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Stacy M. Brown

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Fitbit, Health-Tracking Devices Rise in Popularity, Misuse

Fitness tracking devices have been gaining in popularity, and new ones seem to emerge regularly.

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Henry Jones Still 'Discombobulating' After 28 Years, Too Loud to Be Silenced

Henry "Discombobulating" Jones is like many of the fighters that he introduces as ring announcer for boxing cards in the District of Columbia — he pulls no punches.

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Pension Flap Over for Some Retired Teachers

The "nightmare" is over. At least for some.

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Minority Media Should 'Get in the Game'

Federal Ad Spending Rises, Minority Press Left Out

It's been eight years since the Government Accountability Office released a damning report that revealed how federal agencies ignored Hispanic and Black media when spending billions of dollars on advertising.

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'Roots' Sparks Conversation About Racism's Toll on Black Psyche

The History Channel's remake of Alex Haley's culture-altering biography "Roots" has sparked new conversation about race and the toll it has taken psychologically on African-Americans.

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Muhammad Ali Laid To Rest

'He Is Gone, But He Will Never Die'

A 19-mile procession through the streets of his hometown and a funeral fit for a king proved a fitting farewell to The Greatest.

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Postpartum Awareness Event Planned

One in seven women will suffer from a postpartum mood disorder, the most common complication of childbirth, according to health experts.

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Incumbents Lose Big in D.C. Council Primary

Gray Stuns Alexander; White Gets Revenge Over May

Vincent Gray continued a stunning, Marion Barry-like political comeback Tuesday, unseating Ward 7 Council member and former protégé Yvette Alexander in the D.C. Democratic primary election.

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Md. Resident Leads Way for Cleaner Water in Kenya

In the rural parts of the East African nation of Kenya, waterborne illness is a leading cause of death for young children, and untreated water is dangerous to people of all ages.

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D.C.'s Deshauna Barber Wins Miss USA Pageant

She's tough, she's black and she's beautiful. And, here she is, from northeast D.C., Miss USA.

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Landscape Improvements: Great for Increasing Home Values

Experts say that when it comes to your home, it doesn't hurt to have the best-looking property on the block.

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The Importance of Credit Scores and Homeownership

A good credit score is something to which everyone should aspire as it's one of the key determinants when one seeks to borrow money — and getting a low rate when you do.

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Muhammad Ali Remembered Simply as 'The Greatest'

In and Out of the Ring, the Champ Made a Difference

Of all the legendary wins in Muhammad Ali's life, few are as little-known as the one he pulled off in 1990 long after his boxing career had ended.

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Muhammad Ali Hospitalized, Reportedly In 'Fair' Condition

Boxing legend and three-time world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali has been hospitalized Thursday in Arizona with what a spokesman said is a respiratory issue.

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Prince Died of Opioid Overdose: Report

Music legend Prince died of opioid overdose, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press Thursday.

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Obama Declares June as African-American Music Appreciation Month

In one of his final acts as president, Barack Obama issued an official proclamation Tuesday recognizing June as African-American Music Appreciation Month.

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Publishers Pleased with Congressional Action on Advertising

For Jonathan Sanchez, news of Democratic Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and many of her colleagues formally requesting an investigation into how federal government agencies spend advertising dollars presents a welcome, long overdue and pleasant surprise.

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Hepatitis C Now a Leading Cause of Death

Medical experts say as many as 5 million people in the United States have hepatitis C, and as many as half of those who are infected aren't even aware they have the disease.

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D.C. Named Best Place for Summer Jobs

The late Marion Barry regularly championed a solid summer youth job program, and the one in the District named for the beloved "mayor for life" has been key in providing young individuals with enriching and constructive employment experiences through subsidized placements in the private and government sector.

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Filmmaker Seeks to Kick Hollywood Doors Open for Aspiring Actors

First Detroit, then Hollywood, Washington, D.C, and the world. Before long, if the president of 25th Frame Films has anything to do with it, his company will be charting its own path toward the type of success no others have yet achieved.

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Following Officer's Acquittal, Mosby Faces Uphill Climb

Prosecution Stumbles in Freddie Gray Cases

The acquittal of a Baltimore police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray has sparked a new round of criticism of the city's top prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, who detractors say rushed to judgment in the case.

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Democrats Challenge GOP on Voting Rights

The right to vote is the cornerstone of democracy and the foundation upon which all other rights are built, and Democratic representatives say they aren't going stand idle and allow others to infringe on those rights.

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Student Debt Rising in D.C.

District residents are among the millennials saddled with increasingly large amounts of student loans, which reached a record high of $1.23 trillion in 2015, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

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New Phone App Tracks Scammers

In Washington, several telephone numbers have landed in a brand-new hall of shame.

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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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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 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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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.