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Stacy M. Brown

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Wizards Hit Camp with Great Expectations

Owner Leonsis: It's Time to Deliver

The Washington Wizards haven't made the playoffs in five years, compiling a laughable 117-277 win-loss record over that period. But team president Ernie Grunfeld and owner Ted Leonsis are among those expecting great things from the Wizards this season.

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Payroll Cards: Bad for the Bottom Line?

Employers and some government officials said the practice of paying salaries, unemployment benefits, pensions and income tax refunds are easier using a payroll or debit card, but not everyone agrees.

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Education the Key to Financial Literacy

Despite many programs, most said the key is teaching money matters to the young

There's little question that the Wall Street meltdown and housing collapse were results of an exorbitant number of people who borrowed large sums of money to purchase homes, but had no clue as to what they were getting into financially, many economists said.

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D.C. Couple's Journey out of Debt

Financial freedom achieved by Southeast family who climb out of $30G hole

David Mills remembers the date, April 14, 2009, as if it were yesterday.

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'The Butler,' Part Two: P.G. County Resident Served Presidents and Superstars

While the movie "Lee Daniels' The Butler” continues to garner Academy Award talk and has blazed passed the $100 million mark in gross revenues, the film has opened the eyes of America to other pioneers who paved the way to equality.

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Ayana Mathis Headlines Book Festival

Famed Author a Hit at Library of Congress Annual Event

Ayana Mathis said she’s been writing since childhood, but she never imagined she could earn a living as an author.

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Affordable Care for Students, Veterans and Others

The implementation of the Affordable Care Act promises to affect, in some way, college students, self-employed workers, small businesses, veterans and individuals with pre-existing medical conditions. The biggest question surrounding the so-called "Obamacare" remains how those specific groups will be affected.

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New Report Details Black Spending Power

Nielsen, NNPA say African Americans are Major Economic Players

If there were ever any doubt about the relevancy or the buying power of the African-American consumer, the latest and most comprehensive consumer report likely will do much to dispel any myths suggesting blacks are not major economic players.

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D.C. Resident Advocates Against Violence

Victim of Unspeakable Crime Seeks to Help Others

Aaron Alexis, the Navy Yard shooter, probably fought many demons, but his biggest obstacle to overcome could likely have been humiliation, says the head of a nonviolence group in D.C.

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Postal Service Unveils Ray Charles Stamp

Iconic Musician Honored on what Would Have Been 83rd Birthday

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member and legendary “Georgia on My Mind” singer Ray Charles now appears posthumously on one of the Post Office's "Music Icons Forever" stamps.

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D.C. Native Puts Soul in Symphony

D.C. native Darin Atwater is a trailblazer in the orchestral world of fusing traditional classical music with gospel, jazz, R&B and a little bit of hip-hop.

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CBC Not Yet Sold on Syria

D.C. Residents Also Against Military Action

The Congressional Black Caucus, staunch supporters if not rubberstamps for many of President Barack Obama’s policies, has expressed skepticism over the commander in chief’s desire to take military action against Syria.

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Redskins in Trouble Early in the Season

Seeks to Rebound at Home against Detroit

Trying to right their fast sinking ship proved even more confusing after the Redskins followed the opening night bludgeoning at the hands of Michael Vick and the Eagles with a blowout loss to the Packers and Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay on Sunday.

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Big Spenders, Small Investors: Blacks Have Little to Show for Hard-Earned Dollars

If black America counted as an independent country, its wealth would rank 11th in the world. However, African-Americans continue to squander their vast spending power, relegating blacks to economic slavery instead of financial freedom, according to several consumer reports detailing the use of cash in the black community.

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D.C. Native David Talbert's 'Baggage Claim' Debuts Sept. 27

David Talbert has emphatically answered the question posed by more than a few African-American moviegoers and film critics: Can we get a black movie that’s not about the struggle?

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Questions Swirl after Mass Shooting at Washington Navy Yard

13 Dead, 10 Injured in Early Morning Rampage

Residents in the District of Columbia continue to come to terms with a mass shooting that left 13 people dead and more than a dozen injured at the Navy Yard in Southeast on Monday morning.

