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Stacy M. Brown

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Howard U. Celebrates Centennial of Music Department

Jazz Concert and Events Mark Milestone Anniversary

Hugh Masekela will join pianist and educator Geri Allen and Howard University’s award-winning vocal jazz ensemble and former NBC television’s “Sing Off” contestants Traces of Blue in an alumni concert at Cramton Auditorium in Northwest on April 7.

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Ysaye Barnwell to Honor Marian Anderson

Former 'Sweet Honey in the Rock' Member Writes Musical Composition

When presented the invitation to join forces with the Washington, D.C.-based a capella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock, Dr. Ysaye Barnwell, a native New Yorker, said a music career wasn't exactly something she had in mind.

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Host of Stars to Celebrate Marian Anderson

Pioneering Singer Remembered on 75th Anniversary of Iconic Performance

Nearly a decade prior to Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color line and more than two decades before Martin Luther King Jr. helped to lead the civil rights movement, an Easter concert in 1939 by Marian Anderson proved to be the historic turning point in the movement to end Jim Crow segregation.

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Cherry Blossom Festival Features Music, Art and Tastings

Residents, Others Find Variety

Musicians such as Congo Sanchez and Nappy Riddem will headline the Cherry Blossom Festival's popular "Cherry Blast: Art & Music Dance Party."

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Deadline Nears for Health Care Enrollment

Signup Drive Locations Include Laundromats, Lounges

With just days remaining before the deadline to sign up for insurance under President Barack Obama's signature health care law, recruiters in the District are leaving no stone unturned.

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Cherry Blossom Festival Celebrates Spring's Arrival

It's one of the rites of spring and considered the greatest of springtime celebrations in the nation.

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Reforming Mandatory Minimum Sentences

New Guidelines Proposed for Drug Offenses

President Barack Obama and his staff have joined others in an effort to reduce mandatory minimum sentences for minor drug offenses.

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Doctors Prescribe a Walk in the Park

Patients Find Outdoors Beneficial in Treatment of Ailments

The next time a patient visits a doctor at Unity Health Care, they might be surprised at what doctors are prescribing.

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Landover, Md., Resident Hopes to 'Rock the District'

Suicide Prevention Concert Scheduled in Prince George's County

Shaun Jai remembers well the horrors of being abused at a young age and the Prince George's County resident hasn't forgotten the moment when she first considered suicide.

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Wizards Kick Playoff Push into High Gear

With less than 20 games left, the Wizards conceivably could end the season as the third best team in the Eastern Conference, which would guarantee them home-court advantage in the first and possibly second round of the NBA playoffs.

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Faye Fields Blazes Trail for Women, Blacks

Faye Ford Fields counts as the very definition of a mogul.

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New Pain Med Zohydro Could Be Deadly

Doctors, Drug Counselors Concerned

A recent news headline referred to Zohydro, the painkiller released by the FDA, "America's Deadliest New Drug."

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Bernard Hopkins Headlines Armory Fight Card

Legendary Boxer Seeks to Make History in D.C.

Bernard Hopkins will attempt to become the oldest fighter in history to unify a world title.

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Lupita Nyong'o 'Overwhelmed' by Oscar Win

'12 Years a Slave' Actress, Cast Shine at Academy Awards

Lupita Nyong'o said winning the Oscar for Actress in a Supporting Role based on her portrayal of "Patsey" in "12 Years a Slave," proved overwhelming, especially considering the role counted as her debut and the competition she faced for the award

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Push For Health Care Enrollment Continues

Deadline Approaches to Sign up for Obamacare

From public service announcements featuring animals, to high-profile town hall events, President Barack Obama and supporters of the Affordable Care Act are racing to enroll residents in new insurance plans offered under the administration's signature health care law.

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Mental Health Officials Protest Drug Proposal

About 35,000 adults in Washington, D.C., receive mental health treatment or counseling each year while 14,000 are diagnosed annually with serious mental illness.

