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Stacy M. Brown

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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.

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D.C. Council Pushes to Decrease Minority Unemployment

At-large Councilman Vincent Orange has worked on numerous pieces of legislation that could cure the District's African-American population of the ills of unemployment.

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Blacks Pay More for Car Insurance

If you live in a predominantly African-American community, your auto insurance premiums could be more than double those of premiums found in predominantly white communities.

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CBC Pushing Diversity to Tech Firms

The Congressional Black Caucus has turned its attention to the lobbying industry as it pushes for more diversity in the tech world.

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Baltimore Cop’s Trial Enters Second Week

The trial of a Baltimore police officer charged in the death of a Black man from injuries suffered in custody will likely to focus on the officer’s medical expertise, the victim’s history of claiming injury and even how closely the officer read his e-mail, according to multiple reports from several news organizations inside the courtroom for the first week of the trial of Officer William Porter.

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D.C. Office of Pensions 'Bullies' 91-Year-Old

Retired City Teacher Threatened with Pension Loss

When Tillett retired in 1982, she and those who know her were convinced she had not only accomplished her mission as an English teacher, but a generous pension from the District of Columbia Teachers’ Retirement Plan would secure her golden years. However, last month, Pennsylvania Avenue called with some disturbing — if not insensitive — news for the now-91-year-old former educator.

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Less is More for 2016 Obamacare Enrollment

The overall number of plans on the federal health exchange is decreasing for the first time, but federal officials insist they aren't worried.

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U.S. Attorney Won't Charge Ex-D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray after Corruption Probe

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia announced Wednesday that the investigation into corrupt spending in federal and local political campaigns, including the 2010 D.C. mayoral election, has concluded with no charges against former Mayor Vincent Gray.

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Jesse Jackson Leads Chicago Demonstrators

Latest Police Video Fuels Spike Lee, Others to Call for Mayor's Resignation

The Rev. Jesse Jackson and more than 400 demonstrators took to the streets Sunday to demand police accountability in Chicago – a city wrought with violence and still reeling from the release of a video showing a police officer unloading 16 shots into Black teenager Laquan McDonald.

Chicago Citizens Join 'Black Lives Matter' Movement

Shooting Death of Teen Sparks Protest, Reform Demands

In Chicago, a city like Ferguson and Baltimore before it, residents are teetering on the brink.

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Christmas Cards on the Decline

U.S. Postal Service, D.C. Stores See Big Drop

Thanks to Facebook, FaceTime, Snapchat and other digital modes of spreading holiday cheer, the number of paper cards delivered has dropped 30 percent.

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'Motown The Musical' Opens In D.C.

Critics, Fans Rave About the Legendary Record Label

D.C. residents, brace yourself for "Motown the Musical."

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World AIDS Day Brings Out Activists

Charlie Sheen Announcement Coincides with D.C. Decline in HIV

The announcement by actor Charlie Sheen that he's HIV-positive has helped to highlight that the stigma surrounding the virus not only remains, but is worse than ever, according to a local HIV/AIDS activist.

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Cynthia Robinson, 69, Sly & the Family Stone Trumpeter, Dies of Cancer

Groundbreaking trumpeter and singer Cynthia Robinson, a co-founder of the pivotal funk band Sly & the Family Stone, died Monday at age 69.

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Sugar Ray Leonard Reflects on 'No Mas'

Sugar Ray Leonard had no doubt that he'd defeat Roberto Duran when the two warriors squared off in a rematch of their epic first welterweight title bout. What he didn't know was that Duran would surrender after uttering the most infamous phrase in the history of boxing.

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Film Explores Murder of Jordan Davis

On Nov. 23, the third anniversary of the shooting death of black teen Jordan Davis, the Center for American Progress' Reel Progress hosted a screening of a documentary about the shooting at the Landmark E Street Cinema in D.C.

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Exelon Using Drones for Inspections

Unpredictable weather, trees that have toppled over power lines and other factors have led to the use of drones by utility companies.

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D.C. Officials Favor Accepting Syrian Refugees

Despite the House easily passing a bill that would suspend the program allowing Syrian and Iraqi refugees into America until key security agencies certify that they don't pose a security risk, D.C.-area lawmakers and officials said they'd still welcome those from the war-torn terrorist hotbeds.

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House Dems, Public Interest Groups Push for Clean Spending Bill

Members of the House Democratic Caucus joined several public interest groups and progressive organizations Thursday to call on House leadership to reject divisive policy riders in the fiscal 2016 Omnibus and to bring a clean spending bill to the floor.

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Cost of Alzheimer's Disease Skyrocketing

It's the only cause of death in the top 10 in America that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed.

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'Motown the Musical' Arrives in D.C.

Berry Gordy, Alumni Prez Reflect on History's Greatest Label

Audiences in the District will be able to relive the golden era of a label that broke records and set standards that have never been matched and likely never will.

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White House Criticized for Housing Finance Reform

Wade Henderson sharply criticized the Obama administration's failure to let the Government Sponsored Enterprises regain financial stability.

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Summit Seeks Prosperity for Minority Females

$100M Initiative Launched to Fight Inequality, Violence

A daylong White House summit to empower low-income women of color began and ended with a major splash as leaders from foundations across the country gathered to launch "Prosperity Together," a $100 million, five-year funding initiative aimed at improving economic conditions for America's most vulnerable group.