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Faith Ringgold's Works on Exhibit

National Museum of Women in the Arts Display Paintings of Famed Feminist and Activist

Artist Faith Ringgold created artwork that proved controversial but are now among the most sought after and legendary pieces of art.

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Remembering Birmingham's Four Little Girls

Families Receive Congressional Medal on 50th Anniversary of Bombing

Less than one month after the original March on Washington in 1963, where African Americans and others celebrated landmark gains in the civil rights movement, a notorious hate group proved determined to prevent progress by viciously reminding the world of the high price of freedom.

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Howard U. Beats Morehouse, 27-16, in AT&T Nation's Football Classic

Howard University junior quarterback Greg McGhee racked up almost 300 yards of total offense and three touchdowns to lead the Bison (1-1) to a 27-16 win over the Morehouse College Maroon Tigers (0-1) in the third annual AT&T Nation's Football Classic before 17,012 at RFK Stadium.

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A. Peter Bailey Contends Pooling Resources is Key to 'Dream'

Some are quick to point out that even Martin Luther King realized a short time after his famous speech that the dream had become something akin to a nightmare, and African Americans needed to collectively flex their financial muscle.

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Howard, Morehouse Ready for Nation's Classic

HBCU Football Teams Clash for Bragging Rights

The long-standing rivalry between Howard University and Morehouse College is scheduled to continue this week as the two highly-respected programs from the country's Historically Black Colleges and Universities gear up for the third annual AT&T Nation's Football Classic.

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Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Salutes Freedom Riders

Members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., said they’re energized by their return to Washington, D.C., to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and ready to go to work in their respective communities to further the cause of civil rights.

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Postal Service Commemorates Historic March on Washington with Stamp

The U.S. Postal Service introduced Friday the 1963 March on Washington limited-edition Forever stamp to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic event.

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Howard University Celebrates Historic March

School to Host 'Day of Service' and other Events

Hundreds of volunteers from the incoming freshman class plan to spend Friday, Aug. 23, participating in the inaugural Howard University Day of Service.

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Arts & Humanities Fest Concludes in D.C.

Plans to punctuate the Arts & Humanities Festival at St. Elizabeths East with a gospel music extravaganza may have been halted by the rain, but it didn’t put a damper on the spirit of the weekend celebration.

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Who's the Greatest D.C. Sports Star of All Time?

Alex Ovechkin, Elvin Hayes, Art Monk Top Poll

Elvin Hayes is one of basketball’s 50 greatest players, but the "Big E" doesn't top a poll of the greatest athletes in D.C. sports history. Click here to find out who's #1 and weigh in with your own list.

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D.C. Residents Considered Physically Fit

Obesity Rate Second-Lowest in the Country

According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adult obesity rates in D.C. registered at 21.9 percent. Only the state of Colorado enjoyed a better percentage, at 20.5 percent.

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Larry Graham to Perform at Birchmere

Legendary Sly & Family Stone Bassist Brings Band to Area

Larry Graham has little need to demonstrate his funk prowess. His impressive resume speaks for itself.

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Mamie Johnson Proves Bigger Than Moniker

Negro League Hero Feted at White House

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a photo of former Negro League star Mamie Johnson on the mound has got to be worth at least a million.

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Adrianna Freeman Visits Sasha Bruce House

Black Country Singer Performs Hit Single

Adrianna Freeman has been called a sharecropper’s daughter and the new face of country, but the budding superstar’s passion goes beyond either of those descriptions.

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Open Wide the Freedom Gates

Challenging the Official Narrative on the Roles of Women in the Civil Rights Movement

Martin Luther King Jr. Malcolm X. Medgar Evers.

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Anniversary of Historic March Conjures Memories

Participants in Original Event Reflect on Civil Rights Movement, King

Denice Tyree remembers leaving her home off of Maryland Avenue in Northeast Washington, D.C., early on the morning of Aug. 28, 1963.

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African Diaspora Film Festival Opens in D.C.

The longest-running film festival of its kind arrives in the District this week.

