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Stacy M. Brown

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Sidney Poitier 'Disgusted' By Bill Cosby Assault Allegations: Source

It has been more than 30 years since Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby, 77, released the last of their 1970s trilogy of film. Since then, the two have rarely been linked publicly and a source close to Poitier said the "In the Heat of the Night" actor is utterly disgusted by Cosby.

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App Helps Residents Pick Health Insurance

Entrepreneurs Develop Unique Way to Obamacare

A team of young entrepreneurs are offering a different approach to the insurance and health care market place from what they said is a completely different perspective.

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Heart Attack Survivor Spreads Important Message

Association Celebrates 'Go Red' Day With Annual Campaign

A website saved her life. And Julia Allen, the national spokesperson for the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women campaign, said www.goredforwomen.org can save many more lives if everyone becomes aware of and makes good use of the website.

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U.S.-Africa Trade Discussions Heats Up

Despite the anticipation of his address to officials and spectators and given that he’s the U.S. trade representative and President Barack Obama’s principal adviser, negotiator and spokesperson on international trade and investment issues, Ambassador Michael Froman made a much-ballyhooed appearance before the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee on Jan. 28.

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's Budget Causes Uproar

Prince George's County Education Funding Takes Major Hit

The honeymoon ended quickly.

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Angela Davis Still an Activist

At 71, the Freedom Fighter Battles On

Say the name Angela Davis and, depending upon with whom you speak, a range of opinions, emotions and thoughts automatically ensue.

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Mental Health Officials Target Police Shootings

Organizations, Others Seek Lawmakers Help

Prior to his going on a shooting spree at the Navy Yard in Southeast two years ago, co-workers, supervisors and associates of shooter Aaron Alexis raised concerns about his mental health, but those fears were never reported to the government.

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Anita Bonds Wants Facebook Silver Alert

D.C. Councilwoman Writes Letter Appealing for Assistance

Anita Bonds said the well-being of the elderly remains a top priority, and she remains proactive in her approach to their safety and security.

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Remembering Alex Haley's 'Roots'

As Scholar, Students Debate Relevance, Reboot Scheduled

"Roots," an enormous best-seller when first published in 1976, achieved an extraordinary level of cultural salience when ABC’s television adaptation of the book aired on eight consecutive nights beginning on Jan. 20, 1977.

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Johns Hopkins Hosts Emotional MLK Commemoration

When it comes to celebrating and remembering Martin Luther King Jr., the Johns Hopkins University community certainly counts among those who routinely capture perfectly the legacy of the late civil rights icon.

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'Selma' Film Reaches Young and Old

"Selma" has become a hot talking point for African-Americans who lived during the tumultuous civil rights era and young blacks who still know very little about Martin Luther King Jr.

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Tax ID Theft Highlights Major Scam

Government Officials Warn Consumers

One of the most pervasive scams related to identity theft is an ongoing telephone scam where taxpayers receive calls from scammers who purport to be tax agents from the Internal Revenue Service.

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Winter Storm Facts Could Save Motorists

Experts Provide Tips for Those Stuck in Cars

Heavy snowstorms, dangerous ice and some altogether rough driving conditions are a part of the norm, particularly of late in the D.C. region. And, for the unfortunate motorist, it could also mean unforeseen time stuck inside an automobile.

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Biden Joins Bowser in Anacostia

VP, Mayor Discuss Clean Rivers Project

A $2.6 billion Clean Rivers Project in Anacostia got the attention of the nation's second-highest office on Friday.

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Prince Jackson Recording with Justin Beiber

King of Pop's Son Picking Up Torch

Michael Jackson's oldest son doesn't turn 18 until next month, but he's already living an R-rated life.

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D.C. Priest Stands By Bill Cosby

Rev. Dianda Performed Comedian's Marriage Ceremony

The Rev. Carl Dianda remembers well the soft-spoken and intelligent girl named Camille Hanks who attended St. Cyprian Elementary-Middle School in Southeast Washington D.C., and a makeshift Catholic Church a few miles away in Olney, Maryland.