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Breast Cancer Survivor Starts Nonprofit

Maryland Resident Diagnosed at 34

The pain nagged at Kiesha Harris. Then, the lump under her armpit swelled more.

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CBC Urges More Judiciary Diversity

Says Dearth of Minorities Hinders Justice

The importance of the judiciary cannot be overstated as its primary role continues to be to defend and uphold the United States Constitution and ensure that the rule of law prevails, said Congressional Black Caucus Chair G.K. Butterfield.

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Black Veteran Organizations Focus on Health

Calvin Shields has been a service officer for 40 years at the National Association for Black Veterans, where he's helped to address the unmet needs of minority and economically disadvantage veterans. He and others have drawn attention to the plight of veterans who have been victims of Agent Orange, post-traumatic stress disorder and less-than-honorable discharges.

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Russell Simmons Honors Jam Master Jay on Anniversary of Death

Mogul Says Focus Remains on Black Lives

The unsolved murder of rap legend Jam Master Jay on Oct. 30, 2012, still sticks Russell Simmons.

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Morgan State U.'s First Patent Helps Alzheimer's Patients

Maryland Businessman Facilitates Grant, Assistance

Dr. Jayfus Doswell has become accustomed to finding solutions to complex problems.

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Top Area Entrepreneurs Feted in San Francisco

Three District area entrepreneurs have been invited to Yelp's headquarters in San Francisco to represent the Greater Washington Area as being among the 100 top-rated businesses in North America.

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Diabetes Prevention Program Launched at UMD

In statistics revealed last year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 29.1 million individuals in the United States have diabetes.

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Verizon at Odds With Union

Fight Gets Heated Amid Safety Allegations

The Communications Workers of America, which represents 700,000 workers in private and public sector employment in 10,000 communities across the country — including in D.C. — is calling on officials to open an investigation into unsafe conditions at Verizon locations.

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Exelon: Merger Opponents 'Misguided'

Stadium Deal Not Tied to Bowser Agreement

Environmentalists are being disingenuous or they're flat-out wrong when they claim that the proposed $6.8 billion merger between Pepco and Exelon doesn't provide tangible customer benefits and interferes with clean energy efforts, Exelon officials said.

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Nissan, Toyota Latest to Respond to Diversity Scorecard

Nissan, Toyota Latest to Respond to Diversity Scorecard

Nissan, Toyota and Hyundai are the latest automakers to respond to the recently-released Rainbow PUSH Automotive Project which issued its annual diversity scorecard earlier this month.

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Senator, Economist Lament U.S. Debt Default

Democratic Sen. Robert Casey called Republicans wreckless and misguided as the country is just weeks away from the November 3 debt limit deadline.

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Obama Vows to Fight Heroin ‘Crisis’

President: ‘I Did Some Stuff’

One week after Democratic Sen. Bob Casey vowed to continue a push for ways lawmakers can help, President Barack Obama promised to use his position and federal programs to try to combat heroin use and prescription painkiller abuse, a scourge that’s overtaken the District and the country as a whole.

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Processed Meat Confirmed as Cancer Hazard

Eating processed meats is a cancer hazard, and red meat probably is too, according to the World Health Organization [WHO].

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Environmentalists Blast Exelon-Bowser Deal

A merger of Exelon Corp and Pepco Holdings Inc. would create the largest electric utility holding company in the country.

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Wedding Costs Still Tough on Couples

Many Millennials Waiting Longer, Using Apps to Pay

While a recent nationwide survey revealed that more and more people are tired of writing checks and are moving toward electronically paying for their wedding, those tying the knot locally are still footing the bill traditionally.

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Dunbar High School Earns Computers

Lenovo Donates Laptops, Tablets for App Program

Tech giant Lenovo donated laptops and tablets to Dunbar High School which the students will be able to use to assist them in learning about coding, testing and developing mobile applications.

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Maryland Governor, Youth Fight Cancer

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who earlier this year was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, has been busy spreading cheer to local children. And he's using area sports to help keep the enthusiasm going.

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Kirk Franklin Brings 'Happy' To Evangel Cathedral

Gospel Superstar to Headline 25th Anniversary Spectacular

It's only fitting that the silver anniversary of the Evangel Christmas spectacular will be celebrated with someone with so much gold.

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Christmas Arrives Early in Prince George's County

Greats to Celebrate 25th Anniversary of Evangel Show

The 25th anniversary of the most spectacular Broadway-style musical in the DMV, the annual Evangel Christmas celebration, begins Dec. 5 at the Evangel Cathedral in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

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Maryland Man Recounts Prostate Cancer Shocker

New Book Details Georgetown Hospital Stage 4 Treatment

In 2012, the most recent year for which numbers are available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 177,489 men in the United States were diagnosed with prostate cancer, and 27,244 of them died. More than half were black.

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Senator Wants Funding for Heroin Treatment

D.C. Area Sees Overdose Rate Skyrocket

Data released earlier this year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that the fatal overdose rate by heroin users quadrupled between 2000 and 2013, and the problem is only getting worse.

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Hillary Clinton Fends Off Foes in First Democratic Debate

The five 2016 Democratic presidential hopefuls proved in their first debate Tuesday night that opponents can clash without the rancor displayed in two previous Republican debates.