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Stacy M. Brown

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Congressional Black Caucus Prepares 2014 Agenda

Poverty, Economy and Student Loans are Top Priorities

While the Congressional Black Caucus continues to hammer out details of its 2014 agenda, an organization spokesperson said it's a safe bet that poverty and the economy will again top the organization's to-do list this year.

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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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Remembering James Avery: 1948-2013

'Fresh Prince of Bel Air' Actor Dies at 68

James Avery, the lovable but stern family head on Will Smith's popular television series "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air," died on New Year's Eve following complications from open heart surgery.

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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.

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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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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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Redskins, Shanahan Part Ways After Dismal Season

Daniel Snyder took a hard look at his team's performance, checked his bank account and decided that $7 million shouldn't stand in the way of giving the Washington Redskins a fresh start next year.

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Rap Star Common Performs in Silver Spring

Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist Common not only realizes his place as a role model, he embraces it.

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Maurice Hines Taps Down Memory Lane

Performing in the nation’s capital has always been akin to being at home, said acclaimed tap dance star Maurice Hines.

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Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Video Turns 30

Thirty years ago, Michael Jackson forever changed the way people viewed music videos.

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Mike Shanahan on the Chopping Block

NFL Insiders Speculate Redskins Coach Will be Fired

The moniker may remain the same but it's highly probably that the Redskins will soon have a new head coach.

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'Porgy and Bess' Soundtrack Earns Rave Reviews

The boldly reinterpreted music in the latest incarnation of George and Ira Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" has helped to bring an American masterpiece back to life, said critics who've not only lauded the play but the songs performed in the classic.

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National Theatre Continues its Revival

Famed Opera 'Porgy and Bess' Returns for Five-Day Run

For nearly 200 years, the National Theatre has been the site of some of Broadway's most acclaimed stage plays and musicals.

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Smithsonian Museum Features Work of South Africans

Women of Mandela's Tribe Create Intricate Bead Art

The day apartheid finally ended in South Africa; many concluded that the seeds of the race-based oppression had been swept away.

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Nationals Showcase New Youth Baseball Academy

The Washington Nationals' commitment to young and aspiring District area baseball fans has perhaps never been more evident than team officials showing off a new 18,000-square-foot training facility at Fort DuPont Park in Southeast.

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Providence Hospital Merges with Unity Health Care

While Providence Hospital in Northeast has the distinction of being the District's longest- and continuously-operated medical institution, Unity Health Care enjoys a well-documented history of doing more to help those with less.

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Dr. Keisha Robinson at Home in Southeast

Keisha Robinson, a doctor and regional director of medical education for Unity Health Care, Inc., in Southeast, remains conscious of the needs of those in one of the District’s poorest and most underserved communities.

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Nelson Mandela, Former South African President, Dies

Anti-Apartheid Hero Mourned Around the Globe

In Washington, D.C., and far-flung corners of the world, admirers of human rights icon Nelson R. Mandela are recalling the life of South Africa’s first black president, who was also a freedom fighter branded a terrorist, a Nobel Laureate, political prisoner, lifelong rebel and thorn in the side of the white minority government.

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'Black Nativity' Film Features Star-Studded Cast

The buzz surrounding the new holiday film "Black Nativity" might turn out to be more about the talent assembled for the Silver Screen version of Langston Hughes' masterpiece than about the birth of Jesus Christ, which is the prevailing theme of the stage play.

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Hoyas Turn Up the Heat at Home

Georgetown Basketball Team Ready to Make a Run

It didn't take long for the Georgetown University men's basketball team to get used to some good old fashion home cooking.

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Interracial Dating Gains Popularity Online

D.C. Ranks Among Top Cities for Mixed Couples

Interracial dating has continued to be all the rage, particularly online where singles are more likely to seek romance outside of their respective races.

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Federal Shutdown Over, but Woes Continue

Blacks, Minorities Feel the Brunt During Holidays

While many converge on retail stores on Black Friday, the bargains offered during the busiest shopping day of the year may not be enough to entice some African Americans, still reeling from government furloughs and the federal shutdown.