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Howard U. Graduate, Attorney Publishes Memoirs

Pettit Details Groundbreaking Civil Rights Cases

Attorney A. Dwight Pettit has seen his caseload explode over the past decade, mostly because of civil- and human-rights violations which he said are being carried out under the color of law.

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D.C. Blanketed Again By Heavy Snowfall

Old Man Winter has once again flexed his muscle.

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Coerced Confessions Ruin Faith in Criminal Justice

Inside a Chicago police station, four men sat in an interrogation room and the quartet found themselves relentlessly questioned by police about a brutal crime.

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Pride & Prejudice: The Retrial of George Stinney

American Justice's Negligent History of Incarcerating Blacks

While America has come a long way since a 14-year-old black youth, George Stinney, was executed for killing two young white girls, any retrial 70 years later promises to evoke the same pride and prejudice that led to Stinney becoming the youngest person to be executed by the government in the U.S. since the early 1800s.

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Martin Luther King Classmate Celebrates Black History

When officials at Sunrise Senior Living were putting together plans to celebrate Black History Month, it was easy for them to turn to one of their most famous residents.

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Obama Proves He's His 'Brother's Keeper'

President Relates to African-Americans with New Initiative

President Barack Obama has finally displayed some swagger.

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Young Golfer Aspires to Greatness

With the pro golf season underway and players such as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Sergio Garcia preparing for the Masters Championship in April, a local champion has emerged on the sport’s radar.

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Obama to Launch Initiative for Minorities

With a flood of recent criticism about what he's failed to do for African-Americans, President Barack Obama plans to answer his critics in a profound way.

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Arthritis Proves Debilitating for African-Americans

Nearly 100,000 in D.C. Suffer from Joint Pain

Arthritis, which means joint inflammation, can be used to describe more than 100 rheumatic diseases and conditions that affect joints, the tissues which surround the joints and other connective tissue, health officials said.

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Film Tells Story of Eugene Brown, D.C. Chess King

Academy Award Winner Cuba Gooding Portrays

Absent any prodding and without hesitation, Eugene Brown eagerly recounts his life growing up in Northeast.

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Despite Critics, Obama Pushes Forward

Supporters Suggest Blacks are Better Off

Before the ink from President Barack Obama's signature dried from signing the controversial Farm Bill earlier this month, critics, pundits and others said legislation passed under his watch has negatively affected African-Americans and the poor.

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Republicans Aggressively Recruit Blacks

Republicans are attempting to set the record straight on their history with African-Americans, including the fact that Republican President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation that freed the slaves and it was a Republican Congress that worked to write and pass the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments.

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Farm Bill Gets Mixed Reviews

To some African-Americans and others in leadership positions, the newly minted Farm Bill that President Barack Obama signed earlier this month represents a compromise in the right direction. Others contend that compromise shouldn't come at the expense of the well-being of already-struggling families.

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Redskins Bring Back Doug Williams as Exec

Doug Williams, who led the 'Skins to a 42-10 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXII in 1988, has been hired by Washington as the team's personnel executive.

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Blacks More Susceptible to HIV/AIDS

Officials Observe Awareness Day By Urging All to Get Tested

The message for this year's National Black HIV and AIDS Awareness Day remains the same: Get tested.

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Anthony Bowen YMCA Personifies Black History

Officials, Others tout facility an 'African-American Sanctuary'

Simply put, the Anthony Bowen YMCA in Northwest is black history personified.

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Phillips Collection Teams with UNCF

Internships, Fellowships Offered to Assist Black Students

A nationwide program to address diversity in the museum field has launched just in time for Black History Month.

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Minorities Provide Mixed Reviews on Obama Address

Barack Obama's State of the Union Address last month probably provided more questions than answers in the black community, where many said they remain perplexed as to why the nation's first African-American president hasn't done much to help minorities.