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Kidney Disease Persists in Black Community

She wasn’t supposed to survive.

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FCC Reduces Prison Call Rates

2-1 Vote Makes it More Affordable for Inmates to Phone Family, Friends

More than a decade after a U.S. District Court judge in Washington, D.C., dismissed a class action lawsuit filed by Northeast resident Martha Wright, the Federal Communications Commission has voted in favor of reforming telephone call rates for inmates in all U.S. prisons.

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'2 Guns' Blazes into D.C.

Denzel Washington's Latest Flick Hits Area Theaters

Looking to do something he said was fun and comedic, Academy Award winner Denzel Washington has teamed with his friend Mark Wahlberg in the latest summer blockbuster, "2 Guns."

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Wizards' Wall Gets Emotional over New Deal

John Wall gritted his teeth and choked back tears as Washington Wizards executives announced details of the star guard's new five year, $80 million deal during a news conference on Friday, Aug. 2 at Verizon Center in Northwest.

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Baby Boomers at Risk for Hepatitis

A new survey released this month that asked baby boomers in Washington, D.C., about their knowledge and perceptions of hepatitis C (HCV), revealed that the disease is one of the leading causes of death among African Americans of that era.

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Furloughed Government Employees Distressed

Angry over Lost Pay, Many Face Hardships, other Difficulties

Hundreds of thousands of workers are on unpaid furloughs that have forced the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and others to drastically scale back operations.

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Diana Ross Brings Greatest Hits to Wolf Trap

'The Boss' Draws Thousands

No mountain, or rain, nor summer heat, will keep Diana Ross from recreating her glitzy and glamour shows of bygone years, when she steps onto the stage to entertain thousands in the Greater Washington Metropolitan area.

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A-Rod Strikes Out: Slugger Gets 211-Game Ban

Nats Pitcher Avoids Suspension

A-Rod is a goner.

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George Duke, Legendary Jazz Keyboardist, Dies at 67

George Duke, a master keyboardist and one of the world's most prolific jazz legends, died Monday, Aug. 5 in Los Angeles. He was 67.

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Senate Approves Deal Reducing Student Loans

Rates Had Doubled When Congress Failed to Act

After Congress failed earlier this month to reach a deal on a spending plan, the Senate on July 24 finally approved a bipartisan deal that would tie interest rates for college student loans to the financial markets, a move that the Capitol Hill consensus believes will resolve once and for all the dispute that caused the rates to double on July 1.

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Wizards Preparing Huge Deal for Wall

Superstar Guard Nears $80 Million Deal

The National Basketball Association is filled with star-studded players who receive the maximum contract under league rules.

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Film Addresses Crimes against Black Men

‘Fruitvale Station’ Follows Life of Young Man Killed by a Cop

Three years before 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch captain outside of his father’s home in Sanford, Fla., Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old unarmed black man was headed home in Oakland, Calif. on New Year’s Day 2009, and met a similar fate.

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Blacks Battle Mental Health Stigma

African-American Community Becomes Proactive

Shhh! We shouldn’t be talking about it.

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Marco Rubio Slammed By CBC

Senator Accused of Obstruction in Florida Judicial Appointments

The confirmations of two African-American judicial candidates in Florida are being held up by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Congressional Black Caucus leaders are demanding action for what they call negligence and obstruction on the part of the senator.

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CBC Livid over Passage of Farm Bill

Members Blast House Republicans for Removing Food Stamp Funding

Calling it irresponsible and short-sighted, members of the Congressional Black Caucus reacted strongly to Congress' passage of the controversial Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act, also known as the farm bill.

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Zimmerman Acquittal Spurs Protests, Outrage

In the days since a six-woman jury returned a not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, protests have broken out in communities across the country and people representing a rainbow of cultures and ethnicities have vowed to fight against a system they assert places no value on the lives of African Americans.

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Mandela's 95th Birthday Celebrated

Ailing 'Madiba' Honored throughout the Country and World

South Africa is celebrating the 95th birthday of its most beloved national figure, the anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, whom so many still warmly refer to as their “Madiba,” or tribe leader.