Author Archives: Valencia Mohammed

  • Native Singer Comes Home to Benefit and Give Back

    Chart-topping international singer and songwriter, Dihann Moore, a native Washingtonian, has spent the past 15 years abroad entertaining kings, sheikhs, heads of state, and adoring fans around the world. “Dihann’s voice is amazing! She is soulful, smooth, very seasoned and versatile. It was a ...

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  • D.C. Council Adopts Accelerated Styrofoam Ban

    Have you ever wondered where the melted plastic from the Styrofoam container disappeared when your food was too hot? Ever wondered why pieces of Styrofoam are found in perfect condition after being buried for decades? Recently, the D.C. Council adopted Bill 20-573, the “Sustainable DC Omnibus ...

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  • The Psychological Effects of Being Denied Statehood

    It’s easy for the majority of Americans, regardless of race, ethnicity and political affiliation to ignore the fact that in the nation’s capital hundreds of thousands of people are denied full citizenship. But many residents, like Julius Hobson, James Forman, Wilhemina and Calvin Rolark, Hilda ...

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  • D.C. Marijuana Initiative to Appear on November Ballots

    While many Washington, D.C. residents consider this one of the quieter mayoral campaigns in the city’s history, thousands are excited about the opportunity to vote to legalize marijuana. Initiative 71, the voter-generated measure to legalize marijuana in the nation’s capital, has passed the ...

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  • Barry Men with Traffic Problems in the News

    DC Councilmember Marion S. Barry (D-Ward 8) and his son, Marion C. Barry are back in the news with more traffic problems. According to Gwendolyn Crump, spokeswoman for the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, Barry was involved in an accident with injury at approximately 9:15 p.m. on Aug. 2 in ...

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  • Black Business Victim of Cyberbullying

    For two years, Pam Johnson, a native Washingtonian and businesswoman, was targeted by malicious gentrifiers through blogs, emails, tweets, and other forms of social media to discredit her reputation and business. Johnson owns a property on H St NE, an area that once was a mecca for Black ...

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  • Former DC Councilmember Reports to Prison

    Former D.C. Councilmember Michael A. Brown (D-At Large) began his prison sentence on his federal bribery conviction July 29. He pled guilty to the charge in June 2013. Brown was sentenced in May 2014 to 39 months for carrying out a scheme in which he accepted a total of $55,000 in a series of ...

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  • District’s Medical Marijuana Program Advances

    The DC Council passed emergency legislation on July 14 to advance the medical marijuana program. The bills provide a patient-centric medical marijuana use program, a sliding scale for the purchase marijuana, and an increase in the number of plants a grower can cultivate to meet patient demands. ...

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  • Tobacco Use Target of Government Surveys

    The US Census Bureau is currently collecting data about tobacco use as a voluntary supplement to its monthly July 2014 Current Population Survey. Scientifically selected households will be questioned about smoking habits regarding cigarettes, tobacco products other than cigarettes and ...

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