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Stacy M. Brown

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VA Program Helps Stroke Patients Recover

Recovering from a major stroke is no easy task. But connecting with a rehabilitation facility can make that fight a lot less daunting.

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Annual State of Black America Report Finds Inequality Remains

On its 40th anniversary, the State of Black America report remains a prominent tool that shows where African-Americans, Latinos and other minorities stand in the United States, and National Urban League President Marc H. Morial said it's clear that much still needs to be done.

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Vincent Gray Picks Up Endorsement from Nurses' Union

Vincent Gray's political comeback received a major boost Thursday, as the nation's largest organization of registered nurses endorsed the former D.C. mayor in his bid for the city's Ward 7 Council seat.

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Water in D.C. Schools Tested for Contaminants

There remain serious concerns about the drinking water in Washington, D.C., schools, and several officials are pressing for action to prevent a Flint, Michigan-like disaster here.

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Comcast's Keesha Boyd Talks TV for Black Viewers

New Programming Features Cater to African-Americans

One of Comcast executive Keesha Boyd's tasks is to define the company's African-American business strategy and find content that reflects the Black community.

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Black Press Columnist Recovers from Stroke

Of the 1.5 million heart attacks and strokes that befall Americans each year, about 44 percent of the victims are African-American males, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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D.C. Native Leads Armory's Roc Nation Card

Undefeated Dusty Hernandez Headlines National TV Fight

Dusty Hernandez-Harrison will fight in the main event of Roc Nation's "Throne Boxing" card at the D.C. Armory that'll be televised live on BET at 10 p.m. Friday.

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Suicide Poses Other Mental Health Challenges

The rate of suicide in America is increasing, according to officials at the National Alliance on Mental Illness in southeast D.C.

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Caregivers Seek Legislation for More Mental Health Support

Approximately 8.4 million individuals care for an adult living with mental illness.

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Blacks, Latinos Have Little Leave Flexibility

African-American workers are 5.3 percent less likely than similar white workers to have access to flexible days off and 7.2 percent less likely to have flexible work hours.

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Stroke Awareness Entails Regularly Monitoring Health

The National Stroke Association has launched a new campaign to begin National Stroke Awareness Month — which kicks off in May — to help educate the public about stroke risk and prevention.

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Freight Train Derailment Upends Commuters

Employees Scramble for Other Modes of Travel; Probe Continues

Days after a freight train derailed, D.C. commuters are still finding different ways to work.

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100 Black Men Push STEM Education

D.C. Organization Seeks Success for Youth

In the final analysis, Black and other minority communities cannot reasonably expect others to respect their property if they are unwilling to clean up their own house, says Ivory Johnson, president of the 100 Black Men of Greater Washington, D.C.

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Freight Train Derailment Investigated

Authorities are I nvestigating why a CSX freight train derailed near a Metrorail stop in northeast D.C. early Sunday.

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Maryland Woman Wins Prestigious Environmental Prize

Maryland resident Destiny Watford was among the winners of the 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize, which carries a cash award of $175,000 and lots of attention.

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Vincent Gray Enjoys Comfortable Lead in New Poll

Former Mayor Says He's Moved On from Probe

Former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has moved on from the now-closed investigation into an alleged shadow campaign that derailed his re-election campaign in 2014.

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D.C. Rapper Shows Support for Bernie Sanders

Abu Rahss Releases New Song and Video

Vermont Sen. and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has received support from an unlikely source.

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Music Superstar Prince Dead at 57

Music legend Prince was found dead Thursday in his Minnesota home, according to his publicist. He was 57.

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Harriet Tubman to Replace Andrew Jackson on $20 Bill

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced Wednesday that abolitionist and civil rights icon Harriet Tubman will go on the front of the $20 bill, replacing former President Andrew Jackson.

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D.C. Native Lives Historic 40 Years After Kidney Transplant

George Franklin knows what it's like to overcome trials and rise up when even death seems imminent.

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The Truth Behind the RNC's 'Black Exodus'

Where Do African-Americans Really Fit?

The Republican National Committee has refuted claims that a number of key African-American employees were either fired or forced to resign with officials pointing to Telly Lovelace, the GOP's newest liaison to the Black media, as proof that the party remains devoted to diversity.

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Bill Targets Police Raids at Wrong Addresses

Council member At-Large David Grosso is seeking to strengthen D.C.'s search warrant requirements.

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Famed Tuskegee Airman Encouraging a New Generation

Charles McGee, a retired Air Force colonel and longtime Prince George's County resident, is one of the fewer than 200 Tuskegee Airmen to fight in World War II who are still alive today.

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Planting Trees for a Secure Future

Trees are nature's answer to diminishing air pollution, as well as reducing respiratory problems for the human population, according to U.S. Forest Service scientists and collaborators.

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Rep. Barbara Lee: An Environmental Advocate

California Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee has a long and proven history of standing up to those who consciously chip away at the rights of citizens to have clean air and water.

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A 60-Point Farewell for Kobe Bryant

In the final act of Kobe Bryant's two-decade career, and amid the worst year in a storied franchise's history, the ol' gunslinger went out the same way he came in: on his terms.

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Tax Deadline Arrives; Experts Offer Tips

The dreaded federal tax deadline has arrived.

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Urban Teachers Discuss Anniversary of Baltimore Unrest

One year ago, when Freddie Gray was laid to rest, the city of Baltimore erupted in riots. A year later, students in at least two local schools are trying to make sense of why police and the African-American community have such a hostile relationship.

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Ex-L.A. DA Opens Up about Simpson Case

Gil Garcetti is far removed from his 32-year career in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office. But in a special interview, he opened up about the O.J. Simpson and his other high-profile failures and successes, including the cases of Michael Jackson and the Menendez brothers.

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D.C. Ranks Last in Financial Literacy

A new survey of financial literacy has revealed that Washington, D.C., residents rank poorly in understanding how to manage their pocketbooks.

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Lengthy Metrorail Shutdown Possibly on Horizon

If D.C. residents found it difficult to navigate the inconvenience of last month's 24-hour shutdown of Metrorail, the angst of commuters and their patience could soon be put through an even more severe test.

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Experts on Sugary Drinks: ‘Junk in, Junk Out’

The NHS recommends those 11 years old and over consume a total of 30 grams of sugar a day, while the World Health Organization recommends adults have no more than six teaspoons.

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Norton Seeks to Reduce Black Youth Unemployment

Young Adults Face Rate More Than Twice the National Average

The latest Washington, D.C., jobs report shows the overall unemployment rate held steady at 6.5 percent, which to some might be good news. However, for young people — particularly African-Americans — the numbers continue to tell a different story.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.