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Stacy M. Brown

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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Hillary Clinton Endorsed by CBC PAC

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton scored a major coup Thursday by earning the endorsement of the Congressional Black Caucus's political action committee, an organization that works to increase the number of African-Americans in the U.S. Congress and offers support to non-black candidates who champion the interests of minorities.

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Couple Relies on Faith in Adopting Children

Adoption was something Derwin Penson and his wife Wendy considered only in passing a long time ago.

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Remembering Maurice White

Maurice White was one of music's most gifted alchemists of style.

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CBC Backs Obama On Juvenile Confinement

Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G.K. Butterfield is backing President Barack Obama's decision to ban the solitary confinement of juveniles in federal prisons and the Supreme Court's decision that recognized the requirement of sentencing courts to consider a child's diminished culpability and heightened capacity for change before condemning him or her to die behind bars.

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Sanders, Trump Romp to Victory in New Hampshire Primary

Voters Move Away from Establishment Candidates

After months of vigorous, boastful and — in the case of Donald Trump — vulgar campaigning, New Hampshire voters turned out in record numbers to vote in the nation's first primary.

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Vincent Gray Announces Run for D.C. Council

'We Have a Lot of Work to Do,' Ex-Mayor Says

Former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray will officially throw his hat in the ring for one of the city council seats up for grabs in the June primary.

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Celebrating African Heritage and Health

Feb. 1 not only marks the start of Black History Month, but for a Boston-based nonprofit food and nutrition organization, it's the beginning of the fifth annual African Heritage & Health Week.

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Adult Coloring Catching On as Stress Reliever

Believe it or not, coloring for adults is all the rage and mental health experts and others said it's a major tool in relieving stress.

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Family Meals Have Value Beyond Nutrition, Experts Say

Health experts, therapists and others maintain that the benefit of a regular family meal goes far beyond the nutritional value.

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Iowa Caucuses: Cruz Cruises; Votes Suggest Trump as Tease, Sanders for Real

The morning after the Iowa caucuses, Donald Trump went silent.

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Ford Launches Men of Courage

Motor Company Honors African-Americans

Ford Motor Company is helping to kick off Black History Month by honoring African-American men and amplifying their accomplishments.

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D.C. Native Appointed to UMMS Board

He attended Theodore Roosevelt High School in Northwest and later graduated from Howard University. Now, District native and retired Judge of the U.S. District Court for Maryland, Alexander Williams Jr. has been appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan along with six other veteran community leaders to serve on the University of Maryland Medical System Board Of Directors.

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Local Resident's Cancer Scare Leads to Advocacy

About 4,100 women will die from cervical cancer while doctors discover about 12,900 new cases of invasive cervical cancer each year, according to the American Cancer Society.

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EXCLUSIVE: Tavis Smiley Makes 'A Covenant' With Blacks

A decade ago, Tavis Smiley made a covenant with Black America. Now the popular talk show host, advocate and entrepreneur has released a follow-up to his 2006 book, "The Covenant."

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D.C. Woman Awarded Additional $500K in Racial-Discrimination Suit Against Employer

A D.C. woman who successfully sued a Chinatown sports bar for racial discrimination was awarded an additional $500,000 in punitive damages Monday.

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Orange Tackles Working Conditions for Pregnant Women

Councilman Wants To Protect Workers Giving Birth

District At-Large Councilman Vincent Orange is seeking to help protect pregnant women in the workplace.

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MLK Celebrations On Tap In D.C.

The National Park Service is rolling out its annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemorations that allows just about everyone in and around D.C. to participate.

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Protecting Frozen Pipes Vital During Winter

When the outside temperature drops below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, water pipes in homes with little or no insulation are likely to freeze and break.

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Like Obama, D.C. Police Wary of Guns

President Barack Obama's desire for stricter gun laws to keep weapons out of the hands of those who shouldn't have them is an aspiration shared by many and a mission supported by the Metropolitan Police Department.