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One Million Could Lose Food Stamps

The economy has continued to improve since the dark days of the economic recession that wreaked havoc on the nation beginning in 2007. But with good news comes a depressing thought for many who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

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G.K. Butterfield Elected to Lead CBC

North Carolina Congressman Has Civil Rights History

After his unanimous selection as the next chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, North Carolina Democratic Congressman G.K. Butterfield said he's grateful to all on the caucus, including outgoing chair Marcia Fudge.

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Stuart Scott Remembered

There's little question that Stuart Scott "was as cool as the other side of the pillow," and among the best at his craft.

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'Selma' Called Film of the Year

Critics, Fans Laud New MLK Movie

The Oprah Winfrey produced docudrama has already received four Golden Globe nominations for best picture, best director, best actor and best drama.

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Inked Up: Tattoos Continue to Grow in Popularity

A recent survey by ABC News revealed more than one in 10 Americans acknowledged having a tattoo.

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Former D.C. Cop Has Many Treasures

William S. Keyes, a 93-year-old man who once served as a D.C. police officer and also served in World War II, has built an amazing museum on the grounds of his modest home.

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Health Enrollment Numbers Up For 2015

More Residents Also Receive Financial Assistance

The first detailed analysis of enrollment into the Affordable Care Act — or Obamacare — has yielded good news, particularly for those who may require financial assistance.

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D.C. Council Members Bonds, Silverman Preach Accountability

With Vincent Gray passing the torch and officially relinquishing his office to Muriel Bowser, most observers declared that the change has ushered in a new day for the District of Columbia.

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Bowser Stars in National TV Appearance

New Mayor, Police Chief and School Boss Visits NBC Show

Wearing a light blue top and matching skirt and with D.C. School Chancellor Kaya Henderson and Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier seated by her side, Muriel Bowser took advantage of the spotlight by tackling the lightning rod issue of statehood for the District.

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Police Brutality Top 2014 Legal Cases

Bar Association President Said Major Grand Jury Breaches Revealed

This year, the United States Supreme Court ruled on two significant cases that everyone should watch with a keen eye, said the president of the National Bar Association.

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Muhammad Ali Hospitalized With Pneumonia

Muhammad Ali has been hospitalized with pneumonia, a spokesman said.

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Mental Illness Concerns Arrive with Holidays

Health Officials Warn of Depression, Anxiety

For the approximately 28,000 District adults and children living with serious mental illness and the millions of others around the country, their conditions might be severely tested because of the anxiety and even the depression that the holiday season can bring.

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Nationals Quiet at Winter Meetings

Despite Lack of Moves, Star Players Can Still Be Traded

After a quiet week at the baseball winter meetings in San Diego, the Washington Nationals may still join teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves and Toronto Blue Jays in making a deal to improve or shake up the roster heading into 2015.

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HBO to Run Marathon of 'The Wire'

Critically-Acclaimed Show Returns in High Definition

In a move that many fans would argue to be tantamount to Leonardo da Vinci touching up the Mona Lisa or Mario Puzo adding paragraphs to "The Godfather," David Simon and HBO are re-mastering the critically acclaimed HBO series "The Wire," and the cable network will begin airing it anew in high definition on Monday, Jan. 5.

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How The Informer Scooped Everyone on Bill Cosby

Previous Interview, Persistence and the Black Press Played Role

Exactly how did The Washington Informer snag a conversation with Bill Cosby, most sought-after interview subject in the nation? Simply by calling him.

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Bill Cosby Breaks Silence, Calls on Black Press for Fairness Amid Scandal

Praises Wife Camille's Loyalty

The much-maligned comedic icon, embroiled in an ever-growing sexual abuse scandal that now includes supermodel Beverly Johnson, appealed to the African-American media to be impartial, requesting that the minority-owned organizations be sure its reporting remains balanced, accurate and fair.

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Bill Cosby Sued for Defamation by Sexual Assault Accuser; D.C. Firm Handling Case

New Lawsuit Could Hamper Actor's Plan to Break Silence

A woman claiming she was sexually assaulted by iconic television star Bill Cosby in the 1970s filed suit against him Wednesday for defamation, hiring a D.C. law firm to handle the case.

