite sons.

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Julia Clark, Prince George's Trailblazer, Still Working for Change at 86

Considered a Pioneer Among Black County Residents

At age 86, Julia Clark is still working hard as an advocate with a stern resolve to see any task through.

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Najee: Still Making Mellow Jazz Sounds

Teams up with Alex Bugnon, Regina Belle

With a career that has spanned over 30 years, Najee has kept his nose to the grindstone.

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Prescription Meds a Major Health Crisis

D.C. and 20 states across the country have enacted "good Samaritan" 911 laws that grant amnesty to individuals seeking medical help for a person who overdoses, even if drugs are present or the caller is also under the influence.

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D.C. Actor Defends Michael B. Jordan Photo

When District actor Vaughn Ryan Midder first saw the controversial “#Embracebrotherhood” photo of “Fruitvale Station” and “Creed” stars Michael B. Jordan and Ryan Coogler, he simply admired it, thinking it was wonderful.

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Pepco, Exelon Promise Better Days for D.C. Residents in Wake of Merger Approval

One day after the D.C. Public Service Commission approved the $6.8 billion union between Pepco and Exelon, the companies pledged that city residents will realize great benefits.

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Black Girls Vote Pushing Women to Polls

Nykidra Robinson has started Black Girls Vote, a grass-roots and nonpartisan organization created to represent the national and international concerns of women of color.

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D.C. Residents at Risk for Zika Virus

Summer Heat Ideal Environment for Mosquitoes

D.C. has been put on alert that it's in the "moderate risk" category for the Zika virus because officials said mosquitoes can live here and thrive in the hot, humid summers.

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Hayden Patiently Awaits Confirmation

Obama's Librarian of Congress Pick from Baltimore

Carla Hayden isn't talking much these days, just patiently waiting.

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Presidential Hopefuls Make Pitch at AIPAC

The mission of AIPAC is to strengthen, protect and promote the U.S.-Israel relationship in ways that enhance the security of the United States and Israel. Each of the major presidential candidates except Vermont Democrat Bernie Sanders arrived at Verizon Center and addressed the conference and highlighted their support for Israel.

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Pepco-Exelon Merger Approved by D.C. Public Service Commission

Against all odds and scores of predictions of a failed bid, commissioners approved Wednesday the $6.8 billion merger proposal that has for some time been the primary topic of debate in the greater Washington area.

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Lonnie Bunch, Others Honored with Torch Awards

Already possessing one of the more stunning and legendary legacies anyone — African-American or otherwise — can fathom, Lonnie Bunch is about to accomplish the impossible.

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Clinton Rolls in Primaries, Prepares for Trump Battle

'Been Standing Up to Bullies All My Life'

After the third and final Super Tuesday where she easily claimed victories in Florida, North Carolina and Ohio, Hillary Clinton set her sights squarely on Donald Trump as she seeks to become the first woman president in U.S. history.

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NNPA, NAHP Form Powerful Media Coalition

Groups Call on Federal Spending, Statehood for D.C.

In what can only be described as an awesome display of the power of the press, members of the National Newspaper Publishers Association — a conglomerate of more than 200 African-American owned newspapers across the country — and the National Association of Hispanic Publications — which includes more than 400 publications — stood together on Capitol Hill with a top U.S. congresswoman as they announced several initiatives to hold the federal government accountable.

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Historic Black Press Week Captivates D.C.

It's three days in the nation's capital that won't soon be forgotten.

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Kaine Addresses Publishers at Black Press Luncheon

Senator Laments 'Really Hateful Rhetoric' of GOP Presidential Race

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine ripped Republicans and chastised some Americans whom he said are acting out in violence during the current presidential primaries.

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Pepco, Exelon Present Alternative Proposal

Despite growing — if not insurmountable — odds against a merger, Pepco and Exelon proposed Monday three approaches — any one of which, if approved, would prevent the loss of more than $78 million in direct benefits for the District and Pepco customers.

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Flint Crisis Nearly Lost in Dem Debate

Clinton, Sanders Spar Like Republicans

The Democratic debate between Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Flint, Michigan, on Sunday took a Republican-like turn as the two candidates spent much of the time hurling unsavory accusations, speaking over one another and otherwise sounding like GOP candidates Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.

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Clinton, Trump Close In on Nominations

Dem, GOP Front-Runners Score Key Wins

If Super Tuesday didn't clarify both the Democratic and Republican presidential field, the encore on March 8 certainly went a long way in sealing the deal on both sides.

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Rap Producer Living Strong after Kidney Transplant

Portable Machine Key to Star's Recovery

For David Rush, the hip-hop star formerly known as Young Bo$$, touring the world with such superstars as Pitbull was only one part of his dream and life goals. Rush wanted a wife and children but kidney failure almost derailed those plans.

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D.C. HIV Cases Down but Threat Increases

In early February, Washington, D.C.’s preliminary HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report revealed that newly-reported HIV cases in the District had declined for a seventh consecutive year. While the report was encouraging for most, the truth remains that those with the highest lifetime risk of an HIV diagnosis live in the District of Columbia.

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Heart Health Awareness Particularly Important for Blacks

Emmy-nominated cardiologist and American Heart Association spokesperson Jennifer Mieres cautioned that African-American women and men have a higher prevalence of risk factors for cardiovascular disease, particularly hypertension, diabetes, obesity and inactivity.

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Urban Teachers Keep Black History in Curriculum

Lessons Continue 365 Days a Year

Two area teachers said they've decided to make black history a part of their regular curriculum.

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Financial Transparency Vital in Relationships

PNC Bank Survey Reveals Importance of Honesty in Marriage

Money is squarely at the root of most injurious relationships, according to multiple experts across different fields including those skilled in financial management.

