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Stacy M. Brown

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Showtime for New-Look Wizards

Washington Opens 2014-15 Season Ready to Deliver

It’s game time. It also maybe "Showtime East" as the Washington Wizards prepare to open their 2014-15 season with high expectations, a dynamic young backcourt and a battle-tested Hall of Fame veteran seeking one more championship.

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Silverman Confident of Election Night Victory in D.C. Council Race

Former Journalist Among Crowded Field

With two seats open in a crowded field of candidates for at-large spots on the D.C. Council, former journalist Elissa Silverman believes she has enough support to nail down an election night victory on Tuesday.

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Anita Bonds has Re-Election in Sight

Lone Democrat Challenged by 14 At-Large Council Hopefuls

The only Democrat in a field of 15 D.C. at-large council candidates, Anita Bonds stands alone, a position she doesn't seem to mind at all.

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Hagler Seeks At-Large Seat on D.C. Council

Popular Minister Aims for Changes in the City

The Rev. Graylan Scott Hagler may have his share of critics, but he doesn't mince words as he seeks one of the two at-large D.C. Council seats in the election on Nov. 4.

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Despite Win, Redskins' Nightmare Season Continues

Cowboys Success Makes Dismal Year Worse

What's worse than the Redskins' 2-and-5-and-going-nowhere record is what's happening deep in the heart of Texas, where the Cowboys are a stunning 6-1 and have not tasted defeat since their Week 1 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

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YWCA Proves Safe Haven for Victims

Organization Operates Various Domestic Violence Programs

While the YWCA has gone purple in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the nonprofit organization easily has become the largest provider of domestic violence services in the country.

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Local Woman Shares Story of Domestic Violence

With Domestic Violence Awareness Month observed during October, officials at the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence said nearly 20 individuals per minute in the United States are victims of physical violence by an intimate partner, which equates to more than 10 million women and men over the course of one year.

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Beal Injury Tempers Optimism

Wizards Fans Discouraged After Guard Breaks Wrist

It seems that each time one of Washington's professional sports teams is expected to fare well — or perhaps even challenge for a championship — disaster strikes.

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Remembering Dr. Calvin Rolark

Friends Recall Informer Founder

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, who writes a weekly column that runs in The Washington Informer, simply couldn’t find the right words.

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Informer, Black Newspapers Thrive

As The Washington Informer reaches its milestone 50th anniversary at a time when the business model has changed dramatically for newspapers around the globe, many mainstream outlets have fallen on hard times, and several have folded.

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Informer Readers Share Their Views

Lydia Pyles started reading The Washington Informer about 10 years ago when she came across a story about rap and business mogul Russell Simmons.

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Decades of Accomplishments: The Washington Informer Through the Years

Dr. Calvin Rolark, founder of The Washington Informer, rode into town with the winds of change blowing.

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Black Programs Return to Small Screen

Viola Davis, Others Help Usher in New Era

African-Americans are now taking on television roles, and networks appear to have once again figured out that their shows should be as diverse as the population that watches.

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Report Shows the Color of Justice

Blacks, Latinos Commit Less Crime than Perceived

Racial perceptions of crime are a key cause of the severity of punishment in the United States, officials from the Sentencing Project in Northwest have concluded.

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NAMI Leads Mental Illness Awareness Campaigns

First Week in October Spotlights Psychiatric Disorders

For the millions who suffer alone and in silence, the first full week in October counts as Mental Illness Awareness Week which casts a spotlight on a growing number of individuals who suffer from bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression and other forms of mental illness.

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Redskins Season on the Brink

Last in Division, Washington Falters at Home

They displayed guts and character and even a little bit of machismo, but the Washington Redskins still didn't get a much-needed victory and their season, like so many others over the past 20-plus years, may again register as an unmitigated failure.

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Congresswoman Seeks Changes in Credit Reporting

Maxine Waters Proposes Overhaul of Current System

Congresswoman Maxine Waters, a ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee, has proposed an overhaul of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Scrutinized

Some Question Whether Agency Helps Americans

Some have argued that the bureau, which supervises banks, credit unions and other fiscal companies while tasked with enforcing consumer financial laws, hasn't done its job in protecting American citizens.

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Breast Cancer: An Enemy to Black Women

High Rate Found Among African-Americans

Each year, more than 220,000 women and 2,100 men in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer. Aside from skin cancer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta lists breast cancer as the most common cancer in women regardless of race or ethnicity.

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Mike Epps Brings Stand-Up to D.C.

Comedian Schedules Two Shows at Warner Theatre

Before audiences see Mike Epps on the Silver Screen portraying comedy legend Richard Pryor, District residents will be able to see why producers of the upcoming biopic selected the funnyman for one of the most sought-after roles in recent history.

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Optimistic Wizards Open Training Camp

The Washington Wizards opened training camp Tuesday with as much optimism as the franchise has experienced in three decades or more.

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Gladys Knight to Perform in D.C.

Legendary Singer Plans Concert at Warner Theatre

There’s only one Motown, and a surefire way for District-area residents to find that out would be to attend the upcoming concert by the legendary Gladys Knight at the Warner Theatre in Northwest.

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Health Screenings Vital to Black Men

African-Americans More Prone to Prostate Cancer

As Prostate Cancer Awareness Month draws to a close, health officials in the metropolitan area have continued to work overtime to spread the message in the African-American community that prostate screenings count as an important first step in combating the deadly disease.

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Frederick Hopes to Increase HU Graduation Rate

New President Places Matriculation High Atop Agenda

The path to the presidency of Howard University had been mapped out a long time ago for Wayne A.I. Frederick.

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Nationals Seek Postseason Glory

Washington Hopes to Bring Home Championship

October baseball has returned to the nation's capital and, after fulfilling the hopes of spring, the Washington Nationals are now on a mission to fulfill the promise of a fall to remember.

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Howard Ranks Among Top HBCUs

For the eighth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has published a poll measuring the quality of the undergraduate education at historically black colleges and universities. And, for the eighth consecutive year, Howard University ranked second among the 69 schools surveyed in the magazine.

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Remembering the Ali-Foreman 'Rumble in the Jungle'

Classic Match Recalled 40 Years Later

It's been 40 years since the famous "Rumble in the Jungle," the much-hyped and celebrated clash between an aging Ali — whose signature line, "float like a butterfly and sting like a bee," remains iconic — and George Foreman, a fearsome and undefeated young bear of a champion.

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NFL Commissioner Under Fire

Goodell Still Enjoys Support of Redskins, Fans

While many fans of the Ravens sported Ray Rice jerseys at the team’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 11 in Baltimore, embattled NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has received similar support along the I-95 corridor from Landover to Virginia.

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Gallery Owners Celebrate Washington Informer, Festival

H Street Events Include Newspaper's 50th Anniversary Exhibit

Life on H Street has been different for Steve Hessler and his wife, Mary Ellen Vehlow, the owners of Gallery O on H in Northeast.

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Simmie Knox Unveils Portrait for O'Malley

Famed Artist's Frederick Douglass Painting Makes Maryland History

When Simmie Knox received a telephone call recently in which the caller asked him to paint a portrait of Frederick Douglass, he wasn’t at all surprised.

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Discrimination, Hostile Environment Alleged At FEMA

Employees Say They Need Permission to Use Restroom

Hundreds of workers at the Federal Emergency Management Agency say they're underpaid and harassed because of their race or gender, and some employees allege that conditions are so bad they need permission to go to the restroom.

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Bill Cosby's Art Collection Headed to Smithsonian

Comedian, Wife to Share Special Exhibit

America's favorite TV dad has become one of the Smithsonian's newest benefactors.

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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.