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Nationals Look to Bolster Formidable Lineup

Trades, Free-Agent Signings Possible

What do you get someone — or in this case, a team — who already has so much?

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District Schools Focus on Healthy Eating

A 2010 Law Requires Well-Balanced Meals

To help shine a spotlight on new healthy eating initiatives in local schools, media members recently were allowed inside the Walker-Jones Education Campus in Northwest to see first-hand what are on the breakfast and lunch menus for students.

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African-American Mayors Remember Marion Barry

To his contemporaries and those who followed in his footsteps, Marion Shepilov Barry Jr. proved to be a trailblazer and his "Mayor for Life" declaration is homage from the many that reaped the benefits of a hero dedicated to changing the plight of the District's downtrodden and forgotten.

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Common Returns to the Fillmore

Hip-Hop Star and Actor Headlines Area Concert

Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist Common will bring his "Nobody's Smiling" tour to the Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland, on Sunday.

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The Making of 'Purple Rain': Prince's Movie Subject of New Book

Journalist Alan Light takes fans behind the scenes in a new book about pop superstar Prince and the making of the 1984 seminal "Purple Rain" album and movie.

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Redskins-RG3 Split Inevitable

Dallas Speculated as Next Stop for Struggling QB

Robert Griffin III, former top draft pick and franchise quarterback for the, probably has a better chance of starting 2015 for the arch-rival Dallas Cowboys than he does for the Washington Redskins.

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Idris Elba Releases New Album

'Wire' Actor Pays Tribute to His Father, Mandela

Idris Elba has released a new character album titled "Mi Mandela," a tribute to the late civil rights icon Nelson Mandela, whom Elba portrayed on the Silver Screen last year in "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," a film for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama.

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Funds Sought to Showcase Acclaimed Artist Jacob Lawrence

Work, Interviews to be Featured

Officials at the Phillips Collection in Northwest have detailed its plans to develop a robust micro site featuring the works and previously unpublished interviews between preeminent American artist Jacob Lawrence and museum curators, including one conducted just prior to the acclaimed artist's death 14 years ago.

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D.C. Residents Defend Bill Cosby

Comedian Under Fire for Past Allegations

While a rape scandal has made international news and continues to be fodder for comedians and the tabloids, local fans of Bill Cosby remain by his side.

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Michele Roberts Takes Over NBA Union

Former District Lawyer Prepares for Battle with Owners

Michele A. Roberts has started her new job as the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, and the former District public defender immediately set the tone for what’s sure to be contentious collective bargaining with NBA owners.

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Great American Smokeout Encourages Quitting

American Cancer Society Promotes Cessation Day

Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout, which officials hope will encourage tobacco users to make a plan to quit or plan in advance and then quit smoking on that day.

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Studies Link Obesity and Cancer

Two new studies presented on Nov. 3 at the American Institute for Cancer Research’s annual meeting in Northwest revealed that obesity increases the risk of certain types of breast cancer in postmenopausal black and Latino women.

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Wizards Proving Experts Right

First-Place Washington Off to Fast Start

It’s early. Very early. Still, the Washington Wizards 5-2 start has impressed fans and those outside of the area if for no other reason than the fact that NBA experts have forecast a great season for the team, a prediction that’s usually a kiss of death for District-area professional teams.

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Stevie Wonder Thrills Verizon Center Crowd

Motown Legend Dazzles Sold-Out Concert Audience

Stevie Wonder can bring out the fan in just about any music lover.

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Redskins Fumble Big Opportunity

Nickname Controversy, Return of RG3 Highlight Loss

With plenty of distractions on and off the field, Washington fumbled a golden opportunity to jump back into playoff contention.

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Southeast Woman Pens Children's Book, Song

As a little girl growing up in Southeast D.C., Darla Davenport-Powell loved to watch Saturday morning cartoons and children's shows. However, it wasn't long before Davenport-Powell realized a fact that saddened her.

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Heritage Tour Planned For Jubilee Celebration

Maryland, Black Museums Observe 150 Years of Freedom

With Nov. 1 marking the 150th anniversary — or Jubilee — of Maryland’s Emancipation Proclamation, Joanne Martin, founder of the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore, said this year’s celebration will not only be memorable but educational.