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Council Seat Gray's for the Taking: Poll

If Vincent Gray wants a second go-round in D.C. politics, voters are poised to grant the former mayor's wishes.

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Vincent Gray Got Raw Deal in Federal Probe, Poll Finds

As former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray contemplates a return to politics, local voters appear poised to back him again now that the smoke has cleared from a federal campaign-financing probe, a new poll shows.

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D.C. Costs Pricing Renters Out

RealtyTrac: City Among the Least Affordable

The District is the second-least affordable area for renters in the nation, according to a brand new report that noted that it might be cheaper for some to own property than to rent in Washington, D.C.

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Globetrotter Gives Big Gift to Needy

At 5 feet, 2 inches tall, Jonte Hall has the distinction of being the shortest player in the history of the Harlem Globetrotters. Despite his diminutive stature, teammates, friends and family affectionately call him "Too Tall," in part because of the big heart he displays on and off the court.

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Vincent Gray to Announce Intentions in Coming Weeks

Vincent Gray has come out from under the darkness of an indictment that never was and now sees the light at the end of a tunnel that could lead him back to City Hall.

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Thirty-Two Students Awarded Scholarships

NAACP Legal Defense Fund Assists Education Opportunities

Ayana Williams already sounds like a civil rights leader.

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Racism in Politics Takes Toll on Black America

Throughout American history, race has been a major factor in all politics beginning with the English occupation and the Westward drive of settlers to conquer and slaughter the native peoples, according to an essay on race and politics by Malik Miah.

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Bill Cosby Supporters Grow Silent, Except One

In the wake of the criminal charges filed against legendary comedian and actor Bill Cosby, the voices that once supported the star have suddenly grown silent.

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D.C. Ranks Worst in Police Spending: Study

A new study on law enforcement spending is a good news/bad news proposition for District residents and the Metropolitan Police Department.

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Famed Doctor Frances Cress Welsing, 80, Dies

Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, the famed psychiatrist and Afrocentrist, has died, family members confirmed Saturday. She was 80.

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Judge Hatchett Opens Firm to Seek Justice

With the Black Lives Matter Movement in full steam and the need for activism at a premium not seen since Martin Luther King Jr., Judge Glenda Hatchett has decided to turn in the robe again for a seat on the other side of the bench.

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Senators Respond to Joint Center Diversity Report

Long before this month's damning report from the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies that revealed a stunning lack of diversity among top staff in the U.S. Senate, Nevada Democratic Sen. Harry Reid had formed a means to assist offices with identifying and hiring a more diverse workforce.

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Fans Say Jackson 5 Deserve Grammy Honor

With 'Motown the Musical' in D.C., Support for Icons Grow

As fans all over the District stream to the National Theater for "Motown the Musical," some are calling for Motown legends the Jackson 5 to finally be recognized with a Grammy award.

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Children are Primary Victims of America's Prison System

Report Reveals 36M Youths Have Incarcerated Parent

As many as 36.5 million American children — or nearly half of all children in the U.S. — now have at least one parent with a criminal record, according to a new report from the Center for American Progress.

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Volkswagen Apology Ads Ignore Black, Latino Media

Still facing an uphill battle to regain its reputation as a trusted automobile manufacturer, Volkswagen has turned a blind eye to consumers in the Black and Latino community.

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African-Americans, Minorities Hold Christmas Spending Power

African-Americans are again expected to wield their vast spending power this Christmas, but not without some pushback from a community that's seeking to further emphasize just how much black lives matter.

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Bill Cosby Sues 7 Accusers

Bill Cosby filed a lawsuit Monday against seven of the dozens of women who have claimed he sexually assaulted them, countering the women have made "malicious, opportunistic and false and defamatory accusations."

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First Trial in Freddie Gray Death Goes to Jury

Closing arguments have ended Monday in the trial of Baltimore Police Officer William Porter, the first of six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray.