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THE DEATH OF MARION BARRY

MARION Barry didn’t die an unnatural political death, as other African American politicos of his generation had done. While he seemed to test fate constantly and deliberately, he was a near political genius and master salesman. He expertly intertwined the District’s home rule, African American empowerment and socio-economic struggles with his own pockmarked narrative. It was impossible to slay the peripatetic politician without seriously bruising those other important stories.

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BLACKS AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Is America’s justice system racist? Rep. Maxine Waters, for one, charges that “The color of your skin dictates whether you will be arrested or not, prosecuted harshly or less harshly, or receive a stiff sentence or gain probation or entry into treatment.”

Jonetta Rose Barras Featured Speaker at Empower Talk’s Fatherless Daughters Event

 DEAR DADDY a documentary about fatherless daughters  A Film Screening & Healing Discussion Produced by Empower Talk featuring jonetta rose barras, author “Bridges: Reuniting Daughters and Daddies” and “Whatever Happened to Daddy’s Little Girl” Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mt. Pleasant Library 3160 16th St. NW RSVP at www.deardaddydc.eventbrite.com  

TIME FOR BOLDNESS

“I don’t know that all the ways we’ve organized the bureaucracy will work well for the next 20 years,” D.C. Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser (D) said at a recent news conference. I was hoping that moment of insight would be reflected in her transition. Instead, the team and its basic organizational structure forecast business as usual.

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