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Insufficient Sleep a Public Health Epidemic

A number of recent medical studies show the troubling consequences that come along with a lack of sleep, such as diabetes, obesity and irritability.

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Southeast Rappers Return from North Korea

Two emerging hip-hop artists from Southeast have returned to the District after traveling to North Korea to film a music video.

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Area Youth Follow MLK's 'Blueprint'

Martin Luther King Jr. spoke six months before his assassination to a group of students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia, making it a point to remind young people of the importance of carefully planning for their future, noting that it would prove vital in helping them to realize their dreams.

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CBC: Obama Must Act Decisively in 2014

Historic Congressional Organization Targets Poverty, Unemployment

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus have declared 2014 a pivotal year in the fight against poverty in the African-American community and have vowed to press for new and improved job opportunities while also remaining vigilant in helping to push for the confirmation of black judicial candidates.

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Activist Amiri Baraka Laid to Rest

Legendary Poet Praised at Star-Studded Funeral

Final arrangements have been made for a viewing and the burial of Amiri Baraka, the famed activist and poet who died on Thursday, Jan. 9, after being hospitalized with an undisclosed illness.

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Magic Johnson 'Aspires' to TV Greatness

Former Lakers Stars’ New Network Doing Well

Nearly two decades after he starred on the hardwood, Earvin "Magic" Johnson has proven to be a force to reckon with inside the boardroom.

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'12 Years a Slave' Nabs Nine Oscar Nods; Other Top Black Films Shut Out

With such great African-American films as "The Butler," "Fruitvale Station," "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" and "12 Years a Slave," many critics labeled 2013 as the year of the black movies. Apparently, Academy Award voters weren't too impressed.

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Suggestive Appearances Make Up for Lack of Talent

Beyonce, Rihanna, Others Try to Compensate for Shortcomings

Simply put, pop star Beyonce's new album counts as another attempt to sell an age-old idea instead of substance in a world heavy on video vixens and extremely light on musical talent.

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MLK Event Empathizes with Downtrodden in India

Martin Luther King Jr. possessed more than just a dream. The civil rights champion displayed empathy not just for fellow African Americans, but any individual or group weighed down by oppression.

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African-American Heritage Tour Visits Alexandria

Fourth Annual Event to Explore City's Historic Black Sites

Held annually during Black History Month, the African-American Heritage tours have entertained hundreds of individuals who've been treated to visits to such landmarks as the Frederick Douglass House in Anacostia and the African-American Civil War Museum in Northwest.

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Georgetown University Celebrates MLK with Dream Award

Academy of Hope Director to be Honored

Lecester Johnson wasn't quite sure what to think when representatives of Georgetown University in Northwest informed her that she'd be this year's recipient of the John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award.

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Glaucoma Awareness Month Observed in the District

Glaucoma silently steals eyesight from more than 2.7 million Americans each year and officials at the National Eye Institute in Bethesda, Md., project that more than 4.2 million will have the disease by 2030.

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Maysa Celebrates Her First Grammy Nomination

Baltimore Native to be Honored at the Birchmere

After a career that's spanned nearly a quarter of a century in which she stands as one of the elite voices in music, Maysa Leak has never been nominated for a Grammy Award. Until now.

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Record-Low Temperatures Blanket D.C., Nation

The District and its surrounding areas are still recovering from dangerously cold weather and record-setting low temperatures that led to school cancellations and delays as well as concerns for the safety of the homeless, seniors and anyone exposed to the frigid elements.

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Northwest Health Advocate Presses Flu Vaccine

Ray Bridgewater Stresses the Importance of Receiving Vaccination

It only takes 10 seconds and the subtle stick of a small needle and most of the myths surrounding the flu shot immediately disappear.

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Redskins Coaching Search Includes Black Candidates

Caldwell, Jackson, Fewell Head List to Replace Shanahan

An NFL rule mandates that teams searching to hire a new head coach must identify and interview minority candidates. Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder and general manager Bruce Allen each said that's not going to be an issue at all.