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Future of Pepco-Exelon Merger Remains Murky

But PSC Ruling Paves the Way for Acquisition

The D.C. Public Service Commission on Friday paved the way for local utility Pepco to be sold to Exelon Corporation.

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Darrell Best, Former Pastor and D.C. Police Officer, Gets 18 Years for Sexual Assault, Child Porn

Disgraced former pastor and D.C. police officer Darrell Best was sentenced Friday to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of production of child pornography, one count of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor and one count of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor.

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Congressional Medal Recipients Want Voting Rights Restored

One day before leaders of the U.S. House and Senate were scheduled to present a Congressional Gold Medal in honor of the foot soldiers of the 1965 Voting Rights marches, some prominent Black leaders called on Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act that many sacrificed so much to secure.

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Black Firm to Shape MGM Image

R&R Resources + Tapped to Oversee Local Casino Brand

R&R Resources +, a certified minority business enterprise, has been selected to oversee brand marketing efforts for MGM National Harbor, the $1.3 billion casino and resort project being constructed along the Potomac River in Prince George's County.

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Longtime Union President Steps Aside

Joslyn Williams Seeking to Help Workers Globally

Joslyn Williams has made it a mission for 34 years to fight employment inequalities in and around Washington, D.C. Now, he's got bigger fish to fry.

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DC Healthy Schools Act Now Bearing Fruit

In the more than five years since the District of Columbia's Health Schools Act has been implemented, researchers at American University in Northwest and others have found a correlation between the number of physical education minutes students receive and their scores on the D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System in both reading and mathematics.

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U.S. Dept. of Education Addresses Racial Disparity in Disciplining Disabled Students

The U.S. Department of Education said Tuesday it has taken a critical step toward addressing widespread disparities in the treatment of students of color with disabilities.

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Mandela Wines Expands Despite Obstacles

Daughter, Granddaughter of Civil Rights Icon Thrive in Biz

Maki Mandela and her daughter Tukwini Mandela have found another way to carry on the legendary legacy of their family's name.

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Mayor Bowser Details Proposal to Shutter D.C. General

Plans Homeless Shelter for Each Ward

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Department of Human Services Director Laura Zeilinger have laid out plans to close the District's long-standing family homeless shelter at D.C. General, replacing it with eight small, neighborhood shelters spread across the city.

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Hillary Clinton Endorsed by CBC PAC

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton scored a major coup Thursday by earning the endorsement of the Congressional Black Caucus's political action committee, an organization that works to increase the number of African-Americans in the U.S. Congress and offers support to non-black candidates who champion the interests of minorities.

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Couple Relies on Faith in Adopting Children

Adoption was something Derwin Penson and his wife Wendy considered only in passing a long time ago.

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Remembering Maurice White

Maurice White was one of music's most gifted alchemists of style.

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CBC Backs Obama On Juvenile Confinement

Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G.K. Butterfield is backing President Barack Obama's decision to ban the solitary confinement of juveniles in federal prisons and the Supreme Court's decision that recognized the requirement of sentencing courts to consider a child's diminished culpability and heightened capacity for change before condemning him or her to die behind bars.

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Sanders, Trump Romp to Victory in New Hampshire Primary

Voters Move Away from Establishment Candidates

After months of vigorous, boastful and — in the case of Donald Trump — vulgar campaigning, New Hampshire voters turned out in record numbers to vote in the nation's first primary.

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Vincent Gray Announces Run for D.C. Council

'We Have a Lot of Work to Do,' Ex-Mayor Says

Former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray will officially throw his hat in the ring for one of the city council seats up for grabs in the June primary.

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Celebrating African Heritage and Health

Feb. 1 not only marks the start of Black History Month, but for a Boston-based nonprofit food and nutrition organization, it's the beginning of the fifth annual African Heritage & Health Week.

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Adult Coloring Catching On as Stress Reliever

Believe it or not, coloring for adults is all the rage and mental health experts and others said it's a major tool in relieving stress.

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Family Meals Have Value Beyond Nutrition, Experts Say

Health experts, therapists and others maintain that the benefit of a regular family meal goes far beyond the nutritional value.

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Iowa Caucuses: Cruz Cruises; Votes Suggest Trump as Tease, Sanders for Real

The morning after the Iowa caucuses, Donald Trump went silent.

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Ford Launches Men of Courage

Motor Company Honors African-Americans

Ford Motor Company is helping to kick off Black History Month by honoring African-American men and amplifying their accomplishments.

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D.C. Native Appointed to UMMS Board

He attended Theodore Roosevelt High School in Northwest and later graduated from Howard University. Now, District native and retired Judge of the U.S. District Court for Maryland, Alexander Williams Jr. has been appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan along with six other veteran community leaders to serve on the University of Maryland Medical System Board Of Directors.

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Local Resident's Cancer Scare Leads to Advocacy

About 4,100 women will die from cervical cancer while doctors discover about 12,900 new cases of invasive cervical cancer each year, according to the American Cancer Society.

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EXCLUSIVE: Tavis Smiley Makes 'A Covenant' With Blacks

A decade ago, Tavis Smiley made a covenant with Black America. Now the popular talk show host, advocate and entrepreneur has released a follow-up to his 2006 book, "The Covenant."

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D.C. Woman Awarded Additional $500K in Racial-Discrimination Suit Against Employer

A D.C. woman who successfully sued a Chinatown sports bar for racial discrimination was awarded an additional $500,000 in punitive damages Monday.

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Orange Tackles Working Conditions for Pregnant Women

Councilman Wants To Protect Workers Giving Birth

District At-Large Councilman Vincent Orange is seeking to help protect pregnant women in the workplace.

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MLK Celebrations On Tap In D.C.

The National Park Service is rolling out its annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemorations that allows just about everyone in and around D.C. to participate.