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Artist Robert Lugo Discusses Walters Museum Collection, History

The Walters Museum of Art in Baltimore commissioned Philadelphia-based ceramicist Robert Lugo to create works of art and to participate in programming for the reopening of the historic Mount Vernon building located 1 West Mount Vernon Place. Roberto Lugo’s handmade dishes and urns, which depict historical African-American figures such as Freddie Gray and Frederick Douglass, will be on display during the grand opening. His works are eye-catching, and when the museum opens on Saturday, June 16, the pieces are certain to draw a lot of conversation. Lugo’s works combine the forms and traditions he previously observed in the Walters’ collection with contemporary color and imagery. Lugo will be attending the free community opening celebration of 1 West on June 16.

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Walters Art Museum 19th Century Mansion Ready for Visitors

Visitors will now have a unique opportunity to explore the Walters Art Museum’s stunning 19th century mansion at 1 West Mount Vernon Place, which opens with a free community celebration on Saturday, June 16.

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Local Historian to Talk About All African American Unit Part of Maryland National Guard

On Saturday, June 30, 2018, the Friends of Historical Cherry Hill AUMP, Inc., a non-profit 501©3 organization will have it’s President and Local Historian/Author Louis S. Diggs make a presentation on the history of an all-African American unit, which has been part of the Maryland National Guard (MDG) since the 1880s.

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Paul Coates Celebrates 40 Years at Black Classic Press, BCP Digital Printing

For 40 years, Paul Coates has lived the highs and the lows at the helm of Black Classic Press and BCP Digital Printing.

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Foster Dad Readies for Busy Father’s Day

Tommy Washington wasn’t thinking of becoming an adoptive parent that day five years ago when his daughters moved out of his home and letters began crowding his mailbox about foster care. But, when he finally opened one of those letters, Washington studied the two empty rooms in his home and thought he could help make a difference.

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Recreation Therapy Keeps 82-Year-Old Veteran, Athlete, Coach, Mentor on His Feet

You may have seen him at the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center, he is the one with an easy smile, a bounce in his step and multiple award medallions around his neck. Army Veteran Bernie Gibson, 82, is an athlete who has been competing in the National Veterans Golden Age Games (NVGAG) since they began in 1985.

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New Salon for Men A ‘Man Cave Nirvana’ in Owings Mills

It’s nothing but a man thing at Hammer & Nails. At least, that’s what the owners of the grooming shop for men have created at the Owings Mills-based business that offers hand and foot care, haircuts and shaves in what’s billed as a man cave nirvana.

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PNC’s Ramsey L. Harris Grandfather Helped Write His Success Story

Ramsey L. Harris is Vice President and Territory CRA Business Advisor in the Retail Lending Distribution Management division at PNC Bank. Harris is responsible for overseeing and executing strategic plans that enable the bank to achieve specific Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) focused goals and measures of lending to businesses located within designated, inner-city/Low-to-Moderate Income (LMI) areas. These areas include Greater Maryland, and Greater Washington/D.C.

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UMB’s Live Near Your Work Program Hits Home As More Employees Buy Houses

The University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Live Near Your Work Program received a cash infusion this year — $1.5 million to be exact — in an effort to get more employees to buy homes in seven neighborhoods that border the campus.

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Father's Day Weekend Brings Jazz, Blues, Gospel

Hello everyone! Happy Father’s Day to all my “Daddies” out there in the sound of my words! I am hoping that the ladies show off and give the guys the best day they have ever had. Their day is just as important as Mother’s Day, ladies, so show them how it is done! I am going to give you a little help. I have a few ideas you can choose from. Depending on your man’s taste, I have jazz shows; blues shows; gospel shows; crab feasts; and outdoor and indoor concerts.

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Stop Crony Capitalism: Protect the Net!

Pretty soon, we'll all be paying a whole lot more money for Internet service. A few days ago the FCC's repeal of Net Neutrality went into effect. If nothing is done, it easy to see the handwriting on the wall.

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The Free Market Is Curing Blindness

The FDA recently approved a revolutionary drug that could restore sight to 2,000 nearly-blind Americans.

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Letters to the Editor

Wells Fargo to Buy Homes For Black People

"It is amazing how many educated black people of today are so willing to accept handouts from white institutions."

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UMB CURE Scholars: On a Path to Success in Science

On April 28, 2018, eighth-graders joined seventh- and sixth-graders at the UMB CURE STEM Expo. The topic of this year’s culminating research was Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The expo provided a platform for 80 scholars to showcase their individually selected research projects through poster presentations and articles included in an inaugural edition of the “UMB CURE Journal of STEM.” UMB CURE Scholar Shereen Farquharson, a Green Street Academy seventh-grader who won the leadership award, gives the keynote speech at the UMB CURE STEM Expo

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Six-Time Tony Winner Audra McDonald to Perform Baltimore Concert

On Thursday, June 14, 2018, Grammy, Emmy and six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald joins the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a special, one-night only performance that already have Charm City residents rushing to the box office for tickets.

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Longtime Fixture in Baltimore’s Sandtown Community Passes Away at 75

John Battle, Master Barber

Minister John Battle died peacefully in his sleep and awoke to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 27, 2018.

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Time for Summer Water Fun – and Safety!

How can we best ensure a fun and safe summer in the water?

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Pratt becomes First Library in Maryland to Eliminate Overdue Fines

The Enoch Pratt Free Library proudly announced the elimination of overdue fines for customers on all Pratt-owned materials on Monday, June 4, 2018 at the Free to Bmore Community Block Party.

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Banneker-Douglass Museum Celebrates ‘Year of Frederick Douglass’ with New Interactive Exhibit

In celebration of the “Year of Frederick Douglass,” the Banneker-Douglass Museum hosts a new temporary exhibit, the Douglass Reading Room from June 5, 2018 until February 28, 2019.

Award-Winning Photographer Donates Arabber Series to RFL

Over 100 rare images about the Baltimore Arabber culture in their authentic home are now part of the Lewis Museum’s permanent collection, thanks to a donation from award winning photographer Roland Freeman.


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