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Stacy M. Brown

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CBCF President Aims High

A. Shuanise Washington Seeking Advancement Opportunities for Blacks

A. Shuanise Washington has always aimed high, setting her sights on accomplishing some of the lofty goals that she and others have established for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the Northwest-based nonprofit public policy, research and educational organization.

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CBC Continues To Meet Tough Challenges

From Trayvon Martin to Michael Brown and from civil rights to voting rights, the Congressional Black Caucus has been confronted with a litany of challenges over the past couple of years.

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Understanding Suicide in Black Communities

Prevention Week Focuses on 'Inconspicuous' Life-Ending Methods

Traditionally, African-Americans have felt that suicide wasn’t as much of a problem as it is in other communities. But, as the country observes National Suicide Prevention Week beginning Monday, Sept. 8, a pattern has emerged among African-Americans that could contradict reports of low suicide rates among blacks.

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'Hot Bench' Judge Ready to Roll

New Show Debuts in D.C. on Sept. 15

One of Howard University's successful alums will be taking her talents to the airwaves in a new reality television show that will transport viewers to courtrooms in a new and unique way.

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Redskins Lose Season Opener

Protests over Team Moniker Continues

The Washington Redskins traveled to Houston to open the 2014 season and with little offense, some occasional defense and an error-prone effort, Robert Griffin III and his teammates received a Texas-sized beatdown.

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Report Offers Fiscal Hope for Minorities

A new report issued by the Center for American Progress (CAP) in Northwest revealed that the projected population growth and the reduction of economic and health disparities between communities of color presents a clear opportunity to create a win-win situation for minorities and for the solvency of the nation’s Social Security system.

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Defining the Howard-Morehouse Rivalry

Fans, Alum Reflect as Teams Prepare for AT&T Nation's Classic

The matchup featuring the Bison of Howard University and the Maroon Tigers of Morehouse College provides a compelling back story of a rivalry that's as fierce as any in sports.

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Salamander Resort Celebrates Anniversary

Entrepreneur Sheila Johnson Continues to Blaze New Trails

When it comes to luxury resorts and spas, one of the newest kids on the block has already aced the competition.

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Push to Recruit Black, Latino Nurses

Heart Association Teams with Macy's for Scholarship Program

Because of the lack of minorities who serve as registered nurses, the American Heart Association's "Go Red for Women" campaign and Macy's department store have continued its three-year partnership in which 16 scholarships of $2,500 each are awarded annually to help increase the number of diverse health care professionals.

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AT&T Nation's Football Classic Returns to D.C.

Howard, Morehouse Set to Battle for Final Time

When it comes to college football, particularly in the African-American community, not many rivalries stand out like the competition between the Howard University Bison and the Morehouse College Maroon Tigers.

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African Diaspora Film Festival Opens

This year's African Diaspora Film Festival promises to have a strong Afro-Latino flavor, adding a new twist to the longest running event of its kind.

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A Passion for Fashion: Anacostia Designer Jarmal Harris Stitches Together a Successful Career

Creativity, ingenuity and a desire to help others are the foundations on which D.C. fashion designer Jarmal Harris has built his career.

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SCLC Focuses on Ferguson Riots

Missouri Shooting Subject of 56th Annual Conference

As protests and violence continue to rock Ferguson, Missouri, in the wake of the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer, the comparisons to the fight for civil rights and the chaos that served as its backdrop have been almost unmistakable for those who fought for freedom 50 years ago.

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Robin Williams' Death Highlights Depression

Comedian's Suicide Reopens Mental Health Dialogue

The suicide of Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams has many shining a spotlight on depression, a mental illness that officials said typically had been shrouded in secrecy and shame, particularly in the African-American community.

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Academy of Hope Offers Second Chance

Adult Education Available at D.C.'s Newest Charter School

One in five adults in the nation's capital lack a high school diploma and one in three adults cannot read a newspaper or a map, much less complete a job application. That's where the Academy of Hope hopes to play a vital role.

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CDC Study Shatters Myth about Black Fathers

By most measures, black fathers have proven to be just as involved with their children as other dads in similar living conditions — or more so — according to the latest study released in July by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics in Atlanta.

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Stress a Key Factor in Mental Health

Stress wreaks havoc on the mind and body. Until now, it hasn't been clear exactly how stress impacts health and promotes disease, but researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh said they have found that chronic psychological stress is associated with the body losing its ability to regulate the inflammatory response.

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'The Silent Scourge': Officials Say Alzheimer's, Dementia Prevalent in Blacks

Alzheimer's disease, and dementia, counts as a scourge that grows in public awareness as the population ages and more people suffer from its debilitating effects.

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Ebola Puts Many on Edge

Hotline Established in D.C. to Report Cases

A hotline has been established in the District for physicians to immediately report suspected and laboratory confirmed cases of the Ebola virus and other viral hemorrhagic fevers.

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Ebola Outbreak Casts Pall Over U.S.-Africa Summit

Obama Administration Still Touts Trade and Partnership with Africa

President Barack Obama used the three-day U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit as a platform to strengthen ties with African nations as 50 of the continent’s leaders spoke of investment opportunities, trade, oil and democracy.

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Kathy Sledge Brings Billie Holiday Tribute to D.C.

Kathy Sledge of the legendary soul group Sister Sledge will bring her Billie Holiday tribute show, "A Brighter Side of Day," to the Blues Alley and Supper Club in Northwest for four performances on Aug. 8 and 9.

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Cure for Hepatitis C an Open Secret

African-American Baby Boomers Need Educating, Officials Say

It's an open secret: There's a cure for hepatitis C.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Prince Celebrates Milestone

'Purple Rain' Album and Movie Turn 30

Like fine wine, Prince gets better with time.

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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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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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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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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.