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Stacy M. Brown

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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.

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Clinton, Trump Close In on Nominations

Dem, GOP Front-Runners Score Key Wins

If Super Tuesday didn't clarify both the Democratic and Republican presidential field, the encore on March 8 certainly went a long way in sealing the deal on both sides.

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Pepco, Exelon Present Alternative Proposal

Despite growing — if not insurmountable — odds against a merger, Pepco and Exelon proposed Monday three approaches — any one of which, if approved, would prevent the loss of more than $78 million in direct benefits for the District and Pepco customers.

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D.C. HIV Cases Down but Threat Increases

In early February, Washington, D.C.’s preliminary HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report revealed that newly-reported HIV cases in the District had declined for a seventh consecutive year. While the report was encouraging for most, the truth remains that those with the highest lifetime risk of an HIV diagnosis live in the District of Columbia.

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Rap Producer Living Strong after Kidney Transplant

Portable Machine Key to Star's Recovery

For David Rush, the hip-hop star formerly known as Young Bo$$, touring the world with such superstars as Pitbull was only one part of his dream and life goals. Rush wanted a wife and children but kidney failure almost derailed those plans.

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Urban Teachers Keep Black History in Curriculum

Lessons Continue 365 Days a Year

Two area teachers said they've decided to make black history a part of their regular curriculum.

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Financial Transparency Vital in Relationships

PNC Bank Survey Reveals Importance of Honesty in Marriage

Money is squarely at the root of most injurious relationships, according to multiple experts across different fields including those skilled in financial management.

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Heart Health Awareness Particularly Important for Blacks

Emmy-nominated cardiologist and American Heart Association spokesperson Jennifer Mieres cautioned that African-American women and men have a higher prevalence of risk factors for cardiovascular disease, particularly hypertension, diabetes, obesity and inactivity.

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Future of Pepco-Exelon Merger Remains Murky

But PSC Ruling Paves the Way for Acquisition

The D.C. Public Service Commission on Friday paved the way for local utility Pepco to be sold to Exelon Corporation.

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Darrell Best, Former Pastor and D.C. Police Officer, Gets 18 Years for Sexual Assault, Child Porn

Disgraced former pastor and D.C. police officer Darrell Best was sentenced Friday to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of production of child pornography, one count of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor and one count of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor.

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Black Firm to Shape MGM Image

R&R Resources + Tapped to Oversee Local Casino Brand

R&R Resources +, a certified minority business enterprise, has been selected to oversee brand marketing efforts for MGM National Harbor, the $1.3 billion casino and resort project being constructed along the Potomac River in Prince George's County.

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Congressional Medal Recipients Want Voting Rights Restored

One day before leaders of the U.S. House and Senate were scheduled to present a Congressional Gold Medal in honor of the foot soldiers of the 1965 Voting Rights marches, some prominent Black leaders called on Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act that many sacrificed so much to secure.

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DC Healthy Schools Act Now Bearing Fruit

In the more than five years since the District of Columbia's Health Schools Act has been implemented, researchers at American University in Northwest and others have found a correlation between the number of physical education minutes students receive and their scores on the D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System in both reading and mathematics.

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Longtime Union President Steps Aside

Joslyn Williams Seeking to Help Workers Globally

Joslyn Williams has made it a mission for 34 years to fight employment inequalities in and around Washington, D.C. Now, he's got bigger fish to fry.

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U.S. Dept. of Education Addresses Racial Disparity in Disciplining Disabled Students

The U.S. Department of Education said Tuesday it has taken a critical step toward addressing widespread disparities in the treatment of students of color with disabilities.

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Mandela Wines Expands Despite Obstacles

Daughter, Granddaughter of Civil Rights Icon Thrive in Biz

Maki Mandela and her daughter Tukwini Mandela have found another way to carry on the legendary legacy of their family's name.

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Mayor Bowser Details Proposal to Shutter D.C. General

Plans Homeless Shelter for Each Ward

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Department of Human Services Director Laura Zeilinger have laid out plans to close the District's long-standing family homeless shelter at D.C. General, replacing it with eight small, neighborhood shelters spread across the city.